That said, I found myself struggling. There just aren’t enough hours in the day to accomplish everything I know I should do to make this a successful site. I feel like an assistant (virtual or otherwise) would be very helpful, but I’m not sure I earn enough yet to justify such an expense, and I’m also not sure I would feel comfortable relinquishing control.
Regarding ad networks, I’m still using The Blogger Network (TBN), Gourmet Ads, Infolinks, and BuckBooks. I went ahead and applied to AdThrive, even though I don’t think I have enough traffic. But word is their waiting list is 2-3 months, so maybe I’ll be in a better position by the time they get around to me.
If you decide to put together an ebook with Canva, I strongly suggest watching this gal’s video tutorial. Watch it through to the end and it will save you a lot of angst, especially in the saving/downloading part. When I’m done putting the first book together (hopefully soon!), I will have to figure out how I want to sell it, how much for, and whether I want to use affiliates. Or if affiliates will even have me! Have you put an ebook together? Link it in the comments and tell me about your experience!
I also finally broke down and got some equipment I’ve been hemming and hawing on for a while. Specifically vinyl photography backdrops from Swanky Prints, and a daylight balanced light for taking photographs after the kids go down. Several food bloggers recommended the Lowel EGO light, so that’s what I went for. I haven’t busted them out yet (just arrived today!) but I’ll be sure to let you know how I like them!
JANUARY 2015 – EARNED: $2,589.78
- Google Adsense: $46.41
- The Blogger Network: $280.95
- Amazon Affiliate: $5.77
- Gourmet Ads: $45.25
- InfoLinks: $30.95
- Izea: $75.45
- Social Fabric: $1,705.00
- BlogHer: $50.00
- Clever Girls: $350.00
JANUARY 2015 – COLLECTED: $2,096.61
JANUARY 2015 – EXPENSES: $202.40
- Izea membership: $1.00
- Constant Contact: $33.00
- Amazon gift card for contest: $15.00
- Swanky Prints vinyl photography backdrops: $47.52
- Lowel Ego Lights for photography: $105.88
JANUARY 2015 – TRAFFIC: 110,390
JANUARY 2015 – FACEBOOK:
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