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Blog Income Report – June 2016

WOW did June FLY by! The year is more than halfway over and guys, between work and the blog I am slammed! My Blog Income Report June 2016 is now up. There were some hits and some misses, for sure. All in all, I think I’m on my way to growing in my own time.

blog income report june 2016

My Analytics

So, these numbers aren’t exactly accurate. In the beginning of the month my Analytics became disconnected. I have no idea how that happened, but it’s been fixed and hopefully in the next week or so everything will be back on track.

 blog income report june 2016

My social media stats:

Twitter: May 9,306 | June: 9,449 | Percent growth: 1.54%
Instagram:May 2,490 | June: 2,644 | Percent growth: 6.2%
Facebook: May 2,394 | June: 2,540 | Percent growth: 6.1%
Pinterest: May 1,454 | June: 1,590 |Percent growth: 9.4%
Klout Score: May 67 | June: 67

Overall: 3.7% increase. Didn’t quite hit that 10% goal LOL. I’m pretty happy with the Pinterest growth I’ve seen just by going back and updating images. This is making a big difference for me in a short amount of time.

Blog Income Report June 2016 – Lesson:

I haven’t been a very big Pinterest user. Twitter is my preferred choice of social media. I LOVE IT. I used Pinterest before I became a blogger and “pinned all the things,” but when it came to my own blog, I didn’t get it. I felt like everything I was seeing was for big-time DIYers and food bloggers. Thanks to Jessica at Jess Creatives, she gave me some feedback on my lack of Pinterest-friendly images. I went through and revamped a few of them on popular posts and I got traction on Pinterest! Check out her resources here. She’s the real deal. My average daily impressions went up 56.59% and my average daily viewers went up 53.61%. Coincidence? Maybe, but I don’t think so.

Blog Income Report June 2016:

Gross Income: $3,387.88

Sponsored posts

  • Collective Bias: $335
  • The Women Bloggers: $2,100
  • Military One Click: $100
  • TapInfluence: $250
  • IZEA: $75 (affiliate link)

Passive Affiliate Income

  • Share-A-Sale: $220 this is from one affiliate (affiliate link)

Social Media Sharing

  • She Knows: $150
  • IZEA: $157.88 (affiliate link)

Expenses

  • Taxes: 15.3% self-employment tax $518.35 (OUCH)
  • Taxes: 7% state income tax: $237.15 (Arkansas- this will vary state to state)
  • Facebook Boosting: $34.00
  • Virtual Assistant: $27.60
  • IZEA membership fee: $1

Net Income: $2,569.78

A note – I also received a mattress from Tuft & Needle, one of my new affiliates. This does have to be declared on my taxes. I will ask my accountant what percent I will have to pay. In some states, there is no tax on receipt of free products. Arkansas is not one of those states.

July Blogging Goals

Moving forward I have lofty goals along with those that are a bit more obtainable in the short term:

  • I think I got a bit overzealous with the ten percent figure. I’ll aim for 5% social media growth given how busy July will be for me.
  • Find the right audience for the Tuft & Needle post I’ll be doing
  • Make the most of Blogger Bash NYC – learn, learn, learn!
  • Play with video a bit
  • Keep trying to grow to 100,000 followers and apply for Ad Thrift

Anything that worked for you in June? Please do share in the comments!

37 Comments

  • Lucie

    Congratulations, Heather! Looks like you had a great month. Thank you for being willing to share your experience with the rest of us. I do feel that blog income reports inspire everyone to keep on going! Looking forward to hearing more. Happy 4th!

  • Eileen Kelly

    I think you had a great month. I am working on my Pinterest account as well. Doing updates and trying different pins. I can’t wait to see your July

    • Heather

      Thanks, Sarh! I talk about IZEA (well write it about it 😉 ) in one of my monetization posts. The trick is to pay the $1 a month membership and bid on just about everything. If it isn’t a fit, definitely skip it. I do always fill in the little pitch part and thank the brand for the opportunity. Keep at it! And by the way, 10k is awesome!

    • Heather

      Jenn, if you have any advice for Pinterest, feel free to leave it. I love to share with readers and happy to link back to your blog to let them know where the advice came from. I am still figuring it all out! 🙂

  • Liz Mays

    It looks like when you write it all down like that it helps you realize where you need to alter things and so forth. You did really well for the month. Congrats!

  • Carly

    HI Heather! I’m stopping by from mom’s small victories link up. Congrats on a great month! And thank you for sharing your income report… I hope you know just how helpful it is to new bloggers like me, to read about other’s success and learn from it. I’m excited to go read some of your monetization posts now lol. I started my blog in February and I feel like I’m just floundering around in the dark most of the time. I had wicked awesome page views this month (100,000) or else my google analytics is broken (a very real possibility?)… but I don’t have the slightest clue how to maintain that or why it happened (I was featured on a couple link ups? Maybe that helped) and I made less than 1/10 of what you made in June! You don’t even have ads! You’re my hero! I would really like more info on this soapbox influence thing … I googled but their webpage is less than useful! (Soapboxinsights.com?!) Thanks again for sharing… looking forward to reading about your July!
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  • Brooke

    Heather, saw you in Insta Posse on FB, glad i liked your photo. Stopped over to check out your report. Great Job! I am heading to Haven this year and hope to figure out some other monetizing recourses down there. Will look into Blogger Bash as well, since I’m a train ride away from NYC and used to work in midtown.

    • Heather

      Thanks, Brooke! Let me know if you head to Blogger Bash. I’d love to meet you! And thank you so much for stopping by.

  • Jeanine

    Sounds like you had a really great month! I love seeing what other bloggers are doing and how well they do! So this is wonderful, congrats to you on your hard earned success!

  • Amanda Love

    Awesome! Sounds like you’re doing great and it’s nice to keep track of your monthly blog income so you can set goals for the next month! I hope you reach all your goals for this coming month.

  • mary

    Hi Heather! Thanks for sharing these details. I love the companies you work with – Im with IZEA, Collective Bias, and make quite a bit from Adsense & Amazon. I’d love to check out soapbox influence-I haven’t heard of it. Googling now

    • Heather

      I don’t know too many who make good money with Adsense! I am very jelly LOL! You must have a big following 🙂 . Unfortunately, Amazon is a no-no here in Arkansas. 🙁
      Soapbox is great – it is for bloggers in certain states. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Brandy

    This is great, I make most of my at home income with my ghostwriting services, right now building my blog back up after taking a year to work outside of the home is proving to be paying off. Loved reading this as it will help give me some ideas on where to focus as I work to build the blog income up again!
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    • Heather

      Thanks, Brandy. I have a full-time career outside of blogging so I hear you. My blogging time is limited. I hope to make it full-time someday. 🙂

  • Bonnie @wemake7

    This is great! I wish I could make a living from my blog like this. Maybe someday.

  • Victoria @DazzleWhileFrazzled

    Congrats! I’m struggling to monetize, although I’m relatively new at this blogging game. I’ll try the $1 trick for Izea. So far the free version has been disappointing. Keep it up. Visiting from Pretty Pintastic Party

    • Heather

      Oh thank you for stopping by and your kind words. Yes, IZEA without a membership is kind of a dud in a lot of ways. Good luck and let me know if I can help!