Wow! Maybe it’s because it’s the shortest month of the year but it sure feels like this month flew by fast didn’t it?
Let’s dive right in to the numbers shall we?
The Blogger Network – $110.01
Amazon Affiliate Network – $41.16
Grocery University – $11.96
Total Income – $163.13
Web Designer (tech help) – $22.75
Host Gator (hosting) – $6
PhotoDune (post images) – $5
BoardBooster (Pinterest Scheduler) – $5
inlinkz – $1.67
Feedblitz – $1.34
Izea – $1
Total Expenses – $42.76
NET INCOME – $120.37
Top 10 Traffic Sources
New Blog Design
In January I paid to have a blog consult. It was well worth the $20 to get advice from a fellow blogger that is killing it on her blog.
One of the pieces of advice she gave me was that my blog colors were dark. I’d been told this before by another large blogger but kept my site the way it was because, frankly, I liked the way it looked. As much as I wanted to continue keep it the way it was, I knew I had to make the change.
My blog isn’t all about me. If the darker colors aren’t welcoming to newcomers how can I ever be successful? I may be the one writing in this space but if there are no readers then how can I grow a business and make some cashola?
I had bought a template bundle for my web design business and whatdya’ know the perfect template was right inside that package. With a few tweaks I was able to get it just the way I wanted it. The best part was that I didn’t have to pay for it…well, with my blog income, that is!
Here’s a look at before…
…and a look at afterwards.
I’m super stoked about the new look. It feels bright and cheery while still having colors that I love. And that dark purple, I still have it interspersed throughout the site!
While I was at it, I changed up the homepage. Instead of just displaying the most recent blog posts, I also have the top categories on my site and the three most recent posts from those categories. My hope is that new visitors will know more of what my blog is about without having to dig too deep…how many seconds is it that we have to grab their attention?
Amazon Affiliate Network
Over the past few months I’ve had consistent income from my Amazon links. This type of income is my favorite because other than adding a link to a post I don’t really have to sell anything! (I’m not a saleswoman at all!)
As recommended in the Pinning Perfect Pinterest eCourse I’m going back and updating my posts to include killer descriptions and pinnable images. While I’m making these updates I’m also making sure that there are affiliate links when possible. Here’s an example – in a recipe I’ll talk about using a medium size scoop. Why not add a link to the scoop? Even if they don’t purchase the scoop they’re still grabbing my cookie and if they make a purchase I’ll get a percentage of the sale.
These affiliate links are a win-win and I’ve been seeing great results from it!
Paying It Forward
A few years ago I had heard about Kiva – a non-profit organization where you lend money to people around the world. I thought it would be cool to use my business to loan someone else money to start/fund their business. When I started treating my blog like a business so that I could try to make some cash from it, I had this great idea to pay it forward when I “hit it big time.”
Well, I’ve decided not to wait until I “hit it big” with my blog but to go ahead and pay it forward now. So, starting this month, a portion of my blog income will go to help someone reach their dream. It may be a small portion but it’s a start and every penny helps, right?
Loans can be given as low as $25. I haven’t decided whether or not to join other lenders in funding a loan or to fully fund one. What do you think we should do?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Thank you for being here. I’m so thankful to have you as a reader! Without you none of this would be possible.