I can’t believe June is already over! It happened so fast. But I’m pretty happy with how it was for the blog — it was by far my most successful month yet.
If you’d like to see where I was at six months ago (already half a year!) you can find my first report here.
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June 2016 Wins
Saw more engagement on Facebook.
Last month I began implementing some of the strategies from the book Strategies Worth Sharing, and I continued with them this month. I’m seeing a lot more engagement, which matters more to me than how many people like my page because it means people are interested. Really happy to see this – and hopefully it helps it to grow too!
Saw a HUGE increase of traffic from Pinterest!
Again, I didn’t really work too much on Pinterest at all this month, but my posts are being repinned and I even saw a viral post! (At least, viral for me.) It actually increased my traffic in general to the highest I’ve ever seen it. Really encouraging!
Updated images on old posts.
I didn’t quite update 30 posts, but I updated a lot of them, and that really helped with Pinterest. I love the new look, and I’m excited to continue.
Made two more sales through Amazon!
Again, unexpected and exciting! On June 17, I made one sale on Amazon.ca and one on Amazon.com — both items from my Father’s Day gift guide. Looks like people sure are last-minute shoppers! I only made a couple bucks, and since I don’t get paid until $100 it won’t be a while until I can add that to my income report. But still, progress is exciting!
Removed irrelevant posts & reorganize menu.
This one’s was hard to do. Since I’m focusing on topics that relate to feminism, a lot of my old posts aren’t relevant anymore and since they don’t even draw any traffic, there’s no real reason to have them. So over the past month, I’ve changed my menu items as I reorganized my posts. The old ones can still be found in the archives, but since they aren’t part of my focus anymore, I took them out of my main categories.
On a Related Note
I know this is going to make some of you sad, but I’m going to stop doing the monthly Teas & Kitties posts now as well. The last one I wrote served as a test for me to see if people do like reading them, and based on the results, it looks like you prefer my posts about feminism! I started Teas & Kitties to conserve my kitten’s baby days, but now he’s a full grown cat and those posts have served their purpose. Beyond that, the life updates that they were go into my posts and my newsletter now, since my updates tend to be about things that fit into my new focus of feminism and the like. I honestly don’t have much to write for Teas & Kitties posts anymore!
If you’d still like to catch up with me on a more personal note much like having tea with me through Teas & Kitties did, I encourage you to sign up my newsletter! I send out a letter every two weeks about how I’m doing with relation to learning about feminism, my sexual assault, and more related topics — along with a few ways you can use what I’ve learned for yourself. It’s pretty much Teas & Kitties but with a connection to feminism too 🙂
If that sounds like something you’d like, sign up here!
June 2016 Fails
Focused too much on traffic.
Not obsessively, but enough that it distracted me from focusing on content. This is more of a mentality thing – I found that I wasted a lot of time worrying about how to increase content and less on just writing. I didn’t get behind or anything, but I think I could have used my time more efficiently if I was focusing on what I should be at this point in blogging.
What I Want To Do Now: Goals for July
Refresh 15 old posts.
This has been a goal for the past couple months. It’s a big goal, but I’ve made progress! I updated a lot of images, and I’m planning to continue doing that as well as updating the actual content to improve those posts further. Fifteen posts per month is more achievable too.
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You’ll be happy to see this one! I definitely will be working on this in July, because I need to have it finished for my designer at the end of August. I’ve been thinking of compiling a few resources for new feminists and turning into a mini e-book!
June 2016 Stats
These are my blog stats for the past month, according to Google Analytics. Super exciting — these are my highest yet!
- Pageviews: 2,520 (+998) — that’s an increase of 66%!
- Sessions: 2,018 (+827)
- Visitors: 1,731 (+673)
- 20.3% of all visitors were returning visitors — an increase of 3.5%.
- 79.7% of all visitors were new visitors — a decrease of 3.5%.
- Bounce Rate (percentage of people who leave right away): 85.03%
- Average Time Per Session: 45 secs (-2 sec)
- Pages Per Visit: 1.25 (-0.03)
- Top Referral Sources: Pinterest (41% of my traffic), StumbleUpon (15%), and Facebook (7%)
This month’s focus on improving my post images really seems to have made a difference on Pinterest — I can’t believe how much more engagement I got! Towards the end of the month, I changed up my Pinterest strategy as well and that really has made a difference too.
I’m a bit sad that my bounce rate is so high. I didn’t add any posts to StumbleUpon this month… and it’s about the same as it was last month. I realized that from looking at past stats, my bounce rate was at around 70% before I started stumbling posts, and that’s pretty damn good. I hope that I can get back to that soon.
This month I also joined a Google+ Facebook group, where members +1 each other’s posts. It’s really helped my search engine referrals — apparently, Google ranks posts higher when they’ve gotten positive engagement on Google+. So if you’re not on Google+ with your blog, do it!
These are my social media stats as of July 3rd.
- Facebook: 179 page likes (+3)
- Twitter: 936 followers (+4)
- Google+: 70 followers (+1)
- Pinterest: 1,050 followers (+122) — this felt huge for me! It says “1k” on Pinterest now!
- Bloglovin: 498 followers (+6)
- Email list: 18 subscribers (+4)
June 2016 Posts
If you’re wondering, these are the posts from last month that led to the above stats.
- 5 Ways That Gender Roles Are Harmful
- My Fifth Month Self-Hosting My Blog
- How To Survive Minority Causes Even When You’re In the Majority
- Teas & Kitties: Mayhem In May
- To Fellow Survivors of Sexual Assault: I Don’t Know You, But I’m With You
- A Few Of My Favourite Feminist Theories
And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…
June 2016 Income Report
Media.net ads: $0
Affiliate links: $0
Apparently I earned $0.85 from Media.net this month, but since I don’t get the money until I hit $100 I didn’t put it in this report.
This month, I bought the Pinterest Strategy Guide from Rosemarie at The Busy Budgeter, because I’ve been waiting for her to share it for AGES — she’s seen a lot of success on Pinterest, but she only offered coaching which I can’t afford . When she offered it for just $34, I knew I had to get it. Plus, I had a bunch of money already in Paypal from doing surveys on UserTesting.com, so it didn’t actually cost me a lot of extra money!
I only finished implementing her strategies on Thursday and have already seen an incredible increase in engagement on Pinterest and traffic — I gained 100 followers in three days, and my repin rates have gone through the roof! It’s really affordable compared to paying over $200 for coaching, and definitely super worth it! I definitely recommend you grab it before she stops selling. (She’s not sure how long she’s going to sell for!)
Also thanks to her guide, I cut down to the $5/month BoardBooster plan, which saves me a bit of extra money each month as well. Might as well, since I’m not making much yet! I’ve been thinking of cancelling my Buffer subscription too, because I don’t get a lot of traffic from Twitter, and that’s all I use it for. I’ll probably just have my Facebook page automatically tweet the same posts and that’ll be enough. I’ve been having some issues setting that up though, so hopefully I can work it out and save a few more bucks a month!
How Elite Blog Academy Helped Me This Month
Focus on pageviews only when everything else is done.
But I definitely failed at doing that.
I mean, I did pare down how often I write in order to make sure that I publish only my best work, but I still fretted about pageviews and things that won’t help me at this point. (I mean, if I get lots of views now, those people are seeing an unfinished product!)
Then I realized that though growth is important, pageviews aren’t the way to focus on it. It’s everything else first, and then you look at pageviews, because then you can look at how you are getting those pageviews and what you can do to change that. But you can’t analyze anything if you’ve been changing it constantly, and nothing has been consistent.
So while it’s exciting to see that my improvements really have been causing growth, I learned this month to focus on those improvements first. That way, when I can finally get to focusing on growth, it will actually be worth it because I’ve done so much big work already.
That’s all for now — see you next month!
If you want to see more about how I actually set up my blog and the costs of that, you can check out this post where I explain it all 🙂
What goals do you have for July? What’s a resource you’d love to see about feminism? Let me know in the comments below!