Looking for extra income?
Here’s how I made over $33,000 blogging part-time last month…
4 years ago, I decided to start a blog/website to help other moms.
I figured I would try it and see what happened.
It now provides for our family—we’ve been able to travel, save for our first home, and spend more time as a family because of it.
The awesome part about this particular side business (besides the fact it makes over full-time income with part-time hours) is that you’re creating PASSIVE income and can be done from ANYWHERE.
Each month, I like to share an income report with you to help show you how it’s done.
If you’re interested in starting a blog, I have a (free) step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blogging side business(no tech knowledge required)!
JUNE INCOME REPORT BREAKDOWN:
There are tons of ways to make money blogging! The most common ways are ads (Google Ads are fairly simple to set up when you first start), affiliate income (amazon affiliates, affiliate others’ ebooks, etc.), sponsored posts, your own products, etc. I’ve made money through all these streams and at different times I focus my time differently on each category. I recommend trying them and seeing what works best for you.
Here’s how I made $33,298 in Juneblogging PART-TIME…
Advertisement Income: $2159 (I stared on Google Ads but once I hit 100,000 pageviews a month I switched over to AdThrive)
Affiliate Income: $25,434 (Affiliate income is when I recommend a product I love and when a reader makes a purchase I make a commission at no additional cost to them—it’s a win for everyone and fun)
Sponsored Posts and Sponsored Social Shares: $0 (When I first started blogging, I used to do more sponsored posts but lately I’ve been focusing on my own products instead and things that create residual and passive income.)
My Book—175 Best Date Ideas: $219 (Creating my first book wasn’t as hard as a I though. I took some of my blog content on the subject, added some more and then self-published my first book with the help of Amazon Createspace)
Our Blogging Course—Successful Startup: $5486 (We’ve had so many people ask us how we make money blogging—so I created a step-by-step course on how to create a profitable blog. Successful Startup has tutorials about setup, monetization, newsletter, social media, growing your blog and more. Learn more here.)
Not to mention, I only work part-time on the blog. I try to keep it under 20 hours a week.
Note: I do set aside a percentage of all my income to pay taxes and blog expenses.
I have a (free) step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog (no tech knowledge required).
Successful Startup is our best selling course on the step-by-step roadmap to a profitable blog.
UPDATE: We also just released our latest course, Advanced Blogging Strategies, on how to scale your blog to six figures (working part-time).
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS MONTH:
June was another great month. We made over $30,000 and I am happy with that income. I am enjoying working on Facebook ads and being an affiliate for products that I truly love and will benefit my reader’s lives.
We are making about $6.50 per $1 we are currently spending on Facebook ads. It took my husband, Corey, a few months to convince me to try Facebook ads and I’m so glad I finally did.
Update: Our new course, Advanced Blogging Strategies, teaches you step-by-step how to get started with Facebook ads in your business (and more). If you have a blog and are looking to increase your income, learn more about Advanced Blogging Strategies here.
I continue to be so thankful I took that step of faith 4 years ago and started a blog. I still remember making my first pennies on ads (that was the moment I knew it was possible to really make money blogging). Each month since it has grown and grown.
You can start a blog today, using this free step-by-step tutorial (no tech knowledge required).
BLOG INCOME SNAPSHOTS
I think it’s fun to see progress over time—so here are a few monthly snapshots of how much we’ve made along the way since I first started the blog.
You can also read more income reports here.
- In February 2014, I start The Realistic Mama blog.
- May 2014, we started monetizing and I made $131.46.
- November 2014, I made $3640 blogging part-time.
2014 Total Income: $10,072
I highly recommend Successful Startup to learn the step-by-steps to a profitable blog.
- September 2015 I made $9214—This is the month my husband, Corey, was able to quit his job because our blog was consistently making enough to provide for our family.
2015 Total Income: $79,511
- January through March 2016 I took 3 months of maternity leave—The blog continued to bring in passive income. Here’s how much I made each month during my maternity leave. January: $5724, February: $4658, March: $5896
- April 2016 I made $11,080—I was excited to get back to work after my maternity leave. It was also around this time that friends, family and readers saw our blog was supporting our family full-time even while we took time off and they started asking how we made money blogging. So, we started publishing monthly income reports and created a (free) tutorial on how to start a blog without tech knowledge).
- September 2016 we made $6638—We also sold our home and moved into an RV to travel the US—because blogging is online we were able to blog from anywhere and continue to make money).
- December 2016 I made $9592 blogging part-time.
2016 Total: $84,785 (This included 3 months of maternity leave and moving into an RV and traveling full-time)
- January: $5619
- December: $9867
2017 Total Income: $83,158
- January: $12,366
- February: $15,031
- March: $17,526
- April: $18,534
- May: $31,464
- June: $33,298
2018 Total So Far: $128,219
UPDATE: 2018 was a big year of growth for us—we created a course called Advanced Blogging Strategies to share the 4 core strategies (including Facebook ads) we used to scale our income so significantly while still working part-time! Learn more here.
ALL TIME GRAND TOTAL:
Since starting the blog, we’ve made $385,745 total blogging.
See more income reports here.
HOW TO START A BLOG:
Go here for a (free) step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog—it has screen shots and everything (no tech knowledge required).
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$3 a month is minuscule compared to how much you can make blogging. In fact, a year and a half after I started my blog, my blog was making enough my husband was able to quit his full time job! The blog is now our full-time income with part-time flexible hours. We’re also able to work from anywhere, we even took a 8 month RV adventure all over the United States and worked while we were on the road!
Click here for a (free) tutorial on how to start a blog—I’ll walk you through everything step-by-step.
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