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January Blogging Month & Income Report

by LaurettaCWright
January Blogging Month and Income Report

Wowsers – I can’t believe January has already come to an end and we’re now in the second month of 2019 – how did that happen?

Life for me on the blog has been busy to say the least and a few new opportunities and collaborations have come up this month, which has been great.

I’ve not always had the chance to follow up on them (I don’t like biting off more than I can chew) as I like to set my standards high, but there have been a few things in the pipeline that have piqued my interest.

Who I met

I knew January would be a busy month for me, so I didn’t plan to meet anyone new, but I did hook up with my good friend Kerry – three times in fact! (see ‘Out And About’ further down)

We always have a good laugh when we get together and despite my wonderful friend going through a very tough time right now, she keeps her head up, tries to stay as positive as possible and is always the life and soul of the party. I’m so glad we’ve become firm friends.

I have picked Kerry’s brains on a side project I’m working on – and her advice has been invaluable, plus she has been so lovely to me – giving me all her gorgeous makeup that she no longer uses! When I saw the box full of goodies she gave me, I was like a kid in a candy shop.

In the charts

Not so great for the charts this month – my HIBS score has jumped down by two (I knew it would happen – that’s why I took a screen grab on my last blogging month update!), but the good news is that my DA is still at 39.

My new goal for this year is to get the blog site into the early 40s – and hopefully this will bring me bigger and better opportunities. That’s the plan anyway.

Collaborations

Black Betty got in touch to ask if they could have my permission to promote and use a video that I had published on my YouTube channel showcasing some of their lovely clothes.

I agreed – and as a thank you, they gave me a £50 voucher to spend in their online store – no strings attached. Because of their generosity I wrote back and thanked them, saying I’d probably make another video now. And then they asked me for permission to use that one if I did! Love collaborations like this – it’s a win/win for both parties.

A handful of companies have also got in touch to suggest collaborating with me, with most of them being paid opportunities. It’s great that things seem to be picking up, but I’ve only taken a couple of them on board as most of them were offering well below what I typically charge. And for the amount of time I typically spend on writing up the posts, it’s definitely not worth my while. I have agreed to a couple though, so it’ll be good to get some money come through for those.

And finally, one of my favourite companies, Rex London, got in touch to see if I’d like to contribute to their blog with a post written up about their winter sale.

January blogging month and income report

How could I refuse? It meant I could pick some fab items I wanted, try them out, write about them and Rex London would feature them – a win-win!

I was so impressed by their sale that after the collaboration had ended, I went back to shop for some more goodies! Watch the video I made on them.

Guest Posts & Opportunities

It’s been a little quiet on this front because I’ve been paring down the blog posts, but I did contribute to a post that was put together by Sanna from Wave To Mummy on ‘The best kept “secrets” locals recommend’ in London – have a read….I’ve learned a few nifty ideas myself! 

Epic fails

I suppose my one epic fail this month has been that I've not felt like I’ve kept on top of the social media as much as I want to – because I’ve either been too busy working on projects, out and about at events or looking after poorly children at home.

I knew that in order to move forward with the blog from a financial point, I’d have to reduce the number of blog posts I’m publishing every week (down to around one now) to focus on building the backlinks and affiliate links and work on my side hustle.

My other epic fail was that I had to wave goodbye to the #SnappedUp Linky that I’ve lovingly nourished over the last year. I was prepared to run it with another blogger to keep it going, but knew that I couldn’t give it my undivided attention on my own.

But I’m proud that I ran with it for so long – and it has been great for the opportunities it brought over the past year. And who knows? It might see a revival down the line…never say never, right?!

My vlogging channel

Oooh, I only managed to make a couple of videos this month – one on what I bought in the Rex London Sale (I’m a huge fan and this was my own money I spent in the sale!) and another on The Adventure Travel Show (where I went on a mission to track down Levison Wood).

The third one (I almost got it done in time before posting this!) is on a visit to a Lebanese and Middle Eastern restaurant called Comptoir Libanais, which has launched a new Vegan feast priced at the very affordable price of £12.95!

I’ve got plenty of videos on my iPhone waiting to be edited and uploaded, but it’s just a time thing for me.

I didn’t actually think I’d enjoy making videos and editing them as much as I did when I first started, but I’ve really grown to enjoy it. I think this is one of the reasons why I’ve stuck at it for so long.

January Blogging month and income report

Blog learning

Well, well, well – the ASA (Advertising Standards Authority) has spoken! And now influencers have to be even more transparent than ever when posting. I personally think it’s a good move. I’ve always been completely honest in my blog posts – and whether something has been gifted or if I’ve been paid.

Most of the time, I’m just blogging or vlogging about things I buy for myself or that I personally use, but obviously, as my blog grows I’ll undoubtedly start taking on more projects and paid opportunities.

Anyway, here's a good guide as to what you (if you're an influencer) should be doing…

Income report

 At the end of last year (it feels strange writing that!), I went to a secret Belstaff sale in London. I say it was secret because (a) I'd never heard of Belstaff before and (b) you have to have a special invite to attend the super exclusive event.

So, as many of you know, I'm going through a period of getting my mojo back. And that includes a body, hair, makeup and clothes overhaul.

But you may be surprised to hear that I wasn't at the Belstaff sale for myself – or for my family. No, I was there on business. To make money more to the point.

How? Well, a good friend and ex colleague of mine (who had invited me in the first place) went last year and was telling me about all the clothes she had picked up and how she'd doubled her money selling them on sites like eBay.

A lot was riding on this particular day. I spent a total of £905 on the designer gear and I've only just started to sell it.

My first item sold just last week and I made a profit of £90. It helped that I did lots of research on the item I was selling, took the time over the pictures – sharp images with good lighting – and writing a detailed description. The lesson here is that it pays if you put the time and effort in.

Other income streams in January

– JustPark £147.44 (I rent my driveway for parking and also use JustPark for when I’m visiting hospitals, town centres, stadiums, airports etc) here’s £10 to get you started!*

– Top Cashback: £124.47 – this is how I earn FREE cash for shopping online! Check it out for yourself.*

Total income for January: £361.91

Out and about 

I’ve been a busy bee this month, with no less than three blog outings. The first was to The Adventure Travel Show at London’s Olympia.

The second trip was to one of Comptoir Libanais restaurants to sample its Vegan Feast meal for January. (For £12.99 it was amazing value).

And the third outing was to The France Show back at London’s Olympia. I hadn’t been before and, to be honest, I was expecting there to be more regional tourist boards to chat with, but I still had a nice time and learned about some new clothing, accessory, wine and language companies – there was a real mixed bag of companies in attendance.

And that’s it for my blogging month for January – it has been a busy one but, hand on heart, I’ve absolutely enjoyed every single minute of it.

January At A Glance

What was great? Making a great profit on the Belstaff reselling project!
What wasn’t? Saying goodbye to my #SnappedUp Linky – loved doing it, but I had to put in a lot of effort.
Goals for February: Aim to upload one video a week if I can!

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It has been a busy month on the blog but I've had some epic fails along the way - read what I've been up to and how much I made in my income report

18 comments

Daydreams of a Mum 21st February 2019 - 12:59 pm

This looks like a very positive month. I need to get better at setting monthly goals i think!
Congratulations! someone loved this post so much they added it to our #blogcrush linky!!

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LaurettaCWright 21st February 2019 - 10:49 pm

AH thanks very much – I’ve been trying to find the #blogcrush linky share but I couldn’t! If you’re able to send it to me, that would be super.

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Rebecca - Glutarama 18th February 2019 - 10:23 am

I find these types of post fascinating and comforting at the same time, we (or just me?) always seem to create this picture of a bloggers life behind the scenes and the oodles of money their getting and amazing opportunities they have and I’m sat here thinking ‘hold on a minute, am I missing a trick’? but no, in reality is is blooming hard work…rewarding and I wouldn’t want to do anything else…but hard work. xxx

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LaurettaCWright 18th February 2019 - 4:56 pm

Yes, couldn’t agree more Rebecca. I doubt I’d be blogging if I didn’t enjoy it quite so much. I don’t think most of us would. Only a very small percentage of bloggers ‘hit the big time’ and it takes relentless years of hard work…x

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kerry 11th February 2019 - 10:04 am

Ahhhh thank you so much for your kind words about me, made me get a lump in my throat xxx You know I love reading these posts, as I always feel like I am at the side line, cheering you on. You work so blooming hard! Sometimes we have to let stuff go that is just taking too much time, its a shame, but as you say, you may be able to bring back the link up at some point xx A good month and start to the year for you xxxxx

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LaurettaCWright 11th February 2019 - 11:03 pm

Ah, you are most welcome Kerry! And I now you’ve always got my back – and I’ve got yours too. You know that xxx

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Jenni 10th February 2019 - 8:28 am

Ooh I’m interested to see how much you make from the Bellstaff sale, that’s a great idea!

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LaurettaCWright 18th February 2019 - 4:57 pm

Thanks Jenni – I think I’ll aim to make some more sales next month and March if I can.

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Kara 4th February 2019 - 7:45 am

If only I had a driveway, just park sounds like a great idea. I use top cashback too

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LaurettaCWright 4th February 2019 - 7:46 am

The cashback sites are really good – I’ve saved quite a lot using them. I think there are also programmes for renting garages, loft space etc so alternative ways of making a bit on the side.

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Anne Fraser 1st February 2019 - 4:33 pm

This was a very interesting post. As a newish blogger I find it good to know how other people spend their time and what works for them. My win this month was having a book review I did for net gallery being used as a quote card by the publisher at the book launch.
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LaurettaCWright 2nd February 2019 - 11:31 pm

Thanks Anne – glad you enjoyed the blog write up and income report – I’ve been putting them together on a monthly basis since the beginning of last year I think. That’s amazing that part of your review was used as a quote – you should make a note of that. In fact, you could write it into an ‘end of year’ blog post on amazing things that happened to you in 2019 – I do this every year as a reminder of what’s been achieved.

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Cath - Passports and Adventures 1st February 2019 - 4:22 pm

Not a bad month for January. I’m seriously considering reducing my posting schedule from twice a week down to one. I need time to focus on my SEO and I think reducing the number of posts I publish might help this.

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LaurettaCWright 2nd February 2019 - 11:33 pm

I finally came to the same decision Cath – the time you would have spent getting that post done could be spent on improving your SEO – it’s a wise move. I’ve heard really successful bloggers saying that you don’t need to post more than once a week….and maybe once you’ve caught up, you can go back to upping the posts…?

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Alex Grace 1st February 2019 - 10:50 am

Wow busy girl Lauretta! If February is even half as busy as this, you’re going to be in for a good month!

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LaurettaCWright 2nd February 2019 - 11:34 pm

Ah, thank you Alex. It’s great to get out and about to events, but I may have to watch the social life a bit as we go into February – just so that I can catch my breath again ha ha!

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fashionandstylepolice 1st February 2019 - 10:06 am

You had a great month. I hope February is even better.
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LaurettaCWright 2nd February 2019 - 11:34 pm

Oooh me too! That’s kind of you, thank you. Hope you’ve had a great month too! 🙂

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