Holy moly y’all I can’t believe it has been a month since my blogging journey began. A month, can you believe it? It feels like I have been blogging for much longer, yet at the same time like I just started. I don’t care because I am enjoying it, and I think that is what matters the most. If I wasn’t enjoying this then I think it would feel much more like a drag, but it doesn’t. I figured since I have officially been a blogger for a month I would go ahead and do a behind the scenes look at the ins and outs of everything that has gone on in this first month. So stay tuned to learn everything from my sites stats, to how much money I made, to what things I tried, and what did and didn’t work.
So I have to admit I didn’t really set any serious stats goals for the site itself because I wasn’t even sure where to start. I mean what is even considered good or normal for the first month of blogging. I see all these posts online from people talking about how they got thousands and thousands of views in their first months, but to be honest I think a lot of the time those are anomalies, not to put a downer on the people that do. I mean congrats to them, and I wished that I did have that happen, but I was trying to be more realistic about my growth at the beginning. I mean you have to start somewhere right?
Total page views: 632
Most popular post: Job Interview Tips
Now before you continue reading I should warn you that this isn’t one of those I earned thousands in my first month, whew I wish, but alas not this month ladies. Haha that’s ok, again gotta start somewhere. I will say I did earn some money this month, and every time I did I legitimately screamed with excitement. I signed up for Google Adsense, but to be honest I have since removed them from my site because it doesn’t really seem worth it until you hit major site viewer numbers, and I kept having problems with the ads overwhelming my site. Having said that I did earn $0.10. I may restart them later on because it’s not a bad program; it’s just not ideal for my site right now. But the exciting part comes in the way of affiliate marketing. I earned $3.90!!!! Y’all I am so excited about it because I didn’t think I was going to make anything. This month’s earnings all came from this awesome affiliate marketing program called Viglink that let’s you put affiliate links on pretty much anything. My goal for next month is to hopefully make at least $20. I think that is probably a safe goal. I am trying to be realistic because despite what you may see online blogging does actually take time to work.
Social Media Growth
Facebook Page: 84 likes
Instagram: 305 followers
Twitter: 44 followers
Pinterest: 123 followers, 59,000 monthly viewers
What I Discovered
One of the big things I tried this month was networking and connecting with other bloggers, creatives, small business owners, etc. you know like-minded people, and it has been really beneficial. The two main methods I used were via Facebook groups and Instagram pods. I highly recommend these two things if you are a blogger. Getting involved in the Facebook groups and IG pods has helped to drive traffic to my site and social medias. They are also great because you can gain insight and get constructive criticism on your site and social media accounts. One thing I hadn’t counted on that has been really great is just how supportive the communities have been. The lovely people I have encountered have been so helpful any time I have had questions, and have been super supportive and encouraging, which is so incredible. Having said that Instagram and Facebook have been slow to grow, but a good percentage of my growth on those channels has come from the groups and pods.
Things I Learned/ Didn’t Count On
Prior to starting my blog I had researched and researched until I was blue in the face, but I was still surprised by a few things when I finally started. One of the biggest by far was just how difficult the photography aspect of blogging really is; from choosing stock photos or shooting photos, it can be quite difficult especially to do by yourself. Having said that I think it is probably part of the learning curve, and may always be a more difficult part because the visual content you put out as a blogger within your site and social media is such an important part of life as a blogger or content creator of any kind. I also didn’t really count on how expensive it can be. Having said that the act of actually starting the blog wasn’t crazy expensive, but when you start to add in programs, apps, courses you want to take, etc. things start to add up very quickly, so I highly recommend taking your time and not jumping in the deep end when it comes to expenses. You really don’t need to buy everything all at once.
What Was Worth The Money
Having said that you don’t need to buy everything all at once there are a few things that I did buy and do highly recommend you purchase if you are interested in starting your own blog or website. The four things I did purchase were self hosting through Siteground (who I highly recommend- Check out this post on how to set up your own site with Siteground here), my website theme, my domain name, and domain privacy; which protects the personal information associated with your domain.