New month! New income report!
February 2019 was an interesting month for Sprout Monk, and I can’t wait to share all the details with you in this post.
This month, I’ve managed to complete some important tasks like Cache Management and Image Optimizations.
So, I really hope these improvements make some meaningful difference to the user experience. I have also shared more insightful details on these topics below.
Now, let’s get started with the report.
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Genesis Framework – I have installed the Genesis framework on this blog, which works as a foundation base for different child themes.
It’s also one of the most used frameworks in the blogging community.
Brunch Pro Theme – I’m using the Brunch Pro theme on this blog,
You can find quite a few beautiful foodie themes on their website.
Apart from this, you can also go through my resources page. I have listed out all the tools and services I’ve used to build this blog.
This month, Sprout Monk received almost 300 visitors from various websites and search engines.
It’s not a huge number, but I’m quite happy to see the overall growth in the second month of food blogging.
Advertisements – $0.01
Ah, something is better than nothing!
As I have mentioned in my first income report, I do not expect big numbers in the initial phase of this blogging journey.
Currently, I’m focusing on producing useful content for readers. And that’s the priority at the moment!
I’m sure things will change once the blog starts to get more traffic from different sources.
1. WordPress Cache Setup
I have installed the W3 Total Cache plugin this month, which should help improve the overall user experience on the blog.
You can find a detailed setup guide on WP Beginner. I followed the same guide to make the necessary changes to the plugin settings.
2. WP Recipe Maker Issue
Well, I did face an issue with the featured recipe images on my blog posts.
The WPRM plugin had started displaying vertical thumbnails for some unknown reason, but I fixed it by creating a new recipe template in the plugin.
If you are facing a similar issue, do email your query to the support team. Their support guys are quite incredible!
I also installed Hotjar.com’s heatmap on Sprout Monk. It should help me track user behavior on the blog.
4. Image Optimization
Yes, finally accomplished!
I wanted to work on this task for a long time now, and I have finally managed to optimize all images on this blog.
In case you’re interested to know, I used Adobe Photoshop to scale down some of the images, and now everything looks neat and clean.
If you are a food blogger and want to share your recipe photos on Pinterest, make sure you use a 2:3 ratio or 600 px X 900 px size.
You should also save images in the sRGB mode instead of Adobe mode. It will help present the same colored images on all different devices and platforms.
Most of the food photo sharing sites recommend these settings if you want to showcase your recipe images on their pages.
5. Blog Design Tweaks
I added a couple of categories in the Snacks section, which should allow users to explore the recipes as per their requirements.
Along with this, I have also enabled the Jump To Recipe button on the blog posts. Check here.
This button allows you to go directly to the recipe section of the post.
You can enable this button through the WP Recipe Maker plugin on your blog.
I had applied for Google Ads earlier in February, and I also received the approval email to display their ads on Sprout Monk.
I was a little skeptical about submitting the blog so early for this approval process, but I’m glad I did.
Although it won’t make much difference to the revenue, it still feels good to get approval from Google.
Compliments & Feedbacks:
I received some really encouraging personal messages and comments on this blog and social media channels.
To be honest, I did not expect to receive such appreciation in the first few months of blogging. This was a complete surprise!
Yes, blogging and internet marketing can become a lonely job at times. And that’s when such compliments and feedbacks help in focusing more on the goal.
If you have any feedback for my blog, photography, and videos, do let me know in the comments section below.
Well, that’s it for February’s income report! I hope you liked it.
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