June 2014 Monthly Income Report
I recently have become inspired to join the ranks of other bloggers who believe in transparency. I know often times when readers are reading a blog and thinking of starting their own they wonder if it is worth it financially. How much money and time goes into running a blog and do you see any type of return on that investment. I believe that by sharing what is working and not working for me can help you weed through some of the mess of information that is available and create a better blogging for income game plan for yourself.
I also use a program called RescueTime that helps to track what I do on the computer and where I am spending most of time. Now this doesn’t include all of the time I spend on my blog as I sometimes do brainstorming on paper and reading and networking with my iPad. But this is the majority of the time and what I use to approximate how many hours a month I am working.
With all of that I will also disclose that June was a slow month for the website. I focused most of my time on my family and enjoying the awesome weather in Chicago. I think after surviving this past winter it was well deserved.
Hours logged for June 2014: 40 hours and 17 minutes. That is roughly 10 hours a week. I also did not publish any new content for the month but focused on promoting older posts.
As you can see traffic for the June was extremely low. This was due to taking so much time off to spend with the family.
Google Adsense: $0.22
Self-Hosted Ads: $0
Busybee’s Creation (Etsy Shop): $89.91
Rich Mom University: $0
Total Income: 147.14
Busybee’s Creation (Etsy Shop): $34.28
Google Drive: $1.99
MacHighway: $9.95 (www.sarah-m-schultz.com)
$5.95 (www.notthatcrunchy.com — Site Coming Soon!)
Total Expenses: $114.17
Net Profit: 32.97 (or 82 cents/hour)
My two primary sources of income are the Etsy Shop and Advowire. If I relied solely on the blog itself to pay the expenses I wouldn’t be able to keep the site up. I know that in the early stages of blogging for business it is essential to find creative ways to earn income. I am able to take a skill that I have and expand it to make enough to keep blogging.
I also know that by keeping track of my time and blocking distracting websites when it is time to focus is essential to keeping the site up and running. I would love to hear what you use to hold yourself accountable in blogging.
Thoughts for the future:
Being part of some amazing affiliate networks would be more beneficial if I could work optimizing blog posts and content to share with how fantastic they really are. I find it hard to find the time to focus on promoting someone else’s product, even if I rely on it daily to keep my blog up and running. This is something that I really want to change in the coming months.