Sarah here 🙂 checking in for Sarah Emily’s Kitchen 2nd income report!
So this has been a crazy month for me. I don’t know about you guys but this April I have been struggling to even find time to breathe it has been so full on.
I’ve been swamped with work from Uni, I decided it was a good time to start a new part time job (God was i wrong!) and I’ve been desperately trying to find time to blog.
My goal at the beginning of this month was to try and post consistently 3 new, interesting and informative posts per week. As you could probably guess that idea flew out the window very quickly! Now i had good intentions and it all started off well, for the first two weeks of April I did post 3 new recipes per week, wooooo!!! And i was pretty damn proud of myself.
But then reality set in and i got BUSY. I had two exams at uni, two papers to write, a new job to now make time for and my birthday celebrations (which i managed to spread out for at least a week 🙂 ) .
So with all this stuff piling on top of me my last post i made in April was on the 17th, which really brought down my numbers a bit.
I’m staying positive though, its important to remember that blogging is about consistency. Just try and get a little bit better every single day and enjoy the process. It will all fall into place.
What happened this month for Sarah Emily’s Kitchen?
Well, as i said above I’ve had a ridiculously busy month so I didn’t get as much done as i was hoping to this month. But still i have progressed from last month!
This month I:
FOOD SUBMISSION SITES
As a newbie blogger I’d never heard of food submission sites until a couple of weeks ago when i accidentally stumbled across them in someone else blog post. They have been a gem to find, they’ve increased my blog traffic and helped me improve my food photography skills.
One thing to keep in mind is that some food submission sites display your whole recipe on their site and others simply display a photo of your recipe and then a link which leads ‘clickers’ to your site. You need to decide whether you want to submit to both of these types of sites or only one. I decided to make the decision to only submit to sites that DON’T display my whole recipe on their site. This is because if people search for your recipe they food submission site might show up first and you may end up losing viewers in the long run.
Some food submission sites that i have been submitting to are:
A quick note on these, food gawker and food yub consistently bring viewers to my blog.
So far I haven’t been able to get a photo accepted by Dishfolio (still trying to figure out what im doing wrong!!) so i can’t comment much on this site.
I’m not sure if Taste Spotting is actually still up and running or if its just really really really slow at reviewing your submissions. I’ve submitted photos 3 weeks ago and they are still pending, its driving me slightly crazy…
This month i decided it was time to create a pinterest account. Pinterest is something that I’ve never used personally and that I don’t really understand.
Now it must seem strange, a 22 year old saying that they don’t understand how to use a social media platform but I really don’t understand the whole point of it!
So it’s taken me a while to figure out how it all works… i’m still trying to be honest. But something that has helped me a lot is the program Tailwind. Its a pinterest scheduling tool. I’m currently still trialing the free version but will probably upgrade to the premium version pretty soon. The program basically allows you to schedule pins so that you don’t have to spend your whole day sitting on pinterest pinning things.
Something else I’ve started doing on pinterest is creating ‘long pins’ for my recipes. So far i’ve actually only done two of my recipes but they seem to attract a bit more traffic to my blog compared to normal pictures.
I’ve also spent a little bit of time learning the basics of SEO. This is basically to do with search engines finding your blog and blog posts. I would recommend looking further into this if your a beginner blogger like me.
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Income avenues that have been employed this month:
Expenses for this month have been pretty low:
My traffic this month has improved exponentially compared to last month. This of course is expected since last month was my first month of blogging.
My traffic last month was:
133 views(44 unique visitors)
My traffic for this month was:
1203 views (877 unique visitors)
This is a HUGE increase from my first month of blogging!!
So what does all of this mean?
Basically, in two months i’ve managed to grow my blog to over 1200 views in a month. So far I haven’t earnt any money, but if i can keep on growing and improving this little blog then earning potential may be on the horizon!
If you have any tips and tricks of your own for growing a blog and monetising it then let me know in the comments below!!
Sarah Emily 🙂
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