Blog report for go big with affiliate marketing September 2020

Blog report for go big with affiliate marketing September 2020 - go big with affiliate marketing

 

October has began already, and I officially stepped into the fifth month of my blogging journey. That means, at the end of September 30th, I’ve completed four months as a blogger! 🎉 🎉 🎉.

It’s been a great journey, and since I am a first generation blogger and an upcoming online business owner, I am learning a lot each month.

My blog is heading in the right direction, and I am so happy about that. This is possible only because of my readers.

So, I extend my gratitude to every single one of my readers who read, comment, share, and engage with my blog. Thank you so much!

Let’s jump into the September month report!

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Why I am writing a blog report each month

The reasons I am writing a blog report each month are as follows.

  • 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.

Now, let’s take a look at what’s included in this report.

Things I am going to cover in this report

  • Go big with affiliate marketing stats for September.
  • A comparison between august and September stats.
  • Mistakes I made in this month as a blogger.
  • My findings as a four months old blogger.
  • Stats that I am proud of.
  • Stats that can be improved.
  • Things I need to understand.
  • Plugins I use in my blog. This is a section I added after one of my reader’s asked me to share it.
  • Stats I didn’t tell you in my previous reports.
  • My major traffic source.
  • Stats for my facebook page.
  • My guest post result.
  • September goals result.
  • October goals.
  • My monetization wins.
  • Conclusion

Go big with affiliate marketing stats for September

For the fourth month in a row, I’ve concentrated in Improving these critical stats such as total page views, number of sessions, sources that gives me consistent traffic, total share counts for all my posts, average time spent in the site, bounce rate, number of total/new/returning visitors, and devices used by my visitors to navigate this blog.

Also, from July onwards, I’ve been tracking how my site and my posts are performing in Google, how many keywords I am ranking for in the current month, is there any improvement from the previous month, where’s my average position stands in terms of each query, where’s the current position of my site in Google, and is there any improvement for the average position of my site from the previous month.

Here’s the stats list of go big with affiliate marketing for September.

  • Total page views. 1228.
  • Number of sessions. 561.
  • Consistent traffic source. Facebook.
  • Total share count for all my posts. 717.
  • Average time spent in the site. 2 minutes 18 seconds.
  • Bounce rate. 53.30 percent.
  • Total/new/returning visitors. Total 406. New 349. Returning 112.
  • Device breakdown. Mobile 49.2 percent. Desktop 49.2 percent. Tablet 1.6 percent.

Apart from these stats, I am starting to rank for more keywords in Google than the previous month, my site’s overall position has improved slightly, I am currently ranking for more keywords related to my niche/post category, and the average positions of my already ranking keywords have improved significantly.

I also learned that these are the key metrics every beginner blogger need to track for the first six months of starting their blog, as it gives you a clear picture of whether you are heading in the right direction with your niche selection and if you have the potential to monetize your site down the line.

A comparison between august and September stats

Here’s a comparison list between august and September stats.

August, September.

  • Total page views. 1127, 1228.
  • Number of sessions. 633, 561.
  • Consistent traffic source. Facebook, facebook.
  • Total share count for all my posts. 500, 717.
  • Average time spent in the site. 1 minute 56 seconds, 2 minutes 18 seconds.
  • Bounce rate. 68.25 percent, 53.30 percent.
  • Total/new/returning visitors. Total 461. New 414. Returning 100, total 406. New 349. Returning 112.
  • Device breakdown. Mobile 59.9 percent. Desktop 38.4 percent. Tablet 1.7 percent, mobile 49.2 percent. Desktop 49.2 percent. Tablet 1.6 percent.

First, I am gonna take out the uncontrollable sections out of this analysis.

The device breakdown section is uncontrollable, meaning it’s my visitor’s choice on what device they want to view and navigate my site.

Now, let’s start analyzing.

Although the total users visited my site for this month (406) and the number of sessions (561) has decreased a little bit, every other section has improved significantly.

  • Total page views 1228.
  • Total share count for all my posts 717.
  • Bounce rate 53.30 percent.
  • Average time spent in the site 2 minutes 18 seconds.
  • Returning visitors 112.

All these statistical improvements gives me hope that people are starting to consider me seriously, and I am heading in the right direction in terms of my blog growth.

Mistakes I made in this month as a blogger

Well, instead of putting it as a mistake, I choose to call it learnings of this month as a blogger.

In my august blog report, I told you that I’ve signed up to the ultimate bundles affiliate program. Right after signing up, I wanted to promote the genius bloggers toolkit.

Just like everything I do when it comes to blogging, I dug in and conducted an extensive research.

Unfortunately, what I got was a huge pile of toxic positive reviews talking about how amazing the toolkit is. Yes, it is a fantastic resource for bloggers to up level their skills to grow their businesses.

Also, it is surely a beginner friendly affiliate program with email swipe copies, banners, and a helpful community, but to succeed in promoting and getting that all important affiliate sales, you need to put together a lot of pieces.

What are they?

  • First and foremost, you have to know what it takes to launch an email campaign.
  • You need to have at least 100 engaging subscribers in your email list.
  • You must know the pros and cons of promoting this bundle.

When I started promoting it in September, I didn’t know anything about promoting the genius bloggers toolkit. I just jumped in, set up a bunch of emails and scheduled them, and hoped some people would buy through my link.

Such a silly beginner mistake!

Also, I did forget that people will buy from those who they trust and believe in. It’s a basic marketing principal the blogging world follows and I totally forgot about it.

This year, before starting the  promotion week, the ultimate bundles team organized two amazing webinars from Jennifer Maker Marx and chelsea Clarke. They talked about email list building and successfully conducting and earning passive income in affiliate marketing through building funnels respectively.

Both webinars were super valuable but I personally felt that I learned a lot with Chelsea Clarke’s training.

After completing the training, I instantly had a belief that this promotion campaign I am gonna try out is destined to fail. Anyhow, I proceeded and launched it.

What happened after that?

After feeling sad for some time, I gathered courage and decided to test the waters. I am sure that I am gonna get a big fat zero affiliate commission, but after all, the best thing that can happen to me is that I’ll learn a ton at the end of this campaign.

What did I get? Yes, you’ve guessed it!

Zero dollars in affiliate sales and a lot of learning that I can implement in my next year’s strategy!

My findings as a four months old blogger

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

  • You can’t start a blog in 10/15 minutes as some people say.
  • Everything, including the tiniest bit feels overwhelming in the beginning stages of your blogging journey.
  • As a beginner blogger, you need to learn some technical stuff even if you are allergic to it.
  • Building blogging friendships is critical to you becoming a successful blogger.
  • Helping one another grow over competition is 100 percent true in the world of blogging.

Stats that I am proud of

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

  • Total page views. 1228.
  • Total share count for all my posts. 717.
  • Returning visitors. 112.
  • Bounce rate. 53.30 percent.
  • Average time spent in the site. 2 minutes 18 seconds.
  • Six of my articles are doing really well in Google.
  • Currently, I am ranking for 53 keywords.

Stats that can be improved

Here’s a list of stats I have to improve.

  • Total number of visitors to my site.
  • Number of sessions.
  • Number of returning visitors.
  • Increase in major traffic sources.

Things I need to understand

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

  • Technical reports of Google analytics and Google search console.
  • How to evaluate my SEO strategy.
  • How to use the tools recommended by my blogger friends to create my first ever freebie.

Some additional notes

Here’s a great news for you. While I was searching for some easy and simple ways to create freebies to build my email list, I came across this seriously fabulous blog.

It is dedicated to helping beginner bloggers easily and effortlessly create printables and freebies to build their email list. Trust me, it is full of golden information! Check it out!

To create lead magnets of all kind and converting all the existing word docs into PDF, I recommend pdfescape.

I’ve only used it once, and from my first experience, it’s easy to use, a nifty baby, and above all, its free of cost!

I’ll dig into pdfescape and tell you all about it in my next month’s blog report. So, watch out!

Plugins I use in my blog

Here’s a list of plugins I use in my blog.

Read more. The ultimate guide on affiliate link hijacking for beginners.

  • SG Optimizer. For optimizing your site. This is a plugin by siteground. If you use another hosting provider, installing this plugin is no use.
  • Shared Counts. For displaying social media sharing buttons in my pages and posts.
  • Sucuri Security – Auditing, Malware Scanner and Hardening. For protecting my blog against hackers. This is a must’ve plugin for all blogs.
  • UpdraftPlus – Backup/Restore. For backing up my blog. In case of any mishap, this plugin would help me to restore my site to the normal condition.
  • Yoast SEO. For monitoring my post’s SEO performance. This is a great SEO plugin for bloggers.
  • Smush. For optimizing my images. This is very helpful for SEO purposes.

Stats I didn’t tell you in my previous reports

Actually, there are a couple of stats I didn’t let you know about my progress. They are,

Total comments in my blog and number of subscribers I have in my email list.

So, here it is.

  • Total comments in my blog as of sep 30, 2020. 688.
  • Number of email subscribers in my email list. 13.

My major traffic source

For four months straight, facebook is my number one traffic source. Lot of my audience hang out here and I built a clear strategy in driving traffic to my blog through fb groups.

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

I’ve been telling you that I need to get started in Pinterest and two months before, I took a free course from McKinzie of momsmakecents.com.

It helped me in so many ways and last month, I’ve completely set up my profile.

I’ve learned how Pinterest works, how to create quality pins and pin descriptions, how to keyword pins to stand out from the crowd, and much, much more!

This month, I am gonna put all my learnings into practice.

Can’t wait to share with you my experience in the next month report!

So, my dear readers, take one step at a time when it comes to Pinterest, even if it feels slow growth in the beginning. Because, there is a lot of things to learn about this platform.

Also, Pinterest often comes out with drastic changes and consistent learning is the only way to stay updated.

Stats for my facebook page

In the middle of July, I started my facebook page.

I feel really good about the growth of my page.

You can find it here!

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

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

  • Likes. 263.
  • Followers. 267.

My guest post result

As I told you in my previous blog report, I reached out to Ellen of zyrakuma.com.

Unfortunately, my email and my post got lost in the mix and I sent the email again.

In the second week of September, my post was published! Yay!

You can find my post here.

A comprehensive guide on email marketing for beginners.

September goals result

Here are the results for September goals.

  • Total page views. 2000. Fail!
  • Number of sessions. 1200. Fail!
  • Publish 4 blog posts this month. Fail! I’ve only published two.
  • Get started with Pinterest. I am ready to start pinning on Pinterest!
  • 50 Pinterest followers. Fail!
  • Create a couple of lead magnets. Ready to do it this month!
  • Further improve my ranking in Google. Improved slightly!
  • Rank for more keywords. Pass! Rank over 50 keywords!

October goals

Here are my goals for October

  • Total page views. 2500.
  • Number of sessions. 1500.
  • Publish 3 quality blog posts. I’ll surely do it this month!
  • Start pinning on Pinterest. I am ready!
  • 100 Pinterest followers. I am coming for you, Pinterest!
  • Create a couple of lead magnets. I am ready!
  • Further improve my ranking in Google. Will take necessary actions!
  • Rank for more keywords. 60+ would be nice!

My monetization wins

I am beyond excited to inform you that I’ve made my first dollar as a blogger! Woohoo!

Currently, these are the affiliate programs I am a part of.

  • Ultimate bundles.
  • Amazon associates.
  • What blogs her mind affiliate program.
  • Siteground affiliate program.

I’ve earned my first dollar, ($2.22) through Amazon associates program.

I’ve also completed my three qualifying sales and got the approval email from Amazon.

This is a big win in my books!

Conclusion

thank you very much for reading this report till the end. If you are a new blogger reading this report, I wanna tell you one thing.

Please don’t give up on your blog just like that because you aren’t seeing any result. Sure it is a lot of work, but every struggle is absolutely worth it!

Now, it’s your turn.

What are the things you’ve achieved in your blogging journey in the previous month?

What’s the one thing that makes you feel proud about your blog?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

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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.

 

 

56 thoughts on “Blog report for go big with affiliate marketing September 2020”

    1. hey Nathalia,
      thanks for your comment.
      glad you’ve found this post useful!
      writing and publishing my blog report every month gives a sense of accountability and satisfaction to me.
      thanks for coming back!

  1. Thank you for sharing your progress and numbers! It’s helpful to see the number others are receiving and remember consistency is key. Keep up the good work!

    1. hey Alyssa,
      thank you very much for your encouraging comment.
      I absolutely agree that consistency is key.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  2. This is a great report! Growing traffic needs consistent work. I was kinda bummed with my 3rd month views but we move 🙂 Congrats on all your accomplishments!

    1. hey Divya,
      thank you so much for your encouraging comment.
      yes, bummers are unavoidable but as you said, we should move on and focus in the next month’s growth!
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  3. Great to hear how another blogger is doing. There’s definitely a lot of learning along the way. You’re doing terrific! Thanks for sharing your journey.

  4. So I wasn’t excited to read this because I thought you were going to be a new blogger that is making hundreds of dollars a month and has 1000 on your email list. Instead, this was nice. I’ve been learning how and hitting some delays for over a year. You made me feel like I’m not doing so bad after all. We all start at the beginning. Thanks for being honest.

    1. hey Kimberly,
      thank you very much for your honest comment.
      yes, we all start at the beginning, and I personally feel that bloggers with honest reports when it comes to their blogging growth and income are very very few.
      also, new bloggers that are ,making hundreds and having thousands of subscribers in their email list are not actually new bloggers.
      there is a hole lot of things that go behind the sceans.
      every single step forward is a growth, and it doesn’t matter what others choose to say about our blogs.
      once again, thank you very much for your honest comment.

  5. I’m right there with you! It’s tough! But I hear if we persist it’ll happen! I have failed at all but one goal this month! But at least I got one. I think it just take time! Keep plugging away!

    1. hey Kathleen,
      thank you so much for your comment.
      glad to see my fellow blogger here!
      yes, we can all grow by supporting each other!
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  6. Thank you for sharing this. I’ve had my blog for 18 months and still haven’t made any money, but I am focusing my time on learning I suppose. There are so many moving pieces and my time is limited in order to implement and do stuff for the blog. Congrats on your progress this month!

    1. hey Susan,
      thanks for your comment.
      although you haven’t made any money, you are still moving forward with your blog, even though you have time limitations.
      trust me, it is big.
      so many will stop working/put aside their blog if they are in your situation.
      so, cudoes to you!
      keep plugging away, and I am sure you’ll get there!
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  7. Congratulations!🎉👏
    This is really great that you are keeping a record of everything. I think that’s one of the reasons of your speedy growth. I need to learn from you.
    I wish you all the best.

    1. hey Ekta,
      thank you very much for your encouraging comment!
      we all learn from each other.
      all the very best in your blogging journey as well!

  8. Amazing, just keep going. I am doing the same building my audience day by day and it can get frustrating at times but I am on it everyday. So, all the best and let’s keep blogging!

    1. hey Shwetha CK,
      thank you so much for your excellent and thoughtful comment.
      yes, audience building is a key aspect to succeed in blogging.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

    1. hey Peju,
      thank you so much for your encouraging words!
      moving forward is the way to stay motivated.
      all the very best in your blogging journey!

  9. I tried the whole genius bloggers Toolkit, too. And I did about the same. I like being part of your authentic journey. Your financial reports are always honest and you teach something, as well.

    1. hey Abby,
      thank you very much for your appreciative comment.
      yes, the printables blog is a serious gold for beginners to create freebies effortlessly.
      all the very best!

  10. Good post Hari. I especially like the “My findings as a four months old blogger” section. You come across as genuine and authentic by providing truth and not hype. It’s not reasonable to expect overnight success. It takes time and hard work to grow your traffic and income. You make those points well which will provide encouragement for those who are just getting started.

    1. hey John,
      thank you very much for your appreciative comment.
      glad you’ve found this post authentic!
      couldn’t agree with you more!
      I haven’t found a substitute for hard and smart work.
      so happy for your visit!

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