june traffic and income reportIt’s hard to believe that June has come and gone, along with half of 2014! Oh how time flies!

June Blog Post Highlight Recap

5 Ingredient Sugared Pecans

My Surprise Pregnancy Journey

My Closed Kitchen

Living For An Audience Of One

Publix Shop | Spent $35 and Saved $63

Two Great Reads


Here’s a look at June’s numbers.


Google Adsense – $61.44

Amazon Affiliate Network – $22.42

Sovrn (formerly Lijit) – $9.65

My Savings – $4.80

Media.net – $.11

Total Income – $98.42



Host Gator (hosting) – $6

PhotoDune (post image) – $2

inlinkz (Wow Me Wednesday link-up tool) – $1.67

Feedblitz – $1.34

Total Expenses – $11.01


NET INCOME – $87.41


Traffic Overview

June Traffic Overview


Top 10 Traffic Sources

June Top 10 Traffic Sources

Thank you The Thrifty Couple for being my number 1 blog referral!


Playing Around with Ad Waterfalls

The only major change I made in June was adding waterfalls to my ads. I had heard of this once before when I read How To Blog For Profit (Without Selling Your Soul) by Ruth Soukup but had never really investigated the ins and outs of making them work. That is, until I read How To Monetize Your Food Blog by Kiersten Frase.

Before you point it out, yes, I’m well aware that I’m not a food blogger. But, I figured the tips and tricks she had in her e-book could be beneficial for my blog as well. Plus, I’m always up to learning new things, especially in this ever-changing blogging world. Her book was definitely a wealth of information for bloggers, but my biggest takeaway was learning how to setup ad waterfalls.

(In case you’re like I was a few months ago and don’t know, ad waterfalls is when you have more than one ad available for a particular ad unit. For example, my 300×250 ad defaults to Google. If Google doesn’t have any paying ads it will default to my second ad network, and so on and so forth. The goal is to make more money from your ads.) Trust me, Kiersten does a much better job of explaining ad waterfalls in her e-book.

Like I said, I was playing around with ad waterfalls. But one thing I didn’t realize is that Google is picky about setting up ad waterfalls and, of course, like theirs set up a bit differently than other ad networks. When I didn’t see a big difference in my ad earnings I just figured it was because the waterfalls work better when you have a ton of pageviews. Little did I know that I had set some of them up incorrectly. It wasn’t until the first part of July that I realized what I’d done. Needless to say, I believe the problem is fixed and I’m excited to see if I earn any more from ads next month.

The moral of the story is, don’t be afraid to try new/different things on your blog. I goofed when setting up the waterfalls because I didn’t read Google’s back up ad “fine print.” It’s definitely not the first time I’ve messed up and it definitely won’t be the last.


How’d you do in June?

Now it’s your turn to share! How did your blog do in the month of June. What tips and tricks do you have to share with us? (Please share in the comments below!)


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