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I Made Money with My Blog! Income Report

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She shares how she makes money from home blogging! Really great ideas for beginners. She did this pretty fast and talks about using affiliate marketing for passive income. Love her tips and seeing how to make money online! Gotta check out those resources she used!!!

One of my goals this year was to start making money from home.

I left this goal pretty open-ended and have tried many different things. I even almost got scammed by some kind of money laundering scheme through a freelancer website!

It’s been exciting stuff guys, and not for the faint of heart. It’s been a roller coaster of emotions. I’ve been discouraged, excited, overwhelmed, and stressed, among other emotions.

I started blogging in January of this year. I have tried to approach it more as a job than as a hobby, though my motivation for starting was mostly to have a creative outlet. I have posted three times per week almost every week since I started. I have made small amounts of money here and there, but not much.

In August, I finally started to see the money-making potential in my blog and made some income. Just over $900 before expenses and taxes! That’s some pretty legit money, ya’ll.

Now, I don’t talk about blogging stuff on the blog very often, and I don’t plan to. However, if you’re curious how bloggers make money or what’s working for me, I wanted to give you a peek behind the scenes at what I’ve been doing to make money from my blog.

I’m not planning to do monthly income reports or talk about blogging stuff very often, so I’m going to squeeze in as much information as I can into this post. If you’re not interested in blogging stuff at all, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming soon.

Update: Don’t miss this mini-guide about how I nearly quadrupled my blogging income in one year! You’ll be able to apply 5 income-boosting tips to today!

Income Breakdown

Total: $940.70 (!!!)

Affiliate Income

Bluehost $70 – I use Bluehost to host this blog and have no reservations recommending it to others. If you’re thinking about starting a blog, you can read why I think you should do it (plus a few reasons why maybe you shouldn’t). There’s also a tutorial on how to get set up.

Ibotta $770 – If you’re looking to save money on fruits, veggies, and even store brand items, Ibotta is the way to go. You can check out my tutorial here. I talk about Ibotta way more than any other company, so I’m sure that’s why most of my income came from them.

Amazon $74.57

Ads

Google Adsense $23.33

Page Views

My page views actually dropped significantly in August compared to July.

I had 45,920 page views in August, down from 67,450 in July. So that’s proof that your income isn’t completely tied to your traffic. Of course, more traffic isn’t a bad thing and I am working on getting my traffic up again.

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As I’m starting to see an increase in my blogging income, there is also an increase in my expenses.

Some of these are more technical things, like paying for a social media scheduler and email service. Another expense comes from paying for courses and books to learn how to improve as a blogger.

There are so many different things to learn about blogging and there is always room for improvement. I’ve been seeking out courses to take and books to read to become a better blogger and it has helped me so much.

I want to be able to connect better with you (my reader) and provide helpful information for you, and I’ve learned so much already on how to do that. And the better this blog gets and the more helpful it is, the more my income increases as well, so it’s all good stuff.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course

As you can tell from my income breakdown, almost all of my income came from affiliates, aka the places that give me some kind of compensation when my readers sign up for their services. There’s a good reason for this!

Over the summer, I went through the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course, created by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents.

Michelle made over $90,000 last month from her blog. Crazy, right? Most of her income comes from affiliates and she created a course to teach other bloggers how to increase their affiliate income as well. Basically, if you’re going to learn about affiliate income, she’s the person you want to learn from!

I learned a ton from this course and obviously it shows in my income, which is so amazing. I made this cool infographic to show you all of the things you will learn if you decide to go through the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course:

UPDATE: I now highly recommend that you take Elite Blog Academy (make sure to get on the waiting list ASAP) and Pinning Perfect. As a full time blogger, these two courses, along with Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, have made the biggest difference in my blog. Read more about each of these courses here.

 ⇒ Since I don’t blog about blogging very often, here’s your chance to ask me any questions you have in the comments. If you’re a blogger, I’d love to read what courses or books you have learned a lot from recently…

I Made Money with My Blog! Income Report

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Julie @ Filling the Jars

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

Congratulations, Christine! Your hard work is really paying off! I love reading inspiring blog income reports like this. Great job!

Christine

Tuesday 20th of September 2016

Thanks so much Julie!

Rita

Monday 19th of September 2016

Wow! Amazing! Congratulations! I need to learn a lot! Thanks for sharing.

Rita | http://www.styleroundtheclock.com

Christine

Monday 19th of September 2016

Thanks Rita! You can do it! I just try to focus on learning one new thing at a time.

Lola

Sunday 18th of September 2016

Thanks for these resources! I've just started making a little money from my blog, and I'm excited to keep the momentum going. I'm never really sure where to start with all the information out there! But even $900 a month, which seems like a totally reasonable goal, would be huge for me. So thanks for this post!

Christine

Sunday 18th of September 2016

You can do it Lola! I'm not doing as well this month, but just seeing that it's possible is so motivating and gives me hope.

Jolina

Saturday 17th of September 2016

Yay! Congrats! Feels great doesn't it? :) I didn't monetize my blog at the get-go but when I started my first month's earnings was $0.99 and I was over the moon LOL! I have a long way to go. But I find that while it's important to approach it as a business, personally it helps me to also remember why I started the blog in the first place (otherwise I will go insane).

Christine

Saturday 17th of September 2016

Thanks so much Jolina!

Erin | A Welder's Wife

Saturday 17th of September 2016

This is amazing, Christine! My question for you is how do you drive so much traffic to your site? I understand consistency is a big part of it, but besides that, what do you do?

Christine

Saturday 17th of September 2016

Thanks Erin! I participate in 2 FB groups to promote my posts. I focus a lot on making good Pinterest photos for each post as well. Most of my traffic is from Pinterest and I've learned a lot from the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course on posting more effectively on Pinterest, which includes becoming a part of more group boards. I share all of my posts on Stumble, but I don't think it does much.

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