Traffic and Income Report. How I Monetized My Blog In The First Month

Happy New Years, friends! I hope you have all had a wonderful holiday season, and aren’t as sad as I am that it’s over *tear*. It’s back to reality, catching up on the work I’ve been putting off, and  giving up all the sweet holiday treats, because if I ate like that year I don’t think I’d have anything left in my closet to fit me.

Since we’re getting back on the work train, I’ve decided to give you all a little insight behind my new blog. It’s been exactly one month since I started Jen and Tonic and I’ve learned a lot in this short period of time. I also know I still have much to learn..and I’ve always loved reading income reports. It’s a great source of inspiration for anyone thinking about starting a blog, or new inexperienced bloggers trying to learn HOW more successful bloggers are generating an income. Reflecting on what the last month of blogging has been for me, and the fact that it’s New Years has me feeling a little goalsy. What’s that you say? Goalsy isn’t a word? Well I’m making it one 😛 So keep reading to find out what such goals are, what’s worked for my blog, and what hasn’t.

December Traffic

For the month of December, Jen and Tonic had 19,330 page views. 

Most of this traffic is thanks to Pinterest, and one pin in particular. My post 43 Free Christmas Printables was insanely popular. So popular that I created a second post, 43 MORE Free Christmas Printables. My readers seem to love round ups of free printables, and for good reason. Free printables are wonderful, so expect to see plenty more of them in the future.

December Income

For the month of December, Jen and Tonic made a total of $23.32.

So let’s breakdown where that money came from.

While this isn’t much, I’m super hopeful that making an income in the first month, is a great sign for the future of Jen and Tonic.

Please note this is the money EARNED for the month of December. This has not yet been paid out. Most companies  require you to earn a certain amount of money before they pay you. Not to mention, a lot of the companies that pay bloggers operate on a 30-45 day pay cycle.

What worked:

  • Obviously, infolinks is bring in the most money for me right now. It’s very beginner friendly and easy to set up. I will absolutely be keeping Infolinks around.
  • While Amazon affiliate sales didn’t generate much income, I made my first sale which was required within the first 180 days to keep my account active. Affiliate sales on Amazon (or any other affiliate program) has potential to bring in a substantial amount of money.  Using affiliate links is beneficial to both the reader and the blogger. The reader can shop the supplies, ingredients, or products mentioned in a post with ease, and the blogger makes a commission at no extra cost the reader who made the purchase.
  • Pinterest group boards are great resources for new bloggers. While I’ve been using Pinterest for several years, I never focused on  building a following. I would pin all my blog posts, but I just wasn’t getting the traffic, because I didn’t have the followers. Thankfully, I found some great group boards, and some wonderful creators who were kind enough to let me contribute.

What didn’t work:

  • As you can see, Chitika didn’t bring in much revenue for advertising. I will say, I don’t know if it’s an operator error, or where Chitika and I went wrong together, but it isn’t as beginner friendly as Infolinks. I’m not going to give it up just yet. I plan on doing more research on how to make Chitika work for me, and give it a longer trial.
  • Not being active on social media. I’ve never been one for posting much on facebook, twitter and instagram, but I plan on making more of an effort on these platforms, as well as stumbleupon and pinterest to increase my reach.
  • Applying for Google Adsense too early. I applied for Adsense within my first week of starting Jen and Tonic, and my application was denied. Apparently it is recommended that your blog is up and running for about 6 months before applying for adsense. Google also made some other suggestions before reapplying, one of which was to get a professional theme. I plan on taking these suggestions and reapplying in the summer.

Goals for January:

  • Creating more compelling content. My blog’s views dropped significantly since Christmas has come to an end. My most popular posts were Christmas related, so I need to get some more timeless posts up.
  • Learning more about SEO. My knowledge on SEO is limited, but it’s essential for a blog to be sucessful, so I plan on doing a whole lot of research in the near future.
  • Offering more freebies. Because we all love freebies, ammirite? I’ve really enjoyed creating printables, and plan to continue to do so, and would like to offer some other cool freebies as well! 🙂

I hope you all found this post helpful. Let me know if you have any questions and enjoy 2017! 🙂



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2 Replies to “Traffic and Income Report. How I Monetized My Blog In The First Month”

  1. Hi Jen,

    I just want to say thank you for putting this post up.
    I started my blog in December too but haven’t had nearly as much traffic as you! I guess it all depends on what everyone is after when it comes to blog posts.
    I did have one post take off and got 700+ views in one day but that slowly died down again.

    Your post has encouraged me to do income & traffic reports. Maybe if I have to write it out each month it’ll make me focus harder.

    Thanks again, I look forward to following your blog as it grows!


    1. Aww, thanks Mardi! I’m glad you found it helpful! My traffic has also decreased quite a bit since Christmas has passed. My most popular posts are holiday related. But we’ll get there. It certainly takes time and motivation! 🙂

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