December 2017 Income Report

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Welcome to this month’s blog income report! I’ll be sharing an update each month, both for accountability to keep working on my blog and also an encouragement for those just starting out.

I’ve been blogging for over 12 years now. When I first started this blog over 4 years ago, my goal was to make money from it. Somehow, even after reading countless income reports and “how to make money blogging” articles, how to make consistent and significant income didn’t click until early November 2017. But as you can see from last month’s report and this month’s report, once it all clicked for me, I earned over $1,200 in 2 months! When I shared my new income with my friends, so many asked how I was making money with my blog that I wrote an ebook with my top 5 tips. Download it for free and learn from my mistakes!

Blogging Basics

Since this blog isn’t about blogging, blogging tips posts are limited to these monthly income reports. If you would like further tips and info about blogging, please join my blogging email list and receive my free ebook as a thank you for joining!

To get started making money from a blog, you need to have a blog on a self-hosted site. This opens you up for opportunities like joining ad networks, the ability to customize your site with your choice of plugins, and protects your blog from being deleted by outside sources (yes, it happens). You can start a blog for as little as $3.95 per month, so the investment for starting your blog is minimal. I use Siteground for my hosting and recommend it to anyone wanting to start a blog (set up through the free WordPress.org). The customer service is the best in the industry. I’ve used the other popular hosting site and found them confusing and difficult to work with, but I have had nothing but great experiences with Siteground.

After you purchase your blog hosting space, then it’s all about the set-up. Setting up your email list is absolutely critical for success, as you can build relationships with your readers and learn what kinds of things they would like to read about as well. All of social media is based on algorithms, so not all your readers will be shown what you post on Facebook or Pinterest, but you can reach them all by email. I’ve tried several email list programs and found the easiest to use is Mailerlite. They have a free program for lists under 1,000 subscribers, and all features are available. You will find that other companies might have free programs, but some features are unavailable with the free option. Mailerlite also has a drag-and-drop newsletter feature, which is great for non-techy people such as myself.

Okay, so now that you know my two favorite tricks of the trade (and how inexpensive blogging really is!), be sure to download my 5 top tips for blogging for profit. It’s free!

I did a lot of extra writing this month. One of my favorite projects was another mini ebook with 25 tough-love ways to save money in 2018. This isn’t just another list like “use coupons at the grocery store.” It’s called the Tough Love List because these are big-change kinds of ways to save money. If you’re looking for ways to save big money in 2018, download your free copy today.

For even more resources on how to make money from your blog, check out my Resources page. 

This month was a little lower than last month income-wise, but since December is so crazy for my family (Tristan’s birthday and our anniversary are both a week before Christmas!), I honestly expected that. However, I was still able to make a significant income from my blog this month!

December 2017 Income

Here’s the breakdown:

Ebates: $30

Ebates is changing their referral program, going away from the tiered bonus system. Starting January 1, you get $15 for every referral, no limits! The person you referred still gets $10 instant rebate with their first purchase of $25 or more. I’m a big fan of this change, since the ROI per referral will be higher, and takes away the chance of missing a big bonus by one referral. Be sure to check out my review of how to make money from Ebates.

Amazon: $8.89

Obviously a smaller amount than last month’s impressive start, but again, I wasn’t very consistent with my linking.

Google Adsense: $5.41

This is passive revenue just from having a few ads on my site. Once my page views are higher, I can switch to a different ad network with a higher payment opportunity.

Sponsored posts: $500

I wrote two sponsored posts this month.

Total: $544.30

I was able to re-invest some of my income this month into the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing class. The instructor, Michelle, makes over $130,000 per month from her blog, with a large percentage of it coming from affiliate marketing. Her course is absolute brilliance, and I am going through all my old posts, applying the material. There are several bonus courses included, as well as a mastermind Facebook group. I’ve learned so much in the past two weeks and am so excited to see how much our income increases as a result of applying everything I’m learning with this course.

I am also learning and applying analytics-focused tricks I learned from the ebook Pinteresting Strategies, and I’m loving the growth of my Pinterest performance as a result!

I have big goals for January, including a Pinterest challenge with my blogging tips email list  and finishing the revamp of my old posts. I would like to create a new logo and give the blog a little face-lift for the new year, but that will wait until the income-generating projects are complete. I have to set priorities for myself or else I would probably spend several hours a day blogging – and with a full-time job and a family, that’s just not a wise way to spend all my time.

As I said in my post about why I’m not setting New Years Resolutions this year, I mentioned that I am returning the blog to its original purpose, and I have created a mission statement. I have been working with several brands to bring you incredible content this year, all relating to living a natural lifestyle on a budget. I am so thankful and humbled for all of you readers, and I want to bring you the very best content for your very best lives!

Cheers to 2018!

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