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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I really wanted to hit 30 published blog posts.
I set a goal to create free printables to offer to my subscribers and to publish them.
I wanted to set up Google AdSense to try to generate some income.
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!
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.
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.
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.
I set up Google AdSense and monetized my blog. I’ve only made about $1.50 but that’s a start.
-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.
-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.
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.
Thanks so much for reading this post. I’m super excited and encouraged by the progress I’ve made over the last month.