In case you didn’t know, Saturday was my 2 month blogiversary!
I’ll admit, I’m happy to be here! But I’m not as excited as I was when I reached the 1 month mark. After I got 30 days of blogging in, I knew it would be easy to go another month.
I really love blogging and even if I never reach my dream of making this blog profitable, I don’t plan on going anywhere. This has turned into my favorite hobby and I look forward to it every single day!
I didn’t have any real “Set-In-Stone” goals for this last month like I will next month. I also didn’t make a ton of money. But I did accomplish some awesome stuff and made more money than last month!
First, before we start in on goals or income, let’s talk about readership.
My page saw almost 200 more readers this month than it did last and my bounce rate dropped a little. Both things I’m happy about!
Things I’m not? The average reader spent a little less time on my blog this month than they did last month and they are also looking at fewer pages.
I would KILL to see my average page views go over 2! I just keep reminding myself:
Write awesome content and they will come!
Now, let’s talk goals. What did I accomplish during my 2nd month of blogging?
- Started my newsletter! — I was so scared to try this, but one day I jumped in and created a MailChimp account. After a few YouTube videos, I was on my way to writing my first newsletter! People weren’t interested in signing up for it, though, which brings us to….
- Created a freebie — I created a DELICIOUS and inexpensive kid-friendly dinner recipe. It’s adored in my house! I am currently offering it as an incentive to get people to subscribe to my newsletter! Interested? Sign up here and I’ll send it straight to your email box!
- Started taking social networking more seriously — I had everything all set up on Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Facebook, Instagram, StumbleUpon, but I was only taking FB and Pinterest seriously. And probably not seriously enough.
During my second month of blogging I literally doubled my FB likes and I know my Pinterest following has grown, but I’m not sure by how much exactly. I wish I would have taken note of where it was last month!
As for Google+, well, I hate it more than the other networks. I don’t think it will ever really be a big thing for me because, statistically speaking, the people I want to reach don’t really use Google +. At least not like they do FB, Instagram and Pinterest. I think pursuing a following on Google + would be a waste of my time.
As of last week I decided to start working harder on my Instagram and Twitter followers. After just a couple days of taking those two networks more seriously, I started noticing a difference!
- Posting less often — This wasn’t a goal of mine, but posting two times a week rather than three or four is giving me more time to work on growing my social network followings. Not only that, I have more time for freelance work and ghost writing. Two things I also started this last month.
- I submit my first freelance piece — and got rejected. That’s okay, though! I know it’s a good article. I just need to find a website or magazine that wants to run it. I’ve been rejected by one website and I’m currently waiting to hear back from a second. If they turn me away, too, I’ll just find a third to submit it to. It would probably be easier if I was willing to have it published for free, but right now I’d really like to make some money.
- 28 blog posts — In my last update I told you I had written 20 articles during my first month. Well, I only added 8 to that number during the last month. The reason for the huge difference? I cut back on how often I wrote AND this blog went live with 5 posts on it already that I just sorta included in my count. I’m excited about having 28 posts up, though, because a bigger long term goal of mine is reaching 50 posts. Statistics claim your readership goes up a lot after you hit 50. I’m over halfway there!
- I created a disclaimer & guest posting page — All the big bloggers have them. I know I’m not a big blogger yet, but I figured I needed to get both up now. I really had fun writing my disclaimer. I love it! Everyone I personally know who has read it says it’s “so me” and that they can “hear my voice” while reading it. I really enjoy hearing that. It’s good to know the real me shines through in my writing! Check out my disclaimer here!
Now let’s talk money. It isn’t impressive, but here’s how I made money:
- Google AdSense — $0.40 – ChaChing, right? Google AdSense currently controls all the ads on my website. I get money if you click on them. People didn’t want to click this month, apparently! Even though I had move visitors to my blog this month, I made a lot less than I did during my first month with AdSense.
- Zemandi — $8.50 – This is a ghost writing website I started working with this month. They are currently paying me 50 cents for every 100 words I write. It isn’t much, but I’m still in the probationary period. I need to write a couple more articles for them before they will review my writing and decide on a new rate of pay. I have the ability to make up to $3.50 per 100 words, so I’m giving this a try!
I know Zemandi doesn’t exactly have anything to do with my blog, but they needed me to include some writing samples when I applied and all I had was my blog to show them. If it wasn’t for AFrugalDesteny, I wouldn’t have been able to work with them.
- Ibotta — $5 – Someone signed up for Ibotta through my website this month. Not only did I get $5, but she got $10 just for signing up using this link!
Total income last month: $13.90
And just so I can keep track of it from now on, here are my social network numbers:
GOALS FOR MONTH #3:
- Create a new freebie — So, I said I created the freebie recipe, right? Well, it isn’t good enough. I haven’t gotten a SINGLE person to sign up for my newsletter using it. The only new subscribers have been a couple social media pals and a family member. I have an idea for a new freebie and I’ll send it to all my current subscribers in the first newsletter I send out following the switch up.
- New pictures — I have a friend who is going to help me take some new family pictures for my blog and social media! Really hoping we can find the time to get them done so that I can…
- Revamp my blog! — I am so, so, so, soooo excited about this one. I know the current website is way better than it was during the first couple weeks of it’s life, but I have big dreams for it. Both by adding a more personal touch with new photos and by changing the entire layout of my blog.
- Revamp my newsletter — If I get to create a new, more amazing blog this month, then the next step is to make my newsletter match it! You can’t have an awesome blog and a lame newsletter! It’s unacceptable!
- Twitter followers — This is one I’ve already started and want to really hit hard over the next month! I read this article by Sarah over at AnchoredMomLife.com and I’m taking all of her advice to heart over the next 30 days (Sarah has a great blog, by the way! I love it… I’m pretty excited to call myself her newest stalker)! She managed to go from 100 Twitter followers to 1,000 Twitter followers in 1 week, so I think she might know what she’s talking about!
- Create a better schedule — The other day Hubby and I had a “chat” about how much time I dedicate to this blog and all things blog related. Once the conversation was over and I calmed down, I realize he was right. I have become completely obsessed with my blog. It seems like I’m constantly struggling to find a balance between being a mom, a wife, a blogger, a housekeeper, and a chef! So, I promised Hubby I would sit down and create a more legitimate schedule and try my best to stick to it.
There you have it. Goals achieved, money made, social network numbers and my goals for the next 30 days.
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