How We Made $162,051.86 in August 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 few of screenshots from our Stripe, PayPal, and Teachable accounts, where we receive payments for products that we 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!
August 2018 Blogging Revenues
The number above does not include blogging expenses. Some of the expenses that we incur on a monthly basis 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 August Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
- Blogging for Beginners – 10 Things I Wish I Had Known from the Beginning
- Should I Advertise with Google AdSense on My Blog?
What Happened in Our Lives as Full-Time Bloggers Last Month
Alex and I have both been doing a ton of traveling the last couple of months. He has been doing a 50-states tour by himself and meeting up with some friends and family along the way.
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This has always been a bucket list thing for him, and he’s seen some really incredible stuff along the way.
Alex got to do a lot more international travel than I did growing up, so I’m currently doing some my own international travel — mostly with the WifiTribe (the group Alex and I have traveled with on most of our adventures since becoming full-time bloggers).
In the last few months, I have been to Berlin, Greece, Vietnam, Singapore, Mexico, and I’m currently writing this income report from London!
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Next up on my agenda for the rest of September is Scotland and Ireland. Alex is currently in New York and will be in the North East for the next month or so!
If any of our readers live in those areas, feel free to leave a comment below the article or reach out to us in our Facebook community!
Other Blog Updates in August 2018
Many of you that have been following us for the last couple of years know that we’ve often discussed the difficulty with trying to travel full-time while also actively growing your business full-time.
We have had a BLAST on our trips to Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Peru, Portugal, and Bali with the WifiTribe, but our productivity always suffered while we traveled and we had to make a lot of sacrifices along the way.
We discuss more about this in the guest post we wrote for them on how to be a remote blogger.
The bottom line is that you have to find a balance between work and play and if you’re still in the stages of growing your blog and not totally satisfied with your income, your productivity will suffer while you’re traveling.
There are far too many distractions and opportunities to do fun activities that take time away from your business.
Well, after several months of hard work and long hours at home, Alex and I are back to traveling full-time again.
It has made us a LOT less productive, but we are finally at a point where we can not only accept this but embrace it.
We’ve worked our BUTTS off for the last three years to take our income to the level that we achieved this month, and we are now taking some much-needed personal time to explore the other incredible things that life has to offer.
All work and no play in the blogging world will leave you just as unsatisfied in the end as working any job, so it’s important to take some time off when you need it or when you feel that you have reached some really important goals in your business.
During this time, we have been doing more “maintenance” than “active growth” on our blog, and we have begun to hire out some work for things that we need (SEO, content, etc.).
Alex has been managing most of those tasks and I’ve been doing most of our writing, emails, and social media communications. I’ve also planned out new and updated content for our courses because we feel that it’s incredibly important to provide our customers with the best and most up-to-date information as possible.
We’d rather ‘WOW’ our customers with our courses than provide ‘adequate’ content, so we’re always striving to improve them and add more content as our clients request it.
Next Steps in Our Blog Growth and Goals
As we explained last month, we’re currently working with some other bloggers on finding courses to promote that fill in the gaps on the content that we don’t currently teach about:
- Google SEO: Stupid Simple SEO
- Instagram: Beat the Algorithm
- Time Mgmt, Productivity, & Goal Setting: Design Your Dream Life Academy
- Freelance Writing: Earn More Writing
We’ve also added the following to our resources over the last month…
Blog Legal Pages with Amira
Why Do You Need Legal Pages on Your Website?
It’s important to protect your blog and yourself with the right legal pages so that people can’t sue you or press charges based on the information or “advice” provided on your blog, how you collect or store customer information, and more.
You should create legal pages before you launch your blog!
I will tell you right now that there is no way to know that you are 100% covered unless you hire a lawyer to create your legal documents for you.
Now, it doesn’t mean that you have to go out and hire a lawyer. Who has money for that? But it is something that you should be aware of. As a new blogger, you shouldn’t worry too much about getting into legal trouble because your blog isn’t even a blip on the radar yet.
But as you make more money with your blog, you will eventually want to invest a little more into making sure you are covered legally.
Ultimately, it is up to you to stay up to date on legal information and make sure that your blog’s legal pages are updated as laws change. For example, the rules regarding affiliate marketing and affiliate disclosures have changed often over the last few years.
One of our Pro Blogger Bundle students, Amira, practiced law for 8 years before she became a blogger and online business coach (and she’s still a lawyer, by the way)!
Amira graduated from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2010, with Honors, and was in the top 10% of her class while serving as an Associate Editor for the Connecticut Journal of International Law.
She is licensed to practice in Florida and New Jersey and she still practices for a law firm in Florida today! Before she became a lawyer, she was a teacher, so she’s very passionate about helping others when it comes to legal matters.
She has three different templates that are sold individually, and then a discounted bundle of all templates.
Amira’s Legal Templates:
- Legal Template Bundle (bundle of all 3 of the templates below – best savings $$$)
- Disclaimer Template
- Terms & Conditions Template
Her bundle is by far the best way to go!
Promoted Pins with Monica
Our Pinterest Course covers a LOT of strategies for driving traffic to your blog with Pinterest, but most of them are related to organic growth on Pinterest.
This is because we didn’t use any promoted pins or paid ads to grow our health and fitness blog and start earning over $10,000/month.
It was all free, organic traffic from Pinterest and we know that just like us, most of our new bloggers also can’t afford to pay for ads when their blog isn’t making any money yet.
We don’t expand too far into promoted pins in our Pinterest course because it wasn’t a major strategy for growth for us and we’d rather leave those strategies to the real experts.
Enter Monica Froese.
Monica blogs over at Redefining Mom and specializes in helping moms create their own thriving businesses online.
She also happens to be an EXPERT on promoted pins!
The best way to learn more about how to get started with promoted pins is through her Pin Practical Ads – 3-Day Challenge to learn how to create the perfect low-cost promoted pin!
In this free eCourse, you will learn…
- How to find the right keywords to target for your promoted pin campaign
- The 5 principles for creating click-worthy Pinterest images
- How to create multiple Pinterest images (fast!) for a/b split testing in your promoted pin campaign
- How to set up the perfect low-cost promoted pin campaign
Do you have a course that you feel would be a good match for our blogging audience?
If so, we’d be happy to look over it and discuss a possible affiliate partnership with you. Please send an email to [email protected] with some additional information if you’ve got something to show us!
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 $52,798.41 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 $104,510.90 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!