Blogging Income & Stats May 2017

Firstly, let’s take a moment to appreciate the fact that it is June already, how the heck did that happen? Secondly, yay, May was an amazing blogging month! During May alone I billed just over £2,100 worth of work which is a pretty big deal to me! I’ve also been paid a record amount and I’m happy with my stats. Long may this continue!

During May my blog received 16,500 page views, 12,058 of which were from unique users. My domain authority has jumped up to 34, unfortunately I have fallen a little in the Tots100 chart and am now ranked at 65. My Klout seems to have settled at 70, for now at least.

My followings as of 1st June are:

Facebook : 1,019
Twitter : 7,383
Instagram : 22,577
Pinterest : 1,111
Google+ : 409
Bloglovin’ : 1,166
YouTube : 180

My earnings during May were:

Sponsored blog post fees – £1,345.19
Sponsored social media fees – £116.98
Commission/referral fees – £202.40

Total income – £1,664.57

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Hosting fees – £4.99
Paypal fees – £47.56 (I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £2.77
Social media scheduling programme – £9.52
BlogOn Ticket – £52.69
Facebook Advertising – £3
Reimbursement for items bought for blog post -£6.36
Photography backdrop – £34.90

Total Expenses : £157.64

Total income less expenses : £1,506.93

On top of the income I received the following to promote/review.

Bostik box, AMARA gifts, a cordless hoover and a Degustabox.

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £627.50 and I’ve already received a payment of £550 for June *does happy dance*.

My five most popular recent posts in May (excluding giveaways) were:

Blogging Income & Stats April 2017
I’m Jealous of My Husband, But He Should Be Jealous of Me!
We’re Moving Home, Third Time Lucky?
I’m Not A Shit Mam, Just An Honest Mam
Slimfast Meal Plan & Iceland Shopping Haul

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Blogging Income & Stats April 2017

Another month another blogging income & stats report! I’m feeling quite excited and optimistic at the moment, and also very overwhelmed, but still; excitement! April was a good month payment wise and, as a result of my largest paid blog job to date, I already have a large chunk due for payment next month. I also have another big job in the pipework for June. Things seem to be on the up and I am really hoping that this is just how it is now, rather than being just a good run.

My stats are on the up again which is always a relief. During April my blog received 16,460 page views, 12,565 of which were from unique users. My domain authority has jumped up to 32 and I am now ranked at 51 in the Tots100 chart! My Klout seems to fluctuate between 69 and 70, as I type this it has settled at 70, for now at least.

My followings as of 1st May are:

Facebook : 972
Twitter : 7,047
Instagram : 21,662
Pinterest : 1,059
Google+ : 406
Bloglovin’ : 1,152
YouTube : 170

My earnings during April were:

Sponsored blog post fees – £630.48
Commission/referral fees – £20.00

Total income – £650.48

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Hosting fees – £4.99
Paypal fees – £3.60 (I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £0.79
Social media scheduling programme – £9.64
BlogOn refund (I cancelled my ticket due to house move and impending financial doom) – -£47.48

Total Expenses : -£19.89

Total income less expenses : £670.37

On top of the income I received the following to promote/review.

An overnight stay with dinner & breakfast at The Vale Resort, Degustabox, Rocco Clothing dress for Aria, Peacocks clothing for the whole family, Googly Fruits goodies and California Raisins goodies.

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £700 which makes me feel very happy, excited and also greedy as I am now hoping to smash £1,000 this month!

My five most popular recent posts in April were:
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Blogging Income & Stats Report for April 2017

A Work From Home Mam – The Reality

I had so many plans for when I became a work from home mam. I would cook from scratch daily, bake regularly and make my own bread. Aria and I would spend a lot of time crafting, and also go out on play dates at least once a week. My house would be spotless and the washing baskets would never overflow again. Who was I trying to kid!?!

The reality has been somewhat different. In fact, the only one of those things that happens on a regular basis is the bread making, and, to be completely honest, The Hairy Biker bread maker from Ideal World* makes it so easy that there is no reason I couldn’t have made my own bread back when I was working and blogging, so there is definitely no excuse not to do it now.

Review of the Hairy Bikers bread machine from Ideal World

It’s a  winner though, and I am glad that this is one of the few things that I actually do. Aria loves the bread maker, she sits on the worktop watching it, giggling when it kneads the bread and mimicking the whirring noises as the machine does it’s thing. I’ve yet to get her to eat the actual bread but getting her to eat most things is a challenge, except stock cubes of course (see facebook for more on this particular subject!). Spencer and I on the other hand absolutely love the beautiful, thick doorstop bread fresh from the machine. Getting used to it has taken a while, the paddle got stuck in the bread on the first few attempts but a good coating of oil on it seems to have solved that problem now.

As with most things in life I love to cut corners which is what makes the Hairy Biker’s bread maker perfect for me. I’ve decided to ignore the booklet full of recipes that comes with the machine and just buy ready made bread mixes. I simply measure out the required amount of water and pour it into the machine followed by the bread mix, close the lid and press go. As simple as that. Around three hours later I have a delicious loaf of super fresh and tasty bread. Winning.

blog review of the hairy bikers bread maker from ideal world

As for the crafts, well I was a bit clever there, I know that I always put crafts off so I signed up to become a Bostik Blogger which means that I HAVE to do crafts with Aria at least once a month. It is usually a last minute panic a few days before (or on the day of!) the deadline but she loves it all the same. My crafts are made with a lot of help from Aria so they never look great but believe me when I say that Aria puts a lot of effort into them and yes, I get incredibly frustrated watching her do them, especially when she sticks eyes on bums and that type of thing. It takes a lot to stay strong and not take over.

toddler crafting - the realities of a work from home mam

I dreamed of having weekends and evenings off when I become a work from home mam, and I do tend to take weekends off which is lovely. As for the evenings they are usually spent on the ‘gram, although I do try and stick to a posting schedule of Sunday – Thursday so that I get some evenings off. I’m putting a lot more in now and as a result I am getting a lot more out. My Instagram feed is nicely curated and my following and engagement have increased, and I’ve managed this without neglecting my blog. None of this would have been possible if I were still working part time and running a blog.

I wish I could tell you that I was now more organised with my working schedule. But that would be a lie.

And my house is still a tip. I like to spend my days off with Aria having fun, not cleaning and I like to spend my working days, well, working.

While being a work from home mam isn’t exactly what I had expected it to be, I wouldn’t change it for the world.

*Disclosure – The bread maker was sent to me in exchange for promotion*

Blogging Income & Stats March 2017

As I had hoped quite a few of my outstanding payments from January and February came in during March. Thankfully all but one paid without chasing, huge relief as I hate having to chase people.

My stats have taken another big drop and I’m not at all surprised. House viewings, finally selling our house and going on holiday has meant that I’ve taken a lot of time away from blogging and just haven’t had the time to create and promote new content.

During March my blog received 11,635 page views, 7,847 of which were from unique users. I finished the month with a domain authority of 29 and a Klout score of 70. My Tots100 score has dropped slightly but I am still sitting pretty at 72, while I remain in the top 100 I can happily cope with a drop of three, although I am quite concerned about the next update due to my huge drop in page views.

My followings on the 2nd April (I forgot to jot down the figures yesterday!) were as follows:

Facebook : 946
Twitter : 6,705
Instagram : 20,652
Pinterest : 1,000
Google+ : 404
Bloglovin’ : 1,153
YouTube : 163

My earnings during March were:

Sponsored blog post fees – £692
Commission/referral fees – £25

Total income – £717

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Hosting fees – £9.98
Paypal fees – £7.44 (I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Animation & Header image – £100
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £0.79
Social media scheduling programme – £9.98

Total Expenses : £136.76

Total income less expenses : £580.24

On top of the income I received the following to promote/review.

Degustabox, Trespass walking boots, Huntleys shoes & outfit for Aria, Blade & Rose clothing for Aria and a holiday to Butlin’s.

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £153 which is a little worrying as it is quite a low figure, but I am in talks for a few other projects and have got another £215 worth of work to invoice today so hopefully all will be well!

My five most popular posts published in March were:

Blogging Income & Stats February 2017
Motherhood, The Lonely Truth
The Disorganised Mother’s Guide To Money Saving
Bluestone On A Budget
Office Makeover Part 1

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A Parenting and Lifestyle blogging income and stats report - showing earnings, expenses and stats throughout the month of March 2017

The Disorganised Mummy Blogger

I’m a disorganised mummy blogger – there I said it. Working from home is both a blessing and a curse, especially when you have children. The flexibility that comes with working from home is great, but it can also result in unnecessarily taking time off, such as cancelling childcare because she is a little under the weather, or because she was sick once twelve hours ago. Whilst it is great that I can take a day off work to clean the house when a potential buyer wants to come and view it, the five viewings last week have resulted in me falling extremely behind.

I’m behind on everything. I’m behind on day to day admin, all the background stuff that goes into running and boosting your site in the rankings and just general housekeeping, I dread to think what kind of state it is all in as I haven’t looked at any of it for such a long time.

I’m behind on reviews. The problem is that I don’t like to just ‘bash’ reviews out, I like to thoroughly trial any item before recommended it for my readers sake, I strive to take the perfect photos for both the sake of my blog and the PR companies.

I’m behind on replying to emails. I like to try and reply to emails straight away, I worry that if I don’t I may well miss that perfect op. My problem is that I mentally respond, and then Aria interrupts me, then a week later I realise that I still haven’t actually responded. I also have this same problem with messages from friends.

Don’t even get me started on my accounts. I assumed that when I started blogging for a living I would have plenty of time to devote to all the boring jobs as well as the fun parts of blogging. My accounts haven’t been touched for a very long time. I like to get my accounts in as soon after the tax year ends as possible, purely because I know that I will forget about them if I don’t. This means that I need to get my accounts into some kind of reasonable order very soon. While there isn’t much that I can do about any of the other issues, (well, I could hire a VA but I’m not actually busy enough to justify that, I just need to organise my time more efficiently), there is something that I can do about my accounting and general organisation issues.

I’m looking into starting a free trail of Xero to solve my accounting woes. Xero, Britain’s leading online accounting software, allows you to run your business on the go, easily send and track invoices (even down to letting you know when they are opened) and reconcile your accounts in seconds. The great news is that they offer a 30 day free trial which means that I can find out if it really does work for me before committing to it.

With a business performance dashboard, contacts and smart lists I really am hoping that Xero could give me the organisational help that I need for a super low fee.

If, like me, you are looking to get organised this coming financial year sign up for a 30 day free trial of Xero.