August Blog Traffic Report + Stats and Goals
To be completely honest, I haven’t done very well of tracking my goals or progress in the last year or so of blogging. This might come as a surprise if you know me, I’m a list person. For some reason, I haven’t done a great job keeping track of things, and about a month ago I decided to change that. As you might know, my husband and I started a travel blog about two months ago. I wanted to move my travel stuff over there (a popular topic) and focus on what my audience wants to see, which is mostly parenting, finances, and general life balance for the busy mom. Every month, I am going to include a blog traffic report, social media stats, my goals, and life updates. Without rambling further, here is the August Blog Traffic report.
If you’re a new mom, you’re probably hearing advice from anyone and everyone. As a mommy of almost 10 years, I’ve been given tons of advice. I’ve also given out some advice over the years, and it’s usually only when I am asked. I have two pieces of parenting advice, and they’re not even the slightest bit controversial. You read that right. No breastfeeding vs. formula, vaccines, or organic sunscreen debates over here. I am simply going to share the best parenting advice that I’ve learned in my almost 10 years as a parent.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Review
I want to start out by saying that there aren’t many courses that I recommend. So many bloggers offer courses now, and the quality isn’t always there. One exception to the rule would be the Ultimate Bundles. Even if some of the courses in the Ultimate Bundles are lacking, there will be other courses, books, etc. The one course that I absolutely 100% recommend on it’s own is Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. If you’re a blogger or online influencer, you need this course. Not a blogger yet, but want to be? Check out my How to start a WordPress blog post to get started!
Helping Your Child to Take Control of a Bank Account
Helping your child take control of a bank account, the latest post in the budgeting series is from Josh at Family Faith Finance. Josh recently got into the personal finance game when he decided to start up Family Faith Finance. His goal is to introduce a unique perspective while offering solid, unbiased advice.
30 day YouTube Challenge
As some of you know, my husband and I recently started our YouTube channel. Yesterday, I started looking for a challenge or something that would help us get used to vlogging regularly. I wasn’t able to find a 30 day YouTube challenge that I liked. The links were either broken, websites hacked, incomplete lists, etc. So, I decided to make my own 30 day YouTube challenge! This challenge can be done at any time, but we’re starting today. If you happen to find this list, you can start at any time. Please use the hashtag #AB30dayYouTubeChallenge when sharing on social media, so that way we can find you!
I can’t take all the credit for this 30 day YouTube challenge. The 30 days was something that I put together, but many of the challenges and tags were made my others. I will link to them below. Mamakatslosingit made a great compilation of YouTube tags and challenges, and many of those were used for this post. Check out her list for inspiration beyond the 30 days. This 30 day YouTube challenge is great for new YouTubers (like us!) but could also be fun for anyone looking to make more videos on a regular basis. The challenge includes several day in the life vlogs, along with popular YouTube challenges and tags. This challenge was originally made in the summer, but feel free to substitute appropriate seasonal challenges or tags as needed.
How to start an emergency fund – 10 ways to kick start your goals
I hope that you’re enjoying this series of budgeting posts. I know that many people think of budgeting as a chore or a pain, but I believe that budgets can be fun! Stay with me, I promise that you do not have to be an budget enthusiast to get value out of this post. If you’re brand new here, you might want to check out Budgeting 101: how to start a budget for beginners. No matter what you’re doing for your budget, pen and paper, YNAB, etc, having an emergency fund is critical. This post will teach you all about how to start an emergency fund, and give you an idea of how much you should have in it.
Budgeting Tips for New Parents
The next installment in my budgeting series, budgeting tips for new parents, is a guest post by Jacob of Dollar Diligence. What happens to your budget when you have a child? Well, along with everything else in your life, it changes! Check out Jacob’s budgeting tips for new parents, and then make sure to check out the rest of the series linked at the bottom of the post.
8 things I stopped buying to save money
Instead of talking about budgeting or making money, today I am going to switch gears talk about things I stopped buying to save money. Increasing your income is a great way to have more money, but decreasing spending does the exact same thing. These are 8 things I stopped buying to save money, and I’ve saved quite a bit!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, you probably know that I do the majority of my work from home. If you’re new here, I blog here at amyfillinger.com and at Amy & Brandon Adventures (our travel blog), and I’m also a professional photographer. If you run a blog or business, whether working from home or not, you know that it can be crazy. Business owners wear many hats, and it can certainly be overwhelming. I wanted to put together a list of products and procedures that help me run my blogs and business (somewhat) smoothly. I don’t have it all figured out, but I am doing a lot better than I used to! My productivity level is up, and having a workflow process is certainly helpful. Whether you run a business, or you’re thinking about starting one, there is bound to be something on this list that will make your life easier! These are some of the best products for small businesses (and blogs) that I have found.
I just wanted to make a note that while some of these are affiliate links, most of them are not. Many of the products and services are absolutely free (or have free versions) and the paid products that I suggest are 100% worth the investment!
Kid tested Easy Fruit Salad Recipe
If you’re looking for an easy fruit salad recipe that your kids will love, look no further! This fruit salad is the perfect summer snack, or part of a healthy meal any time of day! We also call this recipe “Hawaii fruit salad” because of the pineapple. My kids are completely obsessed with Hawaii, half of that is because my husband and I frequently travel to Hawaii, and half of it is thanks to Moana. If you have little kids, you know what I am talking about!
This easy fruit salad recipe is perfect if you need to throw something together quickly. It’s no secret that I am no food blogger or chef, but my kids raved about how awesome this recipe was. Guess what? It took just a few minutes to put together! The hardest part is making the kids wait until it’s finished chilling. They will want to eat it right away.
Subscribe and Save tips
If you have an Amazon subscription but are not taking advantage of the Subscribe and Save program, you’re going to want to read this! I’ve been an Amazon subscriber for years, but only started utilizing Subscribe and Save about two years ago. I hope that these subscribe and save tips will help you save a lot of money!
The Best Blog Hosting Service + a SALE!
If you’ve been waiting to start a blog, or move your blog to better hosting, I have a deal for you! SiteGround is having an amazing 4th of July sale, where you can get 70% off hosting plans! In my opinion, SiteGround is the best blog hosting service out there. Let me tell you why..
Best Uses for Peppermint Essential Oil
I am going to start off right here saying that I don’t sell essential oils for a MLM company. I have nothing against DoTerra or Young Living, but I don’t sell either one. Both companies have great quality products, but I want to start this series by letting you know that I don’t sell either one and I am not trying to recruit you. 😉 I will let you know what I recommend below, but wanted to start this with the disclaimer that I am not a distributor or a member of any group like this!
Now that we have that out of the way, on to the good stuff! The best uses for peppermint essential oil is post one in a series that I will be doing about essential oils. I love using essential oils in our home, but I use them in a very realistic way. If you’re interested in trying essential oils, but think some of what you’ve read is just “too much” then this series will be for you! The series will be full of practical and realistic uses for essential oils, along with advice on which brands I recommend and safety tips.
The Best Pinterest Image Size + a free template!
Whether you’re a business owner, blogger, or both, Pinterest can be a great way to bring traffic to your website. Using Pinterest is fairly straight forward, but using Pinterest correctly isn’t always as easy. You don’t have to take my word for it. I recommend checking out the “Simple Pin Media Podcast” for all the information on why Pinterest is important. Kate from Simple Pin Media has several recently podcasts specifically for different businesses. Whether you run a non-profit, a craft business or a food blog, she has some great information for everyone.
Two Tips for Successful Budgeting
The second installment in my budgeting series, two more tips for successful budgeting. We all know that the key to being successful with money is having a budget. Budgeting, in a nutshell, simply tells your money where to go. It’s a far better option than looking at your bank statements at the end of the month, wondering where your money went. That being said, there are two tips for successful budgeting that are rarely talked about.
If you’re brand new to budgeting, make sure to check out my post: Budgeting 101: How to start a budget.