Monthly Online Income Report: April 2015

Online Income Report: April 2015

Monthly Online Income – April 2015

Amazon Associates – $417.57
Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing – $6.22
Zazzle – $25.19
RewardStyle – $1.37
Shareasale – $4.20
Gumroad – digital downloads – $9.00
Etsy – digital downloads – $18.00
Etsy – jewelry sales – $46.00

Total Gross Online Income – April 2015: $527.55

Year-Over-Year Comparison – April 2014

Amazon Associates – $65.95
Zazzle – $3.66
RewardStyle – $2.21
Shareasale – $20.67
Etsy – digital downloads – $18.00
Etsy – jewelry sales – $15.00
Squidoo – $16.53

Total Gross Online Income – April 2014: $142.02

I already knew that I’d hit a lot of money milestones in April 2015, but I discovered I’d hit even more than I’d already realized as I was putting together this report. I’m big on goal setting, so I’ve been setting myself some general benchmark online income goals, using Todoist, as well as monthly goals based on what I made last year.

I’ve set goals for monthly earnings on Amazon and a few of my other income streams, and I checked off a lot of Amazon goals last month. I managed to check off the goal of hitting $500 on one of these online income reports during the non-holiday season. My goal for April 2015 was at least $262 in online income. I’m so proud that what I actually earned last month was double my goal! One reason for that was one random, magical day last month where I made $112.93 just on Amazon Associates!

April 28 2015 - Amazon Associate Earnings

Traffic Overview – MissMalaprop.com – April 2015

Miss Malaprop Google Analytics April 2015

Most Popular Blog Content – April 2015

Top Performing Pins – April 2015

Top Pins Miss Malaprop April 2015

I mentioned in my last report that I’d made the decision to merge my second site, CoolStuffWeLike.com, with this one and the process is pretty much complete now. The fact that these two sites are now combined accounts for the huge jump in year-over-year traffic seen above. Also notice the strong correlation between my top performing pins and the top blog content on my site. Pinterest is definitely still my top traffic source.

Next steps:

I’m currently working on creating a FREE e-course, the 30 Day SEO Boot Camp for Bloggers & Badass Creatives. I’m about half-way done putting everything together and I hope to have it ready to launch in the next few weeks. Be sure to sign up for my email list to be the first to know when it’s available. I’m also still planning to do an e-course about Instagram as well, (and I’ll be speaking about Instagram at the iRetreat Conference at the end of June), but first I want to launch this free SEO boot camp, because I’ve had a lot of people tell me that they really want to learn more about SEO. It will be easy to follow and understand, and probably a lot less technical than you think, I promise!

Other goals include diversifying the traffic sources to my website (I’d love to be not so heavily reliant on Pinterest for traffic), as well as increasing the average time on site. I’m also trying to get back in the habit of posting more regularly. I’ve been really good about posting at least once or twice a day to Instagram, and I’ve received some great feedback on weekly features there like my #WomenInHistory series that I post on Wednesdays, but I still need to work on creating blog content on a more regular basis.

Questions? Comments?

I know I’ve learned a lot over the years by reading the income reports of other people, but what about you? Do you find this information useful? Is there anything I’ve reported here that you’re unclear on or have questions about? Let me know in the comments below, or feel free to contact me.

You can also view my past income reports here:

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#BadassCreatives: Hope Kodman of Dynamo

Hope Kodman and Glamdromeda at Dragon Con 2014

It’s been a little while since I’ve done an interview with one of my favorite badass creatives and indie biz owners, so I think I’m due for another! To re-kickstart this series, I’m chatting it up with my dear friend Hope Kodman. (Seen here with me at Dragon Con last year – she’s dressed as Pris from Blade Runner, and I’m dolled up as my drag alter-ego, Glamdromeda Strange.)

Hope Kodman is the owner and founder of Dynamo, a female-friendly adult boutique based here in New Orleans. She came to me when she was first getting started with her biz a few years ago, and I happily gave her some advice and shared what I know. It’s been amazing to see her vision of an education-focused, sex-positive shop evolve over the last couple of years.

Dynamo Toys Spring Display

Tell me a little about Dynamo and what inspired your business.

Dynamo is a progressive, health and education-based sex shop in New Orleans. We sell high-quality, body-safe toys, as well as bath and body goods, lube, instructional books, BDSM accoutrements, and safer sex supplies. We provide a cheerful, classy environment and embody a sex-positive philosophy: to quote the official definition, we regard all safe and consensual sexual activities as fundamentally healthy and pleasurable, and we encourage sexual pleasure and experimentation.

Possibly because of my somewhat sheltered upbringing in a small Kentucky town, I love to have conversations about sex: whether I’m talking about health and wellness or culture and kink, it just makes me really happy. In essence, starting Dynamo was my attempt to make having these discussions my job. I was also surprised that New Orleans had no sex-positive shop already! Stores like Good Vibrations, Babeland, and the Tool Shed (as well as many others) are fixtures of their communities around the country, but there was nothing in the deep south. What better place to open a shop like this than New Orleans?

I founded Dynamo in 2013 as an online store and pop-up — I built a website, and I worked with burlesque shows and other sexy groups to sell my products at their events. It’s since grown from there — I joined up with a phenomenal business partner in 2014, and we received a grant from St. Claude Main Street to test the business in a brick and mortar last year. Since then, we’ve moved to a larger location (upstairs at the New Movement Theater, 2706 St Claude), and we love it!

Dynamo Toys: Female-Friendly, Education-Based New Orleans Sex Shop

What question do you get asked most often about sex and sexual health? (And the answer?)

The question I get asked most is actually a question-before-a-question: “Is it ok if we talk about this?” For many people, having an honest conversation about their own sexuality or sex in general is a totally foreign concept — outside of joking around or hushed whispers, it just isn’t discussed. But of course, the answer is an emphatic “yes!” Being able to state your desires and communicate about your experiences (both good and bad) is the first step toward getting the sex life you want — whether you’re talking to your partner, your doctor, or — naturally — the folks at your local sex toy store.

Where do you see Dynamo in 2 years?

Expanded, for sure — the space we are currently in above The New Movement Theater is lovely but compact. Right now, it is exactly what we need, but within two years, I’d like to see us in a space where we could hold workshops and other events on-site. I’d also like to see us leading the way for other sex-positive shops in the Southeast United States. To my knowledge, we’re the only one right now, but we absolutely need more across the region.

Dynamo Toys New Orleans

You’ve got a friend visiting New Orleans for just one day – where do you take them?

Breakfast starts at Cake Cafe in the Marigny. We head through the Marigny Triangle toward lower Decatur, stopping by the French Market for a day drink: I’m obsessed with the daiquiris from Organic Banana. I’ve been a tour guide for the past five years or so, so I’d give them a quick history lesson as we walked around the French Quarter and up toward St Louis Cemetery #1 (you have visit our cemeteries, they’re just so darn lovely and iconic). If we need energy, we’d get iced coffee from Mr Gregory’s; if we need fancy cocktails, we’d hit up Tonique or go back toward Decatur for Cane and Table.

If crawfish are in season, we are getting crawfish come hell or high water.

Later in the day, it depends on what they are into — if they want a more traditional New Orleans experience, I’d take them Uptown (possibly on the streetcar) for dinner at Jacques-Imos and jazz at the Maple Leaf. If they’re more into a downtown scene, I’d take them to Red’s Chinese in the Bywater, and then over to the Siberia, High-Ho, and/or the Allways Lounge for a show. If there is burlesque that night, we will almost certainly attend.

Hope Kodman

What 5 things would you take with you to a deserted island?

If its an island, the first thing I’d need to take care of is sunscreen. I burn like nobody’s business. Unlimited sunscreen and unlimited mosquito spray — that’s how I survive New Orleans, and that’s how I’d survive a deserted island. Once that’s taken care of — I’m assuming this is a quasi-magical situation? Because I’m bringing my computer — I’m not sure how I’d plug it in or access the Internet, but it’d fulfill most of my needs for intellectual stimulation, entertainment, and contact with the outside world. And while we are plugging things in — you know I was going to say this — I’d bring a Hitatchi Magic Wand. It’s not my all-time favorite vibrator, but it *does* double as one heck of a back massager. I imagine it’s pretty stressful being in the middle of nowhere.

I know you said “things,” but can I take my fiance? Besides the obvious madly-in-love thing, he’s super handy and would keep me laughing. Plus if anyone can figure out how to make the internet work in a mysterious island situation, it’s that guy. We both kind of hate the beach, though, so I expect we’d eventually just build a raft and sail back to Louisiana. We’d miss you all too much!

Dynamo Toys: Navigating the Grey: Consent, Negotiation, and Risk Aware Sex!

If you’re in New Orleans, be sure to stop by and explore Dynamo, upstairs from The New Movement Theater at 2706 St Claude Ave. If you’re not in NOLA, you can always shop online.

Dynamo will also be hosting their next educational workshop this week, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 7pm at Sidney’s Saloon. If you’ve been intrigued by all the Fifty Shades of Grey hype but aren’t sure if this brand of kink is right for you, be sure to check out Dynamo’s upcoming workshop: Navigating the Grey: Consent, Negotiation, and Risk Aware Sex!

You can also follow Dynamo on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or Pinterest.

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Cool Leggings & Pencil Skirts at Redbubble

Cool Frida Kahlo Leggings at Redbubble

Frida Kahlo Leggings at Redbubble

I’ve been a fan of Redbubble for awhile now. They’re an awesome company that offers independent artists and designers an outlet to showcase, share and sell their work on a diverse array of printed products: everything from wall art to iPhone cases to clothing. They’ve recently added a few new types of clothing to their ever growing selection, including super cool leggings and pencil skirts for women. With so many different artists on hand, the designs range from stunningly beautiful to downright weird. (Just the way I like it.)

Here are a few of my favorites:

Redbubble Pencil Skirt: New York Beauty triangles

I’m kind of obsessed with the print on this gorgeous pencil skirt. The repeating pattern was designed by artist Sharon Turner of Nottingham, UK.

Redbubble Leggings: Zardoz vs ET

Every year, when we go to Dragon*Con, there is always a big group of people dressed as the characters from Zardoz. Until recently, I’d never seen this 1974 Sean Connery cult classic. David found it for us to watch a few weeks ago, and I must say, as someone who LOVES terrible, cheesy, campy movies, this one was practically unwatchable in my opinion. Seriously, the best part is the first 5 minutes, then it’s all downhill from there. That said, the best part of the movie is the iconic costumes, as these leggings where Mr. Connery squares off against E.T. so clearly illustrate.

Redbubble Pencil Skirt: Paris

I also love this beautiful Parisian print pencil skirt, created by artist Olivier Sohn of Paris, France. Paired with a simple black top and heels, it would make a super cute date night outfit.

Redbubble Leggings: Police Box Doctor Who Inspired

So you might know that I’m kind of a Doctor Who fan. (Who am I kidding? I’M A BIG DOCTOR WHO FAN.) I’ve been craving a pair of leggings inspired by The Doctor for awhile now, and I love these Whovian leggings, which blend imagery inspired by The Great Wave off Kanagawa with a British police box, aka the TARDIS.

Love these designs too?

Be sure to also check out all of the other cute leggings and pencil skirts that Redbubble has to offer!

 

Note: this post contains affiliate links, which means if you click through and purchase a product, I receive a small commission. That said – I only post things here that I genuinely like or think are cool! More info at my my disclosure page.
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Cool Business Cards for Badass Creatives

cool business cards for creative entrepreneurs

  1. Black & Gold Chevron Pattern Business Card
  2. Abstract Fuchsia Pink Watercolor Double-Sided Standard Business Cards
  3. Elegant Faux Gold Striped Modern Light Pink Business Cards
  4. White Subtle Glitter Business Card
  5. Cool Business Card for Interior Designers and Home Decor Bloggers
  6. Vintage Typewriter Double-Sided Business Cards for Journalists and Copywriters
  7. Cool Vintage Skull Etching Black Business Card
  8. Travel Agent Double-Sided Standard Business Cards

Every Badass Creative knows this much for sure: business cards are a MUST. But what if you’re just getting started and can’t afford to hire a fancy graphic designer and have no design skills or tech know-how yourself?

Steer clear of those ubiquitous templates that come with a lot of inexpensive printing services. Trust me, it IS possible to find cool, creative business cards without spending a ton on a graphic designer. I promise. One of my favorite places to get inspired is Zazzle.

Zazzle is really cool because they are a print-on-demand company which offers designers the opportunity to share their art and designs with the world, on tons of different products. (I’ve got a shop there myself.) Just about everything on their site is customizable in some way, as designs can be printed on a variety of products, styles and varieties. Business cards are no exception, as you can edit the personal information as well as choose from a variety of different paper options. Just starting out? You can order as few business cards as 20 at a time, and once you grow big, you can restock as many as 10,000 business cards at a time.

cool business cards for creative entrepreneurs2

  1. Retro Red Camera Photography Business Cards
  2. Elegant Cherry Blossoms Business Cards
  3. Retro Photographer Double-Sided Business Cards
  4. Retro Honeycomb Handmade Designer Business Cards
  5. Colorful Confetti Double-Sided Business Cards
  6. Rustic Arrow on Tan Business Cards
  7. Modern & Hip Black Chevron Pattern Business Cards
  8. Hello Nice to Meet You – Vintage Retro Stylish Business Cards
  9. Cool Abstract Multi-color Watercolors Modern Double-Sided Business Cards
  10. Cool Chalkboard Circle Simple Business Cards

The business cards seen here are just a few of the fun options I’ve found on Zazzle. I’ve also gathered a whole collection featuring my favorite Zazzle biz card designs.

What to include on your business cards:

  • contact information (name, phone number, email, website and social media profiles)
  • job description, job title or tagline (let people know what you do)
  • something to make it memorable (one quirky interest or use a double-sided card to display a photo of you or your work on one side)

Additional uses for business cards might include custom appointment cards, referral cards, or gift cards, like the ones seen below. Appointment cards and referral cards are traditionally used for businesses like hair salons and spas, but think about the ways in which you could grow your business through referrals or scheduling appointments with your customers in advance.

Cool Business Cards Appointment Cards-Referral-Cards

  1. Pink and Olive Green Double-Sided Appointment Cards
  2. Faux Gold Leaf Circles Double-Sided Appointment Card
  3. Nice Hair! Double-Sided Mini Referral Cards
  4. Striped Double-Sided Gift Cards
  5. Funny Alpaca Appointment Cards for Hairstylist
  6. Spa & Massage Salon Loyalty Card / Punch Card Large Business Cards

What do YOU include on your business cards?

A business card is your chance to showcase you personal brand and/or your business. What sets your business cards apart from all the rest? Please share your tips and tricks in the comments below!

Note: this post contains affiliate links, which means if you click through and purchase a product, I receive a small commission. That said – I only post things here that I genuinely like or think are cool! More info at my my disclosure page.
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iRetreat Blogger Conference 2015

Blogger Conference

I’m so excited to be speaking at iRetreat Conference here in New Orleans this June 28-30, 2015, along with two of my amazing co-workers from FSC Interactive.

We’ll be talking about what it takes to grow your brand or business on Instagram.

I started an experiment with my own Instagram account in January 2015 to see how fast I could hit 1,000 followers:

  • On January 1, 2015, I had 750 followers
  • I tipped the 1,000 follower goal two months later, on February 28, 2015
  • As of April 2015, I now have 1,200+ followers

(A big THANK YOU to everyone who follows me on Instagram!)

Miss Malaprop aka Glamdromeda on Instagram

Now, it’s not all about the numbers. (Seriously, never pay for Instagram followers or anything like that. Yuck.) But I’m big on goal-setting and experimentation. I used a lot of tactics I’ve learned through my day job, but I tested out some new techniques on my own account that my colleagues now use frequently on some of our clients’ accounts, to great success.

I’ll be joined at iRetreat by Elizabeth Piper and Margaux Maizlish from FSC Interactive. Elizabeth currently manages the day-to-day operations of the @VisitNewOrleans Instagram account, which is one of the largest tourism Instagrams in the WORLD! Margaux is FSC’s Director of Social Media, which means she oversees a LOT of different brands who are on Instagram, including Zatarain’s, Tales of the Cocktail, The Outlet Collection at Riverwalk and many more.

All of this is to say… You should probably join us at iRetreat. Based on this list of all of the 2015 speakers, it’s looking like a killer lineup. Register for iRetreat now.

What do you want to learn about Instagram?

Fill out the Google Form below and let me know what you have questions about. You can also leave your questions in the comments section below.

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