Bloggers have a love-hate relationship with Blogging Income Reports.
Now-a-days, anyone can start a blog. And I highly recommend you use Bluehost to start your blog because it’s very cheap and efficient.
I’m pretty sure even my dog has her own blog.
But earning from your blog is not easy. You have to set up a blog and be super dedicated. You can read my step-by-step on guide on creating a money-making blog right here. Or you can take my free email course that will teach you how to set up a blog the right way.
In my opinion, I feel there is a lot to learn from Blogging Income Reports because you get to realize where a Blogger’s strengths lie.
By reading other Bloggers’ Blogging Income Reports, you will realize that they reveal what works and what doesn’t.
This is super educational, and it’s like testing the waters without actually dipping your foot in it!
I have always wanted to publish a Blogging Income Report, so here goes nothing!
This is my first Blogging Income Report. And most probably my last. So, I’m going to be brutally honest with my income and what I did to get up to this point.
I started blogging in April and this is my 6th month blogging.
If you don’t already know, my name is Angela and I’m an Illustrator, Blogger and Comic Artist. My blog – Stray Curls is all about helping young, bright women start their own online businesses and grow their businesses creatively.
Related Post: 10 signs you’re a natural born artist
So, it not only focuses on blogging, but creativity as well!
My goal is to make Stray Curls a fun-filled community for women (in all walks of life), who want to start something new and earn money from home.
So, I don’t yet have ads because I want to build trust.
Affiliate Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links – meaning I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you, if you make a purchase through the links. This money is used to maintain my Blog expenses and feed my beloved cream and chocolate
Before I begin, please understand that I was able to earn this income, only because I have had one failed blog before. I made a lot of mistakes with my previous blog.
And I was a little ahead of the curve when I created this one because I researched a ton in that year I took a break from blogging.
My previous blog was without direction and I ignored a lot of tips that I should I have paid attention to as a new Blogger. I was piggybacking on my husband’s clients and it took me almost a year just to make $100 in affiliate income.
You can read my whole personal story here.
So, if you’re just beginning, and have not yet achieved what you are aiming for, don’t lose heart.
Take courage because once you have enough traffic, the money will automatically pour in.
If you don’t already have a blog, you’re missing out on a lot of potential income that you could be earning from home. So, read my step-by-step guide to start a money-making blog from scratch!
It will take you less than 15 minutes to start a blog.
Okay, let’s begin!
Blogging Income Report:
Affiliate Sales: $177 (includes Bluehost, Skillshare and Amazon)
Digital Products Sales: $29
Freelance Services: $3045
Blogging Expense Report:
ConvertKit: $24 (I purchase annually so I get a good discount)
Tailwind: $10 (I purchase this annually too)
Hosting and Domain: $15 approximately (I purchased my hosting for 3 years at a stretch)
Accountant Fees: $25
Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign Monthly Package: $51 (paid annually as my livelihood practically lives off these programs:
I talk about all the necessary expenses for a Blog in this post.
Total Profit after expenses: $3326
I usually make $1500-$2000 freelancing, but this month I undertook a massive illustrating project for a company.
I had to create quite a few illustrations for their training manual, hence my income went up.
That’s the fun bit about being a freelancer. You can never predict how much you will earn each month. It fluctuates.
Related Post: 10 things I should have known before becoming an Illustrator
Affiliate Sales are directly proportional to Blog Traffic and Blog Content.
I learnt this the hard way.
Last month, I was able to make over $300 with affiliate marketing, because I used Social Media to share my post. But in August, I shared 0 posts as it was my Birthday and I was traveling the whole month.
Therefore my Affiliate sales tanked in September.
A few posts to help you gain traffic:
- 13 Proven Strategies to Decrease your Bounce Rate
- 27 Easy Ways to Double your Blog Traffic
- 13 Free Ways to Market your Blog and Business
- How I used Pinterest to gain 18,000 views in my 3rd month Blogging!
- 17 Killer Ways to get Tons of Blog Comments
I have recently created a free 5 email course that will help you grow your Blog Traffic effortlessly!
So, what is Affiliate Marketing?
Basically, it means that you are selling other people’s products. That is affiliate marketing. If you make a sale, you earn a commission from said company/person.
That is an Affiliate sale.
Let me show you this little illustration.
Okay, the concept is pretty simple.
You become an Affiliate for a product you love. You talk about that product on your blog either in the form of a review or a tutorial and link to that product using your Affiliate Links.
A reader of your blog clicks the link, likes what he/she sees and buys the product. You make a small commission at no extra cost to them.
And that’s how it works!
It’s easier to make a lot of money affiliate marketing when you’re in a proven, profitable niche.
You can read these two posts to help you understand how I go about affiliate marketing:
- Is affiliate marketing worth it? All your questions answered!
- 7 affiliate marketing hacks to skyrocket your conversions
Anyone reading my Income Report will realize that I’m basically a workhorse.
When I started this blog, my main aim was to gain clients. So, I wrote posts that showcased my work as an Artist and Illustrator.
For the past 6 months, I have taken on a heap of clients and finished those projects to earn a good Freelancing Income.
I didn’t take that scary leap and focus on blogging entirely.
Yes, I admit it.
I am a scaredy-cat.
But my goal for the future is to focus more on Affiliate Marketing. I plan on writing more affiliate posts and promoting them like a madwoman in order to slowly shift to earning passive income.
I have already taken a step toward my Passive Income goal by creating digital content which I sell in my shop here.
Gaining clients is super easy if people are able to decipher what you do within 2 minutes after they land on your blog.
On a totally separate note, I’ve just started creating baby/pet portraits. You can get one by booking a slot right now! *wink*
In fact, I even share 17 easy ways you can gain clients in this post. It even includes a free workbook that you can use to identify your ideal client profile.
I spent 2 months designing my website, before I launched it.
People find me via Social Media and my Blog.
But for lots of people to actually find you, you need a good amount of blog traffic.
Blog traffic basically equals more money.
How did I gain good blog traffic?
Pinterest played a huge part in boosting my income because most of my traffic comes from Pinterest. Therefore, I wasted no time in purchasing Tailwind – a Pinterest Scheduler.
I had done my research. And it took me one failed blog to learn that if I wanted good quality traffic, I had to use Tailwind.
I’ll show you proof.
Here’s my Pinterest Traffic before using Tailwind.
And this is my traffic after I started using Tailwind.
This led me to cross over 20,000 blog pageviews!
Awesome, isn’t it?
I reveal 2 of my key blog traffic strategies in this post here. Give it a read.
Like I said earlier, earning an income via your Blog is super easy if you have good quality traffic. And Tailwind will actually help you gain that traffic.
You can give Tailwind a try by enrolling for a free trial right here!
I have also recently created a free 5 email course that will help you grow your Blog Traffic effortlessly!
Related Post: 17 killer ways to get tons of blog comments!
Another way to boost blog traffic is by having good email marketing software.
With my previous blog, I enrolled for Mailchimp because it was free for the first 2000 subscribers.
I was so happy initially because it was free but as time went on, I started getting annoyed.
If I had 2 opt-ins and one person signed up for both, that person was counted at 2 subscribers!
Now, that’s downright evil!
I had a very tough time switching to Convertkit. And when I did, I never went back.
I purchased a whole year of Convertkit when I started my new blog. It’s $29 a month, but I reaped all the benefits financially straight away, so it didn’t matter.
Convertkit allows me to use a different form for each opt-in. It even shows you how each opt-in performs.
I currently have about 9 opt-ins.
And you can tag subscribers. For instance, if someone downloads my Ideal Client Profile Workbook, I will tag them as a freelancer. If someone opts for my Creative Course, I will tag them as a Creative. And if someone signs up to receive stationery updates, I will tag them as a Stationery Lover.
This means, when I’m sending emails, I can select subscribers under specific tags and increase the probability of my open rates.
And because Convertkit creates such pretty opt-ins, I am able to double my subscribers each month.
Something I failed at doing when I was using Mailchimp.
Therefore; using Convertkit, actually helped me increase my blog traffic. And it helped me build trust with my subscribers. This helped me gain more clients.
UPDATE: Learn how I set up 2 sales funnels with ConvertKit that help me earn over $600 each month!
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The learning curve is very high when you first begin. And that’s totally okay.
With Convertkit and Tailwind, added to my Blog Hosting, I am spending less than $50 a month on my Blog.
And it’s all worth it! Because I’m making a pretty neat profit.
See a list of all the tools I use for my Blog and Business. It also includes resources that I used to improve my Illustrating skills.
I’d be nowhere without them.
Having a blog is a very good business, especially because I can stay at home and give my family all the love they deserve.
I don’t need to waste time commuting to work, or spend hours in an office under scrutiny… All of that is avoided with a wee, little blog.
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If you’re considering starting a blog, then don’t waste any time. Read my super easy step-by-step guide and create a blog straight away!
It’s worth every penny and every minute of hard work you put in. You will reap what you sow.
What is your biggest fear when it comes to blogging? Let me know in the comments below.
And don’t forget to download your free blog planner!
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Wow! Impressive how you’re growing your biz! Cute graphics too! ?
Thank you so much Allison! You’re really sweet. <3 Love your blog too!
Thanks for sharing your journey and the tools you used. Great job!
Thank you so much. :) You’re very kind. And it was no problem at all. I am checking out your blog right now. Might I ask, what does Diehka mean?
I’m super happy that you’re back with your blog. I wish I could “fail” like this for my first blog. Since the beginning I love what and how you write. Not only are your emails interesting but your blog posts are the must! I looooove them because:
* they are educational
* they entertain
* they are fun with the illustrations, the colors
In a nutshell, your blog is like Harry Potter’s newspaper: pure fantasy and wonder
Thank you for teaching us and delighting us. Keep doing the great work since it’s a huge addiction :)
When do you plan on having a course about how to design a creative blog to amaze your audience?
You really are a doll, you know that? <3
Comparing me with Harry Potter's Newspaper? Oh my God. You just gave me wings. :D I feel like flying to the moon and back now.
Ha ha, it's super easy to have a failed blog. :P I will write a post soon on what all I did wrong with my previous blog and how I rectified it with this one.
Better than a course, I want to create tons of eBooks and make a small little library! :D I love reading, writing and drawing, so why not! :D
Okay, I love your blog. But I've noticed that you've not posted for more than one a half year. Why? :( Your blog looks like so much fun! And do leave a comment section so that people can ask you questions. I would love to comment on your blog. I loved the post on making mistakes. You've even provided a neat little illustration! :D That would do really well on Pinterest, you know?
Let me know what else you'd like to see on the blog and I'll whip up some posts!
Lots of love, hugs and kisses,
This is so adorable, I do art myself but you do this in such a creative cute way with your blog, why didn’t I find you sooner? ?
First of all, I love your blog. I just visited and I was blown away! I just left a comment too. :) Let me know how I can sign up for your newsletter.
Thank you so much for the lovely compliment! I used to create only 1 pin per post. But now, I’m making about 3 for each post and I’m trying to engage on FB groups! :D
Just sent you a friend request. You seem like such an interesting person! :D
Lots of love,
It’s a smash of my first and last name. Pronounced DEE-ah-kuh. :) Thanks!
That’s super cute! :D Thank you for telling me.
Thanks for sharing your insights and failure. I have just started a blog and feel quite overwhelmed.
I swear I have read everything there is about creating a blog, content, freebies, pins, social media…you name it, I am reading about it. There are times when I feel my head is literally going to explode from all the information it is trying to process.
However, after reading this I feel a bit easier about everything. Yes, I am new here and I admit I put WAY too much pressure on myself, but it’s who I am.
Again, thanks for the inspiration…perfect timing!
It’s very easy to get overwhelmed when you first start blogging. Trust me, I’ve been there and I still get overwhelmed! I have yet to draw out a mastermind plan for the New Year. Blogging scares me. Especially because everything is so unpredictable.
But trust me when I say that hard work and consistency surely pays of. I recently bought the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit and I am overloaded with information. The key is to just stick to 3-5 bloggers whom you really love and not more. :)
You don’t need to apply 101 strategies to get your blog to take off. Just 2-3 will suffice. :) And don’t worry. It’s totally normal to feel this way.
You’ll do great.
Wishing you tons of blogging success, Stephie!
Your illustrations are the cutest. keep it up!
Thank you so much. You’re a doll! <3
That was a great post to read. I really love reading these kind of income reports because it motivates newbie bloggers like me. Well, I would love to say that you make great illustrations. Great Work!
Thank you so much for the compliment! I love reading Blogging Income Reports too!
I’m gonna start a blog
Could u help me with the tools?
Of course! Here’s my step-by-step guide on how to start a blog. It includes everything you will need.
I really like your blog! Very unique and cute at the same time! Plus your content is golden! :)
Thank you so much! :D And I’m super glad you like it!
Angela, I LOVED reading this post and it’s so inspirational how you have been able to combine blogging and your passion for illustration together.
Thank you so much. You’re so sweet.
And yes! I was able to combine my love for both into one. And it feels so amazing. <3
I've actually recently signed up for your Blog. Kudos on the big name change! This one is lovely and suits you perfectly! :D I absolutely love your website! :D I'm going to check it out now. <3
Lots of love,
Hey I am a writer and I want to create a blog that helps me gain income through that but I am scared if that will affect my creativity in writing.
Why will it? In fact, it will actually enhance your creativity! Do you know it takes a lot of creativity to come up with blog post ideas, write and then create images for each post? Not to mention reaching out to Influencers and other Bloggers and social media? It’s a creativity nest! :D
You should consider starting a blog! And use this post to get started! :D
Wishing you all the best!
What were your expenses though? If you want to keep that private that’s fine. Not everyone wants to discuss those.
I was reading Millennial Boss’s income report and her revenue income was 5k but after her expenses, her net income was $2k. https://millennialboss.com/2018/12/november-income-report-2/
I think it would be fantastic if you would actually document your blogging income until you reach the 12th month mark with earning your income. I would like to see expenses though. It’s more realistic.
Thank you so much for pointing it out.
Like I mentioned in the beginning, this was my first Income Report, so I totally didn’t realize that I should mention my expenses. I’ve gone ahead and updated the Blog Post to include my Expenses for that month and my Net Profit as well. :D Please give it a read and let me know your thoughts.
And thank you so much again for helping me realize how important it is to mention my expenses! :D That was super helpful. :)
I don’t intend to document each month, but I plan on documenting my income every 3-6 months, so I will be posting another one soon. I have already started making about $500 a month on digital product sales alone, so I definitely want to create a new post highlighting that point.
Have a beautiful day!
Thank you so much for listing the expenses. It just makes everything realistic when bloggers list them. I appreciate it. I love seeing artists succeed and it’s so fun to see you having an income with blogging! Keep up the fabulous work! I’m a huge fan of your blog. =)
No problem! I will make sure I include my expenses in each Blogging Income Report I publish. It’s a very important metric to measure!
Thank you again, you’re so sweet.
Hope you stick around for more as I have so much planned for 2019!
Wishing you a very happy new year!
Very interesting! I really want to start a blog but I’m having trouble finding the confidence that I’m interesting enough for someone else to read. I tested out some potential topics on my social media and people rated something along the lines of “blending cultures” as something they might be interested in (I’m in an interracial marriage). This could be interesting but I feel like I’m not an expert in anything to the point where people would be interested (i.e. I’m a beginner DIY crafter, teaching myself photography, and I don’t have kids.) My other concern is my husband being concerned about putting “our life out there.” Is it possible to have a relatively anonymous blog and still make money?
You can start a blog on anything, but make sure it’s in one niche. You could start a relationship Blog. And use Stock photos of couples. You don’t need to put your name. You can blog Anonymously. With the exception of my 1st Blog post, you won’t find a single photo of me anywhere on my Blog. And yes, I do make money.
All you need is a plan and then you have to work hard towards your goals. That’s pretty much it!
As for being interesting, you need to have confidence in yourself. There are a lot of people looking for relationship advice. And a lot of people don’t know a thing about DIY. Here’s the thing, even though you feel like you know little, it is a lot more for people who have no clue on those topics. That’s what Blogging is about.
For me, blogging and drawing come to me like second nature. But for people who have no clue about it, it’s a brand new topic. Don’t fret. Just believe in yourself and go for it.
I wish you all the best.
I wanted to say thank you for this blog post. There are so many good tips inside. I like it. And how I said on Instagram you inspire me so much and I have respect that you answer EVERYONE their questions and spend so much time to your posts.<3 I wish you a nice, succesful, healthy and happy future
P.S.: I´ve a tiny question…How can I get affiliate links?
Thank you so much! :D I try my best to answer all questions, because I know the feeling of wanting to know something and gain information. That particular habit, must never be curtailed because that’s what helps us grow! :D
To get an affiliate link, you must become an affiliate for a company. You can ask the company/brand or just type the name of the brand you want to become an affiliate for along with “affiliate” That will take you to the sign up form mostly. :D
Hope that helps!
Thank you so much for answering. It is a big help to me <3
It’s no problem at all Luise. <3
I love love love your blog. I wanted to find a way to incorporate my illustrations to my blog and when I found yours I was so excited <3
That’s super amazing! It was just an idea off the top of my head. I wanted to do something different. A lot of people use stock photos and I realized that using illustrations in my Blog would be my unique selling point.
I wish you all the best with your blog as well. And I think it would be amazing if you incorporated your illustrations in your Blog. .
Best of luck,
Hi, Angela! I love that you give a lot of insights about how hard, but also rewarding this world of blogs can be. I started 3 blogs in the past, I gave up them, started another 4.
Now I can say I got a little hang of it since one of them is reaching 20k page views per month. But the income is still at 0 because I use only Adsense.
Thank you for these pieces of advice, because I think I am not monetizing these views as much as I could. I will try to learn as much as I can.
Have a nice day!
It’s a topsy-turvy world but I’m currently living off of my blog and supporting my family with my blog income so I will forever be grateful for my Blog. As soon as you hit 30K sessions, apply for MediaVine. They pay much more! :D And try to branch out to more DIY topics, sell more artsy stuff on your Blog, and apply to Craftsy and other art related affiliate networks. You’ll make a good income!
Lots of love,
Thank you so much, Angela. This means a lot to me. Thank you for the pieces of advice.
You’re most welcome Cristina!
I Love reading income reports. They are always so motivating :)
So glad you loved this! <3
This is one of the most beautiful looking blogs I have seen in recent times. Font selection and colour choices are really excellent and are pleasing to the eyes. Liked the income report as well. Keep up your good work.
Thanks Vish! That’s super nice of you to say! :)
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I’m glad you love the article. =) And thank you for your kind words. =)