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March Blog Income Report – March was another record-breaking month for Journey to SAHM! I love saying that. I saw an increase in not only air fryer articles, but also in parenting ones as well. I’m dreading the summer slump months that are coming ahead, but hey, at least I know to expect them.
Why a summer slump? The weather is getting nicer and less people are hibernating indoors. That means less people are on their phones and computers while they spend more time with family and friends (at least that’s what I will be doing).
With that warm weather coming, I figured I would share some smart knowledge for you so you can spend more time outdoors away from your sites as well. And of course my blog income report too!
Blog Smarter Not Harder
Have you ever put in 30 hours a week into your blog to feel proud of all the work you accomplished just to see minimal results? It sucks, right?
Sometimes we can put hours into the BEST post you’ve ever written for it to see a measly 10 views a day. Even when you’re on Pinterest pinning CONSTANTLY!
Why is that?
You can write from your heart and pour your entire soul into a post, but it just doesn’t take off like you expected.
Or even worse, you write something you KNOW is a selling point for your target audience, have your post fail like nobody’s business, and then see other bloggers succeeding on Pinterest when your post is clearly better.
The trick? Work smarter!
What do I mean by that? Do your research and put money into your blog that gives back to you. Still confused? Then keep reading.
How to Work Smarter
Let’s talk Pinterest here. Learn to keyword your pins. What are others looking for? Well, Pinterest TELLS YOU!
Search what you’re talking about very vaguely. If you’re in the fashion niche, you could search something like “spring fashion.” Now use all those keywords listed below to create your pin!
It could go something like this:
“The best 2019 minimalist spring fashion outfits for women over 40. Try out these plus sized casual trends you’ll never want to take off. Dress your best this year! #springtrends #2019fashion #fashion”
Now I’m not a fashion blogger for women over 40 and I don’t recommend writing about that topic unless that is your niche or something your audience likes, but you get the idea!
Also, Pinterest has updated their website and no longer pulls the alt attribute in images in WordPress. Debbie over at The Flooring Girl has an amazing article that walks you through how to still use pin descriptions without any extra plug-ins that will slow down your site.
Good old Pinterest. It’s every blogger’s dream, but also nightmare. Your views go up and down. You spend at least 30 minutes on it every day pinning your heart out.
Let’s get real. You can put the same effort into Pinterest in just an hour a month and spend the rest of your time growing your website by writing, taking courses, etc.
The answer is Tailwind. I invested in Tailwind just 3 months into blogging. I remember talking to my husband trying to justify spending $120 for an annual subscription. It was so much and I was making about $20 a month! I can’t help but laugh now.
Tailwind has been my best purchase I’ve made as a blogger. You can pin everything you need in an hour a month and have all the other time in the world to grow. And grow I did.
Let me break down how much of a time saver it is for you. Say you spend 30 minutes a day on Pinterest 7 days a week. Us bloggers don’t get “off time,” do we?
With an average of 30 days a month, that’s 900 minutes, or 15 hours on Pinterest! Meaning you could spend 180 hours on Pinterest every year.
If you invest in Tailwind, you can spend just 1 hour on Pinterest a month. That means you can spend an extra 14 hours a month or 168 hours a year growing your site.
If you’re a mom like me, time is precious.
I hear so many people in Facebook groups wondering how people have so much time to do everything as a blogger and it’s truly because of Tailwind.
Within 2 months, I made back my $120 and started to grow my business (yes, blogging IS a business) to what it is now at $1,400 a month!
Oh, and once you have all that free time, THE course to take is Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Carly Campbell. Yep, you can have time to learn how to make even more money on your blog! It’s a life changer.
Top 10 Posts from March
5 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Air Fryer
Best Games for 2 Year Olds
Air Fried Roasted Carrots
How to Stop a Toddler from Hitting
How to Reheat Pizza in an Air Fryer
101 Non-Candy Easter Basket Ideas for Toddlers
How to Stop All Day Morning Sickness
The Best Air Fryers of 2019
How to Financially Prepare for a New Baby
The Best Air Fryer Cookbooks
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March Blog Income Stats
Page Views: 52,399
Bounce Rate: 84.16%
Affiliate Income: $200.12
I saw one of my top affiliate posts drop in ranking on Google, which hurt sales in the beginning of the month. I went back to help improve the SEO and saw this increase again. I will be back in on that post adding more content to hopefully help keep it at the top.
Ad Income: $855.51
This was the highest ad income I’ve seen yet! The RPM (amount paid per 1K views) was up almost double in March from February. This will most likely drop as we begin a new quarter.
I saw my first $45 day and I hope to see more of those as the year goes on!
Sponsored Posts/Products: $346.49
Yep! I’ve been keeping my expenses down these last few months as I ponder a few bigger purchases. I am a blogging minimalist and only use things that will grow my site and will get me a higher return than what I pay (Tailwind, I’m looking at you!).
How did March Goals Go?
Take Full Days Off from Blogging Every Week – Did not hit. I am getting better at taking time off as I plan my posts farther and farther out.
Taking a full day off hasn’t happened, but I feel like I have had much more free time as of lately when it comes to blogging.
Get April’s Posts Ready to Go – Basically hit. I am working on my final touches with my last April post and will be planning for May within the next day or 2.
Batch Work to Be More Time Efficient – Hit. Batch working is AMAZING! I plan all my posts at once and then just focus on writing them.
Yes, the little stuff can get in the way sometimes, but writing everything all at once has been great.
Make $1K Again This Month – Hit. I was nervous writing this as a goal. I hate having income-based goals when you never know what will happen, especially with Pinterest having an update and algorithm change.
But here I am with another record month that always leaves me in awe!
Take One Full Day Off
Completely Finish May’s Posts
Start Thinking about Christmas
Start Taking a Course or Reading an eBook through the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit