November 2017 Blog Income Report: $830 In My Sixth Month Blogging

November 30, 2017

I publish my income reports for two reasons.

The first is that I’m a huge nerd when it comes to this stuff.

I’m always curious to know how much money people are making online and exactly how they’re making it. In fact, I wish more people were open to sharing their journey! So, that’s why I do it. I hope to fulfill the needs of other curious bloggers.

The second is because people are usually confused or in disbelief when I tell them that I work online and travel full-time.

I’ve had plenty of people say that they wish they could do the same. And the truth is, most of them can do it too! Yes, it might mean having to work harder than at a traditional job. But if you want to put your mind to it, you can make it happen.

I want these reports to inspire you to go from saying “I wish” to “I will.”

Oh, and if you want to learn how to set up a blog from scratch and turn it into your own profitable business, sign up for my free email course.

With that being said, let’s dive into this November 2017 Blog Income Report! Here is a breakdown of my blogging income, expenses, traffic and achievements from last month.

NOVEMBER 2017 BLOG INCOME REPORT

November 2017 Blog Income Report | Find out how this lifestyle blogger made $830 in her sixth month blogging from #affiliatemarketing and coaching services. #bloggingtips

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


What went down in November?

After spending a few months at home in Canada, I embarked on another nomad adventure this month… I moved to Poland! I’m renting an apartment in the city of Lublin until mid-January. If you want to know how I’m able to find apartments in Europe without breaking the bank, check out this guide that I wrote!

Needless to say, the majority of this month consisted of me travelling, adjusting to my new surroundings and well, eating delicious Polish treats of course! I also hit a couple milestones with my blog…

I made the switch to Siteground

I’ve been using Bluehost since the very beginning of my blog. I appreciated their low prices and never experienced any issues with their services. Until I started getting more traffic.

My loading times were extremely slow and my site kept crashing. When I confronted them about the issue, I was told that in order to keep my blog running, I’d have to pay an additional $16 a month for VPS hosting. That’s when I decided to finally make the switch to Siteground.

I published a blog post about my experience. It sheds light on the benefits of Siteground (like better speeds, service & support) and explains how you can make the switch while getting your money back from Bluehost.

So, if you’re currently with Bluehost (or any other crappy host), definitely give this a read.

I revamped my Secret Library

The Secret Library is where I hourse my exclusive resources like worksheets, styled stock photos, custom pin it buttons and social media master lists. Plus, a whole lot more!

In November, I spent time adding new freebies and updating the overall “look” of the library. Now it’s much more interactive. Plus, I designed a new landing page… kind of. Full disclosure, I totally suck at designing landing pages! If you know of any tools to help me, leave me a comment down below!

Anyways, if you want to access to my exclusive resources and freebies, click here or use the form above and I’ll send you a password to the library!

The Blog Nest surpassed 500 members

In September, I launched my own Facebook group for bloggers called The Blog Nest. And this month, it surpassed 500 members! In fact, we ended the month with around 580 members altogether.

If you’re a dream-chasing blogger, I’d love for you to join the group! It’s a great place to connect with other bloggers, ask questions and promote your new content. Click here to join. 

November 2017 Traffic Report:

blog traffic report november 2017

I experienced a slight dip in traffic this month. But, that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

You see, I didn’t spend as much time promoting my content on social media. So naturally, I saw less social media traffic. However, I actually saw a huuuge increase in search engine referral traffic. And that’s what counts!

Earlier this week, one of my Facebook group members – Tegan from thehustlingbudget.com, asked for some tips on generating consistent traffic to your blog.

I know this something a lot of us struggle with.

Social media is great for driving traffic. But it’s only temporary. Like, the average lifespan of a tweet is only 18 minutes!

The KEY to driving consistent traffic to your blog is by having an SEO strategy in place. You need to be ranking for “evergreen” keywords in your niche. This is what you should focus on as it will continue to drive traffic to your blog long after that tweet fades away!

November 2017 Income Report: 

Advertisements: $44.68

Affiliate Commissions: $660.45

  • Bluehost: $255 | Three people signed up for Bluehost using my referral link last month.
  • Booking.com: $13.55 | One person booked a hotel stay in Prague after reading my Budget Trip to Prague guide! Click here to get a $25 Booking.com voucher.
  • Career in the Making eBook: $12 | Two people purchased Krista’s eBook through my referral link last month. The book was JUST updated to include more information about blog monetization and I highly recommend it to new bloggers!
  • Convertkit: $8.90 | One person starting using Convertkit using my referral link. I’m currently testing out a free trial of this email marketing tool and can definitely see why it’s so popular amongst pro-bloggers. Click here to claim your own 14-day free trial.
  • Ebates: $75 | Three people signed up for Ebates (a must-have tool for every online shopper) through my referral link & made their first online purchase last month. Sign up for Ebates through my link to get an automatic $10 cash back bonus.
  • Fiverr: $30 | Two people made a purchase on Fiverr by using my referral link.
  • Freshbooks: $10 | Two bloggers signed up for a Freshbooks free trial using my referral link. Click here to try it out for 30 days yourself.
  • Linqia: $30 | Six influencers signed up for Linqia as per my recommendation last month. Which is no surprise, since it’s completely free to use and get sponsored post opportunities.
  • Siteground: $200 | Four people signed up for Siteground through my referral link during their epic Black Friday Sale.
  • Swagbucks: $11 | Five people started using Swagbucks after signing up through my affiliate link that I shared in this post.
  • Tailwind: $15 credit | One blogger bought an annual Tailwind plan after using their free trial through my referral link. Grab your own free trial here, it comes with 200 pins!

Services: $125

Total Income in November: $830.13

November 2017 Expense Report:

Siteground Hosting: $54.60 | I signed up for the 12-month “Grow Big” hosting plan during the Black Friday Sale after using a free trial. If I break it down to a per month cost, it’s only $4.55.

Bluehost Hosting: -$129.90 | I got a refund for my unused months with Bluehost. For reference, I had a “Plus” hosting plan with them. Check out this guide I wrote that explains how you can switch to Siteground and get your money back from Bluehost too.

Tailwind: $10 | Earlier this year, I bought an annual Tailwind membership. So, this amount has technically been prepaid already.

G Suite: $5 | Last month, I started using this cloud-based set of tools, which helps me collaborate with other bloggers and stay organized.

Moleskine Planner: $20 | Before leaving for Poland, I decided to purchase this weekly planner which helps me keep track of #allthethings.

Total Expenses in November: -$40.30 

Moving Forward:

Thanks for reading my November 2017 income report! I hope you stick around to read some of the great content I have lined up for December, like an affiliate marketing guide and Tailwind strategy.

In the meantime, check out some of my most popular posts from this month:

If you’re feeling hungry for more monetization inspiration, check out this roundup of helpful income reports by Tiffany of Beautiful Dawn Designs.

Got any questions? 

I’m here to answer them! Just leave me a comment down below.



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37 Comments

  • Fred

    Hello Maya. It’s always an encouragement to read your monthly income reports. I use thrive themes to design my landing pages. I have used it on a few of my blogs and I find it easy to use.

    December 1, 2017 at 08:45 Reply
    • Maya

      Glad to know you find them encouraging Fred! 🙂

      And thanks for the tip, I’m going to check out Thrive Themes right now!

      December 1, 2017 at 13:51 Reply
  • Anna

    Always love reading your income reports, it’s so interesting and really helps me get an idea of how to monetise my blog in the future x
    Anna

    December 1, 2017 at 11:31 Reply
    • Maya

      That’s exactly why I post these income reports Anna! 🙂

      Thanks for reading.

      December 1, 2017 at 13:53 Reply
    • Marcelle

      My thoughts exactly!

      December 1, 2017 at 22:53 Reply
  • Kristen

    Always love reading these of yours, Maya! I’m continuously amazed by how well you’re doing and how much you continue to grow! I haven’t made money from my blog yet, but this is always motivation that it can happen. Siteground really is the best, so I’m glad you made the switch (and were able to get money back!) Pinning this 🙂

    December 1, 2017 at 14:21 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for sticking around to read these income reports Kristen! Your words mean a lot. 🙂

      With the right strategy, I’m sure you’ll be able to monetize your blog. If you ever need someone to bounce ideas with, just let me know!

      December 1, 2017 at 16:27 Reply
  • DIY Craftz

    That is very inspirational. I hope 1 day, I could earn that as well.
    Thank you for sharing it.

    Lots of Love from DIY Craftz

    December 1, 2017 at 15:32 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for reading! 🙂

      December 1, 2017 at 16:27 Reply
  • Anna

    Hi Maya. I’m so happy for you and your new adventure. I come from Poland and I tell you it’s a beautiful country and you’re going to love it I miss it so much… Your article is very reassuring for me as I have only recently started blogging more seriously. I see that there is a chance for some income in future. Thank you and hope you have a great time in Lublin!

    December 1, 2017 at 15:40 Reply
    • Maya

      Aw Anna thank you so much!! 🙂

      I am having an AMAZING time in Lublin so far. Your country is so beautiful. I wish you the best success with your new blog! If you ever have any questions, please let me know!

      December 1, 2017 at 16:28 Reply
  • Sudipta

    Hi Maya, very informative and well written article. I am a storyteller, don’t have any hopes of monetizing my blog, but I am sure a lot of people will feel inspired and benefit from the info you share.

    December 1, 2017 at 16:26 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for reading Sudipta! 🙂

      December 1, 2017 at 16:29 Reply
  • Lydia

    Thanks for publishing this, I am just getting started and I am between the stages of trying and is this possible? Based on this, may be it is 🙂

    December 1, 2017 at 19:58 Reply
    • Maya

      Thank YOU for reading Lydia. I think if you work hard enough, it’s totally possible. 🙂

      December 1, 2017 at 22:21 Reply
  • Olivia

    Thanks for sharing. It’s encouraging for a new blogger like myself to see someone being successful!

    December 1, 2017 at 20:41 Reply
    • Maya

      I’m so happy to hear that you feel encouraged after reading this Olivia. That’s honestly why I write these! 🙂

      December 1, 2017 at 22:21 Reply
  • Ally

    Maya, thanks for breaking this all down. It’s extremely helpful for those of us just starting out. I would say affiliate linking is what I’m most interested in but unsure of exactly how to use it. I put it in my only published post this past week but am having a hard time figuring out what to use or how to best implement it. Any advice you could give would be greatly appreciated!

    December 1, 2017 at 20:52 Reply
  • Ginger

    The question is how (maybe write a post about this to help out the newbies?) “The KEY to driving consistent traffic to your blog is by having an SEO strategy in place. You need to be ranking for “evergreen” keywords in your niche. This is what you should focus on as it will continue to drive traffic to your blog long after that tweet fades away!”

    December 1, 2017 at 23:59 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for the comment Ginger!

      I plan on writing a blog post in the near future allll about finding keywords. But for now, maybe check out this general SEO guide for some tips: https://mayamaceka.com/seo-for-bloggers/

      December 2, 2017 at 17:42 Reply
  • Deepak

    Thanks for the info. You have named a lot of Affiliates that one can try. I already have Bluehost on my blog. Will try more from this list

    December 2, 2017 at 04:14 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for reading Deepak!

      December 2, 2017 at 17:42 Reply
  • Krista @ Reroute Lifestyle

    OMG Maya – I love the way you break down your income report and do that slider image to show your proof screenshots.
    Super goals!! Also, you’re a super queen at passive income! I love watching how you tackle every month.

    xoxo

    December 2, 2017 at 08:22 Reply
    • Maya

      THANKS darling!! That means a lot coming from you! 🙂

      December 2, 2017 at 17:43 Reply
  • Alice

    Wow this is so inspiring. You work really hard! Thank you for sharing this and being so transparent, it’s helpful to someone who’s just started trying to make money off blogging (me!)

    December 2, 2017 at 13:42 Reply
    • Maya

      Wow, thanks for the kind words Alice! I wish you the best of success with your blog! 🙂

      December 2, 2017 at 17:43 Reply
  • Sara

    I’m glad you’re doing so well and your switch to Bluehost helped! That’s awesome 😊. I also love your opt in to your Secret Library! It’s gorgeous! Are you using Leadpages to create it?
    Thanks for sharing! ♡

    December 2, 2017 at 14:01 Reply
  • Sweeba

    Thank you for sharing this post and being fully transparent 🙂

    December 2, 2017 at 15:14 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks for reading Sweeba! 🙂

      December 2, 2017 at 17:43 Reply
  • Tiazim

    Very interesting strategy and a lot of new things i have learnt reading it. thank you for sharing!

    December 2, 2017 at 15:55 Reply
    • Maya

      Glad you learned something new Tiazim! 🙂

      December 2, 2017 at 17:43 Reply
  • Renee

    How exciting! You are doing great!

    December 2, 2017 at 16:14 Reply
    • Maya

      Thanks Renee! 🙂

      December 2, 2017 at 17:44 Reply
  • Andreea

    How come you moved to Poland? And just for few months? 🙁

    December 2, 2017 at 16:56 Reply
    • Maya

      Great question Andreea! 🙂 Since I work online, I like to travel slowly and live in different cities. So, why not Lublin?! 🙂

      December 2, 2017 at 17:44 Reply
  • Ari Augustine

    Such an informative and helpful post. As a book blogger, I don’t think I could make this much revenue. There’s hardly a market for it, but it’s certainly inspiring to read!

    December 2, 2017 at 20:45 Reply
  • Ash

    Thanks for being open and sharing your income reports, Maya! Wow – you are so inspiring! I’m just starting off, so I’m bookmarking your ENTIRE site. You have so much great info, it makes me excited to start researching! 🙂

    December 6, 2017 at 21:48 Reply
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