Blogging Income Report May 2018 – $1183.28
Blogging Income Report May 2018: How I made over $1,000 in May 2018 with my blog while working only 15 hours per week at home.
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My blogging history
On June 9, 2016 (2 years ago) I started my blog 2sharemyjoy.com. When I first began blogging I published articles in 5 different niches, tested many different strategies, tried all social media platforms, and wasted a lot of time. Looking back, I understand all of this was part of the learning process.
One year later I narrowed my niche down to fitness and budget recipes. Six months after that I narrowed the focus of my recipes to vegan and continued providing budget friendly content. I had to edit a lot of posts, my blog, and my social media accounts to show a clear message. Now I believe my blog is established in this niche and everything correlates.
Throughout this journey I realized that Pinterest always gives me the best traffic. So I focused 90% of my (social media marketing) time perfecting a Pinterest strategy and spent the rest of my time on Instagram. I do post on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, StumbleUpon, and Yumly, but I do not devote much time to these platforms.
I tried other social media accounts to generate traffic and/or sales, but with no success. I like to use Instagram because it creates a more personal relationship with my readers (like Youtube). Facebook, in my opinion, is only useful if you can afford to pay ads.
Previous blogging income reports
As you can see below, my income increased steadily and almost tripled from May 2017 to May 2018 (and I hope it triples again over this next year, haha).
- First blogging income report of $24.26
- December 2016 income report of $180
- May 2017 income report of $421.77
- October 2017 income report of $603.88
- May 2018: $1183.28
What I did this month (success and failures)
Because I am earning a decent income, I had to start proper bookkeeping using Excel sheets and educate myself about legal responsibilities.
Then the GDPR switch happened and I had to change my email funnels, which was very scary. I realized though, that I make the same amount of sales and income even though my subscriber numbers dropped drastically.
This is because I get subscribers that are actually interested in reading my emails, therefore my email open rate is greater. I took Elizabeth Goddard’s tutorial to set up my sequences and sign up forms the right way.
I always take some time each month creating new pin images for older posts and I add a new description with new hashtags. This allows the pin to go viral, sometimes for the first time, sometimes for a second or third time, or stay interesting by adding fresh images.
I also purchased a second Tailwind subscription for the whole year for my second Pinterest account and I started trying out paid ads/promoted pins on Pinterest.
There were no real failures this month as I see steady growth in my pageviews and blogging income. I did not spend a lot of time on my blog this month due to a family vacation, so I have to make sure to write good articles that boost my pageviews even more in June. Lack of new content always affects traffic.
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Blogging Income Report May 2018 (+traffic)
- Mediavine: $986.78
Affiliate programs income:
- Amazon Associates: $23.72
- 5 dollar meal plan: $1.50
- Viglinks: $10.08
- Share-a-Sale: $2
- Commission Junction: $20.40
- Convertkit: $8.70
- Nutritiously: $41.50
Own products income:
Total Income: $1183.28
Total pageviews in May 2018: 78,137
My pageviews in May were actually lower than April (87,854) and this is because I took 10 days off in April and also in May.
Over 90% of my pageviews come from Pinterest and I share the exact same strategies I use to create vital posts in my Pinterest Legacy course. Whenever I publish a post it can take 2 days to gain lots of traffic, or sometimes 2 weeks, or 4 months, the internet is tricky that way. You never know. What I do know is that as a blogger you always see the effort that you put into your business the next month or further in the future, not right away. Hang on, believe in what you are doing, and produce good content and you will see growth.
Since starting my blog I work about 15 hours per week. Today, I make over $1,000 dollars a month and work the same amount as I did one year ago. The reason my pageviews dropped in the end of May is definitely because I took days off over the past two months.
Nevertheless, I made solid earnings and that is why I love passive income!
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I have taken many courses and read many books. Below are the ones I highly recommend. These resources have significantly helped me grow my business.
Pinterest Legacy: A Pinterest tutorial where you will learn the same strategies I used to reach 70K-90K pageviews a month with the power of Pinterest. That traffic generated over $1,000 per month by only working 15 hours from home.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: This tutorial covers all details on how to monetize your blog with affiliate marketing. Michelle is making over $50,000 per month through affiliate marketing and shares all her tips and tutorials in the course.
6 Figure Blogger: This is the most thorough course I have ever taken! The authors of the course make over $150,000 per month, partly with their Fitness and Health blog. The course covers everything from finding the right product to create, how to research keywords and product ideas that work, how to sell the product, how to set up email funnels and sales page, and even how to write a blogpost to generate sales. They also include a part about affiliate marketing. Head over for more information.
Google SEO strategies: This course goes on sale regularly, sometimes for under $15. It covers everything you need to know about Google SEO. You will learn how to set up proper keyword research, how to find the right long tail keywords, how to include them in your post, and many more tips to rank on Google. Since taking the course I have seen an increase in pageviews from Google.
Cracking the Code of the Amazon Associate’s Program: If you have a brand new blog and want to start monetizing, the Amazon Associate’s program is the easiest and best way to start. Amazon carries so many products which makes it easy to find the fitting products for your blog post. There are some rules to follow and many tips to generate an income. Ashli is making thousands of dollars each month through Amazon and she shares all of her tips and tutorials in her budget friendly eBook.
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