Welcome to my first income report here at Online Income Mom!
I have been super hesitant to share my income here on the blog, but I see so many other bloggers doing it. I know how motivational it is for me to see how others are making money online. I think we are all drawn to the exact numbers to know if something works or not.
So, it’s time for me to give back! Plus, I feel that this will hold me accountable in my online income journey. Hopefully it helps others see what is possible with an internet connection and a computer!
October 2016 Income
Alright, let’s get to the nitty gritty of my October income.
- Sponsored Content: $910
- Advertising: $134
- Freelance/VA Services: $776
Total Income: $1,820
Though I usually average $2000 or more online each month, October was way down…for a few different reasons. First, my summer was terrible. I didn’t get near as many sponsored posts as I normally do, and since they pay out 60 days, I am just getting a little bit of what sponsored work I did do over the summer.
Second, I was focused more on building Online Income Mom. This meant writing content, creating my lead magnet (blog monetization checklist), building my email list, and taking courses. I used the time I previously used on my parenting blog or services, so I didn’t have as much time to do the things that make me money immediately.
However, I believe investing the time into this blog will pay off down the road. That’s how blogging works sometimes. You have to put in a lot of effort for a few months before you begin to see a return on your investments.
October 2016 Expenses
You don’t want to know how much I spent on my online business in October! But, like I said before, investing now will allow me to make bank in the future!
- Fab FB Groups by Caitlin Bacher – $447
- X Theme – $64
- Genius Blogger’s Toolkit – $58.20
- Content Creation – $35
- Social Warfare Plugin – $29 (for a one-year license)
- Aweber – $19 (Though I switched to ConvertKit later in the month)
- Business Bank Account – $15
- Adobe Stock – $9.99
- CoSchedule – $9.50
- Facebook Ads – $2.12
Total Expenses: $688.81
Net Income: $1,131.19
October 2016 Traffic
- Unique Visitors: 3,540
- Pageviews: 5,844
My pageviews are steadily growing, as they were 4,795 in August. I slacked off on promotion in the last half of October, to do some freelancing and take courses. I want to make sure I don’t fall off the wagon in November.
My most popular post for October was “Explode your Blog Traffic & Income this Holiday Season!” with over 300 shares.
What Worked in October 2016
TAILWIND! Pinterst is my #1 source of traffic here at Online Income Mom. I attribute most of my success to Tailwind. It takes me less than 2 hours a week to set up my entire week’s worth of pins. Plus, their Tribes feature has me getting even more exposure for my pins!
Switching to ConvertKit! I have been wanting to switch for a while, so I finally bit the bullet and did it! Being the best autoresponder for bloggers, ConvertKit is SUPER easy to use. I am working on new sequences that my subscribers will automatically be added to as soon as they sign up. Plus, you can easily create opt-in forms and landing pages without additional software.
Changing Themes! I become unhappy with the theme I had, so after a TON of research, I went with X Theme. This theme comes with many extras – one of which is ConvertPlug. I am using it to create some of the opt-in forms on my blog. The rest are basic ones from ConvertKit. The theme also comes with a drag-and-drop editor for pages. Soon, I will be revamping my home page to be more than just a simple blog page.
What Didn’t Work in October 2016
Facebook Ads. Seriously, I have got to learn how to run these. I had one that was approved, but two days later they stopped it due to it having too much text. So I cut my losses at $2 until I can learn more about having success running ads on Facebook.
I am not setting an income goal just yet, since I’m still working on building this blog, reducing my freelance work, and creating a couple products.
However, I do want to set a few goals!
- Pageviews: 10,000
- Email Subscribers: 200
- Pinterest: 10,000 (currently 9,139)
- Facebook: 400 (currently 213)
- Twitter: 20,000 (currently 19,100)