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1st Month Blogging: What worked, what didn’t, plans and how I made money.

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Welcome to my first monthly recap!

This recap will share insights into my blogging business, how I made it, where I invested, and your business tips. 

I share percentages and goals to help me reflect on the business and be more transparent with you. I will share my year-long goals through my tracker and percentage bubbles. 

This is my first month of blogging, and I am excited to share my reflections, earnings, and plans with you. 

How much time do you spend blogging? 

This month I spent about 2-3 hours per week. I spent most of my time dedicated to

  • Launching a WordPress site (for the first time)
  • Signing up for affiliates
  • Learning SEO
  • Online courses on social media
  • Launching Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest
  • Writing blog posts
  • Reading Ebooks

Income report in percentages 

Being my first month, I did not make money. This month, I am in the negative.

Below you’ll see my financial slider. I hope to get closer to the break-even point next month. Fingers crossed. 

Here are my January and February expenses

January Cloudways
February Cloudways
$5. 46
$6.00
FebruaryConvertKit
Website Policies
$29.00
$80.00
Google Workspace for January and Feb$12
Total=$132.00

Top affiliate companies 

During my first month of blogging, I signed up with ten affiliates. I plan to keep this number low during my first year. Here’s my list:

ConvertKit: ConvertKit supports small businesses with email marketing, e-commerce stores, and much more. I use ConvertKits free landing pages for months before starting my blog. It helped me start my email list and gave me a URL to start posting on my social media pages. 

Ad Inserter Pro: Ad Inserter Pro is an ad management plugin to customize the placement of ads on your website. 

Frase.AI: This is a blogger’s best-kept secret! This website gives free trials to make comprehensive outlines for your next blog. It is definitely worth a visit and I would love to know how it’s helped your business in the comment section. 

Website Policies: This service helps me sleep at night! Having a website means having a responsibility to disclose your privacy policy with users. Website Policies helps you set up your policy privacy in minutes. I love that users can buy multiple policies such as return policy and disclosures all on the same website.  

Namecheap: Namecheap is the best place to buy your domain! It is easy to use and super affordable. Best of all you don’t have to worry about high renewal fees. 

Cloudways: This is a cloud hosting service that gives new users free trials to use their service. It is easy to scale your business and set up your website. 

StudioPress: I set-up my blogging website with StudioPress Pro theme. This was the absolute best decision! After spending hours on a free theme and getting nowhere. I decided to pay for a pro theme and in a matter of minutes, I had a website! 

IvoryMix: Stock photos, Pinterest and Instagram templates, Freebie templates, Facebook group, and tutorials all on Ivory Mix! You can start for free and sign up to receive information on membership. 

Grammarly: Grammarly checks your grammar as you are writing to improve readability. It is powered by a complex AI algorithm to support your writing. 

Check out my resource page to learn about recommended products and services.

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What worked 

I am grateful for the growth I’ve made in one month. 

  • WordPress! I launched my first site in under 6 hours. Stop by the blog and let me know your feedback.
  • AdSense. Google reached out to me in less than three weeks to connect me with Adsense. 
  • Freebie. My first freebie came out of necessity to have a tracker for my goals. I use it to track my 2021 goals for my blogging business. It’s been fun to review it and see how close I am to checking boxes.  
  • Tag Manager. Installed and running! 
  • Cloudways. Cloudways is the cloud platform I use to host my blog. It has excellent scalability, beginner-friendly. 
  • Branding. I zeroed in on a font I absolutely love, Nunito! This takes some people years… I hear. 

What failed 

During the first month of blogging, my health declined, and I had to close down the blog after the first week. So, even though this is my “first month,” I had less time on the platform to see it’s potential. 

Along with the blog, I also deactivated all social media. Monitoring social media and engagement are critical predictors to business success. So, I decided to deactivate until I was ready to jump back in. 

What I’ll be working on next month 

There is so much for a small business to learn, especially on an online platform. Here are a few things I’ll be working on this month. 

  • Developing a course
  • Writing blog posts to promote affiliates
  • Learning more about SEO and Google (e.g., Google AdSense and TagManager)
  • Completing the Audience Growth Academy course from Ivory Mix
  • Focus on consistency on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest
  • Explore Quora and Reddit
  • Complete a 30 -day engagement challenge on ConvertKit Community
  • Convert affiliate links into pretty links
  • Recording for voice and video
  • Branding: I want to have some consistency on look and feel. Here are my current brand colors. 

Plans for my blogging business

Here are my year-long goals! 

Honestly, some I think I can do better, but checking boxes will help me gain momentum. 

Pinterest

Weighing in with 30 impressions, this was the highest-ranking pin created within the last 30 days.

Tips to Become a Blogger

Here are some blogging tips.

  • Get Grammarly. It helps tons with writing. Focus on content creation. Don’t let grammar be a deterrent. 
  • Get help from Upwork. To scale, you’ll need support. Get it from Upwork. Take time to browse profiles and make a job post that fits your needs. Be specific on the time frame and what you’ll need. 
  • Start blogging. My first blog could have a lot better, but I launched it either way. It’s beta! You can always go back and republish. 
  • Make a playlist with Spotify. I have two playlists, my writing and creative playlist. It helps with grounding. 
  • Make your setup as ergonomic as possible. Working 30 hours a week takes a toll on your body. Make your space comfortable. It makes a difference.

Recap 

Looking back, I am grateful for the unexpected break. I had content ready and scheduled but had to halt unexpectantly. During that time, I completely closed my accounts and focused on my health. Shutting out was the best for reflection. Here are some reflections 

Reflection: I learned that my Pins were stagnant.
Response: I let the pins run on Tailwinds’ scheduled loop and started to boost my strategy with stories and videos.

Reflection: Instagram took way too much energy. Hello, captions.
Response: I leaned into Ivory Mix’s caption vault and identified creators who inspire me.

Reflection: Before writing a blog I leaned more towards audio and video
Response: Incorporate audio and video

Featured questions 

I want to hear from you, what questions and solutions do you have. Comment below. 

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