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Welcome to my second income report! September has been a relatively productive one in terms of me developing my blog and learning more about the world of blogging.
To be honest, I am still struggling to bond with my blog and still don’t feel like I have quite grasped my niche/passion.
I have found this month quite technologically challenging in the sense of having to learn about setting up email campaigns in Mailchimp, for example getting it to send out email notifications when I have submitted a new post.
This month I have also learned about content upgrades and ways to develop and build your email list. I have only got together a list of feminine stock photo sources and it took me a while to learn how to implement Rapidology’s Opt-in forms. I still don’t feel very confident with it and it has not yet yielded any results because I will need to promote the designing blog graphics tutorial a bit more. I have been feeling more tired and ill this month sadly so time I will spend on the blog has diminished. However I am still fulfilling my weekly posts. *pat on back*
Other things I have achieved this month is I finished my Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course and set about implementing what I can from the course. I have not yet made anything through affiliate marketing but I suspect is because sadly, my posting frequency and the lack of time I have spent promoting on social media. I have patience though, fear not!
If you remember from my last August 2016 report – I set about listing some of my physical goods. My Etsy experiment to sell my handmade tablet case has not yielded any results either but I have sold a total of…wait for it… ONE bottle of my factory stock of liquid chalk. I made £4.44. But they are imperfect goods after all.
I rejoined People Per Hour but have not been contacted yet, somehow I feel this is a good thing as I don’t think I would have the energy to do freelancing. But I am a hard worker, a super one at that, so my profile is still up there in case anyone is interested.
For this month, I have actually put a lot of effort into growing my social media following. I have yet to see the benefits from Twitter and Pinterest as I don’t find any of the traffic clicks through to my site. I did make use of Tailwind and my trial has expired so I am now trialling Boardbooster. Facebook has been great in terms of content promotion and site promotion but I question the quality of the traffic and if they will become loyal readers.
Page Views – 919 vs August 559 (64% increase)
Sessions – 272 vs August 108 (152% increase)
Users – 219 vs August 79 (177% increase)
As you can see above there is a massive increase BUT the crunch line is that I didn’t start properly blogging and implementing my strategies until 19th August that month so it isn’t really a fair comparison but still exceeded my expectations.
So what worked for me was the constant promotion and joining social media groups.
> Facebook groups – I have joined several and interact daily to promote my posts and this is where most of my traffic come from.
> Twitter – during my commutes in the morning and back from work, I spend my time liking and retweeting helpful content. I have also begun retweeting my own content in case there are some followers who have missed it. Lately I realised I could auto schedule content on Hootsuite. I also made sure I have added several users in my niche – chances are they will like you back.
> Pinterest – I still haven’t got my head around Pinterest but have set Tailwind to post a few times a day. I have also added several users in my niche in the chance they would add me back.
So, my readers – I present to you my social media traffic
Facebook – 134 likes vs 6 likes (2133% increase)
Pinterest – 133 followers vs 44 followers (202% increase)
Twitter – 280 followers vs 126 (122% increase)
It has been a great month for growing my social media followers. It is tiring but worth it. My Facebook page was started towards the end of August so the real comparison begins next month.
So, I managed to bring in this month:
- EBay sales – £4.44
- Google Adsense -£0.21
Not astonishing but we’ll get somewhere one day!
September 2016 goals
My goals for September were:
- Set up a social media strategy – kinda – October continue to try out new strategies
- Pinterest followers up to 100 (achieved) – October 200 followers
- Twitter followers up to 300 (fail) – October 400 followers
- Facebook likes to 100 (achieved) – October 250 followers
- Network more with other bloggers (achieved) – I have spent a large amount of time to comment and appreciate other bloggers in the niche
- Prepare at least 4 posts for this month and if I can get ahead of October (fail, I only prepared unto mid-October)
- Grow my email subscriber list and possibly set up a lead magnet with an offer (half achieved, need to work on this more)
- Goals for October is focus on the above and building up my email subscribers list which is at a grand total of 3.
This month has been relatively productive in terms of blog posts and I superseded my goal of 1 post per week. I wrote 7!
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