Welcome to my ninth monthly blog review. If you want to take a look back at my first income report you can do so here. Or my report from last month here. This is where I will go over exactly what went on with my blog in the past month, how much I spent, how much I made, how many new subscribers, etc. You might be rather surprised to see something like this on most blogs, but I have seen this done on a couple of other blogs (specifically MakingSenseOfCents.com and smartpassiveincome.com) and am of the opinion dear readers that it is helpful not only for you, but for myself as well.
That is because it will eventually help give you my audience confidence that you too can start your blog to share your stories, and be successful at it, or even any other format that you choose to share your stories through. And it will also help hold me accountable as I will have a written record of how this business is going, and what has been working and what hasn’t. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the numbers for my ninth full month, April 2018.
Currently my only income source for this blog is affiliate marketing, so all of my income that has been generated so far is solely from affiliate marketing. And honestly, it has all come from only one of my multiple affiliate marketers, Amazon.com. With that in mind, I didn’t bother making any fancy pie charts or anything to show you the breakout of where exactly all of my income came from, and unless I hear that you really want to see a giant single-color circle on next month’s report I probably won’t have one then either.
But here is the total income from Amazon last month: $6.04! I know I obviously still have a long ways to go before I can reach my goal of living off of this blog but at least it is an encouraging start! I did just recently add google adsense to my blog, so hopefully I will start getting some clicks on those in the next month and get a boost to my income through that.
I have not spent any money on advertising as of yet, although it has been tempting to try and increase growth that way. But for now my only expense has been the cost of hosting the website, I have done all of my own work on it, and have only been using the free versions of any plugins that I require. Since I am hosting my site through 1 & 1 Web hosting, I was able to get the entire first year of hosting for the low price of $11.88. Since I paid all of the first year up front, I have zero upkeep right now.
Traffic and Subscribers: 4152 total site visits, 15 subscribers
So far my email list has not seen any substantial growth, and is one of the areas that I am going to need to try and continue focusing on in the coming months, as your list of subscribers is one of the best ways to measure the profitability of your blog (or at least so I have heard). With that being said though, I have managed to convince 20 of you to sign up anyway and even more impressive, 15 of you to stay signed up.
My total conversion rate right now has dropped down to about .22%, which while not ideal, is about one tenth of the average of 2-4% conversion rate for most sites. But I have been pleasantly surprised by the total number of visits to the site(which I will admit I am probably responsible for a large number of those hits with all of the work that I do on the site, but still surprised that I got well over 4000 views in the ninth month!).
Our Facebook page and Pinterest accounts still remain popular. Currently it seems that our Facebook page is even more popular than the site itself with 48 followers compared to the 15 subscribers to the site. My most popular post on Facebook from this past month has been my article on Building your society into your world with 83 views, 2 likes, 1 share, and 3 people following the post back to the blog.
On Pinterest meanwhile, our growth has been slower, still at an overwhelming whole 2 followers! My most popular post there this past month finally managed to supplant The history of storytelling in songs, which has been on top since it was first posted last August! This month however the top pin was 10 Steps to Telling Epic Short Stories, with 297 impressions, 5 saves and 4 clicks through to my blog! This post was from last September, so slightly newer than the last top pin but still surprising old to be coming out on top now, at least in my opinion.
Looking ahead(and back):
So, it looks like the holiday slump is over, both traffic and affiliate sales are on the upswing again. Hopefully I will be able to maintain this recent momentum and be able to use it to propel myself further along than I have been able to do so far. I did add some Google Adsense add to my blog this past month, so I am hopeful that over the coming months they will prove to be profitable. That being said, if you see any ads which you find offensive or that you know I wouldn’t personally endorse, then please notify me and let me know as soon as possible so that I can get them removed.
Looking forward to this coming month I am anticipating sticking to the one blog article per week for now. I am also hoping to focus more on finishing up my worldbuilding series and then putting together a list of world building resources. Also, hoping that I will be able to translate that into some helpful contacts for the future so that I can start outreaching more like minded people and working together to create even more great content for you all.
Any insights on how I could better implement Google Adsense ads in this blog? Or other suggestions for monetizing it in some way? if so please let me know in the comments below! Thank you!