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Welcome to my first blog birthday! I’m so excited to share with you how my young blog grew in a year’s time.
But not that HUGE growth though.
Yep, sorry to disappoint but I am not one of those I-made-six-figures-in-my-first-year-of-blogging or the I-quit-my-job-in-my-first-year-of-blogging blogs. However, I wish I am one of those though.
So if you are expecting a successful income report, you can exit this page now.
But if you want to learn what helped my blog and what didn’t, read on.
It felt like it was just yesterday when I bit the bullet and started a blog.
We had just started our personal finance journey back then and I had thought blogging was the perfect way to document our journey.
And I’m so glad I did because it made me accountable and at the same time I was also able to help others.
I honestly did not think I can last this long and make it this far. Even more so, because I am not a writer. In fact, English is not even my first language.
On top of that, I have a full-time job in the healthcare industry which requires a lot of my attention. Most of the time, I even have to bring home work-stuff.
But surprisingly, blogging is actually fun.
I was able to muster all the courage to put my thoughts out there and be okay to be scrutinized.
It pushed me out of my comfort zone and gave me an outlet to open up to the world.
I would never say it’s easy but it’s actually rewarding when people send me thank-yous for helping them through the articles I wrote.
In my day job, I also help sick people and it’s very rewarding to see them get better.
The same thing with blogging, it gives me a sense of purpose when I know I am helping people.
Why Am I Sharing My Income Report
Anyways, sharing my first blog birthday stats is actually quite embarrassing because it’s not quite a significant success. At least not yet.
However, I will still wear my thick skin and share it anyway because as I’ve mentioned in my very first blog income report, there are three reasons why I am sharing my income report.
- I want to document my blogging journey. By posting my stats, I will have something to look back on with regard to the goals, strategies that I did and basically where I started.
- I want to instill trust and gives inspiration. Not all blogs are created equal. Some will make it big in a short time and some with make it at a slower pace. By sharing my stats, I hope to inspire new bloggers out there and not to give up.
- I want to motivate myself. Looking back at my stats motivates me to keep going and holds me accountable. It inspires me to keep creating content and learning new strategies.
And because of these reasons, I will continue to share my blog income report with you guys.
So let’s dive into my blog birthday stats and income report.
First Blog Birthday Stats
I don’t have that great of a traffic but for me it is still traffic, meaning some people are going to my site and reading my posts.
I am happy to see that some of my SEO work earlier in the blog journey is starting to pay off.
I would like to see steady growth in this aspect therefore I need to work more on my SEO strategies.
SOCIAL MEDIA STATS
Although I have accounts on other platforms like Instagram and Mix, I wanted to focus more on a few first. So far, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest are the ones working for me.
First Blog Birthday Income Report
I am not gonna lie, although I did not make big bucks, I was still able to make some money.
For my first year of blogging, I was able to make $1,114.30!
Here is a breakdown of my monthly income in the past 12 months.
- First Month Of Blogging: $42.84
- Second Month Of Blogging: $43.03
- Third Month Of Blogging: $100.03
- Fourth Month Of Blogging: $231.63
- Fifth Month Of Blogging: $103.22
- Sixth Month Of Blogging: $66.71
- Seventh Month Of Blogging: $9.31
- Eight Month Of Blogging: $193.25
- Ninth Month Of Blogging: $71.19
- Tenth Month Of Blogging: $51.04
- Eleventh Month Of Blogging: $130.13
- Twelfth Month Of Blogging: $71.92
It was in the sixth and seventh months that I walked away from my blog because I was burnt out. It was actually surprising that I still made a little bit of money.
On the tenth and eleventh month, I slowed down as well because of the holidays. I prioritized family time.
However, during those months that I was away from my blog, I was still active on my blog, but not physically.
Thanks to automation.
I had all my posts scheduled to go out across all my social media accounts on a daily basis.
Also, I have created content ahead of time to fill in the times that I cannot write.
I am so glad I did because otherwise, I would completely be MIA.
When I started blogging, I know I had to put in some money to keep it running and for me to learn through courses.
Therefore, when you combine blogging tools, courses, and office expenses, I have spent a total of $1,744.30.
I use Siteground for my hosting and they’ve been really awesome. Their customer service is so superb that my issues were always resolved whenever I contact them.
I am happy with them so I renewed my hosting for the next three years.
If you are looking for a good hosting company, Siteground is the way to go.
In case you didn’t know, it is a requirement to put your address on emails that you send out to your email subscribers.
And because I do not want my home address on every email that I send out, I got myself a PO Box.
I use Canva for all my graphics, from logos to pin images and even printables. I find it easier to use it than any other one that I tried.
It also has a lot of templates if you need inspiration or if you’re stuck.
Pinterest drives most of the traffic to my website so I need to stay active on this platform.
However, it can take a lot of time if I do the pinning manually. But thanks to Tailwind, I do not have to spend all day pinning.
Tailwind pins my pins during the best times of the day and does it in a way that it does not look spammy.
This platform is my lifesaver when it comes to posting on my Twitter and Facebook Page.
What I love most about Smarterqueue is that it allows me to schedule my evergreen posts all year round.
I also use it for my Pinterest to recycle my evergreen affiliate pins.
Convertkit makes connecting with my readers a breeze. I use it to deliver my opt-in freebies, printables, email sequences and newsletters. I also use it to create landing pages.
This is one tool I can’t do without. As I have mentioned earlier, I am not a writer. However, I noticed that once I started using Grammarly, I am able to write a little better.
Grammarly checks for spelling, punctuation, and grammar. I also like that it checks for plagiarism.
If you want to know more about Grammarly, read this post.
I invested a lot on this blog, money, time and a lot of effort so I wanted to be protected as much as possible.
When I heard about the Legal Bundle, I did not hesitate to invest in it. Even more so, that it was drafted by a real lawyer.
I started out with a free theme but as time went by, it started to slow down my site so I decided to invest in a premium theme.
I use Victoria by Bluchic and I am so happy with it. My blog’s speed has remarkably improved, in both desktop and mobile.
Blog By Number
This is a course by Suzi Whitford, in which she teaches you how to start a blog and grow it into a profitable business.
If you want to learn more about this course, check out this post.
Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing
This is a course by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, who went from $0 to $50,000 per month in affiliate marketing.
Almost half of my income came from affiliate marketing. All thanks to the strategies from the course.
Although I have to be honest, I have not finished the course yet. There are more strategies that I have yet to learn and apply.
Pin To Profits
This is my go-to course when it comes to Pinterest marketing. The strategies here are actionable and easy to follow.
I was able to take my Pinterest account from O monthly views to over 600, 000 monthly views now.
Ultimate Bundles are so popular because they have amazing bundles year-round.
I was able to snag the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit at an amazing price. Because it’s jampacked with awesome courses, I am still working on them until now.
So in my first year of blogging, my profit is a whopping -$630.
Does that mean I failed?
I don’t think so. Struggling maybe.
However, I might not have the perfect number to show it but my first year of blogging taught me a lot and made me a better blogger.
Things I Did On My First Year Of Blogging
I Published 88 Posts(including this post). My goal was to write and publish 100 posts in my first year of blogging but life got in the way so I was only able to publish 88.
I Walked Away From My Blog. If you read my 8th month of blogging report, I mentioned there that blogging burnout is real. I was ready to throw in the towel and sell my blog.
But I decided to walk away first and then when I’m ready to come back then I will make the final decision.
The break helped me regroup and reevaluate my goals. So when I returned to my blog, I was ready to pick up where I left off.
I Invested In Courses. It is possible to blog without investing in any courses because there are a lot of free resources out there.
However, it can take a lot of your precious time, which you can use to create amazing content instead.
I Invested in Automation Tools. Again, you do not have to pay for automation tools if you have a lot of time on your hand.
I have a full-time job so I have a limited time for blogging. By investing in Smarterqueue and Tailwind, I was able to free up my time and focus more on writing.
Things I Learned From My First Year Of Blogging
BLOGGING TAKES TIME. It took me a year to see some significant progress in my blog. I cannot wait for what year two will bring.
If you are thinking of starting a blog, the best time is now. If you don’t, you’ll be wishing you did a year from now.
YOU CANNOT LEARN EVERYTHING. There is so much into blogging that you cannot learn everything even if you are a seasoned blogger.
Change is a constant in this industry. What you learned today might not be applicable tomorrow.
NETWORKING IS IMPORTANT. Although blogging is perfect for the introvert, it still does not mean that you should be on your own.
The best way to learn and grow is to network with other bloggers. You can help each other out.
STOP CHASING AFTER EVERY SHINY OBJECT. I am 100% guilty of this. If you are unfamiliar with the term, “Shiny Object Syndrome”, it is the tendency to try everything that is new instead of focusing on the task at hand.
My Goals For Second Blog Birthday
HAVE A DEDICATED TIME FOR BLOGGING. My schedule for blogging for the past year has been all over the place. This year, I will aim to blog for two hours per day.
AIM FOR 192 PUBLISHED POSTS. Last year, my posting schedule was also all over the place. Sometimes I publish a post twice a week, then once a week and then three times a week.
This year, I am aiming to publish twice a week consistently for a total of 192 published posts on my blog’s second birthday.
LEARN MORE SEO. In case you don’t know what SEO means, it is short for Search Engine Optimization.
In a nutshell, it is the process of optimizing your website for organic traffic. I am still on a hunt for the best SEO course out there.
FOCUS MORE ON PINTEREST. Pinterest has been the main traffic source for my site, thanks to the McKenzie’s Pin To Profits Course.
I was able to grow my account to over 600K monthly views this month.
QUALIFY FOR MEDIAVINE. Although Google Adsense has been good to me, I heard better things about Mediavine.
I will work on increasing my traffic to reach the traffic requirement which is 25K sessions.
BUILD MY EMAIL LIST. Email marketing has been my least priority in the past year and I would like to change that this year.
Convertkit has been remarkable in helping me connect with my readers by delivering my optins and email sequences.
My goal this year is to create more optins and email courses to build my email list.
UPDATE OLD POSTS. Some of my posts are starting to rank on the top 100 so my goal is to get them to the first page.
And to do this, I have to go back and optimize these posts to get better rankings.
Final Thoughts On My First Blog Birthday Progress Update
Thanks for making it to the end of my first blog birthday progress update.
Although the results are not quite exciting, I hope you were able to learn something from it.
I am ready for year two and I am going to crush it this time.
On that note, I will be posting quarterly updates on the blog progress. I believe that I will be able to share quality updates on a quarterly basis rather than monthly. So stay tuned!
If you have not started a blog yet, better start now. Check out my post on how to start a blog for just less than $5/month.