I started writing these income reports last month (you can see my income report for April 2016 here) to record how much income I am making with Vie De La Vegan, to hold myself accountable for treating my blog like a profitable business, and to be more transparent with you all about how to make money blogging :) this month, I’m going to write a bit about how much money I’ve been making this month with advertising on my blog while getting around 20 000 pageviews/month.
But first, let’s take a look at how much Vie De La Vegan made this month:
Income for May 2016
- Sponsored post: AU$40
- Plant-Based Breakfasts For Kids ebook sales: AU$4.98
Expenses for May 2016
- Aweber email marketing: US$19.00 (about AU$25.55)
- Tailwind Pinterest scheduler: US$15 (about AU$20.17)
- Boardbooster Pinterest scheduler: US$5 (about AU$6.72)
- Paypal transaction fees: AU$0.48
Yes, I made a loss of about $8 this month. But wait – there’s more!
What I wanted to talk to you about this month is making an income from advertising when you have under 20 000 pageviews per month. I made a little bit of money this month from ads on Vie De La Vegan – however I haven’t included it above because I haven’t been paid yet. All those figures above were paid into/out of my bank account this past month! Income from Amazon, advertising networks, affiliates, etc. usually gets paid 1-2 months later. So I’ll count those incomes once I actually see the money.
Okay, so – advertising. As I mentioned last month, I signed up to GourmetAds – I also still have a sidebar Google Adsense advertisement, and occasionally you might find a small Swoop ad. I had around 20 000 pageviews last month – let’s see how much money I made from these 3 advertising networks…
Google Adsense: US$6.07
I was actually kinda surprised about the Swoop advertisements. I set them up about a year ago and thought they were as useless as Google Adsense. And as they only show up on about 20% of pageviews, I totally forgot I still had it installed until recently. So I was pleasantly surprised to see they were my top performing advertising network this month :)
My goal with advertising networks is to keep bringing in traffic to my blog (see below for more information about that) so I can move on to a higher paying advertising network. Because ~$40 for a month of hardwork getting to 20K pageviews…well, it’s hardly worth it. But you’ve got to start somewhere, and if I can earn some pocket change, I won’t say no :D
As a quick side note: you’re probably all dying to know how successful my new ebook was too ;) I was going to talk about that this month, but I thought advertising networks might be more valuable for this post. Over the next few weeks I’m hoping to publish a post about how to publish an ebook on Amazon, so I’ll be revealing how much money I made from my ebook in that post.
Wow, I nearly doubled my pageviews this month from 12000 in April to nearly 21000 in May! Woohoo! How did I do this? I’m not entirely sure – and I’m not entirely sure how I’m going to keep growing my pageviews – but I’m just going to keep doing what I’ve been doing.
PINTEREST is a really valuable way to get traffic to your blog – which is why I’ve even invested money into Pinterest scheduling tools (Boardbooster and Tailwind – I highly recommend both!). Something funny that’s been happening is the same post (this lentil pizza crust) consistently, like, EVERY SINGLE DAY, is bringing in hundreds of pageviews. Just by itself. It’s just gone viral on Pinterest and there’s no stopping it! (I hope). Make pretty pins, also loooong pins, seems to help, and pinning to group boards also gets your pins in front of more people. I actually made my own group board this week – email me if you’d like to join – as group boards also seem to be a good way to grow your own Pinterest following.
FACEBOOK GROUPS are also a great place to find like-minded bloggers who are putting together round-up posts (like this one). I’ve been getting a few of my recipes featured in these different round-up posts and I’ve seen a trickle of traffic flow in from these. Nothing dramatic, but it all adds up!
What I’m doing differently this month
For June, I’ve decided to keep doing what I’ve been doing – increasing my traffic so I can move onto making more money through advertising. Of course, more traffic also means more income in other ways…more ebook sales, more affiliate purchases, higher rates for companies looking for sponsored posts. I’m also looking into Yummly as a traffic source – I’ve just recently added a “yummly” button to my social sharing bars at the top and bottom of every post, and just yesterday I participated in a Facebook group where we had to “yum” all the other posts in the thread (…does that make sense?). I’ll be experimenting with Yummly a bit more…
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