January was a fairly laid back month for me. A huge win was actually getting my taxes together and seeing where I ended up for the year 2016. If you missed my income report for 2016, you can check that out HERE.
Keep reading, and you’ll find my blogging income report for January as well as the things that make that income possible.
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January was a milestone month for me. I remember being in a blog training class early last year, and the instructor was going through her income and expenses for us. Again, her motivation was to show us all what is possible.
As she was teaching to us in real time, she was logged into her PayPal account, which is the way bloggers get paid for most of the work we do in all shapes and sizes. As she was going through her income line by line, I remember hearing her say, “Wow, I didn’t even realize that I earned any money with them last month,” in reference to an affiliate program.
This was back in the day when I wasn’t making very much, and since I was checking for payment every day in hopes of finding something anything I did make certainly didn’t catch me by surprise. I worked so hard for every penny I earned so I was well aware of these things.
I remember thinking that if only one day I could get paid by so many different programs and networks that I would be caught off guard like she was. Better yet, I thought, I can’t wait until I am getting some type of payment every single day.
I crossed that bridge in January. Really, I did it in December, but I wanted it to be consistent before I considered that bridge crossed.
Whether I am getting paid for contract writing, selling an affiliate product, selling one of my own products, or getting paid for posts on social media, I have been getting paid at least something every day (this is in addition to ad revenue, which I technically earn every day).
First off, I want to say that none of this would have been possible had I not taken Elite Blog Academy. When I started out, I had no idea that people really could earn a living as a blogger, but I wasn’t very far into Elite Blog Academy before I started to see how it was all possible. It is because of EBA that I took my income from $0 a month to more than $5,000 a month. Because you can only join EBA once a year, you better get on the waiting list if you might even want to think about it. You can do that HERE.
You can even grab a ton of freebies right now because the course is getting ready to open. Right now it is the AMAZING Goal Setting Workbook For Bloggers. You won’t get your hands on these freebies ever again. Each year there are new ones. So, grab these when you can.
Actually, you can see why I love EBA so much in my video testimonial below:
Why do I share my income report?
I went back and forth on this for months. I have a list of bloggers and potential bloggers who I send a series of tips and information to via email (you can join that list HERE), and they have been asking me for this for quite some time.
While it kind of makes me uncomfortable, I know that it is only because other bloggers shared their income reports that I even knew making money while blogging was possible. It was their income reports that inspired me to start. In the beginning, my goal was to earn $1,000 a month so we could take a vacation once a year. Seeing others who were doing this encouraged me.
Because I have people asking me to share, and because I would love to inspire others to take the leap as those people did for me, I am sharing my blogging income reports. So, below you will find my January blogging income report as well as the things that help make it possible.
One of the best things about being a blogger is how bloggers are largely more than willing to help bloggers in any way possible. And it is for this reason that bloggers share their income reports – it’s to show people like you what’s possible.
But who am I?
I am a busy, homeschooling mom of 8 who has been writing professionally for more than eight years. I have lived a unique life because we have a large family, and for this reason, I became really good at things like budgeting, home management, time management, organization, and things like this.
As a blogger, I am not good with technology or even computers for that matter. I’m not really anyone special. But I love helping others with what I’ve learned, even the really hard things I’ve learned in life. And, as I do that through this blog, I’m able to support my family, too, which is pretty amazing. In fact, I was supporting my family through my writing after I had been blogging about a year.
Like I said, pretty amazing.
Do you feel passionate about inspiring, encouraging, and teaching others? Maybe blogging is a good fit for you. Finally, you can actually find this out. Go HERE and take this assessment to see whether blogging could work for you!
My January 2017 stats and income:
Page Views: 416,053
Monthly Writing Income: $4,832.91
Income Breakdown (approximate):
Additional/contract writing $1,600
Ad networks: $2,257
Sponsored/brand work: 675
Products sales: $216
My expenses were a bit higher this month because I purchased a blogging course and also ran a lot of Facebook ads. For this reason, my blog expenses were just over $1,000 in January. Ad network income is also down, as it always is in January.
Here are the things that make blogging possible for me:
You truly can’t expect to go anywhere if you’re not willing to invest in education. I spend about $5,000 a year in education, but I also more than earn that back in applying what I learn.
Elite Blog Academy. You’ve heard me talk about EBA. This is a game changer. Period. Go HERE to check it out.
Working With Brands. A course from Jenny Melrose, this course taught me and gave me the confidence I needed to reach out to the brands I actually want to work with. Go HERE to check it out.
Inspired Bloggers University. I am a lifetime member of IBU, and it is worth its weight in gold. As a lifetime member, I have unlimited access to countless classes both now and in the future. Created by Tabitha Philen, IBU is also an invaluable piece in my blogging journey. Go HERE to check it out.
IMark Interactive. This is Grayson, the amazing guy who handles all my tech stuff. This is the FIRST thing I invested in every month, and it is the last thing I would ever give up. Don’t like tech stuff? This will be the best investment you make in your blog every month. It is in mine. Go HERE to check it out.
Tailwind. I use Tailwind to schedule my Pinterest pins. I couldn’t live without it. Go HERE to check it out.
Convert Kit. This is the mail service I use. It’s pure awesomeness. If you are wanting to take your mail service to the next level, CK is amazing! Go HERE to check it out.
Send Owl. This is where most of my products are stored and purchased. Go HERE to check it out.
Teachable. This is where my e-course is hosted. I don’t have to mess with my own site for my courses. They handle everything. User-friendly, affiliate options, and amazing customer service, it’s awesome! Go HERE to check them out.
The sky really is the limit. And, I get paid to do something I LOVE! You can, too!