Instagram. Some of us bloggers love it, some are over it, but all of us seem to be fighting an uphill battle lately. Instagram has been getting a bad rep for its less than perfect algorithm, and sometimes it seems like gaining a following on the platform is next to impossible. While it can be difficult, I’m here to tell you that it’s not as hard as you think it is. I’ve started to gain followers that stick around by doing (and not doing) several things.

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I don’t think I’m alone when I say that driving traffic to my posts is my biggest struggle as a blogger. In my opinion, I think my photography and content is high quality. I interact with other bloggers and spend as much time on social media as I can manage. Over the past few months the traffic to my blog has slowly begun to increase, and maybe, just maybe, things are starting to take a turn.

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One of my favorite parts of blogging is the photography! I love finding bits and bobs around the house that I can use to style photos, and then getting behind the lense to take the perfect photo. Photo props can take a good photo and turn it into a great photo, and odds are you already have a lot of these items laying around your house. If not, you can easily find them at Target, because we all need another excuse to go to Target, right?

I’ve already shared with you my photography journey, and taught you how to make your photos look professional, so finally I’m going to share some everyday items you can use as photo props.

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If you’re anything like me, you spend hours scouring Instagram, studying people’s photos to figure out how they got that angle, what props they’ve used, where they purchase those props, and how they’ve managed to take such a stunning photo. I’ll definitely admit that I’ve stared at more than one photo on Instagram and wondered how I could achieve an almost identical result. After all, they say imitation is a form of flattery…right?

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Why I left my Instagram comment pods and don't regret a thing. You don't need to be in a pod to have high Instagram engagement.

Instagram pods, some people love them, some people hate them, some people may have no idea what I’m talking about. If you don’t know, Instagram pods consist of a group of people on Instagram (maximum 15) who are part of a chat. Each time one of the members posts on Instagram, they notify the pod and each member must go and like the photo as well as comment. There’s usually rule about comment length, if you have to comment, if you have to like the photo, and so on.

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Another month has come and gone! As we say goodbye to May I want to start doing something new, and that’s posting income reports! Along with the income reports, I’ll be sharing the goals I’ve set for myself for the upcoming month. I see a lot of bloggers doing this, and I hope that by doing it myself I feel more drive to reach my goals.

I went back and forth about posting my income because quite frankly, it’s nonexistent. However, I want to show smaller bloggers like myself that not everyone is making thousands of dollars a month. I also want to share my income with the hopes of gaining advice from bloggers WHO ARE making thousands of dollars a month. So, if that’s you, please sound off in the comments below. Everyone can learn a thing or two from you!

With that being said, let’s break everything down.

Income

  • Google Adwords: $0.51
  • Viglink: $0.00
  • Etsy: $0.00
  • Amazon Affiliates: $0.00
  • iPage Affiliate: $0.00
  • Total: $.0.51

Yup, I made a whopping $.0.51 this month! Hopefully these numbers increase next month.

Expenses

  • Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop: $10.00
  • Etsy Listings: $1.80
  • iPage hosting: $3.00
  • Total: $14.80

Traffic Report

One thing that did increase this month was my traffic! I had set a goal to reach 1,000 page views for the month of May, and I reached that!

  • Total Traffic for April: 723 page views
  • Total Traffic for May: 1,347
  • Total Increase: 624 page views, or a 86.21% increase in page views!

Social Media Stats

  • Pinterest Followers: 60
  • Instagram Followers: 233
  • Twitter Followers: 169
  • Email Subscribers: 21. I gained 13 of those subscribers during the month of May.

May income report traffic

Goals for June

I’m starting a new job on Monday the 5th of June (yay!), however, that means I will have FAR less time to devote to my blog. There will be some growing pains as I learn how to balance working full time and running a blog (on top of everything else I do). I’m going to cut back from posting twice a week to only posting once a week, as that sounds much more manageable to me. That being said, I would still love to see my blog continue to grow. So, what are my goals?

  • Reach 2,000 page views
  • Reach 300 Instagram followers
  • Post 4 times during June
  • Sell 5 prints on my Etsy shop
  • Gain 10 more email subscribers

Miss a Post?

I know I follow a lot of bloggers, and it’s hard to get around to reading every post that ends up in my inbox. I’ve listed all the posts the went up in May in case you missed one.

So what are your goals for June? Did you reach the goals you set for yourself during May? Leave a comment below!

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