Okay, maybe unsuccessful is a little harsh. After all, this blog has opened me up to all kinds of opportunities. For those of you that do not know how this blog originally came about you are welcome to stop by my “About Me” page. Soon after I started this blog in 2009 I was offered a social media community manager position. I worked in that position up until somewhat recently. I learned a lot and it was great income during that time but because I am also a homeschooling mom of four and there are only so many hours in the day, my blog was usually neglected in exchange for the paying gig. I have also been offered freelance writing jobs because of my blog, some of which I still do to this day. Really I have been very blessed. Sometimes, though when I see all the blogger's income reports floating around from bloggers who have been blogging for a lot less time than I have then I start thinking about the potential income I could have generated if I had been able to spend my time focused on my blog instead of other company blogs.
Right now this blog is monetized through Google ads, Yahoo ads, affiliate sales, and a rare sponsored post here and there. I am not going to include income made through freelance gigs, even though they were obtained because of this blog. You will notice that I only posted twice in February and once in January so no, I have not been doing much to bring in visitors to the blog. Just for comparison I am including the last five months worth of income from Google Adsense because obviously this amount varies depending on how much I post.
Google Adsense for
February $18.58(posted twice)
January $22.67 (posted once)
December $27.30 (posted four times)
November $30.95 (posted five times)
October $46.90 (posted twice)
Pretty dismal, right? Add it all up and each month I made between $60-$80. Considering I maybe spent an hour or two working on my blog those months it really isn't as bad as it seems. But remember, we are making some changes around here and besides improving my blog, hopefully I can help you improve yours along the way too. Besides moving to wordpress and doing the redesign, my first step in increasing my income was to generate a very comprehensive list of all of the blog networks, brand opportunities, and blogger ad networks that I know of. I will be checking all of those to make sure my blog is listed with them or to see which opportunities will work best for me. You can check out that list on the “Blogging for Money” tab. Stay tuned for more info on what affiliates I use and other ways to monetize your blog.