How much can I earn from blogging?
Surprisingly, April 2013 was an exceptionally good month. I returned to work to cover the extended absence of a colleague in my previous job so I had little time to devote to sewing, blogging, advertising etc during April. But I was lucky (for the most part) and my earnings were very good.
My total blog income for April was as follows –
- Google Adsense – $76.51 (see below)
- Sverve – $88.00
- Lijit ads – $24.36
- Infolinks – $53.18
- ShareASale – $1,115.06 (see below)
- Commission Junction – $45.57
- Escalate Network ads – $346.23
- Integrate ads – $15.18
- Viraliti – $0.29
- E-book sales – $120.95
- Rivit Media – $38.40
- Sponsored Tweets – $0.04
- Amazon – $26.48
- Direct advertising – $3.56
- Total – $1,953.81
Lessons learned in April.
I learned a big lesson from Google after my Adsense account was disabled partway through April. I had originally suffered the same fate in a previous endeavor with a friend when we tried to set up a website before. You can read about it in my Google Horror Story. This time, my sewing site was the victim of a click-bombing attack – where a person, or automated click-bot, clicks repeatedly on your adverts in an attempt to get your site disabled from the Adsense program for ‘invalid activity’. And it worked – I was kicked out. Why people do this, I really don’t know. But this time I was older and wiser and although I screamed and ranted for a day, I put together a good appeal with appropriate back up data, and lo and behold – Google readmitted me into the program. However, they did zero out my previous 3 months of earning balance. It will be some time before I am confident that my testing and security measures are completely in place before I add the adverts back to my site and I will certainly miss the income from Adsense which had been running at around $8 a day. But I’m just glad to get a second chance and I don’t intend to waste it.
So that was the bad luck for the month. The good luck saved my bacon when it came to my earnings for the month of April. One of my vendors from the ShareASale affiliate network had a BIG sale and I was able to quickly get out a mailing to my list and got a LOT of sales over just a few days. Which was lucky because I did nothing to promote any vendors for the rest of the month due to my workload and it was pretty dead. Saved by the sale. That certainly won’t be repeated in May so I expect a big drop in earnings!
I also managed to earn a few dollars from my Amazon shop this time around, although most of the sales were nothing to do with sewing goods. What you have to love about Amazon is that people click in to see one product and end up buying 3 completely unrelated ones. They really do cross-sell very well.
New approach for May
Assuming the loss of my Adsense account, I started to look at alternative advertising income and I signed up with Passionfruit Ads. They help you in running and scheduling direct sales adverts on your site, so that you can set and forget. You can infill with your own adverts, swap ads for free with other sites at no charge, and they collect the income for you if anyone comes to your site and buys from your advertise page. I’ve sold one small private advert from this so far.
I also set up with BuySellAds, although they take a larger commission, but there is a chance to get advertising via their site instead of going out and doing the legwork yourself.
I’ve no idea if private advertising will work for my sewing site, or if anyone would be interested, so I’ll report back on this next month. I’m not expecting a great deal from this.
Income goal for May- $800 allowing for limited advertising and promoting activity, no Adsense income and no repeat of my great ShareASale income!
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Authored by: Deby at Moms Make Money