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August in Review

While doing research on how to earn money and products using my blog, I found that I enjoyed seeing the "big bloggers" breaking out how they earn money with their blogs each month.  The Spunky Diva currently receives books to review, opportunities to write posts for money from SocialSpark, I use SwagBucks as my search engine, and participate in quick surveys from ICS.  Here is the break-out of percentages for August.  I am only including money/value that I have actually collected.  For SocialSpark you have to have $50 to make a transfer to PayPal.  I did enough posts in August to qualify, but am waiting for the 30-day period for these funds to be in my account to transfer.  For this being the first month of pursuing these avenues I am very happy with the results.  I used Kids' Zone to create the pie chart I have pictured below.  (PS - the big bloggers don't give dollar amounts either, but I am sure it is much more than I earned this month, LOL) 

A highlight of August was having over 2,000 page views.  Wow!  I also guest posted at Sugar Bee with my Fuzzy Trim Tutu Tutorial (say that four times fast, LOL).

Books - I received three books to review in the month of August.
 - Bittersweet, by Shauna Niequist (Zondervan Publishers)
 - Captured By Grace, by Dr. Jeremiah (BookSneeze)
 - Forgotten, by Melody Carlson (NavPress)

SwagBucks.com is a search engine that randomly gives you "Bucks" when you search.  You can then trade in your "Bucks" for items in their store.  I earned a $5 Amazon.com gift card this month (and I only used SwagBucks as my search engine for maybe half the month!).

ICS (Instant Cash Sweepstakes) is geared so that you participate in quick three question surveys to earn tickets in a drawing, coins you can turn into tickets when you want, and cash.  You have to earn $2.00 before you can transfer money into PayPal, and since you only earn a couple cents for each survey that could take awhile.  But, they are fun surveys, and I have an addictive personality so I am hooked.  The way to work this system is to get other people using ICS through your link (hint, hint), and then you earn matching cents when they win cents.  That is how you can get it to add up!

If you would like to register for any of the sites I mentioned above, I would be honored if you used the referral links I included in this post.  The widgits in my sidebar will also direct you to these sites if you would rather use those.

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