April Income and Traffic Report [Grow With Me Vol. 4]

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Hey There!

APRIL IS OVER!!!!

If you’re interested in seeing how my blog has grown in past months, I’d highly recommend checking out my previous income posts:

 

Why Did I Start Momblah.com?

I want to stay at home with my kids.

This is my why for blogging. I want to have the flexibility to drive my daughter to school (starting next fall… oh, the tears!), do something besides online shopping during naptime and after bedtime, express myself creatively outside of motherhood, and contribute to my household finances. We can currently live comfortably on my husband’s income, but our financial goals of retiring early and paying off our home mortgage will stall out and we will be a slave to our finances instead of set free (see here, here and here how we were able to get out of consumer debt!).

 I want to help moms through pregnancy and babyhood, specifically in the area of their mental health.

This has been part of my strategizing and niching down. Originally when I started this blog, I had trouble figuring out the conundrum of blogging about things I love and helping a specific audience. So I just started (and that’s the main thing!) and let things narrow down naturally.

Are You Thinking About Blogging?

To start my blog, I went with a cheap host, so as not to sink too much cost into this little adventure (I’ll inject more cash once I make more!). I decided to go with BlueHost and have had a very seamless experience.

If you’re interested in starting a blog, I’d definitely recommend trying a cheaper host over a free platform if you’re just getting your feet wet. I decided to use Bluehost, and so far, it’s been great.

If you are a mom and want to start a blog in the mom blogosphere, I’d highly recommend reading this ebook. Suzi is an awesome fellow blogger who helps moms figure out this whole blogging thing. Her book is a literal step-by-step guide to getting your blog up, running and bringing in some cash!

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It was my first stepping stone back into blogging and has saved me from making countless mistakes. It’s so good that a few months in, I will go back to it to see if I can glean anything else and apply it as I understand more. If you’re looking to grow a blog from the ground up, BUY THIS BOOK!

So Now… Month 3’s report!

My original vision of this blog was and still is to help moms win at home with their littles, prepare for birth and win with money. 

I am working on niching down… I think my new tagline and vision will be helping moms stay sane through pregnancy and babyhood. 

What do you think? Do you like it?

 

April 2017 Traffic and Income | Are you a lost blogger too? That's how I feel this month. I made $5. Ouch.

What I learned in April

Here’s a short list of things I learned in April:

  1. I have to set bigger goals- I had achieved all of my goals by mid-April! Yay!
  2. Page views can dip, but engagement is also important. I had fewer page views in April, but saw a lot of comments from moms in my target audience! I think this is a step towards making sales when I finally get my own product up and running.
  3. Amazon Affiliates and Google Adsense may never be my main source of income. I have done some posts with links to products, but in my heart of hearts, I don’t think I’ll be a blogger who makes thousands a month on product reviews. I’d really like my posts to be full of helpful information instead of peddling pacifiers and swaddles (not that it’s wrong or bad to do so- lots of mommy bloggers are much better at this than I!). I will continue to link to Amazon and keep that income stream alive, but I will stop losing sleep over why I’m not getting any sales.
  4. Babies can and do sleep! I’m so thankful for my little guy and his improving sleep! This mom still lives on coffee and adrenaline, but it’s not nearly as bad as we budgeted for based on our experience with his older sister! I do think I would love a career as a sleep consultant. Expect lots of posts in the coming month about sleep training, because we are starting next week!

Page Views and Stats

One thing I’m really learning about is that I need to build an audience with this blog. I really want to be able to look back at these posts to see how far I’ve come, so I’m going to be vulnerable and share some statistics with you for my fourth month of serious blogging in April 2017.

Are you trying to grow a blog too? Leave your link in the comments, and we can become blogging BFFs!

Previous Reports:

January 2017

February 2017

March 2017

I may add or delete stats as months go by and I place heavier importance on different things:

  • Pageviews: 4,339 (-4,674 from March… most of March’s high traffic [almost 10k pageviews] was due to this one post going semi-viral. It still accounts for about 30% of my traffic!). My bounce rate is still at a dismal 90%, mostly because of this post as well.
  • Pinterest Followers: 512 (+96)  Follow Me on Pinterest!
  • Facebook Page Followers: 72 (+56!) Follow me on Facebook
  • Email List: 9 (+5! I doubled my list! lol)
  • Instagram: 436 (+~100) Follow me on Instagram!

Posts in April:

  1. 4th Degree Tear- 6 Week Followup
  2. I Tried Castor Oil to Induce Labor and It Worked!
  3. Grow a Blog: March Traffic & Income Report [Grow With Me, Volume 3]
  4. Best Gifts for New Moms = Keurig Machine
  5. Choosing Mental Health: My Sleep Training Story

April Goal Review

  1. Post 4 excellent, long-form posts (1500+ words) SUCCESS!
  2. Begin writing a blog post series on mental health SUCCESS!
  3. Email list- get an opt-in bar SUCCESS!
  4. Email list- send 2 emails this month SUCCESS!
  5. Organize and create title images for my Pinterest boards SUCCESS!
  6. Find a guest poster! Anyone interested? Email me! SUCCESS! I have two guest posts coming out in May! I’m totally looking forward to you reading them!

Monetizing My Blog

All of the advice I’ve read about monetizing a blog talk about creating little seeds that need to be watered and nurtured into income. With that in mind, here’s what’s on my list to nurture!

April Earnings:

 

Total: $5.24 BLEH

I will say, as a blogger who is a bit lost in what to sell and to whom, this is probably all I can expect.

I am happy to report that I’ve narrowed my target audience down from “moms on the internet who read blogs” to “pregnant and new moms who are going crazy.” This has given me a big boost and helped me figure out what direction to write in, and what items/services/eproducts they may need in their lives to make things less crazy.

HELP!

At this point, I feel my struggles in blogging are probably fairly common, but I would likely benefit from some coaching from a seasoned blogger. Are any of you out there coaches? I know it’s mostly fellow bloggers that read income posts. Want to become friends and trade some coaching for some VA services? Email me!

May’s Goals

  1. Post 4 excellent, long-form posts (1500+ words)
  2. Create a “start here” menu with my most popular posts for new readers to check out
  3. Figure out how to monetize my biggest traffic post, or at least point it to helpful content for my target market to get my bounce rate down.
  4. Take budgeting out of my branding. I think this is something I may touch on later as a blogger, but I have no interest in being a financial writer. I think it will become part of my Choosing Mental Health series. For me, budgeting is something that we do to have financial peace and sanity in our home. Even with 2 kids, becoming debt free has made our lives so peaceful.
  5. Create a 4 email welcome series that I can include as an opt-in freebie.
  6. Double my email list to 18 subscribers (yikes! this looks small but seems impossible to me).
  7. Send 3 emails to the list.
  8. Brainstorm and explore 3 eproducts that I could possibly sell (please hold me accountable, fellow bloggers!).
  9. Figure out where pregnant and new moms are hanging and promo myself. I am so very bad at this.

Conclusion

 

So it seems I’ve hit a common wall for beginner bloggers. I’ve had some minor successes, but haven’t figured out how to capitalize on that. My bounce rate and income for this month tell me so. Do any of you have some advice?

Are you trying to grow a blog too? Leave your link in the comments, and we can become blogging BFFs!

Hi, I’m Terrin!

I’m a mom-of-two transitioning to staying at home and rediscovering myself.

I have a lot of opinions on methods to motherhood that help me keep my own sanity, which in turn helps me be the best mom to my kiddos.

I love reading and making new internet mom friends, so introduce yourself in the comments!!

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11 Comments

  1. It sounds to me like you’re doing great! It does take so long to build traffic to a new blog, unless you get lucky. I know, because I’m in that same space right now too. And I love that your vision of your blog is growing more definite as you go forward. It also sounds like you have some great posts – maybe a menu bar to help readers navigate your site better would help, as well as work on that bounce rate?

    In any case, though, I think you’re on the right track, and I’m sure in three months time it will look even better! I love income reports of all sizes. Thanks for this one!
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  2. I love the traffic report section! I love learning how other blogs grow and earn compared to mine. So many have so many diverse ways of doing things!

  3. Terrin,

    We are so alike!! I became a stay-at-home and mom blogger all in like one week! Then I never blogged for like two months and now I’m back at it again.

    I’m not sure I have a niche though. That’s super hard to pinpoint. I just blog about a lot of topics for moms like organizing, parenting and things like that! Oh well, I guess it’s more of a lifestyle blog for moms? Yeah that sounds broad.

    I’m on the same boat with monetizing my blog with Amazon. I see other mom bloggers do it so well and then I try and I fail. I need to figure out the right degree of advertising products as I don’t want every blog post to be about products.

    Congrats on blogging and helping others! I’m only in my third month and still learning soo much! I am only using Pinterest and can’t fathom going on Facebook or everywhere else to promote my posts. AND through in email! Jeez..that’s too much for me right now!
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