How To Start An Art Blog – An Ongoing Case Study + Stats (Monthly Updates!)

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How To Start An Art Blog – An Ongoing Case Study + Stats (Monthly Updates!)

 

Monthly Blogging Report
Monthly Blogging Report

 

A couple of months ago I was researching day and night about blogging and it’s perks. I only had these questions in mind: How Do I Start Blogging? What is the Step By Step Process? How do I succeed and Make Money Online From My Blog?

 

A side note: I didn’t want to make this post way too long (even though it will be probably, so check out all the links I provided you with for a deeper explanation on all these topics)

How I Started Blogging

After many sleepless nights of reading blog after blog, I found this website. And let me tell you, I had many doubts…

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  • 2 FREE WEBSITES!
  • Website backup
  • Beginner Training Course
  • Personal Affiliate Blog
  • Affiliate Bootcamp Course phase 1 (it’s almost like taking a minor)
  • Video Walk-Throughs
  • Keyword Research Tool (super helpful!!)
  • Earn While You Learn
  • 1-on-1 Coaching for the first 7 days!!!

 

And it’s all for 0$ a month!!! Sounds like a Scam? I thought so too…

But I decided to try anyway. You never know, right?

And let me just tell you how happy I was to become a part of their community!! Most of the things I know about blogging come from this website. And thanks to their courses I now am the owner of this beautiful website YourArtPath.com. Where I write about my passion – art, get to interview people in my niche (so much fun!!) and have the ability to meet new people all the time whose hobbies are just like mine!

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Why Do an Ongoing Case Study With Stats?

As I progressed with my blog, and things started to pick up – I wanted to keep track of my monthly goals, achievements, growth, mistakes, and things I learned.

I LOVE reading about other people’s monthly achievements online – and that made me want to share with you as well!

So this post is for me to reflect on my website’s growth, keep track of everything AND maybe help you figure out if you are willing to put in all the work needed for keeping a website. As well as, maybe, to help you decide if you also want to be a part of our WA Community!

 

Step by Step Guide to Starting A Blog

Step 1: Choose a Niche
Step 2: Build a Website
Step 3: Write Content
Step 4: Make it SEO Friendly
Step 5: Share it on Social Media
Step 6: Repeat steps 3-6

 

 

My Blog’s Statistics, Achievements, and Failures

An Overview of 12 Months Pageviews Statistics:
How To Start An Art Bog | Ongoing Case Study | Progress
Art Blog Statistics Overview for 12 Months

This post turned out to be looooooooong!

But you can pick a month that interests you the most, and you will be forwarded to it right away:

Month 1,
Month 2,
Month 3,
Month 4,
Month 5,
Month 6,
Month 7,
Month 8,
Month 9,
Month 10,
Month 11,
Month 12,

Month 1: June 2017

 

Goals:

  • Pick a Niche;
  • Find a platform for my blog;
  • Create a web look;
  • Buy a domain name;
  • Write first posts.
  • Set up Social Media.

 

Amount of Posts I published:

7 posts published in June 2017:

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 1: June

 

  • I started this blog on June 11 ! 🙂

Search Console Statistics:

Not Set Up at this point.

 

What I learned:

  • I want to write about what I love. And what I love is Art and Finance. So these will be my niche!
  • The most secure and efficient place to keep my blog at will be WA, so I will stick with them. 
  • I know NOTHING about what it takes to run a successful blog, and so I better learn through these courses here.
  • The best way to get free traffic is through Google. That means I need a powerful tool to research keywords, such as Jaaxy!

 

Month 2: July 2017

 

Goals:

    • Set up an email form;
    • Keep writing!
    • Set up Amazon Affiliates. 
    • Set up an account with BoardBooster 🙂
    • Set up MailChimp!

Amount of Posts I published:

8 posts published in July 2017:

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 2: July

 

Search Console Statistics:

Not set up at this point.

 

What I learned:

    • I am at the beginning of my journey, and so I don’t want to pay for email marketing. That’s why I will use the free option of MailChimp
  • It’s super easy to become an Amazon Affiliate.
  • Jaaxy can be used for so many great things! Research; keyword planning and even checking on what page on Google, Bing and Yahoo my posts are!

 

Month 3: August 2017

 

Goals:

    • Set up a page with Google Console.
    • Research more keywords using Jaaxy and write more posts! 

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Amount of Posts I published:

5 posts published in July 2017:

It was a pretty slow month for me compared to the first two.

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 3: August
  • Both Sessions and Pageviews almost doubled again!

 

Search Console Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 3: August
  • I only started using it on August 27, so this is the outcome for 4 days! 🙂

 

What I learned:

  • It’s easy to set up Google Console!
  • Jaaxy helps me discover more post ideas.

 

Month 4: September 2017

 

Goals:

  • Try to fit in blogging with my new busy schedule!
  • Find new people to interview for my blog.
  • Keep learning at WA !!

 

Amount of Posts I published:

I only published 2 posts in September 2017. Pretty sad about this… That is also the time when my university started again, and so I was busy figuring that out while also having a part-time job! Not so easy to be honest… But hey, I’m about to build something great here! So NO excuse is a good one!

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 4: September
  • Due to not writing a lot, my Sessions and Users dropped, but I did see an increase in Average Session Duration – which means that people on average tend to spend more time on my website than the previous month!

Search Console Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 4: September
  • Total clicks: 20 (+19)
  • Total Impressions: 582 (+543)

What I learned:

  • Google learns more about my website with time, and that’s how it trusts me more and shows my links to more people.
  • It’s hard to find a balance between school/work/blogging/family/relationships/self-improvement at the same time! Hard, but I believe it’s possible.

 

Month 5: October 2017

 

Goals:

  • Target one big problem people have right now and write a post about it.
  • Keep working on my Pinterest account using BoardBooster

Amount of Posts I published:

In October 2017 I published 3 posts. Still trying to find time for everything.

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 5: October
  • Sessions and Pageviews Doubled! Even though I only posted 3 more posts.

 

Search Console Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 5: October
  • Total Clicks: 58 (+38)
  • Total Impressions:1,869 (+1,287) and they went up from 27 to 110 in 30 days!!!!
  • Even though I only added 3 new posts, my impressions tripled(!!) due to Google knowing more about my website with time!

 

What I learned:

  • It’s Christmas, so I decided to create a post with a list of things one can purchase fro their art friend! It seems to be very successful, and it is also on PAGE 1 in Google under the keyword “what to buy an artist”. I consider this to be my personal small win 🙂 I learned about what page it is on through Jaaxy!
  • Pinterest likes stability, but who has time to go on it every day throughout the day? Not me, that’s for sure! And this is where BoardBooster comes into play and is a super helpful tool! It helps me grow engagement on my Pinterest account 🙂

 

Month 6: November 2017

 

Goals:

 

Amount of Posts I published:

In November 2017, I published 7 posts.

Much better than last months, so I will continue trying to stay at 7 for the next one as well!

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 6: November
  • Overall the stats seem to be similar to last month.

 

Search Console Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 6: November
  • Both the Impressions AND the Click DOUBLED over the course of one month! Super excited about this! 🙂

 

What I learned:

  • One good quality post is better than 3 bad ones that don’t rank!
  • Do my research on Jaaxy before working on any post!

* just a quick note that Wealthy Affiliate now lets you try Jaaxy FOR FREE for your first 30 searches! It’s truly amazing, so use it wisely and save those keywords for future, if you don’t want to pay them yet 🙂 Try it!! I’m in love with this tool!!

 

Month 7: December 2017

 

Goals:

  • Write a generic post about what is art.
  • Go Premium on Skillshare. ( Get 3 months of Premium Skillshare for 0.99$ HERE).
  • Create an Art Course on Skillshare. ( It’s paid, but for my blog readers I have a special free link: http://skl.sh/2CEdTMu.)

 

Amount of Posts I published:

In December 2017 I published 4 posts.

(Pretty sad that it’s only half of what I created in November.)

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 7: December
  • Almost double the sessions and the users !!
  • Smaller average session duration. * note to self – make more interesting and engaging content for people to stay in longer.

 

Search Console Statistics:

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 7: December

 

  • +65 more clicks and +2,767 more impressions!
  • The more posts I make – the more impressions I get and the higher older posts rank.

 

End of 2017 Summary

Google Analytics Statistics From The Beginning (For 7 Months):

How To Start a Blog an Ongoing Case Study
7 Months (end of 2017)

Result:

  • Random spikes of visits are cool and all, but if you look at the graf you can notice that now it’s a more steady viewing that keeps on growing. So, I will take steady growth over any random spikes (usually delivered by external websites due to Interviews with artists.)
  • Around 400 users have been returning to my site!

 

Search Console Statistics From June 2017 to End of December 2017 (New and Updated Google Webmasters Tools):

Google Webmaster Tools Statistics for 7 months

Result:

  • As long as it’s steadily going up – I’m happy!

 

 

Month 8: January 2018

Goals:

  • Write a post about Artsy Valentine Gifts.
  • Create another course on Skillshare Skillshare. ( Get 2 months of Premium Skillshare for 0.99$ HERE).

 

Amount of Posts I published:

In January 2018 I published 5 posts:

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 8: January 2018

Results:

  • 115 more sessions;
  • 120 more unique visitors;
  • sessions are longer by 19 seconds.

The first goal reached: 500+ unique visitors a month!

Google Webmaster Tools:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 8: January 2018

Result:

  • 169 more clicks! (almost 50% higher)
  • Impressions grew by 4,180! (almost 50% higher)

 

 

Month 9: February 2018

Goals:

  • Create another course on  Skillshare. ( Get 2 months of Premium Skillshare for 0.99$ HERE).

 

Amount of Posts I published:

In February 2018 I published 4 posts. (-1 from last month)

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 9: February 2018

Result:

  • Almost double the sessions – Goal of 1 Thousand sessions/month reached 🙂

 

Google Webmaster Tools:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 9: February 2018

Result:

  • 500 Fewer Impressions 🙁
  • But 53 more clicks than last month, and overall average position is higher 🙂

 

Month 10: March 2018

Goals:

  • Purchase EBA (Elite Blogging Academy).
  • Plan 3 Months Ahead Which Blog Posts To Write.
  • Start Posting on Instagram.
  • Publish 6 Posts Consistently From Now On.

 

Amount of Posts I published:

In March 2018 I published 6 posts. (+2 from last month)

 

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 10 Progress: March

Result:

  • +500 Sessions;
  • The goal of 2,000 pageviews per month reached!;

Google Webmaster Tools:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study
Month 10 Progress: March

Result:

  • +237 Clicks;
  • Impressions doubled!;
  • Average Position went from 24 to 16 – Awesome! 🙂
  • I love the way this graf shows steady progress, hope for such looking graf every month!

Month 11: April 2018

Goals:

  • Start Posting on YouTube.
  • Plan 3 Months Ahead Which Blog Posts To Write.
  • Start Posting on Instagram.
  • Keep Up With Posting 6 posts a month! 🙂

 

Amount of Posts I published:

In April 2018 I published 6 posts. (the same as last month)

Google Analytics Statistics:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study With A Lot Of Pictures
Month 11 Progress: April

Result:

  • +90% More Sessions, 2 of my Pins from Pinterest took off! 🙂
  • The goal of 3,000 pageviews per month reached!

 

Google Webmaster Tools:

How To Start an Art Blog an Ongoing Case Study With A Lot Of Pictures
Month 11 Progress: April
  • +900 (!!!) Clicks;
  • Impressions more than doubled!;

Month 12: May 2018

Goals:

  • Create a FREEBIE
  • Focus on email marketing

Amount of Posts I published:

In May 2018 I published 4 posts. ( -2 from the last month )

Google Analytics Statistics:

 

How To Start An Art Bog | Ongoing Case Study
Month 12 Progress: May

Result:

  • +26% More Sessions, and I’m only 10 pageviews away from my next goal – 5,000 pageviews/month;
  • Some visitors keep returning to my site to read more! And I’m really inspired by that 🙂

Google Webmaster Tools:

How To Start An Art Bog | Ongoing Case Study
Month 12 Progress: May
  • +300 Clicks;
  • + 5,000 more impressions 🙂 ;
  • Overall, my average position has gone up by 2 points (which is the only increase that is BAD), that’s why there is not much of increase in pageviews, but I will definitely be working on that! 🙂

 

 

Stay Posted For June Update! 🙂 

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10 Comments

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  2. Thank you for providing an overview of your blog progress. People always talk online about how much traffic they are getting, but never show the data to back it up. I really liked that you showed pictures. It is reassuring.

    I appreciate the depth and care you took to write this post. Thank you for sharing.

    1. YourArtBud

      I’m glad you found this useful, Gomer!
      I agree I’ve seen many posts that talk about all this crazy traffic they are getting, but I’m one of those people who needs to see proof!
      Hopefully, one day this blog post will go up to the crazy numbers and it will become a living proof of success one can achieve with blogging!
      Thanks for stopping by 🙂

  3. Gomer Magtibay

    Great post of yours! Wow.

    I really admire your discipline on this topic. From details of your progress, to the tips shared, really organized. It’s something that I should learn because, honestly, it’s the part where I am weak.

    And, thank you for the steps shared! I learned something from you. The Step 1 to 6 and by 6th you just have to repeat 3-6? Makes sense. Thank you for that, it gave me an idea of what to share to my followers.

  4. Hi! I am glad I found your site. 🙂 I enjoyed this article.
    I also love to paint, and maybe I need to do it more. Painting is one of the methods that helps me with stress relief (https://howtoreducestressnaturally.com/2017/10/26/painting-for-stress-relief/). When I paint, I feel alive and happy.

    Great to see that you are doing well with your site. I wish I had as many visitors as you have. 🙂 Maybe I am doing something wrong… It was interesting to read this article. Thanks! I wish you a lot of success.

    1. YourArtBud

      Dear Linda!
      Thank you for stopping by and for sharing your beautiful website with us!
      I am sure you are doing everything well, maybe you just need some time?
      How long have you been blogging for?
      Also, do you use any of the helpful websites I mentioned on this page?
      If you have any questions, please let me know! I would love to be of help 🙂

  5. Summerdays

    Hi ArtBud!
    I stumbled upon your website and this post interested me, since I’ve also been hearing about blogging for a long time, but like some of the other commenters say, I too were so skeptic. Thank you for the stats and pictures (proof) that you’ve given, I think I begin to see that maybe it can really work. I also enjoyed reading your goals for each month, as well as your ups and downs – it makes it real and believable – thank you.
    Now let me you see the rest of your website – what I came here for in the first place! LOL!

    1. YourArtBud

      Dear Summerdays,
      I’m glad I could be of use!
      I hope you start your blog soon too, as it is an awesome path to go with!
      Let me know if you have questions at all, I will be happy to help!
      -Anna.

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