So I have some great new to share with you all. I was featured in this months issue of iBlog magazines October Money Issue.
I was super excited to be included in this issue and in honor of being included I decided to make this Bloggers Week here on Fitness Fashionista. Every day this week I will have a new post all about growing your blog and YouTube presence. Here is what is coming up in the next few days:
10/8 Increase Blog Traffic with Pinterest (live)
10/9 Getting Started on YouTube Part 1 (live)
10/10 Getting Started on YouTube Part 2 (live)
I hope that you all will find this information helpful and can put it all to good use. Now lets jump into the September Income and Traffic report. I will stay this month was my best blogging month this year.
YouTube Earnings ————————— $275.42
Adsense (Ads on this blog)——————-$7.36
Passion Fruit Ads ——————————$67.07
Lijit now Sovrn——————————–$25.71
This month I have also decided to break down my daily and hourly rate for you all. I spend about 12 hrs a day on my blog and that is every single day including weekends which is a ton of work. At that rate I am not even making minimum wage. So here are what the broken down numbers look like…
I am so happy to report that the blog is now making more money than the YouTube channel which makes me super happy. My goal over the summer was to get the blog to be in line with the YT channel so that income would be a lot better and the time that I put into the blog would really begin to pay for itself. I am very happy with Septembers income and totally stoked that I met my goal of making $1000 for the month.
My current goal is to be earning $100 a day I know that it will take even more work to make that happen but hopefully sometime next year I will be hitting that number.
For September I joined SoFab and started getting more sponsored post. Sverve has also really picked up and have gotten a number of post from them as well. So if you are looking for new places to join I would suggest both of these since they were my high earners this month. If you are trying to get into SoFab just tell them Danielle Stewart referred you!!!
Looking toward the month of October I have a number of sponsored post lined up but plan to try to really spread them out because although the money is nice it is important to have some balance. I don’t think I totally had the balance this month I had an influx of sponsored post and the income from them is very appealing so I took on more than I would have normally.
I think my focus at this point should be on building even more traffic and exploring ways to bring in more traffic versus doing more sponsored post. That way the money situation evens out and I don’t have an influx of sponsored content.
Monthly Traffic Breakdown (Pageviews)
Sept———————————-14,954 (+878 from last month)
This month has been crazy up and down. I have had some really great traffic days and then the last week I got a bit overwhelmed with school and didn’t put forth much effort so I saw a bit of a slump. So lets dig in and figure out what I did in September.
Traffic didn’t grow nearly as much as I would like but it is still higher than last month so that is a good thing and every visit helps so I am happy with with the 878 pageview increase from last month.
Did You Know
You can compare dates in Google Analytics and see if you were in the green or in the red for the month. I love it!
I wrote 3 post that got a ton of buzz this month and kept the traffic rolling in most of the month. If you haven’t checked them out here they are Traffic and Income Report, August Traffic and Income Report, 4 Affiliate Programs and Money Making Strategies, and Free Blog Planner Printable . These post garnered most of their traffic from Pinterest.
I have found that getting involved in more Pinterest group boards has been really helpful in boosting my traffic. Check out tomorrows post about how to increase your traffic with Pinterest!
I had been focusing on my photos and making them better especially using Canva but now I am finally seeing the fruits of my labor which is awesome because I was starting to give up on it a bit. I think the turning point really came when I decided to join more group boards. So go forth and join lots and lots of group boards and pin away!!!
So my #1 referrer this month is Facebook, 2nd Pinterest and 3rd Stumble Upon. Facebook has been really leading the way lately and I have no complaints about that I think it is a combination of social threads and the fact that I am on there like 24/7 and most of my family and friends see my post from there as well.
The increase in Pinterest traffic is directly related to the group boards. I am convinced this made the biggest impact this month to really push my number up. Between 2 of the post that I discussed earlier I had a total of 1006 repins on pinterest.
Stumble Upon has me stumped a bit because I haven’t submitted any new post to them but I saw a bit of a spike coming from their site later in the month.
For the month of October I would like to really figure out how to leverage more traffic from Twitter. I haven’t been posting there consistently so I am going to schedule some post and see if that helps boost the number of people that come by way of Twitter. I will let you all know how that works out for me next month.
If you are wondering how I schedule my twitter post I like to use HootSuite. I know some people use CoSchedule and Sendible so if you are looking for a way to schedule some of your content you can check out any of those.
Sponsored post can really boost your income but balancing original content and paid content is paramount.
Use Google Analytics to compare your current month to your prior month to better understand how your actions affect your blog.
Visually appealing pictures on pinterest can boost your repins so take time to make sure you are creating share worthy pins.
Become more involved and active in group boards. Join them, Share in them and Repin from them.
and most of all Enjoy the journey and take a break every now and then to reflect on your goals and where you want to take your blog in the future.
I think I mentioned a few of them above but here are my current goals for the month of October.
Income wise I hope that I can increase my income by at least $100-$200 dollars next month.
It would be nice to see traffic increase to about 16,000 pageviews which is about 533 pageviews a day.
To stick more closely to my blogging schedule of two times per week and have more original content than sponsored content.
and to have fun and take a little time each day to reflect and focus on myself because if I am taking care of me then everything else will benefit including my blog.