Welcome to our June 2016 Traffic & Income Analysis of Tasteaholics.com! This is a monthly record of our blogging and marketing experiences for us to review and learn from. It’s a way to keep track of what we tested, learned, and how we’re faring in the world of blogging. We hope it can help you as much as it helps us!
Now, let’s get to the good stuff:
Income Total: $3620.42
June vs. May (respectively)
Traffic by Top 10 Sources
Updates and Changes
Our First Officially Published Cookbook!
If you’ve been wondering about the huge drop-off in our posts during the last 2 months, it’s because in the middle of April, a publisher approached us about writing our first book/cookbook and we accepted. It’s been an amazing experience for us having to create and shoot so many recipes in a short amount of time. We’re happy to say we just completed it last week and we’ll keep you posted for its publishing date!
The downside was that it took up almost all of our time since we started writing it and we really had very little time left for the blog. Would we do it again? Sure! But not for a while 🙂
We can’t give out any more info but we will make an official post about it soon.
Maximizing our Pinterest Growth
Although we’ve been working on the cookbook, we’ve been trying to improve our Pinterest marketing. It seems like the number one source of traffic for most food blogs so we tried to focus on growing ours. That means creating and pinning more quality content, increasing our followers count, joining more group boards and improving our own group boards.
An amazing tool we discovered was Tailwind, which we immediately signed up for (after a free trial, of course).
Tailwind is a tool designed specifically for Pinterest marketing and offers a large amount of amazing features including:
- Schedule pins for times optimized by Tailwind based on audience engagement, virality, traffic and more.
- Schedule multiple pins at once.
- Schedule repins directly from Pinterest.
- Track repins, likes, comments, traffic and revenue on scheduled pins over time.
- See conversations about your blog or site across Pinterest.
- Track growth in followers, boards, repins and likes.
- Analyze post performance by category, board, keyword and #hashtag.
- Analyze traffic (and revenue) from Pinterest by integrating Google Analytics.
It a great arsenal of features and is relatively inexpensive compared to other tools we’ve seen and tried.
It’s $10 per month annually and $15 per month if paying month-to-month. The best part if you get a free trial to start you off before putting down any money.
We’ve been using it now for about 2 months and our Pinterest followers have grown from 8,000 to over 15,000 in that short span of time.
If you haven’t yet, give Tailwind a try!
Blogging and Partnering!
If you’re reading this and don’t have your own blog and are considering starting one, make sure read our How to Start a Food Blog guide. If you have questions when you’re starting out, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We’re always happy to help.
Although we haven’t had much time to work on the blog, we’ve been maintaining our social media and have been continuing to do off-line SEO every day (backlinks through blog comments, social media and more). It’s not anywhere near how much we’re used to doing for the blog, but it’s important upkeep which helps keep our traffic up while we’re busy.
Do you use any Pinterest tools? How is your experience? Have you tried Tailwind or a similar service? If so, did you like them and are you still using them? Let us know below!