Welcome to my May 2017 online income report! If you’re new here, I have been posting my online income reports for quite a while now. I started when I was 3 months into blogging. I made $276 in my first ever online income report and I was so excited about it because it confirmed to me that it truly was possible to make money blogging.
I always knew during my pregnancy that I wanted to stay home with my little boy. But I also wanted to find a way to make money from home for a couple of reasons.
- To add some breathing room into our budget
- To take some financial pressure off my husband (so he wasn’t the sole income earner)
- To have something for me (I’m a very driven person, and I wanted to have something to focus on besides poopy diapers 😀 )
And less than a year later, I have turned this little ol’ blog into a full time income earner.
Why Do I Share My Online Income Report?
People often ask why I share my online income reports?
Reading online income reports was the thing that inspired me to start blogging. I saw these awesome bloggers that were making money online, working from anywhere as long as they had a laptop and an internet connection and I thought to myself, “I want to do that!”
My goal in sharing my online income reports is to inspire you, and make you think “Why not me?” Because really, there is no reason why you can’t make money online, if you put your everything into it. I don’t have a journalism degree. I’m not a reality TV star who cashed in on my sudden fame (maybe I will be one day, haha!)
How Much I Made from My Blog in May 2017
In May 2017, I made a total of $6906.10. This is my highest income month so far, and I’m so happy that I get to work from home and spend my days with my little man.
However, I don’t want anyone to think that I achieved this by working 5/hours a month. I put a lot of work into this blog and I invested in blogging education, both of which I attribute to my success in blogging.
Here is my blog income broken down further.
Affiliate marketing makes up the bulk of my income. I love affiliate marketing because you get paid to promote an awesome product that someone else has done all the hard work creating and managing. Affiliate marketing is something that a lot of us do naturally anyway, we just don’t get paid for it.
Just think, if you find a website that sells cheap flights, you’ll probably tell your friends all about it, right? That’s basically what affiliate marketing is, except you get paid when your friend purchases a flight through that website.
Of course, when it comes to actually make a full-time income from affiliate marketing, there’s a lot more to it than just telling a friend or slapping up an affiliate link on your blog. I’ve taken a few affiliate marketing courses but the one I highly recommend is Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – Everything You’re Missing by Carly Campbell.
Carly is a highly skilled affiliate marketer who makes a LOT of money from affiliate marketing on her mommy blog (so she’s not someone who only makes money blogging about blogging!)
I recently met the requirements to get accepted into Mediavine, thanks to the strategies I teach in my eBook, Blog Traffic Breakthrough. Ad income is basically the definition of passive income. Once you reach the pageview requirements, I highly recommend applying to Mediavine.
*Update – my pageviews (and ad income) are now at least triple to quadruple what they were when I wrote this post, and that’s thanks to everything I teach in Blog Traffic Breakthrough.
My own products – $1200
Due to my success with the Amazon Associate’s program, I created my own short eBook called “Cracking the Code on the Amazon Associate’s Program.” I’ve had some excellent feedback on the eBook including one blogger who reported a 150% increase on her Amazon earnings since implementing the tips in the book and another blogger who’s Amazon earnings increased 20x!
I also have a course on increasing your pageviews, called Traffic Boost Bootcamp. This course has excellent reviews which you can read on the sales page, and it will help you to reach the pageview requirements for the big ad networks.
All of my products can be found in The Million Dollar Mama Shop.
I do have expenses when it comes to running my blog, all of which are absolutely worth the cost. Besides the obvious expense of paying my taxes (I like to put away 30% for taxes) here are my blog expenses:
Hosting – $0
Now that I have higher pageviews, I host my blog through Siteground. I absolutely love Siteground and am incredibly happy with the service they provide. I pay for my hosting upfront so there is no monthly cost.
Convertkit – $79
I recently switched from Mailchimp to Convertkit for my emails, and I couldn’t be happier. You’ve probably heard bloggers raving about Convertkit and for good reason – it’s awesome. Convertkit was created for bloggers BY bloggers, so they know exactly what bloggers want and need.
Since I joined Convertkit, my email open rate went up from around 20% to almost 50%. That’s a HUGE jump and I couldn’t be more excited about it.
Paying for Convertkit is definitely worth it for me.
Jaaxy – $49
Jaaxy is the keyword research tool I use, and it’s worth it’s weight in gold. I get about half of my traffic from organic search (Google) which is awesome, because I’m not solely at the mercy of Pinterest. Additionally, organic search traffic is more valuable both in terms of ad income and affiliate conversions.
The cost of Jaaxy might seem steep, but it’s an investment that I believe is essential – keyword research is SO important.
I’ve included a handy widget below so you can get a feel for Jaaxy for free.
I do a combination of manual pinning (thanks to this awesome eBook) and scheduling through Tailwind. I’ve used different scheduling tools but I’ve come back to Tailwind.
Milotree – $9
The Milotree app is a little popup that slides in from the side of the screen. You can connect it to various social media accounts like Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram to increase your followers. I’ve been using Milotree solely for Facebook. I do nothing at all to promote my Facebook page besides using Milotree and my Facebook likes grow by around 30-35 people per week, thanks to Milotree. You can get a free 30-day trial of Milotree here.
BLOGGING COURSES I RECOMMEND
I truly believe that investing in my blogging education and viewing my blog like a business is a large reason for my success. I’m somewhat of a course junkie, which means that I’ve taken a LOT of blogging courses. These are the top blogging courses I recommend:
Billionaire Blog Club – the best all-inclusive blogging course I’ve ever taken. Billionaire Blog Club is packed so full of resources, courses and information that it really should be sold at 5x the price.
One of the features that makes Billionaire Blog Club stand out from other courses is that Scrivs (Paul Scrivens) the creator of the course has started a Slack community where you can chat to him in realtime. He is so generous with his help, advice and information and it’s awesome having someone so successful there to answer any questions you have about blogging.
You can join his free 12-Day Blogging Bootcamp here to get a feel for his teaching style (which personally, I love.)
Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers: Everything Your’e Missing – I already spoke about this affiliate marketing courses earlier in the post, so scroll up if you missed that. It’s an in-depth course by an affiliate marketer who makes a ton of money on her mommy blog.
Pinterest Improvement Masterplan (PIMP) – this is an advanced Pinterest course by PotPieGirl. Jennifer from PotPiteGirl has been making money online for many years and Pinterest is one of her specialities. PIMP is like no other Pinterest course I’ve taken. The information she shares is mind-blowing, and will change the way you look at Pinterest.
Closing thoughts – blogging has changed my life. I live and breathe blogging now, not because I feel like I have to, but because I want to. It’s my absolute favorite hobby, but it’s way more than just a hobby. It’s how I make a full-time income, and I get to do that by doing something I love, from the comfort of my home.
I get to spend every single day with my precious little guy, and I couldn’t ask for anything more than that.
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