Welcome to this month’s blogging income report, where I share exactly how much money I made online and how I did it!
I’ve been blogging for 2 1/2 years now. In March, I quit my full-time job because my blog income replaced my salary. Now, I spend my days at home with my three little girls and I blog when I have time. The really cool thing about blogging is once you put in the work (in the first year or so), a lot of the income becomes relatively passive. In May, I didn’t do too much on the blog front, but you’ll see my income was still pretty high (not crazy high; while I wish I was making five-figures a month, I’m not, haha!).
Blogging really is the only job that you can put in minimal hours and still make thousands of dollars per month. Passive income is a glorious thing, my friends.
If you’re wanting to start a blog, I encourage you to just go for it. My blog has evolved over the years and it’s not at all how I envisioned it to be when I first started. You don’t have to have it all figured out right now, just get started!! Trust me, the brilliant ideas and the income will come 🙂
Now, onto May’s blog income report!
May’s Blog Income
In May, I made $2,716.75! And I’m not even kidding, I probably blogged for about 10 hours total!
I published three posts in May (proof that you do NOT have to post every single day in order to make money). They were:
- How to Make Money with a Low Traffic Blog
- 3 Ways to Grow Your Email List Now <–this is super important if you want to make money blogging!
- How to Be a Full-Time Blogger
Breakdown of my income
Most of my income comes from affiliate sales, which is where I recommend a product on my blog, and if someone makes a purchase, I make a commission. My biggest earner is Bluehost, which is found on my “How to Start a Blog” page. However, I should note that this is NOT where most of my sales come from. Bluehost has an extremely high payout per sale (starts at $65/sale!!), which is why they are my biggest money-maker. I actually get more sales through affiliate companies like FlexOffers and Share-a-Sale 🙂
- Affiliate Sales: $2,232.70
- Ads: $356.09
- Product Sales: $127.96
Product Sales: I have two products, The Beginner’s Guide to Blogging and How to Make Money as a Web Hosting Affiliate. If you’re a blogger, I recommend brainstorming a product you can create for your audience. Even if you don’t sell many, it’s a fantastic learning experience!
Ads: I recently joined MyFinance in addition to my current ad network, Monumetric. I made about $60 my first month with MyFinance and expect to see that grow in the coming months. The MyFinance ad is just one ad at the bottom of my posts that links to related finance articles on the web (see image below). If you’re a personal finance blogger, let me know and I’ll connect you with the person in charge of the program!
Pageviews and Blog Growth
My pageviews have been down. I typically get 40,000 pageviews per month, but in May I only got 29,691. Increasing my traffic is something I need to work on in the coming weeks and months. However, I’m very pleased that I made such good income with low pageviews. I can really see the potential with this blog! If my pageviews doubled, so would my income 🙂
One of the reasons for my high income and low pageviews is because I have spent a good amount of time lately building my email list. Every subscriber is worth $1-$2 in revenue per month! While I don’t quite make that, there has been a direct correlation with my email list to my income. The more subscribers I have, the more I tend to make.
If you’re a new blogger, I recommend focusing on your email list right away. You don’t have to send them anything yet if that makes you nervous, but at least get people on it! You can do this by offering a free product to those that subscribe!
If you want to subscribe to my list, where I send tons of blogging tips and updates on my personal life, sign up here!
What Mailer Service Should I Use? I started with MailChimp but have since switched over to MailerLite. I highly recommend MailerLite! They make it really easy to design attractive landing pages, which ultimately will get you more subscribers. My subscribers have doubled since making the switch!
How was your May? What are you currently working on regarding your blog?!