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September 2018 Blog Income Report
Welcome to my September blog income report!
I want to start off by saying this:
For those of you who are making less than $1,000 or even close to $0, please don’t feel discouraged. I was in the exact same position as you not too long ago! Just keep at it and focus on learning because you won’t know when you’ll start seeing results. The secret to seeing results is not giving up! Please head over to my July 2018 blog income report where I made $703.57. I will tell you that I was making ~$0 and struggling for over 6 months in my blogging journey! And to be very honest, I’m still struggling. Believe me, you just don’t see what happens behind the scenes.
I want this blog income report to be as real and authentic as possible. I’ve put in a lot of hours into this blog and most of those hours are spent tweaking older posts to see what affiliate marketing strategy works. That also includes making a lot of new pins for Pinterest so that I can promote them. Both my daily traffic and earnings have been extremely bipolar so I can’t predict what will happen next. For example, a lot of my affiliate earnings came in during the last week of September and that’s what drove my blog income to increase. This blogging journey has been a crazy roller coaster ride and I want you to be aware of that!
I’ve also been debating whether or not I should share my blog income reports because I am afraid of coming off as bragging or lying — or even both! I don’t want to come off as either because my sincere hope is to show others that it is possible to earn extra money on top of their full-time jobs. This includes helping stay-at-home parents who are seeking work from home jobs.
Before I started a blog, I was skeptical about the idea of working from home and making money online. But after seeing other bloggers’ income reports and testing it myself, I realized that it is possible!
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Be realistic about your blog income results:
I remember saying exactly this in my July 2018 blog income report:
“I’m definitely not making a lot compared to other bloggers who are pulling in over $1,000 every month. But despite how little or much I make, I believe that everyone can learn from each other!”
For me to write this, it means that I was not expecting to make over $1,000 per month blogging.
I was shocked that I made $2,797.64 in August 2018 and now really shocked that I made $4,509.50 in September 2018. As I said earlier, most of my affiliate earnings decided to come in at the last week. My goal was to maintain it or improve it by $100 to $200 because I still consider myself new to the blogging world.
If you’ve read my previous income reports (or my blog in general), you’ll know that I don’t set unrealistic expectations for myself.
I’m not a competitive person because competition and aggressiveness are too overwhelming and stressful for me. That’s not to say that competition is bad. Just that it doesn’t work well for my personality type. Overall, I’m more focused on learning at my own pace and comparing myself only to me and not others.
Learn from other bloggers
I never compare my beginning to another blogger’s middle because that does more harm than good. Instead, I always tell my readers to be inspired and learn from them!
I started reading more into other bloggers’ income reports for help and some clues. Most importantly, I have to owe it to THIS e-course because it taught me how to monetize my blog properly.
I don’t know what to expect next month because blogging isn’t a walk in the park. To be honest, I am nervous and scared that I won’t be able to beat my August and September blog income results, but that doesn’t stop me from learning from other bloggers. 🙂
Related blog income posts that show you how to make money blogging:
Blog Income Report: How I Made $703.57 Blogging in July 2018 (I struggled A LOT for many months before this!)
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Without further ado, let’s take a look at my blog income for September 2018.
September 2018 Blog Income
In September 2018, I earned $4,509.50. Please note that this is in Canadian dollars before any expenses or fees. Payouts occur 30-45 days.
Affiliate income – $2,719.60
Amazon – $65.11
Blue Host – $225 USD ($288 CAD)
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – $399.20 USD ($510.98 CAD)
Pinteresting Strategies – $12.80 USD ($16.38 CAD)
Tailwind – $15 USD (19.20 CAD)
The She Approach – $70.25 USD ($89.92 CAD)
Total display advertising – $1,789.90
Mediavine – $1,398.36 USD (~$1,789.90 CAD)
Total blog income = $4,509.50
I don’t have any blog expenses for this month.
I would like to invest the money I made back into this blog. It’s been on my mind but I was too focused on testing different affiliate marketing strategies and going through a few courses. That said, I didn’t have the time to look into ConvertKit nor the time to purchase a new blog theme. I will look into this once I find the time. It’s important to take things one step at a time without rushing!
Blog income after expenses = $4,509.50
Now that you know my blog income, let’s talk about what happened in September.
How I increased my blog income:
My blog income increased despite a traffic drop for this month. My traffic dipped from over 88,000 (71,415 sessions) in August 2018 to 84,225 (65,884 sessions) pageviews in September 2018 which I will discuss later.
So, how did my blog income increase from $2,797.64 in August to $4,509.50 in September?
1. Earnings in Affiliate Marketing
If you remember from my last month’s income report, I mentioned that I referred back to the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course and implemented some of the course strategies to my top performing posts. Those posts continued to be my top performing this month (thanks to this Pinterest e-book) and that’s why my Awin earnings remained pretty consistent at $939.40 USD ($1,202.43 CAD) in September. For all the juicy details of how I increased my Awin earnings from $120 to over $1,000 per month, please head over to my August 2018 Blog Income Report.
Spoiler alert: my top performing posts are all related to saving money and personal finance! Not about blogging!
Similar to what I did last month, I continued to implement more of Michelle’s affiliate marketing strategies and made tweaks to my older posts and promoted them on Pinterest.
For example, I’ve neglected my post, How To Start a Blog for Beginners, for the longest time but I finally spent some time to improve it. To be honest, I never really promoted this post in the past. I went ahead and made a new pin and promoted it on Pinterest after making changes.
To my surprise, within a few weeks, I received a few sign-ups that specifically came from this blog tutorial which helped me earn $225 USD ($288 CAD) for September. You can see the earnings in my screenshot below. This was purely trial and error after following Michelle’s tips in her course.
I think I could improve my conversions so I’ll try my best to see what I can do going forward. 🙂
For this month, I’ll be paying closer attention to her module, How I’ve Earned Over $300,000 From One Affiliate Product, so that I can implement her tips to my older posts that need some love! One thing I’ve learned from Michelle is that less is more! When I have some time, I will be removing some affiliate programs that haven’t been working for me so that I can focus my time and effort on only a few.
My overall blog income results
Before signing up for Michelle’s course, I was making between $20 to $50 in blog income each month.
Then I learned about affiliate marketing and was intrigued by the idea! I seriously had no idea what affiliate marketing was but I was really eager to learn more about it.
For a couple of months, I was researching for a top-notch course for beginners and I had stumbled upon Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Initially, I was skeptical about the course but Michelle offers a 30-day money back guarantee so I took the plunge and enrolled. Plus, I am offering 2 FREE bonuses which you can read more about below!
I went from making $0 in affiliate marketing to $400-$500 USD consistently from April to July after implementing Michelle’s strategies.
And in August, I made over $1,500 USD in affiliate marketing. September was my highest affiliate earnings to date at over $2,000 USD!
Below is a screenshot of my blog income where affiliate marketing and display advertising are my only sources.
👉UPDATE: I was able to increase my affiliate earnings to over $3,300 USD (~$4,400 CAD) in December 2018!
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I will be giving away my printable Blogging Binder ($42 value) + Affiliate Marketing Planner ($18 value) as my gift to you when you enroll in Michelle’s course using my link!
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2. Ad Earnings
I became an official member of Mediavine on August 17th so you’ll see in my last blog income report that my ad earnings from Mediavine only covered the period from August 17th to August 30th.
Having that said, September is my first month where all of my ad earnings ($1,398.36 USD, ~$1,789.90 CAD) came from Mediavine!
Once you hit 25,000 monthly sessions (~30,000 monthly pageviews), you can immediately apply to Mediavine and improve your ad earnings significantly! I used to make on average $50 to $100 CAD per month under Google Adsense with roughly 15,000 to 24,000 pageviews. With Mediavine, you can increase your earnings by 3X to 5X (or more) given the same amount of pageviews!
On top of that, Mediavine provides exceptional customer service! They are there to help you optimize your ad earnings and are quick at responding to e-mails. The team has even mentioned that they will be there to assist me with my new blog theme to ensure a smooth transition!
Blog traffic results:
I want to first mention that my blog traffic was only 3,773 pageviews (1,059 sessions) back in November 2017. Then I was always stuck at under 20,000 pageviews (~15,000 sessions) for over 8 months! 🙁
My blog traffic in August was higher at over 88,000 pageviews (71,000 sessions). But to be honest, I’m extremely happy with 84,225 pageviews (65,884 sessions) for September!
I don’t mind at all that it fell slightly. If anything, I’m glad that it remained pretty consistent! Plus, I was still able to increase my blog income by over 60% despite the traffic dip! Having that said, I will be focusing on Michelle’s affiliate marketing strategies while trying to maintain a good amount of pageviews. I am eager to learn and test more of her strategies so that I can improve my conversions rather than focusing on pageviews.
Don’t get me wrong, having higher traffic is great (and you’ll need it) because that will provide you with more earning opportunities! But I’ve stumbled upon a few bloggers who are able to earn an amazing amount of income with less pageviews. I am really looking forward to learning from them!
For example, I found this blog post where Suzi from Start a Mom Blog featured a blogger named Carolina to write about how she is able to earn over $1,000 per month from Amazon Affiliates with just 10,000 monthly page views! This post is truly amazing and inspiring!
How I increased my blog traffic significantly:
If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you’ll know that I was super depressed about my low traffic before learning about Ana’s Pinterest tips in her e-book.
To put things into perspective, I went from 3,773 pageviews in November 2017 to over 80,000 monthly pageviews today (10 to 11 months later).
Here is how my monthly pageviews look after following all of Ana’s tips and tricks during the May-June period.
I know it’s discouraging to hear how other bloggers are able to generate 50,000 monthly pageviews within their first few months of blogging. I definitely wasn’t one of them! It took me over 8-9 months just to hit my first 40,000 monthly pageviews.
1. My traffic improved and I was able to apply to Mediavine which increased my ad earnings by over 300%!
2. A few companies reached out to me and asked whether I wanted to become their affiliate. These same companies rejected me or ignored me many months ago when I reached out to them!
3. More traffic gave me more opportunity to test and apply Michelle’s affiliate marketing strategies. This allowed me to see what works and what doesn’t work with my top performing posts!
❤ Ana was nice to provide me a coupon code for my readers. For a limited time, you can use the code, TSA5OFF, towards her e-book and get $5 off when you purchase her e-book here! The price is honestly very affordable and you get a TON of value from Ana’s resource!
Before I let you go, I want to mention one thing that really helped me last month and you shouldn’t underestimate its power…
Focus and say no to everything else!
It’s tough to manage a blog when you have a full-time job. So, I really believe that focusing on ONE thing at a time goes a long way! For the last month, that meant focusing my efforts only on affiliate marketing strategies, making new pins and promoting them, along with learning some Google SEO strategies. NOT obsessing over minor details on my blog, sending e-mails to my subscribers, looking for the best blog theme or the next best social share plugin, logging onto Facebook to see what’s new, making new freebies, or writing a new post every day. Though these are things I’d like to do with the blog, they weren’t my first priority given such little time. ONE step at a time!
I don’t want to bore you to tears so I will end it here along with some blogging resources below that helped me grow my blog.
I really hope this blog income report gives you hope in your blogging journey. Always remember that slow and steady wins the race! 🙂
Free Blogging Resources to Boost Your Blog Income
1. As you already know, I love Ana’s tips and she gives AMAZING quality content all the time. She never fails to impress. If you’re tight on cash, she is offering some FREE resources here.
2. Lena is offering her FREE Blog Bonus Traffic Guide e-book here. There are many different ways to increase your page views beyond Pinterest and that’s why I am going through Lena’s course to learn how she increased her page views from 17,000 to over 400,000 in 10 months.
3. You can enroll in Mike’s FREE 5-day SEO Bootcamp. You will see that his webpage mentions his paid course, which is currently closed, but you can still gain FREE access to his 5-day SEO Bootcamp at no charge!
I mentioned that learning SEO is my next step and so far, Mike is my favorite go-to person for tips. It’s literally stupid simple for beginners who don’t know anything about SEO! No fluff and no BS! If you’ve been relying 100% on Pinterest or any other social media for your traffic, then this freebie to boosting your long-term traffic with Google is perfect for you! Again, I want to say thanks to Alexis from Fitnancials for guiding me to Mike!
4. Join the Amazon Affiliate program – You can promote any product you like from Amazon for FREE. But, of course, promote only the products that will help your audience in your targeted niche.
5. Join these free affiliate networks to increase your blog income – Once you get accepted, you can apply for different companies that you want to work with and promote them on your blog.
To learn how to optimize your affiliate marketing strategies, learn from Michelle who earns over $50,000 every month alone from affiliate marketing. Her flagship course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is a sure-fire way to boost your blog income! Though her course isn’t free, it’s one of the best investments you’ll ever make on your blog!
6. Tailwind – This Pinterest scheduler app has changed my life! I don’t pin manually as much anymore and it has saved me SO MUCH time! However, when I do manually pin, I make sure that I’m following Carly’s secret manual pinning strategy. I’ve only been using Tailwind for 3 months and I see a huge improvement with my traffic! The app has some limitations and it’s not perfect, but it sure saves a ton of time because you can schedule your pins to pin throughout the day! Plus, it’s the only pinning scheduler available that most bloggers use. You can get a FREE one month trial plus a $15 credit with Tailwind by using my link here.
I don’t want to overwhelm you with too many blogging resources because I believe in quality over quantity. I’ve been blocking a lot of noise and just focusing on a few resources for help. As a result, all of this has helped me generate some blog income outside of my full-time job. It hasn’t been easy and it won’t be easy, but I believe you can do it when you stay focused on YOUR own goals. Again, don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle. Instead, be inspired and learn from them.
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