Looking for extra income?
Here’s how I made over $46,000 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)!
AUGUST 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 $48,163 in August blogging PART-TIME…
Advertisement Income: $1654 (I stared on Google Ads but once I hit 100,000 pageviews a month I switched over to AdThrive)
Affiliate Income: $36,578 (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 and make several thousand a month doing them but lately I’ve been focusing on my own products and affiliate income instead since both are more residual income streams.)
My Book—175 Best Date Ideas: $263 (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: $9667 (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.
Check out this (free) step-by-step tutorial on how to start a blog (no tech knowledge required).
Or join my free webinar all about how to start a blogging side business (no tech knowledge required)! You’ll have the chance to start blog during the online workshop (start one as you follow along with my demonstration) – I’ll walk you through everything step-by-step!
After you start a blog, 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 existing blog to six figures (working part-time).
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS MONTH:
August was a great month and I’m happy with how much we made and my work/life balance. I’ve always kept my blog hours to part-time and made sure my kids and family are first.
We were able to work less in August and still make great income—largely due to a profitable Facebook ad we are running.
In August we tested different price points for our 175 Best Date Ideas book—the book sells best in February (before Valentines Day) and also in December. I figured August was a great time to test price points so that we’ll be ready for December and February.
I’m continuing to learn that blogging really does have unlimited income potential and so many different ways/streams to make money through. You just have to find which one works best for your blog.
I continue to be so thankful I took that step of faith 4 years ago and started a blog. You can start a blog today, using this free step-by-step tutorial (no tech knowledge required).
Update: Our new course, Advanced Blogging Strategies, teaches you step-by-step how to get started with Facebook ads if you already have an existing blog you are ready to scale (and more). If you have a blog and are looking to increase your income, learn more about Advanced Blogging Strategies here.
BLOG INCOME SINCE THE BEGINNING:
I think it’s fun to see the progress all in one place—so here is how much I’ve made since I first started the blog. You can even grow your income faster than I did, I’ve seen it done time and time again. Just make sure you focus on the right things in the right order (check out our blogging courses that will show you everything step-by-step).
- February 2014 (started the blog)
- May 2014 (we started monetizing): $131.46
- June: $307.38
- July: $467.24
- August: $856.41
- September: $756.03
- October: $1412
- November: $3640
- December: $2502
2014 Total: $10,072
If you’re in the beginning stages of blogging, I highly recommend looking into our Successful Startup course.
- January: $2956
- February: $2121
- March: $6117
- April: $9684
- May: $5329
- June: $8875
- July: $5788
- August: $8863
- September (my husband Corey was able to quit his job because our blog was making enough to provide for our family): $9214
- October: $7809
- November: $6470
- December: $6285
2015 Total: $79,511
- January (I took 3 months of maternity leave—the blog continued to bring in passive income): $5724
- February (I took 3 months of maternity leave—the blog continued to bring in passive income): $4658
- March (I took 3 months of maternity leave—the blog continued to bring in passive income): $5896
- April (As friends, family and readers saw our blog was supporting our family full-time even while we took time off, they started asking how we make money blogging, so we started publishing income reports to show others how to make money blogging and created a (free) tutorial on how to start a blog without tech knowledge ): $11,080
- May: $6256
- June: $7497
- July: $10,478
- August: $6368
- September (We 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): $6638
- October: $4657
- November: $5941
- December: $9592
2016 Total: $84,785 (We grew even with taking 3 months of maternity leave off and adjusted to living full-time in an RV and traveling)
- January: $5619
- February: $5309
- March: $8081
- April: $3395
- May: $4942
- June: $6198
- July: $8014
- August: $6928
- September: $6860
- October: $8066
- November: $9879
- December: $9867
2017 Total: $83,158
- January: $12,366
- February: $15,031
- March: $17,526
- April: $18,534
- May: $31,464
- June: $33,298
- July: $46,428
- August: $48,163
2018 Total So Far: $222,810
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 $480,336 total blogging.
Starting the blog was one of the best decisions I ever made.
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.