1st Month Blog Report

Blog income report for my first month blogging. Blogging as a beginner.


I’m super excited to be writing my first ever monthly blog report.

I started my blog in November on wordpress.com and wrote two posts, but got discouraged and quit. I didn’t have any followers or views. I wasn’t making money and didn’t see how I could. I ended up giving up.

I started back at it in March of 2017 and in as much time and effort as I could. I spent countless hours on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. I researched blogging tips and read anything I could find on how to really make my blog work. I also switched to a self hosted wordpress.org blog so that I could monetize.

** Since this post was written, I switched from Bluehost to SiteGround. I had too many issues with Bluehost and Siteground has worked out great!

When I first started blogging again, I sat down and wrote down all my goals for the rest of March. I tried not to put too much pressure on myself, but wanted to really give it a good try. Here are my goals for March.

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March Goals 

Followers:

Pinterest  150 

Instagram 70

Twitter   200 

Facebook   60

 

Blog Posts:

I really wanted to hit 30 published blog posts.

 

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I set a goal to create free printables to offer to my subscribers and to publish them.

** Update: I now have lots of free printables you can get here

 

Other:

I wanted to set up Google AdSense to try to generate some income.

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So how did things go in March?

I accomplished all of my goals!!!!! It took a lot of time, effort, frustration and late nights, but I did it!

Followers:

Pinterest is now 237                   

Instagram is now  182         

Twitter is now 353

Facebook is now     87

 

While these numbers may not seem like much to a lot of bloggers, I’m super excited about them. It’s encouraging to see my hard work paying off and my numbers increasing.

Blog Posts:

I had wanted to publish 30 blog posts and did. Then I ran into some trouble, while trying to install Google AdSense on my blog I messed up the HTML. I had strange HTML text at the top of my blog posts and couldn’t figure out how to get rid of it. I ended up restoring my blog from and old backup and lost most of my posts. I was able to get some of them back but lost a few for good. Here’s a tip, make sure you are backing up your blog. It’s very discouraging when you lose blog posts that you spent days working on.

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I created six printable lists and published them. It took a lot of research, but I figured out how to publish them so that only my subscribers could access them.

Other:

I set up Google AdSense and monetized my blog. I’ve only made about $1.50 but that’s a start.

** My income has increased dramatically since this post was written! Check out my other blog income reports here…


Month 1 blog income report plus tips for beginners.

 

What did I do that helped this month?

-I focused most of my attention on blog content and Pinterest. I feel like I was on Pinterest non-stop for weeks. Since my blog isn’t making much     money yet, I don’t want to pay for a scheduler. I pinned and Pinned and Pinned some more.

**Update: I now use Tailwind to schedule my pins and have had great success with it.

-I also joined some group boards on Pinterest. If you’re not part of group boards, I would highly recommend it.

-I made sure all my blog posts were SEO friendly and had good images.

-I participated in some amazing Facebook groups. Through those groups I got support from other mom bloggers. My content was shared and I shared theirs.


Goals for April:

-Increase all followers by 50

-Get 25 subscribers to my blog

-Write 6 blog posts

-Try go get my affiliate marketing and sponsored posts going.


Month 1 blog income report plus tips for beginners.

Advice if you’re just getting started:

-Your blog will take up most of your spare time for awhile and that’s ok. I spent so much time on social media and it paid off.

-Social media is a key player in getting views on your blog. Pinterest is my go-to. Once your pin is published it’s there for anyone and everyone to discover, pin and see your blog.

-Be yourself. It’s so easy to look at other blogs and see that they’re getting tons of views. Their niche might be different than yours and that’s ok. If you post original and creative content you will be successful too.

-Join the Amazon affiliate program early in the process. There isn’t a minimum number of views for Amazon like there is for other affiliate programs.

-Spend time creating good pinable images. The images you use for your Pinterest pins should be around 700×1000 pixels. Make sure your post title is clearly stated on the image. I use Canva for all my Pinterest images. Also make sure to include your blog title somewhere on the image.

-Sign up for rich pins on Pinterest. This was confusing for me but made a huge difference. All of the pins from your blog will have your name on them. People can then go to your profile and see what else you’ve pinned and also access your blog.

-Use a business account for Pinterest and make sure you use key words in your profile. Add your blogs url to the profile so people can find you. You can also sign up for Pinterest Analytics too see the activity and reach or your pins.

These are just a few of the things that I learned and put into practice this last month. Although my blog is still small I’m reaching more people.

Month one blog income report plus advice and tips for beginners.

Thanks so much for reading this post. I’m super excited and encouraged by the progress I’ve made over the last month.

Written by: Devon

You might also like: Blog Report: Month Two. How I Made Money In My Second Month Blogging

 

32 COMMENTS

  1. Debby | 1st Apr 17

    Congratulations! I love your honesty. I will need to look into Pinterest Rich Pins! Thanks

  2. Becca Day | 1st Apr 17

    This is really an inspiration and proof that dedication to one’s goals can payoff: Goal-setting

  3. Annie | 1st Apr 17

    Ooh good job!! I’m trying to grow my blog and I agree, Pinterest and Facebook groups have been huge for me so far!

  4. Sarah Frank | 2nd Apr 17

    I should do this. I don’t keep track of anything, but it’s nice to see how far you’ve come!! Good job mama! Keep it up 🙂

  5. Dilraz Kunnummal | 2nd Apr 17

    This is reallly neat! Congrats you!
    I am looking at pinterest. I mean i have started thinking about it.
    The one thing i really want to do now is to move ftom wprdpress.com to wordpress.org…but im not sure how to..
    Trying to fig that out..
    If u have any advice, please do share..

  6. Jamie @ madrediem | 2nd Apr 17

    I started my blog in march as well and haven’t really put a lot of focus on Pinterest. This post is so helpful to me and I will definitely utilize some of your tips. Thank you!!

  7. Tina | 2nd Apr 17

    I took a break, too, just to figure out what I was doing! Apparantly I didn’t break long enough,though. 🙂 I need to find my focus, because I feel like I keep going in the wrong direction blindly. It’s so hard when you don’t have regular “business hours” and are trying to do what you can, when you can. I think I may follow your plan!

  8. Kayla O'Neill | 2nd Apr 17

    Sounds like you have made great progress! Congratulations!

  9. Lisa | 3rd Apr 17

    Awesome job and thanks for the tips! I’m just starting out and learned how to pin with Pintrest last week. I think I’ll take your advice and spend some serious time on there next week. Goal #1 🙂

  10. Corey | The Nostalgia Diaries | 3rd Apr 17

    Sounds like an awesome month! I love the concept of setting monthly goals – I’m going to have to do this myself!

  11. Laura | 3rd Apr 17

    This is my first month blogging as well! I hit the grown running but still was not able to crank as much into my time as you were and that’s okay! I spent most of my time studying designing my page and learning about imagery. Next month I am going to jump into more Pinteresting and also have a goal to make more printables. Thank you for sharing your success!

  12. Melanie | 3rd Apr 17

    I love blog reports! That’s a TON of growth in just three weeks. Congratulations! I did the same thing when I added AdSense–the HTML went berserk and I thought “This is the end! I’m giving up on this blog!”. My heart jumped into my throat, but fortunately I didn’t lose anything. I’m so sorry that happened! I have to get better about backing my stuff up, too. Thank you for sharing; I can’t wait to see how you do next month!

  13. Abbey | 3rd Apr 17

    Great job! It sounds like your goals for April are super do-able, too! 🙂

  14. Kassi | 3rd Apr 17

    I love reading about fellow newbie bloggers and how they are doing and the tools they are using to be so successful. This was a fantastic post with some really great information. I LOVE pinterest – at least 80% of my traffic comes from there. I still haven’t figured out Rich Pins, but that is next on my laundry list of things to do. I hope you keep moving forward with your blog reports. I would certainly love to read them!

  15. yvette | 3rd Apr 17

    This is awesone, congratulations on reaching your goals and setting new ones. I think that’s really inspirstional as a new-ish blogger myself. I love hearing realistic approaches and numbers. Thank you for sharing.

  16. Rose | 3rd Apr 17

    Congrats on your blogging success this month! It’s so exciting that you met your social media goals.

  17. LizZ Holla | 4th Apr 17

    I love seeing your successes! It looks like you are getting off to an amazing start 😀

    • dbern582@gmail.com | 4th Apr 17

      Thank you.

  18. Jasmine Hewitt | 5th Apr 17

    you have some great tips and it sounds like you’ve met a lot of success this past month!

    • dbern582@gmail.com | 11th Apr 17

      Thanks. It’s been a lot of work but I’m so glad I finally found something I can do for myself.

  19. Angie | 11th Apr 17

    Sounds like you had a really great first month! Congrats!

    • dbern582@gmail.com | 11th Apr 17

      Yes I did, thanks. I’m so glad I took the step and started blogging.

  20. The L Word | 12th Apr 17

    That is AMAZING!!! Good job! My sister and I just started our blog 1 week ago and I am legitimately amazed that you were able to get so many social media followers! I was started to get frustrated with social media but you are right… I think it will pay off in the end!

  21. Stephanie Lee | 14th Apr 17

    Congrats on that growth this month!! It’s great that you decided to focus on your blog and Pinterest and did great work on those. These are great tips!

  22. Ashlea | 16th Apr 17

    It looks like you have done a lot of research. Don’t give up you are on your way.

  23. Harmony, Momma To Go | 1st May 17

    These are awesome tips! Ive been building alot by joining FB groups in my niche. I will look into google ad sense. congrats on your first month!

  24. Andreea | 1st May 17

    Well done on your Pinterest game! I’m still low on followers on Pinterest and Facebook, but the others have grown steadily over time. I need to sign up for rich pins!

  25. Specia | 9th May 17

    Congratulations and keep it up!

  26. Caitlin Patoka | 14th May 17

    I’m also a new blogger and I love reading encouraging posts like this! There’s some great advice here too. I think I’m going to start tracking my progress and making goals as well, it could be motivating to see an increase in followers as a tangible measure when the blog isn’t really earning yet.

  27. Elle @Girlfriend's, Budget! | 23rd May 17

    Thank you for showing that dedication and consistency pays off. I was super excited about the first $1 I made on my blog as well. Great tips and keep up the good work!

  28. Andolina | 26th May 17

    I feel like I’m doing okay considering I’m on day 26 of my blog and have already made $0.20 (yeah, lol but I was excited). The only thing I’m having trouble with is setting up Google Adsense, I cannot for the life of me figure out how to put the code where they want it so I can get approved. I’m getting regular traffic, but I feel like I’d really start doing better if I had Adsense.

    • dbern582@gmail.com | 30th May 17

      Adsense was tough for me too. I searched all over Pinterest to figure it out.

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