Blog Income Report: December 2017
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I feel like it has been FOREVER since I have really worked on the blog!
I will admit I have totally been off my game since the end of November. 5 kids, blogging, 1,001 extracurricular activities!
And although I tried not to, the blog was always the last thing I worked on.
But I’m not here to whine, I’m here to go over how the month of December went for The Daily Change Jar.
So this is my 3rd official income report.
Someone actually commented on my November report asking where the December one was! I was a little shocked at first but glad that she called me out on it!
I know it can be difficult to keep your head above water when you are just starting out as a new blogger. But we are all in this together right!
Although it was a big step for me, I am so glad I made the decision to start blogging and include sharing my income reports.
I freaking LOVE what I do, and even inspired a close friend of mine to start her own blog 🙂
I’m so happy to see that people are sharing my other income reports (484 shares for October and 323 shares for November report!)
My goal from the very beginning was transparency in my blogging journey.boar
If you have read my previous income report from November, you already know that hubby and I had baby #5 in November. Yup, you heard me right, 5 kids!
So most of December was spent half asleep, attempting to be productive (and by be productive I mean shower and eat something other than the kids’ leftovers lol!)
So I am fully admitting that December kinda sucked.
It’s almost the end of January and I am JUST getting to start posting again.
So thank you loyal blog reader for calling me out! You know who you are?
Although, I swear I wasn’t totally unproductive for the past how many weeks.
I was putting the finishing touches on my free blog email course-which turned out to be a 14-day email course! (More on this in a minute)
But let’s first start with goals (seeing it is the new year when I am actually writing this!)
Review of December Goals
Establish a content calendar and stick to it
Well, honestly that went right out the window lol! Considering I hardly looked at the blog in December, I am VERY behind on my goals. ? But that’s ok. I am getting back at it and kicking butt! Just because I had one month where I want to do nothing but sleep, doesn’t mean I will continue with that pattern! It’s time to take 2018 by the horns and kick it into high gear baby!
Write an epic “how to start a blog” post
Done and done! I was so freaking excited to publish this bad boy! I also put together a 14-day email course to go along with it! And let me tell you, that took a long time to write!
I packed this email course with so much info, I should probably charge for it. But that was not the goal here. The goal was to provide anyone who signs up for the course with so much value that they can go out and start a blog on their own without any further help OR be kicking down my door asking for an even more in-depth paid version!
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Add a resource section to the blog
So I started this, but it still needs a lot of work.
Get my guest posts published
Kinda fell off the train with this one. I have to do some checking in with the ladies I was talking to, to see if guest posting is still a possibility. One thing I know I need to do with getting better at making those online connections is to nurture those connections.
Alright, so let’s get to the money, honey!
Ads – $39.35
As of mid-January, I had finally hit the $100 payout threshold for Media.net ads! Whoo Hoo! They however also have a Net30 payout, which means that I won’t actually get paid for them until end of February.
But hopefully, by then the income will be a little more consistent and I won’t have to wait so long for payouts.
Affiliates – $70.07
- ShopStyle Collective-$7.00
- Amazon Associate-$5.92
Gross Income = $109.42
So there was an increase in Amazon Associate earnings, most likely due to the gift guides post ?. I will definitely be doing some more experimenting with that throughout the year and be better prepared for the 2018 gift giving season!
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My pageviews took a very significant dive in December due to my inactivity on Pinterest? I cried a little inside when I was working on my KPI’s for the month. But I just keep telling myself, it’s ok. They will go back up!
As you can see, there is a 52.05% drop!
And due to my inactivity I know January isn’t going to be pretty either? But that just goes to show you the power of being active on Pinterest!
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I didn’t spend any extra this month on continuing education considering I haven’t done anything with the ones I bought from the previous month. I also didn’t get any new books as I’m still working on the one I started in November.
So technically my income for December was $65.48, which is up almost five whole dollars from last month! Which is pretty cool considering I didn’t do much. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, some progress is better than nothing!
I also made a $12.50 in side income from a quick VA project.
So my total income from December ended up being $77.98, not as good as November, but I expected that.
I also know that January is going to kind of suck also ?.
So instead of focusing on January blogging goals, (considering I am actually writing this on the last day of January) I want to give you a little snippet of my 2018 blog goals.
Make a freaking content calendar and actually stick to it!
Ok, I know I said this before, but I have actually started working on it. I have a HUGE list of articles that I want to write, well over a year’s worth of content! It’s really just a matter of sitting down with my calendar and figuring out what content to put where. It is so much easier to be productive in short periods of time when I know what I am going to write about.
I would love to just plan out the whole year at once. Then work on getting 3 months ahead with writing. This is one of those projects that I have to get out of the house for and spend the day at Starbucks just pounding out content. Which I love doing by the way. Workcation anyone?
I also want to focus more on the types of posts that I am writing. What has worked so far? What hasn’t? What can I make better?
Stick to a schedule
Along with creating a content calendar, I am going to do my best to create a work schedule and stick to it. Which can be really difficult with 5 kids and a husband that works full time. I am NOT a morning person, but if it means getting up before everyone else and working, then that is what I will have to do. Although it might take a few more cups of coffee.
I would love to say that I am going to work while the kids are in school, however with a toddler and a 2-month-old at home all day, that just isn’t feasible to sit and work for 8-hours straight. Naptime-yes, well sometimes. The little guy doesn’t always want to stick to a schedule.
But I am thankful that my husband is super supportive of this and will give me the time I need to work whenever he can. Like spending a few hours at the coffee shop while he stays home with the little ones on Friday.
Get more affiliate sales
There are two big things I want to do to really work on affiliate sales. The first is to completely restructure my personal Pinterest account and focus just on pinning great content and making affiliate sales from there. The other is to drive affiliate sales through the blog (duh!) This goes along with creating the content calendar.
As I said, I want to focus on different kinds of content. For example, a rotation of posts would include a money saving post, a how to make money post, a money management post, a review post of some sort that focuses on an affiliate, and of course an income report. I am hoping once I start getting more traffic and I have the resources page all good to go this will also help increase affiliate sales.
Create my own course
This is something I have wanted to do from the very beginning. I actually didn’t even want to create my free email course until I had an actual paid course finished so I could promote it in the email course. But I decided, I should at least start collecting more email addresses so that when I DO launch my course I will have an audience to sell to.
Get sponsored work
I have heard so much about sponsored posts and how you can make great money from them. I feel like they work really well with the lifestyle type blogs that have a heavier focus on physical products, however, I think there is also room for sponsored posts within the personal finance space. I haven’t done a ton of research into this yet, but I plan to and would like to at least have one sponsored post before the end of 2018.
So if you have any tips and tricks on how to get sponsored posts that you would like to share, please feel free!
Now there are about 1,001 business related things that I want to do in 2018, I know it’s not possible to get them all done. My main focus will be on The Daily Change Jar and when I feel I am in a good rhythm with this blog, I will start another adventure. I would love to start like 4 other blogs this year, but this one is enough work for me at this point.
So here is to 2018 and making it the year that one of my business ideas actually works!
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Top 10 posts from December
- How to STOP Living Paycheck to Paycheck Without Losing Your Sanity!
- 50 Amazing Amazon Gifts for $15 of Less for the Whole Family!
- Pay Off Your Debt Fast With the Debt Snowball Method!
- 25 Useful Ways to Save Money Everyday Part 3
- 25 Useful Ways to Save Money Everyday Part 2
- 25 Useful Ways to Save Money Everyday Part 1
- November Blog Income Report: $60.71
- October Blog Income Report: -$141.88
- Don’t Overspend On Your Kid’s Christmas Gifts This Year, Try This Instead!
- How to Start a Successful Blog: The Complete Newbie Guide