Welcome to my monthly series where I share my blog stats and income with you. I was inspired to do this because I know of some bigger bloggers (like Pinch of Yum) who share their blog stats and income but I really didn’t see any smaller bloggers (like me! and maybe you!) who do so. I figured if I was looking for something like this, others might be as well, so I decided that I’d start sharing my monthly stats and income. Here’s my April blog stats and income report – I hope you find this helpful (you can find March’s report here)!
Ad income: 14.25 (BlogHer) + 41.27 (The Blogger Network) = $55.52
Total April income: $55.52
Total April page views: 15,138
I did not have a lot of realized income in the month of April – just my ad networks paying out. Remember, I count my income in the month I actually receive it – not when the work is done. This means that if I have a sponsored post that goes live in April, but I don’t get paid until June that income counts for June not April in my accounting system. In March I had a realized income of over 500 and May will be another good month but April was a bit of a lull, which is cool.
Summer is coming, which usually means a dip in pageviews but I’m looking forward to a bit of downtime in terms of blogging and planning and getting set up for fall. Which sounds ridiculous, but if I don’t plan ahead, it won’t work. I will probably move to a two day a week blog schedule over the summer – but I haven’t definitively decided yet. I read this good article on preparing for the summer slump that some of you might be interested in.
In April, my top three posts were:
- Hansons Method Training Plan: a Review. People were curious about the Hansons plan and so this post got quite a bit of traction.
- Between Now and Marathon Training. In this post, I talked about my plan for my off season in between Shamrock Half and the start of marathon training.
- Cherry Blossom Ten Miler Race Recap. Cherry Blossom is one of my favorite races so I was thrilled to write this recap – I also scored a new ten miler PR!
This past month, my top three referral sources were: 1) Facebook; 2) direct and 3) google. For the second month in a row, my Pinterest referrals were down and Facebook was huge. I don’t pretend to understand how all this works so I won’t really speculate. But I will say that while I have no clue about all the Facebook algorithms, I’ve stuck with it and had a few posts go viral on Facebook. I think the best social media platform to promote your blog is the one you will use. I utilize Facebook a great deal and have started engaging less on Pinterest – not purposefully (because I really love Pinterest) but it’s just how it’s shaken out. Pinterest is still a very important part of my blog promotion strategy – but the recent volatility with Pinterest is a good reason to diversify your strategy and not have all your eggs in one platform.
Bloggers: do you experience a summer slump? If so, how to you deal with it?