Diapers On A Plane:
Seventh Income and Traffic Report for June 2018 |
1 Year Blogiversary
I have been really slacking the last 6 months on keeping you all updated with our income and traffic reports. To be fair, I did write a January report but failed to do the last 10% of the work and actually get it posted.
Things have been pretty busy for us this past 6 months, though it is no excuse. In December we sold our home and packed all of our worldly possessions into a storage unit, and spent nearly a month as nomads sleeping in friend’s spare rooms and hotels until our new home closed. Then, once we did move in we didn’t have internet for a full two months, which was basically torture.
The new home isn’t what you might call live-in ready, so we decided to start a new blog called The Flipping Mess to document the progress. Currently we have only updated our Instagram account and Facebook page, but feel free to follow it if you are into home renovation projects. Obviously, that takes up a huge amount of time as well.
We have also experienced some personal family situations that have kept us very distracted. One of which is a very pregnant Catherine – which we are thrilled about! But, I am happy to say that things are definitely looking positive for the Diapers On Plane crew and soon we’ll have one more baby to fly around the world with us!
Despite my neglect of the income reports Catherine has been tireless as the primary writer for our travel blog and has been posting and updating the blog with impressive consistency.
So yeah, the biggest news? We have now officially been running our travel blog for a year! And though we still aren’t making enough per month to buy a sandwich, we are still loving every minute of it and feel very optimistic for the future. We have so many memories recorded, memories that could have been lost or forgotten. That was our goal from the beginning so it’s been a lot of fun and extremely satisfying to be able to sort through all our photos, memories, experiences and adventures and write them down permanently.
We’ve also cataloged a list of our family adventures starting when the twins were just three months old to Chicago, until our most recent adventure on the Disney Fantasy. In those seven years we’ve racked up 70 Family Adventures! Though many of those were repeat trips to Disneyland, in all, we’ve visited four continents, over 20 different countries, and countless cities across the world. We are looking forward to continuing to record all our memories, both past and present, for both ourselves, our children and anyone else looking for our stories to read.
Our month over month increases in visits and traffic have been extremely steady and we think the future looks bright. A lot of income reports on the internet will tell you that you have to sell a specific product to make money with your blog. If that is true, then we may never make the big money, and we are okay with that because what we really want to share is quality content and experiences that will encourage others that traveling with your children and showing them this beautiful world is not only possible, but extremely rewarding and worthwhile.
So enough gum flapping. Here are our earnings for the month of June and a comparison with our last update from January.
Adsense: $2.40 ($.82 in January)
Amazon: $0 ($1.31 in January)
Go Daddy Domain and Hosting: $15.00
Monthly earnings $-12.60 (-17.87 in January)
As you can see we continue to actually lose money during our first 12 months blogging. One thing we have learned this past 12 months is that it ain’t easy! It takes a consistent commitment and a surprising amount of time.
Though travel blogging has not proven financially gainful as of this posting, the knowledge and experience we have learned thus far has been priceless. We are still green, learning, and growing and the internet says it takes two years to see the fruits of your labors.
Pageviews: 2,070 → 4,211 | Goal of 2000 in January Met!
Visitors: 1,523 → 3,334 | Goal of 1500 in January Met!
Blog Posts: 202 → 255 | Goal of 200 in January Met!
Facebook: 151 → 176 | Goal of 200 in January Missed
Instagram: 1655 → 1720 | Goal of 1800 in January Missed
Pinterest: 179 → 211 | Goal of 200 in January Met!
Twitter: 367 → 739 | Goal of 350 in January Met!
YouTube: 19 → 27 | Goal of 30 in January Missed
Mailing list: 17 → 27 | Goal of 50 in January Missed
After a six month break from reviewing our goals monthly we can see a huge discrepancy in social channels and where we should focus our efforts.
Clearly, June was our biggest month yet in page views. It’s nice to visually see that the internet is right about yielding results the longer your blog is active. Since starting our blog in June of 2017 we have consistently shown a 10-40 percent increase in search traffic. To put that into perspective we had 427 google search hits on our blog in January while in June we had 1,326. To me, this is a testament that quality content that is being searched for.
We’ve seen the least growth in Instagram and Facebook. Coincidentally, these two platforms are owned by the same parent company and run the same algorithms. We were reticent to join Instagram in the beginning as it felt like a weak platform to drive traffic. Since participating on Instagram we’ve developed a bit of a distaste for it. On the flipside, the Twitter community is thriving, conversational and growing. It’s easy to see where we should focus our efforts.
This month we hopped back into pinning on Pinterest and it accounted for the bulk of our traffic. We had 1,832 visits coming from Pinterest. This platform is interesting. We find that a good pin will get a lot of results for about a week, but then potentially die right off. Regardless, we’ve seen more traffic from Pinterest in a week than we have from Instagram in a year.
Now that we’ve found a bit of a balance between home renovations, summer break, and enjoying our family we are settling back into accomplishing our weekly blogging goals. Though we recognize that may all get thrown off course when the wails of a crying baby reach earth side.
I can’t even remember what our goals were in December and I don’t feel like looking at them so I’m choosing not speak to them directly. Our goal, ultimately, is to always be improving and moving forward. In that sense, we met every one.
Goals are fantastic because they keep you thinking about new ideas and new techniques to try during the month. Having not set any goals for the past six months I can definitely see how they have affected my thought process and passion for being productive.
Goals for July:
Instagram: 1800 followers
Facebook: 185 followers
Pinterest: 250 followers
Twitter: 900 followers
Youtube: 30 followers
Mailing List: 35 subscribers
Blog Posts: 225 total posts
I am looking forward to being more consistent in the coming months while reflecting on goals, successes and failures in the upcoming income reports.