Blogging Income and Traffic Report: How I made $762 Blogging in August 2019 - Details on my traffic and income from my blog this past August.
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Coming at you with a traffic and income report. I use to post reports every month on my traffic and income but stopped. This posts kind of fell off the radar for me because I wanted to focus on actual content.
But now that my blog has grown quite a bit since my last traffic and income report, I thought it would be a great idea to restart them.
Back Story of Nikki's Plate
I started Nikki's Plate in 2015 as a creative outlet.
I have a strong passion for creating healthy recipes, DIY/Home decor and photography. Being a university nursing student left me feeling empty. I didn't love being a student (who really does?) and wanted a hobby to relieve stress and take my mind off studying at times.
I quickly fell in love with the blogging world. I got sucked right in! I wanted to eat, breathe, and sleep blogging.. which I couldn't really do. For those who aren't aware, bachelor of science in nursing degree is one of the hardest undergraduate degrees! It is very time consuming and left my blog in the dust most months. I was lucky to post 1 blog post a week while in school.. so needless to say, my blog was put on the back burner for a few years.
Now that I have graduated and am a nurse, I am able to focus on my blog again. I spend some of my days off blogging. For a long time I didn't have a blogging schedule and just blogged as I wanted... but now I have decided to start taking my blog more seriously to improve my traffic and income.
Of course my dream is to become a full time blogger, and nurse casually on the side. Blogging is where my heart is, and I want to pursue my dream of blogging as a career.
Why Share Income and Traffic Reports
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I want to share these reports for several reasons:
- Blogging is freaking AWESOME. I want to inspire others to start blogs. I am hoping that sharing these numbers with others with encourage passionate people to make the leap to start their own blog. I have NEVER regretted starting my blog and I love every minute I get to spend on it.
- Educational Information for other Bloggers. I want these reports to also be informative and educational for other bloggers looking for additional new tips to help grow their blogs and make money with their blogs. Blogging is a continual learning process. I love reading other bloggers tips and advice for growing my own blog, and want to contribute to the blogging community with my learning experiences.
- A way for me to keep track of my blog statistics. I will have to say that when I looked up my income and traffic reports from 2017, I was extremely happy to see how far I have come. Sometimes when you get discouraged with your progress, it is nice to look back and see actual numbers to show you are actually improving. Therefore, these income and traffic reports are just as much for me as they are for all you!
Click here to see ALL of my Blogging and Income Traffic Reports from past months!
Is Blogging For You?
If you have a passion that you want to share with the world then YES. Blogging is such a great outlet for sharing what you love in a welcoming online community.
If you want more financial freedom than blogging is also for you! Blogging allows me to pick up less shifts at the hospital and helped me pay off my student loans.
Blogging gives you the opportunity to:
- Work from home
- Stop living pay check to pay check
- Spend more time with family and friends
- Get out of debt and pay off those loans
- Travel whenever you want
- Be your own boss!
If your ready to start blogging then follow my step by step start up guide here!
Thoughts On August 2019
August was a good month for the blog, I have reached a record high for my traffic this month and I am hoping this incline continues into September!
I posted 6 blog posts this month because I wanted to enjoy my summer and not be stuck in front of my computer screen the entire month.
This being said, a lot of my top ranking posts are from previous months.
Side Note Lesson: I have found that sometimes it can take up to 6 months for a blog post to gain traction and go viral. So do not get discouraged if your blog post (that you spent HOURS even DAYS on) doesn't take off right after posting. It will! Just continue to share it (especially on Pinterest) and it will take off eventually.
This was also my first full month working with Mediavine. For those of you who don't know, Mediavine is an ad agency that posts ads to your blog as a source of income. So far I am extremely happy with my Mediavine experience and may even consider doing an entire review post.
August Traffic Report
Now to the numbers.
This month, as said above, was one of the best months for the blog in terms of traffic. A lot of my older blog posts took off this month and were bringing in hundreds of individual readers a day, like this Vanilla Macaroon Recipe.
Side Note: I would love to improve my Bounce Rate and my Pages per Session. I want to increase my page views by encouraging readers to read more than one post on my blog at a time.
Clearly Pinterest is my top source for traffic to my blog. I really need to start learning SEO to start ranking better in google and other search engines.
August Income Report
Here are the income numbers for my August income report.
Reward Style Affiliates: $37.70
Amazon Affiliates: $6.07
Tailwind Affiliates: $2.00
There you have it, the final numbers for August!
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