Hi there – you have probably seen blog income reports floating around the internet.
I love reading them because they give me new ideas to use on my own blog – but at the same time, sometimes they make me feel a little inadequate.
Being more of a private personality, I am not comfortable sharing income details here.
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However, I think that sharing what worked for me and what didn’t is a great way to stay accountable.
So here goes – my first blog progress report in quite some time.
Let’s start with this ….
Why November is Unique for Bloggers
November is great time of year to be a blogger because everybody is shopping.
Need I say it? Black Friday!
If you use affiliate marketing as a way to monetize your blog, then this is your time to cash in.
Personally, I am an Amazon Associate and November was my biggest month ever with this affiliate program.
Not only that, but at the end of November I was invited to join the Amazon Influencers Network.
I now have my very own page on Amazon.com – and that is freakin’ exciting!
Another affiliate network that I did really well on in November was ShareASale.
I participate with many merchants within ShareASale but in November 2017 I started promoting the Cricut affiliate program and had good success with that. If you are a DIY blogger you may also want to join this merchant here.
Blogging Courses That Helped Me
My blog has come a long way in the past year, and November 2017 was my best affiliate income month yet.
I am a lifelong learner and there were several courses that I took that helped me along the way, including these two:
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner, and
- How to Master Gift Guides by Simple Pin Media
The Downside of November for Bloggers
As great as your blogging income can be in November – there is a downside.
Everything that you ever wanted is also on sale! Which means you can easily spend much of what you make. 😉
I picked up a couple great deals throughout the month of November for my blog.
I have been using ConvertKit as my email service provider for a few months.
It is not a new service for me – I actually had it before.
But I left to try something cheaper. That didn’t work so well – and now I am back.
In November they had an upgrade offer – and I took them up on it.
While I haven’t created a course yet – it is on my radar.
As a student in Elite Blog Academy, I know the importance of creating products.
But I drag my feet.
When I saw the Teachable Black Friday offer, I jumped on it.
Believe me, I have taken many blogging courses and I have seen a variety of course platforms.
The one that I enjoy learning on the most is Teachable.
So, it just made sense for me to try out that platform.
More Blogging Courses
I also picked up a few more blogging courses that I had been coveting during November.
Even though I am a student in Elite Blog Academy, there are some additional course out there that really deep dive into the topics of the different units in EBA.
One such course is Content Brew by Melissa Culbertson at Blog Clarity. (Melissa is the author of the Pinning Perfect eCourse which i have taken as well – of course.)
Not only did I sign up for Content Brew on Cyber Monday – but I have also worked my way through the entire course already.
It is that good.
Melissa walks you through how to plan out an editorial calendar for your blog, brainstorm blog content ideas, and use either Trello, CoSchedule, or just a plain spreadsheet for keeping track of it all.
Organizing Blogging Courses
As the owner of what seems like a million eCourses, I can tell you that keeping track of them is hard.
If you have ever purchased the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit or other other products through Ultimate Bundles, then you know how quickly you can become overwhelmed.
It is really easy to forget that you even own a particular course.
I was feeling that in November.
So I put together a Trello board to help me keep track of it all.
I am happy to share my process of organizing my eCourses to help you get organized too.
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What I Could Have Done Better
November was a crazy month for me.
You know that feeling where something is within your reach but there is too much going on between you and that thing that you want?
That is how blogging was for me last month.
We decided not to move and instead began planning our kitchen remodel.
It’s a big job.
I also hosted not one, but two, huge family gatherings. One at the tail end of October and again at Thanksgiving.
Between all that and a little (meaning big) school volunteer position that was not optional – my time was stretched way too thin.
There was so much I could have done on my blog but I could not follow through on my ideas.
Do you know why?
A lack of planning on my part.
Yup. I take the blame.
Those unwritten gift guides, posts, and promotions could have been planned out months in advance.
No. I wasn’t sitting around on the couch eating bon bons.
All of the months leading up to November were equally busy.
But I realize that I would have gotten much further with more organization.
One of the things that I learned in the Content Brew course was how to gauge my “content capacity”. This is the amount of content (blog, social, and email) that I can reasonably expect to create in the amount of time that I have available.
It is a lightbulb moment.
Where I Am Headed
My December is also stacking up to be very busy.
But I am taking a step back to do some year end blog planning for 2018. Starting in January, I am expecting to be more consistent with my online presence.
I will also continue these progress reports monthly and hopefully with more detail since I know to document my blogging activities and the results throughout the month.
My goal for 2018 is to launch 2 products, increase my affiliate income, and explore some advertising networks.
What Worked for You?
In the comments below, do share what worked for you on your blog in the month of November 2017.
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