I’m so excited to write this traffic and income report. May 2017 was my second month of real blogging and trying to promote my blog and I learned so much this month!
This month was the one that things finally started coming together and making sense for me!
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A few things really changed my blogging game this month.
First of all, in April, I decided to invest in my business and blog and took a number of courses. I spent most of April going through the courses and making notes then putting what I had learned into practice. This really paid off once May hit.
The courses that really made a difference for me:
Building a Framework– I mentioned this course in my post about starting a profitable blog. It is THE book for newbies who are just starting out and want to do things the right way. Abby talks you through step by step the set up of your blog and how to get it started quickly. If you are lost and overwhelmed with the whole blogging thing and feeling pulled in too many directions, this is the course for you!
Traffic Transformation Guide – see my course review here. This course was huge in helping me move beyond Pinterest and onto different types of social media. The author, Lena, increased her traffic from 17K-400K page views in 10 months and she talks you through everything she did to make that happen. I found it really useful and informative.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner. Michelle makes over $100,000 a month, $50,000 of which is through affiliate marketing. Need I say more? This course is an in-depth how-to of affiliate marketing from the basics through to putting it all into practice. If you are interested in monetizing your blog, this course is a must-have. One of the great things about the course is that all alumni get access to an exclusive mastermind Facebook group that is really engaging and helpful.
These three courses really helped me start off May on a good note and my traffic was up from the get-go. I had already started making a few affiliate sales last month but this month I actually made some real cash!
Income for May 2017
Traffic for May 2017
My traffic almost doubled exactly in May from just over 7000 page views in April to over 15,000 in May. I even had a couple of days with over 1000 page views! That made me so happy.
My most popular posts this month were:
- The Fertility Diet that changed my life – this post even made the first page of Google thanks to Traffic Transformation!
- How to use affiliate links on Pinterest
- 5 ways I cut my grocery bill in half
- How to make printables for free on Picmonkey
- 80 Lucrative side income ideas
I started off May using Tailwind. It’s a pretty awesome scheduling tool for Pinterest. You can add all the pins you want to put on Pinterest at the time you want and it does all the work for you. It frees up a ton of time for content creating and other social media marketing.
The best thing is the Tailwind analytics which shows you your top boards, top performing pins and the best time to pin to your boards.
If you would like to try Tailwind, you can get a free month through my link: Try Tailwind free for a month.
I actually also used Boardbooster at the beginning of May but I stopped within the first week as it just wasn’t working for me like I had hoped. Boardbooster does have some really cool features like board looping so I may revisit it at some point.
How I doubled my Pinterest Referral Traffic
Around the second week of May, I finally bit the bullet on an ebook I had been lusting over for a month or so. After all my purchases in April, I had sworn off any more courses but this book ended up being my absolute best investment in May.
The book is called Pinteresting Strategies and it was truly a game-changer for me. I 100% credit it for my 1000K + page view days. My only regret is not having bought this book sooner.
Pinteresting Strategies is all about pinning to Pinterest without a scheduling tool like Tailwind or Boardbooster. This method is often called manual or live pinning.
I had actually tried live pinning a few times myself in April but, my golly, I got in such a mess with spreadsheets and duplicates and different board rules that I quickly gave up. Carly’s technique in the book makes so much more sense than my made up strategies.
If you are interested in growing your Pinterest traffic, I highly recommend checking out this book, I cannot say enough good things about what it did for my traffic in May.
I’ll have to do a proper ebook review soon but for now, you can find all the details about the book here: Pinteresting Strategies Ebook
June 2017 Goals
I have lofty goals for June!
- Break the 1000 followers for Pinterest (currently at 920)
- Get started on Twitter, Instagram & Facebook
- Increase both income and traffic
- Join some more Pinterest Group Boards
- Reread all the courses I took in April to get even more tips on growing my blog!
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