At the beginning of the year I gave myself a huge goal to hit 50,000 monthly pageviews by the end of 2014…and I hit that goal in September! In addition to accomplishing my monthly pageviews, I hit a second goal of reaching 30,000 unique visitors by the end of 2014!
Now, that number may not seem that big to some of you, but it is huge to me. Blogging is hard work and I’ll admit that there are many times when I compare myself to other bloggers and feel like I fail as a blogger. Not this month – I’m giving myself a pat on the back for a job well done!
Google Adsense – $70.35
PriceGrabber – $30.97
Amazon Affiliate Network – $21.98
Linkshare – $6.85
Grocery University – $5.98
Sovrn – $5.94
Media.net – $5.09
My Savings – $1.96
Skimlinks – $.50
Switch Ads – $.50
Total Income – $150.12
Host Gator (hosting) – $6
Feedblitz – $1.34
Total Expenses – $9.01
NET INCOME – $141.11
Top 10 Traffic Sources
Thank you The Better Mom for being my number 1 blog referral!
What I Learned This Month
Google Custom Channels
If you’re a blogger, you know that in addition to creating awesome content, we must be ever learning and growing.
I had heard about Google Custom Channels before (and even attempted to set them up). But when I went back and checked to see how I had done, I realized that I had done it incorrectly. Hey, at least I tried, right?
Learn from my mistake and set up one custom channel per adsense ad. You’ll also want to check the box that says, “show this custom channel to advertisers as a targetable ad placement,” and fill out the information below it so advertisers will know what type of blog you have and where each is located. Custom channels are not hard to setup and I’ve heard they can make a big difference in your earnings. I fixed mine in the middle of the month so I’ll be curious to see how my earnings do for the entire month of October.
Increasing Pinterest Followers
There’s no doubt that Pinterest is my number traffic referral. (In a way I feel like all of my eggs are in one basket, but at least I’m trying to diversify. That counts for something, right?) I had hit a plateau for new Pinterest followers. Yes, I was still getting a lot of traffic to my blog through Pinterest, but that was about it.
In September, in addition to pinning my pins to multiple group boards 4-5 times a week, I started pinning 10 pins of other people’s content 1-2 times a day (per the recommendation of a blogging group that I’m part of). Although I didn’t see a ginormous increase in followers, I did see an increase. And something is always better than nothing!
How’d you do in September?
Now it’s your turn to share! How did your blog do in the month of September. What tips and tricks do you have to share?
(The links in this post are my referral link. Please see my disclosure policy for more details.)