Welcome to my first post in a new monthly series where I will share my blog income and stats with you. I was inspired to do this because I know of some bigger bloggers (like Pinch of Yum) who share their income and stats 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 that I wasn’t willing to publish myself that was pretty messed up so decided that I’d start sharing my monthly stats and income.
September was a really strange month for me, blog wise so I thought I’d actually share my August and September numbers with you guys so you can get a more realistic sense of where I am.
- 8,251 page views
- 15,093 page views
So let me break this down for you. In August, I had a fairly typical number of page views – it was up from July, but by a reasonable amount. My income in August was from two sponsored posts I wrote. In September, I earned $50 from a sponsored blog post I wrote. I actually have a few other sources of blog income, but none of them have paid me yet, so I’m not going to include them until the month that the payments actually come in. Those other income sources are google ad sense (right now, I’ve made about $30 to date with that program) and being an amazon affiliate (to date, I’ve only made about $5 from that but I love it because I can share products I love and buy anyway). I’m also a bluehost affiliate and I earn income through my post on how to start a blog – however, I also haven’t been paid yet for that either, so I’m not including it yet. I hope that these numbers will continue to grow and as I get paid out from some of the advertising and affiliate relationships, that will also affect the numbers.
Now, let’s talk about the spike in traffic in the month of September. I had almost a 100% increase in traffic from August to September. If you’ve been reading this week, you can probably guess that my post that went viral is pretty much solely responsible for that increase. My goal has been to do things to help convince some of my new readers (as a result of that post) to stick around — we’ll see how well I met that goal when I look at my blog income and stats from October.
In terms of what goals I have financially for this blog, that’s still a work in progress. I have a lot of big ideas (blogging seminar, blogging ebook, etc.) but I definitely think I need to fully envision a plan and I also need about five more hours in each day (don’t we all?). Right now, I’m continuing to focus on content and quality and learning as much as I can about blogging. I also am thinking about a design overhaul in Q1 of 2015. I’d actually love to find a budding designer who would want to work with this up and coming blogger. 🙂 So if you know anyone, send them my way!
I hope you find these monthly reports helpful. Let me know if you do and if you have any questions!