Where did September go? And why am I kind of late putting this September 2016 online income report up? The truth is, I was debating if I should have; then I was like, pfft, let’s do this and show the world!
You see, as I was writing my online income report Thursday night, I noticed that I needed to update some plugins and went ahead and did it. Only to witness my site go down after updating them; and I believe this was the last straw for this mama because I had felt like maybe it was time to give up.
I think I have been a tough girl so far, but witnessing my blog having low pageviews and trying to get back into my blogging routine with a 4-month-old, and simply trying to find my balance, has been rough for me this past couple of months.
I am a creature of habit. I like to follow my routine and get it going. When things don’t go my way, I hate it! After my site went down, and having a “5-year-old” meltdown, my husband stayed calm and simply told me to find out how to fix it and do it because I’ve done it before.
He also told me that there was no way he was going to let me give up on my blog, so that was out of the question. And that’s exactly what I did, I Googled it and removed the bad plugin, and my site was up and running in no time.
I don’t recall feeling like this before in a very long time, and I can sit here and tell you today that I know where it came from. Lack of sleep, trying to do it all, and not taking the time for myself can do this to me.
As I got up early this Saturday morning, I listened to Ruth’s Q&A videos (from Elite Blog Academy), and also a time management video from a course I am taking right now, and that seemed to have helped me get focused on what I really want.
A good question I asked myself this morning is:
What am I chasing with this blog?
I have been so busy these past couple of months that my transition into my blogging routine and running a home have not been smooth. I have been distracted; I have been focusing on things that are not important to my blog, or my business, right now.
The good news is that after a meltdown and talking to my husband and blogging friends, it has helped me. Getting this course on time management for bloggers and listening to the videos motivated me again.
I also went and looked back to my yearly goals and blog goals to help me get back on track. I am pretty sure that I am not the only one that feels like this on occasion. The most important thing is that we need to get back on track and continue going; this is what I intend on doing!
So back to more positive news, and to talk about my eBook A Merry Debt Free Christmas that has finally been released! I am not sure if you know how scared I was to release this eBook, and right now, I don’t know why I really was. I figured since I have never done anything like that, I was worried.
If you are new to my blog, for quite some time I have started writing about my monthly online income report to help me get out of my comfort zone and for accountability. I became a stay at home mom after working for over 15 years. This journey was rough for me, and not just financially, but emotionally too. I formed some stay at home mom bad habits that led me to get out of my comfort zone, and that led me to start making money starting a blog.
I use BlueHost to start my blog, and personally, never had any issues with them. It is affordable, and for over three years, it is the company I use to run My Stay At Home Adventures with no major issues what so ever.
After reading this book, How To Blog For Profit: Without Selling Your Soul, I became more confident and decided I could increase my income. The funny part was that I decided to aim low when it came to my income goal. I didn’t dare to dream big at the time.
I joined EBA (Elite Blog Academy) and that changed the way I handled my blog. I learned so much from turning my blog into a business and started from there. It was when I lost a chunk of my income that the drive to make more money from this blog became more important.
So far this year I have made over $11,000 in seven months, and all from the comfort of my home. I didn’t work long hours, and honestly, I didn’t work much on my blog due to health reasons. I am proud of my blog accomplishments today though. I am also proud that I made that money on my own.
Below are my 2016 blog goals I created earlier this year:
A New Look! – I continue to work on behind the scene to make this happen, and you should see this late spring/early summer. – Done
Continue to grow my business –I invested in some courses and some other resources to help me – This summer, I invested in two online courses that are helping me to grow my business
Increase my page views to 250,000 – This one is kind of shifting as I DO want to increase my pageviews, and it is important, but I also want to grow my business the right away.
Earn a monthly income of $2,000 a month – When I lost a chunk of our income, I was panicking, but I sure was so wrong about it. I think this goal is attainable, and one way to also put it is that this year I would like to make $22,000 this year, or more. – Depending on the amount of work, it will affect my monthly income.
Help others – Giving back is an amazing feeling. As the year progresses, this is something that I enjoy doing. Seeing others succeed warms my heart. – This is always one of my favorite things, and during the month of September, I was able to connect and help 2 other bloggers!
As you can see from the goals above, I have completed some, and not completed others; but the year is not over, and my drive is still there.
September Social Media Update
- Pinterest –17,622 October–18,700
- Facebook – 8,980 October – 9165
- Twitter – 1,911 October –1,911
Page views – 29,421 ß worst this year!
Below is the income my blog generated, ads only, during the month of September. The reason why is because my goal is to increase my ad network income each month. This is a personal goal of mine; however, the actual money I got paid this month will be shown separately.
Ad Network Income: $281.12
- Adsense – $68.43
- Media Net – $13.39
- TBN –$150.91
Now this is the money I received in my accounts.
- Escalate Network – $00.00
- Media.net – $00.00
- Adsense – $00.00
- TBN – $197.49
- iConnect – $00.00
- Dime Media – $00.00
- Izea – $355.00
- Clever Girl – $00.00
- Linqia – $00.00
- TapInfluence – $220.00
- Misc – $0.00
- One2One – $00.00
- Affiliate – $00.00
Total amount paid – $772.49
- BoardBooster – $25.00
- Advertisement – $18.35
- Canva – $10.00
- Hosting, Domain, design -$00.00
- Domain – $00.00
- Izea – $0.00
- Giveaway – $00.00
- Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing – $00.00
- Travel – $00.00
- Writers – $155.00
- Misc. – $00.0
- Supplies – $00.00
Total Expenses – $208.35
As you can see, my pageviews were terrible. I wish I can tell you why, but I’m going to assume it was a lack of promoting and the effect of taking a break from it during the summer time. It could also be from Pinterest changes. That being said, my affiliate sales are going up slowly, but they are going, and that’s what counts.
I also took the time to go over my online courses and go over EBA again. I can’t tell you how important it is to implement and FINISH a course you bought. This is where the question about pageview came about.
What does Joyce want? I consider this my business. My goal is to take my business even higher in the future. I want money, and I want pageviews; but what is more important? The answer I gave myself is that I want the income in order to grow my business. Pageviews are important, but even down, I am making money which has allowed me to purchase these online courses to help me get my blog to the next level.
Does this make sense to anyone? I don’t want high pageviews and no money. This is why I am questioning my strategy. I know I will get my goals accomplished and I am so happy that I am able to write about this and share it with you all.
If you have any suggestions, let me know. If you have an income report leave me the link! I love to check it out.
How was your September? Did it treat you good?