Where do I even start? May was a craaaazy month for my blog. I went to my first conference in Richmond Virginia. Focused Blogging Conference was a game changer even at such an early stage of blogging. I went with butterflies and my blog Wanderlust and Wildlife and I came home with a plan and a second blog (this one)!! What have I gotten myself into?? Can I even make an income with this?
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I split my blogs in two because they had two very different subjects: My first blog is on traveling and wildlife conservation because that is my passion in life. My second one, the one you are reading now, is on student loans and finances. I hope this blog will help others like me deal with student loans and all things financial (even blogging!).
Well, I did and did not have income for my first-month blogging. I did earn a $25 affiliate bonus for writing a review for Grammarly and I did make an affiliate sale ($20) for Facebook Strategies Worth Sharing, but you have to have a minimum cash out for ShareASale and FSWS pays the following month. (You can check out my pre-launch affiliates that helped facilitate my first sale here.)
I had always thought income from blogging was able to be withdrawn immediately. Bloggers don’t always tell you about this side of the income. It was so exciting to earn money in my first month blogging but a bit disheartening to not actually be able to touch that money. Some of it I may not be able to touch for a while.
To make things more clear, I will be adding the income to the reports for the month I can actually cash out but will have a line in parenthesis for what I have earned. It is unclear how other bloggers do this, but this makes the most sense to me since I may not be able to cash out with ShareASale for a while. In addition, I will be setting up Google Adsense next month to help with the income.
(Income Earned: $45)
Income Cashed Out: $0
Here are my April Stats From My First Blog:
April Ended My 1st Week Post-Launch:
11 blog posts
25 Pinterest followers
35 Facebook followers
100 Twitter followers
107 Instagram followers
Here Were My May Goals and Stats:
May 2017 Goals From 1st Blog
20+ blog posts Fail. I have 18 posts
10 printables. Fail- this was a bit ambitious. I do have 6 though.
Stock photos in my resource library
Network with people at the conference
Finish the e-courses I enrolled for. Failish- I finished some but got distracted.
200 followers on Twitter I have 464 for Wanderlust and Wildlife!!
200 followers on Instagram. Fail- I have 170 for W&W
100 followers on Pinterest I have 130 for Pinterest(W&W)!
100 followers on FB. Fail- 73 followers (W&W). This seems to be the hardest social media for me.
Make at least one affiliate sale or ad sale I did it with W&W! Sadly payday won’t come until June 2017 or later, but I was able to make an affiliate sale! I am super excited.
End of May Stats Wanderlust and Wildlife
End of May Stats Surviving Student Loans
Instagram: None- did not set this up
Here Are My June Goals:
Wanderlust and Wildlife
Surviving Student Loans
Install Google Adsense
Make 1 affiliate sale
4 blog posts per blog
I am excited to see what June brings! I hope you follow in my journey with me!