I’ve been selling on Fiverr since September 2018 and I’ve been able to make some extra money with the website which has been pretty awesome. Fiverr is currently a great option for me as side work for being a freelancer. So I’m not going to do too much rambling because I know if you’re reading this you really want me to just talk about how much I’ve made as well as the pros and the cons which is exactly what I am going to do.
- Use SEO to grow an organic reach for my website.
- Post at least 52 posts within a year of starting this blog.
- Have a mixture of keyword content and relatable content.
- Grow a decent following of collectively 12,000+ people on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram.
- Invest in tools, books, and courses to increase my growth.
- Reach a point where I am making at least $500 a month from this blog alone.
- Participate in at least 10 sponsorships.
- Reach at least 30,000 sessions a month.
I started this Income Report blog series to track how much I make online with other websites. I am also using it to track my blog income growth as well so I can look back on what I did wrong and what I did right for the future.
So let’s jump into how much I made online in November..
Fiverr (selling services digitally) – $112
Ebates (cashback) – $1.12
eRewards (surveys) – $16.25
Epolls (surveys) – 3000 points (around $4)
Google Adsense (ads) – $1.55
Viglink (affiliate) – $0.92
Total = $135.84
(Nothing was paid out to me in November except, money from Fiverr that I earned last month and a Fiverr order that I received at the beginning of November. I also received my check from Cashcrate from my earnings from last month. Everything else will probably be paid out to me sometime in December).
This post contains affiliate and referral links. See disclaimer here.
Things I did my first month of blogging on Blogging and Living
Posts I made – 7 (I was supposed to post 12 times, but I failed.)
Words I wrote – 7663
Total likes I received from people on WordPress – 89
Comments made on the blog (including my responses back)- 9
I tried to make sure that majority of my blog posts had at least 800 words and I succeeded. It surprisingly wasn’t difficult to create the blog posts. I just discussed topics that I was really interested in for the most part. In the past when I would initially start a blog, it would take me so much longer to write a post… but now it takes me maybe an hour.
Most of my time went to – Planning and Creating photos
I think the thing that takes the longest amount of time is creating photos to share on social media. To be honest, it will take me maybe 2-3 hours to create photos for a post and it is usually because I am making like 4-6 different photos that I can use on social media. For example, I create a lot of wider and shorter photos for Facebook and Twitter while I create longer photos for Pinterest. I also do research to analyze what photos are doing well on Pinterest and sometimes I’ll create a similar photos, but with my own spin on it for my website.
I also deleted some old blog posts on my other website and I plan on posting them on this new website in maybe 6-8 months. I would like to rank in Google for the topics since I plan on creating a couple of posts about the specific subject so hopefully I can rank well without any issues.
I increased my Twitter engagement substantially.
I interacted a lot on Twitter and my engagement was the highest it has ever been which is pretty cool. I even started a couple of conversations with others on there which I am really happy about.
I submitted my blog to Saira from Mom Resource for a specific link up giveaway that she was running. Basically you enter to be featured on her social media. I didn’t win, but I did gain 6 views from her website from my submission.
I stopped myself from working hard on a blog post that most likely no one would read. I was about to post a review of an anime series from the late 80’s-early 90’s. I somewhat did write a review, but instead of posting it and working on creating a few photos to post to it which would have most likely cost me 2 hours of my time with no results, I decided that I would turn it into another post that I could use a specific set of keywords for to rank in the search engine. I started thinking about all of the times that I worked hard on some content for my previous blogs only to have no one read it. Then I realized that not a lot of people would be specifically interested in this anime. It isn’t popular and I would have had a hard time ranking for it since most of the pages that rank for it are 5+ years old established anime focused sites.
I shared 1 Pin from one of my blog posts to a Tribe group that I am apart of on Tailwind.
I have been using Tailwind for almost a year and I absolutely love it for promoting my content and building a following on Pinterest. It is really easy to schedule out what I want to publish over the course of a month in one day. However, I have never used the Tribes on Tailwind and I know I need to change my life because it would help my traffic grow even more than it does with just Tailwind scheduling alone.
If you’re looking for a Pinterest scheduler to promote your content on Pinterest at different times of the day to save you sometime, try out Tailwind and get your first month free.
I had my first $60 purchase on Fiverr which was awesome. Of course, Fiverr gets a cut of 20% so I only will receive $48 of it, but it’s pretty awesome that I was able to make enough to cover my phone bill with what I made on Fiverr collectively in November. I made 5 sales!!!
I am happy that I was able to create those and get it out of the way. Of course, I do feel like my About page is awful and I am going to edit it over the course of the next few months.
Things I Failed at & Didn’t Do Successfully in November
Traffic –> My Goal for November was 1000 — Reality views for November – 142 views
I haven’t installed Google Analytics yet, but this is where my traffic came from.
I didn’t post at all on Instagram.
I completely ignored Instagram. Okay, I didn’t ignore it… I liked other people’s photos and interacted on maybe 3 photos (they were giveaway posts). I didn’t post any new images myself though unfortunately. I felt so sluggish about taking photos last month.
My Instagram followers decreased.
I assume people were doing the whole follow unfollow thing. So yeah, it isn’t really too big of a surprise.
I should have been promoting my content consistently on Twitter and Pinterest…and just in general.
I did schedule pins on Pinterest, but I didn’t schedule enough of my own content from this blog. I think I maybe posted 2 images from this website which isn’t good at all. I also shared maybe 2 or 3 blog posts once each from this blog to Twitter. I think one post got me 16 views from Twitter which was pretty cool.
I wanted to kind of wait to promote content when I had more of variety of content to post. I wanted to promote at least 5 blog posts a week on Twitter and share more of my posts to my Pinterest group boards. I also wanted to do more with Google Plus Communities, but I ended up not really focusing on anything too much except Pinterest.
I didn’t obtain any followers on Facebook.
I created a Facebook page and I posted on it about 5 times, but I didn’t actually promote it in groups or anything. I don’t think I realized realistically how I was about promoting my content on other social networks apart from Pinterest.
I made 13 blog comments when I was supposed to make 30.
Only 11 of the blog comments were actually strategic…somewhat. I’ll have to do better next month.
I didn’t use Swagbucks or Cashcrate at all this month.
I should have used the both of these websites because I know that I would have made at least $100 if I would have been active on them, but I won’t lie to you guys… I was just so lazy this month.
My Social Media Stats as of December 1st
Pinterest – Last month –> 5824 | Current –> 6526 (+702 new followers)
Pinterest December Goal –> 400 new followers
Twitter Pages – Last month –> 1446 & 760
Current Twitter Stats –> 1561 (+115) & 789 (+29)
Twitter December Goal –> 100 new followers
Facebook – 0 –> Goal 30 likes
Instagram – 53, but went down to 48 –> Goal 30 new followers
Goals for December
Post at least 10 times on my website.
Post on Instagram at least 5 times and log my experience.
Attempt to join at least 20 Pinterest groups and remove Pinterest boards that I don’t use.
Share a Facebook post from my page to a group at least 6x.
Do research for future blog posts in the upcoming 3 months.
Promote all of my content and track how often I promote my content as well as where I promote it to evaluate what works and what doesn’t.
Make 30 comments on other websites.
Realistic Traffic Goals for December – 300 views
So that concludes my income report, my growth, and my failures for November.
Thanks for reading and I will be back with another income report for December in a month.
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As you guys know, I am obsessed with Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. I wrote a whole review about the 1st season and what I am wondering as well as looking forward to in season 2. One of the things that I absolutely enjoyed about the show was the fashion. Sabrina’s Spellman whole look was everything for me and I loved that she always wore some sort of red. So I decided to create a Chilling Adventures of Sabrina costume aka outfit guide for one of my favorite witches, Sabrina Spellman. If you guys are interested in rocking 2 of these iconic outfits of hers, then look no further because I have found pieces similar to her clothing in the Netflix series. I know that I personally plan on cosplaying Sabrina Spellman at some point of time in the near future myself so I figured I would create this for you guys as well as for me to help me remember where to find these items for recreating a Sabrina Spellman costume or just in general for wearing her outfits because they are cute!
Having patience is a skill. It is one of those qualities that a lot of us would love to have, but many of us have issues with maintaining this. Most things in life require some sort of patience and as we wait for things to happen, many of us do not realize that having patience can actually help us grow and even reach some sort of resolve. I know I struggle with patience from time to time, but I know that it provides me with time to prepare myself for what is to come.
Today I wanted to share with you guys 14 quotes about patience which will encourage persistence to keeping focused on your goals.
I was obsessed with Sabrina the Teenage Witch when I was a child. I would try to watch it every morning knowing it would make me late for school. There was just something about a teenage girl having magical powers that intrigued me. I binge watch the series once in awhile even now that I am older. I was so happy to find out that they were remaking the series, but I wasn’t really aware of how different it was going to be. I knew about the graphic novel the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, but I had not personally read it. (It is on my ever growing list of graphic novels to check out.) Anyway I was pretty surprised by the Netflix Original version of Sabrina, but it was in a good way.
So this is my first income report that I am sharing with you guys with websites that I used and that you can use to make money online. I plan on eventually adding blog income to these reports whenever I start to make money with this website. Hopefully that will be within the next couple of months.
This post contains affiliate and referral links. See disclaimer here.
So here is my October 2018 income report!
Fiverr (side hustle) – $80
Swagbucks (taking surveys) – $28.67
Cashcrate (taking surveys) – $30.78
Google Adsense (ads) – $2.44
Ebates (cashback website) – $2.04
Viglink (affiliates) – $0.70
Activate (shared a tweet) – $0.10
Total Earned = $144.73
(Some money was paid the same month while others weren’t paid, but will be after 30-60 days.)
Online Expenses = $59.05
New blog domain (Namecheap) – $11.05
WordPress personal plan – $48.00
Total to spend after expenses = $85.68
Things that happened in October
I only spent a week on Swagbucks and Cashcrate.
I only spent time on these websites for a week and I loved the experience considering I made a decent amount of money. I hope to make more money from the both of these websites by simply answering surveys. The goal was to make between $4-$6 Monday-Friday.
I started this website.
I was going to wait to start this website, but I decided to just jump into it. I am excited and I am feeling extremely hopeful as well as positive about this blog.
I had 8 inquiries on Fiverr & made 4 sales.
I have been making money on Fiverr since September and it’s been a pretty nice side hustle. I usually make enough to cover at least 3/4ths of my phone bill which is great, but in October I made enough to cover my entire phone bill which I was happy about. I try to answer all questions that are sent to me via my Inbox and provide information to people interested in working with me. So far I have had a great experience with selling on Fiverr and I’ve helped out quite a few people.
Social Media Goals
Instagram – 53 —> Increase to 90 followers.
Pinterest – 5824 —> Increase to 6000 followers.
Twitter – 1446 & 760 —> Increase by 80 followers.
Facebook – 0 —> Increase to 100 followers.
Post on Instagram at least 9x this month.
I barely ever use Instagram, but I would like to learn how to properly use it so that I can effectively grow my following as well as market my content. I would like to become an Instagram Influencer some day as well.
Create Facebook page and market content from this website.
I really need to learn how to increase Facebook likes and engagement. It is not as easy for me to do in comparison to sites like Twitter and Pinterest. I will probably try some different strategies and see what happens this month.
Post every piece of blog content at least 3 times on Twitter.
I never post content on Twitter the way that I should. So this month, I will try to use tweetdeck to share and promote my content more.
Post blog content on Pinterest and share each in Pinterest group boards.
I hardly ever use Pinterest group boards, but I know that they can be beneficial. I create pins for various blog posts and some of them do really well for marketing content while others do decently well.
Post at least 12 times this month on this blog.
I have a list of the blog posts that I plan on writing about this month. I want to post 4 times a week at least to grow content and be able to help others as well.
Reach at least 3000 views on my website.
I feel like this is doable, but we shall see. It really just depends on how much I market.
Tend to not promote my content as much as I should. So this month I plan on promoting on every social media account that I have.
Make at least 20 comments on other blogs & websites.
One thing that is great for ranking on Google involves creating backlinks. I plan on posting on at least 20 other websites.
Actively participate on Swagbucks and Cashcrate.
I would like to make at least $100 via surveys, but this is all dependent on if I will take the time out to do it. There are people that make $500+ with survey sites and I am hoping that maybe I can eventually work myself up to that eventually.
Make at least 4 sales on Fiverr.
I made 4 sales on Fiverr last month and I would like to make at least that many sales consistently again this month.
Increase Adsense money on my other blog.
I never really do that well with Adsense on my other blog. It doesn’t really make me more than $2 and usually I make around $1 each month.. so I am hoping that I can some how increase my ad revenue this month.
Overall, this month was a pretty decent month. I would like to make maybe $200 this month, but we’ll see what happens. I shall attempt to reach all of my goals this month. I hope that you guys are able to reach all of your goals as well!
I am sure a lot of you have heard of making money on Swagbucks. Swagbucks is a get paid to website where you can make money taking surveys, watching videos, signing up for offers, and receive cashback on purchases that you make. I signed up for Swagbucks years ago but I never really used it. So I decided to try the website out again to see if Swagbucks was legit and a decent website to make money on.
I’ve started multiple blogs in the past and most of them failed. I currently only have one other blog that is still running and through trial and error, I was successfully able to reach a decent amount of traffic every month. However, I created the website without really any structure or focus. This is one mistake that a lot of bloggers make. A lot of times with blogging people set certain goals for their blogs, but they aren’t realistic. So I plan on setting realistic goals for myself and following through with working up towards those goals overtime. With starting a blog, it is important to set blog goals for yourself and to reflect on the things that you’ve worked on and could focus on.
Here is a list of the 7 blog goals that I’ve set for myself with starting a new blog;
Use SEO to grow an organic reach for my website.
I keep reading different articles about search engine optimization and how to apply it so that my content can rank on Google. To be honest, I still feel like I am somewhat confused about the ways in which people are able to rank their pages on Google. However I do know that backlinks, the application of keywords, social shares, and content length plays a part in ranking on page 1 of Google for a specific keyword.
Post at least 52 posts within a year of starting this blog.
I am hoping that I can update my blog at least once a week. If I am consistent I will have at least 52 posts by this time next year.
Have a mixture of keyword content and relatable content.
My blog is a lifestyle blog which means I will talk about a variety of topics to help others as well as to inform and entertain. I am going to try to focus on using keywords and helping more so than focusing on other topics that I personally care about. I feel like this was something I didn’t do well with my other blogs in the past. I didn’t really make the attempts to help people in daily life. I was more so focused on sharing things that I liked or wanted which wasn’t really beneficial to my viewers.
Grow a decent following of collectively 12,000+ people on Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, & Instagram.
I currently have a somewhat decent following. I am debating on creating and growing pages specifically for this blog. That way people will be able to follow my content on the social sites that they are more comfortable with using.
Pinterest – 5722 followers with 5.4 million monthly viewers
Twitter – I have 2 accounts; 1448 followers & 766 followers
Facebook – I haven’t started my page yet, but I plan on starting it this month.
Instagram – 57 followers
My current social media following total = 7,993 followers
The only social media sites that I have been actively interacting on is Pinterest and Twitter. I have grown a pretty active and engaging following on the both of those and I am hoping to increase that growth.
Invest in tools, books, and courses to increase my growth.
I am a big believer on doing research (even though a lot of times I don’t apply it completely). I used to be extremely cheap when it came to blogging. I wanted to be able to blog for free about whatever I wanted while making money off of it. Eventually I realized that in order to make money blogging, I would have to pay for it. With this in mind, I plan on investing in a couple of books that I have had my eye on involving social media as well as Facebook ads. I also plan on investing in some social media scheduling tools. So far I have only used Tailwind which schedules pins on Pinterest and I have been loving it so far.
I would like to take a course or two on affiliate marketing though. I am hoping that it will increase my income with blogging since many bloggers do make a lot of income from affiliates… which leads me to my next focus..
Reach a point where I am making at least $500 a month from this blog alone.
I know for sure that I should be able to make at least $500 a month from this blog alone. I know that it is doable. I actually created a list of topics to discuss and methods for making money with this blog. I think that planning the income sources ahead of time is extremely beneficial when it comes to blogging because you already know in advance what you need to focus on instead of relying on Google Adsense.
Participate in at least 10 sponsorships on this blog.
I would love to obtain paid sponsorships. In the past, on my other blog I would receive free stuff from websites like BzzAgent and Influenster. However, now I would like to actually be paid for reviews and product focuses sometimes.
Reach at least 30,000 sessions a month.
In the past I would really be obsessed with looking at my traffic on Google Analytics. I would focus on the views and not the sessions. To be honest, I do not really know the complete difference of views and sessions or the similarities. However I found this blog post that explains what it is. My main reason for focusing on that many sessions is to be able to join Mediavine, which is a website that runs ads. The minimal session reach to join is 25,000 sessions a month. It’s similar to Google Adsense, but from reviews I have read… they pay much more than Google Adsense. I hope to reach the minimum amount of sessions so that I will be able to join it.
With these blog goals in mind, I feel like I will be able to maintain a steady approach to blogging and be able to reach my goals. I will write a monthly post of my growth and things I’ve worked on every month to show my progress overtime. I’m excited and I can’t wait to see what happens on this journey of starting a blog.
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