Welcome to my September 2014 Blogging Report! This will be a pretty short report because September was a bit uneventful for my blogs! I had a lot going on in September personally and didn’t really put in any “extra” effort for my blogs last month. Still, my numbers continued to climb and overall I’m really thrilled and excited for my little corner of the internet. So let’s just get to the stats!
Blogging Report – September 2014
Starting with my goals from last month – My main goal was to get back on track with two posts a day, which I did pretty well with. It wasn’t perfect, I missed a few days, and I can’t be too tough on myself with everything I had going on in September.
Budget Fairy Tale
My numbers were up by a pretty decent amount when compared to August, which is great! I’m starting to get some high traffic from my “sexy Disney halloween costumes” posts which always get a big boost around this time of year. That big jump on September 2 is from someone sharing one of my Halloween costume posts on Facebook, but I don’t know who/where. That’s the cruddy thing about Facebook and analytics! I’m hoping to work on this year’s sexy Disney costumes installment this weekend so if you find anything (in)appropriate for me to share, please email me!
Pinterest traffic fell to second place for September but just barely. Again, lots of “sexy costumes” traffic from Google which will probably continue through October. Otherwise no big surprises this month. My top five sources were Google, Facebook, direct traffic, Facebook, and Yahoo.
Inspired By Dis
My page views were also up on Inspired By Dis by a pretty similar margin! I’m excited I hit a new milestone in September, going over 50,000 page views! Pretty crazy. There wasn’t one exact day or post that caused the increase in traffic, just general overall page views were up, which is really cool.
As far as referral sources, Feedburner/Pinterest continues to be a powerhouse for me. (In case you missed it in past reports, someone pinned one of my images viewing through Feedburner, so Feedburner referral traffic is actually Pinterest referral traffic. It’s confusing, I know.) My top 5 were Feedburner/Pinterest, Pinterest, Google, direct traffic, and old URL traffic. I also got some solid traffic from Bustle when they linked to one of my Elsa wedding gown articles.
Other September Happenings
On September 1 I swapped out all my Lijit ads for Media.net ads. I’m no longer running Lijit ads on my blog. I was disappointed to find I made less money this month with just Adsense and Media.net, than I did in August with Adsense, Media.net, and Lijit. I wasn’t happy with Lijit ads so even with the small drop in revenue I think I’m keeping Lijit off for now. I recently also applied for a new ad network and waiting to see if I’m accepted.
In related news, in September I reached a big little goal I’ve been working towards for months: I hit the $100 monthly earnings mark on Google Adsense! If that sounds like a really small number, you are right … it is. $100 in one month doesn’t make a dent in my monthly bills, and is a tiny percentage of what I was making at my office job. (Good thing Google Adsense is just one piece of the delicious monetization pie.) But you know what … when I started this blog three years ago and was excited to earn one or two cents every day, $100 in one month would have BLOWN MY MIND. I’m documenting this here, now, because when I’m earning $100/day on Adsense (it will happen!), I want to be able to look back on this and see how excited I was and how much I’ve grown.
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Since I’m writing this so late in October, it’s probably cheating to write about things I’ve already done. But, I’m going to anyway. I’m so excited to announced I may have a new logo/header soon! When I switched to WordPress in January, I picked a new font to represent me. It’s a pretty handwriting font called Jenna Sue. I found it on Fontsquirrel, my favorite font site for free-for-commercial-use fonts. And since January, I’ve seen my font EVERYWHERE. I’ve seen it used on countless blogs, including the Disney Style blog, Wayfair, TV commercials, and food products. Last week I saw it used on packaging for cookies at Costco and I thought, “That’s IT.” I need a new font! Something that’s “me” and can’t easily be copied. So, I decided to FINALLY finish my custom handwriting font I started working on months ago. I purchased an iPad app called iFontMaker and perfected my not-so-perfect handwriting letter by letter. I finally just had to publish it – perfection is just another form of procrastination! So now I have my very own font and I’ve been using it on my graphics in the last couple posts (including the top graphic in this post). I may continue to tweak it here and there but I’m happy with it for now! Even though I realize it looks kind of like a second-grader’s handwriting. And yes, I dot the “i” and “i” with little hearts. You can do that when you make your own font.
But, back to the header. I decided my font wasn’t “good enough” for my header and logo. I wanted something really pro looking, and really pretty. So I hired my very talented friend Rosaura of Pigment and Parchment to design a new header for me! I gave her some minor requirements but otherwise gave her free reign – I can’t wait to see what she comes up with!
That’s it for now! Have a wonderful rest of October!