Hello again, friends! I’ve got more numbers for you, some of which are good and some of which are meh.

March was a weird month. Although I blogged more often, I also took a part-time job outside of the home. This extra work really threw a wrench in my blogging cycle, so I would expect lower numbers across the board because of this.

Mostly, March showed me that MOST affiliate programs for food bloggers are pretty…not awesome. At least not for smaller blogs.

After February’s dismal numbers, I even contacted a few of the poor performers, and had opted to discontinue their use. Here’s why:

VigLink: VigLink searches your blog for possible affiliate links (like the words “Amazon,” etc). They monetize the link so that if people follow it, you can earn a commission. Except, I’ve received not even a penny in the months since I started the program. I have 27 total clicks, but no earnings.

When I contacted VigLink, they informed me that this is because I use some of the higher earning affiliate companies on my own (like Amazon), which means I would need to stop being a direct affiliate to make more money through a third party. Nah, that’s a waste of my time. Plus, it diminishes my control over what sort of ads might be shared here on The Aliso Kitchen. That’s not cool, so, bye-bye, VigLink!

FoodieBlogRoll: I’m really disappointed about this one. It seems to be a great resource for many food bloggers, but it takes forever to get everything up and running. I finally contacted them about why my ad hadn’t been working right, and I guess my ad wasn’t showing correctly. I was also supposed to email them, and do other kinds of things to get this all working. Since I removed the ads so I could try to make anything while FBR was processing me, I was no longer abiding all of their rules for publication. Blah, blah, blah; I don’t have the energy for this.

Blog Opportunities:

I keep finding GREAT opportunities for bloggers to review products and services in exchange for a little money. I want to sign up and say yes, but in the end, I say no. So many of these opportunities expect me to sell you on products full of chemicals and poor quality ingredients. I love my readers, and I refuse to compromise my ethics and goals to make a little cash.

Side note: my most popular post of the ENTIRE MONTH was this one for homemade vanilla ice cream WITHOUT a machine!

You know what I want?

I want to share ONLY high-quality goods and services from high-quality companies and organizations, that I’ve tested, reviewed, and WANT to share. I don’t mind if this is a slower process (and affiliate sales can be difficult for smaller bloggers). Although I will continue monetizing through programs like AdSense, I will be gearing up to focus solely on independent affiliate programs like Tropical Traditions, Cultures for Health, and Mountain Rose Herbs. Oh yeah, and I’ll stick with Amazon. Their rates are low, but it’s very easy to use.

Here’s the breakdown of blog income for March:

AdSense – $6.50
Lijit – $0.50
Disqus Discovery: $0.06
FoodieBlogRoll – $0.00 (in the process of removing from the site)
Amazon Associates – $3.87 
Viglink - $0.00 (27 clicks, and not a penny –currently removed from the site)
Commission Junction – $0.00 (currently removing from ALL of my sites)
Share a Sale – $0.00 (also removing from my sites)
Cultures for Health affiliate – $0.00 (10 total clicks, no commissions. Might not be best for me, but could do well in the future.)
Mountain Rose Herbs affiliate – $0.00 (I really like this company, but haven’t had any clicks or commissions. It might not be the right affiliate program for me.)
Tropical Traditions referral program – $0.00 in gift certificates (I love this company like crazy, though.)

Total – $10.93

I’m working on joining the Village Green Network and adding Nutiva as an affiliate, so we’ll see how next month goes!

Mountain Rose Herbs. A Herbs, Health & Harmony Com
Here are the traffic stats from March:

Total page views: 2,147
Average daily page views: 69
Facebook fans: 713
Twitter followers: 650
Pinterest followers: 519 (This has grown like CRAZY! It was 73 last month.)

I contribute much of this growth to the enormous Cooking Planit Spice giveaway I was fortunate to be part of.

Just as a reminder, I have a few events going on at the moment.


Thanks to Pinch of Yum for this idea!

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  • My Italian Smorgasbord

    this is so informative and so fun to read! I love your openess about this whole stuff with which I will have to deal sooner or later. Barbara

    • http://rachaelmcleveland.com/ Rachael Cleveland

      Barbara, thanks for reading and for accepting my very late response! ;) The income aspect of blogging is….stressful but also fun. I look forward to watching those numbers creep higher, and am glad it’s informative! Best of luck with your own climbing digits! :)

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  • memeyoooh

    Recently I was extremely low on cash and debts were eating me from all sides! That was UNTIL I decided to make money.. on the internet. I went to surveymoneymaker dot net, and started filling in surveys for cash, and surely I’ve been far more able to pay my bills! I’m so glad, I did this.. With all the financial stress these years, I really hope all of you will give it a chance. – rgcc