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Wow! What a way to start off 2018. This month has been an absolute whirlwind I doubled my income for the third month in a row. I did this even though I took a couple weeks off from marketing due to a site redesign. Additionally, I redid all of my Pinterest images, yet again. Let’s dive into this month’s blog income report with more details.
I have so much to share with you about the changes I made this month and how they are working out for me. Before we get into that let’s talk about why I share my income report, and why I started blogging. For those who have read this before feel free to scroll down to the things I did this month.
Check out my post How I Made $350 On A New Blog.
Why Share An Income Report?
When I first started looking into blogging, thinking about blogging, and started my blog I was sceptical that blogging could produce any type of real income. Income reports showed me it might be possible to make money from it.
As with anything on the internet I wasn’t quick to believe that this was possible. However, I was hopeful. I share my income report because I’m not a six figure blogger, yet.
I share my income report so you can see that it is possible to make $300 dollars over several months. Then go to $400 in just one month. Follow that up with over $1000 in one month. I did it again this month.
Sharing the process and progress helps you in your own blogging journey. That is why I share my income reports. So that one day when you stumble across one of them you will see where I started, how long it took, and the steps I took along the way to be successful.
Check out my post The Low Down Dirty Truth On Starting A Blog.
Why I Started Blogging
I had come across blogging while I was researching different business I could start from home. For two years my husband and I did nothing but research business options. We actually build a pretty impressive side hustle and passive income with t-shirt designs and an Etsy store. It wasn’t enough income though.
With a young toddler and the job market in Ohio, at the time, being bleek. I decided I needed to take another look at blogging. So I spent a good 6 months studying, absorbing information, attending webinars, and signing up for every single email list I could.
It was February 2017 when MommyIsAWino.com was born. Over the next 7 months I focused on building content, marketing, and getting into a schedule. I saw fast growth in June after quitting a 60 hour a week job and switching to a part time job.
Then my growth stagnated. I wasn’t making much but I wasn’t ready to give up. I pushed forward, and in October I decided to invest just a little bit into my education. I bought an ebook. Pinteresting Strategies by Carly at MommyonPurpose.com.
Pinteresting Strategies completely changed the game for me. Over the course of the next 3 months I started updating and changing everything about how I marketed on Pinterest. You can read more about my experience with the book by clicking the link below.
Check out my post How Manual Pinning Grows Your Blog.
What I Did This Month
January has been absolutely crazy. While I noticed my growth slow a bit after the first of the year due to Pinterest updating we decided to go ahead and update my entire website.
Rob redid all of the site design while I redid every single last image, including all of my Pinterest images. My Pinterest images had been changed once before and it can be an exhausting task. This time though it was absolutely worth it.
While my monthly views had been pretty high and steadily growing I wasn’t getting click throughs. Now that the images are a lot cleaner I’m getting a lot more click through.
What You Should Take Away From What I Learned
The greatest thing I learned this month was how important your images are on Pinterest. You should have extremely clean graphics. The last thing you want is images that scream spam or equally disappear in the sea of images that are on the platform.
Bright and clean images with as little clutter as possible are best. You can use stock photos or take your own. Make sure your image matches the topic of the post well.
Fonts are extremely important. They must be bold enough to stand out, easy to read, and not clash with your images. Mixing fonts still works, I however prefer the clean look of using all the same font.
Create multiple images and titles for each post. This goes a long way to reaching exactly the audience you want to reach. Use different photos and different titles for a minimum of three different Pinterest graphics.
Check out my November 2017 Income Report.
On the first of the month I had an amazing day. While the two weekends following were ok they were not fantastic. The last two weekends of the month, following all the Pinterest graphic changes, ended up being fantastic.
Total Pageviews in December 2017: 72,869
Total Pageviews for January 2018: 197,673
It’s the part you have all been waiting for. Let’s start talking money. As I mentioned before even with two weeks at the beginning of the month being taken up by a site redesign and all new graphics being made I still more than doubled my income.
Total Income for December 2017: $1002.71
Total Income for January 2018: $2094.95
Previous Income Reports
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To give a bit of perspective this was a huge jump for me. I set a goal for 200,000 pageviews in 1 month. I expected to hit that sometime in the middle of the year. To be so close to hitting that mark one month after making the goal was extremely unexpected.
I’m excited to see what February brings. If you have questions about blogging feel free to leave them in the comments below. I will do my best to answer each one. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your blogging and work at home boards.