Food Blogging Traffic & Income Report for April 2019. Watch over my shoulder as I show you how to increase traffic and improve your income on your food blog.
But first I have an interesting experiment for you:
Every month there is another blogger promoting a course that offers the world and promises to transform your blogging business into something spectacular.
They will carry a price tag from $100 to $5000 and as a previous buyer and a previous reviewer of many, I can tell you that most of them (not all but most) are terrible.
They are written by people who:
- Are still new to blogging themselves
- Are not seasoned in their niche, so there will be a lot of holes in the info
I bought the Genius Bloggers Toolkit as I felt that this was a lot more value for money. Because for only $100 you’re getting a lot of courses and ebooks in one enormous download. Find just 12 quality products and then you can say its value for money, as I would happily pay $10 for a good quick ebook.
Its not available until later this year and will now be my annual splurge.
After I had gone through the various courses, I joined peoples mailing lists and the FB groups they had set up and that’s when it got interesting.
Because that is when you can see who is experienced, who genuinely wants to help their readers and who is just in it for the money. And then wants to teach others how to be in it for the money.
One blogger I noticed, who had been blogging for 3 years, was basically telling people to get their product out there, regardless of having experience in that niche or not. I think this is why people don’t trust ebooks or courses as so many of them are like that.
Of course there are some good ones.
BUT you can’t be bringing an ebook or course out on a topic that you know very little about.
If you do want to learn about a topic then this is how to do it WITHOUT paying for the course.
- Find a course you really want to join
- See who has left testimonials for the product
- See how they have improved in the subject and follow their lead
Most course owners want to show off their success and will put their BEST success stories on this page as they are the advert for selling the course.
If it is a Pinterest course, then check out these peoples Pinterest accounts and ask yourself why they are a success:
- Did they do awesome descriptions on their pins?
- What is their ratio of group boards to their own boards?
- Are they using tags?
- How often are they pinning?
- What are their pins like?
Then go off and based on your findings of monitoring at least 5 different Pinterest accounts you can then plan out your own Pinterest strategy without paying for a course. The people you have researched don’t have to be in your niche and it often works better if they are not, as it gives you a chance to think outside the box.
On top of this, have they written a review about the product? As most have an affiliate programme and they will be shouting from the blog exactly what the course did for them and between a handful of reviews, you will have the entire course at your fingertips.
You could do this for any element of blogging that you want to learn more about:
- You Tube
- Facebook Ads
- Facebook Groups
How To Start A Food Blog
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Our Food Blogging Income During April 2019:
- MediaVine = $4287.66
- Clickbank Ebook Sales = $486.64
- Amazon Associates = $438.69
- ButcherBox = $100.00
- Draft2Digital = $45.28
- Kindle = $46.46
- Google Play = $31.60
- Kettle & Fire = $8.39
Total Revenue = $5444.72
Our Food Blog Expenses During April 2019:
- Virtual Assistants = $443.00
- Hosting = $115.00
- Screenshot Monitor = $86.65
- Aweber = $49.00
- Canva = $12.95
- Bluburry = $12.00
- Microsoft Office = $10.59
- Email Management = $10.00
Total Food Blogging Expenses = $739.19
This leads to a total food blogging income from Recipe This For April 2019 of $4705.53.
My Big HATE when it comes to reading income reports, is when they fabricate, exaggerate or just generally fake them to make them look better than they are. They want to be the next six figure blogger and believe nobody will care about their income unless it is sky high.
That is why the graphic you see at the top of this blog post is what I earned from my food blog AFTER expenses and not before.
Our First Full Month On Mediavine
April 2019 on RecipeThis.com represents our first full month on MediaVine. In our first full day and a half back on MediaVine we were shocked by how high it was for quarter 1. But I wanted to see just how good it was after our first month and OMG we made $4287. When you compare it for the same month of the previous year on Monumetric with $2194, then I am seeing nearly DOUBLE!
As I have now been on Adsense, Ezoic, Monumetric and MediaVine, I think a comparison may be coming soon…..
Recipe This Blog Traffic April 2019
April is the start of quarter 2 and with quarter and quarter 3 being our lowest traffic months, it was a concern with how much traffic we would receive in April.
April did just short of 350,000 page views, down again from last month, but I expect it at this time of the year. You see the need for air fryer and instant pot recipes is at its highest between November and March and now we have a slow decline until it grows again in August.
I like to compare our traffic for the same month of the previous year. It helps you see if you’ve had growth and how you are coming along. I recommend you do the same too.
For April of 2019 compared to April 2018 our traffic is down. We did just over 400,000 page views in 2018 to 347,000 last month. Its hard to look at those figures but there are 2 things that are keeping me motivated:
- Many of my food bloggers have had big drops due to a Google update
- I earned more this month than I did on the same month last year
Here are our top 10 traffic sources for RecipeThis.com during April 2019:
For April of 2019 it is all about Pinterest vs Google. Google hasn’t been the top dog for a while now, but I am happy if it is one or the other. As those are the two main traffic sources that I have been working on for the last 3.5 years.
I am slowly working on email marketing and building up my list, as well as starting to get into You Tube. I see these as long term traffic sources and expect to see results from them in the next year and beyond.
This is going to be our last income report for a few months. I have decided to come back to you in September with a summer income report instead. This is because I am taking as much time off as I can over summer and enjoying the beach, the waterpark, the dolphins and the swimming pool. Its time for some time out for me and my family. Especially, with Sofia heading out to nursery in September.
I will be back at the end of the summer to let you know how I did, how many hours I worked and what passive income we generated.
Have a wonderful summer bloggers and see you when the leaves start falling off the trees.