Hey everyone, I’m excited to share with you all my blog income report January 2018 and December 2017!
I had such a busy start to 2018 that I never got around to publishing an income report for December! And now its already February, so I decided to combine my income reports for December and January.
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So why would I share my income report?
So first of, I know you might be wondering why I would share my income report. My reason is simple – it’s to show you that you really can make money blogging, even with a new blog!
Many people are under the false impression that it’s only big bloggers who have been blogging for years that can make money. This is so not true guys!
My blog is only 5 months old now, and I’ve already earned $627.35 from it during the last 3 months (check out my very first income report here!). And the truth is if I can make money blogging, then so can you!
Now, my aim is always to be completely transparent and be 100% honest with you all. Blogging is NOT a get rich quick scheme. You DO have to put some work into it, especially in the beginning if you’re just starting a new blog. But once you’re done with the initial setup of your blog, you can focus on actually blogging and creating posts.
Currently, I only spend about 6 – 8 hours a week on my blog (mostly over weekends as I don’t have time during the week), and I’ve been able to earn $627.35. If you have more time to spend on your blog, you could be earning much more than me in a shorter amount of time!
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Now on to the income report:
Okay, so let’s get to the part you’ve probably been waiting for – to see how exactly I earned $461.87 online. Here is the breakdown:
Google AdSense: $394
I know, earned only $2.87 from Amazon. But that’s to be expected as I haven’t really focussed on promoting items from Amazon. This is likely something I will focus a bit more on in 2018. I know of bloggers making thousands per month through Amazon referrals. So it’s definitely worth signing up for if you want to monetize your blog and have products you wish to promote.
Most of the income I earned during December – January was by displaying adverts on my site through Google AdSense. I receive most of my traffic from Pinterest – it’s an amazing way to drive tons of FREE traffic to your blog! By the way, I’d LOVE it if you’d take the time to follow me on Pinterest! You’ll be able to see all the pins for my future income reports and blogging tips!
For those of you wondering about my traffic, I received 58 922 page views in these two months. Here is a screenshot from my Google Analytics:
As you can see, I received a lot of page views in December, then it dropped quite a bit after Christmas until around mid-January, when it started picking up again. This is mostly because a lot of my traffic in December came from pins relating to Christmas posts, so those pins died out a bit after Christmas. In January my traffic started picking up again for posts relating to organization and dieting.
The amount of money you make through AdSense is quite low compared to other advertising networks. Once you start receiving a steady amount of page views and start exceeding 25k sessions a month, I’d highly recommend you sign up for Mediavine. I’ve heard great things about them and am planning on signing up with them this year.
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I hope this income report January 2018 and December 2017 shows you that you really can make money blogging, even if it’s just part-time. It’s all up to you, and you really have nothing to lose just by trying. And just remember, in a year from now, you will wish you had started today!
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Awesome information! It was cool to see how much seasonal posts affected your traffic! I haven’t really thought too much about taking advantage of the holidays but now I might because of that!
Hey Carl, yeah I’ve found that seasonal content does really well on Pinterest and gets a lot more visitors to your site, I’m seeing it again now with Valentine’s day coming up. Would highly recommend you try some seasonal posts if you’re looking for a boost in page views!
Hi i want to start a blog to make money, but I’m only really seeing all the money being made when you blog about blogging i.e posts about how to create a blog and make money, etc. I can’t blog about how much money i make from the beginning if I’m not making anything yet.. so when you first start out with just regular blog posts, how to get money that way? Thanks!
Hey Marissa, if you want to start a blog about blogging, you can do so even if you aren’t making money yet. A good idea would maybe be to start a blog then about your blogging journey, where you can share posts on what you are trying, what is working for you, etc. If you just want to start making money asap, the low hanging fruit approach would be to create a lot of list posts that would do well on Pinterest. That way you can quickly monetize with ads. This is sort of what I’m doing with this blog as it makes most of its money through ads. If you’re below 25k sessions per month, you can monetize with AdSense, but the moment you hit 25k you can apply to Mediavine, and you’ll make a lot more money with them through ads. Hope that helps!
I saw some of your posts are compilation posts from other bloggers. I wonder if that causes copyright issues? I am writing a post on mental health awareness and want to use some ideas and images from other bloggers in this space.What is the right way to approach the situation without getting into copyright issues?
Hey Rashmi, so far I haven’t had any complains from using pictures from other blogs, but I never claim the images as my own and I always credit the original source and provide a link back. If you do use an idea or picture from somewhere, just make sure that you give credit and link back to the original source. If someone complains, you can remove it. I haven’t had any complaints so far. Hope that helps!