Blogging Income & Stats July 2017

July was quite a quiet month due to the house move, I took a few weeks off and didn’t do anywhere near as much blogging as I usually do. Thankfully I had a few well paid jobs already in the pipeline so this didn’t affect my income too badly. I worried about my stats but I needn’t have, the posts that I did publish were super popular and as a result my stats haven’t suffered.

Stats wise, during July my blog received 22,067 page views, 17,832 of which were from unique users. My domain authority is now on 37, I managed to stay in the same place in the Tots100 chart and am still ranked at 65. My Klout has gone down to 66; but most bloggers I know have decreased due to changes in the API.

My followings as of 1st July are:

Facebook : 1,071
Twitter : 7,694
Instagram : 23,713
Pinterest : 1,172
Google+ : 409
Bloglovin’ : 1,183
YouTube : 209

My earnings during July were:

Sponsored blog post fees – £1,122.50
Total income – £1,122.50

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Hosting fees – £4.99
Paypal fees – £5.25 (I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £2.49
Social media scheduling – £19.12
Epidemic Sound – £10.00 (YouTube music)

Total Expenses : £50.42

Total income less expenses : £1,072.08

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

July Degustabox, Removal services, dress and shoes from YoursClothing and JoJo Maman Bebe clothing for Aria.

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £464.

Blogging Income & Stats June 2017

It’s July which means that I am moving this month – yay (well, yay assuming that nothing goes wrong as we haven’t exchanged contracts yet!). I didn’t bill quite as much during June as I did in May, but I still managed to bill £987 which is fab and almost double my target of £500 per month.

Stats wise, during June my blog received 15,772 page views, 11,733 of which were from unique users. My domain authority is now on 35, I managed to stay in the same place in the Tots100 chart and am still ranked at 65. My Klout has gone down to 68 but I’m not too worried about this slight decrease as most bloggers I know have decreased for some reason. It’s due to a change in API or something else technical.

My followings as of 1st July are:

Facebook : 1,046
Twitter : 7,708
Instagram : 23.3K
Pinterest : 1,144
Google+ : 408
Bloglovin’ : 1,179
YouTube : 187

My earnings during June were:

Sponsored blog post fees – £1,312.67
Sponsored social media fees – £75
Commission/referral fees – £15.48

Total income – £1,403.15

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Hosting fees – £4.99
Paypal fees – £12.75 (I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £2.49
Social media scheduling – £19.47
Photoshop Actions – £19.43

Total Expenses : £67.70

Total income less expenses : £1,335.45

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

Radio, Degustabox and a Cosatto pushchair. Yes, a Cosatto pushchair. One of my blogging goals since having Aria was to review a Cosatto pushchair, and I can now cross that off the list!

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £581.50, and have two big jobs lined up, one of which I will be invoicing today and the other I hope to invoice this month too.

Perfecting Your Instagram Photography

Pretty much every man and their dog wants to be insta-famous nowadays (seriously, some of those dog accounts are killing it!). Instagram is no longer about sharing a photo in the moment, it is about creating a gallery, a beautifully curated gallery, and while the key to a successful instagram account isn’t photography alone, perfecting your instagram photography will help.

You don’t need a fancy camera

I never thought I would say this, but, you really don’t need a fancy camera. I have always been a bit of a camera snob, priding myself on picking up the finer details and having the perfect depth of field, yet, one of my most popular instagram photos was taken on my iPhone 6s, and while it isn’t of a quality that I would ever consider blowing up and printing, it works for instagram. Most people view instagram in teeny tiny squares on their phone, meaning that the quality of the photo doesn’t matter too much. I’m not saying go out and take real shit quality photos and put little effort in, what I am saying is, you really don’t need a DSLR, and also, flower walls will always win instagram.

Bank holiday has been super lazy 😴😴I’ve done pretty much bugger all, apart from a walk to the park and BBQ with the in-laws tonight 🔥🍔Spencer went out with the boys on Saturday for bank hol beers but not me, I made no plans, despite craving bank holiday beer garden booze times ❌🍻Why? Because I’m weak, like super weak. I am determined to have a 100% week on my diet, I even took slimming world potato salad and a weight watchers pudding to the BBQ 💪🏻💪🏻I am just too weak to go out and not cave. So I stayed in. Stayed in with a toddler who has learnt to climb out of bed and decided that she wasn’t tired 😬😬 I lost count of the amount of times that she appeared downstairs 😤she didn’t end up going to bed until MIDNIGHT 😱😱which is exactly why daytime naps have been banned ❌❌ more about that in my latest blog post, click the link in the bio 👩🏻‍💻

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Take in your surroundings

There is nothing worse than looking at your fabulous picture after the event to discover an overflowing bin in the background. Survey the scene before taking your photo. Frame the photo perfectly within your camera. Move to your subject and set the perfect scene within your frame. I’ve been known to turn Aria around in the swing so that the pretty fields are behind her, rather than the ugly old Leisure Centre. These little details make all the difference when it comes to perfecting your instagram photography.

Focus, focus, focus

Focus is key. If using your phone tap on the main subject of the photo to focus on them. If using your camera move the focus point around, or, lock the focus point down and move your camera to where you want it. When photographing people try to focus on their eyes.

If you need to crop, do it within Instagram

I never, ever crop my instagram photos outside of instagram. I used to, but recently I have discovered that cropping works best within instagram itself. Cropping within instagram gives you a lot more control as you can better see how it will look within the app and at the required size. Leave the overflowing bin in the photo and zoom in to crop it out in instagram. Just remember when uploadloading elsewhere that it hasn’t been cropped. This may have caught me out on a few occasions.

Give your audience what they want

This is where a business account really pays off. The analytics are fab at providing a wealth of useful information, as well as easily sorting your most popular photos over a period of time.

This one is getting SO difficult, but also cuter and funnier, which is good because I need something to sweeten the deal 😁😁 – Today she had a meltdown in a cafe because she wanted her yoghurt before her sandwich 🚨bad mammy alert🚨I gave in to her 🙊🙊it was SO quiet and she was SO loud and I was SO embarrassed 🙈 top parenting right there 🙌🏻 – Other goings on today have included her running in and out of the house and shutting her fingers in the door not once, but twice and getting all of the recycling out of the bins and throwing it down the garden steps 🙈 all because the food shopping came and I stopped paying her attention while sorting it out 🙄 – Man I need booze and chocolate 🍫🍺 if only I wasn’t on a stupid diet 🙄🙄

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By sorting my photos by top engaged over the past year it becomes evident that photos of myself and Aria always do well, other than one or two particularly nice photos of Aria, the photos of us together are dominating the top. This shows me that my audience like to see photos of me, the person behind the camera. As a result I now aim to include a photo of Aria and me at least once a week, more if I can.

Get down to your subjects level

I say down because my subject tends to be a toddler, basically kneel down, sit down, stand on tip toes or steps, just do what you can to be on the same level as your subject and the photo will look instantly better. There are some exceptions to the rule, such as when you hover over them and they melt you with their big blue eyes, but generally, if you are stood up and your toddler is stood up it isn’t going to work. Kneel down to meet their eye level and you will see a huge difference in your photography.

 

Be real, but not too real

People like to be able to relate, people like to know that your life isn’t perfect, but people also like visually appealing photos. If I were to post a photo of Aria in a dark and dingy house with toys and general mess everywhere it would flop, it’s not pretty or funny, therefore it isn’t visually appealing, it is just a kid stood in a shit tip. Save that stuff for instagram stories, where, in my opinion, mess is perfectly acceptable, in fact, it’s desired. People are naturally attracted to clean, bright photos, so if you want your photo to stand out in amongst feeds stick to this.

Lighting is key

Good lighting can make all the difference to your photo, especially when using a phone. The golden hours (shortly after sunrise and before sunset) are the ultimate times for your whimsy perfect captures, but they aren’t always possible, especially when littles are involved. Believe it or not the best days for photography are your grey and overcast days. Try to avoid shooting in direct sunlight, especially at midday when it is at it’s strongest. If shooting indoors open up your curtains and let as much natural light in as possible, avoid turning lights on if you can as they often create a yellow glow which doesn’t look good. If this can’t be avoided you can easily adjust the colour temperature to make it cooler on most editing software, including Photoshop and PicMonkey.

Don’t post for the sake of posting

If you aren’t 100% happy with your photo don’t post it just because you have nothing else to post. People say consistency is key and that you should post your photos at the same time every day and stick to a regular posting schedule. This is right, but it won’t work if you post any old sub par photo just because you need to stick to your schedule. If you don’t have a photo that you are 100% happy with, it is okay not to post. If you really are concerned about sticking to a tight schedule then make sure that you have a bank of photos, instagram lost its instant a long time ago so don’t worry about posting a photo taken a while ago, as long as it is seasonally appropriate no one will bat an eyelid.

Take a wide selection of photos

For every one instagram photo that I post there are around one hundred that didn’t make the cut! Taking photos of a toddler is hard, be prepared to keep snapping away until you find the perfect photo. Burst mode is your friend.

Filters aren’t necessary to create a theme

Once upon a time I believed that you had to have a theme for your instagram account, and I decided that my theme would be to edit all of my photos with a hazy pink filter. This looked lovely on some photos, but on others, rather than adding to the photo it took away from it. Nowadays the majority of my photos are bright and colourful, but occasionally if I feel a photo would be better suited with a hazy filter I will add one. I’ve come to realise that my theme is me, my personality, my captions, and also Aria and (hopefully) good photos. If you do want to use filters for your photos (because there is absolutely nothing wrong with doing so) consider using out of app filters. Some of my favourite filters come in the form of Photoshop actions, these are relatively cheap to purchase, can be applied to your photo in the click of a button and give you a lot more control than instagram filters.

Most importantly, don’t be afraid to experiment and have fun! 

Life really is about taking the rough with the smooth isn’t it? Like when I walk along the beautiful, scenic canal 🛶🦆most of it is lush, but what I don’t tend to show you is that I have to pass through dark, dingy, graffiti filled tunnels that stink of piss 🤢welcome to the valleys butt 🤛🏻 This weekend has been all about taking the rough with the smooth 👩🏻🙇🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️I had a fab day on Saturday at #ThisWelshMotherMeets, then I spent yesterday in A&E after Aria fell from the top to the bottom of our stairs 🚑 thankfully she was absolutely fine, but because it was such a big fall they had to monitor her for four hours just to be sure. I was so scared, stressed and worried and am now exhausted and drained 😴😴 We’ve also had stresses with the house sale/purchase being delayed and the solicitors at the top of the chain seemingly ignoring everyone 🤷🏻‍♀️ today I have been convinced that it would all fall through, to then discover that it’s all fine and the top of the chain want to complete FRIDAY 😱😱 we’ve had to say no, talk about short notice!

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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