Every month I have made the commitment to publish my earning reports for my blog in hopes that the transparency will show my readers that they can make money by blogging if they are committed to working hard. I am new at this and you will see that in my numbers but already in the second month I have grown both numerically and financially. Here is what happened this month and what I learned as a result.
Monthly Blog Earnings and Stats
- High views 2,021 views from 1500 people; blog eclipsed 12,000 views
- On March 5th I crashed my website and the database costing me all of my earnings: -$229.00
- First Bluehost affiliate earnings: $65
- Two web design jobs received because of blog posts: $251.00
- Adsense: $9.92
- Accepted into Ligonier affiliate program
Income: $325.92 ($74.92 without design jobs)
Net Total: $96.92
What I Learned in March
- First, don’t crash your site. Anytime you have to make changes to your database or anything else for that matter be sure you are slow, deliberate, and you have backup. Use a hosting client for your site that provides backup. I suggest Bluehost. This will save you so much headache. I have to say that the two days that I spent trying to fix my site after the crash were two of the most stressful days of my life. Hundreds of hours nearly lost. Thankfully for a price I was able to get it recovered. Lesson learned.
- Along the same lines, I learned that ramp up after a crash is slow. Leading up to the crash I was averaging about 400 views each day. After the crash I did not break 250 views on any one day. All my momentum was lost and I had to start all over.
- People value your interaction. I have found that people do like when you talk to them. I have tried to be more consistent with my commenting back to my readers.
- Your headline is everything. This is something I knew but I need to continue getting better at creating attention grabbing headlines. Hello Copyblogger.
- Email collection is key. This month I implemented an email collection popup using a simple email collection plugin that I installed for free. I was able to gain 16 email addresses and 8 of those subsequently confirmed their subscription.
Overall it was a pretty good second month. I hope this month to double both my traffic and income. We will see what happens. How did your blog do in March? Can I answer any questions?
Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”