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Blog Income Report: January 2019
Welcome to my January 2019 blog income report!
For those who are new here, I started writing these blog income reports to show others it’s possible to earn an income online with a small blog like this one here.
I also have to admit it’s nice being able to express myself and help readers while getting rewarded with a small commission at NO extra cost to you!
As some of you may know, my very first income report was back in July 2018 ($703.57) when things started picking up.
Can you really make money blogging?
Now, you may be reading and thinking all of this is bogus; that this whole blogging thing is impossible; and that you’ll never be able to earn any real income online.
I don’t blame you because I thought the same too.
Just over a year ago, it NEVER crossed my mind that I could quit my job last month to start blogging full-time!
I want you to know that I’m not special at all.
I’m just a regular girl who decided to start a blog on a whim to see how it goes. If it works out, then cool. And if not, then oh well… at least I tried!
And after starting this blog, BOY, was I struggling! I struggled really badly and earned close to nothing for many months no matter what I did or how hard I tried.
I was frustrated and thoughts like these crossed my mind ALL the time (to be honest, I STILL feel this way from time to time):
– “I’m doing EXACTLY what that established blogger told me to do! Why am I not seeing results? WTF!!!”
– “Great! More sales pitches from the bloggers I subscribed to? Will these self-proclaimed experts’ so-called magic formula really solve my problem?”
– “I spent a sh!t load of time writing that post but no one is reading it! Is my content sh!t? :'(“
– “They always say epic content is king, but then why do I see thin content do so well?”
– “I’ve tried SO many things, but why are Google and Pinterest not sending over some eyeballs to me? GOOGLE, why you no love me?”
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Yes, it is possible to make money blogging!
Despite those low and sad times, I kept persisting, testing, learning, and trying as many new things as possible!
I also invested in a few courses to help speed up my progress, which I mention more in detail later below, as well as my recommendations list here.
I really do think it’s my mindset and persistence that got me here today; not really my skills. Wait, what skills??
– I ain’t no good writer. I don’t write. What do I even write about?
– I’m no Pinterest graphic designer. I have no experience in that sh!t.
– I got no tech skills. Uh, what is “a blog powered by WordPress” even mean?
– I didn’t even know blogs could make money. Um, how? And what’s affiliate marketing?
Seriously, this whole “start a blog and make money” thing was foreign and new to me. That’s why I thought of you and wrote this FULL guide on how to make money blogging for beginners with NO experience!
I jumped the gun and started learning and doing things on the go. And more than 80% of the time, I didn’t even know WTF I was doing!
A lot of the times it was learning from the experts, observing what they’re doing, and a whole lot of testing and implementing to see what works!
I may not be earning over $10,000 each month like the successful bloggers we’re aspired to be, but I am very happy with my progress today. Because honestly, I didn’t even think I’d be able to make over $1,000 per month!
Like I said, I have self-doubts deep down inside of me and it’s hard admitting that to the world. Having that said, I still question (sometimes) whether I can continue making money with this blog!
Well, if worst comes to worst, and I lose all my traffic, then I’ll just start all over again. I’ve gained some experience over the last year and that’s the most valuable part of starting a blog (the price is dirt cheap too)! 😀
So, for those who feel hopeless and are earning very little, please don’t give up!
Just keep going because slow and steady (along with some persistence) wins the race…
And for those who are nervous about starting a blog, or you want to start one but just unsure of what to write about, you are not alone.
I, too, still have a lot of self-doubts about myself and this blog! But like I always say, challenge yourself and do your best. 🙂
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Ad revenue tanked. Affiliate earnings gave me the boost!
I am very happy that I was able to make $6,790.93 this month! And more than 80% was thanks to affiliate marketing!
My total earnings fell slightly lower compared to last month ($6,840.01), but my affiliate earnings saved the day and increased for the month (again)!
Usually, my income source would be roughly 40% ads and 60% affiliate marketing.
But for January, my ad revenue tanked by more than half compared to the previous month even though my traffic remained the same (~111,000 page views)!
In my last income report, I learned that ad earnings dip after the holiday season. This is very normal and most bloggers will likely experience this.
Here is a quick screenshot of my RPM for ads in Jan 2019:
If that sounds like you, and you’ve been solely relying on ads, I really recommend looking into these affiliate marketing strategies to diversify your blog income stream!
It even crossed my mind to temporarily reduce ads on my site because I was afraid it was going to kill my stronger affiliate performers!
With that said, I was extremely terrified about my ad revenue for January! It recently recovered a bit (still low though), but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for February!
💡 LESSON OF THE MONTH: I admit I love seeing ad earnings roll in during the normal times, but it’s still important to diversify your income sources!
After my ad earnings took a hard hit, I feel even MORE strongly about this point and that’s why you need to implement these affiliate marketing strategies!
And I really mean it when I say this…
Michelle’s e-course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, is the reason why my blog is generating an affiliate income! Before taking her course, I was earning $0 in affiliate income!
If you’re new to affiliate marketing, or a blogger who hasn’t been seeing any results with your affiliate earnings, then I recommend investing in her course.
Michelle teaches you the winning strategies that bring her $50,000+ per month alone with affiliate marketing.
Anyway, here are my numbers for the month…
January 2019 Blog Income
As mentioned earlier, I earned $6,790.93 in January 2019. Please note that this is in Canadian dollars before any expenses or fees. Payouts are before any expenses and occur 30-60 days.
Total display advertising – $1,145.61
Mediavine – $881.24 USD (~$1,145.61 CAD) at 111,054 page views (84,873 sessions)
As you can see, despite the slightly higher page views (same sessions) compared to last month, my ad earnings dropped by 53%! Crazy, right?
Compare this to my December 2018 ad income: $1,835.27 USD (~$2,440.91 CAD) at 108,912 page views (84,811 sessions).
Now, you know what I mean by implementing these affiliate marketing strategies gave me the extra boost!
Affiliate income – $5,645.32
Survey companies – $3,393.62
$5 Meal Plan – $55.55 USD ($72.22 CAD)
Amazon – $43.58 USD ($56.65 CAD)
Checkout 51 – $140
Drop – $15
Ebates – $140
FlexOffers – $101.50 USD ($131.95 CAD)
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – $504.32 USD ($655.62 CAD)
Tailwind – $30 USD ($39 CAD)
Making Pinterest Possible – $217.36
VIPKID (Teach English From Home) – $10.40
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing e-Course:
Overall, my affiliate earnings increased again for this month thanks to Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing e-Course!
As I mentioned, the course instructor consistently makes over $50,000 per month alone from affiliate marketing, so she definitely knows her stuff!
This is one of the BEST investments I made on my blog in 2018!
Initially, I wasn’t sure about purchasing Michelle’s course, but I’m really glad that I did!
This is my monthly blog income result (all from affiliate marketing and advertising display) after implementing Michelle’s winning affiliate strategies:
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Some quick affiliate screenshots for proof…
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I earned 2 referrals this month for Tailwind at $15 USD each.
In my honest opinion, Tailwind helped me save time from manually pinning on Pinterest (despite the initial batch work).
I went from 15,000 page views back in May 2018 to over 40,000 page views in July 2018 (within 3 months).
Then, it increased to over 70,000 page views in August and September 2018 (1 month later).
Shortly after, my page views increased to over 100,000 page views in December 2018 (3 months later).
I think it’s important to invest money back into your blog if you’re serious about making money from it.
For this month, I was done with my free trial with ConvertKit so my first bill came in at $261 USD (~$350 CAD) for the whole year.
In case you’re wondering, there was a special discount before the holiday, so I just grabbed that on top of getting my free trial.
I already paid for the Tailwind Unlimited Scheduler plus the additional Tailwind Tribes package sometime back in the summer, which I mentioned in one of the previous income reports. I like to do one-time charge expenses instead of breaking them into monthly payments.
Also, some readers will probably think I forgot to mention the Bluehost hosting plan, but I also charge that only once with a one-time payment.
Blog income after expenses = $6,440.93
💡 Important blog tip that you should not ignore!
Thank you for reading this far. I really hope you learned something new today!
Aside from explaining why it’s important to diversify your income source, here’s another one of my very best tip for the month…
Whether you’re a new blogger or someone who has been struggling for some time, remember to keep trying and testing NEW things!
For example, I’ve been adding 1-2 new affiliate programs to test out. The purpose is to diversify my affiliate income and to see what works.
Note: It takes me 1-3 months of testing to see whether something is really working!
If you’ve been doing the same thing over and over again, but aren’t seeing any results, then it’s time to move on to something else. I know it’s hard to let go, but sometimes you need to in order to see results.
Finally, when you feel that something is working and you see some sort of traction, it means you’re probably onto something. So, keep testing MORE of it to see whether it improves!
If it improves, that means you should probably keep doing it!
Remember the general saying is that 80% of your revenue comes from 20% of your products. That includes removing affiliate programs that just wasn’t working for me (plus, it’s a waste of real estate space on my blog). I really do believe that less is more! 😉
As always, you can always check out my recommendations page for a list of tools and resources that helped me achieve my blog results. Going forward, I will be updating my recommendations page from time to time.
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