Blog report for go big with affiliate marketing December 2020

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Although the traffic stats isn’t great for December, I am so happy about the progress.

Welcome to the seventh month blogging report for go big with affiliate marketing. If you are a regular reader to my blog, I am absolutely delighted and thankful that you are being with me in this blogging journey. And if you are a new reader to my blog, thank you very much for visiting go big with affiliate marketing. Welcome!

December was a complete month for me. Finally I am getting organic growth to my blog, starting to plan about building a community around my blog, and learning some key aspects of the technical side of blogging.

Despite being a not so good month when it comes to go big with affiliate marketing in terms of traffic, I am really happy about my blog and its progress. Why? because as I’ve mentioned, I am starting to see some organic growth to my blog, and looking forward to grow this into a well-known and authoritative resource in my niche.

Having said that, let’s jump into the report!

My apologies

My apologies for publishing this report in the middle of  the month. There are several things that needed my attention and to be honest, I forgot to schedule it to go out on January one.

Here are the list of things I paid my fullest attention and accomplished in December.

  • Got a couple of monthly retainer clients.
  • Created a good revamp plan for my previously published posts.
  • Planning how to achieve my blogging goals in 2021 took a little bit more time out of me.

Also, I’ve told you in my October month report that I’ll be creating a resource library with valuable freebies. I’ll do it as soon as possible!

Why I am writing a blog report each month

Here are the reasons I am writing a blog report each month.

  • To inform you on my blogging journey and let you know what it takes to build a blog and an online business from scratch.
  • To assess the performance of go big with affiliate marketing.
  • To be accountable to you as well as myself.

A special new year note to all my readers and subscribers

I believe that 2021 will be a good year. Although we haven’t fully recovered from the effects of 2020, the best thing we can do is to think about the ways to move forward towards our goals for the year. This will give us clarity and motivate us to do better in whatever we do.

On that note, thank you very much  to every one of you for supporting go big with affiliate marketing and engaging with my posts. I am grateful for your love and support and because of which, this blog has grown pretty well over time. Please continue your support for this first generation blogger!

Things I am going to cover in this report

  • Go big with affiliate marketing stats for December.
  • A comparison between November and December stats.
  • Mistakes I made in this month as a blogger.
  • My findings as a 7 months old blogger.
  • Stats that I am proud of.
  • Stats that can be improved.
  • Things I need to understand.
  • My major traffic source.
  • Stats for my facebook page.
  • Stats for my Pinterest account.
  • My guest posts.
  • November goals result.
  • December goals.
  • My monetization wins.
  • Conclusion.

Go big with affiliate marketing stats for December

Currently I am tracking total page views, number of sessions, sources that gives me consistent traffic, total share count for all my posts, average time spent in the sight, bounce rate, number of total/new/returning visitors, and devices used by my visitors to navigate this blog. These are the stats every blogger must track to identify whether they are heading in the right direction.

Also from the second month onwards, I’ve been tracking the performance of both my blog and my posts in Google, how many keywords I am ranking for in the current month, improvements in terms of total ranking keywords from the previous month, where’s my average position stands with regards to all the ranking keywords in this month, where’s my blog’s average position stands in Google, and is there any improvement for the average position of my site from the previous month.

Although there isn’t much traffic in December, whatever I got actually came from organic searches and organic channels. This is a great news for my blog because the goal is to get all of my traffic from organic channels over time.

The reason for this is the traffic you get from organic channels are more sustainable than any mode of driving traffic to your blog.

On that note, here’s the stats list of go big with affiliate marketing for December.

  • Total page views. 503.
  • Number of sessions. 207.
  • Consistent traffic source. Facebook. Getting some traffic from Pinterest and email marketing.
  • Total share count for all my posts. 1074.
  • Average time spent in the site. 3 minutes 16 seconds.
  • Bounce rate. 51.69 percent.
  • Total/returning/new visitors. Total 157. Returning 28. New 140.
  • Device breakdown. Desktop 61 percent. Mobile. 37.4 percent. Tablet. 1.5 percent.
  • Total comments. 1024.
  • Total email subscribers. 21.

Apart from these stats, I am currently ranking for more keywords that are directly related to my niche than the previous month, the average position has improved slightly, and the average positions of my already ranking keywords have improved slightly.

These stats clearly shows me that I am heading in the right direction with my blog. Woohoo!

A comparison between November and December stats

Here’s a comparison list between November and December stats.

November, December.

  • Total page views. 488, 503.
  • Number of sessions. 235, 207.
  • Consistent traffic source. Facebook, facebook. Getting some traffic from Pinterest and email marketing.
  • Total share count for all my posts. 1005, 1074.
  • Average time spent in the site. 1 minute 56 seconds, 3 minutes 16 seconds.
  • Bounce rate. 49.79 percent, 51.69 percent.
  • Total/returning/new visitors. Total 163. Returning 42. New 132, total 157. Returning 28. New 140.
  • Device breakdown. Desktop 61.7 percent. Mobile 34.2 percent. Tablet 4.1 percent, Desktop 61 percent. Mobile 37.4 percent. Tablet 1.5 percent.
  • Total comments. 964, 1024.
  • Total email subscribers. 21, 21.

Let’s leave the device breakdown section from this analysis, because it is uncontrollable. What it means is that it’s my readers choice on which device they want to view and navigate my site.

Having done that, let’s analyze my blog’s performance for the month of December.

Other than email subscribers, total share count for all my posts, total page views, average time spent in the site, and total comments, every stat got a slight hit. This is because I want to check whether organic traffic can be achieved after six months of starting a blog. To my surprise, the results are fantastic and you can in fact achieve organic traffic after six months of starting your blog!

Here’s a list of stats that got hit during December.

  • Number of sessions. 207.
  • Bounce rate. 51.69 percent.
  • Total/returning/new visitors. Total 157. Returning 28. New 140.

I am fully aware of the fact that the total/returning/new visitors section needs to be improved significantly, and I’ll definitely do that in the coming months!

Mistakes I made in this month as a blogger

As I said earlier, I made a conscious effort to focus only on the organic traffic for my blog in December.

I wouldn’t call it a mistake, because I want to test whether I’d get any traffic at all apart from my social media promotions. In my experience, this is a test that you need to conduct after six months of starting your blog.

It’ll give you a clear overview of whether you are moving in the right direction. If the result is positive, congrats! If it isn’t what you have expected, look for possible solutions on how to get it right.

After all these efforts, if you are feeling like you are going nowhere with your blog, then it’s time that you pivot and switch to a new niche.

A general disclaimer

The suggestions I’ve mentioned above are based on my own experience. It isn’t a be all and end all solution to your blog not getting much organic traffic.

I’ve decided to test the waters with my blog and although the results aren’t big, it is the starting point. I am just sharing my attempts and experience with you guys to keep myself accountable to you and me.

My findings as a seven months old blogger

Here’s a list of things I’ve found out as a seven months old blogger.

  • Organic traffic is more sustainable than the social media traffic.
  • It’s better that you have a community around your blog when you don’t have a big budget to spend on adds and digital marketing agencies.
  • Learning the technical side of blogging is essential to running a successful blog.
  • Learning how to do seo the right way is key to achieve long term blogging success.

Stats that I am proud of

Here’s a list of stats that I am proud of.

  • Total page views. 503.
  • Total share count for all my posts. 1074.
  • Average time spent in the site. 3 minutes and 16 seconds.
  • Total comments. 1024.
  • 10 of my articles are doing really well in Google.

The number of articles that are starting to rank in Google have increased from 9 to 10 comparing to the previous month. This is a good news for my blog’s future.

If I stay consistent with publishing new content and my promotion strategy, I’ll absolutely do well in the upcoming months.

Stats that can be Improved

Here’s a list of stats that can be improved.

  • Total number of visitors to my blog.
  • Total email subscribers.
  • Number of sessions.
  • Number of returning visitors.
  • Increasing my Pinterest traffic.
  • Increasing my organic traffic.

Things I need to understand

Here’s a list of things I need to understand.

  • The technical reports of Google search console and Google analytics.
  • Email marketing, email funnels, copywriting principles, and welcome series.
  • Pinterest seo.

I know that I have to invest in my education in some of the things I need to understand, and I’ll try to do that in the coming months.

My major traffic source

Currently, I am getting a small amount of traffic from Pinterest. And I am sure that it’ll improve in the coming months.

Also, there is some traffic coming from my email list which is good, and if I grow my email list, the traffic will improve itself for sure.

For the seventh month in a row, facebook is my major traffic source. The reason for that is facebook groups.

I am grateful for all those facebook groups, its members, and the bloggers behind the community.

Read more: the 15 helpful facebook groups for beginner bloggers.

Thank you very much for all the bloggers who have helped me move forward with my Pinterest strategy through your videos, blog posts, and your Pinterest templates! Because of you, I am using this platform  confidently!

Using a free Canva Pinterest template to create a new pin is way more easier than designing it from scratch. And up to this point, the experience is simply awesome! Designing a pin from scratch presents too many challenges. So, thank you once again!

Stats for my facebook page

December was the completion of sixth month for my facebook page. From the beginning, it is growing consistently and I am thankful for that.

Thank you very much for every single one of you for liking and following my fb page!

You can find it here.

Here’s the stats  list for go big with affiliate marketing fb page.

  • Likes. 383.
  • Follows. 409.

Stats for my Pinterest account

Here’s the stats list for my Pinterest account.

  • Pin impressions. 2.06k.
  • Total monthly viewers. 1.2k.
  • Total followers. 228.
  • Total repins. 50.
  • Total link clicks. 14.
  • Total audience. 1.14k.
  • Total engagement. 122.
  • Total engaged audience. 48.

My guest posts

In December, I haven’t reached out to any blogger and pitched a guest post. I am fully aware that networking with other bloggers is key to my success. So, I’ll take the necessary steps in this month!

December goals result

Here are the results for December.

  • Total page views. 1000. Fail!
  • Number of sessions. 750. Fail!
  • Publish three quality blog posts. Fail! I’ve only published 2 posts. I’ll surely do it this month!
  • Achieve quality results on Pinterest. Pass! I’ve achieved quality results on Pinterest. In fact, I am starting to get good, quality traffic to my blog!
  • 250 Pinterest followers. Fail! I only have 228 Pinterest followers.
  • Create a couple of lead magnets. Fail! I’ll definitely do it this month!
  • Further improve my ranking in Google. Pass! Slightly improved!
  • Ranking for more keywords. Fail! I’ll take necessary steps this month! Although I haven’t ranked for more keywords, I am starting to rank for more related keywords to my niche. That’s a good news and I’ll try to improve on it this month!
  • Total comments. 1100. Fail! I only got 1024 comments.
  • Total email subscribers. 50. Fail! I only got 21 email subscribers.

Although I failed in almost all goals in December, nothing is lost. In fact, I have next month to achieve my goals.

So, my advice for new bloggers is not to beat yourself up for failing to achieve your goals in a particular month. It’s ok, move on, and look forward to the next month! This way, you’ll reduce unwanted stress!

January goals

Here are my goals for January.

  • Total page views. 1000.
  • Number of sessions. 550.
  • Publish three quality blog posts. I’ll definitely do it this month!
  • Achieve more traffic to my blog through Pinterest. I’ll do it!
  • Create a couple of lead magnets. I’ll do it this month!
  • 250 Pinterest followers. I’ll get it this month!
  • Further improve my ranking in Google. Will take necessary steps!
  • Ranking for more keywords. 40+ would be nice!
  • Total comments. 1100.
  • Total email subscribers. 30. Will get it this month!

My monetization wins

December was a very special month for me. Why? because I had my affiliate sale through my social media promotion for the second month in a row.

It was only $0.67, but it has given me belief that it’ll grow overtime, and I should keep going!

Conclusion

Thank you very much for reading my blogging report till the end. No matter what others say, blogging is surely a challenging work whether you are a beginner or you are an experienced pro.

As I said in my last month report, if you are a new blogger reading this, please don’t give up on your blog because you are not seeing any result/nobody in your family supporting your efforts/no one in your circle understanding what you are doing. Every struggle is absolutely 200 percent worth it!

Now, it’s your turn. What’s the one thing you’ve achieved in your blogging journey during November? What’s the one thing that makes you proud about your blog?

Share with me in the comments section below!

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About Hari

Hari loves writing about affiliate marketing, email marketing, and blogging for beginners. When he is not writing, you can find him actively watching tennis, or searching for the next recipe that’ll fulfill his heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18 thoughts on “Blog report for go big with affiliate marketing December 2020”

  1. Hey Hari,
    So glad to see you are making blogging goals for yourself! Keep going and trying new things! The lead magnets are a great way to get email subscribers and you could definitely create a great lead magnet based on the work you do here! All the best to you!

    1. hey Mandy,
      thank you very much for your comment.
      when I read your comment, I felt like a close friend of mine was directly talking to me.
      thank you so very much for your encouraging words.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  2. thank you for sharing your journey, true they say that December is where the records fluctuate. small win, no win there’s always a lesson to learn, and being transparent and accepting where to improve is also important.

    1. hey Jeannie,
      thank you very much for your encouraging words.
      yes, there is always a lesson to learn in blogging, and accepting where you need to improve is critical for your growth.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  3. This is awesome. Really helpful to see the breakdown of your stats – we are almost at exactly the same spot stats wise! Pretty wild – I am anxious to get my numbers up to. Just working more each day! 🙂 Such a fun journey!!

    1. hey Sarah Tucker,
      thanks for your comment.
      glad you’ve found this post helpful!
      so happy to see that you are taking necessary actions to grow your blog.
      all the very best in your journey!

  4. Wow! I am in awe of the total amount of shares and comments you have received. I can only hope I can get to that point in the future. Thanks for sharing. Reading blog reports are my favorite!

    1. hey Brittany,
      thank you so much for your encouraging comment.
      shares and comments are fantastic, and you are doing a fabulous job when it comes to earning passive income.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

    1. hey Louisa Msiska,
      thanks for your comment.
      glad you’ve found this post helpful!
      yes, taking stock of your goals every month is the best way to move forward to achieve them and keep yourself accountable in successfully growing your blog.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  5. Reading this gives me hope! My blog is about 7 months old, too. There’s is so much to figure out! It is interesting how different social media platforms perform differently for different niches. Gotta test and see what works, right?

    1. hey Linda,
      thanks for your comment.
      glad you’ve found this post helpful!
      yes, if you are in the beginning stages of your blogging journey, you have to figure out so many things.
      also, my findings is that test certain social media platforms, see what works best, and stick with it.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

    1. hey Adriane,
      thanks for your comment.
      I am not at all frustrated with my blog stats decreasing consistently for the past 4 months.
      in fact, for the first three months, my only traffic source was facebook groups.
      in December, I branched out and saw some traffic coming from pinterest and my email marketing efforts.
      so happy about my progress and I am even happier that I am not putting all my eggs into one basket.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

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