Garden Blog Growth Report: February 2023

February blog growth report for the suburban gardener

If you’ve ever thought about starting a blog, you’re probably wondering how long it will take for your blog to rank on google and actually start making money.

There are tons of blog income reports out there claiming they’re earning six figures a month.  But the truth is, the average blog isn’t performing at that level.

And the blogs that do are long-standing, well-established, and have a team of writers with literally thousands of articles.  

That doesn’t mean you can’t make money from your blog, but so many people start a blog with such unrealistic expectations that they end up quitting just before things really start to take off.  

So, in an attempt to give you an actual look at what it’s like to grow a blog from scratch, I will be sharing monthly blog growth reports for my gardening blog that I will be growing from scratch.  

Where we’re starting

To be completely transparent, my gardening blog isn’t exactly new.  It’s actually one year old, but it pretty much hasn’t been touched in the last six months.  I published 14 blog posts and then let it sit while I worked on other projects. 

I’m now trying to put up several blog posts a month as my schedule allows, but this blog is not something I’m working on full-time.  

February statistics

Blog growth report statistics  Blog Articles published in February: 3  Total Blogs Posts Published: 17  Total Word Count: 48,158  Average Blog Post Length: 2,832 words  Money earned: $0

Google Analytics Reports:

According to Google Analytics, I had 17 sessions in the month of February, with 6 of those coming from organic traffic.  That means at least 6 people found this site on google.  While that seems like a small number, most blogs don’t start ranking until they have at least 100,00 words on them, so I’m considering it a win. 

Graph show the blog growth of the suburban gardener from Google Analytics
Aquisition Overview from GA4 for the month of February
Chart showing breakdown of organic traffic vs direct traffic blog growth
GA4 Breakdown of Organic Traffic vs. Direct Traffic

Keyword report:

According to Ubersuggest, my garden blog is currently ranking for 100 keywords in google. While this is awesome, it doesn’t mean people are finding me with all 100 of those keywords.  To be considered “ranking” on google, you need to be in the top 100.  

Ubersuggest blog growth statistics
on page seo score: 78 great, Organic monthly traffic:6, Organic keywords: 100 great, backlinks 5

When was the last time you actually filtered through 100 google search results?

3 out of 100 of those keywords are actually bringing me traffic, and they are all ranking in the top 25.

How am I ranking for so many keywords?

Since my garden site is pretty young and only has 17 blog posts on it, you may be wondering how I am ranking for so many keywords. 

The answer is pretty simple, actually. Every single blog post on my website is fully optimized with a proven SEO strategy, just like the one I teach in Creative SEO.  

Not only are the blog posts themselves optimized, but I also optimized my website by running a lightweight theme and focusing on site speed, as well as off-page SEO.


Right now, my garden site is monetized only with Amazon affiliate links.  Since traffic is still very low, I don’t expect to see much income from these links if any at all.  Once traffic begins to increase,  I will set up ads to bring in additional revenue. 

Plans for March

  • Publish 4 more blog posts
  • Make sure ALL Posts are indexed
  • Divide posts into categories and put them into silos. 

If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog or trying to grow your current blog, a strong SEO strategy is essential for its success.  Check out Creative SEO and see if it’s a good fit for you.