Hey troopers, wow this is a bit of a late blogging income report I know, but I’ve been flat out busy and finally got to finish the post just this week. Anyway, seriously where has the last 4 or 5 months gone, September is like just a week away!
OK so in this post I’m going to share with you my blogging progress, as well as the income generated from this site and some other interesting and hopefully inspiring stats about my blog.
It’s been an awesome 2nd quarter of 2015 to be really honest with you peeps, a lot of stuff has happened and I’m now busier than ever before, but that’s always a good thing right? From a business stand point. So here’s what’s been happening progress wise.
Changed Web Host Providers
On May the 22nd I finally made the decision to say goodbye to Bluehost and move this blog over to SiteGround (aff).
After reading and hearing many great things about the service provider, I had to give them a try and I’m so happy that I did, because almost 4 months into using SiteGround, I’ve experienced great service and zero downtime so far, unlike what I was experiencing in the last quarter of 2014 and the first quarter of 2015 with Bluehost.
You can read more about my web hosting move and tutorial on how to migrate your site to SiteGround on the following blog posts:
After months of putting this off I finally launched the Magnet4Blogging Smarter Blogging Podcast. I currently only have 1 episode done, but I’m working on putting together a second episode for September, and have a special guest too, my first one so hope it goes well. You can tune into the first show here for formalities etc if you haven’t already done so.
Turned Off Comments
One of the most controversial decisions I made for this blog, which frustrated a few of my regular readers and once again I do apologise, and that was that I turned off comments on this blog. I did so simply because the time that I have to moderate and respond to comments (the lack of it). You can read more about this here, and what I NOW do to promote engagement and interaction for the blog using social platforms.
OK so before I get down with sharing my blog’s income report with you, let me share with you some interesting statistics and compare them with the previous three months.
Total sessions: 8,567 (Previous 9,118)
Total Page Views: 14, 004 (Previous 16,435)
Alexa Ranking: 263k (Previous 157k)
PR: 0 (Previous 0)
Facebook fans: 10,065 (Previous 10.1k)
Twitter followers: 13k (Previous 12.7k)
Google+: 3.4k (Previous 3.1k)
Feedly RSS: 34 (Previous 0)
Email subscribers: 446 (Previous 302)
Number of published posts: 19 (Previous 17)
The first thing you will probably notice is the traffic, I don’t get much of it as it is. In fact it is down in comparison to the 1st quarter.
I never make increasing traffic to my blog my goal or main objective, but moreover, I make it my objective to try and increase conversions, that’s what matters to me the most, I’m always looking for ways to convert more people into either subscribers or customers, and using Thrive Themes has helped me do just that for starters.
Below is a snapshot of the weekly email opt-ins for my eBook and email newsletter. In the 2nd quarter I was able to add another 144 new emails to my email list. The second image below is a snap shot of the email opt-ins overall each month to this blog (stats via MailChimp).
Top 5 Most Popular Posts
Here’s the top 5 most popular blog posts of the second quarter for Magnet4Blogging, (popular by the most number of visits.)
- How To Fix Your WordPress 404 Error Pages Easily
- Smart Ways To Grow Your YouTube Audience
- Thrive Content Builder Review 2015: Plus Tutorial Video
- 12 Tips For Creating A Powerful Email Lead Capture Page In WordPress
- WordPress SEO By Yoast or SEOPressor 5 – Which SEO Plugin Should You Use?
Here’s the top 5 most popular posts for the second quarter (popular by the total number of social shares).
- How To Create Custom Features Post Images For Your Blog Posts (192 shares)
- 25 Must-Follow Bloggers To Help You Become A Smarter Blogger (164 shares)
- Maxwell Ivey, An Inspirational Bling Blogger (145 shares)
- 19 Must-Use Tools To Help You Blog Like A Pro (144 shares)
- Thrive Content Builder Review 2015: Plus Tutorial Video (143 shares)
Income Report For The 2nd Quarter Of 2015
OK so here’s the total income I created using this blog between April 2015 and June 2015, but first here’s my little disclaimer:
Disclaimer: The following income report below may contain affiliate links to products and services I use and trust, where upon if you click on them and make a purchase, I will be paid a small commission, at no additional charge to you. It literally doesn’t cost you anymore to use my links, however you’re not obliged to use them. If you do happen to use them and make a purchase of any product or service I’m recommending below, I’d like to thank you for your continued support, I appreciate you.
Genesis Framework $20.98 (Review of Genesis here)
Thrive Leads / Themes $617.00 (Review of Thrive Themes here)
SEOPressor5 $45.01 (Review of SEOPressor5 here)
Better Links Pro $32.40 (Review of Better Links Pro plugin)
Moonfruit SiteMaker $11.00 (Review of Moonfruit online website builder)
Amazon Affiliate $1.94 (Books for bloggers post)
Online Services / Product Sales
Gross Total Income for 2nd Quarter of 2015: $1,663.16 (First quarter income: $798.25)
So definitely a great result on income for the second quarter compared the the first quarter. I’m very pleased with the earnings for this blog, it’s still a relatively new blog, so it’s a step in the right direction.
Right now blogging is proving to provide a good steady second part-time income for me, especially since really pushing outwards with my custom WordPress design and custom graphic design services.
Providing a service is probably the most time consuming part of earning income through my blog, but I’m loving every moment of it.
OK so let me share with you some of the expenses for the 2nd quarter.
Web hosting with SiteGround ($30.58) (Read the post to read why I moved to SiteGround from Bluehost)
BlogVault WordPress Backup $29.97
Social Warfare Social Plugin $2.00 ($24 paid annually)
JustRetweet Social $70.00
SEO Tools, Various Online Services, Fees $137.81
Copywriting Services $100.00
Total Expenses for 2nd Quarter of 2015: $413.66 (First quarter expense: $400.00)
Net Total: $1,249.50 ($309.25 In first quarter)
A much more profitable 2nd quarter for 2015 I’m happy to report, and most of this income is put back into the development and marketing of the blog itself, as well as paying for some courses and additional tools I need to improve my workflow with my online services, and improve the usability of the site.
The proof is always in the pudding so the famous saying goes, so here are a few screen snaps of my affiliate sales, and some PayPal stats for complete transparency.
Blogging Goals Reached (Plus new ones set)
I set myself several small goals at the start of the 2nd quarter, here they are and what I was able to achieve in brackets.
Goal 1: Write 12 blog posts: (Achieved 19 blog posts)
Goal 2: Launch new podcast: (Achieved)
Goal 3: Record 6 videos: (Failed)
Goal 4: Publish 2 infographics: (Failed)
I didn’t manage to record my videos or create my infographics due to how busy I’ve been during those months with other business commitments, so here are my goals for the 3rd quarter.
- Write and publish 20 blog posts for Magnet4Blogging
- Reach 600 email subscribers
- Record and publish 3 YouTube videos
- Publish 1 podcast
- Create and publish 1 infographic
- Revise “Smarter eBooks” ebook
- Hit the $2,000 mark ($750 each month)
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading through this blogging income and progress report, I’ve been as honest and transparent as I can with all the stats and numbers here peeps.
I hope you can see, if you’re new to blogging and internet business, that a lot of hard work, trial and error goes into building a blogging business that is profitable. I hope this report has inspired you in some small way to work harder and make a little bit more money with your blog too.
I wrote the first ever blog post for Magnet4Blogging back in March of 2014, although the site has been up since June 2013. Overall I’m extremely happy with the progress I’ve been able to make so far, but I couldn’t have done any of it without YOU folks, so BIG thanks to each and every one of you for your continued support and loyalty, you rock!
As always, share with me your thoughts, questions and everything else on Twitter here, or Google+ here.
Happy blogging, have a great rest of the week.
Fabrizio Van Marciano