For years, I have loved following bloggers who share their income reports. It’s been such a cool way to get new, creative income ideas and to understand how lucrative certain streams are for different people. These have provided me with such a wealth of information over the years and I want to be able to provide that for you too.
It also proves that there is great money in blogging, and if you’ve been on the fence about starting a blog, maybe this will give you a little extra boost of motivation to finally launch and start publishing!
Over the past few months of doing these, I’ve found that doing these really helps me to get focused on what’s working, what’s not and what to work on next. I actually think that my gradual increase over the past few months is in large part of simply paying attention to my income.
What I’m including in these reports is what I’ve actually been paid for this month. Technically that means I earned some of these commissions 2-6 months ago, but I don’t count anything as income until it’s safely inside my bank account.
As we continue to work from home and slowly get back to normal, I’m still so grateful for a business that based online and from home.
Not only has it been a blessing as a mom—I get to spend more time with Owen than I would if I was still working in an office, but I also get the added benefit of having no ceiling on my income. That right there is incredibly empowering and motivating for me!
Okay, so let’s get down to the nitty gritty….
Blog Income Report: $13,939.17 in May 2020
GROSS INCOME: $13,939.17
Mediavine Ad Network: $836.42
- Beautycounter: $6696.44 (interested in learning more about what it’s like to be a consultant? Click here —no pressure to join, just info!)
- Rewardstyle: $1876.23
- Amazon: $636.87
- Other Affiliates: $285.82
- Blog Shop: $14.26
Blog Collaborations: $3,500.0
Smoothie Guide: $93.13
- Influencer SEO: -$399
- Gsuite: -$12
- Developer: -$85
- Accountant: -$185
- Flywheel Hosting: -$125
- SEMRush: -$99.95
- Freelance Work: -$600
- Adobe Creative Cloud: -$56.30
- Zoom: -$16.34
- ConvertKit: -$79
- Courses/e-Learning: -$119
- Zapier: -$240 (accidentally forgot to cancel this, ugh!)
NET INCOME: $11,922.58
This was my final number after expenses!
My traffic grew another 9% this past month which is wild because I’ve actually been posting less often. As I start to prep for maternity leave, I’ve been spreading out my content further so that I can get ahead.
I’ll be really interested to see how this looks over the months of maternity leave and summer, as summer is typically a slower period for traffic in general.
My organic search traffic increased just a little bit this month, but hooray! Love seeing that go up.
As I’ve mentioned, Pinterest has been a HUGE focus for me since mid-February and it’s really starting to pay off. My traffic from Pinterest grew 12% this past month.
TOP 5 POSTS IN APRIL
These posts are almost all older ones that continue to bring me traffic, ad revenue and affiliate revenue. Last month, I added more affiliate links to these posts and it paid off in a big way!
Our moving announcement was a big traffic driver too, no surprise there. Personal posts like this always give me a big boost in traffic, but typically are not long-lasting. You can see in the traffic image above where that big spike was.
I’m actually planning to look through them again this month and see if I can add more affiliate links and any applicable email sign-up forms!
- DIY Face Serum for Clear & Glowy Skin
- We’re Moving!
- 8 Toxic Skincare & Beauty Ingredients to Avoid
- Owen’s Schedule at 9 Weeks
- 6 Ways to Show Someone You Love Them
EMAIL LIST GROWTH: 171 NEW SUBSCRIBERS
Most of these came from my Smoothie Challenge which was exciting to see that people are enjoying it! I don’t always do the best job of promoting and sharing this, but I’m excited to see that it’s driving new subscribers without me doing much.
May was a very busy month for us personally—we moved! I spent the majority of the month packing up our apartment and the 2nd to last week of the month, we got it all in truck and drove across the country to Denver. The last week was spent organizing and getting settled in our temporary living arrangement until we find our own home.
So, while I did get some stuff done, the blog was a little bit on the back burner this past month.
My main focuses this month were:
- Automating some aspects of my Beautycounter business (still a work in progress)
- Getting content scheduled for maternity leave
In general, getting ahead and getting some things automated and organized have been top of mind now that I’m 35 weeks pregnant—only 5 weeks to go!
Now that we’re settled, June has been a more focused month of creating content and finishing up some automation things. I didn’t set myself up to have a maternity leave with Owen and it just stressed me out, so I want to be able to have that option and write more content if I feel like it, but not because I have to.
On a personal level, I’m trying to soak up these last few weeks as a family of three! I can’t believe Owen won’t be my only baby soon, and I’ve been loving all the extra time with him, even if it leaves me completely wiped out, ha!
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