I started this Income Report blog series to track how much I make online with other websites. I am also using it to track my blog income growth as well so I can look back on what I did wrong and what I did right for the future.
So let’s jump into how much I made online in November..
Fiverr (selling services digitally) – $112
Ebates (cashback) – $1.12
eRewards (surveys) – $16.25
Epolls (surveys) – 3000 points (around $4)
Google Adsense (ads) – $1.55
Viglink (affiliate) – $0.92
Total = $135.84
(Nothing was paid out to me in November except, money from Fiverr that I earned last month and a Fiverr order that I received at the beginning of November. I also received my check from Cashcrate from my earnings from last month. Everything else will probably be paid out to me sometime in December).
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Things I did my first month of blogging on Blogging and Living
Posts I made – 7 (I was supposed to post 12 times, but I failed.)
Words I wrote – 7663
Total likes I received from people on WordPress – 89
Comments made on the blog (including my responses back)- 9
I tried to make sure that majority of my blog posts had at least 800 words and I succeeded. It surprisingly wasn’t difficult to create the blog posts. I just discussed topics that I was really interested in for the most part. In the past when I would initially start a blog, it would take me so much longer to write a post… but now it takes me maybe an hour.
Most of my time went to – Planning and Creating photos
I think the thing that takes the longest amount of time is creating photos to share on social media. To be honest, it will take me maybe 2-3 hours to create photos for a post and it is usually because I am making like 4-6 different photos that I can use on social media. For example, I create a lot of wider and shorter photos for Facebook and Twitter while I create longer photos for Pinterest. I also do research to analyze what photos are doing well on Pinterest and sometimes I’ll create a similar photos, but with my own spin on it for my website.
I also deleted some old blog posts on my other website and I plan on posting them on this new website in maybe 6-8 months. I would like to rank in Google for the topics since I plan on creating a couple of posts about the specific subject so hopefully I can rank well without any issues.
I increased my Twitter engagement substantially.
I interacted a lot on Twitter and my engagement was the highest it has ever been which is pretty cool. I even started a couple of conversations with others on there which I am really happy about.
I submitted my blog to Saira from Mom Resource for a specific link up giveaway that she was running. Basically you enter to be featured on her social media. I didn’t win, but I did gain 6 views from her website from my submission.
I stopped myself from working hard on a blog post that most likely no one would read. I was about to post a review of an anime series from the late 80’s-early 90’s. I somewhat did write a review, but instead of posting it and working on creating a few photos to post to it which would have most likely cost me 2 hours of my time with no results, I decided that I would turn it into another post that I could use a specific set of keywords for to rank in the search engine. I started thinking about all of the times that I worked hard on some content for my previous blogs only to have no one read it. Then I realized that not a lot of people would be specifically interested in this anime. It isn’t popular and I would have had a hard time ranking for it since most of the pages that rank for it are 5+ years old established anime focused sites.
I shared 1 Pin from one of my blog posts to a Tribe group that I am apart of on Tailwind.
I have been using Tailwind for almost a year and I absolutely love it for promoting my content and building a following on Pinterest. It is really easy to schedule out what I want to publish over the course of a month in one day. However, I have never used the Tribes on Tailwind and I know I need to change my life because it would help my traffic grow even more than it does with just Tailwind scheduling alone.
If you’re looking for a Pinterest scheduler to promote your content on Pinterest at different times of the day to save you sometime, try out Tailwind and get your first month free.
I had my first $60 purchase on Fiverr which was awesome. Of course, Fiverr gets a cut of 20% so I only will receive $48 of it, but it’s pretty awesome that I was able to make enough to cover my phone bill with what I made on Fiverr collectively in November. I made 5 sales!!!
I am happy that I was able to create those and get it out of the way. Of course, I do feel like my About page is awful and I am going to edit it over the course of the next few months.
Things I Failed at & Didn’t Do Successfully in November
Traffic –> My Goal for November was 1000 — Reality views for November – 142 views
I haven’t installed Google Analytics yet, but this is where my traffic came from.
I didn’t post at all on Instagram.
I completely ignored Instagram. Okay, I didn’t ignore it… I liked other people’s photos and interacted on maybe 3 photos (they were giveaway posts). I didn’t post any new images myself though unfortunately. I felt so sluggish about taking photos last month.
My Instagram followers decreased.
I assume people were doing the whole follow unfollow thing. So yeah, it isn’t really too big of a surprise.
I should have been promoting my content consistently on Twitter and Pinterest…and just in general.
I did schedule pins on Pinterest, but I didn’t schedule enough of my own content from this blog. I think I maybe posted 2 images from this website which isn’t good at all. I also shared maybe 2 or 3 blog posts once each from this blog to Twitter. I think one post got me 16 views from Twitter which was pretty cool.
I wanted to kind of wait to promote content when I had more of variety of content to post. I wanted to promote at least 5 blog posts a week on Twitter and share more of my posts to my Pinterest group boards. I also wanted to do more with Google Plus Communities, but I ended up not really focusing on anything too much except Pinterest.
I didn’t obtain any followers on Facebook.
I created a Facebook page and I posted on it about 5 times, but I didn’t actually promote it in groups or anything. I don’t think I realized realistically how I was about promoting my content on other social networks apart from Pinterest.
I made 13 blog comments when I was supposed to make 30.
Only 11 of the blog comments were actually strategic…somewhat. I’ll have to do better next month.
I didn’t use Swagbucks or Cashcrate at all this month.
I should have used the both of these websites because I know that I would have made at least $100 if I would have been active on them, but I won’t lie to you guys… I was just so lazy this month.
My Social Media Stats as of December 1st
Pinterest – Last month –> 5824 | Current –> 6526 (+702 new followers)
Pinterest December Goal –> 400 new followers
Twitter Pages – Last month –> 1446 & 760
Current Twitter Stats –> 1561 (+115) & 789 (+29)
Twitter December Goal –> 100 new followers
Facebook – 0 –> Goal 30 likes
Instagram – 53, but went down to 48 –> Goal 30 new followers
Goals for December
Post at least 10 times on my website.
Post on Instagram at least 5 times and log my experience.
Attempt to join at least 20 Pinterest groups and remove Pinterest boards that I don’t use.
Share a Facebook post from my page to a group at least 6x.
Do research for future blog posts in the upcoming 3 months.
Promote all of my content and track how often I promote my content as well as where I promote it to evaluate what works and what doesn’t.
Make 30 comments on other websites.
Realistic Traffic Goals for December – 300 views
So that concludes my income report, my growth, and my failures for November.
Thanks for reading and I will be back with another income report for December in a month.
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