One thing I have learned over the past few years of blogging – is that no months are ever the same. When I first started blogging for products or payments, was after I attended BlogHer 2012 and thought “why not?” On the plane ride home I re-worked my strategy to come up with some long term goals, research affiliate links (referral links to products I like and if someone bought through those links, I general a very small commission), and collaborating with other bloggers.
The collaboration was with a friend who was blogging at the time, and she had a great following through her fashion based blog. We took turns writing pieces, and sharing each other’s links to posts. I also realized that opportunities came in waves. Within the past year, I’ve noticed things come fast and hard, or not at all. You’ll remember my March report which had a net income of $660.78 in cash and $100 in a gift card for products. April I was in the hole since all I earned was $5 from printable sales and product compensation. It’s hard to leave your day job for totals like that. But it’s all a process and I’m patient.
May brought on more paid opportunities and happy to have some income coming my way. Here’s a roundup of income & expenses for the past month.
$615 cash earned
$23 payment via products
$65.00 products for posts
$1.65 PayPal fees
$17.70 Facebook Ad Fees
Another month on the books. I added in a new source for affiliate income but so far – haven’t really optimized that yet. I was very shocked at the amount of affiliate sale I did have – I got them through Amazon and I have rarely had a sale via that method. It’s a guessing game every month to see if I’ll earn enough for a cup of coffee or not. I think the withdrawal limit is pretty high so I have quite a ways to go until I can take that out from Amazon.
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