There are a bunch of reasons to do income reports.
I for one think they are just a lot of fun. I love reading other’s income reports!
The cool thing about blogging and working online, incomes vary vastly.
The really cool thing is how differently incomes vary.
But, since my goal is to help others make an income online, then transparency on how to make money blogging is a pretty big part of the process.
Sometimes seeing how others are making money, makes it easier to figure out something that may work for you that you haven’t tried yet.
Here is my income report for October 2019.
I’ll say this isn’t my highest income that I’ve made with my blog and other various online business. I’ve spent quite a bit of time the last couple of months working on long term projects that aren’t contributing to my instant ROI.
Because so much of my time is focus on other things, my traffic for my blogs have decreased a bit.
Overall, I’m ok with this. It’ll bounce back when I have time to recommit to focusing on making pins for Pinterest and circulating them again and as I get around optimizing my site for search engines.
Now, let’s get to the part you’re actually here for;
the income report.
Income from Blogging
Affiliate income from courses:
I love taking courses. I have taken dozens of online courses both in the blogging realm, online business realm and just to satisfy my own personal interests.
A few of those have been perfect for me to promote online and match the audience on my sites.
$473.60: From a business course I promote (non-blogging related)
$138.46: From a health course I promote
$199: From various mommy/pregnancy courses
I don’t have a photo of these stats. Too many random low amounts to be worthy of a screenshot. But you get the idea.
With these courses, I tend to make a pretty stable monthly income. By stable, I mean that the amount stays the same from month to month.
I will say that when these courses end up having a sale, my income often goes up by leaps and bounds on the 2 top courses alone.
For instance, in august, the health course I promote had a big sale going on.
I ended up earning a commission of $589. To add to that, the program then rewarded its affiliates with a 2x bonus that month.
So, in reality, I made $1178 from that one course alone.
This month, however, was pretty average for me.
Other Affiliate Income:
The only other affiliate income I have other than the courses and programs mentioned above is good ol’ Amazon and a tiny bit from Etsy.
$155.22 from Amazon affiliate program
$5.46 from Etsy affiliate program (yes, very low, but why not?)
Total Affiliate Income: $971.06
I made this affiliate income without email marketing. I attribute most of my affiliate income to the fact that I have a few very high ranking posts that do well in google.
As far as the affiliate marketing aspect, I’ve taken 2 courses that are both very helpful.
Making sense of affiliate marketing is the perfect beginner’s course for affiliate marketing. This girl started making over 50,000k a month in affiliate sales alone with her blog!
So she did what any good blogger does, and wrote a course to help others do the same thing!
She goes over how to structure posts to increase affiliate clicks, how to make sure you get accepted into your favorite affiliate programs and even goes over some more advanced techniques like interconnecting your posts to point your reader to the product that will help them!
I’ve also taken affiliate marketing for bloggers. This course is just as useful and teaches affiliate marketing techniques with a different perspective.
It’s created by a popular blogger in the “mom blogger” wgi niche spills her secrets on how she makes over $1000/mo in affiliate sales with her mom blog content. (For those who need to see how things are done in the non-blogging about blogging way.)
I honestly love Carly’s perspective and laid back nature to blogging. She is very successful, yet so accessible and loves hearing others feedback.
The only other income I have for my blogs are my own product, which is just a pregnancy printable and Display Ads.
I know that Ads aren’t everyone’s jam, but I LOVE my ad income!
I also love my ad network that I’m with: Mediavine
They are very progressive and are adding so many cool and exciting things for their network to incorporate into their blogs.
$43.60 for my own products (Pregnancy Printables)
$840.84 for display ads (My traffic has been super low the last couple months, which is such a shame since Q4 is here and RPMs are higher than ever!)
Total Other Income: 884.44
Again, this is a pretty typical income for me and not to out of the norm.
Total Blogging Income: 1855.5
I’ll be honest, my income has pretty much stayed the same these last few months and is usually only off by a few hundred (Except when my beloved sales are happening!)
I have been working on a few non-money making side projects (at least they aren’t making money yet!) but I know my income will grow from blogging when I decided to make a few more advancements worth the ROI.
Other Non-Blogging Income:
I also do freelance virtual assistant jobs. Personally, my favorite VA service to offer is to create content other bloggers.
Since I have so many interests, I like making content is all sorts of niches.
Often it doesn’t really match the content of any of my personal blogs, so instead, I let out my creative juices and sell to other bloggers.
This month I only made about $200 selling content. It was actually just a few simple, kid-friendly Christmas crafts.
I am in the middle of creating a guide explaining all the ways bloggers can make money selling visual content. It’s basically creating crafts and recipes and selling them. It’s extremely lucrative.
In fact, so many creative sellers who are selling their crafts on Etsy would make a killing if they’d be willing to photograph a tutorial for their crafts and sell them to bloggers.
For a single simple craft, I can make about $60 most of the time. For more advance, harder to find recipes or crafts I’ve made up to $175 per craft or recipe.
It really all depends on the details.
But $175 for only a couple hours of work is totally worth it and helps cover some of my blogging expenses!
How I Plan to Grow
Since I have been making a consistent income for the last year or so, I do have a few insites.
For one thing….
I have too many blogs!
I think my current number of blogs is as 5. And while I’m super grateful at what I’ve learned by running 5 blogs, I just can’t keep growing them.
Choosing where to focus tends to be the hardest part of juggling for me. 3 of my blogs are currently on Mediavine.
Outside of those 3, I also have a fitness blog that I have no plan of working on, and a craft/recipe blog that is a fun experiment at the moment.
I know I should probably focus on my biggest income maker, my mom blog. However, I am having way too much fun writing what I’m really passionate about. Making money online!
It’s just one of those obscure topics that felt impossible before, but over the last two years, I have experimented and found lots of real ways to make a decent income online.
So, while I’ll slowly add content to my other blogs and schedule them out on social media, for now, my plan is to continue helping other women realize they can do it too!
My next project is to work on a guide I’m super excited about, which is creating content for other bloggers. This is a perfect side income for current beginner blogs to have a bit of extra cash to invest into their business and help them grow.
After all, I truly believe to be successful and grow well you need to invest in yourself and your business. Trying to scrape by and do it all for free is just too hard and frustrating. Eventually, it leads to burn out and just plain defeat.