It’s a beginning of a new month, which means it’s time for another income report.
September was a tough month in the numbers game. I only had six new posts, so traffic wasn’t being driven through Word Press itself. With my full time job starting, I wasn’t able to spend a lot of time promoting my posts on social media. I’m still trying to figure out the best way for me to juggle full-time work, part-time work, and my blog…but I’ll get there.
|| RELATED: August Income Report ||
LONG TERM BLOG GOALS (Read why I chose these long term goals in How I Made $89.01 My First Month Blogging – July 2018 Income Report)
SEPTEMBER SHORT TERM GOALS
NEW POSTS ADDED (9)
—-Total followers: 85
—-Total page views: 489
—-Most visited: Everything You Need to Know About Fabletics Activewear
—-Followers: 277 (downfrom 296)
—-Most liked photo: 92 for the beautiful Nyhavn Canal in Copenhagen
—-Followers: 1108 (up from 845)
—-Followers: 33 (up from 32)
—-Followers: 50; 2K monthly viewers (up from 50)
—-Total subscribed: 12 (up from 8)
I’m measuring income by a few things.
TOTAL INCOME = $18.60
Canva renewal: $12.95
TOTAL EXPENSES = $12.95
Woo baby! I’m back making a profit! = $5.65 (with my deficit from last month, I am still negative $74.94 – but that’s OK)
The numbers this month were not in my favor. It was the worst month in views to date. It really shows that when you’re not promoting yourself, you’re missing out on a lot of traffic.
I haven’t put the time into the blog itself and focused instead on social media because it takes less time. Was it the right thing to do? Maybe not. But I am consistently engaged on Twitter.
Instagram, on the other hand, is a wonder I just can’t figure out. My following went down instead of up. And I’m getting new followers everyday. I really don’t understand it. I engage with others and I follow others, but it just keeps fluctuating. To be honest, I don’t get all that much traffic from Instagram…so I may just not focus a ton of energy there.
Something exciting that happened this month – I GOT TRAFFIC FROM SEARCH ENGINES. That was pretty exciting in my book.
Barely, but it’s a star – right?
TRIAL & ERROR
Websites & Apps I’m still using:
Canva – Absolutely recommend! I’ve upgraded to premium so I can have a greater amount of stock images to use. They do one month free trial, so this is my second month using and my first month paying. Canva is great for all of those nice graphics you see on Insta, Pinterest, etc. It really makes things pop and they have a ton of free stock images to use.
Tailwind App – They do have a free trial , so I haven’t had to pay anything yet. Tailwind improves your Pinterest engagement. “Schedule Posts, Discover Content, Monitor Conversations, Amplify your Reach, and Measure Results. All with One Tool.” It’s helped build a Pinterest following to what it is. – This month I stopped using Tailwind because I ran out of my free trial. I wasn’t ready to pay for it yet.
Mail Chimp – I use Mail Chimp for my email pop-up on my site and to send messages to said list. This website took me some time to figure out, but if I would have watched some tutorials first, it would have been fine. I’m too stubborn. Mail Chimp is free for up to 2,000 subscribers. I’m good for close to eternity.
This month, I also started a new email campaign. Every Monday morning I send out a new fun travel fact. It’s been really fun for me to do!
Later – This site is great for planning out Instagram posts. You are able to see how they will look on your current page if you are a brand that has a specific look. You can save the post to give you a notification at the time/day you want and then it will copy everything and open up when you open the notification. My favorite part is that you can save hashtag strings so you’re not annoying yourself typing them out or going back and forth from your notes in your phone. The free version allows you 30 posts per month.
NEW THIS MONTH – Crowdfire App. This app runs a lot like Later. With the free version, you get to connect one account per social media platform and can have 10 scheduled posts per account. There is also a follower and unfollower tracker. There are several subscription options where you get more features – the cheapest is $7.99 a month and the most expensive is $75 a month (with several in between). The paid versions include post analytics and a lot of nice extras. I am thinking at some point I might upgrade, just not until I get some more steady income. Another nice feature is that there are articles based on your content that you can share on your platforms. My favorite part of this app, though, is that there is an option for “Post at the Best Time” where the app posts scheduled content when the engagement is high.
So here’s my month three income report. This is seriously a crazy learning process and it’s been quite the ride. These income reports are such a great way to reflect on my month. Maybe someone else will learn from my mistakes and/or experiences. Any tips out there for what I’m lacking? Throw them at me!
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