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I’ve been blogging here at The Million Dollar Mama for almost 7 months now, and I’ve loved every second. Blogging is so much fun. But it’s also HARD WORK. If you’re a blogger, you know what I mean.
There is so much to learn, so many strategies to implement, and sometimes it can feel like you’re just spinning your wheels. If only it were as simple as writing content and then waiting for people to come, right?
In the past 7 months, I’ve spent countless hours working on The Million Dollar Mama, doing everything from writing content, sourcing photos, creating (and re-creating) Pinterest images, promoting, trying to work out how to monetize – the list goes on.
It can easily become overwhelming.
And while I have experienced some great success (you can read my latest online income report here) I am nowhere near where I want to be. Obviously, creating a thriving and profitable business is one of my goals, but there is so much more that I want for The Million Dollar Mama.
I’ve spoken briefly before about some of the big plans I have. I want this to be a positive place where women (and especially moms) can come to find inspiration, solutions to life’s little problems, and strategies to help them live a million dollar life on any budget.
Most of all, I want them to feel encouraged, because being a mom isn’t easy!
Ruth Soukup from Living Well, Spending Less, and Rosemarie Groner from Busy Budgeter are two bloggers who I have long admired. Both of them are incredibly successful and they’ve built loyal communities and in turn, very successful businesses.
And as fate would have it, the one thing that Rosemarie credits for her amazing success is a course that was created by Ruth Soukup – Elite Blog Academy.
Elite Blog Academy is the course that Rosemarie enrolled in when she was making about $18/month from her blog. Fast forward 2 years and she is now making over $80,0000/month from her blog. She’s also built an engaged community of people who love the content that she creates (I’m one of them.)
After reading countless reviews of Elite Blog Academy, I decided to pull the trigger and enroll.
At (currently as of 2018) $897, the course definitely isn’t cheap. But I am confident that if I methodically work my way through the course and implement every single thing that Ruth teaches, Elite Blog Academy will help me to achieve my goals for The Million Dollar Mama.
I know that a lot of people might be interested to see how I progress in my blogging journey. Oftentimes, you’ll see online income and traffic reports of bloggers who are getting hundreds of thousands of page views a month, and making tens of thousands of dollars.
While those income reports are incredibly inspiring, I think it’s important to read the income and traffic reports of bloggers who are just starting out (I published my first online income report here, where I made $276.)
So, in the interest of transparency, I’m going to tell you exactly how many page views I’m currently getting per month, and how much money I am averaging per month.
I think that this will serve as a great way to keep myself accountable, but also so you can see first hand how someone who is going through Elite Blog Academy is progressing which might help you make the decision on whether you should enroll or not.
(As a side note, Elite Blog Academy is only open once per year. This year it’s open for enrollment the final week of February. If you want to join me on the journey, here’s the link to enroll!
And if you’re not ready to enroll just yet, make sure you get your free copy of Ruth’s book “The Blog Structure Blueprint” to help you set up a great foundation for your blog.)
My Elite Blog Academy Starting Point
Current page views
Page views are one of those funny things in the blogging community – people generally don’t like to share them.
Sharing your blogging income? No biggie! Sharing your page views? That’s private! haha, strange, huh?
Well, in the interest of being transparent (and maybe oversharing) here are my page views for the past 30 days:
Current blogging income
This is difficult because blogging income isn’t consistent – it can vary considerably from month to month.
So far I’ve published 3 online income reports.
In my first online income report, I made $276.
In my December 2016 online income report, I made $1255.
And in my January 2017 online income report, I made $3297.
(As you can see, my blogging income is far from consistent, but it has been growing which is great.)
Current social stats
Another metric I’d like to track is my current social stats.
I currently have Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, and Instagram.
At one point, I was focusing a lot on growing my Twitter following but I was getting next to no traffic from Twitter, so I decided that my time was better spent elsewhere.
However, despite the face that I don’t get a lot of blog traffic from Twitter, I do still enjoy using Twitter and I think it’s a valuable platform.
A few months ago, I switched my focus from Twitter to Pinterest. It was a good move (in relation to page views) because I now get a lot of my traffic directly from Pinterest.
As for Facebook and Instagram – I haven’t been focusing on either of them very much. That’s something I definitely want to change in 2017. I think there are a ton of opportunities to leverage Instagram.
As for Facebook – the constant algorithm changes are frustrating, but that’s something that we all have to deal with.
Here are my current social stats:
Pinterest followers: 2209
Twitter followers: 5022
Facebook fans: 315
Instagram followers: 624
So that’s where I currently stand.
I’m planning to write updates as I go through the course (without actually divulging the content of the course, for obvious reasons) so you can see exactly how the blog is progressing.
Are you a blogger? If not, are you planning to start a blog? Have you gone through EBA before, or are you wanting to? Let me know in the comments!