One of the things that has motivated me time and time again, was looking through the income reports of some of my favorite bloggers. It’s so encouraging to see that some of them started with earning pennies to growing to make thousands of dollars a month. So I am sharing my income reports to hopefully encourage you as you follow along with me on this journey, but also to remind myself of where I started.
Income for January: $165.82
- Product Photos: $160.00
- Affiliates: $5.82
Review of my January Goals:
- Double my revenue from the blog
- I did not meet this goal which was discouraging for me, but there are a few reasons why. I had a scheduled sponsored post for January, but it was cancelled by the company, due to issues with product availability in my area. This post alone would have caused me to meet my goal, so that was disappointing. We also had a very difficult month personally as a family and I was not able to dedicate as much time to the blog as I would have liked to.
- Increase my daily page views by at least 10%
- This goal is actually easier to measure by monthly views, as the daily views change so much depending on what is posted. With that being said, my monthly views went up by over 50%!!
- Increase subscribers by 10%
- My goal was increase my blog subscribers by 10% and instead it grew by over 40%!!
- Improve food photography (like learning more about the manual settings on my camera)
- When I first made this goal, I wasn’t thinking about how it was not measurable. This all depends on opinion lol. So I personally feel that I met this goal. I can see the improvement in my photography as I look back on my older photos. I will continue to work at improving this craft, it truly is an art.
- Post at least one recipe and one article a week
- I exceeded this goal by far and I am proud of the recipes and content that I posted!
I not only met most of my January goals, I exceeded them. Here’s why:
- Regularly posting quality content – It can be tempting to pump out content as quickly as possible because you feel like you have to do that to maintain steady traffic. But what I have learned through trial and error is that it is so much more important to take the time to produce quality content that will do two things. 1.) It will build trust with your readers and 2.) It will encourage them to subscribe. For me this meant deciding not to post a recipe if it wasn’t exactly the way I wanted it and also drove me to write better articles.
- Pinterest – I did more research on how to drive traffic to the blog using Pinterest and I re-did some of the pins for my recipes. There is a lot more to learn and I plan on focusing on this as I have already seen the benefits.
- January new year’s resolutions/Whole 30 – January is a popular month for health and weight loss and I was doing the January Whole 30 along with a very large community of people which led to more views of my Whole 30 recipes.
- Shoutout from a fellow food blogger – This is one of the reasons why it is so good to build relationships with your fellow bloggers. You can help, support, and promote each other. I am so grateful for the friends that I have made through this community.
1.) Increase monthly views by another 15%
2.) Develop and post at least one recipe video (new project for me)
3.) Do at least one sponsored post
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