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Fifth Income Report: How I Earned $2,161.42 Blogging in June

July 1, 2017

She did what?! Read about how this #GIRLBOSS built her blogging empire and earned over $2,000 in her FIFTH month of blogging. | monthly income report, make money blogging, monetize your blog, blog for business, solopreneur success stories, blogging income reportIt’s been five months of blogging in addition to working full time. TBH, I felt sluggish and unmotivated this month. Life tested me to balance relationships, my blog (and all the ideas I have for it), and of course my own job. This month, the whole balancing act was difficult. I had a hard time creating posts I felt proud about. I started plenty of drafts, but couldn’t quite find completion. On top of that, I decided to start working on a side project. Because my direction felt very blurry in June, this fifth income report will really dive deeply into the many hats I wore this month (and the many hats that bloggers do wear).

In June, I earned $2,161.42. A part of me feels weird about sharing this income report with such a huge number. Another part knows that people (like myself) learn by seeing how others accomplish their goals.

After all, if other bloggers did not post their income reports, I would not have started this blog. Reading those income reports inspired me to start a profitable blog of my own. 

Even though I felt lost and overwhelmed this month, starting this blog turned out to be an incredible journey. It serves as a creative outlet for me and gives me so much to be excited about with each day. I’ve made a connection with so many incredible bloggers, many of whom I look up to in their own ways.

And while blogging is a lot of work, I still never feel like I’m working. If I ever get too stressed out, I remind myself that I am in control of my own schedule. I am in control of the direction this blog can go.

Anyway, enough talk. Let’s go into how I earned over $2,000 in June.

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Disclaimers

Because programs each have different payout terms or minimum payouts, bloggers report their income in (primarily) two different ways.

Some bloggers report their income as it enters their bank account. Others report their income as they earn it.

I choose to report my income as I earn it. This helps me identify what is a successful (or unsuccessful) month. That way, I can specifically target what works and areas of improvement.

Another important disclosure is I chose to report my Awin income as it is tracked. My Awin income, which is the highest amount of income for the month, will take a significantly longer time to reach my bank account.

All commissions resulted from my efforts in June, which is why I’m including them in this report.

Top Posts in June

Total Page Views: 14,480

Previous Income Reports

What I Accomplished in June

  • Published a 10-day blog success email course. In May, I started working on my free 10-day blogging email course to help others turn their passions into profits. It helps bloggers really hone in on their vision and build the foundation for a successful and profitable blog. If you want 10 days of free blogging tips sent directly to your inbox, click here to sign up!
  • Made $100 by offering an email course upgrade. When people sign up for my totally free email course, they are given the option of upgrading! The first upgrade I offered generated one sale in five days … from my boyfriend (bless his heart). I changed the upgrade and promoted the offer to my mailing list and Facebook page. Through this mini sales strategy, I made a few sales! I am going to talk about the sales funnel I started using to my mailing list next week, so sign up here if you want the juicy details.
  • Purchased my first blogging-related ebook. This month, I invested in Ana from The She Approach’s new book, The She Approach to Boosting Your Blog Traffic. I’ve looked up to Ana for quite some time, so I couldn’t wait to get a little insight into her blogging strategies. As I learned, Ana loves figuring out a platform and building a following through it (she’s done this for years!). So she wrote an easily digestible yet comprehensive guide to growing your blog audience and boosting your traffic numbers. Because she offers a generous 35% commission to all affiliates, after three sales I’ve already made my investment back. Click here to find out more about The She Approach to Boosting Your Blog Traffic.
  • Created an Archives page for my blog. I did it! I created a comprehensive list of previous blog posts on this Archives page. It’s super simple. But, I think it helps my readers navigate my site.
Social Media
  • Pinterest (aimed for 1,200): 945 1,202 Goal for August: 1,450
  • Facebook (aimed for 300): 271 307 Goal for August: 330
  • Twitter (aimed for 375): 333 405 Goal for August: 450
  • Instagram (aimed for 525): 500  516 Goal for August: 525
  • Bloglovin (aimed for 150): 118 145 Goal for August: 175

One crucial aspect for me achieving my Pinterest goal was advertising my Lady Project group board to the Lifestyle & Travel Blog Network Facebook group. This plug helped me gain a few followers (~10, maybe?) and helped me achieve my very huge goal of going from 945 to 1,200 Pinterest followers in June!

I also found myself more active on Twitter. This activity went beyond my previous scheduling at least one promotional tweet per day. I also replied more to others’ tweets, made an effort to retweet more, and conducted one poll that told me you guys wanted me to write this post on affiliate marketing strategy.

As for Facebook and Instagram, I am not as active on those pages and will need to brainstorm a strategy to help boost engagement and following on those platforms!

Income for June

Awin: $1,110.00
Awin stands out because of its partnerships with Etsy, Trusted Housesitters, Swagbucks, and Fiverr. It’s $5 to sign up, but you get the $5 back in its entirety when you receive your first payment.

ShareASale: $12.00
ShareASale is a big winner for bloggers because of the diverse types of affiliate programs they offer. I use it to promote Tailwind (click here to read about my aggressive Pinterest strategy) and Grammarly (click here to read about how Grammarly will improve your writing and thus captivate your audience).

Linqia: $20.00
Linqia is an influencer marketing program that connects influencers to brands. They have requirements to join (e.g. 2,500+ social media followers or unique monthly visitors), but once you meet that threshold, they approve you to start working on campaigns.

Affiliate Income

Siteground: $600.00
If you’ve been on the fence to start your own profitable, self-hosted WordPress blog, now’s your chance. From now through the 4th of July, U.S. customers can receive up to 70% off their first 1-year hosting plan with Siteground. Use this link to get a 70% discount on your first hosting plan via Siteground (YES, that’s only $2.95 per month)!

Web Hosting

LendEDU: $80.00
It’s amazing how much you can save simply by refinancing (hint: it can be thousands of dollars). LendEDU does the grunt work for you, showing you companies who will help you refinance. LendEDU does this at no cost to you! Read this article to learn more about student loans. Or, click here to see for yourself what refinancing can save you!

Maven: $76.15
This is the most I’ve earned via Maven. When I checked my Maven balance yesterday, I kinda sat in disbelief for a quick second. For those who don’t know, Maven is Pinterest but on steroids. You basically get money by pinning products to boards using Maven. These boards are shareable via email, your social media networks, and your blog! Plus, if you put in your blog URL when you sign up, you become eligible for some sponsored opportunities depending on your audience. And even better: as long as you have a minimum balance of $20, they pay monthly. Click here to sign up for Maven, you will NOT regret this one!

The She Approach to Boosting Blog Traffic: $17.85
Last month, I purchased my very first blogging ebook! I felt concerned that I’d buy it and not learn anything from it. Ana proved me wrong in her comprehensive blog traffic guide where she included helpful advice for newer and veteran bloggers alike.

Tailwind: $4.50
I love Tailwind and use it to manage my aggressive pinning schedule. Click here to read about my Pinterest strategy. Or, click here to sign up and try Tailwindfor free!

Grammarly: $1.00
I’m proud of my writing, but Grammarly helps me daily. Read this article to learn about how to improve your writing with Grammarly. Or sign up for ShareASale to partner with Grammarly!

Etsy: $2.33
Although my income from Etsy is small every month, this commission adds up! Plus, I love Etsy products (I bought my theme from this shop on Etsy) and enjoy promoting products small business owners create. I use Awin to promote Etsy products. 

Swagbucks: $2.20
Although known as a survey site, earn points called SB watching videos while you clean or do errands. I joined their affiliate program through Awin. Sign up using this link to get a free $5 bonus, start earning points called SB, and redeem SB for gift cards (including Amazon!).

Amazon Affiliates: $2.08

Namecheap: $14.83

Freshbooks: $12.00
I started exploring Freshbooks because it’s a small business accounting software that makes billing painless. I think it’d be helpful for virtual assistant services and digital entrepreneurs. If you could use an accounting software that also bills clients, try Freshbooks for free.

Other Income

Blog Audits: $150.00
Sometimes, I open blogs and immediately see where it may need work. So, I decided to offer blog consultation to diversify my income. I write detailed reports with targeted areas of improvement for bloggers! If this sounds like something you’re interested in, find out more here.

Passionate Profit upgrade: $7.00 (this is the purchase from my boyfriend, haha…I’ve since changed this upgrade to a blog audit)

MediaNet advertisements: $4.48
I only have Media.net advertisements at the bottom of a few posts. I think it’s a subtle way to showcase advertisements, but not in an aggressive manner. Hopefully, this leads to a more fulfilling guest experience!

Tailwind: $45.00 referral credit

Total Income without Awin & Tailwind credit: $1,006.42
Total Income before Expenses: $2,161.42
Expenses

Hosting through Siteground: $0.00 (prepaid the $3.95 for this month)
G+ suite for Business: $5.00
Boardbooster: $5.00
Tailwind: $0.00 (pre-paid for an annual subscription)
The She Approach to Boosting Your Blog Traffic: $15.00
She Means Business ebook by Carrie Green: $1.02
DPD: $0.00 (I’m using a 30-day free trial to host my blog audit transactions)

Total Expenses: $26.02
Total Income after Expenses: $2,135.40
Web Hosting

Important Takeaways

Instead of listing several blogging takeaways I learned from this month, I want to talk about one big one.

If something isn’t working, change it. 

One of the reasons I believe I’ve found so much early success building my blog is because I change what’s not working. Believe me, I have a lot of failures.

For example, when I launched my Passionate Profit email course, I knew I wanted to offer an upgrade to anyone who subscribed. Initially, I offered all ten lessons in an ebook format with a bonus section on powerful headline words. I offered this mini ebook upgrade for $7. Over a period of five days, one person (out of like 60) purchased the upgrade. Even after I lowered the price to $5. And that one person was my boyfriend (bless his heart).

So after five days, I changed the upgrade. Instead of the $5 mini ebook upgrade, I created a promotion page for the blog audits I was already doing. This was my opportunity to hit two birds with one stone: offer a content upgrade after someone signs up for my email course, and advertise my blog audit services.

Within just a few hours of changing the upgrade, I received an email from my first client. Bam!

If you’re interested in a Bombacious Blog Audit, use the code INCOMERPT to get $5 off through July 5th. Click here to schedule a goal-getting blog audit from me.

And all this just goes to show: if you’re not finding the success that you yearn and dream of, there might be something you need to change.

Goals for July

  • Create a “Work with Me” page. So, I know my blog income can’t grow every month, but I’d like it to remain consistent. So, I want to create a “Work with Me” page to showcase my blog coaching and Pinterest services. If you’d still like to work with me, feel free to use my contact form to get in touch!
  • Continue working on an ebook. When I asked for feedback for my Passionate Profit course, a few of you asked for specifics on my blogging story and how I accomplished certain achievements. So I’m writing about it. It’s been difficult to sort through my statistics and strategies over the last five months, but it’s an overall fun experience. Stay tuned or sign up for my mailing list to give me feedback as I write the book, and be the first to know the moment it’s finished. (FWIW: my mailing list will receive a huge coupon code once it’s released).
  • Publish at least 1 post reflecting on my trip to France. I have 3-4 ideas for travel posts, but I couldn’t bring myself to write them. I have one France-vacay post mostly written and am excited to publish it…sometime this month, for sure!!!
  • Send bombacious & helpful advice to my mailing list. Okay, so I’m prettttty ashamed. I’ve sent a lot of sales pitches to my mailing list. It hasn’t affected my growth numbers, but I know that it can be irritating to get sales pitch after sales pitch in your inbox. So this month, I’m going to try sending valuable, behind the scenes content to my mailing list.
  • Post on Instagram ??? OMG. I did not even post on Instagram once in June. But I would like to outline an Instagram plan. Maybe not-so-much for marketing, but to really strengthen my relationship with my audience. If you want to get an update once I finally freaking get my Insta-act together, follow me on Instagram here!

Related Blogging Posts

First of all, thank you for joining me on my blogging journey! Check out these posts for other blogging tips and advice:

Or, browse the Blogging archives.

She did what?! Read about how this #GIRLBOSS built her blogging empire and earned over $2,000 in her FIFTH month of blogging. | monthly income report, make money blogging, monetize your blog, blog for business, solopreneur success stories, blogging income reportMost importantly, remember that blogging is definitely a “learn-as-you-go” activity. At first, you might feel overwhelmed by the tasks you have to conquer. After four months of blogging, I can confidently say that to build a successful blog, you first need to conquer your fears and stop worrying!

Starting a blog can be intimidating. In fact, I felt apprehensive before I started this blog. So many questions ran through my head. Would people think I’m weird? What if I’m unsuccessful? Now, in retrospect, I’m only overwhelmed by all the fantastic, positive support I received!

Even better, blogging is a great way to make money on the side. You can really turn your play-thing into a pay-thing. To learn how to start your own blog, use this guide. Or, you can jump start and use my link to sign up for web hosting at only $3.95 per month! PSA: U.S. customers can sign up for a web hosting plan at only $2.95 per month until July 4th. So start chasing your dreams and sign up now!

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Considering starting a blog? Or, are you already blogging? What are your goals for the upcoming month?

Do you have any questions about affiliate marketing? Drop them in the comments below! Or, sign up below for my free, 10-day Passionate Profit email course to help you build a profitable blog you’re passionate about.


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34 Comments

  • Cindy's Travel Diaries

    Great article, thank you for sharing it with us !!

    July 1, 2017 at 8:32 am Reply
    • Krista

      Thank YOU for checking it out Cindy! I hope it helped you on your blogging journey<3

      July 1, 2017 at 6:45 pm Reply
  • Design by Digital

    Awesome work, Krista! I love reading your income reports and find them so inspirational for my own blog.
    Keep it up! x
    Victoria

    July 1, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
    • Krista

      Yay! Victoria, that is truly what I love to hear. I love reading income reports, too. I am checking out your blog now and LOOOVE it I’m about to binge out on all your content hehe. x

      July 1, 2017 at 6:48 pm Reply
  • Iris

    Hi Krista!
    Well done to you!! That’s a great achievement! 🙂
    And thank you so much for sharing this article! It is so helpful, really gives me a clear understanding on actually how you can monetize your blog and what could potentially works for me!

    July 1, 2017 at 9:15 am Reply
    • Krista

      Iris, YAY! I really try to put in as much information about my decision-making as possible (the entire month I add to my income report draft). Blogging can have a huge learning curve so I hope it helps reading about the projects I focused on for the month and why, haha!

      July 1, 2017 at 6:53 pm Reply
  • Mia

    Love reading your income reports! Everyone has been talking about siteground, so it looks like I’m making the switch to a real domain name soon 🙂 Can’t wait to read your post on France when it’s up!

    July 1, 2017 at 10:26 am Reply
    • Krista

      Mia, if you’re thinking about Siteground, now is really the time to buy hosting! $2.95/mo is such a great deal and not a huge commitment. I do use them… and I’ve had like five customer service chats with them in five months LOL so I can say with certainty they are SUPER helpful and go above-and-beyond with their service.

      July 1, 2017 at 6:55 pm Reply
  • Perri

    Hey Krista! I have a question for you… what within Awin did you make money from? In your income reports you always list that you love them for Etsy, Housesitters etc… but then when I look at this report you only made around 2 dollars from Etsy… would you mind saying what from Awin made you that amount? Hope that makes sense haha… Great work on this…. love your income reports! Keep on rocking!

    July 1, 2017 at 11:26 am Reply
    • Krista

      Hey Perri!
      Yes, so I earn $30 per referral with Awin. And then make use of the programs like Etsy, Swagbucks and Trusted Housesitters. I like to report it individually because then it helps people visualize what may be working with my strategy, and what is not.

      Hope this helps! <3

      July 1, 2017 at 6:58 pm Reply
  • Ana

    Amazing post Krista!
    I am so glad that my ebook has helped you and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have you as an affiliate for it!

    You are rocking it! Keep going
    x

    July 1, 2017 at 12:26 pm Reply
    • Krista

      Thank you so so much Ana! Your support means a ton. Haven’t dug into the update of your ebook yet but I’m definitely looking forward to it! <3

      July 1, 2017 at 7:02 pm Reply
  • Grace

    Hey Krista! Awesome results once again. Are you still pinning 100 x’s per day using only Tailwind? Or, do you manual pin?

    July 1, 2017 at 12:28 pm Reply
    • Krista

      Hey Grace!
      I pin between 50-80 pins per day. I have 50-60 pins scheduled, and then I do manually pin when I get the chance. My monthly Pinterest reach went from 125k (at its lowest)/150k to 229k with this change.

      July 1, 2017 at 7:01 pm Reply
  • andrea trach

    This was really great article to read as a first time blogger! gave me lots of inspiration! 🙂

    July 1, 2017 at 2:34 pm Reply
    • Krista

      Yay! Thank you Andrea, I’m glad you found inspiration out of it. Let me know if you ever have any questions. <3

      July 1, 2017 at 7:03 pm Reply
  • Maya Maceka

    I love how detailed your income reports are. Seriously, these are SO helpful for new bloggers! You are absolutely killing it with affiliate marketing and I can’t wait to see what you achieve in July! 🙂

    July 1, 2017 at 7:46 pm Reply
  • arita muhaxheri

    you are a genius omgg I have a collective reach of almost half a million on my social media platforms combined and I’ve never made a dime 🙁 I feel like I’ve wasted so much time omggg I’ve invested so much on my blog and gear to create content but still haven’t found my way to reach to brands and make an income .
    will be spending time researching your report and hopefully reach my goal for the next month , after reading this I made it a goal to make 100$ 😛 wish me luck xoxo

    July 1, 2017 at 8:27 pm Reply
  • Jonnie

    Great post! What do you think is the best way to promote SiteGround?

    byjonniemarch.com

    July 2, 2017 at 11:10 am Reply
    • Krista

      Hey Jonnie! I think the best way to figure out how to promote Siteground is take advantage of their affiliate program’s customized links to track certain posts. Then you can see which way works better for your own audience and put more time into promoting that way.

      July 3, 2017 at 9:04 pm Reply
  • Katherine

    SO amazing!! I love how you breakdown your income reports with such helpful info – so many people just smack their affiliate links everywhere. I legit learn something from your income reports every time!

    July 2, 2017 at 6:04 pm Reply
    • Krista

      Ahhh, girl that means so darn much to me! I definitely try to make these a helpful resource vs. a half-written post with just a few links.

      xoxo

      July 3, 2017 at 9:05 pm Reply
  • Kierra

    So I have Awin and I’m just starting to implement it, how would you suggest using it? I feel a little lost.

    themodcollective.net
    xoxo

    July 2, 2017 at 6:10 pm Reply
    • Krista

      The first step is definitely to find programs you want to join! As an example they have Etsy and Missguided. xoxo

      July 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Kim

    Every time I read your income reports I question what I’m doing with my blog.. hahah. Keep up the amazing work! It’s really motivating for me to know I can monetize later down the road.

    July 3, 2017 at 8:39 am Reply
    • Krista

      Hey Kim! If you ever need help on a monetization strategy for your blog, that is where I specialize and aid bloggers via audits. Please feel free to reach out. <3

      July 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm Reply
  • Donné

    Hey Krista,
    I’ve come across so many blogs of late but your has such charm.
    Your theme is also great- I’m having a really hard time selecting a final one. Any advice?
    Thanks!

    July 3, 2017 at 2:19 pm Reply
  • Vy

    You are seriously rocking it! I would love to make money off of my blog, but I guess family stories and travel adventures don’t sell quite as well lol. Need to get on your level somehow!

    July 3, 2017 at 10:59 pm Reply
  • Nicole

    Such a greatly written post!! I JUST started my blog 5 days ago, and I am obsessed with everything blog related — especially on learning how to make it profitable. This has taught me SO much (and I have about 5 other posts from you open in separate tabs waiting to be read). Anyway, just wanted to thank you for the inspiration. Keep it up! Now I’m off to keep reading your site! 🙂

    July 9, 2017 at 3:51 pm Reply
  • Deanna

    You’re doing great Krista,
    We started about the same time and I too work full time and am raising some kids. Blogging is definitely work but you are so right, We get in it to control our time and the energy we put into it. I just recently started with affiliate marketing like three weeks ago. Lots to learn. I really need strategy with email. ConvertKit is great but I am just learning about tags and segments. I focus on Pinterest and Twitter. Hoping to create an amazing income by next spring so I can blog full time. Thanks for your passionate profit course. Enjoying the tips and hints.

    July 9, 2017 at 6:24 pm Reply
  • Jeff Proctor

    Great job Krista!! You are doing what 97% of bloggers don’t do- you are fixing things that are not working! Way to go, and I can’t wait to watch you continue to grow 🙂

    July 11, 2017 at 2:28 pm Reply
  • Belle

    Awesome growth Krista! LendEDU, how can I join their affiliate program?

    July 14, 2017 at 3:31 pm Reply
  • jennifer vacca

    Krista, your blog posts are so informative. I have learned so much! I am finally at the point where I can get going on my blog, and yours will be my guide! Thanks and happy blogging!

    July 17, 2017 at 2:25 pm Reply
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