Welcome to my blog income report for income earned in February 2018!
Why do I Share my Income Reports?
Well, I first thought about starting a blog over 10 years ago.
But the dream remained unfulfilled. I never had the courage to start.
A decision which I now regret every day.
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These income reports are therefore designed to create transparency, inspire you, offer you guidance, reveal personal insights and the tips & tricks I use.
They’re also a great way for me to remain accountable and chronicle my blogging journey for nostalgic reasons!
I’m also a big advocate of ‘rapid experimentation’ as recommended by Tim Ferriss in his book ‘The 4-Hour Workweek’.
In this respect, they’re also intended to show you what has worked for me…
…and what has not.
Lastly, I believe blog income reports allow me to write with a more personal tone. I am writing them as much for me, as I am for my readers.
General Summary for February
This month, ‘life’ has really got in the way. Hence the lateness of this blog income report (we’re now into April!).
Catherine and I have a little one on the way, so hospital trips are the weekly norm.
We’re also in the throes of having a garage conversion to make more room for baby.
I’m also busy behind the scenes preparing the launch for my new blog, Smart Income Blogger.
This new blog will be focused on entrepreneurs, blogging tips, making money and saving money.
I’m getting really excited about this new venture, but as you can image, running two blogs requires a lot of time!
Anyway, let’s take a look at how I’ve done this month…
Xukkhini Blog Income Report, March, 2018
Ad Income: $904.90 (Mediavine)
Affiliate Income: $827.10
Page Views: 85, 551
Blog Posts: 4
TOTAL INCOME: $1,732
Blog Data Breakdown & Analysis
Last month’s income was the highest yet!
Why was this?
Well, page views were also the highest they’ve ever been – an increase of almost 9% from last month.
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The bulk of affiliate income came from the popular weight loss products The 2 Week Diet and Yoga Burn etc.
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What Has Worked This Month
Having your pins in a ‘bad neighborhood’ can decrease the reach of all your pins.
So, this month I used the ‘Board Insights’ function on Tailwind, to weed out my underperforming group boards.
And in doing so I’ve seen a slow but steady growth in blog traffic.
Simply go to your Tailwind account. Click on Board Insights, uncheck Secret Boards and Regular Boards and sort by Virality Score.
Next, look for boards with a lower than YOUR average virality score. These are the boards you should consider leaving.
However, in deciding whether I should leave these boards, I perform one last check.
I click on the name of the board to get the pin insights on that board. And if I see a low amount of pin activity, then it’s time to bid farewell to this group board.
What Hasn’t Worked This Month
In my never-ending quest for efficiency, I decided to streamline my email broadcasts by no longer including my logo at the top of each email and a clickable image to that blog post.
This was a big mistake that resulted in 4 unsubscribes from each of the two broadcasts – the largest amount I’ve ever had.
Could this just be a coincidence?
The previous and following broadcasts were in the traditional format – clickable logo and post image.
New Posts Added This Month
I’m a little disappointed that I only managed to publish four posts this month.
However, the article on kettlebell exercises is definitely making waves and is approaching 1K saves on Pinterest already.
Blogging Courses I Recommend
When I launched Xukkhini, I had NO experience and had not taken a single course or ebook on how to blog.
This caused weeks of hell and frustration which could have been so easily avoided.
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