Why would anyone want to share their income online?
That’s what my friend asked me after reading one of my past income reports.
I get it. Money is a scary subject. But as it turns out, income reports (especially in the blogging world) can be pretty darn useful!
Income reports provide inspiration to other bloggers. They help you figure out what’s working and what’s not. They keep you accountable for your future goals. And they’re a great resource for other people who want to make money online.
And to help make this income report a helpful resource, I want to make a few notes before getting into it:
- This covers my blogging income only. For the past few years, I’ve been working online as a “digital nomad” and earning money through a combination of freelance jobs. So, this report does not represent my full online earnings, just the amounts that were generated through or thanks to my blog.
- Not all amounts have been paid to my account yet. Many of the affiliate programs I use have their specific payout schedules. This means that not all of my earnings are deposited right away – it can a few weeks.
- There is no “secret sauce” to making money with a blog. It all comes down to treating your blog like a business and putting in some hard work.
If this income report can help one other person with their blogging journey, then it was totally worth it. So, if you like this post, please leave a comment letting me know about your blog and share this post with other bloggers too!
January 2018 Blog Income Report
In order for this blog income report to be a helpful resource, it’s important that I share my monthly traffic with you. This way, you can see that it’s actually possible to make money blogging without having heaps of traffic.
Thanks to one of my pins going viral, January brought in a total of 8,104 page views. The majority of my traffic came from Pinterest and search engines.
- Amazon: $1.24 | After reading my post on the best reads for bloggers, two people purchased books.
- Bluehost: $255 | Three people purchased a blog hosting plan.
- Booking.com: $14.11 | After reading my Paris city guide, one person booked & stayed at a hotel.
- Convertkit: $8.90 | I receive a recurring monthly commission thanks to one person who signed up using my link.
- Ebates: $45 | Three people signed up for eBates using my referral link and received their first cash back payment.
- Fiverr: $30 | A couple people purchased a low-cost service on Fiverr after learning about it on my blog.
- Linqia: $41 | Someone signed up for this free influencer program and scored their first brand collaboration using my link.
- Namecheap: $3.35 | One custom domain was purchased through my referral link.
- Siteground: $100 | After reading my guide on switching to Siteground, two people purchased a blog hosting plan.
- Studiopress: $21 | Another blogger decided to go with the Genesis framework after learning about it my best themes for WordPress post.
- Swagbucks: $6.60 | Several people learned how to make money with Swagbucks and signed up for the program using my link.
- Tailwind: $5.50 + $15 credit | Over ten people signed up for a free trial of Tailwind and one person purchased an annual plan earning me a credit.
- Adsense: $28.31 | Although I rarely add any new ads onto my blog, there are still some in my older posts, which earn me a few extra dollars every month.
- Blog Coaching & Writing Services: $280 | I worked with three different clients in January and even scored a freelance writing gig through my blog!
- Brand Partnerships/Sponsored Content: $125 | I scored my second-ever sponsored post last month.
Total Income: $965.01
Which is like, $1190.70 Canadian Dollars. Shoutout to exchange rates that work in your favour!
- Computer Monitor: $180 | An iMac isn’t quite in my budget at the moment, so I bought a computer monitor to use with my laptop.
- G Suite: $5 | This online set of productivity tools helps me stay organized and work with other bloggers and companies. I pay on a monthly basis.
- KWFinder: $30 | This keyword finding tool helps me optimize my content for search engines and track my rankings. Already prepaid for an annual membership.
- Siteground: $4.55 | Decided to switch to Siteground about a month ago and have absolutely no complaints. Already prepaid for an annual plan.
- Tailwind: $10 | This tool helps me automate my Pinterest account and schedule my pins weeks in advance. Already prepaid for an annual plan.
Total Expenses: $229.55
This past month, I spent a lot of time focusing on other projects like freelance writing and web design. In fact, I landed my first-ever web design client in January! And needless to say, the focus I normally put into my blog suffered.
In February, I want to WRITE more content. That means putting out more helpful blog posts and working on my upcoming eBook. I also want to CONNECT with more people. Seriously, I want to be more interactive with other people’s content. So, look out for me in your Instagram comments people!
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Or, read my other blog income reports here.
What’s your biggest struggle when it comes to blogging?
Whether you’re struggling with increasing your traffic or making your first dollar, I want to know where you are in your blogging journey! Let’s talk about the ups and downs of the blogging world in the comments below.