August 2015 Stats, Income, Goals, Giveaway, and Linkup
I am actually getting started on this post ahead of time. Even though this post doesn’t go live until the 1st, it is just the 26th and I am already typing away. Aren’t you proud of me?!?! I usually just write and post on the same day so I’m proud of me. One of my blogging goals is to write posts ahead of time (usually on the weekends) so I they are done and during the week, I can just work on promoting them as they go live.
Of course, some of these final numbers will not be available until the month is completely kicked but at least I will only have to plug ’em in, y’know.
Just in case I forget, I’ll just put what the number are now and just use that
strikethrough thingy with the updated numbers on the 1st.
So, let’s get started on stats shall we….
Beginning with a positive goal, as I type this, my scale reads 170.4. Woo Hoo!!
If my weight loss continues at this rate, I should easily reach my goal of 140 by the end of the year.
I am staying realistic though as I frequently read about people reaching a weight loss plateau where the weight just isn’t coming off the way it was at first.
Still, considering that I started the year off creeping up on 190 and that lil’ Wii Fit guy saying “that’s obese”, I am more than happy with my progress and downgrade to just “that’s overweight”.
Especially as I didn’t touch my Wii the whole entire month and the most exercise I got was walking my chihuahua for five minutes, twice a day.
I thank my foresight in not bringing a lot of junk food into the house (my kryptonite) and chomping on flax seeds every time I open the refrigerator.
Also, I “somewhat” fixed the problem with my header. The image shows up now, at least. But, alas, I cannot figure out how to get it to resize. ~sigh~
Oh, I almost forgot. The family had two birthdays this month. Mine (July 11th) and my daughter’s (July 28th). So sing a chorus of Happy Birthday for us! And gifts are always welcome!
On to the “not so great” which, unfortunately, is income.
I am still under Leapforce penalty so I am only allowed to work up to an hour. I spend about 10 – 15 minutes a day doing the practice modules but, unfortunately, Leapforce only reviews your account once a month.
Hopefully, by the time this post goes live, I will have some good news about having improved on my evaluations.
It is some small comfort to at least know that I tried…~sigh~
Meanwhile, I have had four people attempt to sign up under me. One in February, one in May, and two in June. My referral page shows all as “Referral Currently Qualifying”. I don’t know if that means that they just clicked my link and signed up or if they have gone through the testing phase and didn’t make the cut. In order to get my whopping $25, they do have to work at least 150 hours so…I dunno.
As I type this, my personal income from Leapforce stands at $233.79 for 17.19 (down from 33 hours, 15 mins for $448.87).
Superpoints: $1 (requested on 7/20/2015 but not yet received)
Swagbucks: $25 Paypal (paid in full)
Bing: $7.99 (Value of Hulu subscription. Bing increased points necessary from 420 to 680. Boo!)
ProjectWonderful: $1.17 (my biggest month yet!! WooHoo!! Helps that my blog now features all 5 of the allowable ad boxes. I am now only $1.18 away from my first payout.)
mTurk: $6.83 (This is probably what I will hit the hardest in August to make it for the low Leapforce income.)
PaidViewPoint: $15.63 Paypal
Media Insiders: $50 (requested 7/26/2015)
Mobile Performance Meter: $15 Visa gift card
Amazon: 16 clicks, no orders (up from 8 clicks last month!)
My niche blogs more or less rule my Adsense income so I have pretty much just taken Adsense off of this blog.
I am keeping Amazon, though, as I have a few ideas for review posts kicking around my noggin.
My blogging income goal for next month is to start applying for sponsored posts. Don’t worry, I’ll only be applying for those that I can fit in authentically.
I’ve already turned down a few that didn’t fit despite the fact that I really, really need the money (see income above).
On on to more uplifting news.
My traffic stats are improving.
Pageviews: 943 (up from 584)
Unique Visits: 718 (up from 531)
First Time Visits: 590 (up from 515)
Return Visits: 128 (up from 15)
My social networking stats are up too.
- Twitter: 1145 (up from 1,066)
- Facebook Personal: 1013 (up from 980)
- Facebook Fanpage: 239 (up from 224)
- Instagram: 81 (up from 74)
- Pinterest: 316 (up from 283)
Still no subscribers and, really, no clue what to do about it other than trying to think of something to give away. But I did receive a lovely message from the Andre Sobel Foundation. That was nice. I’ll be sending them a dollar again this month.
I have narrowed down the focus of this blog and plan to post at least three days a week (Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday) and continue this monthly series to keep myself on track. That’ll be about 15 posts per month. Probably still rambley type posts but, hey, at least I’ll be rambling consistently, right.
And now that I’ve more or less gotten a handle on my Facebook efforts, I plan to add seeking and submitting daily to blog hops. I have attempted a few of my own with limited success. I need to do some research and figure out just where I am going wrong on that front.
I am getting so much better at making images for my posts. I use to use picmonkey but I have now joined the canva bandwagon.
I still haven’t made time to go back and re-do all of my older posts but it is still on my to-do list.
Thanks for reading my post.
As a reward for reward for reading it all the way through (or at least skimming it to the end), I am hosting my own $10 Paypal giveaway.
The first two entries are easy and can be done everyday just by visiting this post. (See what I did there? Traffic! Lol.)
a Rafflecopter giveaway
And for the bloggers who hung in there with me through this helluva long post, here’s a linkup for you to post your family friend blog post. (Anything else is subject to deletion.)
Anyway, enough about me.
How was your stats for last month? Did you start doing something different? Stop doing something? Increase doing something? What? What? Tell me. I’m nosey….