It’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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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
- Fourth Income Report: How I Earned $2,681.22 My Fourth Month Blogging (1,977 views)
- Use Affiliate Marketing to Monetize Your Blog (1,860 views)
- How to Start a Money-Making Side Hustle (So You Can Live the Life of Your Dreams) (852 views)
- 10 Ways to Make Money Blogging in 30 Days (657 views)
Total Page Views: 14,480
Previous Income Reports
- First Income Report: How I Earned $74.62 My First Month Blogging
- Second Income Report: How I Earned $693.94 My Second Month Blogging
- Third Income Report: How I Earned $1,134.25 My Third Month Blogging
- Fourth Income Report: How I Earned $2,681.22 My Fourth Month Blogging
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.
- 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 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 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 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.
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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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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
Hosting through Siteground: $0.00 (prepaid the $3.95 for this month)
G+ suite for Business: $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
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:
- How to Start a Self-Hosted Lifestyle & Travel Blog
- 10 Ways to Make Money from Your Blog This Month
- Affiliate Programs You Can Use to Monetize Your Blog
- Blog on a Budget: Free Blogging Tools
Most 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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