April Income Report

I’ve decided to publish my online income because I think it will be useful to other crafters to follow along as I attempt make enough money to pay for my favourite hobby.

I strongly believe from everything I’ve read that this IS possible.

I also really need to do this to keep me on the straight and narrow as far as my blogging adventure is concerned. I am a full time teacher in a secondary school and believe me it takes up a lot of time to do it well. To me teaching is the most rewarding action you can undertake in life, but whether you are a parent trying to teach your child to be healthy and wise, or a historian trying to develop interpretations of the past that will inform the present, it’s flipping hard work! It is seriously hard work. It means I struggle to consistently blog therefore I am, in some ways, making myself accountable to you dear readers. I am making a commitment to you that I will keep you informed of my progress and will, along the way show how you too can make money from your crafting hobby.

Here’s what happened in April:

1. WORDADS: £0.26

APRIL GOAL: MOVE WEBSITE TO SELF-HOSTED WORDPRESS AND JOIN GOOGLE ADSENSE. GET BACK INTO USING PINTEREST AND KEEP PAGE VIEWS IN THE 2000S FOR A SECOND MONTH. WOULD BE HELPFUL TO WRITE AND PUBLISH AT LEAST ONE NEW PATTERN.

So this goal was partially met (of course!) in that I’ve moved all my websites (I have 5 – very greedy!) apart from this one, to self-hosted. As it was a bit of an experiment I was too nervous to move In the Crochet Garden just yet. This website is my home and is the first one I started, so I didn’t feel ready to make the leap into the unknown with it. I played around online forever trying to learn how to switch to Bluehost. I’ve done two different things. Firstly I’ve transferred the domain name of one website to Bluehost so it kind of fully belongs there now. I was very nervous, but it all transferred OK – whoop! 3 further websites I have “pointed” to Bluehost without transferring the domain names. Page views have dipped because I haven’t published very much, nor have I found the time to write-up more patterns. It’s frustrating because I’m sitting on loads that are almost ready to go, but I’m concentrating on sorting out one thing at a time. Self-hosting first THEN get back to producing content.

In case you are curious, here are the sites I’m working on at the moment:

www.gcsehistorywithmissbez.com – I’m so proud of this because it’s for my kids at school. It’s their one-stop shop for revision materials etc. I’ve even started recording podcasts for them to listen to as part of their preparation for exams. Poor things can’t get away from me! There’s a lot on this site, but I still regard it as a work in progress. This one is pointing at Bluehost currently, but I will transfer the domain name after the exams are over for this year (end of June). I need to write some policies for affiliate links and privacy, plus add more content because the GCSE exams in England are changing next year and the existing topics need tweaking and new ones added.

www.historyalevel.com – has a few things on it for my A-level history students. Not a lot though, and I think there are duplicate pages that need sorting out. Sixth form has only just opened at my school and I have just 3 students for history this year, therefore this website is on the backburner until next year when the numbers increase. This one is the one I transferred fully to Bluehost because, quite frankly, if anything goes wrong there’s nothing to lose and nobody is relying on it.

www.woollytruckle.com – Also I’m very proud of this one. It’s going to be a more professional crochet site, fully branded etc. At the moment I’m experimenting with layout, colour palette and fancypants sliding images and all sorts. This one needs an about section, policies and some actual content!

www.justeatmoreveg.com – Haven’t launched this one yet, it’s all going on behind the scenes. Basically this little fella is going to focus on growing your own food and helping people rebuild their relationships with food. I find it excruciating listening to my friends talking about going on meal replacement diets, “cutting out” everything under the sun, paying to join points plans and eating “clean” (excuse me while I eat a “dirty” burger over here) amongst other things. I’m teaching teenage girls that are too afraid and confused to eat food. This will be my attempt to normalise the eating of proper, healthy, fresh food.

By all means check them out folks, they are all works in progress!

MAY GOAL: Transfer another domain name to Bluehost so more are hosted in the same place. CONSIDER, all being well, moving In the Crochet Garden to Bluehost, now I know what I’m doing – sort of!

2. AFFILIATE INCOME: £0.00

APRIL GOAL: ADD LINKS TO PATTERNS AND BLOG POSTS, WRITE AN AFFILIATE LINKS STATEMENT FOR WEBSITE

Entirely my fault. I did literally nothing about this apart from add a couple of adverts for Deramores and Love knitting on the site. Must try harder!

MAY GOAL: ADD LINKS TO PATTERNS AND BLOG POSTS, WRITE AN AFFILIATE LINKS STATEMENT FOR WEBSITE

3. ETSY PATTERN SALES: £2.49

APRIL GOAL: INVESTIGATE ETSY ALGORITHMS, INCREASE LISTINGS TO 30

Listings are at 32 – I actually met a goal… WOW! I haven’t done much in the way of investigating but I swear as soon as I’ve added a few listings I seem to make a sale…

MAY GOAL: INVESTIGATE ETSY ALGORITHMS, INCREASE LISTINGS TO 35, MAKE SOME DECISIONS ABOUT COPYRIGHT AND DOWNLOADS VS. ORIGINAL PATTERNS

4. EBAY YARN SALES: £36.91

APRIL GOAL: £30

Oh my goodness, I have cleared so much space in the wooden chest I keep my yarn in. I have had endless hours of fun, well, my kind of fun, winding yarn cakes. I’ve made a bit of money and there’s still some scrap yarn left for a few more baskets in the future. I’ve pretty much covered my hosting fees just from selling leftover yarn. I am well aware that this is not a sustainable exercise because I will run out eventually, or certainly I won’t be selling more than one basket a month, but all I want initially is to cover the cost of running a website and hopefully have enough left to pay for my hobby, so every penny counts at the moment.

MAY GOAL: £10 IS REASONABLE I THINK GIVEN THAT EVENTUALLY THERE WILL BE LESS LEFTOVERS LEFT!

TOTAL: £36.91

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