Welcome to Another Mommy Blogger’s fourth blog income and traffic report.
I’m a little disappointed right now because I really wanted these income reports to show people my blogging journey and what’s possible.
Because of the current health crisis this year of income reports I’m sharing will be far from a normal blogging journey.
With that in mind at least I will be able to show other bloggers what I’m doing to survive these hard times. As well as give hope and inspiration to anyone looking for a way to make money from home since a lot of people are out of work.
I have to tell you guys I was very nervous heading into April. With this pandemic shutting down the country and destroying the economy I didn’t think I’d make enough to pay my bills this month.
I reached out to you all on my Facebook page and asked if you could follow me on Pinterest and repin a few of my pins hoping that would help offset some loss of income in April. And boy did it.
You are all so incredible and I can never thank you enough for your support during these difficult times.
With the extra boost you gave my pinterest account coupled with me working overtime to pump out new content we had a record number of pageviews this month and made almost as much as we did in March!
Considering I expected to make a thousand or so less than last month I am beyond grateful for April’s turn out.
This next section is for readers who are new to my income reports. If you’ve been here before feel free to scroll past.
Why Am I Sharing My Blog Income & Traffic Report?
It seems a little weird doesn’t it? Posting my mom blog income report for the whole world to see?
Trust me, the reason is not so I can brag about how much money I make. This is far from brag worthy money and I only plan on publishing my income reports for a year.
So why in the world am I sharing this incredibly personal information with you today? For one very important reason:
I 100% would not have started my mom blog and be on this road to financial freedom if it wasn’t for other bloggers sharing their income reports.
It just wouldn’t have happened. I mean let’s get real, the idea that you can make money online from home sounds like a pipe dream.
You’ve got to be someone special or one in a million to pull that off right?
But I kept reading these mom blog income reports. One after another seriously I couldn’t get enough of them. All these stories of ordinary moms making money blogging from home and I was hooked.
Why I Started My Mom Blog?
I started Another Mommy Blogger in February 2018 because I desperately wanted to be a stay at home mom. Unfortunately, living on one income with a family is not an easy thing to do.
At the time I was incredibly fortunate to have a job working part time as a nanny and was able to bring my daughter with me.
I loved being a nanny but if I’m being honest cooking, cleaning, and splitting your time with someone else’s kids starts to wear on your heart when you wish you were giving all your attention to your own household.
So I started my mom blog. After a lot of hard work and prayer I’m making enough money to stay home with my daughter. Things aren’t perfect and I still have a long way to go but this is a dream come true.
Who Can Make Money Blogging?
I’m writing this mom blog income report because I want to get through to some moms today. I want to reach out to any moms who hate leaving their kids for that 9 to 5 just to end up giving a large portion of the money they make to pay for daycare.
I don’t make money blogging because I’m special or because I’m some tech wizard. The truth is I’m not either of those things. Far from it actually.
I’m a college drop out. I didn’t have any money. My husband and I were living out of one bedroom with our baby at his parents house when I started this blog.
Along the way my computer died and to this day I’ve been running this blog from an iPad praying it lasts long enough until I can afford a new computer.
I didn’t have the funds to take Elite Blogging Academy or to pay for any other blogging books or courses. I have literally not taken a single course or paid for any information to help me blog.
The only reason my blog is successful and makes money is because I have given this my all and I never gave up.
If you want to make money blogging its time to push aside the doubt and the excuses. If you believe in yourself, if you want this enough and you put in the work I guarantee you can build a profitable blog too.
If you’re interested in starting a mom blog I’ve written an easy to follow guide HERE.
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Blog Income & Traffic Report: April 2020
Amazon Associates: 297.66
Total Income: 2464.69
That’s $49.88 less than last month and believe me when I tell you I had to give it all I’ve got to keep the damage that low.
I’m very happy and grateful I was able to make that much with the state the economy is in right now. But if I could complain for a minute, if it wasn’t for the pandemic, with the traffic I had this month I would have made A LOT more.
The amount I’m making now for the traffic I get is just heart wrenching and I’ll explain why in a bit.
iMark Interactive: 27.00
Canva Pro: 12.95
Total Expenses: 57.42
In efforts to improve my site and fight back against the inevitable loss in income I made a huge change this month. I switched the blog over from Bluehost web hosting to BigScoots!
I still highly recommend Bluehost for anyone starting a blog. I had a wonderful experience with them and they are a great affordable host for beginners with low traffic blogs.
But once your blog starts to gain traffic you need to upgrade to managed hosting and BigScoots came highly recommended. Since switching my site speed has gone from around 9 second to under 4.
Thats still not great but it is a lot better and I’ve noticed increased website traffic and income because of it.
That is 80,320 more pageviews than last month. That’s a big jump. So how in the world did I get that many more pageviews and still make less money?
As I explained last month, I’ll explain again in the next section.
RPM means revenue per 1000 pageviews. So for every 1000 views I got this month I made $9.96. That is $5.09 less than last month. That is heart breaking.
To put everything into perspective let me do some math for you. Before the pandemic hit my RPM was $16. So if it wasn’t for this damn virus I would have made $3,957.98 this month.
It kills me, it really really kills me guys.
Plans For May
I’m pregnant during a pandemic.
I’m tired, I’m cranky, and I have very limited time to work because my daughters not in preschool like she usually is.
But I’m not giving up. I’m very happy that I was able to keep my income from taking the plunge I thought it would this month.
As for May I have to continue working ten times harder for likely less money if things continue the way they are.
It is what it is. My family is alive and healthy and I’m extremely grateful for that. I truly hope yours is as well. Stay strong guys, we’re going to get through this.
Email Subscribers: 21
That is an increase of 2 from last month. Pathetic, I know. I’m so embarrassed of this number and I only share it with you for two reasons.
One is to show you that if you don’t actively try to gain email subscribers then they will only trickle in at a pace slower than death. Because as I mentioned in my last income report I do not have a plan in motion to gain email subscribers.
Two is to show you that even though I do believe that growing an email list it is critical to your success as a blogger, you can still make money without one.
A great way for mom bloggers to gain email subscribers is to create free printables and to promote them with an email service provider. If your readers want your free printable, let’s say it’s a printable family meal plan with grocery list, they sign up for your email list and they get the printable.
The only reason I haven’t done this yet is because I still don’t have a computer and it’s almost impossible for me to create printable with my iPad. That and email service providers cost money as well.
So if you’re like me and not ready to spend the money yet, know that it is still possible to make money blogging without an email list. Just know you are missing out on a lot of free traffic.
Social Media Followers
Right now I’m still only using Pinterest and Facebook to promote my blog. Pinterest accounts for 99% of my traffic so it gets most of my attention.
An increase of 350 from last month.
I have to give a huge shout out to all my friends on Facebook (and by that I mean all my moms friends) for following my pinterest account this month. A majority of those follows came from you and really helped me this month. You guys are the best ❤️
An increase of 9 from last month.
Blogging Strategy & Resources
So I’m sure you’re wondering how I managed to get almost 250,000 pageviews in April with only 21 email subscribers and 2,989 total social media followers.
My secret weapon is PINTEREST. About 99% of the people that come to my blog find me on Pinterest. Followed by a very small amount finding me through Google and Facebook.
Its definitely not a good thing to have all your eggs in one basket and I would love some more traffic from Google. But that takes time and I’m sure there are some secrets I’m missing from courses I haven’t been able to take yet.
Thats something I plan on working on this year. For beginners though I recommend focusing on Pinterest.
You can drive a huge amount of traffic to your blog using Pinterest without a huge following because Pinterest shows your pins to your followers first and then based on their popularity they distribute them to the entire Pinterest population.
From my Pinterest stats I can see that even though I only have a little under 3000 followers my pins get seen 2.5 million times a month.
I’ve gotten my reach on Pinterest to over a million by doing the following.
– Creating multiple images for every one of my blog posts that can be shared on Pinterest and linked back to the my posts.
– Setting up a keyword rich profile including adding keywords in my about section, board titles, board descriptions and pin descriptions.
– Pinning consistently 15-25 times a day about 70% my own pins and 30% other peoples pins, pretty evenly spread out between 10am-12am
I can not stress how important it is to be consistent on Pinterest. You can’t do all your pinning in one hour once a day or even worse only pinning a few times a week.
It sounds like a lot of work but for me it only equals about 15 minutes spread out through the day.
I pin other peoples content to my boards between 10am and 6pm manually and then I use Tailwind to schedule my pins to automatically pin between 11am -12am (mostly in the later half of the day and maybe one or two pins in the morning)
My secret blogging weapon and again I can not stress this enough is CONSISTENCY. You have to be consistently putting out new blog posts. Aim for 8 posts a month but don’t post less than 4.
I went hard my first three months with this blog and my traffic started to grow pretty quickly. But then we moved to a new house and I lost focus so my traffic slipped.
This is my blog traffic by month since I started my blog in 2018.
I would start building momentum again but something would come up and I wouldn’t do anything for a few weeks and when I’d start working on the blog again it was almost like starting over.
You get what you work for. I’m able to put in about 25 hours a week working on my blog. If I had more time I’m sure I would be more successful. If I hadn’t lost focus so much in the beginning I know I’d be father ahead now. You get what you work for.
I am so proud of how far I have come though and I’m excited to see where this year takes this blog. I plan on sharing my monthly blog income and traffic reports for this entire year so you can follow along and learn from what I’m doing.
If you’re ready to start a mom blog I’ve written an easy to follow tutorial HERE.
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