How We Made $152,495.60 in March 2018 Working From Home (Blog Income Report)
If you’re new to our income reports, this is what we will cover (feel free to click and skip to what you’d like to see):
- Why We Publish Income Reports
- Show Me the Blog Money
- Changes Since Our Last Income Report Update
- Additional Blogging Resources
- How We Make Money Blogging
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 blogging strategies that work in a completely different niche, and we hope this will make it a little more relatable and 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.
Yes, we blog about blogging too, but the difference is that we took Avocadu to earning $20,000/month and beyond BEFORE we started Create and Go.
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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Show Me the Blog Money:
PROOF OF INCOME
Here are a couple of screenshots of our Stripe and PayPal accounts, where we receive payments for products sell, just for a little proof:
We also receive other income that is directly deposited into our bank account. There are just too many places to screenshot all of them!
March Blogging Revenues
Some of our expenses include the following:
- Bluehost (Hosting)
- ConvertKit (Email marketing)
- LeadPages (Email opt-in landing pages)
- Teachable (Sales pages + course hosting)
- ClickFunnels (Sales pages + eBook hosting)
- Tailwind (Pinterest scheduling and analytics)
- Social Media Warfare (Social icons and sharing)
Income Recap Since We Started:
The chart below contains the revenues from both blogs (Avocadu and Create and Go) since we started blogging.
Helpful Timeline of Events:
- During the months of July – August of 2015, we were working on our first blog that ultimately failed
- We started Avocadu in September of 2015 and didn’t make any money with it until January of 2016.
Changes in March Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
- How I Work Full Time and Make $5k+ Per Month Blogging
- Why is No One Signing Up for My Email List on My Blog?
Blog Income Reporting Has Changed
Well, I’ve got good news and bad news.
The good news is that we aren’t going to stop publishing income reports anytime soon. We’ve noticed that a few other bloggers have stopped publishing income reports after a few months of making six-figures in a month. I respect their reasons to stop publishing and definitely can understand why they stopped, but I also believe that it serves as an inspirational tool for our new bloggers.
That being said, the bad news is that we are going to be making some serious changes to our income reports.
Our reasons for this are twofold:
- Not enough updates to report on a monthly basis
Sadly, publishing our income reports and details about our blogs has left us very exposed to copycats and people looking to rip off our businesses.
We’ve seen a huge increase in people copying our content, products, and sales pages on Pinterest. It’s getting ridiculous.
P.S. There is a thing called COPYRIGHT LAWS and they exist for a reason — to protect business owners and the information that they create. Copying is illegal and it is very easy for us to file notices to have copied content taken down.
My point is this:
I am done giving people a free sword so that they can stab us with it.
Publishing every insight and idea in my brain for free serves as a sort of roadmap for my competition of what to do next. I know they are still going to copy and mimic us, but if I stop giving them serious insights for free, they will have a harder time following our next moves.
Obviously, our courses will still have all the goodies inside, but I’m going to keep things a bit more discreet on the blog.
Copycats aside, we have also come to a stage in our blogging career where we just don’t have as many updates on a monthly basis as we used to.
I don’t want to talk just to talk and fill these reports up each month, and I don’t want to report on things that won’t really help YOU on your blogging journey.
I don’t want to waste your time and you don’t want your time wasted. So let’s cut the BS out!
Consider these reports now more inspirational than educational.
I think that’s the purpose of posting your income anyway. I plan to write about anything that I think might help you…
- Maybe it’s a great article that inspired me.
- Maybe it’s a great book I recently read.
- Maybe it’s how to safely drink while blogging. WHO. KNOWS.
We will post our income recent blog posts and various other inspirational content in our income reports.
What Happened in Our Lives as Full-Time Bloggers Last Month
Meet the newest addition to our blogging family, Hahns….
I’ve started calling him cat-dog because he’s so weird and aloof I feel like we have adopted a large cat that barks. He’s our new German Shepard and you can expect him and his antics to become a regular show on this blog.
You’ve been warned.
We also moved into a new house, and I got a big, fancy desk!
If we have learned one thing over the last 2 and a half years of blogging, traveling the world and working remotely, and moving homes every few months, it’s this…
Your place of work needs to be as comfortable and as conducive to “deep work” as possible.
If you can fit it into your budget, spend a little money on a nice desk, computer, storage space, etc. — whatever you need to have a clean and distraction-free zone.
We moved furniture on and off for weeks trying to get our workplaces to feel “just right.” Otherwise, we invite distractions and can’t focus as well.
Do what you need to do!
Other Blog Updates in March
We Had Our First Blogger Hit Six-Figures
As many of you know, we sell a blogging course on monetization called Six-Figure Blogger for the intermediate blogger (making $500 or more) to take their income to the next level.
Natalie Bacon was the first to achieve this (that personally told us about it anyway)! Shoutout to her because she’s a beast and we absolutely love her hustle.
We also have another blogger (who will remain unnamed until she hits the goal) go from $0 and no blog to $6,000 per month – with our courses. She’s very close to the six-figure mark as well!
The thing with blogging is that it takes time to see implement strategies and begin seeing results – depending on what stage you are at and how hard you work at it.
It’s so exciting seeing what a huge impact our courses are beginning to make on people’s lives!
Next Steps in Our Blog Growth and Goals
I believe that we are about six months away from hitting the $200,000/month mark with blogging. These are the things we are working on:
Honestly, this has been a long-neglected topic for us and we’ve been grinding hard on it lately. Amazingly, we already get good search volume for not really trying (thanks to the help of Pinterest traffic), so we are beginning to really double down on this.
We are working on getting featured on more blogs because the backlinks will give our blog more authority (and help with SEO above). If you have a blog with a solid SEO score and would like a guest post from us, we’d be happy to oblige! 🙂
The truth is that our blog is almost perfectly optimized, in my opinion. Some fixes definitely need to happen, but nothing major. Right now, it’s all about the outreach and improving our conversion rates.
Traffic is a funny thing. If we had double the traffic right now from a solid source, we would be able to double our sales. Create and Go gets about ¼ of the traffic that some other big bloggers have in this space and we are turning our sights to improve this.
I expect about six months of solid work will produce some amazing results.
New to blogging? We’ve got a MESS of resources for you if you’d like to fire things up:
Best Articles for People Who Have Not Started Blogging:
- How to Start a Successful Blog – Step by Step Beginners Guide
- How Much Does it Really Cost to Start a Blog?
- Blog Niche Ideas – 3 Steps to Find a Fun and Profitable Blog Niche
- What is a Blog? – How it Works + The Difference Between a Blog and a Website
- How Much Do Bloggers Make? Like, Really?
- How to Overcome Your Fear of Starting a Blog
Best Articles for the Peeps Who HAVE Started a Blog:
- How to Make Money Blogging (We Make Over $100,000/Month)
- Why is No One Signing Up for My Email List
- 17 Best Blogging Tools for Beginners and Beyond
- How to Monetize Your Blog – Free 4 Day eCourse
- What is Pinterest and How Does It Work for Bloggers?
- How to Grow Your Small Business or Blog on Pinterest – FREE 4 Day eCourse
- Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – 6 Tips for Making 6 Figures
- The Ultimate Guide to Creating and Selling Digital Products on Your Blog
How We Make Money Blogging
Affiliate Marketing Income:
Last month, we made $46,733.68 through affiliate marketing on our blogs. Affiliate marketing just means selling other people’s products and courses, and it was how we earned our first $1,000/month blogging. It’s one of the best ways to start making with your blog.
If you would like to know how we did this and how you can use it to monetize your blog, make sure to check out our course Make Money Blogging for Beginners.
The course is all about helping you start making $500 – $1000 per month with your new blog through affiliate marketing, free blog traffic, and other strategies.
Digital Products and Services Sold:
Last month, we made $99,350.80 selling digital products and services (eBooks and online courses). This is always going to be where the bulk of our income is made because selling your own products has a much higher earning potential.
If you would like to know how we did this, make sure to check out our most advanced blog monetization course, Six Figure Blogger.
This is the course that Natalie (discussed above) used to take her income to over six figures (she actually earned over $14,000 in March herself!). It’s for bloggers who are already making a little bit of money and really want to ramp things up.
Note that this is an ADVANCED course. It does not cover the basics of traffic or writing content. It delves much deeper to cover copywriting, sales funnels, email marketing, and more.
Co-Founder, Create and Go