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So after getting countless emails from my email subscribers (lots of love for you), I decided to start publishing blog income reports again. This time on a quarterly basis and I will include my wedding blog income as well. This way my readers can see how I make money with a blog full-time.
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You can view all past income reports here and stay tuned for my second quarter blog income coming soon. This income reporting is for the Months of January 2018- March 2018.
I stopped doing income reports because they were becoming too time-consuming and taking time away from client work, behind the scenes of my blogs and other pressing things. So I looked up a few more income report styles and decided to tone it down so it’s not taking too much time.
My domain authority for Ladies Makes Money Online is 25 and Culture Wedding is 17. I am not too worried about this, but I know some brands have been asking me about it. So I will be keeping an eye on it.
How did I make Money with a Blog or Two?
I will break down where my blog income came from and total the two blog incomes as one. This way its much easier for me and I will be able to see where the majority of my income is coming from. With that information, I can better boost my income stream for the next quarter.
Make money with your blog using Affiliate Marketing – $6, 742.26
Ever since taking Michelle’s course Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, my Affiliate sales continue to grow and I am so excited about it. This is mostly passive income that I earn through my blog. All I do is create really fantastic blog posts and promote them as much as possible.
This Affiliate income comes from both my blogs – Ladies Make Money and Culture Wedding. A majority of this income came from Ladies Make Money. With my lifestyle and wedding blog, I am trying hard to monetize it with Amazon and it is working but only a total of $1, 131.29 in Affiliate sales came from Culture Wedding (Within 3 Months).
Popular Affiliate Programs
A majority of my income came from Awin (Top) Flexoffers, ShareASale, Maxbounty, iGain, Peerfly and other small companies. I also highly recommended a few blogging programs that have helped me a lot and a few bloggers invested in them as well. I am happy because these courses have helped me out big time. A few programs I refer for bloggers include:
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing with Michelle
Traffic Transformation Guide with Lena
Pinning for Pageviews
Strategies Worth Sharing
How to make your first Affiliate sale in 24 hours
And Carly’s Pinteresting Strategies
You will find me recommending these over and over throughout my blog posts, email and social media outlets because I use them so much. And I owe a lot of my successes to them.
For my wedding blog, I am using mostly the Amazon Affiliate programs, Shareasale and Flexoffers. I also signed for CJ but I am not loving it yet.
If you want to know more about how I strategically promote my blog to increase Affiliate sales, I document it right here. Moving on…
Monetize your blog with Blog Sponsored Posts – $1, 735
If you want to make money with a blog, and especially if you run a lifestyle blog, sponsored posts are the way to go. So far I have received sponsored blog posts for both of my blogs. Believe it or not, brands have contacted me directly to work with them.
I did contact a few brands that I wanted to really work with for my wedding blog (they all accepted) but other than that, a majority of the brands reached out to me. I document my whole process on how to reach out to brands and how to position your business to attract brands in my course.
I did sign up for a few companies that connect brands with bloggers and those that worked well were:
My goal is to contact more brands that I want to work with and turn down those that do not align with my readers (which I did). I turned down about 7 brands as they just did not fit with my messaging. And you can do that.
Make money with your blog by offering products – $3, 712
No better way to make money with your blog than by offering your own services or products. I have created a few products for my business and these bring me passive income. If you offer services or products of your own, we want to hear about them below.
Blog for Profit – A subscription online course for bloggers
From Hobby to Biz – An evergreen product
Facebook Traffic Booster – An eBook
Wedding Books and Products:
Wedding Planning Templates
Guide to Booking more Weddings
And Wedding courses
I do not promote my products as much as I should, but it’s nice to see that they have become passive income over the last 3 months.
Hate/ Love Relationships with Ads -$621.12
Most bloggers hate working with Ad networks and I get it. I decided early on that I wanted to use ads. I used Media.Net for a while and earned the $621.12 which you now see. But then some of the ads were not aligning with my brand. I made the switch to Media Vine and I like it so much better.
Also, I typically choose to turn off ads on certain blog posts that I feel like it will just not work. I like the option of the on and off button on certain posts. The income above is from Media.net. I joined Media Vine in March, and the pay 90 days out (waiting on this).
Total Income – $12, 810.38
Expenses – $1, 647.99
(Includes GetDpd, Mailerlite, a few courses I took, VA, Board booster, SendOwl, Tailwind, Lead Pages – I had technical issues with my blog in February and I hired a web developer – $150 which is not a reoccurring expense.)
Profit – $11, 162.39
This makes me really happy. Affiliate marketing is my biggest earner and the plan is to find a way to make it grow bigger with less work required of me. Again, thanks to Michelle from Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing and the amazing support she offers in her Facebook group.
Traffic and Social Media
I am glad to say that my traffic is continuously on the rise. And I am averaging around 56,000 Pageviews on this blog and 37,000 on my wedding blog. You can check out the Pinterest Strategy I am using right here.
Social media pages are also growing at a steady rate. I have over 10,000 Pinterest followers. My private Facebook group is around 3,500 (I am very picky about who comes into it.) and I have not done anything on Instagram. My Facebook page is getting interaction and I get quite a bit of traffic from it.
Starting a blog
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Making Money with a Blog
As you can see, you can totally make money with a blog and it is possible with any niche. My wedding Blog makes a decent amount of money. We created a full affordable course for bloggers which teaches you my exact steps to making money online, with examples of blog posts that convert into income.
If you want to make more than 10 Cents from your blog and you are not ready to spend thousands of dollars just to make money on your brand new blog or existing blog then Hobby to Biz is for you. Making money online with a blog has never been easy.
The course has over 10 modules to follow with over 25 lessons. We offer bonuses, an exclusive Facebook group and an option to join the affiliate program. We will go over some of these in the lessons:
- The tools you require to make money with a blog (Most of them are FREE)
- Areas you should be focusing on right now to increase blog income
- The very first step you must do in order to monetize your blog
- What works and what doesn’t
- How to promote your blog to increase sales
- How to create blog posts that easily convert to sales.
- A list of brands to work with to make money
- Find out if you really need ads to make money from your blog
- Get a list of over 10 blogs that will pay you to blog
- Other fun ways to make money with a blog
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