Digital Media Income Report – April 2017

Blog Income Report - April 2017 - Information on what affiliate program work and how to increase traffic

Digital Media Education – Blog Income Report – April 2017:

For my new readers:

I recently decided to take my blogging seriously. I’ve done it as a part time hobby for the last 3 ½ years with my main blog, Daily Successful Living which is dedicated to personal finance.

In December 2016 I decided that it was time to make some changes and see if I could actually make money with my blogs.

My goal with this website has always been to share everything I’ve learned (both good and bad) while creating my website. I hope as I begin my journey to a profitable blog, my experiences (both negative and positive) will help other bloggers. 

I started to share a list of my internal goals and realized no one cares but me. I scrapped the goal list and decided to make my income reports a bit more non-traditional.

My blog income report will share what is working and what isn’t working.

I want to help other small time bloggers like me who are trying to make something fun happen in their lives.

Just as an FYI – I have three blogs (yes, I know, I’m crazy but like to write about a variety of topics)

  • Daily Successful Living – Daily Successful Living focuses on money saving tips, personal finance, parenting, and self-leadership. I began this blog as a hobby back in 2013 but began taking it seriously in December 2016.
    • Over the last few months I’ve completely redesigned the site, I’ve redone the colors and added a lot of little changes that I hope make it more user-friendly.
  • Digital Media Education – You are here – check out some of my content and let me know if it helps you out. This blog is intended to showcase everything I’m learning as I cycle through my blogging journey.
  • Camping Education – This is my passion blog. My schedule is a bit crazy, so I’m lucky to post 1-2 times per month. Eventually, it is going to be an amazing resource on hikes in Arizona and Southern Utah.

Blogging Income Report – April 2017

Received Income:

  • Consulting – $540
    • Content editing and website development for clients. If you are interested in my services please contact me.
  • Received Affiliate Income
    • Rakuten Linkshare – $20.10
      • Most of this is from my affiliate links with Walmart. I’ve been trying to use their links more frequently than Amazon since they have a longer cookie time (and are typically the same price)

Total Received Income – $560.10

Unreceived Income:

Total Unreceived Income – $39.38

Expenses:

  • Web Hosting – $18/month (all sites)
  • Board Booster – $5
  • Adobe Lightroom – $10.77 – Read about how I use Adobe Lightroom for Blog Photo management.
  • Convertkit – $29/month – I’m technically splitting the cost for this service with some other projects, but I’m going to include the entire cost for accounting purposes. Either way, I decided to bite the bullet and try and up my email game.
  • Virtual Assistant – $180
    • This was an experiment for me. I’m way, way behind and decided to get some help.

Total Expenses: $242.77

Net Income for January – $297.23

I still have a long way to go before this blog is self-sufficient.  At this point, I take on consulting projects to fund this blog. I’m anticipating the need for a few more consulting projects unfortunately.

My brother always says, “If you are putting money into a job than it is really just a hobby.”  Oh well, at least I have fun.  As I continue to grow and expand, I know that this number will increase.

Social Media Growth:

  • Facebook Pages
    • Daily Successful Living – 4% Increase to 101
    • Digital Media Education – No Change – I haven’t been promoting this page at all and won’t be for another 1-2 months.
  • Twitter
    • Daily Successful Living – 15% increase to 3,027
    • Digital Media Education – 8% increase to 3,377
    • Camping Education – 4% increase to 968 – Minimal Change – I haven’t been promoting this page at all and won’t be for another 1-2 months.
  • Pinterest (one shared profile) – 15% increase to 950
  • Instagram
    • Daily Successful Living – 9% increase to 303
  • Email Subscribers
    • Daily Successful Living – 3% increase to 74

Blog Statistics:

Changes I’ve made to my social media platforms to increase page views:

Pinterest:

Most of my marketing in April was focused on Pinterest growth. I spent hours, going through my old post and redoing the graphics to make them Pinterest friendly.   I’ve gotten through about half of my posts and still have a long, way to go.

It is super time consuming, but with these small changes, I’ve seen a 25-45% increase in my traffic from Pinterest.

I’m planning to finish the rest of my graphics in May and spend as much time as possible building up my Pinterest following.

I recently began using Tailwind, which is a life changer for me.

I need to do a full blog post on why I love this program. Plain and simple, it is easy to use, takes minimal time to set up, and the customer service/support is amazing,

I’ve been using both Tailwind and Board Boaster and have been very, very happy with my results.

I’ve also joined 7 Pinterest Group Boards and am seeing some positive results from some of them.

Not all group boards are created equal. Based on my limited usage of group boards, I recommend finding niche boards rather than spend too much time on the general boards.

Twitter:

I’ve spent a decent amount of time organizing my evergreen twitter content using Social Jukebox, which is why I believe I’ve seen so much Twitter growth.

Facebook & Instagram:

Honestly, I haven’t done much to promote my Facebook, Instagram, and email channels this month.

I’ll continue to post on these platforms occasionally, but won’t be focusing on them until I get a better handle on Pinterest and email subscribers.

Email Subscribers:

My other main goal is to increase my email subscription base.

With this goal in mind, I’ve opened an account with Convertkit, which allows for drip campaigns.

Check out my post on Why You Need an Email List Now if you are a blogger for additional details.

I’ve completed one printable and am working on additional printables that I can use as lead magnets.

I want to provide value to my readers rather than just expecting them to sign up for my random emails.

Is my hard working paying off?

Overall, I feel that this month has brought some positive changes. I still have a lot of work to revamp my sites, but based on the slow but steady increase in blog traffic, finally feel like I’m on the right track.

My main struggle is page views. Quite frankly they suck!

I have a lot of content, but as I’m redoing my Pinterest graphics I’m rewriting virtually every post. I’m not the best writer in the world but can see a huge difference between my writing style of 3 years ago versus today.

It goes back to the fact that writing is a skill that must be cultivated. All of the changes I’m making are meaningless unless my content is good and provides help and inspiration to my readers.

As much as it pains me to admit this, most of my old stuff was written for the wrong reasons. I wrote what I wanted to write, not to answer or help my readers.  Check out 6 Guidelines for Writing Quality Blog Content for additional help.

As I’ve revamped my site, I’ve had a lot of fun reworking my content and feel like as I gain readers they’ll be happy with the changes I’m making.

So please, if you enjoyed this post or any of the other posts I linked to, please share! Also, I’d love to receive feedback (both positive and negative) below.