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Welcome to our June Income Report.
We are halfway through July and it occurred to there was no June Income Report posted!
But it’s okay, I’m here now. So let’s do this!
June was a big month, but not in the right ways, unfortunately!
I learned how hard it is to get everything in place and that setting up your foundations is such an important thing to do before launching your blog!
I have swapped and changed so much! And will continue to do so throughout July – I am looking at switching to self-hosted, but we will get to that if and when it occurs!
I made zero dollary-doos this month! The “ka-ching” I expected to hear was nothing more than coins dropping out of my purse while I hunted money to buy bread. Sigh.
That’s okay. The second month in, no miracles were to be expected (just hoped for).
On that note, let’s get started with the June Income Report!
What I did this month
This month was a really scattered month, and it shows! I had no clear focus and took on wayyyyy too much!
Everything I tried to take on this month:
- Mailing List
- Write and release my ebook
- Create printable planner inserts
- Write blog posts
- Be more present on social media
- Look into self-hosting
- Redesign my blog colour scheme
- Add more stock to my store
- Incorporate affiliate links into my store; and
- Redesign my store
Everything I actually did this month:
- Stressed myself out
- Got extremely overwhelmed
- Wrote an ebook
- Spent a lot of time on Pinterest looking for “quick set up” guides
- Fumbled around on Canva for what felt like a lifetime, only to achieve a few printable planner sets.
- Redesigned my store + added affiliate links
Basically, I ran myself dry in funds and was running on fumes!
Two months in and I already burned myself out – and the results were not pretty.
My goals for this month (as you can probably tell) were far from simple. And my stats severely suffered from it!
I hit less of my targets and made no sales, commission or progress in my goals! Here is the round-up of the goals for June.
If you compare it to my May income report, my Instagram followers actually decreased!
What I used to run my blog this month
This month we changed things up, which meant more learning new programs. So before we dig into the number side of the June Income Report, let’s look at the programs.
Still travelling along with WordPress. I changed my theme and love it, although it still isn’t quite where I want it to be.
I spent so much time looking through themes when I could have been investing that time in much better places.
In saying that, it is fantastic that WordPress has themes ready to go – my life would of been a lot harder without it!
Tailwind + Tailwind Tribes
My love for this program grows more every day!
It has saved me so much time with Pinning, I can queue up my pins, add suggested pins and bam! Don’t need to look at it for another week.
I also joined Tailwind Tribes. Not sure what took me so long, I thought it would be harder than it actually is. Now I am part of niche-specific groups and we all share each other’s pins – Like a happy family. Love it.
If you don’t use this program already, what are you waiting for!?
Get your free trial here.
I know, I know. In my May Income Report, I said I wasn’t going to be focusing on ads yet. I couldn’t resist and wanted to give it a go.
The total spend across 4 ads was $25. I got a handful of saves and clicks, but this doesn’t bother me as much as the Instagram trial did.
The difference between Instagram and Pinterest is that on IG, once your ad is done – it’s gone. Lost in the sea of dead posts.
On Pinterest, your pin can live forever and ever! (Which sucks when it is a beginner pin – some of mine are absolutely atrocious haha)
Canva is still going strong! It’s helped me heaps in mixing up my posts, writing my free Essential Oil ebook (You can get it here if you don’t have it already!) and it makes the design much easier.
Since last month, I have upgraded my Canva, so now I am paying for it monthly. At this point, however, I have no regrets.
GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program)
As my love for Canva grows, my use of GIMP decreases. This is simply because GIMP takes a lot longer when you aren’t a superhero with the program.
I still definitely use it, and if you are interested in a free photoshop-esque program, you can grab it here.
Unsplash.com is still my go-to for all things stock photos. I had intended to search for more stock photos this month but my messy schedule made that really hard.
New to the list – PNGTree. An amazing place for vectors, backgrounds, images and general ideas.
The free version offers a maximum of 2 downloads per day, however, I paid for my version so I can also get a licence to sell my products. (Always check licences, some have limitations on how many products you can create and sell with their images) For this month, I used a coupon that I found, which helped keep the cost down.
Seeya, MailChimp. Hello, ConvertKit!
I made the switch and am currently living out my 30-day free trial.
So far I really enjoy it. Sure, the emails aren’t as “pretty” but the automation is significantly easier and I feel that my message gets across much easier.
It feels like the fewer images I am throwing in peoples faces, the more I am actively communicating and connecting. It’s a nice feeling.
Ahh, Shopify. How you sadden me.
Don’t get me wrong, the program itself is amazing. Easy to use and to the point, but if you aren’t making sales it really hurts your income (or lack thereof).
My Shopify prices have gone up because I had to install an additional app ($5/month) just to add links to affiliate sites.
The June Income Report would be much prettier if it wasn’t for Shopify, so
watch this space – I don’t think Shopify will live much longer in the MG universe!
The pressure of Amazon Affiliates is much more prevalent this month. With only (roughly) 6 months to get a sale, it makes it feel like I absolutely have to spam everyone with links (even though I won’t, because that’s uncool).
If you choose to go with Amazon Affiliates, make sure that you have a decent amount of followers first!
Two months in and I have a total of 137 clicks and zero commission.
ShareASale.com is a new favourite. It’s another affiliate link store and it has SO many wonderful stores to choose from.
Any niche you may be in, it can be found in the form of potential commission here.
If you haven’t check it out yet and affiliates are something you are interested in, you can check it out here.
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. (Get it, because we are Mindful Galaxy) I once had an Etsy store.
That store was much different from the one I have now set up. I used to sell hand made crochet goodness. That store died, because I couldn’t keep up with the demand (Crochet is not a quick process!)
Now I have another Etsy store – Pretty Printables MG. Where I will also be selling my printable planners and digital goods.
I’ll let you know how this goes.
(If you want to check out my brand new Etsy store, you can see it here)
Money, money, money…
What even is money? I don’t even know any more!
This month I spent more than I made (which was nothing).
No sales, no commission. I really only have myself to blame for this month’s failures (which we will discuss shortly)
Here is a look at my costs during this June Income Report
$87.87 was spent on the blog this month.
I know that ideally, you’d like to see blogs being free, but they really aren’t.
Can you make and run a blog on zero budget? Absolutely. Will it be efficient? Most likely not.
How do I feel about my -$87.87?
The negative number doesn’t bother me, to be honest. I am two months in, still finding my feet and don’t expect to see anything grow efficiently for at least another 4-6 months.
Things take time, and blogs are no exception.
In saying that, though, the most annoying thing was the lack of focus.
So much was learned this month, and it was all the right things taught in the worst ways.
I was scattered, took on way more than I could handle and didn’t see anything through before jumping to the next grand idea.
Things I have learned this month
Here are some key tips that you can (and should) take away from this post!
- Focus and strategy are essential
- If you don’t take the right steps, in the right order, your blog stats will suffer
- Set one goal that you intend on following through. Then (and only then) focus on the next one
- Don’t get caught up in other peoples success. Pinterest has been a nightmare for my productivity because it made me feel that I need to do everything others were doing; and, most importantly
- Don’t think that you need to do everything at once. This just leads to stress, unfinished projects and cutting corners.