How I Earned my First Blogging Paycheck {Blog Traffic & Income Report March 2017}

Posted April 10, 2017 by Thirty-Something Angie in Business & Productivity / 11 Comments

In March, I earned my very first commission paycheck from my 7 month old blog. If you'd like to see how I turned my blog into a business, read on!

Is it April already?! Guys, if you follow me on Instagram, you know that March just kind of flew by in a blur for me.  I hope that’s not what the rest of the school year is going to look like, but the good news is that I’m now caught up just in case it does!  So, with that being said, I know it’s a little late, but I wanted to get this post up while it’s still fresh in my mind.  I’d love to start doing a monthly report on my blog to show my progress.  I’ve done a few in the past, but they’re been very irregular.

My blog is only 7 months old.

I know I’m not a blogging expert, and that’s certainly not why you guys come to me, so I hope this doesn’t turn you off.  However, I do know a lot about making money from home, and this is one more way to do that! I want to show you that starting a blog is a great way to make money online, if that’s something you want to do.  Even if you are running a blog to support a current business, it is a great way to earn some passive income!  We all love passive income, right?

My hope is that these reports will be a great way for me to look back and see any growth, and I think it’ll be a great way to show the potential from the beginning!

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March Goals

Every month, I write down my business goals and action steps I need to take to reach them. That way, I can go back at the end of the month and track my progress.  It’s great because I can look and see exactly what worked and what didn’t. So, my March Goals:

  • Make an affiliate commision (Yess!! More on that below)
  • Reach 8,000 pageviews for the month (No!)
  • Reach 450 email subscribers (Yes!)

My action steps to reach those goals included:

  • Create a new opt-in for subscribers (No! Although I created a few new freebies, there was not a new opt-in)
  • Write a resource page for bloggers and online business owners (Yes! See it here)
  • Keep up with the Building a Framework launch as an affiliate (Yes!)
  • Write 1 blog post a week (Yes! Plus extras!)
  • Build my Pinterest following (Yes! By over 500 new followers)
  • Build engagement on Facebook and Instagram (Yes!)

My Blog Traffic Dropped Drastically

Since I blog a lot about organization and productivity, part of me did expect to see a drop in traffic after the freshness of January dropped off.  However, I mostly wanted to believe it wouldn’t happen to me.  I set my blog traffic goal for March at 8,000 pageviews, which would be my highest yet.  In February, I reached about 7,400, so I thought it was completely within reach.  As I mentioned above, I did not make it to 8,000 pageviews this month.  I actually only ended up with a little over 5,800!  So, it was definitely a huge drop.  Luckily, I track my action steps to go along with my goals every month, so I know I didn’t slack off anywhere.

How I earned my first paycheck from blogging | My blog traffic and income report for March 2017

The word in the blogosphere is that Pinterest has a new algorithm that’s affecting views.  I see it inching back up this month, but it’s still not where it used to be.  I’ll keep experimenting and figure out the best course of action soon!

In March, I also went on a week long vacation.  I automated all of my social media posts, my emails, and one blog post for that week. This was all planned out with every intention of being able to get online in the evenings and chat, but I was surprised by the fact that we didn’t have any internet access! I had to learn to let go on that trip, so I wouldn’t spend the whole time worrying about my blog.  I enjoyed my trip, but I think all of my accounts realized I wasn’t around.  Engagement on all of my platforms dropped.  I even had my lowest email open rate to date!  It was not good at all, and has taken a lot of work to come back from.  I hope I don’t have to do that again any time soon.

My other goals were a huge success, though, so I can handle lower traffic!

How I Earned My First Blogging Paycheck

This post contains affiliate links.  To learn more about what this means,  you can read my full disclosure here.

I know what you’re saying.  “Let’s get to the good stuff!” I agree.  Let’s chat money.  I am still in awe that I actually earned a paycheck from my blog.  This is really a thing? Really?!  I love that I’m helping people, doing something I absolutely love, and I’m making money doing it.

For simplicities sake, I’ll be doing these income posts based on the money that was earned each month, but not necessarily paid out in that month.  On that same note, I feel like I need to point out that I did earn a little money in January and February, but not enough to actually earn a paycheck.  Many companies have an earning threshold that you have to reach before they payout, so I have some money sitting in accounts that is slowly earning.  I won’t be discussing those today, though!

What I will be discussing is how I got paid $73 this month!  I know it’s not a lot, but it’s my first paycheck from this blog, which is an incredibly exciting milestone.

My Income Breakdown for March 2017

The only monitization practices I’ve used so far is affiliate marketing.  I’m not a fan of flashy ads on blogs, so this was the most logical first step for me.  This month, I earned affiliate commissions from two places.

The first was the Building a Framework course re-launch.  This course helped me so much, and I recommended it so often, that it just made sense to become an affiliate. During their re-launch campaign, I sent out several emails, wrote a blog post, and shared the course on social media.  It was easy since I really believe in the course, and I think that translated well for me.

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I also earned a small commision from Amazon.  Amazon offers a much smaller percentage of sales, but since they create such an optimized sales funnel on their own, and have so many products to promote, it’s a great place to start.  I was surprised to see my Amazon affiliate account take a really great leap this month.  Most of the commissions are due to this post, which became really popular really fast!

Expenses for March 2017

I don’t have very many expenses right now.  I’ve intentionally kept my costs low while I build my traffic and income on this blog.  Once I start earning more, I’ll add some more expensive programs.

Right now, I’m only paying $9.99/month for Dropbox. This is the website that I use to back up all of my files, and I think it’s a must for anyone with an online business!  Trust me, my computer has crashed before, and that would have been extremely detrimental if I didn’t have access to my files elsewhere.

I’m not including my Siteground expense in my monthly expenses, because I paid for a  year upfront, but that is another expense I’ve accrued for the blog.

Total March Blog Income: $63.01

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Goals for April 2017

I’m not entirely sure what to expect from April, but I’d love to see some growth from where I am!  My blog goals for April are:

  • Reach 7500 pageviews
  • Have 700 email subscribers
  • See growth and increased engagement on Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Earn another commission check from affiliate partners

My action steps for April:

  • Alter and increase my pinning strategy
  • Write and publish 2 posts a week
  • Maintain my editorial and email calender
  • Finish a course from the Genius Bloggers Toolkit

Have you considered starting a professional blog?

Be sure to check out my post on How to Set Up a WordPress Website and check out the Building a Framework course to get you started on the right foot!

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