Welcome to this month’s blogging income report, where I share exactly how much money I’m making blogging and how I’m making it.
January was a great month and I think I’m going to crush my 2017 blogging goals.
If you’re new here, I’ve been sharing monthly income reports since I started blogging. My reports include both blogging income and freelancing income; but as of roughly one year ago, I decided to quit freelancing and focus more on blogging. Every once in a while a freelance opportunity pops up, and of course for the right price I will take it.
I share income reports for two reasons: 1) To keep myself accountable and motivated, and 2) To help other bloggers. It was reading others’ income reports that made me realize blogging could be profitable. For me, it’s been a slow journey, but that’s OK! Blogging is not my full-time job and I have three little kids, a house and a husband. Those are my priorities and always will be.
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Now, onto January’s blogging income report.
In January, I made $2,170.23 blogging! If you’ve been reading my income reports for a while now, you’ll notice that I very rarely freelance anymore. In the past, most of my online income came from freelancing, which is a fantastic way to make money online. Now, though, with my busy lifestyle, I focus on making all of my online income from blogging.
Freelancing vs. Blogging
Both really are great ways to make extra money each month! Freelancing will make you money sooner – as you’ll get paid relatively shortly after submitting your assignment. If you need money now, I recommend freelancing. Here’s a post on freelancing tips for beginners to help you get started!
Blogging, on the other hand, can take a while to start making money. But once you do, the income becomes pretty passive. In January, I spent roughly 10 hours on my blog total (if that) and I made over $2,000. In order to make that freelancing, I probably would have worked for 30-40 hours that month.
Blogging is a long-term money-maker. You most likely won’t make money for a few months to a year, but once you do start making money, it’s actually really easy to continue making it.
January Blogging Income Breakdown
- Ads: $370.88 This is as passive as it gets, guys. I don’t like having ads on my site, but my income is still not high enough to where I can justify removing them. One day… 🙂
- Affiliate Sales: $1,743.60 This is my favorite way of making money blogging! I recommend a product, and if someone purchases it, I make a kickback at no extra charge to the buyer. This money came from courses I recommend, survey sites, my start a blog page, and more!
- Sponsored Posts: $0 No money from sponsored posts this month, but I should have some next month.
- Product Sales: $55.75 This comes from my eBook on blogging and my course on making money as a web hosting affiliate.
How I Track Income
I report all income that hits my account, not income that I earned. In January, thanks to a post that did great on Pinterest (The Ultimate Guide to Making Money Online) – I earned closer to $3,000. That money won’t hit my bank account for 30-60 days (or more), so I’m not counting it. What I earned in January is exactly what got deposited in my bank 🙂
Anddd..that’s a wrap. I’m really, really excited to see where this blog takes me in the coming years. I’m 2 1/2 years in and making a part-time income, plus having a ton of fun in the process. If you’re on the fence about starting a blog, I highly recommend you just go for it. Give it your all for a year. I can pretty much guarantee you’ll be happy you did!
How was your month in January? What questions do you have for me on blogging?!