Another month, another income report!
If you read last month’s income report, you’ll notice that it was one of my lowest month’s ever. This month, sadly, is even lower. (What’s going on?! Isn’t my income supposed to be increasing month over month?)
In January, I brought in $846 in online income. $550 was freelancing; $296 was blogging. As of the New Year, one of my resolutions was to quit almost all of my freelancing jobs so I could focus more on my blog (and, let’s be real, to free up some of my time). For new readers, I have a full-time job and am a mama to two toddler girls. For a while, I juggled working full-time with freelancing and blogging. But, it was too much. I was stressed out and wasn’t able to enjoy time with my babies – time that I will never get back. Now, I work full-time and blog when I can 🙂 Life is so much better, and my blogging income has increased as a result 🙂
This month is a record-low for me; but it’s also a record-HIGH in terms of blogging. You guys, I cannot believe that this little blog of mine is FINALLY making an actual income. Blogging really is the BEST job for mamas and anyone, really. It is so flexible, it’s fun, it’s social, and it allows you to bring in an extra source of income from the comfort of your home. Oh, and you get to talk about your passions and meet other people who share the same interests. It really is the best.
If you are interested in starting your own blog, head on over to my tutorial. And as a bonus, I’ll give you a copy of my book – The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging – completely for free! Just shoot me an email (sbrooks52111 @ yahoo . com) letting me know you purchased your blog through my Bluehost link and I’ll send the book to you immediately!
Now, back to my income for the month 🙂
This month, I made $669.50. This was all money that was collected, not money that was earned. I actually should have an additional $825 tacked on to that, but a client is a little late paying me. That’s OK though! For me, this is just “extra” money that my family uses to save, go out to eat a little more, and enjoy life. So, if someone pays me late, it’s not a big deal.
The good news is that of that $669.50, only $75 came from freelancing!!!! That means I made $594.50 from blogging. Somebody pinch me. I know this doesn’t sound like a lot compared to some bloggers, but for me, this is HUGE! I really only spend a few hours each week (if that) on my blog. Last week, my parents were in town and I was sick, so I didn’t blog at all.
The Key to Earning Money with Blogging
Consistency. I promise you I am not doing anything different than I was a few months ago. My traffic has doubled again (I’m now at over 100,000 pageviews for the month!) and I truly believe it is because I am getting picked up more in search engines. Google likes to rank sites that have a history. It just takes time. If you want to start a blog, don’t expect to make money immediately. Sure, some people do, but most spend the first year or so building up their blog before they start to see an income. But trust me, IT IS WORTH IT!
As I mentioned above, $75 of my earnings came from freelancing. The rest came from blogging. Here is a more detailed breakdown:
- $147.25 – the good ‘ole Google Adsense payout!
- $200 – sponsored posts
- $24.15 – book sales
- $223.10 – affiliate sales
Plans Moving Forward
My ultimate dream is to make enough money from my blog so both me and my husband can quit our jobs, if we choose to, and spend more time as a family. I would love to travel the country in an RV (yes! even with the kiddos!), take month-long vacations, and just work on my own schedule. I’m in no rush, though, to make this happen now. I currently love my full-time job and am very happy with where our lives are at! But in my free time, you’ll certainly find me working on growing this here blog of mine into something huge.
How was your February? What is your “ultimate dream?”