We have been blogging for 6 months now. What a ride it has been. This blogging thing is not for the faint of heart. There are huge ups and downs, even in these short 6 months. Despite the ups and downs, it is important to remember that this is a long term game.
Our goal is to work at this for the next 4 – 5 years with full commitment. That means doing something every day, and build this blog to a point that we are making a few thousand every month. This isn’t a full time career for us (yet), so we need to find some time when we aren’t working, or parenting, or maintaining our house. It means getting up early when everyone is still sleeping, or staying up late when everyone else has already gone to bed.
In March we had a couple of our posts go viral, and at the end of the month we had 53,298 views to our website. The funny thing was that those posts, which you can see here and here, went viral when we were on vacation in Orlando for spring break. It was the first time that we were taking two full weeks off from our blog since starting it, and we were concerned that we would see our views decrease further. Before March, our best day for views was 2125, which we hit in December. You can see our previous income reports here:
Since then, we haven’t been close. Our daily views would go up and down, but I wasn’t sure if we would get close to that 2000 again. In early March we hit a new high of 3566 with this post:
Within a week, the post went back down to 256 in a day. Like I said, this isn’t for the faint of heart.
So in mid March, we are enjoying sunny Florida, and I go to check our analytics. The numbers are launching. My heart skips a beat. I don’t know what is happening. In one day, our views went to 8202. To put this into persepective, our views for the previous 3 months were 9000, 8400 & 9000. So to match our monthly numbers in one day was exciting.
Luckily, we were keeping any eye on our traffic, because the unexpected happened on day 3 of our viral post. Our website went down. We had a basic package for our web hosting, so our volume was too big for the package we had. There is nothing worse than having alot of traffic coming to your website and all of a sudden, your website is showing 404 error. Traffic goes from 45 people on at a time to 0. I purchased an upgrade to my web hosting, and got the site back up. Luckily the traffic went back up.
After peaking, the views went down the next few days, but were still a few thousand each. At the end of the month our total views were 53,298. Another goal we reached was over 100,000 total views to our site.
So what did we learn with this month?
We learned that you don’t know what is going to go viral. There is no way of telling which posts will take off. Keep posting good quality content that others want to read. The fact is that many posts that you think are awesome, will get no traffic. Others that you like, but don’t love, can take off. Since you don’t know what will work and what won’t, keep writing. Most of our traffic comes from 3 – 4 posts of a total of 56 written.
With this many views we had our best month for income so far. Our site is mostly optimized to make money from ads.
Google Adsense $225.91
We know to reach our goals, that we are going to need alot more traffic, or optimize other ways to monetize our blog, like affiliate marketing. So that is our focus going forward, to focus on affiliate marketing.
The other thing we did this month was to test another ad network for our website to see if we can generate more income from the views that we are getting. Since we had over 25,000 sessions, we applied to MediaVine because that is an ad network that many other bloggers are using with success. We applied and a few days later heard that our application had been rejected. That was another shock. We didn’t realize that we could be rejected. So we quickly researched other alternatives, and found Ezoic.
What is Ezoic?
We are early with Ezoic right now, actually just a few days in. We love the idea of Ezoic, because they test the types of ads, the location of the ads, the sizes of ads, in order to optimize the income from your site. We determine how much of our traffic we want to test through Ezoic, and how much we want to stay on Adsense so that we can compare. We will keep you posted on how this goes.
After having our best month ever, our traffic is back down right now, so we are going to keep focusing on the basics. Which are crafting new posts, and creating pins for each post, manually pinning, and using Tailwind to automate some pins. We are going to keep an eye on the pins that are generating traffic to learn what is working, so we can do it again and again. Our next goals are to get to 250,000 total views, and get over 100,000 views in a month.
Just remember that this is a long term game, and if you put the work in, and keep at it, the traffic will come.