New Blog Income Report – How I Made $1040.85 in My 11th Month Blogging
It has been ten solid months since my very first, totally and utterly amateur blogging income report (I don’t publish monthly income reports).
I still laugh about it every time I think about that $11 I made from Google AdSense.
I also laugh at the ridiculous posts that yours truly published, unedited, rushed, and with poor SEO strategy.
I sure hope my second blog is going to be better.
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New Blog Income Report – How I Made $1040.85 in My 11th Month Blogging
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Anyway, like many others, I started this blog after reading several income reports from successful bloggers.
It took me some time to believe that it is possible to earn an income through an online business.
I always thought of blogging as a hobby and never believed that you could actually make money through blogging.
Hence, my obsession with reading on how to make money blogging, as well as spending heaps of time reading a ton of income and blog progress reports.
Yes, a whole lot of time that I should have used to actually start a blog of my own.
So by the time I went on maternity leave with my second baby, I knew it was time to get started. In hindsight, I wish I had started earlier.
I spent too many precious hours on research and letting the uncertainty and fear of failing get in the way. But I’m here now and that’s what counts, right?
I’ll admit I don’t work more than 5 hours a week. Between feeding the baby, diffusing toddler tantrums, housekeeping, and trying to stay healthy and fit, running a blog is challenging to say the least.
But I was determined to keep working on it even if it’s for less than an hour a day. I even invested good money to be a part of this amazing blogging community (and it’s paid off big time!).
If you haven’t started your own blog and are strapped for time (like myself), here are two questions to ask yourself.
1. Am I willing to work hard to create a (mostly) passive source of income even if it means taking it slow?
If you are a mum, whether you work or stay at home (that’s still a full-time job!), it can be super hard to fit in time to blog.
I get it, my friend! You barely have 5 minutes to drink your cup of coffee while it’s still hot, let alone take on a side hustle, right?
Or even if you have no kids but you work full time, it can be a huge challenge to push through when all you want to do is sit and watch Netflix after a long draining day at work.
And that has been the biggest challenge for me in the past 11 months. But I decided to commit to this for a year and if I didn’t make any dough, I would give myself permission to quit. Because well, ain’t nobody got time for that!
2. What fears are holding me back from starting?
Certain fears and beliefs about money can hold a lot of people back.
Fear of failing, fear that you’ll make a fool of yourself, or a belief that you can only earn your salary at the office, can stop you from taking the next step.
Building an online business may feel risky or even illegitimate. Your family and friends might even question the soundness of your blogging venture.
At the end of the day, you have to identify those fears and face them head-on. That’s the only way to get unstuck and to stop procrastinating.
Don’t wait to learn everything there is to know about starting a blog. Just start NOW.
There IS a lot to learn right now – and there will ALWAYS be a lot more information to consume.
But if you start now, you will have made more progress in twelve months’ time than if you keep procrastinating.
So before I skip to the income report, here is what I wish I would have known before starting a blog.
Learn, implement, test and repeat
Here is what nobody tells you about blogging. You need to do a lot of testing, tweaking and optimising.
It’s one big cycle of learning, implementing what you learn, testing out what works and what doesn’t work. Then, rinse and repeat.
You might have to design a dozen pins with a dozen different titles and fonts before you find what works for your audience. It will be worth it when you get your pins to go viral.
You might have to edit and optimise that one post until you finally make your first affiliate sale. It will be worth it when you finally see an upward trend in your conversion rate.
You will have to keep asking yourself “What’s working? What should I write more about? And what should I write less of?”
When you find what works, you will need to run with it – fast. Don’t look back. Just keep your head down and work hard. That’s what will get you the results.
Successful bloggers never stop learning, testing and reviewing various strategies. Embrace curiosity.
Appreciate the milestones
As a blogger, you will read about or hear a ton of inspiring success stories about how somebody made $10K, $20K or $50K a month.
If you compare yourself to other bloggers, it’s easy to overlook what you have accomplished.
Building a profitable blog is about taking little steps and reaching one milestone after another.
Appreciate and reward yourself (seriously!) for each milestone. And keep working. You will get there.
It may not be in one month or even six months, but you will learn to build a profitable blog if you are not afraid of a little hard work and sacrifice.
Set those goals
What do you want out of your blog? And why do you want it?
Sounds simple, but not many people write their answers down. Take the time to set your intentions for this endeavour.
Trust me, you’ll need to keep referring to your “why” when things get overwhelming and you want to just quit.
A dream is just a dream. A goal is a dream with a plan and a deadline. – Harvey MacKay
I had mine written for the year on December 31st, 2017.
My first goal was to reach 25K sessions (about 30k page views) so that I can apply for Mediavine (which pays 10 times more than Google AdSense).
So what did I do?
-I took this Pinterest course.
-I joined this blogging community
-I worked hard even if it meant for 30 minutes at a time.
I crushed my first goal (to hit 30K page views) mid-March 2018 and I actually wrote down the exact date I achieved this goal.
My other goal was to make $1000 a month from blogging. I also broke down how I would do that (and what steps I needed to take).
And I did it. It’s a good feeling to know that you’re making progress, as minor as it may seem. Everyone starts somewhere.
One thing I love about the Billionaire Blog Club by Paul Scrivens is that there are set challenges you can work through one at a time – at your own pace.
The challenges each have a step by step video guide from Paul.
How to reach $1000 in revenue
Launching your blog and getting 10K pageviews
Creating your first paid product
Aside from challenges and milestones, there are a bunch of courses on Pinterest, SEO, affiliate marketing, and so much more. My best tip if you ever join the BBC is to work on one challenge or course at a time.
Start with your biggest learning gap. What do you always have questions about? Does SEO give you a headache? Or are you struggling with making your first affiliate sale?
Then, take action. Learn and do. Test out the strategies and techniques you have learned for yourself.
Side note: Paul always emphasises that it’s up to you to put the work in and test out the strategies he teaches. You have to do the critical thinking and testing yourself. You should never lose your curiosity.
This is a huge deal. At the end of the day, you can read and take as many courses as you like. But if you don’t take the steps that are laid out and keep learning, you won’t see the results.
Commit to learn
As mentioned earlier, there are many areas of blogging to master, such as SEO and affiliate marketing.
In the BBC, you will find these courses right there for when you need to learn them.
You will want to complete the courses, put them into action, ask questions, then go through the courses one more time, and test out different strategies (more action) until you find what works for you.
Well, let’s get to the best part – my second income report on a new blog. I’ve made it pretty clear that I won’t be publishing income reports every month.
I will only do them when I have some possibly helpful tips to share with you, besides earnings. After all, that’s really why people read income reports – to learn about and possibly try out new strategies for their own blog.
So, in March of 2018, I applied and got accepted to Mediavine Ad Network, and switched from Google AdSense straight away. I instantly started making more than $50 a month.
My first month with Mediavine starting mid-April, I made $234 in the two weeks alone. I went on to earn $744.35 in June.
Here is a summary.
June Income Report
Ad Network (Mediavine) – $744.35
Affiliate Income – $296.50
Total Earnings for June 2018 – $1040.85
Most Ad Networks and affiliate programs pay out at Net45, which means whatever income was earned in June will be paid out 45 days after the end of June. In this case, it will be August.
Therefore, I’m only reporting income earned in June (not income paid out in June) as it makes more sense when discussing monthly blog pageviews and related income.
This affiliate income does not include money earned from blogging about blogging (which I do a little bit of).
It also doesn’t include ShopStyle earnings (balance of $122.05 to be paid out soon) since that was earned over several months.
Quick tip- ShopStyle pays per click, and although it may not seem like much at first, it does add up. While most bloggers would not think it worth their time to participate in ShopStyle Collective, I reckon every cent earned is worth it. That $122 can pay for hosting 🙂
I also haven’t mentioned earnings from ShareASale and other affiliate networks since I have yet to reach their payment threshold (usually $100).
Blog Traffic Report
I hear a lot of “it’s not about the pageviews” when I read posts from other bloggers. Yes, increasing page views is not the end all and be all of doing business online, but it sure does help to boost income.
With increasing pageviews, you have the potential to increase ad revenue, affiliate income and convert readers to subscribers.
So, although some make a full-time income with 5000 email subscribers, it doesn’t always work like that for everyone – especially newbie bloggers.
Working on boosting your pageviews is a stepping stone to earn income faster than if you only focused on building your email list.
I hit my first 30K pageviews a month after implementing the steps laid out in this Pinterest course.
There will always be ups and downs in traffic based on seasons and holidays – especially when your main source of traffic is Pinterest.
That’s why it’s important to diversify your sources of income and work on optimising for organic traffic.
So what else worked?
If you’re a blogger, you might know we said goodbye to BoardBooster. I was heavily dependent on BoardBooster for scheduling out my pins to group boards and sourcing third-party pins.
With BoardBooster gone, I went back to using Tailwind and it’s been just as good. My only problem with it is that Tailwind won’t let you “set it and forget it” like BoardBooster.
You have to keep going back to schedule once your scheduled pins run out. But at least it’s better than manually pinning everything, which I tried for one month (spreadsheets and all). It was very time-consuming.
I also noticed I wasn’t very consistent with my pinning when I was only doing it manually, because surprise, I’d get very busy and I would go without pinning anything for a few days.
For some time, this didn’t make a difference to my blog traffic. But eventually, it started impacting my pageviews.
So I’ve found pinning daily is key to getting consistent traffic.
Pin consistently even if it means having to use a scheduler.
New pins and new boards
With Pinterest recently discouraging the use of group boards, I’ve noticed that my NEW personal boards are performing – like crazy!
I’ve stopped sharing my pins on poor performing catch-all group boards.
I still pin to a few high-performing group boards (you can check your stats on Tailwind).
Newly designed pins have also helped significantly with traffic boost. I create a ton of new pins in bulk for various posts and go to town pinning these out to my new boards as well as to some good group boards.
There are a ton of Pinterest courses out there (and I’ve taken a few of them by now), and let me tell you, apart from THIS really REALLY helpful Pinterest course, there is no new information that’s that useful out there.
The emphasis with Pinterest has been creating new content, new pins and building up your own personal boards and followers.
The other major point to be emphasised here is relevance. Use simple popular keywords to describe your new board names and pin descriptions, then save to the relevant board.
Create a ton of new pins, and distribute a new pin at least every second day.
I said this way back in this post, and I’ll say it again, there is no point in saving recipe pins to fashion boards or saving home decor pins to social media marketing boards.
It will just make it hard for Pinterest to assign the correct keywords to your pin, and then your pin just goes somewhere pins go to die. And it’s really sad!
Create new keyword-optimised boards and save relevant pins to them regularly.
Blogging Tools I Use
Like I said, I took this Pinterest course by Carly from Mommy on Purpose.
And since I joined the Billionaire Blog Club, I’ve been busy working through the courses and challenges on there.
I don’t intend to purchase anything else for a long time. No shiny object syndrome for this mama – at least for a little while longer.