How We Made $161,321.86 in May 2018 Working From Home (Blog Income Report)
In these blog income reports, we report our blogging income and expenses from the past month as well as insights to what we did over the last month and how our revenues compared to the last couple years of blogging.
This is what we will cover in this blog income report (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!
May 2018 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 May Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
- What Does a Blogger Do? + How Bloggers Make Money
- 6 Best Blogging Platforms to Make Money (Paid & Free Blogging Sites)
- From Accountant to Professional Blogging Career: How I Quadrupled My Salary in Two Years
- The 4 Phases of Online Blogging Success: From Poop to Profits
What Happened in Our Lives as Full-Time Bloggers Last Month
Well, we did some more traveling in the last month. One of the best perks of having this “job” is the ability to hop on a plane whenever you want and go wherever you want because you can work from home!
I, Alex, went to Honduras with Lauren’s brother on another trip for WANDR, our side project in the travel niche. It was incredible because we got our entire stay paid for! This was the first time that our WANDR stuff brought in any kind of income or “perks.”
An expatriate from the U.S. named Robert saw our Peru travel video and invited us to stay in Honduras for 10 days if we produced a video on the country. He owns a few businesses that rely on tourism and simply wanted a cool video to help promote tourism, so that’s what we did!
You can watch the video below:
We took Natalie on a quick, fun trip to celebrate her becoming a six-figure blogger with the help of our course, Six-Figure Blogger! Not only has she made six-figures after taking our course, she made over $14,000 in a single month after launching her very first course, Design Your Dream Life Academy, and is already working hard on her next course! #hustler
And on top of that, we also heard that Michelle Schroeder-Gardener from Making Sense of Cents was in Fort Lauderdale as well! We met up with her and her husband Wes and had some nice dinners and drinks together!
So, that was pretty awesome. We did some work, had some fun, and had a great time!
Other Blog Updates in May 2018
We’re still working towards the $200,000/month mark with our blogs, and we think we’re just a few months away from that goal. These are the things we are working on to help us get there.
Next Steps in Our Blog Growth and Goals
We’ve hired some people to help us out with our SEO strategies because it’s not a topic that we know a whole lot about.
We’ve learned enough about Google SEO over the last couple of years to work on it pretty passively but now that we have capital to reinvest back into our business, we’re working on a more active strategy for this.
Thankfully Pinterest traffic can greatly boost your SEO traffic over time because Google recognizes when you’re driving tons of traffic to your site from Pinterest. Keep at that Pinterest traffic, folks! It will pay off more than you know in a year’s time!
We are still 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.
As part of this outreach, we have written guest posts for both Natalie and Michelle:
- From Tinder to $100k Per Month Blogging in 3 Years
- How We Went from $0-10,000/Month Blogging in Less Than a Year
Lauren also did an interview with Bola at Clever Girl Finance, (another Six-Figure Blogger student!). You can watch that video below on how we built a six-figure blog in a year:
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 $45,330.68 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 $108,325.65 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 2018 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.
Alex and Lauren
Co-Founders, Create and Go
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