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March 2017: Monthly Blog Progress Report

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Hello, Everyone!

Welcome to my very first monthly blog progress report. March is my second month of blogging, and I decided to start sharing my blog progress. I had never shared how much money I made before, so this makes me nervous. But I have a few reason why I am doing this.

Please note that this post may contain affiliate links.

My name is Charity. I started wishfulmom.com at the end of January 2017. Originally, my blog’s goal is to share my journey through infertility with hopes to inspire other hopeful moms struggling with infertility. Then after doing research, I found that I can also actually make my money from it. So I decided to monetize wishfulmom.com while documenting the progress.

It has only been two months, but it felt like years, so many trials and errors but definitely a learning curve.

Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme.

It does take time and requires a lot of patience. A lot of bloggers who has been blogging for a while are reaping the benefits of their hard work. Hopefully, someday, I will get there too.

If you haven’t started your blog yet, check out my post on Step by Step Guide to Start a Blog. I am using Bluehost, and I am very happy with them. You can start with just $3.95/month.

Why do I post my monthly progress Report?

I decided to post my monthly status report for the following reasons.

Accountability

I wanted to put my goals into writing. Studies show that goals which are written down are most likely to be accomplished. I found that if I write down a “to do list,” I’m more inclined and motivated to make it happen.

Track Progress

By putting down how my blog did for the month gives me an idea of what worked and what didn’t work. I will be able to pinpoint what I needed to work on.

Transparency and Full Disclosure

One of the goals of wishfulmom is to help others start and grow their online biz. So by showing them how the blog is doing, I can create transparency and trust.

Inspire someone

I started reporting my blog’s progress because I was inspired by other blogger’s income reports. By doing this, I hope to inspire someone as well.

Bragging is never my INTENTION and will never be. Purely inspirational and motivational.

Monthly Blog Progress Report

I use Google Analytics to track my progress. I also have Jetpack in my WordPress, but Google Analytics is the most common place where companies will check you out.

Pageviews 5575
Unique Visitors 2901

Social Media Numbers

I have signed up with six social media platforms, but honestly, I haven’t been very active in all of them. I am trying to focus on one at a time.

  • Google+ 1

  • Stumble upon 1

I was not really active with Google+ and Stumble upon, but I notice that some of my blog traffic are coming from Stumble. I would need to focus on that sometime. For now, I have to take it one step at a time.

Blog Income

I haven’t actually made much this month, but for transparency’s sake, I will still show you.

Ads $1.07

Affiliates $28.44

Since I like to diversify my income, I have included some earnings I get from other sites.

Swagbucks $9.24

Inbox Dollars $21.97

Ebates  $12.06

Yaarlo $3.06

Ibotta $3.55

Total Income $79.39

Please note that I post income as I earn them. The numbers motivate me, and I can check what’s working and what’s not.

Blog Expenses

In every business, you always need to make an investment. Being new to blogging, I needed to learn so I invested in some tools, e-courses, and e-books. 

Keeping it Legal $35

Make your First Affiliate Sale in less than 24 hours $25

Twitter Legend $11

Grammarly  $83.97

Boardbooster $10

Crowdfire $39.99

Total Expenses $204.96

I really spent a lot this month. I have to work on that better for next month.

What I did

I used Boardbooster.

Joined Pinterest Group Boards.

Joined FB Groups.

I used Crowdsource.

Goals for Next Month

Pageviews 15,000
Unique Visitors 10,000
Email Subscribers 30
Pinterest Followers 1,500
Twitter Followers 5,000
Facebook Page Followers 500
Income  $150
Expenses <$100

I raised my bar up a little for April because I wanted to work harder. Hopefully, I will be able to reach it this month.

Some of you might think it is such slow progress. However, please note that I have a full-time job and only doing blogging on my free time, which is limited. This might explain my slow progress.

I can’t wait to share my next month’s progress report with you!

Leave a link to your monthly income report below, and I will check it out. Let’s inspire and learn from each other.

monthly blog progress report

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