How We Made $135,383.90 in June 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 $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!
June 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 June Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
- Why Start a Blog? 10 Reasons You Should Start a Blog Today
- How to Get More Traffic to Your Blog in 7 Steps
- How to Become a Successful Instagram Blogger: My Journey to 160,000 Followers
- How I Started a Fitness Blog and Made Money in 4 Months
What Happened in Our Lives as Full-Time Bloggers Last Month
We didn’t do any traveling this month for the first month in a while, although this didn’t last long… SPOILER ALERT: I’m writing this post from Berlin, Germany!
Instead, we stayed home and stayed focused! We did a good bit of traveling the previous month, so we stayed in for a few weeks afterward to get focused again.
Alex did turn 29 though! Happy birthday, Alex!
Honestly, not a whole lot happened this month in our personal lives that is really worth mentioning. We just stuck around Dallas and hung out with our friends when we weren’t moving.
On that note, let’s move on to blog updates!
Other Blog Updates in June 2018
Our income took a slight dip this month, which can be attributed to a couple of things:
- Summertime blog slump
- Not launching a course this month
Summertime isn’t always a great season for many different niches. A lot of blogs experience a downturn in traffic and as a result, sales as well.
This is mainly because many people’s normal routines and schedules are disrupted during the summer months.
Kids are out of school and tons of people are taking vacation and spending money on other things (like experiences). The weather is usually pretty nice in many places and more people are spending time outdoors.
If this is happening to you, don’t sweat it! All you can do is ride it out and prepare for the months where it will pick back up again.
The other reason our income was down was because we didn’t offer any discounts on our courses this month. We often launch a course about once a month or so at a discount to our email list, but we had other things going on and it wasn’t the right time.
We knew that launching a discount to our list would result in a great deal more sales, but we didn’t feel that it was right time.
It’s important to take care of your email list and not to “beat them down” too much with promotions – without providing an equivalent amount (or more) of value.
Ultimately, it just wasn’t the right time and we chose to forgo those sales.
Next Steps in Our Blog Growth and Goals
We’re working on ways to increase our affiliate marketing income by building relationships with some fellow bloggers who have courses in topics that are very helpful to our blogging students but that we don’t actually teach about.
There are many topics relating to blogging that we don’t go into detail about, including:
- Google SEO
- Time Management and Money
We’re partnering with some of our Six-Figure Blogger students who have created courses on these topics to offer to our audiences to “fill in the gaps” of what we don’t teach.
Google SEO is very important to the long-term growth of your blog, but it’s also difficult to do and very expensive to outsource.
We tried going after Google SEO in the beginning but quickly got overwhelmed with the amount of free (and conflicting) information there is out there in the beginning.
We even spent a few hundred bucks for a couple of months to hire a team to help us, but you won’t see the fruits of your labor for sometimes months to come and we ultimately decided it wasn’t a good investment in our money at the time.
We don’t teach about it because we personally went the route of going after Pinterest traffic at full speed first and only after we had earned a significant income were we able to hire an SEO team to help us out.
Enter Mike Pearson…
Four years ago, Mike was sitting in his cube at work brainstorming ways that he could make money online. He had just gotten married and moved into a new apartment with his wife was looking for a little side hustle that would help bring in extra income.
It took more than four years and lots of failed attempts at SEO, but he was finally able to grow a site to nearly $100,000 in revenue, almost all of it passive, just by using SEO the right way.
Mike has started several blogs in different niches, including one in the hiking and backpacking niche that he grew to $95,000 in passive income last year using SEO to drive his traffic!
Mike now has his own course called Stupid Simple SEO (love that name!)
It’s SEO for beginners that is laid out in easily digestible, bite-sized pieces for all of you that feel like it goes way over your head (like us)!
Mike is one of our Six-Figure Blogger students, so we can totally vouch for his work here!
If you’ve been struggling to figure out a strategy for SEO, you can check out Stupid Simple SEO here.
Another Six-Figure Blogger student, Rachel Paul, was able to take her Instagram account from 20,000 to 160,000 followers in just 6 months.
She blogs about nutrition and has her Ph.D. in Behavioral Nutrition. Over the years, she has battled the ever-changing Instagram algorithm and seen many ups and downs.
Throughout this process, she has learned a few key strategies along the way that have unlocked her crazy fast growth on Instagram!
She now teaches these exact strategies in her course on growing an Instagram account, Beat the Algorithm.
She knows her stuff, and she isn’t going to tell what most people do, which is to follow and unfollow, etc. She teaches REAL methods that work — not just “hacks.”
Rachel will teach you how to become a real content creator on Instagram, which is so important because as she says, “Having pretty photos just isn’t enough anymore.”
Time Management and Money
We’re just SO proud of our Six-Figure Blogger students, because we have ANOTHER one here… Miss Natalie Bacon!
Natalie is a very dear friend of ours and she blogs mostly about personal development and finance.
She was able to earn six-figures with her blog while working FULL-TIME as a certified financial planner, a step down that she took from her full-time job as a lawyer, and while paying off over $200,000 in student loan debt.
She’s a total hustler and has her time management and productivity skills NAILED DOWN!
The thing is… All the strategies in the world won’t help you be happier, make more money, get that promotion, etc. if you don’t know how to IMPLEMENT those strategies.
Even our strategies on how to make money with your blog… It’s a whole lot easier to read WHAT to do than to implement and work through HOW to do it.
Natalie’s course, Design Your Dream Life Academy, teaches YOU exactly how to be your own hustler and power through the work to create and design your own dream life!
If you’re struggling with getting organized and ready to make a plan to take ACTION in your life, check out Design Your Dream Life Academy here.
While freelancing isn’t technically blogging-related, lots of bloggers use freelancing as a way to supplement their income while they are trying to monetize their blogs.
We don’t teach about it because it wasn’t a route that we personally went. We chose to save up some money before quitting our jobs and used that to live on for a few months until we earned enough income from our blogs.But not everyone is able to do that, especially when they have families to consider, debts to pay off, etc. It can also be scary and risky because you don’t know when you will start earning a significant income from your blog.
Enter freelancing… A lot of people use this to earn a side hustle and help finance the expenses that they incur with their blog.
You can freelance in tons of different ways, including:
- Editing and Proofreading
- Graphic Design
- Virtual Assistant
- Customer Service
- Data Entry
- And so much more!
The opportunities are endless! Sounds easy, right? Who wouldn’t want to work from home and make extra money online!?
The answer is no one, and that’s why freelancing is so competitive. But it doesn’t have to be that daunting if you’re doing it the right way.
Let’s talk specifically about freelancing as it relates to WRITING. As a blogger, this just makes sense because you’re writing for your own blog anyway!
Holly and Greg blog over at Club Thrifty have an entire course called Earn More Writing on how to build a six-figure writing career!
In it, they teach you TONS of awesome stuff, including how to:
- Establish a blog and brand
- Build your portfolio and pitch clients
- Create your workday
- Transition from broke writing to rich writing
- Find and keep your dream clients
- And sooo much more!
If you’re interested in freelance writing, you can check out Earn More Writing here.
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 $45,001.52 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 $81,793.41 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.
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
If you have any questions about our blog income reports or about blogging in general, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below!