Income Reports

How I Made $853 In My Fourth Month Blogging

I started this blog in the beginning of June.

And if someone told me that I was going to make $2,544 in my first fourth months blogging, I probably wouldn’t believe them. Because four months ago, I had no idea that you could make this kind of money from a brand new blog!

I made $853 blogging in September. And, I am so proud to say that my blog is now my second biggest source of income, next to freelance writing!

Sometimes I can’t help but ask myself: why didn’t I start blogging sooner?

Seriously, don’t let that be you! If you’ve been thinking about starting a blog, now is the time to do it! Open up my how to start a successful blog tutorial in a new tab, sign up for my free course below and keep reading to find out how you can make money from the start!

The month of September mostly consisted of me driving across Canada with little free time and even less reliable internet access. As a result, I only spent a few hours per week working on my blog. And I only posted three pieces of new content!

That goes to show the power of passive income. And let me just say, it feels pretty darn awesome my friends!

But, enough chit-chat.

Let’s get to the good stuff.

Here is a breakdown of my achievements, blog traffic, income, expenses and future goals!


September 2017 Blog Income Report | Want to find out how to make money blogging? This blogger has made over $2,500 in four months with a new blog! Turn your blog into a side hustle and experience the power of passive income through affiliate marketing, sponsored posts and ads! Click through to read the report!

This post contains affiliate links, to find out more information, please read my disclaimer. If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me.

September Achievements

1. Social Media Growth: I’ve been traveling for most of August and September and as a result, I haven’t spent as much time on social media as I would have liked. In fact, I barely even touched my Twitter all month! But, I still saw some impressive growth on social media channels last month. 

2. Meaningful Connections: Thanks to my very own Facebook group, The Blog Nest, I was able to meet and become friends with some amazing bloggers! It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside to know that I created such an engaged and friendly little community. In September, The Blog Nest grew from 95 members to 194! And I would love to see it get even bigger in October!

>> Join my free Facebook group here! <<

3. My Features: This past month, I was featured on a few different blogs! And I can’t tell you how awesome it feels when someone reaches out and asks you to be a part of their content. The awesome lifestyle blogger Shelly Ray interviewed me for her Table Talk Tuesday series. Check out the interview here. The hilarious expat Tyra wrote a Wednesday feature about me and my SEO tips for bloggers.You can read that post hereAnd the confidence-boosting blogger Kayla Dene mentioned me in one of her blog posts as a helpful resource!

Blog Traffic Breakdown

So, despite the fact that I made more money blogging this month, I actually had fewer page views than last month! 

In September 2017, I had a total of 5,707 page views on my blog and around 3,600 unique visitors in total. As always, the majority of my views came from Pinterest and Facebook, which brought in 1,730 and 1,247 visitors, respectively.

I’m happy to report that I saw a big spike in organic traffic this month and had 463 views from search engines! The rest came from Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

My most popular posts in September:

Blog Income Breakdown

It’s been so interesting to see how my blogging income has changed every month.

Like, even though I made more money through my services in August, I saw a huuuge increase in ad revenue for September!

Let’s take an in-depth look at exactly where I made money this month:

  • Adsense: $135.06 | Towards the end of August, I made the switch from MediaNet to Google AdSense and WOW – that was definitely the right choice! I currently have an ad on my sidebar and one or two in each of my blog posts. I don’t know what kind of ads Google is showing my visitors, but they seem to like them!
  • Bluehost: $340 | This month, I had 4 people sign up for Bluehost using my affiliate link, which brought in a total of $340. Bluehost is the company that I personally use to host my blog. I’ve had nothing but a great experience with them, which is why I always recommend them to my readers!
  • Ebates: $50 | Thanks to an extremely generous referral bonus period, I was able to earn $50 from just TWO referrals on Ebates in September! And that’s not including all of the money this website has saved me over the past month! I have been getting cash back on almost all of my online purchases, including on Amazon and Sephora. It’s added up quite nicely!
  • Fiverr: $75 | When I first started working online a couple of years ago, Fiverr was my only source of income. I think it’s a great place to buy inexpensive yet high-quality online services like logos, writing projects and everything in between. This month, 5 people visited Fiverr through my referral link and bought something on the site.
  • Freshbooks: $14 | This is a must-have for anyone who offers services or products on their blog. I mentioned Freshbooks in my Ultimate Blogger’s Toolkit post and several people have signed up for a 30-day free trial through my link.
  • Grammarly: $0.80 | Can you believe it?! I almost made enough money to buy a small coffee at Tim Hortons this month through Grammarly! Regardless of the commission amount, I’m happy to promote services that I love using. And Grammarly is definitely one of those services. Four people signed up for the free version of Grammarly through my link, earning me $0.20 each!
  • Linqia: $80 | Earlier this month, I published a post called How to Land Sponsored Post Opportunities. In that post, I talk about writing the perfect pitch and finding the best influencer networks. And Linqia happens to be my favorite! I had 16 people sign up for Linda through my referral link from that post!
  • Tailwind: $45 credit (+ $25 Amazon gift card) | This tool has enabled me to seriously boost my traffic with Pinterest! I talk about it in my Pinterest Strategy post and my Best Pinterest Group Boards for Bloggers post. I had a lot of people sign up for the free trial of Tailwind through my referral link and 3 of them bought the paid version. And for referring five paying customers to Tailwind, they gave me a $25 Amazon gift card as a bonus!
  • TrustedHousesitters: $8 | I mean, who doesn’t want to become a house sitter and travel the world for free?! I’ve briefly mentioned the benefits of this service in some of my travel posts and generated several leads to their website, earning me $8 in September.
  • Swagbucks: $15.40 | This is an easy and pretty much mindless way to make some extra cash online! I’ve been able to earn a few gift cards myself just by taking a few surveys and watching a couple videos on this site. This past month, 7 people signed up for Swagbucks through my link, earning me just over $15. And at the moment, I’m in the process of writing a guide on how to actually make money with Swagbucks. Stay tuned!
  • Services: $90 | At the beginning of this month, I changed my brilliant blog audit price from $25 to $30, which definitely resulted in less interest. Because I know that a lot of my readers are just starting out with their blogs and may not want to invest a lot of money yet, I’m bringing my blog audit price back down to $25! If you want to learn more about my audits, click here. And don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list for an even BIGGER discount!

Total Income for September 2017: $853.26

For my fellow Canucks, that’s $1063.97 Canadian Dollars!!

Blog Expenses Breakdown

In last month’s income report, I mentioned that I wanted to invest more into my blog. And I didn’t accomplish that in September. I really want to purchase a course or ebook that will help me with my blogging strategy. So, if you have any suggestions, please let me know!

But, I did have one big-ticket purchase related to my blog this month:

  • Blog Hosting: $94.80 | Earlier this month, I renewed my blog hosting with Bluehost for another 24 months. And as I’ve mentioned before, I’m a total fangirl for Bluehost. I always take advantage of their 24/7 live chat and love the fact that they send me freebies all the time, like security upgrades and better features!

October Goals

  • Be more active on Twitter. I’m going to be honest with you, this was one of my goals last month. I wanted to be more active on Twitter and my Facebook page. And while I was definitely more present on Facebook, I barely logged on to my Twitter account this month! *facepalm*  I find it really hard to be consistently active on all social media platforms! And this month, I’m at least going to try and tweet once a day.
  • Comment on more blogs. And reply to more comments on my own blog. Basically, I want to be more engaged in the blogging community. I need to remind myself to comment on blog posts that I find interesting. And in October, I’m going to try my very best to reply to every single comment on my blog. 
  • Create a free course. This has been something that I’ve thought about doing for a while. I want to create a free email course for new bloggers! I’m in the very early planning stages and I don’t want to give anything away just yet. But in October, I definitely want to get the ball rolling on this!

Final Notes

Well, that’s a wrap on my blogging income report for September 2017! And thank goodness for that, because my fingers were starting to get sore!

I really hope that this inspired you to start your own blog (check out my tutorial) or at the very least, start building up your monetization strategy.

Make sure you schedule one of my blog audits or blog coaching chat sessions right now! I can give you real, constructive criticism on your blog AND help you build an unbeatable strategy.

If you have any questionssend me an email! And don’t forget to leave a comment down below and tell me how you plan to make money online next month! 


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  • Swapnil Mandlecha

    Hey Maya, your blog is awesome.
    Can you say which services are bought for total of 90$.

    October 1, 2017 at 14:20 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for the kind words Swapnil. Glad you like the blog!

      The $90 is from 3 blog audits, which were $30 each. Now, they’re back down to $25!

      October 1, 2017 at 14:34 Reply
  • Andrea@SharingMyFavorites

    You’re doing great with your blog! I discovered it yesterday and have enjoyed reading it. Congrats!

    October 1, 2017 at 17:43 Reply
    • Maya

      Wow, thanks so much Andrea! It’s great to have you around.

      October 1, 2017 at 18:32 Reply
  • Jodi

    Maya, you are seriously goals! I love how you break it down for us. I need to start seriously looking into making a passive income! You do it so well and I always love reading your helpful posts!

    October 1, 2017 at 18:05 Reply
    • Maya

      Me? Goals?! Thanks babe! It means so much to hear that you like reading my posts! I’m always drooling over your blog.

      October 1, 2017 at 18:51 Reply
  • Asha @Adventures with Asha

    Yaaas queen! It’s interesting that you saw more success with Google Adsense than MediaNet. I’ve been reading a lot lately about people making the switch to MediaNet, but it’s good to know that you like Adsense! It just goes to show that you’ve gotta keep changing things up and seeing what works for you!

    October 2, 2017 at 01:02 Reply
    • Maya

      You said it Asha! If something isn’t working, change it!

      After hearing such great things about MediaNet, I tried it out but it just wasn’t working for me. I think AdSense is much more straightforward.

      Thanks for reading friend! 🙂

      October 2, 2017 at 11:57 Reply
  • Ligia

    Hey Maya! I love to read this and be part of the Facebook group. It´s really interesting how this blogging world works at the same time overwhelming but thanks for such as helpful and transparent information. Wish one-day my blog can get some passive income as well. Thanks for sharing

    October 2, 2017 at 04:05 Reply
    • Maya

      It’s great to have you in the group Ligia! 🙂

      And I’m glad you enjoyed the post. I like to be as transparent as possible, because I think it’s important that we help each other grow our blogs!

      There is no doubt that you’ll be able to turn your blog into a side hustle one day. If you ever have any questions, please ask!

      October 2, 2017 at 11:59 Reply
  • Tegan

    I love your blog Maya! Your income reports are super inspiring, especially for me because I have just started my own blog and still have so much to learn. 🙂

    October 2, 2017 at 05:14 Reply
    • Maya

      Tegan, this makes me SO happy to read. If you ever need some advice or a blogging buddy, just send me a message!

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

      October 2, 2017 at 12:00 Reply
  • Arlene

    Good tips on affiliates to work with! I am a newbie so this really helps me!

    October 2, 2017 at 05:42 Reply
    • Maya

      That’s awesome Arlene! Glad I could help! 🙂

      October 2, 2017 at 12:01 Reply
  • Feby Ardiansyah

    Wow, all of that in just 4 months?! Maya, you’re awesome!
    It must take a lot of work to promote your site. Thanks for sharing this

    October 2, 2017 at 17:07 Reply
    • Maya

      I definitely spend a lot of time promoting my posts. But I use a couple social media scheduling tools! That makes it a lot easier!

      Thanks for reading Feby! 🙂

      October 2, 2017 at 17:16 Reply
  • Kanicia Cognard

    Great post! It’s really inspiring! I just started a travel blog with my husband this past month and I look forward to reading some of your posts about Pinterest especially as I’m trying to understand how to make it work for our blog. Thanks for sharing!

    October 3, 2017 at 08:49 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Kanicia! Pinterest can be a game-changer when it comes to generating traffic for your blog. I really hope that you find that post helpful. If you have any questions, be sure to let me know! 🙂

      October 5, 2017 at 12:00 Reply
  • Constance

    Wow! Congratulations! I’m also trying to monetize through Amazon affiliates at the moment and am finding it a bit more difficult now that they’ve changed their qualifications, but your story is inspiring so I hope I’ll be able to make my first dollars soon!

    October 3, 2017 at 14:30 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks darling! I haven’t signed up for Amazon Affiliates yet but it’s definitely on my to-do list. I hope that you’re able to find a strategy that works for you! 🙂

      October 5, 2017 at 12:03 Reply
  • Kendra

    Congratulations on your success thus far! Very informative and inspirational and good to see all your hard work paying off. Thanks for sharing!

    October 4, 2017 at 02:09 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks so much Kendra!

      October 5, 2017 at 12:03 Reply
  • Bailey

    Hi, Maya! Congrats on your awesome 4th month income! I’m definitely going to check out the Pinterest strategy post, as that’s something I KNOW I need to up my game on. Thanks for the info!!

    October 4, 2017 at 16:35 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Bailey! I can’t gush enough about Pinterest. That post has a TON of helpful info that will definitely get you on the right track!

      October 5, 2017 at 12:04 Reply
  • Carolina Revello

    Amazing!! Well done!! I am definitely going to follow your advice to start making more income out of my blog. Thank you for sharing all of this useful information! (I also joined your Facebook group 😀 )

    October 4, 2017 at 18:35 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Carolina! I’m SO glad to have you in the group!

      October 5, 2017 at 12:05 Reply
  • Jackie

    This is so encouraging. I just realized how much promoting my Pinterest account will help. I am going to work on my Pinterest.

    October 5, 2017 at 04:01 Reply
    • Maya

      Yes Jackie! Don’t underestimate the power of Pinterest. If you have a minute, check out my Pinterest Strategy Guide! It has a TON of important and helpful information about using Pinterest to drive blog traffic >>

      October 5, 2017 at 12:07 Reply
  • Akamatra

    I havent had much luck with affiliates but I haven’t tried very hard too. Most my income comes from sponsors on the blog.

    October 5, 2017 at 11:32 Reply
    • Maya

      Making money through affiliate marketing definitely requires a strategy. It might be a good idea to sign up and write a list of all the affiliate networks you’re apart of and then brainstorm some blog post ideas that you can write around each one!

      October 5, 2017 at 12:08 Reply
  • Terri

    Thanks so much for posting such a detailed income report! It really helps to motivate us newbie bloggers!!!

    October 6, 2017 at 13:06 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Terri! Glad you enjoyed it.

      October 8, 2017 at 14:12 Reply
  • Scrivs

    Hey Maya,

    This is another very impressive income report especially the AdSense numbers. If my calculations are correct your ad CPM/RPM rate is $23.66 which is mighty impressive, especially with AdSense. Wondering what you attribute to your success getting a rate this high with just 2 ads and most of them being very general.

    Most bloggers average a $1-$2 CPM rate so I would love for you to expand on your strategies that could possibly help others achieve such levels. Would make blogging a lot easier for most of us!

    October 7, 2017 at 04:04 Reply
    • Maya

      I don’t have a particular strategy when it comes to ads. But I do attribute the high RPM and CPC to my niche and audience.

      Ads for website hosting and online business tools are going to pay much higher than other industries. My CPC hovers around $2.00.

      Hope that helps! Always here if you have any other questions!

      October 8, 2017 at 14:28 Reply
  • wendy

    Wow…thats awesome. you are doing so well. keep at it. I have signed up for affiliate marketing myself. currently trying to strategies how to make it all fit nicely on my blog with making it look like I’m pushing the ads and links on my reader.

    October 7, 2017 at 06:17 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for the kind words Wendy! I wish you the BEST of luck with affiliate marketing. If you ever have any questions, just let me know!

      October 8, 2017 at 14:29 Reply
  • Eliza

    This is awesome! Keep it up!

    March 21, 2018 at 23:37 Reply
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