It’s time for my July income report! Buckle up!
- Freelance Writing: $200
- Sponsored Posts: $150
- sovrn: $12.57
- Google Adsense: $2.39
- Shareaholic: $1.55
- Total: $366.51
For me, ad networks are barely relevant. Most of my income is from writing, whether that be freelance or sponsored. I may have to look into whether they are even worth it.
What I Did Differently This Month
I actually wrote my sponsored post back in June, but was paid in July. Aside from that, everything else was basically the same. I made sure to show up and write, but since my marriage was my highest priority at the time, I didn’t focus on much else besides writing. This blog has been a lifesaver, but I wasn’t able to focus as much on it as I wanted to in July.
I also ended up skipping a couple Five Things Friday posts, so I didn’t get any income from Amazon affiliates, since those posts are really the only ones that contain affiliate links.
I changed hosting from GoDaddy to Bluehost and made a few referral sales through my post How To Start A WordPress Blog in Under 5 Minutes, but again, those won’t be paid out until probably mid September.
I posted less. Initially it was because I was feeling overwhelmed, but then I started experimenting with only posting 4 times instead of 5. I am still tweaking that formula, but so far it seems that Erin’s Inside Job is able to function just fine with one less post a week.
Again, blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. I’m sure there will be times when my income grows and when it wanes. Long term, I want to look into offering a product or service of my own so that I am not relying on affiliate income or delayed payment structures.
Plans For August
The month is already well under way, but there are still some things that I want to get accomplished before September:
- Develop more relationships with brands
- Look into higher paying freelance opportunities
- Figure out necessity of ad networks (for me)
I actually have an ad blocker set up on my computer, so I can’t even see the ads on my site. How do you feel about them? Are they distracting? Not relevant? Are you just blind to them? Please let me know your feelings on them since I want to take that into consideration when figuring out if I should keep them or not.
If you can think of anything that you would like to see (or not) on Erin’s Inside Job or topics that you want me to cover, please let me know in the comments section! If you want me to go into more detail about any of the ways I am using to monetize, just ask. I have been excited to start writing these and I’m sure in my excitement I have forgotten something. As always, it is your feedback that helps me know what direction to go to make sure that you are getting the most out of your time here!
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