My third month of blogging turned out to be quite a ride. I’ve made a lot of mistakes, managed to help people and earned some money.
Keep on reading to find out my biggest Pinterest failure, my first “thank you email” and how I messed up with my blog settings.
1. The biggest reward you can get out of blogging
First things first. If you head to About me page you will find out the reasons why I started to write this blog.
It’s a couple of them.
If you read my blogging reports, or any blogging reports (it’s an awesome lecture, isn’t it?) then you know, that you will find some ideas, improvements, and earnings. Some earn a couple of $ a month (like me), some make over $100,000 a month (like Michelle).
You can also find lessons learned and I’ll always try to provide you with some analytics and tricks that I’ve learned. Keep on reading, you’ll get to that point.
I’ve got 1’000 views, jupi!
I’ve earned a couple of $! jupi!
My Pinterest account is growing pretty fast, jupi!
… and now what?
It’s just some statistics, numbers.
At the end of the day, blogging is about community, blogging is about people.
The main reason why I started blogging is that I want to help the others, I want to bring value. I want you to use the tips from my blog and change your financial life, so you are less stressed, have more time and more money.
Therefore September 2017 is a breaking moment of my blogging career.
Because I have received my first ever blogging “thank you” email:
Weather I encourage you to finally make some cleaning within your finances or to start a blog, it’s incredibly rewarding once I actually know I helped someone.
You are reading this post, so there is 80% chance that you have just found a couple of minutes to scroll Pinterest feed, maybe you received an email from me, or maybe even you googled me.
You read every sentence of this article, or maybe you just scroll. I’ve been doing the same.
Bla, bla, just another blog.
But please, don’t forget: even though you are scrolling some website, there is actually a real person on the other side.
I’m an analytics freak. I check my traffic and statistics every day. Nerd, totally.
Sometimes I forget:
it’s not about the numbers, it’s actually about the people.
Thank you, Lindsay, your email reminds me why I’m doing this and that there are real human beings on the other side.
Before we get to earnings and statistics (yes, yes, it’s coming, all you traffic nerds 😉 ) let me ask you for something:
Go ahead and write me an email, here’s my contact form.
I’m a real person, just like you. I read my emails and answer them, just like you.
Subscribe to my newsletter, I’ll send you updates on my blog.
I do care about my subscribers and my readers, there are real people, just like me.
I know, I know. Nothing really impressive, but hey! I’m still learning, give me some time ;).
Moreover, it’s an increase of around 160%! Progress!
As of the day of writing this post I haven’t figured out the affiliate marketing yet, so you have to deal with the ads. Otherwise, I’ll have no income to write about.
That’s much more than I earned.
– $104.88 Tailwind – Pinterest automatization and analytics app – annual subscription
– $48.50 – Pinterest related training
I’m testing some knowledge from the e-learning about Pinterest that I bought, but will not give you more details at the moment. Let me see if I get the results I wanted. Let’s stay in touch. Subscribe to my newsletter and I’ll keep you updated.
In case you are not familiar with Tailwind – it’s an amazing tool that lets you automate the pinning process.
While you read this post I’m probably working. Or sleeping. Or chilling.
But I’m not pinning.
I schedule my pins once a week. It takes some effort. Maybe 30 min, maybe an hour. But that’s it. It saves a lot of time. I tried manual pinning – it used to take me 2, maybe 3 hours a day! I’m not doing that anymore!
If you would like to try Tailwind app I have great news for you: you can have a free trial. You will be able to schedule up to 100 pins for free.
I did it.
I tried it.
I loved it.
I bought it.
Here’s a win-win deal: if you go thru my affiliate link, you will get the free trial. Then you’ll decide if you like the app.
If you love it, you will probably want to buy it.
If you buy it, I’ll get some small commission (at zero cost to you) so in next month I can write about some affiliate income on my blog ;).
But remember – the trial is free.
There is a significant increase and it makes me really happy.
368 sessions in August
1’458 sessions in September
This whole traffic thing is getting real. Uncle Google Analytics says there were 1’288 awesome people who decided to visit my blog. Great! Thanks for coming!
1’198 sessions came from Pinterest and it proves two points:
1) Pinterest is a great source of traffic
2) it was a good decision to focus on one source at the very beginning (otherwise, instead of writing this really long post, I’ll be spamming on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and getting frustrated without any results)
4) How I made the biggest mistake in my Pinterest career so far
Yes, yes. It was a month full of mistakes.
Let’s look at my Pinterest audience:
As you can see there’s a significant drop there starting around 18th of August.
I got really frustrated, I didn’t understand what was happening.
My Pinterest audience stats are going down a couple of days in a row. Say whaaaat?
It this whole Pinterest thing not working after all, or what?
I started digging.
The mistake turned out to be trivial. I just wanted to keep myself and you guys motivated, so I prepared a blog post about best money motivational quotes.
For every quote, I prepared a pin to make it more appealing. I admit, I had some great time creating those pins. I scheduled my pins in Tailwind and wanted everyone to know about my great pins with motivational quotes.
What I forgot was: every single pin (every out of eleven – sic!) was directing to one blog post.
I literally flooded my account with an avalanche of pins all directing to one URL.
Pinterest though I’m some shady spammer and started to block my activities.
It is a trivial, stupid mistake, but it happened. Please, don’t forget about that, so you don’t lose your audience like I did. If your Pinterest audience statistics are going down, there is a chance that you pin too many pins directing to one URL.
There is, however, a bright side. As you can see from the chart, I corrected my mistake pretty fast and I recovered quickly. Thanks to Tailwind (get a free trial here) I was able to free a lot of time so I could focus on more strategic tasks and still be sure that my Pinterest account is going to grow.
I have reached a 90k audience in September. Sounds cool.
5) Other blogging mistakes in September
I messed up with some AMP (Accelerated Mobile Pages) addon in my WordPress. One day I realized that after clicking on my Pins I’m not getting redirected to my page, but to some simplified page with my content. From one side it’s cool because it’s loading faster, but from the other side, you are not getting the same user experience.
I got irritated because I didn’t actually know why that happened, but after some research, I realized that I somehow installed AMP addon on my WordPress.
If someone of you experienced this AMP poor user experience – sorry for that, I turned it off, should be fine now.
In September I also had some hard time using my opt-in forms. They kept crashing. I’m not really sure why this happened, but it seems they work now.
6) Plans for FinAttitudes.com
I’d really like to achieve 5’000 sessions/month in October or November. We will see how it goes.
I’m also thinking about some Pinterest checklist – what you should do when starting a Pinterest account. How does it sound to you? Do you think you need something like that? Leave me a comment, or write me an email.
We are at the end of my September blogging financial report. I’m really happy that my blog is growing, my audience is growing and my earnings are growing.
But there is one thing that made me feel really proud this month. It was a “thank you” email.
Seriously, this was the most important thing this month. Not growth, not income, not traffic, not Pinterest.
It was another person writing me a short message saying that I helped her a little bit.
Sometimes we forget, that there is another person at the other side.
Someone wrote this post and someone reads it.
You are a human, I’m a human.
If I helped you with this post, write me a short email. It will make me smile.