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Monthly Blog Progress Report: April 2017

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Hello, Everyone!

Welcome to my monthly blog progress report. April is my third month of blogging. Whew! Time flies.

You can check out my first ever blog progress report here.

I just have a few progress this month, partly because I got sick and had to have surgery. But even though it is a little progress, it is still progress.

But before we go on, let me tell you a little bit about me and why I am sharing my blog’s progress.

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 money from it. So I decided to monetize wishfulmom.com while documenting the progress.

It has only been three 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 4,447
Unique Visitors 2,551
Email Subscribers 28

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.

I did not include Instagram, Google+ or Stumble Upon because I wasn’t really using them this month.

Blog Income

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

Ads $0.21

Affiliates $4.28

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

Swagbucks $0.12

Inbox Dollars $0.51

Ebates  $5.00

Yaarlo $0.49

Ibotta $0

Total Income $10.61

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.

I barely made anything this month, and I think the decrease in traffic very well explains it.

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. This month, I invested in an awesome bundle which will keep me busy for a long time.

Ultimate Bundle: Genius Blogger’s Kit $97

Boardbooster $10

Buffer $10

Total Expenses $117

Now it’s time to check how I did this month.

Goals This Month

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

I really did POORLY this month!

Numbers are depressing. However, Rome was not built in one day.

Let’s do better next month.

Goals for Next Month

Pageviews    10,000
Unique Visitors   5K
Email Subscribers 50
Pinterest   3,000
Twitter   6,000
Facebook   1,000
Income $150
Expense <100

Please note that I have a full-time job and only doing blogging on my free time, which is limited. Having a limited time and being sick this month primarily contributed to the decline in my report.

There you have it! I hope your numbers are better than mine.

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

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