Whew! They were not kidding when they said blogging is hard. No wonder statistics show that new bloggers usually give up before they even reach their six-month of blogging.
I just crossed the third-month line and now on the fourth. If I had not made any progress on my third month, I would have given up. However, I finished my third month of blogging on a good note because I was able to reach one of my goals which was to MAKE my first $100!
But before I will dive into how I got my first $100, if you haven’t yet, check out:
Before we go into my blogs’ stats, let me tell you a little bit about My Worthy Penny.
My Worthy Penny was born as a result of our quest for financial freedom. I decided to start a blog on personal finance not only to hold myself accountable but also because I wanted to share my journey to others who have the same goal.
I wanted you to learn from my mistakes and from my successes. In that way, I will be able to help you reach your financial goals through my own little ways.
Why Am I Sharing My Blog Income Report?
First and foremost, I am sharing my blog income report as a way of documenting my blogging journey. By doing this, I will be able to have something to look back on with regards to goals and strategies that I did.
Secondly, I want to instill trust and give inspiration. I want to show you that I am also a real human being, who is starting from zero. I am a wife who works a full-time job. Even with my very busy schedule, I still make sure that I have time dedicated to this blog.
Finally, I want to motivate myself. By posting this blog income report, I am motivated to put in the work and take blogging seriously. It makes me hold myself accountable.
What Happened This Month?
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As I have mentioned on my second-month blog income report, I will be focusing on affiliate marketing in my third month because I want to boost my income. I thought that maybe a little boost in my income will keep me motivated and keep going.
So, I probed more into learning affiliate marketing and I found Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing really helpful. I was able to learn a lot from her course and implemented her actionable steps right away.
My biggest affiliate income last month came from promoting Freshbooks. I had a very good experience promoting them because their affiliate manager is very helpful. They also have awesome landing pages which makes it easy to promote them. If you are interested, check out their affiliate program.
Social Media Scheduler
Aside from writing blog posts about various affiliate programs, I also started promoting them on social media. And my biggest game changer was the use of social media scheduler. My productivity immensely improved by using Tailwind and Smarterqueue.
I know that most of you might be wondering why I have two social media scheduler. It’s simply because each of these schedulers has its own strengths and I do not think I can do without any of them.
I use Tailwind mainly to stay active on my Pinterest account. And what I like about Tailwind is that it makes pinning so much easier. I can batch a bunch of pins and Tailwind post the pins at the times my audience is active. Therefore, I do not have to worry about when is the best time to post a pin. Tailwind is totally a time-saver.
Another feature of Tailwind that I like is their board insights. I am a member of a lot of group boards and I want to make sure that I am not wasting my time on group board that is not performing well. By using Tailwind, I am able to check the performance of a group board and choose the group boards that I want to keep.
On the other hand, I use Smarterqueue for my Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and also my Pinterest account. My favorite about this social media scheduling tool is their Evergreen feature. By using this feature, I do not have to worry about my old posts being forgotten.
You can try Smarterqueue FREE for 14 days, but if you use my affiliate link, you will be able to try them FREE for 30 days. And don’t worry, they won’t ask for your credit card.
I found that having a social media scheduler is very helpful in affiliate marketing. A scheduler allows me to just create my affiliate image, put it on evergreen schedule and start earning. I also learned that you do not even need a blog to do affiliate marketing, I can just link my post directly to the affiliate website.
If you want to learn more about affiliate marketing, check out Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course.
And if you are looking for affiliate companies to join, you can check out Shareasale and Flexoffers. Both of these companies accept new bloggers. They have a lot of companies that you can apply to and start promoting as soon as you get accepted. But of course, only promote those products that you know for sure will help others.
Although my income this month may not seem a lot, I am still very excited because I was able to make my first $100!
My earnings are very minimal but as I’ve said before I am doing this because I want to show you that I started from zero. Although a lot of bloggers out there earned a lot on their first month of blogging, there are also those (including me) that take longer to make any.
Since I blog about personal finance and that includes making extra money online, I am including my earnings from the money making apps that I use:
SUBTOTAL INCOME= $1.55
Please note that these are earnings, not actual payout. Each app has its own payout threshold. I also earn gift cards from these apps but I am not going to include them on the total income.
- Fetch Rewards (Referral Code: AN3AJ)
- Shopkick (Referral Code: SHOP741145)
- Drop (Referral Code: d0m46)
- Receipt Pal
- Honey-this browser extension is my new favorite when shopping online; it automatically searches for coupons for me during checkout.
If you want to check out the above apps, I would appreciate it if you will use my referral codes.
Here are my earnings from each category.
- Ads: $46.48
- Affiliate Income: $52.00
TOTAL INCOME: $100.03
Very minimal but for me, it is very encouraging.
My biggest expense this month is Grammarly. Their free version helped me a lot but I wanted the plagiarism feature and sentence structure improvement so I upgraded to their premium plan.
I am a subscriber with the companies listed below and they make up my monthly expenses. They offer free trials so you can try them out.
- Tailwind-you will get $15 credit when you use this link and a FREE trial
- Smarterqueue– you will get 30 day FREE trial instead of 14 just by using this link. No Credit Card Required during sign up.
- Convertkit-you can try them for 30 days
- Canva-they have a free version which works just fine
I used Siteground for my blogging platform but it was already prepaid during my first month so I do not have to worry about it for the rest of the year.
I also renewed my PO Box this month.
TOTAL EXPENSES: $185.40
NET INCOME: -$85.10
As you can see I am still in the negative but looking on the brighter side, it is under $100 deficit. My goal is to do better next month.
Traffic and Metrics
My traffic this month is quite encouraging. I was able to double my second-month stats. However, I am still learning a lot along the way and I know I could do better.
I use Google Analytics for my data.
Page Views: 3,299
Most of my traffic still came from social media, but this time, Pinterest was the primary traffic driver.
Since I focused more on affiliate marketing, I haven’t really worked on increasing my social media following, but I am happy with the result.
April Goals and Results
Let’s check in with my April goals.
- Pinterest: 4,300 Pass
- Twitter: 8,000 Fail
- Instagram: 500 Fail
- Facebook: 1,000 Fail
- Email Subscribers: 25 Pass
- Pageviews: 2,000 Pass
- Visitors: 1000 Pass
- Earnings: $100 Pass
- Write 4 blog posts Pass
It’s time to set new goals for the next month.
- Pinterest: 4,500
- Twitter: 8,200
- Instagram: 800
- Facebook: 1,100
- Email Subscribers: 50
- Pageviews: 5,000
- Visitors: 2500
- Earnings: $100
- Write 4 blog posts
There you have it! That is my third month blog income report.
I had put a lot of work into the blog this month and I am glad I am seeing results.
For the month of April, I focused more on growing my income through affiliate marketing. However, this time I will be focusing more on creating content. My goal is to be able to publish 50 posts before my six-month of blogging ends.
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