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.

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2015 Review and 2016 Goals

Happy 2016 Everyone!  I just rounded out my first year, well half year, of blogging and decided to share my stats and goals.

In June of 2015 I decided to create a blog for all of my hobbies.  I had previously owned my own business and managed a website and blog for years, but I wanted this to be different.  A blog just for me, just for fun.

I started really strong posting three times per week and I felt I was doing great.  I even got my first sponsored post not long after starting the blog.  Then, I lost all my motivation for the blog out of nowhere.  I still don’t know why I lost interest but I’m betting I was burnt out.

After a two month break, I came back to blogging in December and excited to dive more into blogging in 2016!

*New monthly review design.  What do you think?*Welcome 2016 Update

2015 Top 7 Posts

2015 Top Page

2015 Achievements

  • I started blogging!
  • I earned $9 on an Izea post my second month blogging
  • I transferred my blog from Blogger to WordPress.com
  • I bought a domain and applied it to my site
  • I increased my social following by 84%
  • I posted to my blog 40 times
  • I had over 4500 views in December.
  • I was featured in Bloggers Spotlight with  Modest Couponing Tips

2015 Social Following

2016 Social Following Goals

2016 Blogging Goals

  • Write 60 Blog Posts
  • Maintain an average of at least 3 comments per post
  • Create 2 guest blogger post/ be a guest blogger twice
  • Reach 5000 blog views in one month
  • Create a financial planning spreadsheet and have it available for download
  • Create a media kit
  • Create a work-with-me page
  • Develop a strategy and begin executing to gain WordPress/email followers
  • Create 2 YouTube videos
  • Create 2 Posts about my eBook: Alex and John’s Scientific Adventures: The Big Explosion!

2016 Behind the Scenes Goals

  • Research sponsors and their requirements
  • Discover new ways to get viewers
  • Prep to transfer to WordPress.org for 2017
  • Regularly engage in Facebook blogging groups
  • Participate in Linky Parties regularly
  • Use Instagram and create photos for blog posts
  • Use a blogging notebook for organization
  • Create a standard logo/banner photo

 

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Mid December Update

 

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Hello again!  It’s been a few month’s since I’ve really been involved with my blog.  At the beginning of September, I did a lot of behind the scenes.  My main focus was switching from Blogger to WordPress.com so my site would look more aesthetically pleasing.  Now, the site is fully transferred, except for losing all of the stats…Boo :(, so I figured I would give you all an update.

It’s been an interesting mind game to see views in the single digits for a day since I was used to being in the double digits each day, but my stats are starting to come back up on the blog side.

What I am very excited about is that my social presence has grown by 10% in the last third of 2015!  Most of while I was taking a break from my blog.  The support is truly appreciated and it has re-motivated me to get back into the game!

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