It’s been a little over a month ago that I’ve decided to finally dive in and put all my effort into blogging and affiliate marketing with Pinterest as the main traffic source. So, I’ve created this blog site and started posting blogs and whatever I could think of that can potentially convert into an affiliate sale. Before focusing on this blog site, I was doing a lot of research on how to make money online. I’ve looked into Amazon FBA, Facebook advertising, drop shipping, as well as affiliate marketing. After considering all of the money-making opportunities that I’ve just mentioned, I’ve made a decision to just focus my attention mainly on blogging and affiliate marketing, with Pinterest as the main traffic source.
Pinterest as a traffic source appealed to me a lot because it’s the easiest way to get traffic for free. Google, could take a few months before your website even gets ranked, let alone see any traffic coming from them. I’ve learned that Pinterest is a really great way to get traffic to your website from day one. Facebook Advertising is not even an option for me at this point, the ads just cost too much just to get traffic. So Pinterest just makes sense to me to pursue as a beginner blogger. Amazon FBA and dropshipping are totally different business models than affiliate marketing. I might try doing them later. But for now, I’m sticking to blogging and affiliate marketing and using Pinterest as my traffic source.
Anyhow, as of today, a little over a month after I’ve decided to finally get into blogging, I am still learning. However, I’m seeing a little bit of progress traffic-wise but not so much in terms of sales conversion. There is so much more to learn about Pinterest, blogging, and affiliate marketing. I’ve even signed up for The TailWind App Pro Version since everybody seems to be endorsing it as a “must-have” tool if you want to grow big on Pinterest. Yes, the TailWind Pro Version that I am using, costs money but they also have a free version for those who just want to try it out first. I can say that the TailWind App pro version is helping me a little bit right now with the number of re-pins and re-shares on Pinterest, but it’s still too early to tell if it’s worth the money that I paid for it. I will give you an update on the usefulness of the TailWind App in a few months or so.
I’ve also created over 100 Pinterest pins last month in my effort to drive traffic to this blog site. I’ll try to do a better job of keeping track of the actual numbers of pins that I am creating for the next time I do a progress report. Anyhow here are my stats on Pinterest for the previous 30 days.
As you can see, the number of impressions my pins received reached over 87,000. But the actual number of clicks that went to my website is a totally different story. I’ve also included the stats for my website traffic below using Google Analytics.
By the way, I’m using Canva to make my Pinterest pins. Although I did sign up for Canva Pro, which cost me more money, there is a free version of Canva for those who don’t want to spend money on this tool right away. Anyhow, Canva Pro is a great tool for me. It saves me a lot of time. It beats messing around with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. With Canva, I can create a Pinterest pin in less than a minute if I’m not being a perfectionist. I have to say that it’s an awesome tool and I actually don’t mind paying for it. Not only Canva makes creating Pinterest pins easy for me, but I also create my blog covers with it. I use it to create other graphics for other purposes also. So I’m loving Canva right now. I haven’t touched my Adobe Photoshop in a while because of it. Before I discovered Canva, Adobe Photoshop was my main graphics software.
Anyhow, after spending the money on Tailwind App and Canva Pro I’m still not able to achieve my goal of making a profit with my website. Writing 1-2 blogs per week and creating Pinterest pins for this website has not brought the results I’m looking for. In the 30-day period ending August 31, this website only received 777 page views by 71 unique users. Not exactly enough website traffic to generate a sale. But I understand that this is only my first month. I am still learning. I have to make adjustments.
Below is the last 30-days page view graph from Google Analytics for this blog site.
Most of the traffic this website is getting is coming from Pinterest. 71 unique visitors would have cost me about $70-$100 dollars if I would have bought ads to get traffic from Facebook or Google. I’m hopeful that September will bring a lot more traffic and most importantly converting the traffic into sales.
This is reality folks. I have not made any money in my first month of blogging. I spent money instead. Making money with affiliate marketing takes effort and money. Based on the advice I got from successful bloggers, it also takes patience. Just because you wrote a few blogs and pinned some images on Pinterest does not mean you will start making money right away. So I will be patient and will continue to press on with this business model. I will keep you updated on my progress and I will write blogs about the adjustments I am making as well as sharing with you any new things I’m learning along the way. The goal is to drive traffic to this website from Pinterest and turning the traffic into affiliate sales.
If you care to know how much it cost me to run this website. Here it is:
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Tailwind: $19.98/month — You can start using TailWind for free. I’d be cautious to upgrade to a pro version. I suggest that you use the free version first for a month or so before you consider signing up for the paid version.
Although I’m spending all the money right now without seeing any returns on my investments, I am optimistic that I will be getting my money back when my website finally becomes profitable later, hopefully in a few months or so. I’ll keep you posted.
One progress that I thought is worth mentioning because of it’s potential, is this website actually showed up on Google’s search results and received a few impressions. Considering this is a brand new website, I’m excited about the possibilities of Google continually ranking my pages and getting the much sought- after traffic from Google search results. I didn’t really do anything special for Google to rank this website that soon. I didn’t remember optimizing any of my blogs around SEO. The only SEO related app that I’m using on this website is the Yoast SEO WordPress plugin. I’d give Yoast SEO all the credit for this. Below is the graph from Google Search for the previous 30 days. It looks like, Google started picking up this website around the 4th of August, two weeks after it went live on July 22, 2020.
Well, that it for now. I will keep you updated on my progress so you can learn from all the things I’m learning and doing. You can compare your progress with my progress and see if our experiences are similar. Feel free to comment below and ask questions. I’ll do my best to answer your questions. I hope that you’ve learned something from this blog so far. See you in the next one.