I have been feeling a little MIA lately in the blogging community. After finding out we were expecting our first baby I have just been concentrating on staying calm and healthy which means Pretty Pine Co. has taken the back burner. But never fear! This April I have been getting back into it and it has been the most successful month in a very long time.
First and foremost, blogging has been a rollercoaster for me. After having a successful run in the summer months last year I decided to re-brand my blog. However, I did it the completely wrong way and ended up losing everything. Therefore, I have kind of had to start from scratch on top of working full time as an administrative specialist. But with the new baby arriving in the Fall I thought it would be the perfect time to bring it back and share my first pregnancy journey with my readers and family members who live far away. Along with gaining a little extra income as I prepare for maternity leave this winter.
Let’s get down to what you really opened this post for!
On to the Report!
Aril Blogging Income Report
Amazon Affiliates: $11.46
Google Adsense: $89.87
My Own Products:
Etsy Shop: $26.50 (Check out the shop here!)
April Traffic and Stats
After starting over my traffic hasn’t been fabulous, however, there has been slow improvement which is always a good thing!
Blog Pageviews: 661 views
Facebook Group Members: 33 (Join Here!)
Pinterest Followers: 560
Pinterest Monthly Reach: 258,000
Instagram Followers: 1,068
Posts I Published in the Past 30 Days
What Worked This Month
Participating in Giveaways
It can be a struggle staying consistent and interesting enough to gain followers. With feeling so tired all the time my Instagram hasn’t been moving as quickly as it use to. Now I know there are some bloggers out there who completely disagree with giveaway participation as it could technically be viewed as “buying followers”. However, I don’t mind it within reason. I have done two so far and they were spaced fairly far apart as to not bombard my followers. They were also giveaways that I would truly want to receive myself and know my followers would love. I believe it gave people the opportunity to win amazing products by me giving them that chance. Helping them out you know? I would never promote something I did not 100% agree with. This being said I was finally able to reach my 1,000 Instagram follower milestone and have maintained that number well over a month of my last giveaway, I must be doing something right, right?
Landing My First Larger Scale Sponsorship
Before I rebranded I had received a couple small sponsorships and am still new at home much to offer my services for. However, I did land a sponsorship that I wholeheartedly believe in and hope to work with them further!
What Didn’t Work
I am not going to lie to you or myself, I have not been as active on the blog front. Taking a break from social media has been great for me but not so great for the blog. After finding out I was pregnant I took a break from the world because I just felt like sleeping all the time! Which mean I slacked on promoting my posts which has always been the biggest part of my success. Promote Promote Promote!
Going Forward – Goals for May
Gain 1,200 followers on Instagram
Increase Pinterest Following to 200,000 monthly views
Create/Launch a post once a week!
Take more photos!
The beginning of the year has been great slowing finding my blogging passion once again and I am super excited to see what summer has in store for Pretty Pine Co. Hope you follow along with me!