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Blog Income Report:
How much money I made blogging in May
Alright folks, it’s time for another blog income report. I won’t be doing these every month, but since this past month has been my highest earning blogging month so far, I thought I would share.
Especially since I got so many good responses on my previous blog income report!
Please know that these are not meant to be braggy in any way. I am simply sharing these to show other bloggers that it is possible to make money if you set your mind to it. It’s hard work, but if I can do it, so can you.
Also, I’m not making thousands of dollars blogging yet, but any money I make from my blog is a nice side income to have to put towards my savings.
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A little background information.. I started my blog in March 2019, so it’s been a little over a year already. I had no knowledge of blogging when I started, and I just learned everything as I went along by reading other blog posts, investing in courses, and simply by asking other bloggers.
Before I dive into my earnings, I thought it would be a good idea to break down my expenses first. I do invest in my blog and have invested in it since the very beginning, way before I even started making any money.
In fact, the first 6 months I barely made anything. I think I made $75 back then and that was from one affiliate sale, which I wrote about here.
My expenses in May
Skystra blog hosting $10/month: I use Skystra for my blog hosting and I love them. I recently had a lot of issues when transferring my site from Bluehost to another host, and the team over at Skystra kindly helped fix my site and get me up and running on their servers.
Canva Pro $12.95/month: I recently switched from the free Canva account to the paid membership, and I love it so much more. It’s definitely not a necessity, but I love their images for all the different pins I create all the time.
ConvertKit $49/month: I use ConvertKit for my opt-in forms and to send emails to my mailing list subscribers. ConvertKit recently changed their plans a little. I used to pay $29/month for up to 1000 email subscribers, but they now have made completely free. I totally recommend getting this offer. I gladly paid $29 for up to 1000 subscribers because of how easy to use their platform is, but getting it for free is absolutely amazing. I now have close to 2000 subscribers, so I’m on the $49/month plan.
Keyword Research For Bloggers $22: This isn’t a recurring purchase, however, some months I invest in a course or two to broaden my blogging knowledge. In the past month, I have purchased the Keyword Research For Bloggers ebook because I’m desperate to learn about SEO.
Total expenses for the month of May: $93.95
Breakdown of my income streams
As a blogger, I make money a few different ways. This past month I have been fortunate enough to add two more income streams to my online earnings which I’ve been really happy about.
If you want a whole list of ways you can make money blogging, you should check out my how to make money blogging post.
Here are my online income streams, which I will go into detail about in a second:
- Displaying ads
- Affiliate marketing
- Sponsored content
- Blog advertising
- Digital sales
Let’s break this down…
I have ads placed on my blog by Mediavine. Mediavine are an amazing ad network which pay a lot more than places like Google Adsense. Before I got into Mediavine, I held off from applying to Google Adsense because I knew I would only be making pennies with them.
To apply for Mediavine you need to hit 25K sessions/month. I hit that in January of this year, and started with Mediavine in February.
In May, my blog got 67,029 views and 53,403 sessions.
Total earnings in ad revenue: $525.31
I am an affiliate for many things, but most of my money comes from Amazon Associates and being a Gumroad affiliate for a few different products.
This month I made $73.52 from Amazon Associates and $14.22 in Gumroad sales.
If you want a list of affiliate marketing programs you could join, here’s a post on that you can find handy. One of the affiliate programs on this list can make you $2000 per referral, so definitely check it out!
Total earnings from affiliate marketing: $87.74
I worked on my first sponsored post last month, which made me $130. In the future, I will be charging more than I did this month.
Total earnings from sponsored content: $130
I’m starting advertising for other bloggers in July, and a few have already sent over their payments. I charge $9.99 per advertisement, and if you’d like a spot for any of the upcoming few months, please contact me here.
Total earnings from blog advertising: $46.25
My guide on Pinterest marketing for bloggers has made me a couple of sales last month, adding to the total number of earnings for May.
Total earnings from digital sales: $32.34
Added up, my total earnings in May were $821.64
I definitely see a steady growth in my income over the next few months, especially since my blog views are increasing every month. More views means, at the very least, more money in ad revenue which I’m happy about!
With the increase of affiliate sales and sponsored content, which I’m planning on doing a few more a month, I am going to be making 4-figures pretty soon I think.
Even though I’m not making thousands of dollars yet, it doesn’t bother me. I can honestly say that working on my blog has been the best project I’d ever undertaken, and I’m not planning on quitting my day job any time soon.
For those of you who don’t know, I work as a teacher in a school in the Middle East, so I do get a monthly salary on top of my blog earnings.
Which is why I’m not in a rush to get more, more, more. I’m very grateful that in one short year I have been able to turn my blog into a side hustle which keeps growing every month.
I hope this gives you a realistic insight into how much money you can make blogging. Some bloggers make thousands of dollars their first few month, but that wasn’t the case for me.
It seems like a lot of bloggers want to start making money right away from their blogs and that doesn’t always happen. Please don’t get discouraged. It has taken me a while to get to this point, and it might take you the same or longer.
As long as you implement good strategies and work your butt off, you WILL see results at some point!
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