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Hey there everyone!
As some of you may know I started this little bloggy right at the beginning of 2016 with yarn in hand, creativity abounding, and no expectations.
It’s been a while since then and BOY have things changed.
Below is a breakdown of my current traffic and income here on the blog, and some factors that led me here.
Now, you may be asking yourself “Why on EARTH would she put her income and numbers out there for all the world to see? Isn’t that part of the secret sauce?”
Nope! I started this blog a short while ago and have found great success (considering how long I’ve been working on it).
I want to encourage others to blog too!
Actually I put together my 3 Easy Steps to starting your own DIY blog HERE!
In the crochet niche of the internet, I’ve found one thing to be true – lots of people crochet, but not very many are publishing new patterns and putting out content.
There is a very small group of crochet bloggers out there (spend any time on Pinterest and you’ll quickly name several) dominating the market.
And this job is not hard to do!
Let me repeat that. THIS JOB IS NOT HARD TO DO.
It took me about half an hour to set up my blog initially and although I’ve made many adjustments along the way, my blog has been earning me good money with a really basic setup.
Now what do I mean by “good money”?
February 2018 Income
- AdThrive: $5,430
- Sponsored Content: $1,100
- Youtube: $716.62
- Amazon Associates: $11.07
- Bluehost: $1,250
- Beautiful Dawn Designs Affiliate: $24
- Etsy Pattern Sales: $1,224.07
EARNINGS TOTAL = $9,755.76
- MadMimi: $42
- Adobe Creative Cloud: $9.99
- Etsy Seller Fees: $120.64
- Supplies for blog posts: $0
*Keep in mind that not all of this money is mine forever. I am the sole proprietor of my business and will pay taxes, am responsible for my own health insurance, and other expenses that a traditional job would supply. That’s still a lot of dough for playing with yarn though!
February 2018 Traffic
Some screenshots from google analytics:
Let’s talk about what happened this month:
A few things changed as far as income, expenses, and traffic. Let’s look at it a little more closely!
- AdThrive is still amazing.
- My RPM (rate per thousand pageviews) has been holding steady at a number I’m happy with, even though my pageviews have taken a hit.
- From what I understand, the crochet blogging world sees this kind of downward turn together – meaning the industry as a whole all experience a general slope in pageviews when spring begins that lasts til summer.
- I’m trying to think outside the box on how to combat this, but honestly it seems that no matter how much harder/faster we work, the readers just aren’t there in the warmer months. Which is really a shame because a lot of designers are putting out great content then!
- This month I uploaded only two videos to youtube, but it still earned me several hundred dollars and my subscriber count is now almost 80,000 Wahoo!
- I’m usually not one for tracking follower numbers like this, but in the case of youtube, more subscribers mean more income (unlike Instagram for example where almost no traffic converts and more followers don’t mean more earnings)
- Every month I tell myself that I’m going to create more videos, some with a shorter run time (my videos are always full tutorials that last over 30 minutes). Quick, easy videos that I can produce easily and will perform well. And every month it doesn’t happen because of my big, labor intensive projects. We’ll see if I can ever get ahead enough to bring some of these ideas to life!
- More videos to come – make sure you’re subscribed to my channel!
- Sponsored content was decent this month! This is one of those areas that’s always changing and will never be predictable income.
- You might have noticed my photography looking better lately – well, that’s no accident. I’ve finally started to really hunker down and decide to limit myself to the projects/looks/photography/editing style that I LIKE. It’s hard to commit to one style and one aesthetic when there are so many options. So when I decided to become more narrow, I decided to just do what feels good to me. I have this dream job where I get to create a perfect little home on the internet – so I asked myself what I wanted that to look like? In my perfect little world would I wear stretched out leggings with holes in them to model my new garment I spent 60 hours making? Hell no! Even though that’s something I *may* have done last year (oops).
- Instead I pulled out the prettiest skirt in my closet and actually fixed my hair for once. And you know what? They’re my favorite photos on the blog to date – enter, Crochet Le Nuage Wrap!
- Anyway, what I’m saying is there is a bit more refined look starting to happen here on the blog and I think it’s resulting in *more sponsored gigs*. When sponsors can look at your brand and know what they’re going to get, it makes them a whole lot more inclined to invest in you and your content.
- Do you see that Amazon Affiliates number? HAHA. Laughable.
- Amazon will never be reliable income for me. I could work harder at it, but honestly my efforts are better spent elsewhere.
- Pageviews are dipping, le sigh.
- See above that pageview number? It’s starting its downward turn and not gonna lie, it makes me sad.
- The crochet blogging world is a weird one because in most niches like food blogging, mom blogging, or other areas – you put more work into the site and the pageviews continue to climb. In general, you see slight upward trends every month that you work hard at growing your blog.
- Crochet blogging happens to be much more seasonally driven, though. Most of my readers are in the Northern Hemisphere and really only crochet and knit adamantly from September to February. I do have some readers who follow along all year round but there are definitely hundreds of thousands less during the spring/summer months.
- This downward trend will continue to happen, no matter how many blog posts I publish or designs I release. You never know what will happen, but I can say I expect this to be the beginning of the end… until September.
- HAPPY YARN MAIL IS STILL AMAZING! (Click HERE if you haven’t heard of HYM!) We sold out again this month and that means that where my Sewrella productivity has dipped, HYM is making up for it.
- I’m not including those numbers here because it’s really a separate business from my blogging business.
- Bluehost and Beautiful Dawn Designs have continued to do well – I’m so glad you guys are taking what I write to heart and starting those blogs!
- If you haven’t started your blog yet, need I say more?? Click here to get started! I’ve even got special pricing for you guys to start your blogs super cheap!
- Expenses weren’t high this month, without spending much money on reinvestment in my blog, and a lot of my supplies being donated or sent for free via sponsorship collabs, I didn’t invest anything this month, just focusing on getting through the hustle of the season with what I have!
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Earning a Living with my Handmade Home
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Thanks for your great tips!!!
I love that you do this! Keep it up, and I will be popping in all spring/summer. I just switch to dishcloths in the warmer months. But you are the one blogger I follow that makes designing seem like something I could actually do one day.
Shari Anctil says
For months I would come to your site and read about starting a blog. I kept saying that I could not do it. I am in school to be a social worker and one of our assignments was to post three immeasurable goals and then our classmates had to change our goals into measurable ones. My three goals were to Spend more time with my family, Crochet more, Start a blog for my crochet. That was this past Monday, March 12th. That day I changed my own goal to measurable and started a blog. I came right back to you and clicked on your link. Although it is still a work in progress, I am happy the way it is coming out. Thank you so much Ashleigh!! Please check it out at hookedonhandmaid.com
Great, you crossed the 9,000 mark. Just curious, why do you not use Adsense?
Katherine Florimbio says
Hello, I appreciate the insight and information. I am curious as to how you write a pattern, in order to sell. I have been crocheting and knitting since childhood and rarely use a pattern. I sometimes alter a vintage tablecloth(diagram) pattern into a skirt or dress. I was recently diagnosed with breast cancer (age 50) and although I have insurance, it is still an expensive journey. I am now at the point where I have to consider my “talents” as a means of income. (I never really considered my creativity as talent, just a way of expression) I am bookmarking your site. Please help and God Bless
Emily Cridge says
This was really awesome to see someone with a crochet blog doing so well. I have a knitting blog which I started in 2016 but I only just monetised a couple of months ago, already I’ve had an increase in Etsy pattern sales which has been awesome. I went from 500 views a year to 4K unique visitors a month! Not 300k but it’s a start!