I wanted to start a new series this year. I’m taking a nod from one of my favorite blogs, Pinch of Yum, and talking about my goals to make more money blogging and how I’m (hopefully) going to do it.
Lindsay is the cook, photographer, and author behind Pinch of Yum, and her husband Bjork writes their monthly income reports. Seeing one of these reports is what got me subscribed to Pinch of Yum. I couldn’t believe how much money they were making blogging. I know I can’t do things exactly the same way they did, but they have a good foundation to learn from….and if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I’m not an idealist. I didn’t think I would be making $4,000+ my first month. That’s not reasonable. So I went back to the beginning of their income series. The first month they made $104.48 – that sounds a little more where I was just a few months ago (if that). I’m taking notes and seeing what worked for them, and what goals I can make for myself to help my blog income become what I want it to be.
I’m not saying everyone has to run out and make a million dollars blogging. Heck, a lot of bloggers aren’t looking for money at all. But one of my goals IS to make enough blogging that I can be a stay-at-home mom again. I don’t mind working outside the home, but a steadier income and setting my own “work” schedule are high on my list of To-Do’s. Let the journey begin.
- Google AdSense – $101.90
- Sponsored/Paid Posts – $221.97
Pollinate Media Group
- Diet to Go $100 (January)
- Dig.Drop.Done Bulbs $15 (November)
- Ad Payment $0.90 (November)
- Ad Payment $3.07 (December)
- Mrs. Smith’s Pies $15
- Duck the Halls $15
Clever Girls Collective
- Hyundai Santa Fe: Families That Rock $75 (December)
With the move to WordPress coming up in a week or two, I wanted to document my traffic as well. I’ve heard that with WP’s SEO optimizations that traffic can get a real boost. But more than that, I want to see where my traffic is coming from so I can maximize what those sites can do for me and WLOW.
Current traffic sources: