6th month of blogging turned out to be a slow down period for me. Simply more and more thoughts about the time costs of having your own blog – a business that barely generates revenues at the moment.
Doesn’t sound really encouraging, huh? Well, welcome to my no-BS blogging income reports where I share with you all the ups and downs of trying to make money via blog. Lets see what happened in December.
1. Time constraints
That’s already the third 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!
December: 2,198 sessions
Compared to November: 3,073 sessions.
It is a 28% decrease month to month.
Let’s take a look at historical data:
November turned out to be a relatively bad month – no affiliate sales. I only managed to generate some revenue via Ads.
My total blogging income in December was 8.18 USD
It’s a decrease in income compared to November.
Let’s also look at the historical results:
I was still struggling with Pinterest in December.
The biggest difference was that I automated as much as I could to save as much time as possible.
As you can see my Pinterest statistics stood more or less stable. Am I happy with this result? Not really. A lot of room for improvement here.
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 have not accepted any 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
So I introduced some changed to my blog and was pretty happy with them. However, it seems that my new layout reduced my ads revenue and it was not negligible (in terms of % of the income). I’ll probably have to put some more ads – like this one on the right side bar (sorry for those irritated ones, but you have to understand that my experiment with earning money online just experienced a major hit).
7. Goals for January
This time I’m not setting any particular goals. My main issue at the moment is to figure out how to organize myself better, so I can find time for working, sleeping, sports, blogging and some social life. It could mean taking some time off to re-think and redesign some tasks around the blog.
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