How We Made $144,166.18 in January Working From Home (Blogging Income Report)
Hey, dudes and dudettes! Welcome to our blog income report January 2018 where we give you the low-down on how we make money blogging every month!
If you’re new here feel free to read the next section on “why we publish income reports”
If you’re a regular to these parts, go ahead and skip on to the “show me the money” section.
Why We Publish Income Reports:
It’s a little weird publishing our income reports for all of our friends, family, and loved ones to see, but that’s the tradeoff that we accept for the transparency that it provides to our audience.
We never publish to brag – only to show our followers and readers just what is possible with a small blog, some hard work, and a lot of determination!
Lauren (my girlfriend and business partner) and I own a successful health and wellness blog at Avocadu.com. It is from the successes and failures of this blog that we teach at Create and Go.
We are teaching strategies that work in a completely different niche, and we hope this will make it a little more applicable to your specific niche and blog.
There are a lot of ‘experts’ out there that are making money online by teaching others how to make money online. Basically, blogging about blogging.
While many of these folks are VERY successful (and good at what they do), it makes their strategies a little less relatable and harder to apply sometimes if you are in a completely different niche.
We took Avocadu to earning $20,000/month and beyond before we started Create and Go. Now that we have found quite a bit of success with Create and Go as well, we have also recently begun adding in some of our money stats from this blog into our income reports as well.
We hope that the honesty and transparency that we provide through our successes and failures with our health and wellness blog helps you on your blogging journey as well!
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Blog Income Report January 2018: How We Made $144,166.18 From Home in One Month Blogging
Show Me the Blog Money:
In January of 2018, our revenues from Avocadu were $23,594 and Create and Go made $120,572.
From our health and wellness blog, Avocadu.com:
- Digital Products and Services: $15,801 (Learn how to create and sell your own digital products and services with Six-Figure Blogger)
- Probiotics Supplement Sales: $2,094
- Ads: $4,679
- Affiliate Products: $1,020
From this website, Create and Go:
- Sales from Blogging Courses: $62,074
- Affiliate Marketing: $57,813 (Get started with affiliate marketing in Make Money Blogging for Beginners)
- YouTube Ads: $685
Total Revenues: $144,166
- Credit Card Processing Fees (on products sold): $668
- COGS (Probiotics): $405
- Hosting (Bluehost): $97 (Note: This includes VPS service + other websites.) (Check out our tutorial on how to start a successful blog)
- Misc. Office, Education, Equipment M&E: $306
- Other Subscriptions, Software, and Website Expenses: $1,819
Create and Go:
- Advertising: $33,449
- Credit Card Fees (on courses sold): $2,347
- Other Software and Website Expenses: $6,674
Total Expenses: $46,759
JANUARY BLOGGING NET INCOME: $97,407
Proof of Blogging Income
Here are a couple of screenshots of our Stripe accounts and one of our PayPal accounts, where we receive payments for the digital products and services that we own and sell, just for a little proof:
We also receive sales income into another PayPal account and some that is directly deposited into our bank account. There are just too many places to screenshot all of them!
Here’s what happened with our blogs in January…
This was our first month making over $100,000 blogging. This was never a real goal of ours. More like a far-off dream because we had seen others do it but had no real thoughts that WE would ever be able to achieve that level of success.
When we started, our first goals were quitting our full-time jobs and making $10,000/month blogging. That would be plenty enough for us to quit and live a pretty great life.
And here we are…
My initial thoughts on this month, if I were being 100% honest, would involve a lot of excited explicates – but I’ll spare you my potty mouth.
Shock, overwhelm, happiness, excitement, and confusion all come to mind when looking back at this past month, the past two years, and how our businesses are doing.
This has just all been so fast for us I don’t think it has had time to settle in.
- Two years ago, in January of 2016, we made $172.82 blogging.
- Last year, in January of 2017, we made $33,693 blogging.
- This year, in January of 2018, we made $144,166 blogging.
We’re now making over $140,000 (with over $90,000 in cash profits)… In a single month…
Here are some things I’d like to say before we get really started, and I am speaking for both Lauren and myself here.
We’re super thankful for all of you.
Without your trust and faith in us and what we are teaching, this wouldn’t be possible. We take the fact that MANY of you have trusted us with your dreams and life very seriously. We’re stoked to have you with us.
Your blog may go in a few different directions, not all ones that you would like or choose, but it’s your READERS that ultimately make success possible for you. Make them happy and you’ll be happy!
I still can’t believe we actually made over $100,000 in a month.
This is just crazy. There is no other way to say it. We still feel like it was yesterday when this whole thing started. Often, we just look at each other and say “is this for real?”
Challenge yourself and know that there are no upper limits except for those that you set for yourself. We do our best to be thankful for what we have every single day and never take it for granted.
God bless the Internet
Without it, these opportunities were nothing more than pipedreams in the past. Our parents didn’t have this opportunity and we’re incredibly thankful that we do.
This is the best time in history for people like us who have dreams of fast success and financial freedom.
You can do this too!
Lauren and I are NOT SPECIAL. Sure, we work hard and we’re not lazy by most means, but we’re normal people. We’re average joes.
There is nothing that we possess that you do not. We just worked hard, had a dream, and didn’t let anything stop us or slow us down along the way.
Including a few blogging mistakes (see below).
A failed blog, multiple failed products (see below)…
But we kept pushing forward through the pain and disappointment. Worth. It.
You can do this too. It takes a ton of work, effort, and struggle – but this is in no way out of your reach.
Blogging is not a brand new concept. It’s been around for several years now. All it takes is a ton of hard work and having the right system in front of you!
I do wonder if our fast success at blogging has to do with this next point:
At Create and Go, We Don’t Really Have Specific Blog Goals.
Sure, there are basic metrics we look at like $10,000 per month, 100,000 subscribers, etc. that get us excited about the future… but there are no more formal goals.
Every day, we just wake up and work the same system that we teach in our blogging courses.
The reason why we don’t set monetary goals is that trying to predict that in the future is silly. When it comes to a business where all sorts of unknown variables lurk around every corner, your predictions will almost always be WRONG.
We find that we have no idea what we will be focused on six months from now and that’s a good thing. We let our audience tell us what else they need from us and go with how we FEEL about which direction we should head next.
The present moment is really all you’ve got. It’s all anyone has.
So in lieu of goals, Lauren and I just work “the process.” It’s a simple concept really and goes something like this:
Wake up every single day and ask yourself: “What’s the #1 most important thing I can do right now to grow my blog and my business?”
You see, we didn’t set out to make over $100,000/month blogging. Yeah, we talked about it occasionally when our income started to rise but did we seriously ever think we’d be here?
Hell no. We just worked the process.
The same should go for you and your dreams – with an ever-present focus on the absolute most important next step to quitting your job or making money blogging and allowing yourself to ignore everything else.
Focus on the process and put in the work. There’s no magic to it and anyone selling you magic is full of sh*t! 😉
Here are some other things that happened and lessons we learned:
The Create and Go Squad Got Featured in FORBES!
This was pretty damn cool.
Up until this point, we NEVER did any kind of outreach, networking, etc.
It’s just not our style. We’d rather stay hyperfocused and work the ground in front of us, and that path has been VERY rewarding for us.
That being said, getting natural backlinks to your blog is great for Google SEO and raising your blog’s authority.
Because our blogs are at a stage where they are fully set up for monetization and just need more traffic and exposure, we decided that NOW there would be a lot more value in outreach and networking.
I reached out to a writer at Forbes who tossed me to another editor who tossed me to their team and then a guy named Dave picked the idea up. Dave was excited to make an article because he too has a blog at runthemoney.com, which I thought was pretty cool.
Here is a link to the article:
I will definitely be reaching out to more publications and trying to do more interviews like this. I believe that it’s a great way to both increase our traffic and raise our blogs authority.
The Main Ways We Plan to Continue to Grow Our Businesses.
First off, we are stoked about where we are. That being said, we still feel like there are a LOT of ways to grow our business and help more people. Here are the main areas we will be focusing on in the upcoming months.
Avocadu will continue to put pressure on Amazon FBA.
As I’ve talked about it for the past few months, Avocadu is moving into the Amazon FBA space. It was a slow process at the beginning, but we are finally pulling in some sales and revenue.
We’ll see this new division goes. We may keep it as apart of the Avocadu brand or we may create a separate brand name for this set of products.
More Outreach and Interviews to Establish More Blog Authority
As I’ve said, I do think this will be the #1 way to improve our income this year as bloggers. We’ve got all the tools we need and our courses are selling very well.
The next step is about massive exposure.
Once this income report has been posted we will be reaching out like crazy to see what kind of interest and responses we get. I was inspired by Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s last income report where she talked about doing over 100+ interviews in the year. We won’t be doing THAT many, it’s inspiring to say the least!
Ads, Ads, Ads
Another simple way to increase our exposure immediately will be to experiment more with ads on various social platforms.
Facebook and YouTube ads are up next for us, and I really am going back and forth with Instagram.
On the one hand, running a Create and Go Instagram account could be fun and drive a lot of traffic. On the other hand, managing ANOTHER Instagram account could be annoying. We’ll see…
Featuring More Student Success Stories
This is a must and something that we do not do enough with our blog and our business.
Sometimes, you’re SO focused inward on running your own online business that you fail to see the bigger picture.
We’ve come to realize that while our audience seems to love us (for some crazy reason!), the bigger picture is that it shouldn’t be about us. We’re okay and all, but it needs to be more about YOU. Our audience.
This is why we plan to feature more success stories in 2018. The focus will be on some of the new bloggers and other students that have had success starting and growing their blogs with our courses and strategies!
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