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

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

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.

But first, if you haven’t started your blog yet, take advantage of my special offer below!

 

Start A Successful Blog Today

 

If you are interested in starting a successful blog yourself, I’ve made a super simple FREE tutorial on how to start a profitable fashion/lifestyle blog.

Plus, take advantage of this amazing deal on hosting from Bluehost:

  • 1 Year Premium Bluehost Hosting $2.95/month
  • Free domain
  • Free email account
  • Free SSL Security
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Plus Unlimited Web Space On Plus/Prime plan

 

You’ll save a total of 63% with this bundle!

 

Alternatively, you can also start a blog by enrolling in my free 5 Day Blog Launch Challenge – this eCourse will take you through all the steps that you need to build a successful blog in just 5 days! 

 

For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate link, I will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme thrown in! This service is normally worth $199, but I’m offering it completely free for my new blog readers. 

Ready to get started? Read more here!

 

 

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, Millenial Money Talk, 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

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

RewardStyle – $143.49

ShopStyle – $12.41

Shareasale – $13.32

Hosting – $300 (if not $450!)

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

Advertisement

MediaVine (Blog)–  $689.58

Adsense (Youtube) – $49.34

Total Ad Income: $738.92

Total Income: $3,395.05

 

Expenses

 

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 – $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 ($165 without office)

 

Net Proft: $2,515.05

 

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

 

To start your own blog today, enroll in my FREE blogging eCourse and learn how to easily set up and monetize a fashion/lifestyle blog!

 

Pst! Want to get a detailed break down of how to make money blogging? Watch my VERY detailed video on How I Make Money Blogging video below:

 

 

April Pageviews

 

Monthly Pageviews: 75,128

Monthly Sessions: 50,667

Blog Posts Published: 8

Pinterest Followers: 10,306 (+1k, thanks to Tailwind)

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.

 

Want To Boost Your Own Traffic?

 

 

If you’re looking to start boosting your own traffic and earning more money, there’s two realistic options for you: go for either Google traffic (slow) or Pinterest traffic (fast).

I’ve recently started implementing an aggressive Pinterest and Tailwind Tribes strategy on my blog, and I quickly went from getting 50,000 monthly pageviews to 90,000 in the span of 3 months by using two awesome sources: the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course and my own strategies in Explosive Traffic With Tribes.

With 100 pages of hands-on, no BS strategies that WORK,  Explosive Traffic With Tribes is an awesome step-by-step blueprint for bloggers to reach 90,000 pageviews with just 30 minutes of work per day. I highly recommend Explosive Traffic With Tribes if 1) You’re looking to increase your traffic 2) You’ve tried everything with Pinterest and nothing’s worked. 

After taking Pinterest Traffic Avalanche, I achieved some success with Pinterest, but my blog traffic didn’t really blow up until I started using Tailwind Tribes in my strategy!

Howver, if you’re a complete newbie to Pinterest, the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course will be an excellent place to start learning!

If you’re looking for free resources to grow your traffic, check out my post on How I Got To 5 Million Pinterest Views.

 

 

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.

E-mail

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!

 

Start A Successful Blog Today

 

Are you ready to start a blog? Sign up to my 5 Day FREE eCourse where I teach you the exact steps that you need to take to launch a successful and profitable blog!

You can also get a cheeky deal from BlueHost if you sign up through my affiliate link (from just $2.95 per month!) but hey, it’s fine if you don’t – we’re cool.

Pst! For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate link, I will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme thrown in!

 

 

 

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

Follow Me On Instagram Here

 

How I Made $3,089.60 In March As A Fashion Blogger

How I Made $3,089.60 In March As A Fashion Blogger

It’s time for another income report guys! In these blog income reports I share my insights about my blogging journey and what has helped me or hindered me from growing my blog.

As a fashion blogger myself, I know that not many other fashion bloggers share their income as readily as I do, so I hope that this information is useful for any fashion and lifestyle bloggers out there! 

But first, if you haven’t started your blog yet, take advantage of my special offer below!

 

 

Start A Successful Blog Today

 

If you are interested in starting a successful blog yourself, I’ve made a super simple FREE tutorial on how to start a profitable fashion/lifestyle blog.

Plus, take advantage of this amazing deal on hosting from Bluehost:

  • 1 Year Premium Bluehost Hosting $2.95/month
  • Free domain
  • Free email account
  • Free SSL Security
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Plus Unlimited Web Space On Plus/Prime plan

 

You’ll save a total of 63% with this bundle!

 

Alternatively, you can also start a blog by enrolling in my free 5 Day Blog Launch Challenge – this eCourse will take you through all the steps that you need to build a successful blog in just 5 days! 

 

For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate link, I will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme thrown in! This service is normally worth $199, but I’m offering it completely free for my new blog readers. 

Ready to get started? Read more here!

 

 

What’s Up In March? 

 

Some of you probably know that I’ve now fully moved into my WeWork offices and I’m loving it here!

In March, I was quite productive: I brainstormed blog post topics for the entire year and put them down in my editorial calendar. I was also done writing March & April’s blog posts during the first week of March, which felt pretty bad-ass. 

After that, I focused on more of the back-end side of blogging: I’m planning to release two new free email courses in May, so I went ahead and filmed the material for one of them already.

It’s going to be a 4 part free video series called Explosive Traffic With Pinterest, which is aimed to help you guys increase your blog traffic through Pinterest – watch out for this on my Youtube channel!

Speaking of my YouTube channel, I’m thinking of becoming semi-active there again. I’ve filmed a few videos that are meant to promote my own products as well as some affiliate products, so if I see a positive ROI, I’ll keep filming videos more actively. 

I guess we’ll just have to wait and see how that goes! 

 

Now, Let’s Get To The Money!

Some screenshots: 

Mediavine – Display Ads

Amazon US

Sendowl – My Own Products

 

 

Affiliate Marketing

 

Amazon US – $1,147

Other Amazon Accounts – $211

RewardStyle – $324

ShopStyle – $15

Ebay – $3 (Every penny counts, am I right?)

Hosting – $205

ShareASale – $5

 

Total Affiliate Income:  $1,910

 

*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

 

Explosive Traffic With Tribes – $68.60

Millenial Presets – $148

Total: $216.60

 

Sponsorships

 

Instagram – $350 Read: How To Make Money On Instagram

 

Advertisement

 

MediaVine (Blog)–  $571

Adsense (Youtube) – $42

Total Ad Income: $613

 

Total Income: $3,089.60

 

Expenses

 

WeWork Offices – $715

Haute Stock – $33 (I paid $99 for a quarterly membership) 

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 – $10

Adobe Lightroom – $13 

E-mail – $5 

Bluchic Theme – $79 (for a separate blog)

Total Expenses: $904 ($189 without office)

 

Net Income: $2185.60 ($2,900.60 without office)

 

 

To start your own blog today, enroll in my FREE blogging eCourse and learn how to easily set up and monetize a fashion/lifestyle blog!

March Pageviews

 

 

Monthly pageviews: 87,286

Monthly sessions: 57,346

Blog posts published: 10

Pinterest followers: 9,485 (+1,000)

Email subscribers: 358 (+252, I’ve only recently started e-mail marketing)

 

Want To Boost Your Own Traffic?

 

 

If you’re looking to start boosting your own traffic and earning more money, there’s two realistic options for you: go for either Google traffic (slow) or Pinterest traffic (fast).

I’ve recently started implementing an aggressive Pinterest and Tailwind Tribes strategy on my blog, and I quickly went from getting 50,000 monthly pageviews to 90,000 in the span of 3 months by using two awesome sources: the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course and my own strategies in Explosive Traffic With Tribes.

With 100 pages of hands-on, no BS strategies that WORK,  Explosive Traffic With Tribes is an awesome step-by-step blueprint for bloggers to reach 90,000 pageviews with just 30 minutes of work per day. I highly recommend Explosive Traffic With Tribes if 1) You’re looking to increase your traffic 2) You’ve tried everything with Pinterest and nothing’s worked. 

After taking Pinterest Traffic Avalanche, I achieved some success with Pinterest, but my blog traffic didn’t really blow up until I started using Tailwind Tribes in my strategy!

Howver, if you’re a complete newbie to Pinterest, the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course will be an excellent place to start learning!

If you’re looking for free resources to grow your traffic, check out my post on How I Got To 5 Million Pinterest Views.

 

 

What Worked In March: SendOwl 

 

So, I had been selling my products on WooCommerce on WordPress before switching to SendOwl. WooCommerce is a completely free plugin that anyone can use to begin selling products on their website. 

I had no particular issues with WooCommerce except that they didn’t offer the possibility of having affiliates. 

Being an affiliate marketer myself, I know the value of having an amazing group of people promote your products for you. I wanted my blog to have an affiliate program too! (Interested in joining? Click here!)

So, I went ahead and switched to SendOwl. I had been seeing other bloggers sell their products on SendOwl and I noticed that they offered an affiliate program.

At first I was a little sceptical – the platform costs $15 per month, and if I only make around $100 in sale per month, would it really be worth switching it? 

Luckily, they had a free 30 day trial (try it out here for yourself!) and I went ahead and tried it out. I was VERY surprised by what happened. I still am very surprised. 

 

My sales figures jumped significantly!

 

Yep, that’s right. And it wasn’t for the product that I thought would be bringing in most of my revenue. Nope, it was my first product, Millenial Presets that started selling like hot cakes.

Previously I was selling about 0-1 orders of Millenial Presets per month, and this figure suddenly jumped to 4 per month! Moreover, this data is only from 12th March onwards, so perhaps I’ll reach an even higher figure next month.

Okay, maybe “selling like hot cakes” is a bit of an exaggeration here, but I was very surprised to see it jump from 0 orders to 4 orders so suddenly. 

 

A few reasons why this may have happened include:

  1. I revamped the sales page. It’s much prettier now with more images and testimonials!
  2. I increased the speed of my website, including the sales pages. According to experts, this is crucial.
  3. I switched to SendOwl, which offers a much faster transaction than WooCommerce. I can’t be sure, but I think there’s less cart abandonment with SendOwl because the transaction only takes about 5 seconds instead of 1-3 minutes. 

 

With WooCommerce, the customer had to write down their address, telephone number and all kinds of nonsense that wasn’t actually necessary to make the purchase.

On the otherhand, SendOwl only asks for the most relevant information, and the transaction happens on the sales page, which makes things suuuuuuper fast and convenient for the user!

 

What’s Next In April?

 

I have quite a few plans in stock for April: first of all, I want to finish 2-3 email courses that I’m working on, including the free Explosive Traffic With Pinterest course.

These courses are all meant to increase the amount of my email subscribers and provide tons of value at the same time. After realising the value of email marketing I’ve become a bit obsessed with list building and I want to make it my top priority!

If you haven’t started list building yet, I highly recommend ConvertKit! They also offer a free 14 day trial with no credit card required.

Secondly, I’m also working on launching two more blogs this year.

One of them will be a beauty blog that I plan to sell later on, and the other one will have a focus on personal finance and investing – this is something that I’m super passionate about, but it doesn’t really fit my niche here on The Chic Pursuit, so I decided to make another blog for it!

There’s zero chance of me finishing both of the blogs in April, but I want to get started with the process and hopefully finish writing about 10 blog posts for my new blogs!

It’s going to be a loooooot of work behind the scenes, especially considering that I still plan to post at least once a week here! 

Tripwire product. I’m also working on adding at least one new product to my shop. The product and sales page are 90% ready, but I just haven’t managed to set it up completely yet.

It’s going to be a super affordable, $6.95 product that teaches you exactly how to pitch to brands. 

 

Start A Successful Blog Today

 

Are you ready to start a blog? Sign up to my 5 Day FREE eCourse where I teach you the exact steps that you need to take to launch a successful and profitable blog!

You can also get a cheeky deal from BlueHost if you sign up through my affiliate link (from just $2.95 per month!) but hey, it’s fine if you don’t – we’re cool.

Pst! For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate link, I will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme thrown in!

 

 

Read These Next 

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

Follow Me On Instagram Here

How I Made My First $25,000 Blogging

How I Made My First $25,000 Blogging

Instead of doing another monthly income report, this month I wanted to do a more comprehensive guide to how I made my first $25,000 blogging.

In my two years of blogging in 2017 and 2018, I actually made more than that ($36,348.17 from April 2017 to be exact), but I thought $25,000 was more of a special milestone to celebrate. It also has a better ring to it, don’t you think?

Before we get started, if you don’t already have a blog, I have an amazing deal for you that you can take advantage of!

 

Start A Successful Blog Today

 

If you are interested in starting a successful blog yourself, I’ve made a super simple FREE tutorial on how to start a profitable fashion/lifestyle blog.

Plus, take advantage of this amazing deal on hosting from Bluehost:

  • 1 Year Premium Bluehost Hosting $2.95/month
  • Free domain
  • Free email account
  • Free SSL Security
  • Unmetered Bandwidth
  • Plus Unlimited Web Space On Plus/Prime plan

 

You’ll save a total of 63% with this bundle!

 

 

 

Alternatively, you can also start a blog by enrolling in my free 5 Day Blog Launch Challenge – this eCourse will take you through all the steps that you need to build a successful blog in just 5 days! 

For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate link, I will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme worth $79 from Bluchic thrown in! This service is normally worth $199, but I’m offering it completely free for my new blog readers. 

 

Ready to get started? Read more here!

 

How I Grew My Income By 500% In 1 Year

 

 

1. I Decided To Just Go For It

 

 

My income grew substantially from 2017 to 2018: In the tax year of 5th April 2017 to 6th April 2018, I earned a mere $7,821, or an average of $651 per month.

However, from April 2018 to December 2018, my earnings shot to $28,527 in 9 months – an average of $3,169 per month! Not bad for my second year of blogging.

There’s a couple of reasons why my income grew so substantially from 2017 to 2018.

 

 

First of all, in 2017, I was not only in my start up phase with blogging, I was also a full-time masters student in chemistry (fun) and writing up my thesis on Stem Cell research.

Blogging was my passion, but I wasn’t really pressured to make a living out of it. I was planning to apply for jobs and also I didn’t have to pay for my rent at that time (thanks mom!).

However, things took a different turn.  I went travelling and briefly looked for jobs in both marketing and chemistry.

I didn’t really put my heart into it and by October I was certain that I wanted to become a full-time blogger and make a liveable income out of it. 

Now when I look back at what I did during that start up phase, I wish I had done things sooooooo differently. At that time, I was barely making ends meet because I focused on all the wrong things.

 

2. I Stopped Focusing On Instagram

 

 

In 2017 was barely even a blogger. I was just an Instagrammer who did sponsored posts! There’s nothing wrong with that of course, but if I had focused on growing my blog, I would’ve been able to grow my income SO much quicker. 

In 2017, I treated my blog as an extension to my Instagram – I would just upload outfit pictures and I didn’t focus on providing anything meaningful or valuable to my audience.

I basically just shared my outfit photos, which were nothing special and took forever to put together and edit. No wonder my blog didn’t flourish! 

Instead of creating tons of amazing blog posts, I was focusing on followers on Instagram and Youtube.

My main goal was to reach 100k, because I thought that once I had that number, I would be able to ask more for sponsored posts on Instagram. 

While yes, that can definitely be the case, it’s really hard to grow your Instagram. The competition is also much higher, and your posts are only valuable for a matter of days – not great. 

Even though I had 50k+ followers, I wasn’t really able to monetize my “Insta fame” and make a decent living out of it.

The most important lesson that I learned is that popularity ≠ profits. And of course, profits > popularity when you’re trying to make a living online. 

In December 2017 I was so fed up with Instagram that I decided to start focusing on blogging instead.

I had come across a couple of blog income reports that really inspired me, and some helpful SEO videos that gave me the knowledge I needed to start ranking in Google. 

I started doing keyword research and slowly but surely, my blog started growing. 

 

 

As you can see, in 2017 I had barely any visitors on my site. In December 2017, my blog got a mere 2,094 sessions in the entire month. That’s how many visits I now get in one day

 

Related: If you want to read more about how I grew my traffic to 90,000 pageviews /mo, head over to How I Got 5 Million Pageviews On Pinterest.

 

So, How Did I Make My First $25,000 Blogging?

 

Affiliate Marketing: $12,623

 

Affiliate income made up about 50% of my income in my start up phase of blogging and it continues to be my biggest source of income. Right now, it consistently makes up roughly 60% of my income and it’s my favorite way to monetize my blog. 

My top earner has always been Amazon Associates, which makes up about 70% of my total affiliate earnings.

Everyone can get started with an Amazon Associates account, so I strongly encourage you to apply if you haven’t already! They accept everyone with a website and you can stay on the platform as long as you make at least one sale in your first 3 months. 

As I mentioned, affiliate marketing is my favorite way to monetize my blog. This is because it’s so passive! You don’t need to focus on selling or creating a product and you also don’t need to deal with customer service. 

Affiliate marketing also continues to work while you sleep so if you wanted to, you could go on holiday and leave your business to fend for itself for a month, and your earnings wouldn’t drop significantly! (That’s what I did in December!)

 

RESOURCES:

 

If you’re ready to give affiliate marketing a try, check out the following resources:

 

Sponsored Posts (On Instagram + Blog): $9,689

 

As I mentioned, I got started as an Insta-blogger, so most of my early income came from sponsored posts on Instagram. I also did a couple of sponsored blog posts on my blog which paid me pretty well considering the low traffic that I was getting. 

Doing sponsored posts is one of the best ways to supplement your income when you’re first getting started with blogging. While I still do sponsored content whenever a great deal comes along, I don’t make more than 25% of my income from it. 

In the beginning when I started blogging, I used to pitch to brands all the time and get sponsorships that way.

I know it can be pretty hard to get started with pitching and sending your own proposal across, which is why I’ve created the Perfect Pitch Worksheet that helps you create the perfect email to send to the sponsor of your dreams. 

Additionally, I’ve compiled an awesome list of the best platforms that offer sponsorships for bloggers, which you can sign up for free below.

 

These platforms are all super easy to use and what’s best, you don’t even need to send a pitch! The platform is there to help you out.

Sign up for it if you’re ready to start earning some extra cash from your blog! 

 

RESOURCES:

Here are a couple more resources to help you out with landing sponsorships:

 

Display Ads: $1,968.48 (YT, Adsense and MediaVine) 

 

I started my YouTube channel around September 2017 and although I now have 500,000+ views on my channel, the amount that I’ve made on YouTube is laughable. On an average month, I’ll earn $40 for 20,000 views. Yep, that’s right, AdSense for fashion bloggers is absolutely terrible. 

I also experimented with ads on my blog and at first I didn’t get off to a good start.

I had a couple of ads on my sidebar with AdSense and made about $60 for 50,000 pageviews, which was better than YouTube but pretty awful considering that I now make $500-$1,000 per month from display ads (with around 80,000 pageviews). 

I switched to Mediavine as soon as I hit their requirements (25k sessions per month), and I haven’t looked back since!

Ads are my second favorite way of earning income on my blog because even though they can be annoying, they are completely passive. Also, you can adjust the amount of ads that you have on your site, so at the end of the day, you’re in full control!

 

 

RESOURCES:

Here’s a couple of resources that will help you to hit 25,000 sessions so that you too can apply for Mediavine: 

 

Freelancing & Misc.:  $719.48

 

The final amount comes from a project that I did pretty early on into my full-time blogging journey. A company hired me to do research analysis for them and I spent a couple of days a week per month working on the project. 

The project required my skills and knowledge about blogging, but it wasn’t beneficial for my blog in any way. At the time I needed the money, but if I got the offer now, I would’t jump on it. 

If you’re a beginner blogger and need to supplement your income, I definitely recommend that you try out freelancing if you have the time.

I was personally discovered on LinkedIn, but you can also list your skills in places like Upwork. I hire all my contractors from Upwork now, so it’s definitely a place where you could find lots of relevant opportunities!

 

Own Products?

 

As you may have noticed, I didn’t sell any products when I first began blogging. I only launched my first product, the Millenial Presets, in October 2018, and my second product, Explosive Traffic With Tribes in January 2019.

In retrospect, it probably would have benefitted me to get started with my own products sooner, but I’m also glad that I didn’t.

It takes a certain time to master each skill in blogging and it’s never a good idea to have too much going on at the same time. There’s a lot that goes into product creation, so I’m glad that I got started with it when I did.

It’s also incredibly useful to have an e-mail list before you start selling products, but unfortunately during my first two years of blogging I didn’t see the value of having an e-mail list. In retro-spect, I can 100% see why people say that the money is in the list.

Before launching my own products, I took the Six Figure Blogger course which is an insanely useful resource if you’re looking to get started with selling your own products.

It took me about 2 weeks to finish the course because it had that much material and so much new information about email, sales and product research that I had never even thought about before.

Another amazing thing that the course offered was ready made templates that you can use on your sales page, your sales pitch and in your emails.

Even now, I constantly go back to the course every now and again when I need help with sales or pitching. 

If you are ready to get started with selling your own product, even something that costs as little as $5, I can’t recommend Six Figure Blogger enough!

 

I hope this little guide was helpful for you and that you can reach your first $25,000 quicker than you think! Now, on to the next $25,000 😉

If you are wondering what my expenses were, they were around a $100 / month, or $1200 per year. You can read about my expenses in detail here!

 

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January Income Report – $3,182.81

November & December – $5,634

October Income Report – $4284

 

 

How I Made $3,184.81 Last Month Blogging – January Income Report

How I Made $3,184.81 Last Month Blogging – January Income Report

It’s time for another income report! In these blog income reports I report my blogging income and expenses for the month as well as any recent changes I’ve made on my blog that has helped me grow OR hindered my growth. 

I’m writing these insights so that you can gain valuable information to grow your own blog and make a living from it too!

 

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If you are interested in starting a successful blog yourself, I’ve made a super simple FREE tutorial on how to start a profitable fashion/lifestyle blog.

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You’ll save a total of 63% with this bundle!

 

 

 Alternatively, you can also start a blog by enrolling in my free 5 Day Blog Launch Challenge – this eCourse will take you through all the steps that you need to build a successful blog in just 5 days! 

For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate link, I will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme thrown in! This service is normally worth $199, but I’m offering it completely free for my new blog readers. 

Ready to get started? Read more here!

 

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What’s Up In January? 

 

January started off with a bang for me. I was actually quite scared that I would make less money than I did in December ($2,146.02), because it’s quite widely known that ad revenue is down in January and consumers aren’t spending that much money after the big holidays. 

Fortunately, I was still able to make $1,000 more than in December, mostly thanks to getting a few Instagram sponsorships and launching my second product – Explosive Traffic With Tribes

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you might have noticed that my last post was before Christmas (lol) – it’s good to know that brands aren’t that worried about consistency as they’re rumoured to be.

 

Divi Theme

 

I’m also getting closer to putting final touches on my new blog theme (the Divi theme) – everything is still new to me, so there are a couple of technical glitches that are driving me a bit insane, but nothing too major. 

I made the decision to switch to Divi from my earlier, “fashion blogger 101” theme because I wanted to be able to build landing pages, sales pages and include custom banners for each individual sub-niche on my site.This simply wouldn’t have been possible without Divi!

Simple, pretty themes are nice, but if you’re looking to take your blog to the next level and start selling products and services, I highly recommend a premium theme like Divi! 

Here’s a few designs that I’ve made on my site using Divi:

 

 

 

Amazon 

I also finally found out why my Amazon commissions had dropped and fixed the issue, hooray! 🙂 I figured this out towards the end of January, so my commissions haven’t really gone back to normal just yet – however they are above the $1000 mark again now, which makes me happy!

Previously, my Amazon earnings were down to $760 because of the glitch. Hopefully by next month they will be back to $1300+ – this is what I was getting before I ran into troubles with Amazon. 

The issue was in broken links: I was using an app called Azon to make my Amazon links, and out of nowhere Azon went out of business, so all of my links crashed! Azon was great because it would direct the user to their local Amazon store, not just to the US store.

I think Amazon themselves might have destroyed the platform because they don’t approve of link cloaking, but I could be wrong.

I’m now using Amazon’s OneLink system which in theory should operate in the same way as Azon, but my results have been mixed.

 

Now, let’s move on to the money!

 

Show Me The Money

 

Some screenshots from my top earners: Amazon US and Mediavine.

 

Affiliate Marketing

 

Amazon US – $1,140.86

Other Amazon Accounts – $104.8

RewardStyle – $270.58*

ShopStyle – $14

Ebay – $4.62 

Teachable / Create And Go – $78.80

HostingHosting – $65

ShareASale – $13.19

Total Affiliate Income:  $1,691.85

 

*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

 

Explosive Traffic With Tribes – $243.56

 

Sponsorships

 

Instagram – $765 Read: How To Make Money On Instagram

 

Advertisement

 

MediaVine (Blog)–  $442.62 

Adsense (Youtube) – $41.78

Total Ad Income: $484.4

Total Income: $3,184.81

 

Expenses

 

Haute Stock $33 (I paid $99 for a quarterly membership) 

ConvertKit – $29

Divi Theme – $80 (annual membership)

Divi Bars – $15 (annual membership)

Divi PageBuilder Everywhere – $29 (annual membership)

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 – $30 (Tribes are free to use to a certain capacity even if you’re not on Tailwind – give them a try here!) 

HostingHosting  – $10

TubeBuddy: $5 

Adobe Lightroom – $13 

E-mail – $5 

 

Total Expenses: $230

 

Net Income: $2,925.81

 

 

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Previous Income Reports

 

November & December – $5,634

October – $4284

September – $3434

August – $3323

July – $2901

June – $3269

 

January Pageviews

 

 

Monthly pageviews: 60,961

Monthly sessions: 41,145

Blog posts published: 6 (one is an updated old post)

Pinterest followers: 7,404 (+877)

 

My monthly pageviews went down a little bit in January, but I was expecting that. People who work in media always say that January is a month when “nothing happens”, so I was prepared for the worst. Although my ad income suffered heavily, my pageviews didn’t decrease so much! 

I’ve also noticed that the amount of returning visitors to my blog has increased. I think this is partly due to the fact that I started implementing OneSignal and e-mail marketing in my strategy. 

In January 2018, 15.1% of my visitors were returning visitors, compared to 16.2% in January 2019, and 17% in these 5 days of February 2019.

 

So, if you haven’t started collecting e-mails or using OneSignal yet, I hiiigly recommend you start doing that! More of this below! 

 

Want To Boost Your Own Traffic?

 

If you’re looking to start boosting your own traffic and earning more money, there’s two realistic options for you: go for either Google traffic (slow) or Pinterest traffic (fast).

I’ve recently started implementing an aggressive Pinterest and Tailwind Tribes strategy on my blog, and I quickly went from getting 50,000 monthly pageviews to 90,000 in the span of 3 months by using two awesome sources: the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course and my own strategies in Explosive Traffic With Tribes.

With 100 pages of hands-on, no BS strategies that WORK,  Explosive Traffic With Tribes is an awesome step-by-step blueprint for bloggers to reach 90,000 pageviews with just 30 minutes of work per day. I highly recommend Explosive Traffic With Tribes if 1) You’re looking to increase your traffic 2) You’ve tried everything with Pinterest and nothing’s worked. 

After taking Pinterest Traffic Avalanche, I achieved some success with Pinterest, but my blog traffic didn’t really blow up until I started using Tailwind Tribes in my strategy!

Howver, if you’re a complete newbie to Pinterest, the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course will be an excellent place to start learning!

If you’re looking for free resources to grow your traffic, check out my post on How I Got To 5 Million Pinterest Views.

 

What Worked: OneSignal Push Notifications

 

I signed up with OneSignal way back in December, but it was one of those “set and forget” things. OneSignal is a web and mobile push notification service. What it does is that every time that you publish a post, people who have subscribed to your page will receive a notification on the web browser.

Super simple, but genius! 

If you haven’t set up OneSignal on your page yet, I highly recommend you do that.

The results aren’t that impressive at first, but it’s another way to get in touch with your readers. 

Originally I heard about this method from Jim at Improve Photography.com, who stated that he gets 10% of his blog views with this method! That’s insane!

I can easily see how that’s possible, because even though I’ve been using this method for only two months, I’m already driving 290 additional visitors to my site using OneSignal.

For me, it’s only 0,5% of my monthly visitors, but I’m pretty sure that this will increase in the future as more people subscribe to the notifications! At my current rate, I’m getting almost 10 subscribers per day, which is awesome.

Another cool thing is that you get to see all the analytics around your posts. This can help you understand what type of posts people are most interested in, and what isn’t working as well. 

There’s also some other auto-publishing platforms and plugins that I recommend, mainly Bloglovin, Blogarama and Jetpack – it’s free to register on all of these + they are completely automated, so get on them if you haven’t already!

 

 

E-mail Marketing

 

If you follow any six figure bloggers, you will have heard them say that money is in the list

Seriously, there’s not one super successful blogger who doesn’t say this! 

With that being said, I didn’t start e-mail marketing properly until January. I hadn’t launched any products prior to this, so I didn’t really see the point of building a list, let alone paying $29/month for it. 

But now, after having a small list for only 2-3 weeks I can already see why bigger bloggers are such fans of email! With only 40-50 people on my list, I was able to make an extra $100 by promoting my own products and affiliate products – how cool is that! 

Email is also very scalable and quite passive once you’ve set up opt-ins that collect e-mail addresses and written automated messages that your readers get when they sign up. 

For e-mail I recommend ConvertKit – I’ve tried MailChimp previously but the automation is far superior with ConvertKit. They offer a free 14 day trial, so if you are interested in getting started with email, definitely give them a try!

 

Making Money Blogging: Everything You Need To Monetise

 

If you’re looking to increase your income from your blog, check out these free guides below:

 

Affiliate marketing is my highest paying revenue stream and I make anywhere from $1300-$2600 per month simply by promoting other people’s products. 

If you would like to know how to get started with affiliate income and earn a steady stream of revenue every month, I recommend checking out Make Money Blogging for Beginners by Alex & Lauren from Create & Go. These guys regularly make over $50,000 per month just from promoting affiliate products! 

The course is all about helping you start making $500 – $1000 per month with your new blog through affiliate marketing, free blog traffic, and other strategies.  

 

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You can also get a cheeky deal from BlueHost if you sign up through my affiliate link (from just $2.95 per month!) but hey, it’s fine if you don’t – we’re cool.

Pst! For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate link, I will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme thrown in!

 

 

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July Income Report – $2901

August Income Report – $3323

September Income Report – $3434

October Income Report – $4284

 

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How I Made $5,634 In November & December 2018 (Income Report)

How I Made $5,634 In November & December 2018 (Income Report)

I decided to go ahead and publish November’s and December’s income reports together. It’s been awhile since I’ve written on the blog and quite frankly I would have happily skipped writing these reports if it wasn’t for one of you readers reaching out.

As my blog is primarily about fashion and beauty, I know that blogging related topics such as my income reports are not as popular here. So, I wasn’t sure how many of you were following my monthly updates, especially since my income is rather consistent and it’s not like my blog is blowing up and suddenly going from earning $3k a month to $100k a month.

However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that these income reports seem to help a lot of you guys who are also blogging about similar topics to me, so I decided to continue writing them.

It’s also a fun way to reflect on the past month, what has worked and what needs to be improved.

 

Start A Successful Blog Today

 

If you are interested in starting a successful blog yourself, I’ve made a super simple FREE tutorial on how to start a profitable fashion/lifestyle blog.

Plus, take advantage of this amazing deal on hosting from Bluehost:

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You’ll save a total of 63% with this bundle!

 

 

 Alternatively, you can also start a blog by enrolling in my free 5 Day Blog Launch Challenge – this eCourse will take you through all the steps that you need to build a successful blog in just 5 days! 

 

For a limited time, I’m also offering a free Blog In A Box Service – if you buy your hosting through my Bluehost affiliate linkI will set up your blog completely free of charge and you will also get a free premium WordPress theme worth $79 from Bluchic thrown in! This service is normally worth $199, but I’m offering it completely free for my new blog readers. 

Ready to get started? Read more here!

 

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What’s Up In November & December? 

 

As some of you have probably noticed, I took a break from blogging sometime in December. I’m not exactly sure how long I was on holiday, but I think it must have been 4-5 weeks.

Originally, I planned to stop posting on the blog for a little while in order to get my new theme up and running, along with a new product that I’m launching called Explosive Traffic With Tribes (pre-order now to save 20%!).

I stopped writing posts on November 28th and before I knew it, I hadn’t posted for 6 weeks – oops. (My apologies for that! If I’m ever going on a break again I’ll make sure to schedule some posts in advance!)

However, my new theme is now up and running, the product I was writing is finally ready, and I can start writing more blog posts. If you haven’t seen my new theme yet, go on, check it out and tell me what you think! 🙂 You can see the new homepage here.

I seriously underestimated the time that it takes to redesign a blog, redesign ALL the blog posts, and everything else that goes with it. I’m still not a 100% done with everything that I set out to do, but I’m working on them behind the scenes.

I’m sure that I could’ve done it faster than I did, but oh well. It was the holiday season, so I wasn’t feeling particularly motivated.

As expected, my income suffered a bit, but not too much. I’m actually really happy that even when I was on a complete break from blogging, I managed to pull in over $2000 in one month. That’s why blogging is so amazing – most processes and income is passive!

 

 

How I Got 5 Million Pinterest Pageviews

 

My Pinterest traffic was at it’s all time high in November & December, and I got 5 million views on Pinterest per month! That’s huge!

Now, my Pinterest views have gone down to 3.4 million, but that’s still a pretty cool number.

My traffic from Pinterest has stayed consistent, even though I had a month long break from blogging, which is super exciting! This just means that what I’m doing is working, and that I need to stick to it.

Much of my success with Pinterest can be attributed to Tailwind Tribes, which have worked amazingly well for my blog. I’m sharing all my secrets to getting 90,000+ monthly pageviews in my new 60+ page e-book called Explosive Traffic With Tribes which is launching on the 31st of January.

If you want to get it cheap, now is your chance! If you pre-order, you’ll save 20% on the actual product. If you’re serious about growing your blog traffic, I can’t recommend this book enough.

It’s honestly a steal for the price that it retails for and if you follow my strategy, you can make your money back in a matter of days.

If you want to learn about more tips that got me to 5 million pageviews on Pinterest, read my full blog post here.

 

Show Me The Money

Some screenshots from my two biggest earners in the last two months.

 

Affiliate Marketing

 

Amazon US – $1580.83 ($766.33 November / $814.50 December)

Amazon UK – $187.78 ($86.17 November / $101.61 December)

Other Amazon Accounts – $60.9 ($45.78November / $15.12 December)

RewardStyle – $885.83 ($485.83 November/ December $400)

ShopStyle – $30.97 ($18.29 November / $12.68 December)

Ebay – $40.28 ($27.74 November / $12.54 December )

Pinterest Traffic Avalanche – $59.1 ($59.1 November / $0 December)

Total Affiliate Income: $2,845.69 ($1489.24 November / $1356.45 December)

 

*I’ve realised that RewardStyle figures keep changing as some returns are made.

The figures that I report here are the figures that were available while writing this report, however these are likely to change during the course of the next 3 months as some retailers have a 3 month returns policy.

 

Own Products

 

Millenial Presets For Lightroom – $94 ($47 November / $47 December)

 

Sponsorships

 

Instagram – $541 ($541 November / $0 December) Read: How To Make Money On Instagram

 

Advertisement

 

MediaVine (Blog)–  $1,625 ($945 November / $680 December )

Adsense (Youtube) – $142.57 ($80.53 November / $62.04 December)

 

Total Ad Income: $1,767.57 ($1,025 November / $742 December)

 

 

Matched Betting*

 

$385.74 ($385.74 November / $0 December)

*Although Matched Betting isn’t strictly blogging, it’s an awesome way to make some extra money online, so I wanted to include it on this income report.

I will probably write a detailed post of everything involved in it, but to give you a quick summary, I’ll write a few details down: Matched betting is a fool proof way to earn some extra cash online in the UK.

Don’t be fooled by the name – it’s actually not betting at all. Instead, it’s a surefire way to make some extra money by free bets from betting sites.

There are people in the UK who do it for a living and who earn up to $2,500 per month doing it. Obviously, I wanted to check it out myself too, and it worked fabulously.

I only did it in November, because I was way from the UK in December, and you have to in the UK to participate.

If you’re interested in finding out more, check out Profit Accumulator – it’s a platform that teaches you exactly how to do it.

And best of all, it’s free to try and you’re guaranteed to make about £40 ($50) from it. Another awesome fact is that you only need to put in 1-2h of work per week to see profit.

 

Total Income: $5,634 ($3,487.98 November / $2146.02 December) 

 

Expenses

 

Tailwind – $10 (Annual Subscription) x2

(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 – $30 (Tribes are free to use to a certain capacity even if you’re not on Tailwind – give them a try here!) x2

Hosting – $10 x2

TubeBuddy: $5 x2

Adobe Lightroom – $13 x2

E-mail – $5  x2

 

Total Expenses: $146

 

Net Income: $5488

 

P.S. Taxes haven’t been reduced yet, and neither have PayPayl fees nor currency exchange rate fees (I live in the UK!).

 

Previous Income Reports

 

June – $3269

July – $2901

August – $3323

September – $3434

October – $4284

 

Product Focus: Bluehost

I also switched from recommending HostGator to recommending Bluehost this month. The reason is simple: Bluehost is more intuitive and suitable for beginners, and it’s more widely used among website owners.

In fact, Bluehost the #1 recommended web hosting by WordPress.org, and it is the most beginner friendly hosting platform out there. It powers over 2 million websites worldwide, and every account features 1-click WordPress installation (which makes it super easy for newbies!)

Bluehost is a hosting site which is very affordable and a must have if you’re thinking of starting a blog or you already have a blog and need to be self hosted. It’s only $2.95 / mo through my special link to have your own blog up and running and self hosted.

So, if you’re not technical, that isn’t a problem! In addition to that, Bluehost has staff available 24/7 to help you out with any problems that you have with your website. 

This means that it’s much easier to set up your blog using Bluehost than other hosting providers! These guys are the go-to if you’re a new blogger and I can’t recommend them enough if you’re thinking about starting a blog.

You can easily monetise your blog when you’re with Bluehost as they offer cheap web hosting for all blogging niches.

 

Millenial Presets

 

Millenial Presets are my own presets that I created to take my Instagram images to the next level. With my presets, I’ve been able to increase my engagement and create a more cohesive Instagram feed. Millenial Presets are perfect for you if you’re looking to start focusing more on your Instagram image, attract brand deals and start growing your profile quicker.

 

My Engagement Before & After

 

I noticed an increase in engagement when I switched to editing my images with Millenial Presetsand although I’ve heard similar stories from other people, I can’t guarantee that this will always be the case. All of my images on my Instagram page are edited with these presets, so if you are curious to see more, either click over to my Instagram page or read more about the presets here.

 

What Worked In November & December

 

Signing Up To WeWork Offices

 

In my previous income report I mentioned that I was going a bit coo-coo working from home. I felt like I was becoming a giant slob and I could just feel the motivation draining out of my body.

In retrospect, I find it so funny that I could even think that working from home was an option for me: as a student, I never studied at home. I just couldn’t. I needed to be around people, even if I didn’t talk to them all day.

So, it seems funny to me now that it has taken me this long to rent out office space. In my mind, I couldn’t justify spending any money on an office when I already had a home office, but here we are. My mindset has now changed: I’d rather pay a little extra to keep myself motivated and my mental health in check.

So, I signed up to WeWork! WeWork is wayyyyy more expensive than I would’ve thought: it’s starts from about $700 per month for a dedicated desk, and the office I signed up to don’t even do barista coffee (lol).

My office is in a great location though – bang on in the middle of The City of London, which is the equivalent to Wall Street in Manhattan (just more central). I went to see a couple of offices but this one was the best value for the price.

And if I want to switch to a WeWork that offers barista coffee in the future, I can do that pretty easily.

Now that I need to start paying an extra $700 a month, I seriously think that it will put me in the right mindset to make even more money with blogging and my business. Now, even though I’m writing about this news in November & December’s income report, I’m actually moving in the offices only on February 1st.  So, you won’t see the office expense listed in the income reports for a couple of months.

 

If you’re interested in finding out more information, check out WeWork’s home page here

 

What Didn’t Work

 

Changes In Amazon Affiliate Earnings

 

My Amazon affiliate earnings tanked and initially I wasn’t sure why. I was earning $1300 a couple of months ago with the same traffic, and in November, I earned a mere $766 from Amazon US.

I hadn’t changed anything on my website so I was puzzled as to what could have caused it. Now, I think I know the answer, but it will take some time for me to fix it. I was using a third party provider called Azon to make my Amazon links international – meaning that I wanted people from Germany to end up on the German Amazon site instead of the US site, and so on.

Well, it turns out that Azon is no longer in existence. So, I need to go back and update all my posts that have Azon links on them to proper Amazon links. That is going to take some time, but hopefully I will see my affiliate earnings rise from it. I’ll report back in the next few income reports if something changes.

So, if you’ve noticed that there’s been a drop in your affiliate earnings too, maybe something like this is an issue for you too. Check the links on your top20 posts to see if everything works properly!

 

Next Steps

 

SO. This section may as well serve as my New Year’s Resolutions, because I’ve added so much on my to do list! I’m not sure if it’s the effect of finally getting an office or just because it’s new year, but I’m feeling super motivated and ready to kick some butt.

I’ve set myself a goal of earning £100k/$100k  this year, which is an incredibly scary goal, mostly because I don’t earn anywhere near it right now. I know that in order to do this, I need to start approaching my blog very differently.

 

More Helpful Content

 

First and foremost, I will of course continue to write about fashion related topics, but I’m also planning to add a LOT of content that is aimed at bloggers directly.

I’ve already gained some level of success with my blog, so I want to focus on providing value other aspiring fashion bloggers too. I’ll keep documenting what works and what doesn’t, and keep you updated with everything that happens!

 

E-Mail Newsletter

 

After about 6 months of trying to get started with an email newsletter, I’m finally there! If you ask any blogger who makes over 6 figures a year, they’ll tell you that the money is in the list. The e-mail list, that is.

So, 2019 will be the year that I grow my email list. I’m not sure exactly what number to shoot for yet, but I’m excited to start learning about e-mail marketing.

I’m planning on writing one newsletter per week and adding a ton of value in them. If you want to be a part of the journey and connect with me more, please subscribe to the email list on my homepage! 🙂

More Products

I’ve been enjoying creating my own products, and it seems like you guys have enjoyed them too! This year, I want to create at least one course, and focus on marketing my products more than what I have now.

This includes making videos about the products, writing more articles related to them, and perhaps even experimenting with Facebook ads and Instagram ads.

 

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How I Made $4,284 Blogging In October

How I Made $4,284 Blogging In October

This month I earned the most I ever have with my blog – woohoo!  I finally broke the $4000 mark which feels pretty great. If I had taken a job in my industry after graduating last year (in chemistry), I would be making only about $2500 at best per month here in the UK, which is crazy to think about. So, how did I make money online this month?

I’ll go more into the details further down the post, but it all boils down to display advertising, affiliate income, sponsorships and my own products. I was quite lucky this month, because I made over $1000 in sponsored posts, but like I’ve said before, I would really want to stop doing sponsored posts in the next few months.

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It’s just too darn hard to refuse collaborations at the time – it’s easy money and you get great products in the process. However, like I’ve mentioned before, if you want to be making six figures within a year’s time, sponsorships are not the way to go forward.

So, I’ve put a ban on myself to not do any sponsorships next month and increase my income from other revenues by $500 in the process, so that my over all income wouldn’t suffer too much. It’ll probably help that next month I’ll be travelling to NYC for 2 weeks – it’s quite a bit harder to do sponsored work travelling. You can check back next month if I managed to accomplish this goal or not, ha!

 

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What’s Up In October?

 

In the beginning of October I set a goal for myself to earn $650 more than I did in September (Read: How I Made $3434 in September 2018) and even to my own surprise, I managed to secure that figure pretty much the first week of October. I received a sponsorship offer for $700 for an Instagram post, so I was feeling pretty good about myself for the rest of the month.

I wanted to bring up my advertising revenue and affiliate income instead of focusing on sponsored content, but sadly those figures remained pretty consitent at around $3000 for both months. Well, I did manage to bring up my ad income to almost $1000 (up $200), but my affiliate income went down by the same amount, so they cancelled each other out.

I also launched my first product, Millenial Presets, which are the presets that I use to edit my own Instagram photos. So far, I’ve only made $100, but I haven’t created any sales centered content for the product so I’m the only one to blame.

I also started creating my second product, which focuses on my Tailwind Tribes Strategy and how I managed to get over 80,000 pageviews using Tailwind Tribes. It will be out in the next few weeks!

 

Life Updates

 

Other than blogging, I went to Dubai with my boyfriend’s family and Ian bought me a surprise skydiving session! It was an amazing experience but suuuper terrifying at the same time – I thought I was going to die the entire time that I wasn’t in control of the parachute. I’m going to upload a video of the experience on my Youtube channel soon, so subscribe if you don’t want to miss it!

We also celebrated our one year anniversary and Ian’s birthday by going to see Les Miserables musical and indulging in a spa experience. It was such a fun month, but I do feel like I need to tighten my purse a bit this month going forward – I feel like I spent too much!

I’m not sure if I’ll be able to control myself though, because we are headed to NYC for two weeks AND it will be Black Friday when we’re there! Yikes…

 

PREVIOUS INCOME REPORTS

June – $3269

July – $2901

August – $3323

September – $3434

Some screenshots:

Some screenshots: MediaVine and Amazon Affiliates – my top earners. Note: I won’t be giving all screenshots because a) It violates the TOS of some platforms like RewardStyle and b) There’s not much point in me showing you every single one of my screenshots if they are a relatively small source of income.

 

Affiliate Marketing

 

Amazon US – $975

Amazon UK – $138

Amazon CA – $60

Other Amazon Accounts – $21

RewardStyle – $701*

ShopStyle – $24

Hosting – $154 (Check out my post on how to start a blog)

 

Total Affiliate Income: $2073 (48% of total income) 

 

*I’ve realised that RewardStyle figures keep changing as some returns are made.The figures that I report here are the figures that were available in the beginning of each month, however these are likely to change during the course of the next 3 months as some retailers have a 3 month returns policy. On average, at least 10% of online orders are returned, so I would typically lose about 10% (or more) of my reported RewardStyle income before it’s finalised.  

 

Own Products

 

Millenial Presets For Lightroom – $90 (2% of total income)  

 

Sponsorships

 

Instagram – $1140 (Read: How To Make Money On Instagram)  – 27% of total income  

 

Advertisement

 

MediaVine (Blog)– $925

Adsense (Youtube) – $56

 

Total Ad Income: $981  (23 % of total income)  

 

Total Income: $4284 

 

Expenses

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 – $30 (Tribes are free to use to a certain capacity even if you’re not on Tailwind – give them a try here!)

Hosting – $10

TubeBuddy: $5

Adobe Lightroom – $13

Instagram Ads – $15

Upwork – $ 60 (Hired a freelancer to speed up my site – total fail and it didn’t end up helping my site at all.)

E-mail – $5    

Total Expenses: $148

 

Net Income: $4136

 

(Taxes haven’t been reduced yet!)   And where did I spend all this money you might be wondering? On student loans of course! What better way to spend all your hard earned money am I right? Ha. I still have about $55k worth of student loans, but hopefully I’ll be able to clear my debt in the next 2-3 years.

 

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So, if you’re not technical, that isn’t a problem! In addition to that, Bluehost has staff available 24/7 to help you out with any problems that you have with your website. 

This means that it’s much easier to set up your blog using Bluehost than other hosting providers! These guys are the go-to if you’re a new blogger and I can’t recommend them enough if you’re thinking about starting a blog.

You can easily monetise your blog when you’re with Bluehost as they offer cheap web hosting for all blogging niches.

 

Millenial Presets

 

Millenial Presets are my own presets that I created to take my Instagram images to the next level. With my presets, I’ve been able to increase my engagement and create a more cohesive Instagram feed. Millenial Presets are perfect for you if you’re looking to start focusing more on your Instagram image, attract brand deals and start growing your profile quicker.

 

 

My Engagement Before & After

 

 

 

I noticed an increase in engagement when I switched to editing my images with Millenial Presets and although I’ve heard similar stories from other people, I can’t guarantee that this will always be the case. All of my images on my Instagram page are edited with these presets, so if you are curious to see more, either click over to my Instagram page or read more about the presets here.

 

October Blog Stats

 

 
Blog Posts: 6
Pageviews: 78,838 (±0%)
Pinterest Followers: 4555 (+1136 from September)
Pinterest Reach: 5 million ( +1.8 million from September)
 
 
 
 
As you can see my traffic has stayed pretty consistent even after my semi-viral post last month. I’m hoping that it will stay this way, because ad revenue during this time of year is going to be insane.
 
However, 12% of  my views came from a Halloween themed post, and now that Halloween is over that post is going to be irrelevant.
 
If you’re thinking about what content to add to your editorial calendar, consider adding a few seasonal pieces – I’ve noticed that these have done particularly well on my site, and I will probably continue with other festive posts going forward!
 
Crafts, recipes, DIY and decorations are especially popular on Pinterest right now, so any content focusing on those should perform pretty well.

 

What Worked In October?

Ads!!!

 

My average RPM now is $12 for 1000 pageviews, which means that I earned $172 more than last month for the same amount of traffic. According to marketers, next month should be even better for ads as people are expected to go into a buying frenzy.

So, if you don’t have ads on your website yet, make sure to turn them on, or apply to a premium ad network.  

 

Pinterest 

 

Pinterest is still working well for me. I’ve fully implemented the all the steps in Pinterest Traffic Avalanche and I’m still using Tribes to drive over 50% of traffic to my website. This month, I received 5 million Pinterest pageviews, which seems to be growing steadily. I

‘m releasing a new e-book called Explosive Traffic Tribes in the following few weeks, where I reveal all the secrets that got me to 80,000 monthly pageviews with the help of Tailwind Tribes. Like I mentioned, I get over 40,000 pageviews directly from Tribes and it’s my biggest source of traffic.

My e-book is completely different from other Pinterest courses, because I don’t focus on Pinterest in my book. I focus solely on crafting the perfect strategy to use in Tailwind Tribes, that’s guaranteed to skyrocket your traffic even quicker than with Pinterest.

If you want to explode your blog traffic in a matter of a few months, this book is for you. Keep your eyes peeled on my website for any new updates!

 

What Didn’t Work 

Working From Home

 

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty bad at working from home. I always seem to feel lethargic, uninspired and demotivated and it’s hard for me to get anything done. I seem to procrastinate even with the most simple tasks.

Because of this, I often nip to my local cafe and work from there. It has worked so far, but I definitely don’t spend a 9-5 there. I got to talking with a few friends and they all recommend a co-working space like WeWork. The prices for WeWork range a little bit, but for $600 you should be able to get a hot desk from most offices.

For about $700 you would get a dedicated desk. I would still like to earn a little bit more money before hiring an office, but these prices don’t actually seem too bad.

I’m sure that by hiring out office space would have a positive effect on my productivity, and it would be amazing to feel like you have a couple of colleagues too. I would love to try out the arrangement for a little while – perhaps this would be something for the new year!

 

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How I Made $4,285 Blogging In October. My blog income report will show you exactly how I made $4,284 blogging this month through affiliate marketing, sponsored posts, ads and selling digital products. Learn how to monetize your own blog and make money working from home by starting your own blog today. #startablog #makemoneyblogging #blogforprofit #onlinebusiness #makemoneyonline #workfromhome #incomereport #blogincomereport
 
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