• Content Planning for Social Media

    Ask anyone who uses social media as part of marketing their business, what the downside to it is. I guarantee most of them will say content planning.

    Most of us create calendars of information (content) that we’d like to share with our audience. Doing so provides value, and shows that we’re not just here to sell.

    Having a plan helps us to be efficient, and quite honestly, it makes us look more professional because everything is thought out. (Instead of being thrown together at the last minute.)

    Don’t get me wrong, I sometimes still post on the fly, but I don’t do it often. Sometimes there is a piece of information I must share with you right away!

    I know one of the biggest struggles with those who use social media is content planning, so I’m going to share my process with you. Hopefully, this can help someone who is just starting out to get into a flow.

    This post may contain affiliate links, and while it may not cost you anything extra, if you make a purchase through any of my links, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own. Thank you in advance for trusting me! Read more here.

    step by step content planning for beginners.

    Content planning in the beginning

    When I first started content planning, I started planning for a month at a time. I took a piece of scrap paper and just wrote down ideas as they came to me. I asked myself, what did I want to share with my audience? What are they looking for?

    Two months into content planning, I realized that I needed a better system. I was planning and organized, but it still felt like something was missing.

    After carefully thinking it through, and also researching, I found these to be the best method(s) for me.

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    healthy meal planning bundle

    Getting content ideas

    Start early.

    I cannot STRESS how pertinent it is if you give yourself a running start. Planning for the future certainly isn’t easy, and it all seems like guesswork sometimes. However, if you take the stress away from your content, then that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about. When I’m planning for the month ahead, I usually start mid-month the month before.

    Research.

    When I’m looking for ideas on what to provide, I do research. Content marketing is giving the people what they want, or giving them a solution to a problem they’re having.. Not posting whatever you feel like posting that day.

    I ask myself, “how will ‘X’ benefit them?” and use that as my foundation.

    So where do I find ideas? Everywhere!

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    chicserve wordpress theme

    Facebook

    I go into my various Facebook groups and I search for my niche or topic and see what questions people ask, or what struggles they are having in their business. I choose a few that I can write a post about that will answer their question/serve a purpose to them. I can then break down that post into tiny bits and have quite a few pieces to post about on my various platforms.

    Pinterest

    If you go to the search bar on Pinterest, when you click on it you will see a drop-down menu. If you scroll to the bottom you will see a header labeled “trending topics”. This is what is being searched at that moment on Pinterest. Does any of the topics fit your niche?

    Quora

    Sometimes I’ll go on a questions forum and search for my topic or niche. The search results will populate questions that people have in regards to topics in that niche.

    Ask!

    Or, you can go the old fashioned way and just ask people what they want to see, or what they need help on. This is a great way to know what your target audience is looking for, rather than guessing (or hoping).

    Another thing you can do (that I sort of mention above) is take old posts/content and revive them. You can change up your graphics (appeal to a different audience), add to what your first shared, update your previous information (like if there were changes in stats or algorithm, etc.)

    Drafting

    After doing all my research I start drafting ideas for each social media platform I’m on. (I create content for FB x3 groups/pages, IG, Twitter.) Each platform requires a different type of post, so I have to adjust to fit the needs of that platform. However, you can still use the same information all across. This is also a good time to decide how many times a day you are going to post to each platform, so you know exactly how much content you need to come up with.

    I have a notebook where I write all the ideas of content I’d like to share. I use it as a sort of brain dump, and write everything out with no regard to prettying it up (at this moment.) This process usually takes me a few hours (I’m planning for multiple channels after all.)

    When I am done writing out the ideas I’d like to share for the upcoming month, I write out a monthly overview. I do this in Excel and create columns for the date, holidays and events, each of my platforms, my blog, my email list, my website, and notes. (Yes, I’m VERY extensive and organized hahaha.)

    First thing I do is I write down any holidays or events happening in the month I’m planning for. This is sort of an easy way to get content, as these days are already planned! So you can create something around the holiday and not have to plan content for that day. (Even though I sometimes do anyway.) Holidays/events are great times to create sales/giveaways/discounts to entice people to purchase.

    Next I take my ideas from the braindump I did earlier, and plug it into the spots for each social media channel. I currently only post once a day for FB/IG and between 5-10 times on Twitter.

    I have created a few worksheets to help me in this process, and I’d love to share them with you to make your life easier! I know it’s helped me A LOT! Along with the worksheets, there are 30+ content prompts that you can use to set up your calendar. You can get these worksheets for free here.

    35 content planning prompts plus free worksheets

    Graphics

    Now that I have what I want to post and when I want to post it, I go and create graphics for 90% of my content. Sometimes I don’t need a graphic for what I’m posting on certain days.

    I use Canva and Over to create my graphics. They both provide templates that are sized to each social media platform. This is extremely convenient, as you don’t need to figure out what size is the best size for Instagram this week.

    I usually batch this process (create all my graphics at once) so that when it comes time to posting, I am already prepared. This can take a few hours as well.

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    Scheduling

    So far I have done some market research, brainstormed my ideas, drafted my calendar, and created my graphics. The next step for me is to schedule my posts!

    Currently, I am batch scheduling a week at a time. You can also schedule all your content at once. This is a personal preference. I prefer to do it weekly, as I can really sit and plan my captions, or go with the flow of the week. Or to just leave room to “add” in. If I know I’ll have a busy [few] weeks, then I’ll schedule my posts for that time so that I don’t have to worry about posting for the day, I can just make sure that I do my engagement at some point in time.

    I use more than one scheduler for my content, and that’s because I prefer to have my content posted in a certain way (and each scheduler offers great [different] features!).

    I use Planoly for my Instagram posts. Planoly offers a great drag-and-drop feature that allows me to move my future posts into the order I’d like them to post. This is great for creating my “theme” on IG. And there’s no guessing if I’ve posted in the right order! They even auto-post for you, so you don’t have to set your alarm and make sure you’re posting at your optimal times. I also schedule IG stories using Planoly, too! Currently, they don’t offer auto-posting for stories and multiple posts, but they do allow you to set them up and remind you to post at the time you want to.  If you want to try Planoly for free, you can check it out here.

    I use Hootsuite to schedule my Facebook and Twitter posts. Hootsuite makes it VERY EASY to schedule content at the times I want them scheduled for. A great thing about Hootsuite is that they auto-post, so you don’t have to worry about going back into the app and posting your content. They do it for you! Try Hootsuite for free at hootsuite.com.

    Using schedulers are great time-savers and allow me to focus on other important parts of my business.

    how to plan your social media content

    Summary.

    Content planning can be a pain, but if you have a plan in motion, it can be smooth-sailing. Once you get the “hang” of what you want to do and how you want to do it, you will shorten the time it takes you to plan your content each month. And when you get into a good rhythm, you will be able to plan your content for months in advance (like per quarter!).

    Another thing I’ve noticed is that it is so much easier for me to think of “new” content because my brain is “trained” to break down older posts or revise older content. It has become FUN for me to plan my content and in turn, has allowed me to create better graphics, as well as captions to share with you all! I enjoy that I am able to provide more value for less stress!

    Comment below on what you thought about this post, and if you’d also like to share how YOU plan! I’m curious to know if there is an “easier” or more efficient way. I also love to hear other’s processes.

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  • April 2019 Income Report

    Welcome to my April income report!

    I have been doing income reports for a few months now, and I do so that newer bloggers can see that it IS possible to make money blogging at any stage.

    I started blogging in September of 2018, and here I am today! It’s not very far, but it’s farther than I was when I started.

    You can read my previous reports here:

    Jan/Feb 2019

    March

    April seemed to be a very busy month for me, and it went by quickly! We are only a few days into May and my traffic is really picking up! (The reason? An awesome guest post by my colleague, Tarin LaRoux. You can read it here.)

    I will continue to share my income reports with everyone until I feel it’s necessary to stop. I know that blogging can seem like a scary journey, but with the right tools and direction, it doesn’t have to be. (Read about how to start here)

    Below you will see the statistics, income, and expenses for my 8th-month blogging and virtual assisting.

    This post may contain affiliate links, and while it may not cost you anything extra, if you make a purchase through any of my links, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own. Thank you in advance for trusting me! Read more here.

    april 2019 blogging income report

    What is an income report?

    An income report contains the income you made each month, by way of blogging, affiliate sales, any type of product sales (like if you are selling an eBook or course), ad payouts, etc. It can also show your stats and expenses as well. Everyone writes their reports differently, and this is how mine will be presented.

    April income report details

    Note: I wanted to voice from the beginning that all incoming money (“income”) is made from blogging, one way or another. I blog about my Pinterest services, which is what brings me clients. I blog about affiliate resources, which is what brings me affiliate sales. In case you were wondering why I included what I included in my summaries.

    Pageviews from Google analytics: 1,586 vs 1,005 in March

    Income: $332.57

    FreshBooks is cloud-accounting software that I use for invoicing, bookkeeping, etc.

    FOMO is and ads service that not only pays by click, but by impressions as well. You get automatically paid every month, and there is no minimum to cash out.

    Expenses: $56.96

    • Tailwind $36.99
    • Drop box: $9.99
    • Paypal fees: $9.68
    • Etsy fees: 30c

    Total profit for April: $275.61

    April was a pretty good month for me! It was definitely more than I expected, and I’m truly grateful for the opportunities I had. I’m hoping May will prosper even more, with my new launch! (Details at the end of this post!)

    April stats

    These numbers are my social media numbers, email subscribers, and blog subscribers.

    In April I cleaned out my email list and unsubscribed those who weren’t active.

    Email subscribers: Mailerlite 95 (down 5 from last month)

    Blog subscribers: 1 (up 1 from last month!)

    Pinterest: 156k monthly views, 3.5k engaged, 1,887 followers (compared to 142k/3.3k/1,725 in March)

    Facebook biz page: 147 likes (144 in March)

    Instagram: 1,524 (vs 1,529 last month)

    Twitter: 426 (428 in March)

    I’m not as active on Twitter as I like to be, and probably won’t be. My main focus is Pinterest, then Facebook & Instagram. (Although they could probably use more love.)

    april 2019 income report

    Did I hit my April goals?

    For April I wanted to have 150 email subscribers, 2,500 pageviews, and more affiliate sales. Sadly I did not hit those goals.

    Are my goals to high for the moment? They may be. My plan was to create a new freebie to gain email subs, plus participate with Start a Mom Blog’s Pinterest challenge to raise my traffic. My traffic slightly increased but did not hit my goals.

    Pay off debt. Budget like a boss. Reach your financial goals.

    May plan of action and goals

    I want to keep the same goals I had for April and try my best to work even harder at achieving them.

    I am planning on promoting a few pins this month, plus I will FINALLY be launching my Pinterest course! (To hear the latest news sign up for my newsletter.)

    I am planning on creating another freebie opt-in, and an email series on SMART goals.

    What are some things you do to increase traffic? Drop them in the comments below!

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    Summary

    This concludes my April income report! Income report writing is one of my favorite times of the month. I love seeing my growth and seeing where I need help. I also enjoy that I can share my experiences with everyone and give the same kind of hope and motivation I received when I first started.

    Drop a comment below if you enjoyed this income report and if you got something out of it! Also, feel free to share your experiences with me, too. I love learning and I could use any advice.

  • Starting a blog-What I wish I knew in the beginning

     

    Blogging is something that has definitely taken off in the last few years. I know it may be a confusing process-it took me 3 tries to actually begin! And even then, I had a hard time “figuring out” how to go about doing so. Of course, the first thing I did was Google everything! How to start a blog, what to write, when to write, how to publish, on what platform…Ultimately, I ended up choosing a few well-known bloggers and sat on their websites, taking notes on alllll the information they had to offer.

    When people ask me, “what do you wish you knew BEFORE you started blogging?” I can come up with a huge list of things. There was SO MUCH information out there I just couldn’t keep up! I responded, “I wish that there was a guide or handbook, telling me which steps to take and how to take them.” Now, I know that blogging isn’t a “one size fits all” kind of thing, but it would be easy to get a slew of guidance all in one place. *DING* Lightbulb moment.

    Now that I am into my 5th month blogging, I feel as if I have a little more knowledge than I did back then, and I thought, hey, I need to share this! Let me make this easier for at least one other person out there, who is eager to begin their journey and doesn’t know where to start. After all, I wish I came across a post like this when I first started!

    Read now or pin for later!

    So what goes into a blog?

    I can’t tell you EXACTLY what will go into your blog (I don’t know your niche, your goals, your posts, etc.) but I CAN tell you the foundation of a blog. This is what I spent the most time researching when I was just starting out.

    **Please note that the apps and program I mention are ones that I actually use and recommend. Some are affiliate links, and some are so great that I would recommend them time and time again. Know that this in no way guarantees that your blog will take off or make you millions; it is just a few routes and suggestions you can take to begin your journey. I am NO EXPERT by any means nor do I pretend to be.**

    With that being said, let’s get to it!

    what i wish i knew about blogging when i first started out.

    This post contains affiliate links, which doesn’t charge you anything extra, however, if you make a purchase through my link I may make a commission. All opinions are mine, and I thank you for trusting my suggestions. Read my full disclaimer here.

    Why do you want to blog/your niche

    Before anything else, you have to start off with your why. Why do you want to blog? What are you hoping to get out of it? What are you trying to give readers/followers? Are you committed to posting once a week, once a month, etc.? Is this something that you are passionate about? Is there a need for what you are sharing?

    These questions lead to your niche. Your niche is something you have information/authority about, and want to share your passion with others. My advice-please don’t just choose a niche that is “popular”. You will come to dislike writing about it and defeat the purpose of blogging. (IMHO)

    Websites

    There are many websites to choose from, that you can start your blog on. Some of the popular ones are WordPress, Blogger, Wix, Weebly. I have tried out Wix and Weebly (not pertaining to a blog but more so a school project); I haven’t tried Blogger (it wouldn’t have fit with my future needs), and finally landed on WordPress. I enjoy working on WordPress as it gives me an opportunity to monetize my blog and it is also pretty easy to use once you get the hang of it.

    There are two types of WordPress sites: .com and .org. To learn the differences and which one would suit you better, refer to this article. This one is what ultimately made me decide which to choose. This is important to know, especially if you plan to monetize your blog at any point.

    Hosting

    You would also need to be hosted. Popular hosting sites include Bluehost, SiteGround, and GoDaddy. Each hosting has its pros and cons (like anything out there) and ultimately I decided to go with Bluehost as it fit in my budget and needs at the time.

    When I signed up for Bluehost it gave me the option to install my WordPress site with “one-click” and made it incredibly easy for me to get started. Bluehost plans start at $3.95/month (billed in annual increments) with my affiliate link. I like Bluehost because I think it’s a great starting point for new bloggers. Their customer service line is available 24/7 (great for all timezones!), and it is great for monetizing in the future. They also offer a free domain name for the first year and a free SSL certificate.

    In all transparency, I have heard good and bad things in regards to Bluehost. While no program is perfect, I suggest you do your research to find out which hosting platform will be a right fit for you. A few things to consider are: customer service hours, compatible websites, length of hosting, price points, reviews, etc.

    Check out SiteGround’s plans  

    Check out GoDaddy’s plans  

    Themes

    Sites like WordPress offer (paid and free) themes to create beautiful websites. A theme is important for a few reasons:

    a.) it shows you care about your site and those who visit it

    b.) shows your branding

    Feminine WordPress Design

    WordPress comes with a few free themes,which is a great point for those just starting up. Eventually you’d want to move to paid themes, because they can offer more features than free themes can. Some of my favorite themes come from Pretty Darn Cute Designs and Bluchic. They offer many feminine themes for WordPress sites.

    chicserve wordpress theme

    While a paid/pretty theme isn’t required, it is a great opportunity to “decorate” and make your website user-friendly. I recommend that when you make your first $100 or so, that you put it toward a brand-new, gorgeous theme for your website!

     

    Graphics

    With blogging comes graphic creation. Most times you want to include pictures on your blog, real and stock photos.

    There are two ways you can do this-create your own (DIY) and purchase pre-made (DFY).

    DIY

    You can create graphics using programs like Canva and PicMonkey (and more). I currently use Canva for all my graphic creation. I love Canva because it provides the sizes of various social media graphics, as well as templates. My most FAVORITE feature in Canva is the resize option (paid version). It allows you to take one graphic and resize it to various social media platforms (in case you’d like to post similar graphics to multiple platforms).

    Another thing I like about Canva (for work) is that you can add your own fonts and brand colors! There is soooo much you can do with Canva!

    As for PicMonkey, I know that it is similar to Canva, however I don’t currrently use the program. You can get more information about PicMonkey from this video.

    DFY (done for you)

    Sometimes you just don’t have time to sit and create your own graphics. Maybe its on your future “to-do” list, but as of right now, it’s just not feasible. Or maybe you feel you’re not creative and would rather have premade graphics. All of this is okay-and there are so many options out there!

    Here are a few of the stock photo sites and premade graphic sites I use regularly:

    a.) Ivory Mix My favorite a go-to place for stock photos for my business!

    ivory mix stock photos

     

    b.) Lady Boss Studio  Gorgeous and branded graphics

    social media graphics
    social media graphics

     

    c.) Creative Market Graphics, fonts in perfect bundles

    creative market graphics

     

    d.) Styled Stock Society Save time and get access to over 1,800 gorgeous stock photos for less than $25/month!   

    stock photos

    Other resources for your blog

    As you build your blog, you will find that you might need some other resources. A few things to consider are: email lists, planners/organizers, various courses/ebooks/trainings, etc..

    When you’re first starting your blog, you won’t need all of these resources, but as you go on, you will find yourself in need of a few of these things.

     

    Email marketing

    Above all, start off by collecting emails so that you can build an email to send your blog posts to! I started off with the free plan of MailChimp, but found the program slightly confusing. I do love that there was an app that I downloaded and could check stats on, however I ended up switching over to MailerLite and I’m glad that I did!

    mailerlite email service

    MailerLite is extremely easy to use and almost self-explanatory. They don’t currently have an [IOS] app, however I can check everything right from my desktop. I can also schedule campaigns, create landing pages, automations, etc. Starting an email list from the beginning is crucial and you won’t regret doing so. Sign up for MailerLite through my link here. It is free up to 1,000 subscribers! A great starting point for those just beginning to build their lists.

     

    Planners/organizers

    Staying organized while blogging is sooo important! From planning out posts, to scheduling them, to keeping track of affiliate links, etc. You also want to set some important goals for the future of your blog.

    One of my favorite planners is called a Goal-Slaying planner. In this planner you can plan out achievable goals and includes everything you need to slay them! Snag your planner using my affiliate link.

    slay your goals planner

     

    I also use blogging schedules from some of my favorite bloggers! Check out Start a Mom Blog for a great schedule that helps make money.

     

    Courses/ebooks/trainings/programs

    There are so many courses/ebooks/programs/trainings out there that boast that they prepare you to blog, or can help you make money or succeed. And while it is all so confusing to figure out what actually works and what doesn’t, I’m happy to share with you the programs I have used and LOVE. Please note that purchasing and going through these programs does not guarantee that you’ll make money, but I feel that it DOES lead you in the right directions, and have provided me with the income to support my special needs daughter, spouse, and I comfortably (in Hawai’i!) Some are affiliate links and others aren’t, but I recommend them all.

    The best things about these courses/ebooks is that you can do them from the comfort of your home, in your own time. (As busy parents, I feel we can totally appreciate this!)

    a.) Blog by Number by Start a Mom Blog – a guide on how to start a blog

    b.) 30 days or less to freelance writing by The Horkey Handbook – learn how to get paid for writing blog posts

    30 days or less to freelance writing

     

    c.) 200+ writing niches by the Horkey Handbook – find your niche!

     

    When you get into social media, I highly recommend this Pinterest course: Pinterest with Ell.

    Summary

    There is quite a bit that goes into blogging, but once you get the hang of it, it will be a breeze! My suggestion is to get your foundation down, then go into more like affiliate marketing (monetizing your blog), sharing your blog posts, scheduling tools, business tools, etc. You can do it all if you put your mind to it!

    Once you get your foundation set, check out these other blog posts to help you with the other components of your business:

     

    Business Tools & Apps

    Accounting program

    Scheduling tools

    how i built my blog from scratch
  • How to become a Pinterest manager: The quickest way to master Pinterest management. -A guest post by Tarin LaRoux

    Guest post by Tarin LaRoux. Tarin is a Pinterest Strategist who runs Swish Social.co, a social media agency specializing in visual platforms, and also a small web design studio, and she teaches VAs and aspiring VAs how to master Pinterest to make a living pinning. She’s a mom to two boys, two dogs, and lives in the Cowboy Capital of The World down in Texas with her hubby.

    Today she’s here to share how starting a Pinterest management business doesn’t have to be scary, uncharted territory.

     

    So You Want To Be A Pinterest Manager?

    I remember 6 years ago when my first son was born, I spent a lot of time scrolling Pinterest as I breastfed him. I mean A LOT of time. I thought how great it’d be to get paid to pin, but that it was an impossible dream. It wasn’t until after baby number two arrived that I found myself again sucked into good old, trusty Pinterest where I found a pin that talked about being a Pinterest Virtual Assistant. That very well could have been the first time I had heard the term Virtual Assistant.

    And instantly felt my calling.

    Being a new mom, I didn’t have a lot to invest in another expensive course. Instead, I did a lot of research. I already had a lot of “VA” experience in my web design business. I wanted to dig into the serious strategies. I wanted to understand everything about Pinterest that makes it a traffic powerhouse. I wanted to know the juicy tidbits I couldn’t possibly get out of a course that promised to have me becoming a Pinterest virtual assistant in just a day.
    how to become a pinterest manager

    What did I discover about Pinterest virtual assisting?

    • I found out that Pinterest VAs help businesses market their business and that they are in great demand.
    • I found out that bloggers, big corporations, AND small businesses are using Pinterest for organic growth and paid advertising to reach a whopping 200 million monthly users.
    • I learned that people use Pinterest to make purchases.
    • I learned that Pinterest Marketing is a smart move that is growing at amazing rates.

    In the beginning, one of the best things I did to understand Pinterest marketing was to start marketing my own website and blog. And I encourage you to do the same.

    I eventually found myself enrolled in courses from Pinterest experts like Redefining Mom and Moms Make Cents learning secrets about Promoted Pins and hacks on strategies that only someone hands-on could get.

    A warning about using good old trusty Pinterest to locate blog posts that go into various Pinterest strategies and initiating research mode:

    The problem with this hodgepodge method is that Pinterest is constantly evolving, updating, and not every blogger is going to take the time to update previous blog posts to accurately match the current best practices. And take it from me, taking tips from mix and match sources might leave you feeling plain out confused.

    So where’s a good place to start when there’s so much to learn? How do you know what actually works without firsthand accounts?

    how to become a pinterest manager

    Steps you can take to become an expert Pinterest manager:

    1. Learn the best practices: use Pinterest’s guidelines for how to create pins to stay up to date.
    2. Learn how to design awesome pins that don’t look cookie-cutter. Practice from scratch in photo editors like Canva, PicMonkey, and Photoshop
    3. Practice pinning on your own account. Manual and scheduled pins will help you start learning Tailwind and analytics!
    4. Learn how to document your efforts: Creating a case study of your own account including screenshots of your analytics and a breakdown of the strategy used to achieve these results will help you land your first clients because you have evidence to back up your level of professionalism.
    5. Stay up to date by signing up for newsletters from Pinterest & Pinterest pros, listen to Pinterest Podcasts, and get in some FB groups dedicated to Pinterest strategies like Pinning and Winning!
    6. BONUS: Set up systems to achieve awesome customer service experiences. Put together email drafts for welcoming and onboarding, surveys, and PDFs that answer frequently asked questions like pricing and samples.

     

    Hungry for more Pinterest manager training? I have developed a comprehensive 6-Week Pinterest Strategist bootcamp to whip you into expert shape for a lot less than you think! Master Tailwind, Analytics, and even finding clients who are desperate for your help in this self-paced course.

    Pinning and Winning: Pinterest Strategist Bootcamp

     

  • March 2019 income report

    I’m back at it again! I had so much fun creating and sharing my income report for January and February, I decided I wanted to continue to share these reports and show beginner bloggers that you CAN make money from new blogs. So here is my March income report.

    Related posts: Income report Jan & Feb 2019

    As you will see, I may not have made much of a profit in March because I had quite a few more expenses than I did in the months before. However, by spending that money to get necessities (I feel) for my business, I am content with it.

    By sharing my income report and giving you a peek into my personal expenses, I hope to give insight to those who are just starting their journey. I know when I was on my third try to start blogging (and actually getting serious about it) income reports were about 50% the motivation I needed to actually go with it and stick with it. I wanted to give a realistic outlook to what starting a blog and VA business really looks like in the beginning.

    Below you will see the statistics, income, and expenses for my sixth month of blogging and virtual assisting.

    This post may contain affiliate links, and while it may not cost you anything extra, if you make a purchase through any of my links, I may make a small commission. All opinions are my own. Thank you in advance for trusting me! Read more here.

    march 2019 income report for blogging and virtual assistant tasks

    What is an Income Report?

    An income report contains the income you made each month, by way of blogging, affiliate sales, any type of product sales (like if you are selling an eBook or course), ad payouts, etc. It can also show your stats and expenses as well. I am hoping that there is no right or wrong way to break down a report, however, I am still learning and I intend to create better reports as I go along. 

    March income report details

    Note: I wanted to voice from the beginning that all incoming money (“income”) is made from blogging, one way or another. I blog about my Pinterest services, which is what brings me clients. I blog about affiliate resources, which is what brings me affiliate sales. In case you were wondering why I included what I included in my summaries.

    blog income boot camp for monetizing your blog

    Pageviews: 1,005 (taken from Google Analytics) compared to 906 in February

    Income: $196.07

    FreshBooks is cloud-accounting software that I use for invoicing, bookkeeping, etc.

    FOMO is and ads service that not only pays by click, but by impressions as well. You get automatically paid every month, and there is no minimum to cash out.

    Expenses: $170.82

    Total profit for March: $25.25

    These expenses are variable and do not all occur every month. This month just ended up being a heavy-expense month. Sometimes it will happen that way, and you can decide whether you truly need the expense or not.

    Tailwind, FreshBooks, DropBox, & PayPal fees will almost always be a reoccurring [variable] expense each month for me.

    The virus protection is yearly, and the List by Number course is one-time.

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    March stats

    The numbers below represent the numbers I have for social media and subscribers, and compiled into my March income report.

    So did I hit my March goals?

    My goals for March were to increase my page views up to 2,500, and I didn’t even get halfway. To fix this for next month, I will be promoting my blog (for free) a little bit more than I have been in the past. I am doing this by way of more participation in Facebook groups, more pins on Pinterest (probably by doing an A/B split test) and by creating at least one blog post per week (I was doing one every other week).

    Another goal I had was to increase my email subscribers to 150, and although I got to 100, I did not reach my goal. For the month of April I will be creating more opt-ins and also continuing with the newsletter that I have just started on March 21st.

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    April goals

    For April, I will be using the same goals I set out in March. 150 email subscribers, 2,500 pageviews, plus more in affiliate sales. Now that I have ads running on my website, I feel that I will be prospering a little more during the month.

    Suzi Whitford from Start a Mom Blog is running a challenge [for April] that involves creating 10 NEW Pinterest pins to gain and drive more traffic to your blog. I (of course!) jumped on this challenge and will be participating. It’ll be like killing two birds with one stone! Hopefully I can reach my April goals by participating in this challenge.

    *If you’d like to participate in the challenge alongside me, you can sign up here (affiliate link). As “prizes”, if you refer at least 10 people, you will receive a FREE coaching call. If you are the person with the most referrals at the end of April, you can receive ALL of Suzi’s courses FREE! (Which is a steal as she is a GREAT educator!)

    Summary

    I loved creating this March income report (and other reports) as it gives me great insight to how well my business is doing. I feel like, as a beginner blogger (6 months in) I am doing really well. And not just money-wise; I feel like I am growing as a small business owner.

    I recently signed up for Dubsado and can I say GAME-CHANGER?! I am extremely late to the game, but I am loving the organization. I am just starting to set it up, but watch for my full review in the future! This is a great step for my business and now that I have workflows set up, I don’t have to worry about using 5+ different services when I sign a new client-its all done in Dubsado! Best of all, it’s FREE up to 3 clients/leads!

    (I was using one service for contracts, one for invoicing, one for passwords, one for surveys/collecting information.. ahhhhh such a rookie move hahaha.)

    Shoot me a comment and let me know what you think about my most recent income report. And if you liked this report, please pin or share for others to see!

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  • How Pinterest audits can change your business (for the better)

    Social media has quickly become one of the best ways to market a business today. With benefits such as free advertising, you really can’t go wrong with tapping into this resource.

    But how do you know if you’re using your [various] social media accounts properly? If they are being used to their full potential?

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    Keep reading to find out why a Pinterest audit is right for you!

    This post may contain affiliate links, and while it doesn’t cost you anything extra, if you make a purchase through one of my links, I may receive a small commission. All opinions are my own and I wouldn’t recommend something I dislike. Thank you in advance for trusting me!

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    What is a Pinterest audit?⁣

    A Pinterest audit gives you insight into how your profile is performing. It’ll tell you what’s missing, what can be added/changed, or what is going really well.⁣ (Plus much more.)

    Many social media managers offer audits, and I think it is worth looking into. A few of the things Pinterest audits assess are:

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    • If you need to add/merge boards
    • If you need to change up your pin styles/wording
    • If your followers are responding to your strategies
    • If you need to create a new strategy..

    ..and more!

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    Why should you do a Pinterest audit?⁣

    Getting an audit on your Pinterest account allows you to gain valuable information on your profile, as well as, strategies tailored specifically for your business/followers. Strategies are essential for driving traffic and getting seen.⁣

    A strategy is a process that you create to gain organic traffic and followers to whatever you have your pins connected to. Some strategies include:

    • Pinning at certain times
    • Pinning in certain order/to certain boards, etc.

    Strategies depend on each individual situation and account. Pinterest is big on trial and error, so you just have to see what works for you. However, you can’t create a strategy that’ll perform well without a little insight.

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    How often should you do a Pinterest audit?⁣

    Pinterest audits can be performed 1-2 times a year (but realistically, you can do it more often). By waiting in between audits, it gives you at least a few months to get your strategies in place and see if they are working for you. I don’t normally recommend doing one less than 6 months from the last one, because there may not be enough time in between them to get accurate data. However, if you feel that you need another audit sooner, go for it!⁣

    In the Pinterest “world” it is recommended that you give a pin about 3 months to circulate and really “pick up”. That way you can see how it really fairs, how much it is received, etc. (Of course, pins that people are interested in, seem to pick up a lot quicker!)

    Remember-Pinterest is not a quick-fix, but rather a platform made to “last” for the long run.

    How do you perform a Pinterest audit?⁣

    First, you should review your analytics. (Note that you should have at least 6-12 months worth of data so that you can see exactly what is going on with your account and analyze it properly.) See what posts are popular, have the most likes, comments, etc. This shows what your audience is interested in, and you can offer more like that.⁣ (You can use Tailwind for more in-depth analytics! Use my affiliate link to sign up for your first 100 pins free, on top of a free month of Tailwind Plus!)

    Next, you should review your profile, boards, and pins. Are they SEO optimized? Are you adding keywords? Did you include hashtags?⁣ Do you know how to choose hashtags for Pinterest? (Hint: it’s not the same way you would choose hashtags for Instagram or Twitter!)

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    You can perform an audit yourself, or, you can ask an expert for one. ⁣If you’re going the DIY route, you can download the exact worksheets I use to audit my client’s Pinterest accounts! Know what to look for in YOUR account! Get yours here: bit.ly/PintAuditWksht

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    Summary

    Performing a Pinterest audit of your account will definitely give you a chance to see if your profile can be adjusted to help you bring in more organic traffic and succeed in getting your brand/business/blog some recognition. By knowing what “sells” you gain insight that you didn’t have before and are able to capitalize on that.

    If you don’t want to perform a Pinterest audit on your own and would prefer an pro’s opinion, you can also get an experienced Pinterest manager to do an audit for you! I offer audits as part of my services, and you can snag yours here.

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