March 2016 Blog Income Report

March Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: How to Complete Your To-Do List in 5 Steps – 2588 Views – 9 Comments

This Month’s Runner Up: BBQ Uglies Recipe Review– 1547 Views – 17 Comments

This was a very different month for me.  The first week and a half or so I worked very hard on freelancing projects.  As soon as I finished the project I was working on, my BBQ Uglies post got more views than any post I’ve posted.  I did a few sponsored tweets here and there but for the most part, took it easy this month.

I’m not sure how, but once the ride from my BBQ Uglies post ended, my To-Do list post got a lot of attention as well and completely crushed the stats I had just gotten for the BBQ Uglies recipe.  Because of these two posts getting a lot of attention, I was able to surpass my goal of getting 5000 views in a one-month period during 2016.

March 2016 Income Statement:

Revenue
Google Adsense – $69.20
Sponsored Posts – $5.00
Freelancing – $310.00
Etsy Shop – $2.65
Total: $406.85

Expenses
Blogging Supplies: $31.57
Etsy Ads: $0.30
Total: $31.87

NET INCOME: $372.98

View Previous Blog Income Statements here.

March Report

This month, I increased my total social following by 13% and got a lot of projects in the works to help me complete some of my 2016 Blogging Goals.

My focus for this month was to complete my blog posts for the next month and plan some posts for future months.  I am happy to say that I was able to succeed with this and have all of my posts for April ready to go and have a few great ideas and photos for future posts.

Focus for Next Month
Next month, I plan to focus on editing my blog pages and old posts.  Somehow when I switched to self-hosted WordPress, my photos became blurry and need to be adjusted.  I also know more about Pinterest now and want to create better images for some of my older posts.

February 2016 Blog Income Report

February Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: 10 Must Haves in My Next Home – 552 Views – 18 Comments

This Month’s Runner Up: January 2016 Blog Income Report – 391 Views – 19 Comments

This month went very well.  Overall, I improved on everything blog related in the last month which is quite exciting considering I took a vacation from my blog for the last week of the month.  I can’t believe I’ve increased all of my stats with only working 75% of the month!

This month, my main focus was working on Pinterest to try to gain more views and followers.  I was able to join Pinterest for business, clean up my Pinterest boards, and am now consistently making Pinterest worthy images for each post.

This month I also made real money which is also quite exciting! You can find my past income statements here.

February 2016 Income Statement:

Revenue
Google Adsense – $153.53
Sponsored Posts – $2.00
Freelancing – $100.00
Total: $255.53

Expenses
Blogging Supplies: $6.00
Total: $6.00

NET INCOME: $249.53

February Stats

This month, I increased my social following by 24%!  This exponential growth is very exciting yet a bit overwhelming.  But, overall, it’s fantastic!

Focus for Next Month
Next month, I am going to focus on my blog posts.  I like to write a month’s worth of posts during the previous month.  For example, I currently have all of this month’s posts written and scheduled, this being the last post I wrote.  Staying ahead helps me to focus on growing my blog rather than struggling to maintain it.  That being said, I am hoping to create a few great posts this month to use in future months.

January 2016 Blog Income Report

January Blog Income Report

This Month’s Top Post: Home Made Decorative Wreaths – 260 Views – 9 Comments

Runner Up: How I Use SmartThings for Home Automation – 144 Views – 7 Comments

This month went quite differently than planned.  I stated in my last monthly update that I was looking forward to slowly growing my blog over 2016 and working my way into becoming self-hosted by in 2017.  Well, as I was working my month, I realized that little by little, every new thing I would try required me to become self-hosted.

So, I took to the internet to learn about self-hosting and research Blue-host which seems to be pretty popular.  I quickly realized this would be a pain since my domain was at 1&1 and I didn’t want to deal with transferring.  I then realized that I should check with 1&1 because that would be the only way I would be able to keep my domain where it was.

Luckily, 1&1 was extremely cheap compared to Blue-host and I was able to become self-hosted for $1 per month!  (all of which I’ve made back already).

January 2016 Income Statement:

Revenue
Google Adsense – $44.89
Total: $44.89

Expenses
1&1 hosting – $11.88
Etsy Posts – $1.20
Total: $13.08

NET INCOME: $31.81

*View past blog income reports here.

January Updates

I’ve been slowly but surely cooking away at my 2016 Blogging Goals.  I am currently on track to reach my goal of 60 posts for the year and I received at least 3 comments on every post.  I’ve begun working on a followers strategy and have added my book for free download for all subscribers.

Outstandingly, I surpassed all of my social following goals for the year within the first two weeks of the year!  This month, I increased my social following by 56%!  I’ve learned that if I have a goal I will keep pushing until I reach it.  I should have known this, I’m always this way.  I do everything as soon as I possibly can.

Focus For Next Month – Branding and Images
This month, I realized that it’s best to pick a topic to focus on to grow.  I focused on my followers and had amazing growth!  Next month, I plan to focus on Pinterest and making each new post have Pinterest worthy art.  Hopefully I’ll have time to update some pages and old art while I’m at it and clean up my blog categories.

In the spirit of images, I’m hoping to create a logo and banner that I can use across all of my social platforms.