I may actually be figuring this blogging thing out! Or at least I thought so at the beginning of the month. April was a good month for my blogging “career” even with the bumps and stumbles. It just took four months!
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My revenue came from many sources this month. I even got an Affiliate Sale! As usual, I also made money through Ads and Swagbucks
This is actually a system I changed! I made it into Mediavine which requires at least 25K in sales views. I’m lucky that I got these views in February, but it took until April to get everything set up. Because I got into Mediavine, I had to cancel my other two sources. I am no longer part of Google Adsense or Media.net. I made a little over $11 with Google Adsense, which I’m lucky I will get in the mail soon. Unfortunately, I will not make anything from Media.net because I hadn’t hit their threshold.
For beginner bloggers, I recommend getting into Google Adsense. If you plan on making money through ads, you might want to get your viewers used to seeing ads. If they are regulars and randomly start seeing ads, they might think that you are selling out or becoming tacky.
Luckily, since I’ve started Mediavine on April 23rd, I’ve already made $2.20. They don’t have a threshold, but they take 75 days to payout, so I won’t get my $2.20 until July. At least I’m getting paid for the time being.
Until recently, I didn’t make any affiliate sales. It’s hard to get someone to buy something that you’re interested in without being too salesy. Fortunately, I did make some sales this month!
I also made two sales through Amazon! I had to practically beg for the sales in order to not lose my program, but I’m so excited to say I got $1.25 from this program.
It’s not unusual for me to make money through Swagbucks. I didn’t make as much as I was hoping I would, but it’s awesome to see that I can trust the program each month. If you haven’t checked out Swagbucks, I really recommend it. Who doesn’t want to make money watching videos and answering surveys?
I tried to budget myself when it comes to expenses this month. I only bought three things and so far, I’m very glad I did.
Post By Number
Post by Number is a Suzi Whitford (from StartAMomBlog) course. Her books have been such an inspiration to me in the blogging world that I couldn’t miss this opportunity. This course puts you through the process of creating a good, traffic boosting post to your blog. When you’re done with the course, Suzi will post it on her new blog! She’ll even promote it on her social media which is very good for boosting your own blog income! All of this for only $9!
Social Media Premium
I already had the free version of the Ultimate Social Media plug-in, but I wanted to have the ability to stumble my post or have other’s do it. StumbleUpon is supposed to help get some blog traffic, so I feel like I justified my purchase. We’ll see if this is true in the next couple of days. This was $24.95 a year.
Ultimate Bloggers Toolkit
If you’re part of my email list, which you really should be, you’ll know that I am part of the Ultimate Bundles Affiliate Program. Through this program, a bunch of bloggers got their products together and created a bundle for a super low price. There’s more than $6,000 worth of products. I’ll be giving more information about this on my email list, but I can tell you that I got it 40% off because I am an affiliate!
April Income Overview
As you can see, I spent more money than I made once again, but I can justify all my purchases and don’t regret them.
- Total Revenue: $46.05
- Total Expenses: $92.15
- Net Income: -$46.10
I cannot emphasize enough how difficult blogging is. It’s not as easy as you’ll see people mention on Pinterest and it takes a lot more work. They say you’ll get as much as you put into it, so you better put a lot into it if you want a lot.
-Trying Not to Go Crazy,