5th month of blogging got me thinking how much time does one need keep a blog alive and how much more work and time does it take to grow one.
Whether you plan to start a blog, or already have a couple of months experience blogging you will find here some useful insights on my blog. Better learn from my mistakes, than make your own! 😉
1. Time constraints
That’s the second month in a row when I mention this point.
Blogging is really time-consuming.
Have you heard of highly automated online businesses that provide the owner with high “passive income”? Well, I hope it’s true! But I’m not there yet and I guess it will take much more time than I originally thought. There is so much more to learn!
November: 3,073 sessions
Compared to September: 4,647 sessions.
It is a 34% decrease month to month.
Let’s take a look at historical data:
November turned out to be a relatively good month – I managed to have an affiliate sale, which I consider a good sign, as this could mean that I could continue to receive sales using my blog.
My total blogging income in November was 35.14 USD
It’s a decrease in income compared to October both in affiliate sales and in ads.
Let me tell you more about the structure of my earnings:
$16.34 – ads on my blog
$18.8 – affiliate sales (all of the commissions earned on a product I used to increase my traffic by 424% within 4 weeks!. I loved it, so I decided to recommend it.)
Let’s also look at the historical results:
November was a month of struggle when it comes to Pinterest.
Firstly I got some technical problem on my account – some of my pins were not displaying on the boards. I took a couple of days for the Pinterest support team to fix the problem. I think that could be the reason in my avg. monthly viewers drop.
As you can see my Pinterest statistics dropped to around 150k and stood stable. Am I happy with this result? No. Do I care? Only a little bit. The reason is: the average monthly viewers does not mean traffic. Those two are connected but not directly. I could for example only pin other bloggers’ pins and have a high avg. monthly viewers rate, yet I would not receive any visits on my blog.
There is, however, another more alarming thing. Even though I tried hard, I failed at getting to new Pinterest group boards. I really paid attention to creating personalized emails, showing my Pinterest account and my blog from the best possible side, yet I did not get into ANY new group board. I have to admit, it is so much harder than I thought.
On the other hand, I accepted maybe one, or two new contributors to my group boards during that time. The reason is quality. I got a couple of emails from people who messed up my nick, the name of the group board, and so on. I know you are applying to multiple group boards and it might be overwhelming, but come on, you have to send me a quality email and show that you will provide my group board some value if you want in.
I’m definitely will be taking those conclusions into consideration before I apply myself to another group board.
6. Changes on the website
If you’ve been following me for a couple of months you will notice that my blog changed significantly in November when it comes to design. I decided to put some more pictures and focus more on the quality of the looks of my blog. I also wanted to make it more concentrated on the content. Thanks to the new design you see more quality pictures on the posts and fewer ads.
So far I’m happy I made this decision, I’m far more proud of my blog now, but I’m not stopping there. I’m not yet 100% satisfied with the look and I’m definitely going to change it once again in the following months. It’s hard to say when, as my schedule got really tight, but I’m definitely going for that.
I hope you like the changes, don’t forget to leave me a comment.
7. Goals for December
First of all, I should mention that I failed my most important goal from November – I did not bet over 5k views. Getting regularly over 5k views is crucial for monetization of any blog, therefore I stay my priority to generate stable traffic source that can bring over 5k viewers a month.
A) Pinterest performance
I’m still experimenting with Pinterest and still did not find my golden rule. The only goal I can set for December is to increase the quality of my Pinterest account. It’s a really general goal, but at the moment, I cannot precise it much more.
No traffic= no reach = I cannot help as many people as I wish, but it also means no sales.
My goal is to start receiving at least 5k viewers every single month. For me, it is really important to reach the 5k level and don’t go under this line.
I want to change most of my pins. Once I learned how to make amazing pins and increased my traffic by 424%, I realize that I just have to produce more quality pins not only to my new posts but also for my old ones, therefore I’m planning to prepare more quality pins during November.
I hope you like this blogging income report and you gathered some more knowledge. This whole “blogging thing” is more complicated as everyone tries to tell you, but you can really make it happen. For me, it starts to work.