First Monthly Blog Report- July 2017

Why Write Monthly Blog Reports?

I wanted to document my blog’s journey and give other bloggers and readers a true account of how blogging actually works. I have read tons of reports, quite addicted I would say.  Some are helpful, and some just offer a clickable tagline that doesn’t go in depth of how they really obtained that $37K a month or those 200K monthly views. I hope that this can serve as a helpful resource as I will list my strategies and analyze which ones actually work for me.

I also wanted to write these reports for accountability. Sharing my goals on here keep me on track and helps motivate me to persevere even when blogging gets tough. I’ve learned over this month that blogging is more than just writing posts. I have learned so much about marketing, reading analytics reports, finding the write keywords, turning your blog into a business, etc. I wasn’t even interested in these type of things in college and I learned about most of this in just a month. Can’t wait to learn more!

** This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure.

** *Also, there are TONS of useful links here that aren’t affiliated. Check them out 😀
Anywho, on to the good stuff…


July Goals

5 Main Goals I want to Accomplish

1. Buy a domain and hosting site |  CHECK

2. Set up Google Analytics Account | CHECK

3. Feature another blogger | CHECK

Wednesday Features is a new trend on my blog where every Wednesday I feature 1 or 2 other bloggers. This is a great way for me to discover new blogs and share some online love and support. I had the opportunity to feature 5 bloggers this past month. August is all booked, as well as the first two weeks in September! Major win!

Check out last week’s here : 

READ  Wednesday Features: Journey to Happiness

4.  Guest post on someone else’s blog. | MINUS

5. Apply and get accepted to 1 affiliate program. | CHECK

 

5 Site Improvements I Want to Make

1. Move posts from wordpress.com to wordpress.org | CHECK

2. Download and insert affililate program banner/links | CHECK

3. Set-up mailing list | CHECK

4. Implement one of Neil Patel’s SEO tips | CHECK

5. Create Private Policy, Disclaimer, Terms & Conditions pages | CHECK

Traffic & Income Goals

Gross Monthly Income: $10 | MINUS ~ $0

Monthly Sessions: 30 | CHECK ~ 342

Monthly Users: 30 |  CHECK ~ 253

Month Pageviews: 30 | CHECK ~ 462 unique

Monthly Bounce Rate: 70 | MINUS  ~ 72%

Email Subscribers: 2 | CHECK ~ 3

Facebook: 30 followers | CHECK ~ 34 followers

Twitter: 30 followers | CHECK ~ 61 followers

Pinterest: 30 followers | CHECK ~ 37 followers

Instagram:  215 followers (I changed my personal to business account. I was hoping to gain 72 NEW followers) | CHECK ~ 242 Total, 99 NEW followers

 

Fruitful Decisions

  1. Started Wednesday Features on the blog. 10% of my traffic comes from this and has contributed to a lower bounce rate
  2. Joined several Facebook Groups to boost blog traffic. 

My Favorite FB Groups: Bloggers Unite on Pinterest | Blogger’s Unite on Instagram | Pinterest Ninjas | Girl Blogging Sharebears

4. Signed up for Boardbooster and Tailwind. My pinterest profile skyrocketed! Well, I started off with 0. So anything above that is dope! Haha. I used Boardbooster more than Tailwind this month, but hopefully next month I can use Tailwind more and develop a more beneficial pinterest strategy.

5. Created Pinterest Board Covers. My profile is looking a bit more professional than before

Bad Decisions that led to Lessons

  1. I signed up for StumbleUpon and shared a few of my posts. BAD idea for a new blogger. Although I want traffic, I honestly don’t have a steady inflow from other avenues, so although I had gotten tons of page views one day, it dropped the next and my bounce race spiked. The purpose of my blog is to share my travel stories and tips about traveling, teaching, and living abroad in China and in Asia. It’s supposed to be a helpful resource. Building traffic is a goal of mine, but maintaining traffic is more important. StumbleUpon at an early stage is not helpful. Maybe later I will try again. However, I did sign up for Bloglovin which is a better alternative to connect with other bloggers and get your posts out there. I hope to engage more in the next month.

2. I only created 1 pin for my blog posts. I should have several different pins for each blog post that way I have more of my own content linking to my site on Pinterest.

3. I was trying to handle too many social media accounts without a strategy or a plan. I created a Facebook page and haven’t had much engagement. I plan to first build my Pinterest and Instagram. Then I will focus on Twitter and Facebook.

4. Signed up for several affiliate programs but only actively used 1. I need to find affiliate programs that I’ve used and are beneficial to my readers.

 


Resources I Use

10 Resources TooChineseForU Travel Blog uses

  1. Downloaded a printable blog planner from Designer Blogs
  2. Mailchimp 101 by Think Creative Collective
  3. How To Use BoardBooster to Create Traffic by Her Paper Route
  4. The Most Powerful Pinterest Strategy by Maya Maceka
  5. Neil Patel’s Advanced Client Acquisition Webinar
  6. Bluehost & WordPress
  7. The She Approach 65 FB Groups for Bloggers
  8. Google Analytics
  9. Booking.Com Affiliate Hub
  10. Canva for editing pictures/making graphics for social media. It’s free!

 



August Goals

5 Main Goals I want to Accomplish

1. Apply for more affiliate programs. Develop strategies for affiliate marketing. Earn $25.

2. Sign up for Amazon Associates and set up Google Adsense

3. Develop Pinterest Strategy

– Implement Marissa Wood’s tips for finding group boards

– Research/ Implement tips about Tailwind and Boardbooster

– Develop 1 group board to invite collaborators and create 5 more personal boards

– Create 2-3 pins for each blog post. (I was only creating 1)

– Join 3 Tailwind Tribes

4. Join more FB groups, according to niche. Filter out non-helpful groups.

5.  Create 2 Freebies

5 Site Improvements I Want to Make

  1. Improve SEO to get organic search to website. Currently it’s not showing up in my google analytics report

2. Download and install Hello Bar

3. Create a work with me page.

4. Delete Inactive plugins

5. Find some people to review my site and offer feedback. Apply feedback as appropriate.

Traffic & Income Goals

I was surprised that I met most of my goals. So much has happen in only 1 month. I do think the bar was set low because I knew it was only my first month, but I’m hoping for a challenge in August!

  • Gross Monthly Income: $25
  • Monthly Sessions: 500
  • Monthly Users: 500
  • Month Pageviews: 500
  • Monthly Bounce Rate: 65%
  • Email Subscribers: 10
  • Facebook: 50 Followers
  • Twitter: 125 Followers
  • Pinterest: 125 followers
  • Instagram: 375 followers

Thanks so much for reading my report. I know it was terribly long, but I hope it was helpful! Next month I’ll include charts since there will be something to compare it to.

Feel free to provide a link to your blog report in the comments below, or even a link to your blog! I’m always down to connect with other bloggers!

  • Congratulations

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thank you for reading!

  • DeAndrea Martin

    I really like this post. Thank for the informative info.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks for reading! I’m glad it could help!

  • Rebekah Stephens

    You’ve got some great goals! I really like this, it kinda gives me (and I’ll guess other bloggers) a sense of maybe what we should be aiming for, changing, or goals for.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thank you! I like making monthly goals. It motivates me to keep striving for more!

  • ZestyOlive

    Excellent post! Thanks for sharing your resources – very, very helpful! 🙂 Look forward to reading about how you crush it in August! 🙂

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks for reading! I was hoping it can help others! August isn’t gonna know what hit it!

  • Amy Mercer Ayers

    Awesome blog income report post! I pinned it to my board. I look forward to seeing you crushing your August goals. Keep it up!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks so much for Reading, Amy! I’m excited as well!

  • Hi Tyra, You’re so brave to post an income report! Bravo 🙂 You share a ton of helpful info, and it will certainly pay you back (no pun intended… well, kinda, haha).

    • Tyra Skinner

      I know! I was expecting anything this first month but i hope to make a little something in August! Thanks for reading love!

  • Victoria

    Great goals! You achieved so many. I had the same experience with stumbleupon. I no longer use it because it hurt my bounce rate so much. The extra views weren’t worth it to me. I’ll stick to what works for me- Pinterest, instagram and twitter

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yeah those extra views are NOT worth it! Mine is the same. Pinterest and Instagram has been my top referrals, aside from Facebook groups! Thanks for reading!

  • These are amazing goals and you achieved so many! Well done you 👏🏼 It’s actually motivated me to make sure I hit my goals this month! There’s so much useful information on here too so thank you!

    Samantha | https://believeinamiracle.co.uk

    • Tyra Skinner

      I’m glad it inspired you!! Thanks for reading 💕

  • Food & Baker

    Wow this is very impressive! Thank you for sharing all of this, very insightful!

    Jessica & James | http://www.foodandbaker.co.uk / http://www.foodandbakertravels.co.uk

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks for reading! I wanted to give a true account about blogging!

  • Shell

    Thanks for sharing your report! It’s very useful !

    • Tyra Skinner

      No problem, thanks for reading💓💚💗

  • Ellen

    My blog isn’t about 6 weeks old and my statistics and experiences are very similar to yours. The Wednesday feature is a great idea. I also aim to increase my Pinterest views this next month. I have a group board that you’re welcome to join!

    • Tyra Skinner

      If you want to be featured, you can click on my contact page and email me with the subject title “Feature Me Please!” I would love to check our your blog. Thanks for reading!

      Have you joined Boardbooster! It’s an awesome tool to increase your page views. Check it out here:https://BoardBooster.com/invite/T5JUV

      I would love to join the group board, can you tell me how?

  • kathleen

    Really insightful post, well done for meeting most of your targets!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks so much for the encouragement and reading!💚💗

  • Ashley Jarl

    I love how reasonable your monthly goals are! Too often we get discouraged because we set unrealistic early goals for our blogs. I like your strategy!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes…I love scratching my goals off, so I try to keep it as reasonable as possible! Thanks for reading, love!💕💓

  • Tori Hamilton

    Wow, the info you are providing is super helpful to new bloggers. I wish I had this resource when i was starting out!
    Tori
    http://www.themamanurse.com

    • Tyra Skinner

      I’m glad that you found it helpful! Thanks for reading!

  • You’re doing great as a beginner! Just keep moving on up! 🙂

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  • Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Looks like you’re on your way up!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks for reading and for the thumbs up!

  • I liked the detailed report. It’s always nice to see that I’m not alone in the journey and setting goals for myself. I have also been doing 1 pinterest per post, but then I pin all the photos in the post as well. I’m not sure if that works the same.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yeah I realized you gotta make several vertical pins for one post, so that way when you promote your blog, you have several pins to share! Thanks for reading!

  • Ashish Mesepam

    The comprehensive nature of your breakdown shows me that you will have success in your future as long as you keep up your hard work!

    • Tyra Skinner

      I’m glad you liked it! Thanks for the encouraging words 🙂

  • I love the detail in your report. I write a report up every month for myself and what I help clients with. It helps put it all in perspective.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes it does! It encourages you to keep going 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  • Super Millennial

    Awesome job I publish these as well and think it’s great to see the progress, Keep it up!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks so much for reading! I enjoy writing them 😀

  • Lasonia

    This information is very helpful being that I am a new blogger as well. I love the in depth details that you provided. I have been trying to focus on several social media sites and I really think I should narrow it down. Thanks so much for sharing.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Wow! Thanks for much to reading. It’s nice to hear that you found it helpfu! Yeah, it’s important to have a strategy when building these social media accounts

  • Lynn White

    I must say this is the most useful blogging report I’ve ever read! Great information. Pinning for later!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Glad to know it was useful for you! Thanks for reading!

  • Eva

    Love how you outlined your “mistakes” and next steps – great way to keep yourself accountable! I definitely need to do more of this. When you start diving into, there is so much to do it can become insanely overwhelming (and then nothing gets done!) love your post and the whole concept!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks so much for reading! It was important for me to do this because blogging gets so overwhelming, you have to break it down!

  • I love how you break everything down! I did the same thing when I first started blogging and it was a BIG help! You’ve off to a much better start than I was, though – keep it up!

    • Tyra Skinner

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for reading!

  • Maggie Unzueta

    Lots of great info. Thanks for breaking it down and sharing as you go along.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks for stopping by! 😀

  • Shannon Wong

    This is so awesome. I love that you noted your mistakes and lessons learned because it really shows that blogging is a trial and error depending on your niche 😀 love this

    • Tyra Skinner

      Yes it’s important for everyone to know the work that entails with running a blog. Thanks for reading, love!

  • Thank you so much for this. Amazing review and great tips!
    I’ll make sure to follow and fingers crossed for reaching your next goals!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Whoop whoop! Glad you liked it! I’m excited for August too 😀

  • I think you’re doing really well to have only been at this blogging thing for a few months! I’ve been blogging for 3 years now, and I’m STILL overwhelmed at the number of social media channels that I have to juggle daily, so I know that has to be crazy just as you’re starting out. I also have the same issue with StumbleUpon: it can be a good traffic driver, but the traffic doesn’t stick around, and the bounce rate is awful. :/ I hope you have a great August!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks you so much for the encouraging words. Yeah blogging is a lot of work, but worthwhile. It’s hard to balance all this social media but I’m thankful for tips and lessons others have given me!

  • You are doing very well. I am about to go on my second year of blogging and I am still trying to get the hang of things!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks so much for the encouraging words! Yeah blogging is a lot of work, but so worth it when you have these small steps!

  • I think writing reports like this and sharing your goals is a tremendous step. Putting it out there into the universe really helps you hold yourself accountable. Looks like you are off to a great start.

    • Tyra Skinner

      Thanks so much for stopping by and showing support. I really appreciate it!

  • Man … I thought I was doing something with my monthly flip throughs + goals LOL *I strive!* Congrats on everything crushed and cheers to an amazing August! <3

  • Congrats on getting so many of your goals accomplished! You’re motivating me to set some goals for September!

    • Tyra Skinner

      Goals are important. It really helps organize the chaos in my brain! I appreciate the love! Thanks for reading!
      WE ARE GOING TO CRUSH SEPTEMBER, I KNOW IT!