Another month has come and gone! This month was busy for my family, so finding time to blog was tough. We are preparing to move across the country, from Colorado to Georgia. With three kids and two dogs, preparing to move can be quite a task. We have only about a week now until we are on the road to our new home.
I knew the next few months would be super busy, so I focused on writing and scheduling blog posts for the next two months. Using my cell phone, I was able to keep up with my social media bit by bit.
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All of my social media accounts had what I consider huge increases, except Facebook. I don’t focus much on Facebook, for now my focus is mainly on Pinterest and Twitter. Most of my traffic comes from those two platforms. My page views also increased this past month. I wrote two guest posts in June, I believe that’s what helped increase my page views. The guest posts were an unpaid opportunity but gave my blog extra exposure.
I find it somewhat strange that most of my income comes from AdSense. Many people have more luck with affiliates than ads. In my case, AdSense has been increasing steadily.
What I did that made a difference in June and my tips to you.
-As usual I continued to pin, pin, pin. Pinterest is a huge traffic source for my blog. I use canva to create my pin images. I’ve worked on adding more keywords to my pin descriptions.
-I increased my hashtags on Instagram. I used to use only two or three hashtags, but have increased to ten.
-Get involved on your social media accounts. Re-tweet, re-pin and like others posts.
-I’ve narrowed my affiliate marketing sources. For awhile I applied for any and every affiliate and sponsored opportunity. I now focus on Amazon, Flex Offers and Share a Sale.
-In June I joined a few more Facebook groups, which helped increase my reach. I would suggest joining five to six Facebook groups. I don’t participate in all of their threads, but I find that by mixing it up I am able to reach more people.
-Continue to learn. I’ve been reading books and searching Pinterest for blogging tips and advice. There’s always something to be learned. My favorite books for inspiration lately are:
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-Be yourself, write what you’re passionate about. Don’t compare yourself to other bloggers, instead be inspired by them.
-If you have questions, ask. I’ve asked so many questions in Facebook groups. My fellow bloggers have been so helpful and encouraging.
-Schedule your blog posts out a month. I have two notebooks and a calendar. In one notebook I keep a running list of blog post ideas, in the other I keep a list of posts I plan to write for the coming months. My calendar is where my life comes together. I have some super cute Gel Pens that I write my scheduled posts into my calendar with, the colors make it stand out and make it a little more fun.
Over the past four months my love of blogging has continued to grow. I find myself smiling at the thought of a new blog post idea or the thought that I’ve created something that is growing. If you’d like to learn more about my blogging journey and how I became a mom blogger check out Journey From Stay At Home Mom to Work At Home Mom: Part One.
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Lastly, my goals for July.
-Increase my social media following on all accounts by 100.
-Post at least three times a week on Instagram. I’m really bad about posting to Instagram, it’s an area that I need to improve on.Write 10 blog posts. This should be easy, I haven’t been able to do any crafts for my home in months because of our move. As soon as we are settled in I’ll be crafting like crazy.
-Set up a home office space for myself. In our current house I blog from the kitchen table, but our next house is twice the size. I have a spot all picked out and can’t wait to turn it into my own creative space.
-My main goal is to look into taking Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing. I’ve heard amazing things about the class.
**Update: In August I bought Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing. I’m in love with the class and have seen an increase in my affiliate income already. I would highly recommend the class to anyone looking to take their income and blog to the next level.
My list of goals is somewhat small compared to other months. I don’t want to overwhelm myself since I’ll be driving across the country alone with three kids and a dog and setting up a new house.