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Hey, hey! Welcome to the Month Three Update for Moms Make Cents!
It seems incredibly strange to me that this little place on the internet has been my own for the last three months. Sometimes it feels like it has gone by so fast, and other times I feel like I have been doing this forever (in a good way)!
I would also like to point out why I am sharing these updates. I do not in anyway do it to be prideful, it is actually the opposite. I am putting myself out there, successes and failures so you can learn from my experiences.
These post are designed to be a case study for you. In each post I share what worked that month and what didn’t. I hope that you find these posts encouraging and motivating to you. If you have any questions about this post leave a comment below and I will be sure to reply!
Now on to the growth report!
8/22 - 9,656 9/21 - 22,677
Difference - 13,021 Increase - 135%
This month my page views more than DOUBLED! I am ecstatic that I hit over 20,000 page views. To me that is huge. This blog is only three months old and typically I only post once per week. So that is a pretty good amount of traffic per post. One of my blog posts went “mini-viral” on Pinterest this month and made up a good portion of my page views.
My most popular posts this month were,
Again Pinterest topped my referral traffic for the month, followed by Facebook and then miscellaneous traffic sources.
EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS - 665
8/22 - 356 9/21 - 665
Difference - 309 Increase - 86%
I gained about 300 followers this month. This month I did not focus much on my email list. I have been in major content creation mode preparing to launch my course Pinterest to Profits.
Next month I will have to prioritize my list again, but this month it took a place on the back burner.
8/22 - 1376 9/21 - 2240
Difference - 864 Increase - 68%
It was another great month for Pinterest growth! I probably spent one hour on Pinterest this entire month. I was so consumed with developing my new course that I did not have much time to focus on anything else.
I am super happy with a 68% increase in followers when I did almost no work.
Currently, I use BOTH Tailwind and BoardBooster to schedule pins for my blog. They each have unique features that I think it is valuable enough to use each.
TWITTER - 684
8/22 - 622 9/21 - 684
Difference - 62 Increase - 10%
After I noticed last month that very little traffic (we’re talking about 15 views out of almost 10,000) was coming from Twitter I gave it less attention. For the most part my Twitter account is on auto-pilot while I use the looping system with IFTTT. I do still go on daily and re-tweet and reply to messages, but I have significantly cut back my time on Twitter this month.
FACEBOOK - 57
8/22 - 32 9/21 - 57
Difference - 25 Increase - 78%
I haven’t been very active on Facebook, but I hope to change that very soon. I am planning on opening up my own Facebook group in a few months. Who wants to join?
INSTAGRAM - 79
8/22 - 49 9/21 - 79
Difference - 30 Increase - 61%
My goal last month was to post once a week and I did! I think Instagram is great and I have used it with a lot of clients in the past but I haven’t invested in it yet with this blog.
I launched Pinterest to Profits! I have been working on this course for months. Pinterest has been a huge part of my growth strategy on this blog (as well as for other businesses I have managed) and I wanted to share all of my tricks with YOU!
I decided to use Teachable to host my course. I am semi-tech savvy, but building out your own course platform seemed like it would either take a lot of time or a lot of money to hire someone to build it. Teachable is super user friendly and I was able to set up my sales page in about an hour and adding my course content was super simple too.
Teachable took a huge weight off of me this month. If you are thinking of creating a course, I highly recommend Teachable.
Also, with the extra stress of launching my course I had my first guest post! This was a huge help to me this month. Instead of focusing on writing a post I was able to continue creating content for my course.
Melissa Hebbe jumped on the blog and taught How To Create An Instagram Strategy For Your Boutique Or Shop. She is an Instagram pro! Definitely check out her guest post and blog if you want to learn more about IG.
What didn’t work?
This month I took on a bit more than I could handle. I am a work at home mama so most of my work gets done late at night after my hubby and little guy get to bed.
With launching my new course Pinterest to Profits and some unforeseen projects that were added by a few of my clients I was overwhelmed.
Fortunately, I was able to be organized and get everything done without missing any deadlines, but there were a few days that I was stressed with a capital S.
Total # Of Posts
Since starting this blog my goal has been to post once a week. This month I wrote four posts and had one guest post.
Alright, this is the part I am nervous about. When I started this blog my goal was for it to be profitable by October. It ended up becoming profitable in the very end of August! I have been so thrilled by its growth. Now I need to focus on helping this income be sustainable.
I personally like to see positive growth in my businesses (don't we all?) and I may not be able to top this month, next month.
So where did my income come from this month?
1. The last week of this month I launched the pre-sale for my new course Pinterest to Profits. I was so excited to see some wonderful ladies sign up for the course. It made the finishing touches of the course even more fun to do!
I wasn’t super aggressive in promoting the pre-sale I announced the course launch in a blog post and sent one email to my list that was it. I am sending a few more emails to my list before the pre-sale period closes.
2. Last month my first income report was all affiliate income. This month my affiliate income tripled! A lot of the strategies I have implemented have been from the course I took Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Pinterest to Profits Sales: $338.85 (after Teachable fees + payment processor)
Affiliate Marketing: $1223
Total earned: $1561.85
+ $10 referral credit to BoardBooster
BoardBooster: $0 (usually $10, covered by referral credit)
**I’ve been able to score an exclusive deal just for members of my course Pinterest to Profits. When you join the class you get THREE MONTHS (3000 pins) free of BoardBooster. This a $30 value and a huge benefit for class members. To snag this special deal head over here. (*for new BoardBooster users only).
Blog Traffic E-book: $15 (I received a discount from a promotion in her Facebook group usually it is $25)
Total Expenses: $30
Total Net Income: $1531.85
Overall, I am so excited by this months growth/income report! I honestly don't know when I will be able to beat this month. My income was high and my expenses were low. I feel incredibly grateful for the growth this month and for all of your fabulous readers. Thank you for your continued support and kindness! I couldn't do it without you!