August 2016 Blog Income Report

August 2016 Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: Laundry Hack: How to Put Away an Entire Load of Laundry in Minutes – 447 Views

This Month’s Runner Up: Say Goodbye to Living Paycheck to Paycheck: The Basics of Income – Published 2/27/2016 – 282 Views this month

This month was a very crazy month for me so I took a bit of a break from the blog.  But, to my readers, you probably didn’t even notice!  In July I worked on my blog every day.  Yes, every single day.  Participating in Facebook groups, sharing on Pinterest, and creating posts.  August was not at all the same.  I was just a bit burnt out and needed a break.

I mentioned a while ago how I like to plan my blog posts and create them early which really helps when I run into ruts where I’m just exhausted and ready for a break.  I had actually created all of my posts for August during July that way I didn’t have to stress about creating posts when I didn’t really feel like it.  I’ve always used the blog as a hobby and a way to express myself and have fun so whenever I”m in the mood to write or edit or create graphics, I create as many as I can during that time.

Of course, since I wasn’t in the writing mood during August, Septembers posts are not all created.  i do have enough for one each week but I’ve been posting twice per week.  I’m not sure if I will try to create more posts to stick with my Tuesday and Saturday schedule yet or if I will just go for Saturdays this month.

 

In other news, I created my first LInquia campaign this month!  It was definitely a success!  I also figured out how to create a part of my Media Kit that I’ve been working on for over a month.  Now there is just one more part I’m stuck on and then it’s done!  Hopefully by the end of the year I will have it complete.  I’m really taking my time to make it perfect!

I also finalized my new 2017 blogging planner early this month!  Check it out!

2017 Blog Planner

This month, I saw a large decrease in Ad revenue which is directly related to the break I took from sharing my posts.  But, sponsored posts increased and brought me right back into my $100-$200 range that I’ve been in most of this year.

August 2016 Income Statement

Revenue
Ads – $86.67
Sponsored Posts – $60.00
Total: $146.67

Expenses
Tailwind – $8.72 (pro-rated)
Etsy – $0.80
Blog Photo Supplies – $2.87
Post Supplies – $3.00
Total: $15.39

NET INCOME: $131.28

View Previous Blog Income Statements here.

August 2016 Monthly Updates

This month’s big achievement is that I hit 500 Pinterest follower!

Last month I also mentioned that I had just started using Tailwind and I have seen a huge difference!  I started using Tailwind toward the end of July.

Here are my page-views that Pinterest referred over the last three months:

June: 153                  July: 239                  August: 658

I am so excited that I’m able to see growth even when I take a huge break from the blog!

For September, I plan to keep afloat.  I think August was a great break for me but I don’t want to over-do it.  Hopefully I will be able to figure out the last part of my Media Kit so I can make it go live too!  I can’t wait to show you!  Hopefully I will also be in the mood to work on Etsy downloadables.  I have a lot of great ideas!

 

JULY 2016 BLOG INCOME REPORT

July 2016 Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: DIY Upcycled Garage Shelving – 300 Views

This Month’s Runner Up: 1 Year Blogiversary – 288 Views

July was definitely a surprising month. My page views went up and my unique users went down.  The views on my top posts were lower than previous months as well.  I’ve been thinking a lot about why this could be and I’ve thought of some possible explanations.

In July, I used the Click Through and StumbleUpon posts in the Grow Your Blog Facebook group every day.  This could explain the higher amount of views and lower amount of visitors because of the repeat visitors.

In most other months, I do have a few posts get quite a few views from StumbleUpon.  This month was very surprising in that none of my posts gained much attraction from StumbleUpon. I was hoping that because I switched from blogging once per week on Saturdays to twice per week, Tuesdays and Saturdays, that I would have more opportunities to appease the SU crowd.  But, with quantity doesn’t always come the highly desired post.  I’ve also thought that perhaps because I had more posts, my views per post went down because I didn’t promote each individual post as much as I normally would.

At the beginning of the year, I set a goal to hit 5000 page views in one month at some point during the year.  Out of luck, I hit that goal in March when two of my four posts got thousands of views each from StumbleUpon.  Last month, I set a new goal which is to reach 5000 views per month consistently.  I’m not quite there but for the last three months, I’ve been right at 3000 page views per month and this month I reached 4000.  I’m getting closer!

With the extra page views came a bit of extra income as well. Here’s the breakdown:

July 2016 P&L 

View Previous Blog Income Statements here.

July 2016 Monthly Updates

This month was quite amazing for new opportunities.  I reached 2500 social followers and was able to join Linqia which sounds quite promising.  I also continued editing my old posts for Throwback Thursdays.

Last month, I did a lot of research on Pinterest.  Many other bloggers note that Pinterest is their top referrer for visits and page views which seemed so odd to me because I would get literally zero visits from Pinterest.  So, after much reading, I realized just what I needed to do.  I joined quite a few group boards and began pinning consistently.  Halfway through the month I was starting to see one or two visits here and there. I continued researching and decided to try Tailwind.

Now I’m scheduling about 30 pins per day with around 5-10 being my own pins and the rest being other pins that I like.  Because of all of the group boards, I’ve been able to schedule a pin for each new blog post daily for about two to three weeks depending on the topic of the most.  Now, I’m starting to see 10-20 and sometimes even 30 views in a day from Pinterest after only about two weeks of using the Tailwind scheduler consistently.

Focus for Next Month
Next month, I plan to focus on keeping up with the new routine of two posts per week.  This doesn’t seem like a lot but I was starting to feel like I had more work that I had to do at home on the blog than I did at work.  So, it’s time to refocus a bit and figure out a new pace for the increased post-load.

 

Say Goodbye to Living Paycheck to Paycheck: Creating the Roots

Say Goodbye to Living Paycheck to Paycheck Creating the Roots

This post is part of a series.  To start the series from the beginning, click here.  To browse through the series, click here.

The value of money is something so exciting to your young child.  The smallest amount of money seems so large and can be extremely motivating to them.  Around first grade or six years old, schools begin to teach students all about the value of money.  Children learn about pennies and nickels and dimes and quarters and all kinds of bills.  They also lean about dollar bills, face values, and how to add and subtract with all of their types of money. This new skill comes at a great time to begin teaching children how money is used in real life situations.

In order to create a life of financial stability, the school aged years are prime for teaching, modeling, and interacting with money. In the school ages years, children are very capable of understanding chores and allowances which can be used to show that we work to make money and then we have different options for what we do with the money. Each family should determine their own method for kids to earn money based on what fits best into their daily routines.

Once your family has put a system into effect for how their children will make money, the children need to be taught how to handle their money.  As adults, we all handle our money differently. Some people spend tomorrows money today by using credit, some spend only what they have but spend every penny each paycheck, and some save as much money as they can.  In order to create a lifestyle where living paycheck to paycheck isn’t the way, it is important to teach children how to save their money from the beginning.

To begin teaching saving to a child, you will need something to put the saved money into like a piggy bank or even a savings account, or both depending on the age of the child and how well they understand the value of money.

When the child gets money, let’s say from chores or an allowance, teach them to save by having them put a percentage of money each time into their savings. For example, you could give them $4 per week allowance and have them put $2 in savings and the other two they can spend or use to save up and spend at a later time.

Not only will this teach your child how to save up for something that they want, it will teach them how to save for a later date.   This concept is very important to learn at a young age because as an adult, we should each have a savings account for a rainy day.  For your children, I bet they will be very happy after saving a percentage of their money for years when they decide to buy a car or move out on their own.  Having taught your child to save their money from a very young age will give them a great head start in their young adult years.