Hi there and welcome! I’m Jason, the guy behind the scenes tinkering with things while Jessica makes the recipes and takes the pretty pictures. I guess you can say I’m also a taste tester, so there are perks to my job. For almost three years we have been preparing monthly income and traffic reports that highlight our progress. However, this month we’re going to do things a little different and I encourage you to participate.
Since February is a short month, how about a Q&A post? I’m going to keep the content brief and I would like to hear from you instead. Yes, I’m talking to you on the other side of this screen! The one reading these words. Hi there.
We have a variety of visitors to the blog. Some stop by, find the recipe they’re looking for and bug out. Others stop by again and again if they had success with a recipe and leave a comment or send Jessica a personal email. Others periodically check our income reports page wondering what we’re up to. Although this time, I want to cover a topic that you want to see, so if you got a burning blogging question, let’s hear it in the comments section below.
Okay, ready to take a look at the numbers…
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- Grateful – $2,050.15
- Sponsorships – $1,952.60
- Amazon – $91.40
- BlueHost – $80.00 –> (from our 3-step guide on how to start a food blog)
- FoodBloggerPro – $67.40
- OptinMonster – $17.28
- YouTube – $1.78
Total Income: $4,260.61 (-6%) — last month: $4,538.03
- Contractors– $1,000
- Food – $340.09
- Facebook Ads – $157.71
- MailChimp – $50.00
- Synthesis – $47.00
- BoardBooster – $30.00
- OptinMonster – $29.00
- Food Blogger Pro – $25.00
- CloudFlare – $20.00
- Zapier – $20.00
- SurveyMonkey – $19.00
- QuickBooks – $12.95
- Grammarly – $11.66
- Buffer – $10.00
- TailWindApp – $9.99
- Adobe Creative Cloud – $9.99
- LinkInProfile – $9.99
Total Expenses: $1,802.38
= NET PROFIT: $2,458.23
Top Traffic Sources:
Rolling Traffic Comparison (YOY):
Here are the number of fans, followers, and subscribers for the various outreach efforts we have. Our goal is not only to increase pageviews on our blog but to also grow our digital tribe.
- Facebook – 31,972 (+2,589)
- Pinterest – 21,307 (+3,646)
- Instagram – 6,885 (+1,044)
- Google+ – 5,047 (+16)
- Newsletter – 3,966 (+120)
- Twitter – 3,340 (+788)
- YouTube – 665 (+20)
- Tumblr – 295 (+39)
- StumbleUpon – 183 (+2)
- Bloglovin’ – 113 (+17)
Total: 73,773 (+13%) – last month: 65,492
Time for Q&A
Got any questions for us about blogging? Maybe some feedback on how we can make these reports better? Not sure what to ask? Here’s a selection of ideas…
- You and Jessica work full-time and have a son, how do you manage it all?
- Why do you really post these income reports?
- What blog improvements did you make in February?
- What’s the worst part of blogging?
- Who designed Jessica’s blog?
- Are you and Jessica attending the Everything Food Conference?
- What is Jessica’s favorite color of nail polish?
Okay, hopefully, that gets the juices flowing.
Wait, are you considering cheating and just copying that whole list into your comment? 😉 Hmmm. I don’t blame you, but I would reconsider and leave a comment that is meaningful to you. Thanks!
Jessica and I will be checking for your comments during the next few weeks and will be sure to respond. Thanks for reading and/or participating. 🙂