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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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.
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!
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.
Amazon US – $1,140.86
Other Amazon Accounts – $104.8
RewardStyle – $270.58*
ShopStyle – $14
Ebay – $4.62
Hosting – $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.
Explosive Traffic With Tribes – $243.56
Instagram – $765 Read: How To Make Money On Instagram
MediaVine (Blog)– $442.62
Adsense (Youtube) – $41.78
Total Ad Income: $484.4
Total Income: $3,184.81
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!)
Hosting – $10
Adobe Lightroom – $13
E-mail – $5
Total Expenses: $230
Net Income: $2,925.81
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Previous Income Reports
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!
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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!
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!
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