This month has been insane around the blog. There’s been good stuff, me pulling my hair out, and lots of smiles for my first really big income month. It just kind of happened this way, but I’m still excited to see a four digit income. Okay, deets.
Income | $1,324.21
Clever Girls Collective – Fresh & Easy $125.00
Collective Bias – Smart & Final $20
Pinch of Yum Affiliate $22.80
Pollinate – RubberMaid All Access Organizers $200.00
The SITS Girls – Home Depot Payment #2 $450.00
Social Spark – Unilever Ice Creams $100.00
Google AdSense (June & July) $217.41
Virtual Assistant $124.00
Blog Design $65.00
Expenses | $64.97
Blended 2013 Blog Conference Ticket $41.99
InLinkz Subscription for 1 year $19.99
Total Income $1,259.24
So I’m up about $900 from last month and $600 from my highest month since I started tracking. The majority of this change is from my second Home Depot post payment. Even without that payment I’m still on an upswing compared to previous months. Yay for progress.
I had another post start to go viral on Pinterest at the end of the month. I’m definitely seeing the traffic increase in my September traffic (I’ll show you next month). I’ll take 6,000+ pins in 12 days…a thank you. Double yay for Jack Daniel’s Bacon Mac and Cheese. Speaking of Jack, I’m super jealous that Mike gets to go to the Jack Daniel’s distillery the beginning of next week. It’s his second visit, but this time they’re going to Brown-Foreman’s cooperage (where they make the Jack barrels) and the Woodford Reserve Distillery. I’m so jealous of his job perks.
Back to business. Traffic. Numbers are still on an upswing. Woo!
Nice and above to 1,500 mark per day for the most part. Oh I can’t wait for fall and holiday numbers to kick in. Last December I was sitting pretty. If only I had ads in place then and new what I was doing.
Pinterest is still my biggest referral, now surprise there. Ashton’s blog is still second, and I was delighted to see Paula was next up on my list. Paula included me in a couple of her tailgating recipe round ups, and it looks like people liked what they saw.
Good to see Facebook has finally decided to join the referral list. It’s cool to see that my contributors are generating traffic back to me as well. Deb from Cooking on the Front Burners referrals are based purely off her re-posting of recipes she contributes to me. Too cool! It’s all coming full circle. I love my team, their work, and that I’m working with my friends. One of the ladies did have to step down to focus on her schooling, but my aunt is stepping in to take her place. So you’ll be able to find health & wellness and healthy recipe posts one or two times a month in addition to the normal WLOW fare.
I feel like my biggest accomplishment this month is really starting my virtual assistant business. I’m offering my services to other bloggers to help ease their work load. There are a variety of areas I’m offering my assistance in. You can see more on my virtual assistant page. My aunt was actually my first client. I did a lot of behind the scenes stuff for her, and a full blog design as well. She’s loving the new look, and I’m happy that she’s happy. She calls me her blog coach now. Love it! I’ve picked a few new clients for September who are very happy with everything so far. Hopefully this business will expand and help me reach the end game of blogging for my full income.
I had a great time making over Cindy’s blog, and I’m really grateful to work with someone I know for my first not-me blog design. I was worried about meeting someone else’s needs and not seeing eye-to-eye, but I figured things out and learned to let go to make someone else happy. And my design for my gf Kerri is more of less done. I had a blast working with her. We totally got each other and she was on board with all my choices from the get go. Weeeeee! Haha.
Okay in all seriousness, the VA thing is like the best. I am pouring A LOT more time into being online, and it’s a challenge to manage my time. But I’m loving the networking and connections I’m making. I’ve been reading most of these gals for a while and it’s fun to work closely with them. Oh! And keep your fingers crossed for me. I auditioned for a new contributor job this week I’m really excited for. I’m not sure I’ll get it, but it’d be so cool if I did.
Have a kick ass September loves!