Hey guys, welcome to my second blog income report for the year, my blog income report 2018 for February. I know its a bit overdue (this seems to have become somewhat of a habit), but better late than never right?
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Why do I post an income report?
If you’re new to my blog, you might be wondering why I’d want to post a blog income report, and I have two reasons for it.
1) It helps me get an idea of how my blog is doing and forces me to look at what is working and what is not. By compiling an income report, I pull everything together to get a general idea of how well my blog is performing. It also means I can go back and compare my blog’s performance and income with that of previous months.
2) I hope that it can help motivate you and show you that it really IS possible to make money blogging. Before I started blogging, I used to read the income reports of other bloggers, and that is what eventually motivated me to start my own blog.
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Blog Income Report 2018 – February
Okay, so let’s get to the part that you’re really here for – how much did I make from my blog in February 2018? Drum roll, please…
I made a whopping $257.34 in the month of February!
This is pretty much in line with what I made the previous month. And I made all this from Google AdSense alone. Yep, I didn’t earn anything from affiliate marketing in February. Truth be told, I kind of expected this, as I didn’t really promote any affiliate products last month.
Now I know $257.34 is not much, but it’s still something if you consider the amount of work I put in last month. I only published 4 posts in February. That means I put in roughly a little over 8 hours of time into my blog last month. And I still made $257.34!
For those of you wondering, I received 50,293 page views in February. This was my best month yet in terms of page views, and February only had 28 days, so I’ll take that as a win.
How do I get traffic?
Most of my traffic comes from Pinterest. I received some traffic from Google and StumbleUpon, but the percentage is really small when compared to what I got from Pinterest.
So how do I get all of this traffic from Pinterest? Group boards! Group boards are awesome as you can get your pins in front of thousands (or millions) of other people even if you only have a few followers yourself.
At the time of writing this, I only have 415 followers on Pinterest (btw, I’d LOVE it if you’d follow me on Pinterest). But I’ve joined 50+ group boards, some of which have over 100 000k followers. So when I pin my pins to those boards, it can potentially be seen by all the people following those boards.
Now I have a lot of pins and a lot of group boards, so manually pinning to all of those boards will be time-consuming as you can imagine. So I use the following tools to automate my pinning:
Until the end of February, I was using Tailwind exclusively to schedule my pins. What I love about Tailwind is that it generates specific time slots for you based on when your pins perform the best. You can tell it how many times you want to pin per day and it will generate a schedule with the best times for you to pin. You can then schedule your pins ahead of time.
I like to take one day of the month to schedule my pins for the whole month in advance. When I create new posts throughout the month, I just add them to the schedule.
If you’d like to try Tailwind for yourself, you can sign up for the free version here – no credit card required. You can always upgrade later if you feel that it’s worth it (for me it definitely is).
I’ve recently also started using BoardBooster for pinning to group boards. The reason I decided to try out BoardBooster is that it offers some useful features that Tailwind does not.
One of these is duplication controls. With BoardBooster, you can tell it not to pin something to a board if it was already pinned in the last X amount of days. Or if the pin was already pinned and is in the last X amount of pins in the board. So, for example, I can tell BoardBooster not to pin anything to a board if it was pinned to that same board in the last 7 days OR if the pin appears in the last 20 pins of the board. Which I think is pretty useful (you don’t want your pins to look spammy).
If you’d like to try out BoardBooster for free, you can sign up with my special link that will give you your first 500 pins for free.
I can’t comment yet on which platform I prefer as I haven’t used BoardBooster as much as Tailwind, so I might make a separate post comparing the two in the future. But since both of them offer free trials, I’d definitely recommend you try them both and see what works for you.
Can I make more money with my blog? Yes, definitely! I can’t honestly say that I’ve been blogging seriously, as I’ve had limited time to spend on my blog. But this blog has sort of served as a proof of concept for me – it shows that you CAN make money blogging and that it doesn’t have to take years.
This blog is by no means unique or special, and anyone can create a blog like this. If I had 10 of these blogs, each earning me $257 p/m, it would put my monthly income at $2570. Of course, you don’t NEED as many blogs. You can easily make that amount with a single blog too – if you have enough content.
The only problem I have at the moment is time. At this point, I feel that I can either continue to grow my blog slowly by working on it over weekends (which is what I’ve done so far). Or I can take a leap of faith and quit my job to try my hand at blogging full time. I’m giving serious consideration to the latter option for a number of reasons, but I’ll save that for another post as I suspect it might get quite lengthy. I’ll let you know what I decide though!
If you do have any questions, comments, or just want to say hi, please reach out to me, I love hearing from you all. You can either comment on the post below in the comment section or contact me via this page if you’d like to get in touch.
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