Blog Income & Traffic Report: December 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: December 2016

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Woohoo!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017 CLASS OF ELITE BLOG ACADEMY

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 If you’ve been waiting for this all year – well, the wait is finally over. Your blogging life is about to change drastically. Join EBA now and get on the fast track to blogging success!  

I took EBA last year when I started my blog (- I just happened to be lucky enough to start my blog the week enrollment was open – it only opens once per year!) Within 7 months I was earning $5000 / month, because EBA allowed me to skip all the trial and error of building a successful blog… and it changed my life forever! Enrollment for this year’s class of EBA will close on March 3rd at Midnight, and EBA will be gone for another year. Do NOT miss out – Join EBA here

If you are blogging – or thinking about blogging – and have never heard of EBA then catch the FREE TRAINING webinar with Ruth Soukup (creator of Elite Blog Academy) – A simple framework for success. Ruth will be outlining the four steps every blogger needs to take to win at blogging, and answering any questions you have about EBA. This live event will take place on Thursday March 2nd at 4pm EST and spots are limited to the first 500 people. Claim your spot here

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! (Or… how to make money blogging!)

I have almost totally ignored my blog for exactly one month as of Christmas day (so for more like 6 weeks as of the time this is posted)! My baby was born in November and I am so afraid to miss a moment of him that I just can’t bring myself to work much at all.

So this will be brief, because my blogging time is brief. (Note that our feature image is of a pineapple, and not a Christmas tree or the like… because I don’t have the time to comb through free stock photos like I once did. Pineapple will do.)

But oh my, this is an income report I am excited about. NOT because I made a ton of money or had wicked awesome page views. (Ok well, for me this is actually a ton of money…I did have over 40k fewer page views than I did in November however.)

But guys. This past month has been the month that defined “passive income” for me.

I saw a little bit of that in the last week of November, but watching a whole month of passive income roll in has been… amazing. 

If this is the first time you’re here (thanks for stopping by!) you should know that I started this blog when I found out I was pregnant (March 2016) to try and make an income so I could stay at home with the baby.

For 8 months I spent every waking minute that I wasn’t at work learning to blog and giving it my all… without any real concrete evidence that it could pay off. I did nothing but research and learn about how to make money blogging. 

By the grace of God, whoa, has it ever paid off. (more…)

How to Organize your Closet for Under $30

How to Organize your Closet for Under $30

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This is a guest post by Catherine Treme – Personal Finance Blogger & Life Lover –  who blogs at My Work Money Life. After an eternity (5 years, 6 months, 2 days) of struggling in a corporate job that practically sucked the life out of her, she decided to embrace a career change and tackle blogging! 

My Closet Organization Woes

If you’re anything like me you often feel over worked, under paid and struggle to keep life organized. Well, look no further because I have found a solution to keep life organized! Wait, who am I kidding? I still struggle to keep my life organized (just not clothes organization anymore). I don’t care what stage of life you’re in, this space issue seems to be an ongoing issue with no resolution (I always was under the impression there was closet monsters or something). Not only did I not have the space in my tee-n-i-e apartment but I didn’t have the money to get a fancy bedroom set either.

Every morning, it was the same story. Some clothes halfway folded in the floor, some hung up and then some dirty. After accepting that the sniff test was not conducive to a young professional’s life, I decided I needed some cheap closet hacks in order to get my life in order (well, at least with respect to closet organization) in a really big (yet simple) way. (more…)

Pinteresting Strategies

Pinteresting Strategies

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Woohoo!

ENROLLMENT IS NOW OPEN FOR THE 2017 CLASS OF ELITE BLOG ACADEMY

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 If you’ve been waiting for this all year – well, the wait is finally over. Your blogging life is about to change drastically. Join EBA now and get on the fast track to blogging success!  

I took EBA last year when I started my blog (- I just happened to be lucky enough to start my blog the week enrollment was open – it only opens once per year!) Within 7 months I was earning $5000 / month, because EBA allowed me to skip all the trial and error of building a successful blog… and it changed my life forever! Enrollment for this year’s class of EBA will close on March 3rd at Midnight, and EBA will be gone for another year. Do NOT miss out – Join EBA here

If you are blogging – or thinking about blogging – and have never heard of EBA then catch the FREE TRAINING webinar with Ruth Soukup (creator of Elite Blog Academy) – A simple framework for success. Ruth will be outlining the four steps every blogger needs to take to win at blogging, and answering any questions you have about EBA. This live event will take place on Thursday March 2nd at 4pm EST and spots are limited to the first 500 people. Claim your spot here

I used pinterest to go from 0 – 200k pageviews in 6 months. No boardbooster. No tailwind.

Yes, one more of these posts. They’re addictive aren’t they?! When I was first starting my blog and trying to get page views I read every single one of these I could find online for months. Looking for some secret formula that would make pinterest work for me.

And every. single. post. was a sales pitch for boardbooster or tailwind.

Even the expensive courses required you to purchase boardbooster or tailwind. Putting more money into my blog was a non option, and I decided to do pinterest without a scheduler. I was desperate to get just enough page views to qualify to apply to a bigger ad network and start making a little money.

But what happened just about knocked my socks off. (Yes – Socks. Off.)

I started pinning in May and by the end of August I was working with Adthrive – one of the premier ad networks in the country – and one with a requirement of 100k page view per month.

My pinning-without-a-scheduler method had fast tracked me to a full time blog income.  (more…)

Dealing With Anxiety in Pregnancy

Dealing With Anxiety in Pregnancy

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As usual:  I am NOT a doctor, and I am not formally educated on mental illness. You should see a doctor to learn about your options. You should discuss any and all treatments with your doctor.

I thought my anxiety series was all wrapped up

Dealing with anxiety in pregnancy isn’t something I had ever given much thought to before – and I had shared (more or less) all the basics of the things I know about living well with anxiety.

But of course, there’s always more to learn. In fact, every new experience offers me a choice – A) choose to learn how to deal or B) spiral into full blown prolonged panic mode. (This option comes with insomnia, depression and general lack of functioning. Woohoo!)

I used to choose option B far more often than I care to admit – but that’s because it’s hard to deal with anxiety when you don’t know how… and that’s why learning how is so important.

I know how to deal with my anxiety on a day to day basis. I can keep it under control most of the time:

Turns out pregnancy blows all those things out of the water. (more…)

What’s the Big Deal About Being “Debt-Free”?

What’s the Big Deal About Being “Debt-Free”?

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This is a guest post by Alaya , the blogger behind Hope+Cents. After dumping her own debt, she has become passionate about helping others do the same and shares tips, encouragement, and hope for those looking to take control of their finances.  

There’s a lot of talk about being debt-free.

From blogs chronicling their author’s debt-free journey, to a radio show that invites callers to celebrate becoming debt-free, it seems as if there is a subculture of debt-free fanatics that are challenging our “buy now, pay later” culture.

And it seems that way because there is. There is a growing debt-free community. It’s made up of people who have an “I paid off (insert crazy amount of debt) in just (insert short amount of time)” story; people who are working towards some ambitious and inspiring goal like paying off their mortgage in under ten years or retiring by forty; and people who have always been debt-free and are committed to staying that way. The debt-free subculture exists. And it’s growing.

But, perhaps you’re not convinced about the whole debt-free thing. You can manage your car payment, student loans, credit cards, and other debt just fine. You make all your payments on time, and sometimes you even pay more than the minimum amount due. That’s pretty good, right? If you’re able to “manage your payments” why is being debt-free necessary? What’s the big deal about being debt-free? (more…)