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My first month of blogging has officially come to a close and what an adventure it’s been so far! Before I started this blog, I had no idea just how difficult blogging could be! I also had no idea just how rewarding it could be to reach my small milestones.
I’ve decided to share my income reports for several reasons. First, I want to keep track of my goals and see how I’m measuring up. Second, I want to share my progress with my readers and hopefully inspire them to start a blog of their own. It’s my way of “giving back.”
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March 2018 Goals & Learnings
Since I just launched my blog in March 2018, I did not set very far-fetched goals. I set goals that I felt were perfectly attainable:
1. Write 10 posts and launch my blog by March 31, 2018
I bought my domain on March 7, 2018, which basically gave me a 3-week window to write 10 outstanding posts to captivate my audience. I did not want to launch my blog before I had these 10 posts. I did not to risk people coming to my blog and realizing that I had nothing to offer and never visit again.
I ended up launching my blog unofficially on March 23, 2018 (2 weeks after purchasing my domain). At that point, I had 6 posts up. I was getting impatient and wanted to get some feedback from readers.
I am so glad that I decided to launch my blog early. I received a ton of feedback that helped me to improve my blog further. If I had waited, I would only have slowed down my progress.
2. Create social media handles and start promoting my blog on social media
I signed up for social media handles on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. What I realized right off the bat was that Facebook and Instagram were pretty difficult to drive traffic to my blog.
I then decided to focus mainly on Pinterest and Twitter. I wanted to test the waters and didn’t expect to start driving traffic to my blog so early on. However, within my first 10 days of launching, I was already receiving traffic from both my Pinterest and Twitter which is pretty nifty!
Within five days, I received 1,100 impressions on my Twitter and 1,120 impressions on Pinterest. I think that’s pretty darn good for a brand new account with zero followers!
3. Create a mailing list
I set up a free account on MailChimp and wanted to see how many e-mail subscribers I could attract WITHOUT putting any lead magnets on my site yet.
In March, I obtained 1 email subscriber (Thank you Cindy!). I couldn’t believe someone would actually subscribe to my site when I had almost no content up!
What’s great about MailChimp is that it’s free up to 1,000 subscribers! I think I will switch to another provider before that point.
My Blogging Goals for April 2018
- 10,000 page views
- 500 followers on Twitter
- 100 followers on Pinterest
- 20 email subscribers
- Write 20 blog posts (1 per week day)
- Get at least one affiliate sale
Since I have only launched my blog 10 days ago, I am still “getting the hang” of social media and driving traffic to my site. I believe that these goals I’ve set would qualify as “stretch goals.” I’m super excited to see my stats at the end of April!
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Key Stats for March 2018 (9 days)
- Page views: 1,066
- Twitter Followers: 70 (5 days)
- Pinterest Followers: 15 (5 days)
- Email subscribers: 1
I am super content that I received over 1,000 page views in the 9 days that I’ve launched my blog. That’s more than 100 page views per day on average! On top of that, my Twitter and Pinterest are both gaining momentum, and I only launched them towards the end of March!
March 2018 Blog Income: $0
- Income: $0
As I have previously stated, this is my first month blogging. I did not set any objective goals in terms of page views or followers. I knew I wouldn’t be making any money this month because I haven’t started my blog monetization strategy yet.
March 2018 Blog Expenses: $1,007.88
I purchased a 3-year hosting plan with Bluehost. Overall, I’ve read great reviews about hosting with Bluehost and so far, I have no complaints. You can sign up through my link to take advantage of the same offer (as little as $2.75 per month). What’s great is that I received a free domain by signing up for hosting!
I am also super glad that I signed up for Elite Blog Academy. It’s a hefty upfront expense but I believe that it will pay off immensely. As a brand new beginner blogger, I wanted to make sure that I started off right and didn’t repeat any mistakes that could be costly to my blog. So far, I am very content with the course (I am on unit 3 out of 12 units) and I will provide a complete review once I am finished!
March 2018 Net Profit: -$1,007.88
I hate the idea that I’m starting my blog off in the red, but this is perfectly normal. Of course, I could have started my site on a free platform like Blogger.com, but I wanted to set myself up for success. I knew that in the long run, I would need my own self-hosted blog to be successful.
The investment in Elite Blog Academy is probably going to be the largest expense for my blog in 2018. It’s only been one month so far but I am completely loving it. I hope to publish a review on it soon!
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