Blog Income Report March 2017 – $36,949.83 Blogging
Hey, blogging family! Welcome to our blog income report March 2017 for our health and fitness blog and Youtube Channel!
For those new to seeing these income reports, they may come across as a little strange.
For those of you who understand the deal-io, you can skip past this brief explanation to the “Show me the money!” section.
There are lots of folks out there talking about making money online.
I can’t get through my Facebook news feed these days without seeing an advertisement of some rando with a big cheesy smile talking about their life changing webinar… LOTS of people running around calling themselves gurus and influencers.
LOTS of people running around calling themselves gurus and influencers.
What influencer calls themselves an influencer???
Me: Hey Jim what do you do?
Jim: I’m an influencer of the people.
Me: Uhhhhhh, que???
Even worse and more confusing, there are lots of blogging “experts” that only make money blogging about making money blogging.
The sad truth about some of these “experts” is that they didn’t make money online until they began to teach other people how to make money online…
Which is pretty unhelpful if you have a blog on an unrelated topic.
Just so you know, the blog that we took from $0 all the way up to 10k+ per month in less than a year is in the health and wellness niche: Avocadu.com.
We found great success (and a lot of failures along the way) in that blog BEFORE we started this one. Our income reports are solely based on Avocadu’s performance.
They are not only a way for us to inspire you and show you the potential of making money online and how to make money blogging, but it’s a way for us to connect with you and help you avoid the many mistakes we made on our own journey.
We know that it’s pretty strange having our friends, family, and loved ones knowing how much money we make, but that’s the tradeoff we choose for the transparency this provides.
Also, we pay attention to the other big bloggers that do income reports… And frankly, they inspire us.
Sometimes just knowing that life-changing income is possible is all the mind needs to move forward past the pain of starting out.
These reports help fan Lauren and I’s flame… It gives us the fire to do better and to push harder. The extra nudge to put in those extra 2 hours at the end of a long day. I think that stuff matters.
We hope this goes to help you better understand why we post these reports. 😛
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P.S. This month (and going forward), we have also decided to include income from our health and fitness Youtube Channel, The Health Nerd, as well!
Show me the money!
Blog Income Report March 2017 – 36,949.83 Blogging
(From authority website: Avocadu.com and YouTube Channel: The Health Nerd)
- Digital Products and Services: $22,970 (Learn how to create and sell your own digital products and services with Six-Figure Blogger!)
- Probiotics Supplement Sales: $4,549
- Ads: $3,834
- Affiliate Products: $598
The Health Nerd:
- Digital Products and Services: $2,914
- Affiliate Products: $173
- Ads: $1,911
- Credit Card Processing Fees (on products sold): $1,086
- Website: $1,848
- ClickFunnels: $97 (See our full review on Clickfunnels)
- ConvertKit (Emails): $349 (See our full review on ConvertKit)
- Hosting + Domain (Bluehost): $97 (Note: This includes VPS service.) (check out our tutorial on how to start a successful blog)
- Shutterstock (Stock Photos): $169
- Subscriptions: $148
- Pinterest Analytics (Tailwind): $15
- Office and Other: $916
The Health Nerd:
- Credit Card Processing Fees (on products sold): $108
- Other: $103
MARCH NET INCOME: $32,013
Proof of Income and Traffic
One phrase to describe this month:
Some Important Updates:
We decided to add the revenues and expenses for The Health Nerd to our reports.
For those of you that don’t know, aside from Avocadu.com and Createandgo.co, Lauren, her brother Dale, and myself run a Youtube Channel called The Health Nerd.
It’s a channel all about healthy tips and tricks backed by science that was leveraged into existence thanks to Avocadu’s traffic.
Now, it is completely self-sufficient channel without much of Avocadu’s help.
In fact, on April 1st it reached 100,000 subscribers, which is a very big milestone in the Youtube community.
Here is the video that we did as a thank you to our subscribers for helping us reach the 100k mark:
. If you love what we’re about on The Health Nerd, subscribe to our Youtube channel!
They give you a plaque and everything! 😛
The Health Nerd has now seen two consistent months of profitability, and we figured it was time to add it to our monthly income reports.
As you can see, the combination of ads and digital product sales brought in an extra $4998 in the month of March.
We expect our Youtube Channel to grow exponentially over time, because the larger the channel grows, the higher the number of people we can reach, which in turn will make it grow even faster, etc.
It’s a side project that very well may one day eclipse the revenue of Avocadu!
What we learned this month from our experiments:
A willingness to be wrong…
I feel like a lot of these income reports have me correcting some mistakes I have made in the past. Some things I was so assured of until I took a bite of humble pie and realized my previous assumptions were false.
- I was set on avoiding affiliate marketing for creating your own products – now I feel like you should only create products if you can create them BETTER than the competition.
- I was set on not using ads to monetize a blog – now we use ads to make an extra $3,000+/month.
- Lastly, I was set on Clickfunnels being better than Teachable, because of the landing pages, and now we might move our courses over to Teachable…
Blogging so far has been an unexpectedly humbling process.
I’m not going to self-analyze this too much, but I am working on being more willing to be wrong and knowing when I am right.
Hiring people to run ads is a very painful process.
Why is this so difficult?
Because people don’t know nearly as much about your business as you do. They have not seen the shit you have seen or walked the path you have walked.
Therefore, it’s hard to find the right people for your business.
I am quickly learning this is much more of a skill than just selecting a rando on Upwork and hoping for the best.
I have yet to find someone to take on our project of retargeting…
Finding the right people for the work you need is hard, but is a key part of scaling your business.
I will need to become better at this.
Yoga Profit Loss Bible
Some experiments fail…
It cost us $3,000 for the video workouts to be done by a professional yoga instructor.
And it failed.
Not only were we not able to sell MORE of the product by adding improvements, but we actually sold LESS of our product WITH additional video workouts!
How does that even make sense?
This is the SECOND time we have tried updating and improving the Yoga Fat Loss Bible only to have it fail.
It’s tough, but it was another lesson for us.
I have some ideas for selling the video workouts by themselves, but we are currently using them as an upsell and might just take the loss.
Create and Go needs more of my time and attention at the present moment and pulling an ROI from those yoga videos is going to be tough.
My thoughts are to repurpose the videos for a separate yoga program for people interested in video workouts. We’ll see! 😉
Clickfunnels vs. Teachable…
Soooooooo, I like Clickfunnels.
They do decent work and have the best sales page editor in existence, in my opinion.
Everything was going fine until the complaints started rolling in…
“Lauren, I can’t access the training, I get a message that I am already logged in, I tried to clear the cache on my browsers, but it didn’t work, could you please help?”
“I am having loads of trouble today, again it’s saying I’m logged in and all the the methods above are not working this time. They’ve worked before. It’s really frustrating when you set time aside to do this work and can’t get in. Today I am paying my assistant to do some Pinterest updating and we can’t get in to follow the instructions.”
The problem is this: While Clickfunnels is GREAT at sales pages and opt-ins, they kind of SUCK at membership programs.
And I hate to say it, but Clickfunnels has been less than helpful with this process. We contacted them about the problem, and they blamed it on our customers.
You can mess up quite a few things and still be a successful blogger, trust me!
But pissing off your customers by not providing access to a course that they paid a lot of money for is NOT one of the things you can fuck up.
So now, my dearest Clickfunnels, we have a serious problem.
It doesn’t matter how much I like the sales page editor if the customer is not receiving what they paid for…
Lauren and I are playing around with Teachable for our courses to see if this is a better solution.
Checkout our Teachable School Page!
Looks pretty legit, right!?
While Teachable’s landing page editor is very basic in comparison, we will take the hit in sales to better serve our customers.
Affiliate Marketing Our Courses:
In the last income report, we chatted for a bit about getting affiliates to marketing our popular products.
Now, this is where Teachable might change the game a little bit.
With Clickfunnels, we have to host our products on Clickbank.com and use their system to give access to affiliates who want to sell our products.
The upside is that we have TONS of potential affiliates that would sell our products because Clickbank is a MASSIVE marketplace.
The downside is that it costs more to have them hosted on Clickbank (high transaction fees) and some of the people on there are shady AF.
So if we do move to Teachable, we will be able to individually approve and set commissions on every individual affiliate.
I’m not going to commit us to move one way or another at this point, but Teachable definitely has it’s pros and is looking like the right move for us at this time.
Experiments we are running in the coming month:
Life in Peru
From April 5th to the 26th Lauren, Dale, and I will be in Peru with the Wifi Tribe.
Naturally, this is going to put a little damper on the experiments we will be able to run.
We learned from our past vacations that trying to take on big projects or make big changes should not happen when traveling.
It makes for a stressful trip, because of bad internet connections, parties, and other distractions.
We are also bringing along Dale because we wanted to experiment with having a professional videographer on the trip with us.
It cost us a lot of money, but we think will be worth it to capture the trip.
Also, Dale and I have been playing around with the idea of starting a business based on videography. So, I see the trip as an experiment.
Lauren is going to head up the transferring of a couple of our courses and playing around with this as a valid option for hosting our courses, which should be interesting.
We are going to keep the courses running on Clickfunnels, and any new sales will be directed to Teachable.
Here’s to hoping this works!
Considering Google SEO for Avocadu
We’re played around with a few ideas for getting more organic traffic to both of our businesses…
- Google SEO
Most of them just don’t feel right for us. They almost feel forced.
The only thing that has really worked as an additional traffic source so far is YouTube.
I remember looking into Google SEO heavily awhile back and found out that most people are ranking simply from running around and trying to get backlinks to their websites.
They spend all their time trying desperately to get other blogs to link their articles. It seemed like a very tedious game that I did not want to play. It also seems like a short-term solution for a long-term problem.
If people are not linking your website naturally, your content probably ain’t going to survive long term.
That being said, here’s why I’m changing my mind a little bit on Google SEO:
Avocadu.com is already in the #1 ranking position for certain keywords without trying.
This is pretty amazing, considering we have done virtually nothing to optimize for keywords at this point and time.
It seems that if you post good enough content, it happens a bit just naturally.
So my thought is…
How do I grow this?
I know of other lower quality health and wellness blogs getting 500,000+ visitors per month from Google, and I feel like we can beat them. I’ll let you know more after I do more research in Peru!
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