Welcome to my November 2018 Income Report
Can somebody please pinch me? Because I am totally shocked that I actually made $1937.65 blogging in November! To be honest, it feels surreal writing this Income Report because I feel like I just wrote my $900+ October Income yesterday … and here I am today writing $1900 or $1937.65 to be exact!
I know, if you’re not new to blogging, this is not big news. It’s blah, uninteresting, old story…because there are a bunch of other bloggers making insane amounts of money or doing much better than me.
But if you’re like me who’s still sometimes doubting the idea that you can actually make money blogging, maybe this will spark your interest. Maybe you’ll find something useful from this Income Report—may it be just a little motivation or blogging insights.
But like I always say here, I don’t know how my blog will do in the future or in the next few months. Blogging is a volatile industry so I may go back to earning less or nothing, who knows? But one thing I can prove to you today is that IT IS POSSIBLE TO MAKE GOOD MONEY BLOGGING… and you don’t have to learn it all before you even get started.
If you want to learn everything about blogging before you even get started, you’ll never be able to start because there’s so much to learn.
Trust me. Just get started if this is something you want to do and just learn as you go.
When I decided to blog, I had no idea how to set up a self-hosted blog, and I had no experience about blogging. Even until now, after 10 months blogging, I still feel so behind and I feel like I still don’t know what I’m doing. Despite all the setbacks, my blog was still able to make some money–even more than I had hoped for!
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WHY I PUBLISH MY INCOME?
Please skip the next part and head directly to the income details down below if you are not new here or don’t care about why I write this kind of post.
Although I’ve been publishing my income since I started blogging, to be honest sometimes I feel uneasy or nervous doing this because: 1.) I don’t want this to come off as bragging. 2.) Since each blog is different, I can’t guarantee that all the things I share here will all work for you. Blogging is NOT an exact science so there’s no one way of doing this and the strategies that may have worked for me may or may not work for you.
And 3.) I don’t want this Income Report to sound like another “I made it so can you” income report—that makes “making money blogging” sound so easy. But don’t get me wrong, I believe it is possible to make REALLY GOOD money blogging and maybe you can do it too or you can do better than me. My point is that I don’t want to sell the idea of starting a blog to make QUICK money. I don’t want to mislead you.
To give you a little background on my blogging progress, in January 2018, I had ZERO pageviews and $0 blogging income. In February, I had 3000 pageviews and still $0 blogging income.
I only started making over $500 in September with 30,000 pageviews.
But then again, I am not here to discourage you from blogging either. On the contrary, if you have a new blog and are discouraged of not making money from it for now, I encourage you to not give up. We all start at $0 blogging income and 0 pageviews. Just continue pushing through and putting in the effort.
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So why do I publish my blogging income?
These Income Reports started out as Goals and Progress Update where I wrote about my online income (freelancing) and minimalism progress. In September though, I decided to only write about income related to blogging as it is what most of my readers are more interested in. I also think it’s more fun to write about because blogging income is dynamic and changes every month. I also thought that writing these income reports allows me to reflect on my progress and failures in blogging, and to motivate myself to keep pushing through.
Other than personal reasons, I also want these income reports to be an avenue for me to share what I’ve learned hoping to help others as well.
What I did in November?
What really surprised me last month is that my blog still performed well even if I only published 5 new posts (two of which are Income Reports). My pageviews increased from 50.8k to 88.4k!
I did not do anything new in November and actually spent less time blogging. I even took a few days break from my blog and I was thrilled to see an income even during those days. This is when blogging income can feel passive sometimes.
I continued implementing the strategies I learned from this eBook
As I mentioned in my previous Income Reports, this Pinterest eBook helped me grow my Pinterest monthly viewers from 200k to now over 1 million. In November, I continued implementing the strategies, such as creating more fresh pins, adding keywords to Pinterest boards and pins and repining top pins, etc.
I cannot tell you more about what’s inside the eBook but I can guarantee you that it is jampacked with information (with 170 pages) about how to improve your Pinterest views to drive traffic to your site and it is so affordable at $35! I can recommend this product to you if:
- You are new to Pinterest and have no idea how to use it to drive traffic to your blog.
- You’ve been using Pinterest for some time now but your efforts have not been generating results.
I continued implementing affiliate marketing strategies
I only made $37 through affiliate marketing in September (check out my September 2018 Income Report) so I decided to take this affiliate marketing course. I’ve read a lot of great reviews about this course as it was created by a successful blogger who consistently makes $50k a month through affiliate marketing and in this course, she shared all her strategies.
I just started implementing some of the strategies I’ve learned so it might take a while to start seeing good results. But I’ve already noticed a little increase in my affiliate income. From $37 in September, my affiliate income increased to $70+ in October and to $262.50 in November.
Now let’s take a look at my income breakdown…
- Ads (Mediavine) – $1,625.39- Thank you Mediavine!
- Amazon – $154.55
- $5 Meal Plan – $40.50
- Ibotta– $10
- Igain – 13.50
- Acorns – $10 – This is a great app to use if you want to save and invest. You can get started with investing using this app with $5. Receive $5 from me to start investing by signing up through this link (U.S. only)
- Flexoffers- $7.50
- Blogging Products that I recommend – $26.60
Please note Mediavine’s payment cycle is NET 65 so I won’t get paid for my November earnings until February.
Here are some proofs.
While it only initially cost me around $4 a month to start this blog, I also spent some money on blogging resources later when I decided I want to grow this blog. I have probably spent $500 (more or less) on blogging resources but this expense has helped me grow my blog faster and earn back my investments . They truly paid off!!!
I am telling you this because I know some people who are scared of investing into their blog. I know that feeling because I was also scared of spending more money on a blog that doesn’t even make a penny. What if they don’t work? What if they are not worth my money?
However, I got tired of spinning the wheels and not getting anywhere. I decided to let go of that fear and I am glad I did! Sure, you can try to figure it all out by yourself but how much time can you wait to start seeing results?
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If you need a more detailed guide on how to make money with a blog, check out this post! In this post, I shared the strategies I used to grow my blog from earning $0 per month to $10,000+ per month!
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