How I Made $3,395.05 In April With NO Sponsorships

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It’s time for another income report guys! The last few weeks have been THE MOST STRESSFUL weeks I’ve had in a long time. To give you a brief summary before I dive into it deeper, my website was wiped out from the internet and almost vanished from the face of the earth. I’ll tell you more about that in just a minute.

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What’s Up In April? (My Worst Month In A Long Time)


Dang it, April was a pretty stressful month for the blog. My blog was completely wiped off from the Internet for a few days and I had to spend the last 2 weeks fixing it. It’s still not back to normal! So, if you are seeing some glitches on the site, I apologize for that. I’m still working on it.

So what happened?

In April, I wanted to charge my host to WPX hosting from Hostgator, because I want to increase my page load speed. WPX is a hosting company catered to advanced bloggers (it’s rather expensive) and according to Matthew Woodward WPX is one of the fastest hosts around. However, changing the host turned out to be an absolute nightmare.

First off, my current host (Hostgator) straight off deleted my whole website off the face of the Internet. ALL the blog post, all the images, EVERYTHING was gone. I was just in shock. Imagine 2 years of work AND your livelihood just disappearing in front of your eyes. It felt like getting fired from a job and being left out on the street. I felt so hopeless.

Luckily I had a backup of it on my Google Drive so I managed to avoid the absolute worst case scenario. I had my blog posts back. But what I didn’t have were my 5,000 images, even though I had a full backup. All of them were gone!

WPX hosting didn’t turn out to be that great in my case, because Hostgator had messed up my site so badly. Before I can even think about moving host again, I need to fix my website.

So, what I did next was that I spent the whole of last week chatting with Hostgator support and chasing them with emails. Nothing was done. Absolutely nothing. So I had to hire a developer. Within the first 30 minutes, he was able to pinpoint my problem.

Lesson learned – when you’re struggling with tech stuff, hire someone ASAP to save you time.

Even though the guy told me what to do, I still had to do a lot of work manually. And that’s exactly what I’ve been doing for the last week: I was only able to save half of the images from my backup, so I had to manually re-upload over 2,5000 images. Gosh, it felt so draining. But I’m pretty sure that I’ve done most of the work now.


Needless to say, I strongly dislike Hostgator and would never recommend anyone to use it. This is why I always advise beginner bloggers to start blogging with Bluehost or Siteground. Both of their customer service is top notch.

There is no way that I’m going to stay with Hostgator long term, but I need to get my website fixed fully before I can start thinking about relocating my blog.

So, to end this rant, be careful who you host with. Also, always have a backup of your site. I thought that my site was safe, but something still went wrong. That’s why I’m now going to upgrade to Updraft Premium, which will have a clone of my website available at all times.


On a positive note, I was also on holiday in Greece for 5 days which was awesome. My boyfriend’s uncle had his 70th birthday party and the whole extended family was invited along. It was super fun!

I also started working on my other blog, where I talk about my journey with investing. If you’re interested in that kind of stuff, check it out.


Now, Let’s Get To The Money!


Some screenshots: 



Affiliate Marketing

Amazon US – $1,332.16 | Amazon has been consistently among my Top 3 revenue sources in blogging. Many of you have asked for me to share my secrets, and I’ve finally listened.

I’m sharing all of my strategies that I use to make up to $2,000/ month with Amazon in my new ebook, How To Make A Living With Amazon Affiliates

Other Amazon Accounts (UK, Canada, France, etc.) – $259

RewardStyle – $143.49

ShopStyle – $12.41

Shareasale – $13.32

HostingHosting – $300

Ultimate Bundles – $175.20

Teachable – $157.60


Total Affiliate Income:  $2,393.18


*RewardStyle commissions aren’t accurate and tend to change before they are paid out. Often, returns are made and these are not yet accounted for. This doesn’t affect the grand total a huge amount, but it does change.


Own Products

Millenial Presets – $185

Explosive Traffic With Tribes – $74

#Sponsored (Tripwire Product) – $3.95


Total: $262.95



MediaVine (Blog)–  $689.58

Adsense (Youtube) – $49.34


Total Ad Income: $738.92


Total Income: $3,395.05 (Net Proft: $2,515.05)



WeWork Offices – $715

ConvertKit – $29

Tailwind – $10 (Annual Subscription)

(Tailwind is my favourite blogging tool and one of the main reasons I’ve been able to grow my blog so fast. You can try Tailwind completely free for 1 month by clicking here!)

Tailwind Tribes Powerup – $10 (Tribes are free to use to a certain capacity even if you’re not on Tailwind – give them a try here!)

Hosting Hosting – $25 (Ouch! My initial sign up offer expired this month and my annual subscription renewed at $299!)

SendOwl – $15

Adobe Lightroom – $13

E-mail – $5 

Ultimate Bundles – $58.2 (I got a discount since referred some sales!)

Total Expenses: $880 


(PayPal fees, taxes and exchange rate fees haven’t been reduced yet!)


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April Pageviews


Monthly Pageviews: 75,128

Monthly Sessions: 50,667

Blog Posts Published: 8

Pinterest Followers: 10,306 (+1k, thanks to TailwindNote: These figures are based on my own results. Have a look at the typical results across all Tailwind members here!)

Email Subscribers: 490 (+132, thanks to ConvertKit!)


Even though my blog’s been a mess for the past 2 weeks, I was surprised to see that my traffic and income didn’t plummet as badly as I thought they would. Don’t get me wrong, they’ve suffered, but I’m still making some money and my traffic is still there.

On the screenshot you can see the first two days of when this whole catastrophy begun – at this point, visitors were arriving at an empty blog page.


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What Worked In April


My goal for April was to make my usual $3,100 WITHOUT sponsorships. And I made more than that, wohoo! However, that’s still a far cry from making my eventual target of $8,333/month, which equates to six figures per year.

What really made it possible to earn over $3,100 without doing any sponsorships in April was an email marketing promotion that I did, as well as creating more pins for affiliate products.



I’m constantly in awe of email marketing. I mean, I only have 500 people on my email list now, but even with that amount of subscribers I was able to make $175 this month directly from email! I was pretty blown away.

I’ve read plenty of information on how to do proper email marketing, and I’ve concluded that it’s best to write regular emails every week that have tons of value, but also run promotions every 45 days or so.

In April, I ran one of these promotions (the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit) and made 4 sales – I couldn’t believe it!

Whenever I try new things in my business, my default thinking is always: “I’m gonna do my best, but it’s probably going to fail”. It might not be the best way of thinking, but it keeps my expectations in check.

I will show up and do what I’m supposed to do, but if it fails it’s also okay. And when things actually DO work, it’s an awesome feeling!

I use ConvertKit as my email provider and I’ve been super happy with them! If you haven’t tried them out yet, they have a 14 day FREE trial, which you can check out here.


What’s Next?


Even though I’ve had my setbacks last month, I’m going to continue creating more content that is aimed to increase the sales of my own products as well as affiliate products. I’m also working on editing a few videos for my Youtube channel, which will hopefully be up very soon!


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Read These Next 

March Income Report – $3,089.60

How I Made My First $25,000 Blogging

How I Got 5 Million Pageviews On Pinterest

Millenial Presets – How To Instantly Elevate Your Instagram

November & December Income Report – $5,634

October Income Report – $4284

September Income Report – $3434

August Income Report – $3323

July Income Report – $2901

June Income Report – $3269


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  1. OMG what a nightmare I’m so sorry this happened to you. I hired a developer/seo expert recommended by Making Sense of Cents when I needed to do some heavy lifting. And when my images were not showing up, he was able to pinpoint the issue in minutes (I’d been struggling to figure it out for a few days before hiring him). I love Updraft Plus and use the free version. Makes life easier restoring backups when migrating or in the event of a hack. Glad to see you back up. And thanks for the recommendation on One Signal, I love it!

    1. Maria Julia says:

      Oh amazing! Do you mind sharing the contact recommended by Michelle? 🙂 And I’m glad you like OneSignal! x

  2. sorry to hear you had issues with your blog, but glad you manage to sort them out. Fortunately you had it backed up and were able to get it back. As always, you offer lovely tips and transparent info.

    1. Maria Julia says:

      Thanks Ivana! I’m still struggling a bit with what happened because now in May there was definitely a $500 dent in my income :/ But it is what it is. Live and learn! x

  3. Hey Maria!

    I am super sorry to hear about your issues with your blog and Hostgator. 🙁 I switched from Siteground to Lyrical Host earlier this year and have had a great experience with them! They may be able to give you a hand 🙂

    1. Maria Julia says:

      Thanks Tegan! I’ll look into them once it’s time to change my host – I’ve now prepaid $300 for Hostgator for the year cos I figured it was easier to do that rather than risk any other unfortunate events happening to my site… x

  4. Woman Restated says:

    Hey Maria! I actually found your blog through Tailwind (which I am very new to), which kinda makes me think it does work haha! I’m a new blogger and this post made me hopeful that one day I could turn my writing into a job 🙂 Thanks for the hope and have a lovely weekend!

    1. Maria Julia says:

      Hi there! 🙂 Haha that’s awesome! And yes, it’s definitely possible, but it can take some time to achieve. Wishing you all the best with your blog and hope you get to enjoy this amazing summer weather!

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