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January 2018 Blog Income Report

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.

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January 2018 Blog Income Report

In this blog income report for January 2018, I will show you exactly how to make money blogging and share my best blogging tips. Click through to read more. #incomereport #makemoneyonline

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


January Traffic

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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.

January Income

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Affiliate Commissions:

  • 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.

Other Income:

  • 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!

January Expenses

  • 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

Moving Forward

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!

More Resources

Hungry for some more helpful blogging resources? Check these out:

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.


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18 Comments

  • Paul Aroloye

    Lovely income report, I was looking forward to this. I tried to sign up for siteground hosting but I got stuck at where you put in my TAX ID. I don’t stay in the US.

    February 1, 2018 at 11:48 Reply
    • Maya

      Hi Paul! Are you applying for the affiliate program or hosting for your website? You can just enter in any local tax ID or social security number that you have. Let me know if it works!

      February 1, 2018 at 17:30 Reply
  • Stefan

    Wow Maya! Thanks for sharing! Seeing your income report every month is so inspirational and helps me along with my own blogging journey! Love seeing your numbers and how you improve every month. Thanks so much!

    February 1, 2018 at 12:45 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for reading Stefan! Look forward to catching your report too.

      February 1, 2018 at 23:44 Reply
  • Kimi Jones

    Great income report! I’ve been following you for a while and it’s so encouraging to see your progress. 🙂

    February 1, 2018 at 19:12 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for following along Kimi! 🙂

      February 1, 2018 at 19:14 Reply
  • Kristyn

    Thanks for sharing Maya. I’ve been at it a year and am starting to reach out for sponsored type posts, it’s a struggle to make a dollar so far. I’m small potatoes and not sure where to even look to get noticed. I’ve got some Adsense earning under my belt but want to step it up, I just don’t know how to find the companies to work with there must be some type of network. Anyhow just sharing my struggles.

    February 1, 2018 at 21:29 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for reading Kristyn! Just checked out your blog. Love your logo and graphics! 🙂

      Are you based in the US? If so, there are lots of blogger/influencer networks for you to join. You should check out my guide on landing sponsored post opportunities: https://mayamaceka.com/sponsored-post-opportunities/

      And let me know if you have any other questions!

      February 1, 2018 at 23:43 Reply
  • Abigail

    I am working so hard on increasing my income from my blog. I am definitely spending more right now than I am making, and I would really love to blog full time, because it is something I really love doing. Thank you for sharing your income report, it is very inspirational and full of great information!

    February 1, 2018 at 23:37 Reply
  • Catherine Turner

    I love the way you broke down the affiliate commission section and told us how many people used your links and what they bought. Very helpful! Thanks!

    February 2, 2018 at 04:53 Reply
  • Ivana

    this is amazing! thank you for sharing, I was just looking for the ways to earn some money blogging 🙂 so happy for you!

    February 2, 2018 at 09:41 Reply
  • Brianna

    Super helpful to see it all 🙂 PS how do you edit your pictures? I really like the look of main picutre “How I made..” Thanks for your help!

    February 4, 2018 at 17:00 Reply
  • Nikita Rose

    Very encouraging. Congrats on the page views! I almost hit 1000 page views in January it was my highest month yet. I struggle to find my focus/voice with blogging, I want to write more posts more often but I am never sure if it “fits” in my “niche”.

    February 5, 2018 at 01:21 Reply
  • JLyn

    Your article has given me some great ideas for my blog, thank you!

    February 5, 2018 at 17:39 Reply
  • Penny

    I am grateful for other blogger’s openness about their blogging income. It helps me know which ways I can growing moving forward! Thank you!

    February 5, 2018 at 18:36 Reply
  • Natalie @ NeliDesign

    This is encouraging. I have almost the same monthly pageviews but it doesn’t bring me money as much. I’m in the DIY and I feel it’s really hard for Canadians to make money with aff. link. in this niche . Anyway, congrats on that!

    February 5, 2018 at 19:32 Reply
  • Barbara

    Congrats on your income and also on your first web design client! I’m struggling with reaching people through pinterest, but I just found your pinterest boards blog post so I’ll definitely try those. Thanks 🙂

    February 5, 2018 at 20:51 Reply
  • evelyne

    I love reading your detailed income reports – it’s so rare to see both pageviews and breakdowns of the actual income! And so inspiring, you’re doing great!

    February 8, 2018 at 01:07 Reply
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