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February Blog Income, Stats and Goals

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How much money do I make from blogging?

See my previous blogging income report: January 2017 Blog Income

February 2017 Blog Income: £820.97

Woah it’s the first of March already - time for a roundup of my February blog stats. Yet again I thrashed my £500 target which is amazing.  I feel like perhaps I should have a £800-1000 target, but I don’t want to make my target unreachable!  It’s my first year of totally focusing on my blog, so I shall start modestly.

Blog income 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle parent blog stats february

I’m actually owed over £200 for blog posts too, so I would have gone over the thousand pound mark if these payments were quicker, but they’re a nice starting point for my March blog income.

Most of this income is from sponsored posts, £4 is from a PPC campaign and £10 is from one new ad on my business/blog ads page.

Next month I should have some income from affiliate marketing too.  I’m getting rid of Google ads and replacing them with affiliate ads instead.  I’m hoping these will be more profitable.  I only make about £60 every 6-8 months from Google ads.  I think you need HUGE amounts of traffic to make a lot of money from their AdSense scheme.  I also only have them at the bottom of my blog posts and one in the footer of my website.  I could add them to the top and sides of my website, but I’d rather keep the ads to a minimum and not clutter my website.

I know I’m already up to about £40 in affiliate sales since starting in February, so this is much better than the ads already.

February 2017 Google Analytics

I’m pleased to see my stats have increased from last month and they are so much higher than last year:

Page Views:  14500 (Jan: 12300)
Sessions: 8167 (Jan: 6600)
New Users: 4600  (Jan: 4400)

Tots 100

I'm number 13 out of 8000 parent bloggers in the Tots 100 chart

February Blogging Goals & whether I achieved them:

  • Increase Instagram followers – Yes this has been achieved.  My followers are now at 3150 and have been steadily increasing.  I didn’t make a note of the number last month, but we'll now know for next month!
  • Try to post at least once per day to Instagram – I’ve not posted once per day, but much more than usual, I’ll try again next month
  • Increase newsletter subscribers and send new blog posts via newsletter twice per week – done, but opens are quite low.  Perhaps newsletters are like this?  I’d like to increase clicks.
  • Run two giveaways – I’ve ran three and they’ve had a great response!  Two are still active in my giveaway section.
  • Make £500 from blogging – smashed this target – over £800!
  • Write at least two personal blog posts per week – I must have hit this target as there are over 50 blog posts this month!  Lots of sponsored ones, but I’ve had great fun relating these to my own experiences and writing about my own life within many of them.
  • Add all blog posts to a spreadsheet (640ish, phew!) in order to find evergreen posts and add to a Social Oomph queue – done!  What a mammoth task!  It’s also inspired me to spring clean out old irrelevant blog posts or things I don’t want to promote anymore like foods with refined sugar, etc.
  • Promote 3 blog posts a day with Pick a Blogger – I’ve done this most days, but some days I have forgot or just not had enough time.  It would be fab if there was a way to link to our RSS feeds and this is done automatically.
  • Write at least two guest posts –done!  One has been published and I think the other is scheduled.  I’ve also featured in lots of interviews on blogs this month.  I love answering interview questions!
  • Enjoy blogging, stay positive and focused – yes, yes and yes.  It’s scary trying to make my main income from blogging, but also so rewarding.  There are quiet days, but then there are days filled with opportunities.  Things will get much easier once Reuben is at nursery/play school more and I have more time to devote to improving my blog.

March Blogging Goals:

  • Increase Instagram followers by 250
  • Instagram at least once every other day
  • Make £500 from blogging
  • Change all ads to affiliate ads
  • Have a blog spring clean and clear out old irrelevant posts
  • Add internal links, check image descriptions and add keywords to at least 20 posts
  • Research SEO for blogs
  • Send out new blog posts daily via newsletter to test if it increases click through rate
  • Run two giveaways
  • Revise Social Oomph blog updates

Want to know how I find paid opportunities?  Click here: 4 ways to find paid blog opportunities

 

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  1. You are doing so well. I am not doing great with posting everyday on Instagram either.

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  2. Well done you. I can totally relate to how hard it is trying to juggle things like school run, looking after and being a good mum to your kids at home and also trying to keep the house looking respectable! Lets hope March brings us both lots of opportunities! x VICTORIA -- >> It's manic isn't it! I find it mad with two and I'm in awe of bloggers with more children! Reuben does 3 mornings a week between playgroup and nursery as of this week so it should make it easier and I've also dropped 2 night shifts, so hoping for a better work/blog/life balance! I do keep staying up until 12/1 and it's making me age a lot, so I need to stop this!

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  3. Quick note on the open rate for blog posts via newsletter... always worth remembering that your followers may have already seen posts via twitter etc so just delete the email when it arrives as they know they've read it. That's what I tend to do... PS Don't look too closely at my blog - it's not entirely right yet... I have a list of things to work through... just need to get on it! VICTORIA -->> Ah good point! It's just quite a lot to pay for a newsletter if no-one needs it or reads it - I have to pay £36 a month at the moment and can't find a cheaper service. Wondering if it's worth it, but lots of top mummy bloggers do recommend one... hmmmmm....

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  4. I love reading posts like this, I think it's because I'm pretty nosey, but it's looks like you've had a good month and hit your goals. Congratulations #thelistlinky

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  5. This has been so informative for me. I also read a couple of your other posts on blogging tips. Thank you. #TheListLinky

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  6. Wow, this is really inspiring and just goes to show, anything is possible when you put your mind to it. Well done on smashing your target! #TheListLinky

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  7. Oops forgot to add #thelistlinky to previous comment

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  8. Really interesting post, I'm new to blogging so not even considered prospect of earnings from it yet. Looks like you doing extremely well, you must be very proud, I can't even imagine getting those numbers of page views! Congratulations on smashing your target!

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  9. This is a fab round up post. I am also a little bit jealous as I would love to get more blog posts done. But, you have given me the motivation to get cracking with a few ideas I've got. #thelistlinky

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  10. Wow ... that's really impressive. Congrats. #thelistlinky

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  11. This was really interesting. I'm currently trying to grow my blog and it's useful to see what I could be aiming for in the future. #thelistlinky

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  12. Thank you for posting this, I know a lot of people don't like to post up their blog earnings, but it's really interesting and useful to see how well other people do! I hope your March targets go well! VICTORIA -->> Thank you - I'm over half way to my target already which is incredible in 2 days! Hopefully I'll double it :)

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