April’s report is here!
And I’m quite excited to share all the details with you today.
Last month, I made some crucial changes and updates to the blog, which will be beneficial for me in the longer run.
I’ll be talking more about these changes in this blog post.
But before that, let’s take a look at the numbers!
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Well, I didn’t post many recipes this month, which has resulted in slightly low traffic on the blog.
However, I’m not worried about this drop at all!
I know things will start to take off in the coming months.
There’s some improvement in the earnings as compared to last month.
And I made a whopping $0.25 last month! Haha!
On a more serious note, I know the needle will only move when the blog starts getting more visitors on a daily basis.
It takes time to build an authority site from scratch.
So, let’s not waste much time on the blog earnings and quickly move to my favorite topic – The Blog Updates!
1. Removed Display Ads
Talking about the decisions, I have removed display ads from Sprout Monk.
Yes, BIG decision!
The display ads are one of the easiest ways to make money from the blog.
And you can generate a decent amount of income from this type of advertising.
So, why did I remove them completely?
Here are the reasons –
Page Speed is an important factor in the SEO world.
If your blog pages load slowly for whatever reason, you might lose the SERP rankings overnight.
And ads do affect the loading speed of individual blog pages especially if you are on a shared hosting plan.
If you want to make a decent income from display ads, you need thousands of visitors visiting your blog each day.
Also, the display ads rates differ a lot based on traffic sources, countries, and seasons.
All these factors affect the earnings negatively.
So, it’s not really worth wasting precious blog space for pennies. I’d rather give preference to ads-free user experience on this blog.
That’s right! I will be focusing on affiliate marketing a lot in the coming months.
Affiliate marketing is a slightly different technique than conventional advertising, but it works great if done correctly.
I know many food bloggers who have successfully transitioned from display ads to affiliate marketing.
So, for now, I’m going to concentrate on different ways of generating sales and leads through affiliate marketing.
Of course, I will also be trying out the display ads in the future, as you should never build your business on a single income source.
2. Pinterest Success
I have to mention David from Spiced here.
He has guided me throughout these last 2-3 weeks, which helped me tremendously in taking some important actions in the right direction.
With his advice, I decided to try out Tailwind for my Pinterest account.
And it changed everything…literally!
Here’s the screenshot –
As you can see above, the monthly views have gone up significantly in the span of just 1 week!
Although this trend doesn’t reflect the actual traffic, it’s an important metric to estimate the overall health of your Pinterest account.
And on a personal level, it does feel good to see such trend reversals after putting hours of effort into your work.
Here’s what I’ve managed to gain within this short period –
- Increased monthly views
- Recovered from the Pinterest algorithm
- 3-4 pins have already gone viral in such a short period
- Getting more repins to my pins (and repins)
- New visitors have started visiting the blog through Pinterest
So, that’s all for the April 2019 report.
I hope you enjoyed this monthly report.
If you have any questions or suggestions regarding the report, do let me know in the comments section below.