August 11

July 2018 Blog Income Report: $532.89

Blog Income Report: July 2018

My total income for the month of July before expenses is $532.89. I’ve listed everything I did to get there in this post, below, including the affiliate networks I’m in, and the marketing strategies I use. How to start a blog and make money blogging blog income report how do bloggers make money? #makemoneyblogging #startablog #howtostartablog #sahmjobs #sahmblog #bloggingtips #freecourse #freebloggingtips #startablogforfree

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I can’t believe that summer is almost over!

I’ll be honest, I’m mostly happy about it. Kids back in school = more blogging time!

Besides, it really drives me nuts not having a consistent schedule like we do during the school year.

Considering I’m in my first year of blogging yet, I am still trying to figure out annual trends. I have heard from many bloggers that their traffic and revenue tends to be lower during the summer season. It makes sense, most people are out having fun in the sun and probably not sitting on Pinterest as often as when they are looking for Thanksgiving and Christmas recipes.

As per usual, I would have like to have gotten a lot more done in July than what I actually did, but that just seems to be the trend.

So as my friend Anne says, “onward!”

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Review of Blogging Goals:

Publish 6 posts (again)

I have so not been hitting my goal of publishing 6 posts each month. I got 4 finished for this blog. Which is pretty good considering all the other non-blogging things I had to work on during July.

I have also been spending a lot of time promoting and working on guest posts for other blogs to try and build up my backlinks.

So, technically, I got 5 posts published, 4 on my blog and one on Minimal Capsule about How to Stay Productive as a WAHM.

I was so freaking excited about getting this guest post published! Why you ask?

Guest posts are great for several reasons. First of all, you are building relationships with other bloggers. Second, you are building backlinks to your site (as long as the blog owner lets you put an author box with a link back to your blog). If you don’t already know, the more backlinks you have to your blog, the better it looks in the eyes of the almighty Google.

If you have a blog and are looking to guest post, I am accepting guest posts for The Daily Change Jar.

Update all posts with rebranding

I did a little more work on this, but still have not completed it. However, I only have a few more left to do!

I still feel like there is so much more to do!

Making new pins with different descriptions, adding in better images, resizing images, adding more internal links, making sure all the colors match, everything has correct headings, THE LIST GOES ON!

If you haven’t started a blog yet and are in the planning stages yet, try to nail down branding that you really LOVE and want to keep for a long time. Cuz, let me tell you, it’s a pain the in the ass to redo everything!

If you do have a blog, you know that everything you do when it comes to blogging is an ongoing process. There is ALWAYS room for improvement.

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Income:

Ads – $72.67

Strangely enough, I ended up with the exact same amount for ad income as last month ?.

  • Media.net – $60.95
  • Adsense – $27.79
  • Gourmet Ads – $3.35 (I only had this for the last few days of the month)

To date, this has been my highest income from Media.net ads! However, although I think Media.net ads are great for bloggers that are just starting out, as they don’t have pageview requirements; I decided to switch over to Gourmet Ads.

One of the reasons I decided to switch over to Gourmet Ads is I should get a higher return (?) for the ads on the site. Furthermore, my ad income should be more predictable. They are a CPM ad network, meaning that instead of only getting paid when people click on the ads, I get paid per impressions, meaning, everytime an ad is loaded on a page, I earn a commission. Now it’s not a ton, but it can really start to add up fast. Gourmet Ads pays $3-8 per CPM, meaning, I make anywhere between $3 and $8 per 1,000 pageviews. So, the more pageviews, the more ad income!

Affiliates – $235.22

Side Income – $225.00

  • Selling random crap from the house – $200
  • Selling articles on Facebook – $25

We are still very slowly going through all the junk in our house and trying to get rid of it. Ok, it’s not really junk, but we have accumulated so much stuff since we moved into this house 5 years ago.

Keep in mind though, even if you are selling stuff through Facebook marketing place, you need to be safe. Unless you personally know the person, always try to meet in a public place. We generally do our transactions at a gas station that is at one of the main intersections in town. Secondly, do your research as to how much you should sell your items for. We listed a pair of “hand chairs” for $25 for the set. We probably could have gotten WAY more for them. Within a few minutes of posting there was almost a bidding war on them!

Gross Income = $532.89

I feel like I am finally getting some traction and getting on grasp on what I need to do to bring in consistent income!

***happy dance***

Additionally, I have figured out if I need some money NOW, I can sell articles in Facebook groups. And of course, have my husband list stuff to sell on Facebook. For whatever reason, he always gets way more responses than I do.

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Pageviews:

So a weird thing happened with my pageviews between June and July, my pageviews were 1 off!

I had a whopping 0.01% increase in pageviews!

In reality, it is much better than my pageviews decreasing. And again, I keep hearing that in the summer pageviews are generally lower than the rest of the year. So I am happy with about 13,000 pageviews.

Expenses:

Nothing really changed for expenses this month. My Tailwind payment was a wash because I ended up getting another referral!

There are some new softwares that I have recently discovered that I would love to try to help with automation for my social media. But I think I need to start selling a few more articles and some more Billionaire Blog Club affiliate sales before I start investing more in the blog.

Total expenses = $71.96

As I’ve said before, most of my expenses are pretty minimal, $5 here and there. My biggest expense thus far is ConvertKit at $29 a month, but TOTALLY worth it! Although I’m all about using the free stuff when I can, ConvertKit allows me to do what I want to do as far as collecting email addresses, segmenting, etc.

Plus they are upgrading some of their features so we can do even more stuff!

You might have also heard some stuff about ConvertKit changing its name recently. Chelsea from Her Paper Route put out a very good article explaining why they changed their mind again and are keeping it as ConvertKit.

Total Net income= $460.93

Blogging Goals:

Create a better funnel for Billionaire Blog Club affiliate

So, if you haven’t read it already (and are interested in blogging, which I’m guessing you are at least a little if you are reading income reports ?) you should totally check out my Honest and In-Depth review of the Billionaire Blog Club! Writing a review post is awesome for so many reasons! I actually just wrote a guest post on Her Paper Route on how to write a review post that converts.

There is a big difference though between writing a review post and just pinning it a few times and really setting yourself up for success. Considering I had a few affiliate commissions for Billionaire Blog Club (3 between July and August) I want to keep that sweet, sweet affiliate income coming in! Therefore, I am putting a plan in place to optimize my sales!

Small and Big wins for July:

There were a couple of cool things that happened in July!

➡ Continuing to declutter the house/deck/garage and make some $$ from it! (If I didn’t have 6 kids and my husband didn’t have so many damn video game systems-I would totally be a minimalist!)

➡ Got accepted to Gourmet Ads for both The Daily Change Jar and my new food blog-Foodie And The Fork. This site totally isn’t 100% finished, there are only a couple posts on there, but I am working to launch it (hopefully) by the end of August! If you are a food blogger and would like to have a recipe featured on there, comment below!

➡ Got my first official guest post published, which you can find here: How to Stay Productive as a WAHM with Kids at Home on Minimal Capsule

➡ I made my first affiliate sale for Billionaire Blog Club!

➡ I had someone reach out to me on Facebook and ask if I could write a review post on her ebook because she loved my Billionaire Blog Club review so much!

➡ Got on the first page of Google with my Billionaire Blog Club review post! (No, I’m not sh!tting you!) I’m in the 10 spot, which is the last on the page (pretty sure I was #8 the other day) but it’s still the first freaking page of Google! Now how to get to #1… ***evil laugh***

So there you have it for July! I’m sure some people look at my income report and think, well she should be making more or getting more pageviews, while others envy my numbers. So it’s time for a bit of a pep talk…

For those of you who scoff at my income reports…?

We all grow at different rates. We all have varying amounts of time and money we can spend on our blog. We don’t all have the ability to hire a VA or Social Media Manager for our blog.

For those of you that look at my numbers and feel they might be unattainable, again, let me repeat this sentence: We all grow at different rates. We all have a different amount of time and money to spend on our blogs. Trust me, if I could sit down for 8-10 hours a day working on my blog, I totally would! But I don’t. I have kids that have gymnastics, dance, BMX, play practice, and grants to write for a non-profit, board meetings to attend, not to mention laundry to do, dinner to make, taking care of a toddler and infant, oh yeah…and that thing called showering!

So if you are looking at your numbers every month and it just gets you down, just remember to keep going. If you are passionate about it, this shouldn’t be a problem. If you are not passionate about what you are doing, then it might be time to pivot and try something else. Blogging isn’t for everyone and that’s ok!

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What big #wins did you have for July?!

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