Blog Income Report May 2016 – $9,075.82 Blogging
Hey, blogging family! Welcome to our Blog Income Report May 2016 for our health and fitness blog, which includes how we make money blogging and what we do differently each month.
Why do we post Income Reports?
Transparency, vulnerability, and honesty. If we are going to be the people that coach you on how to make money online, we better be damn successful ourselves!
We also hope that walking you through the dumb mistakes we make each month and the awesome lessons we learn from being creators ourselves, that we can better help you in your business!
But before we get rolling, there’s an important topic we need to discuss…
Our income is NOT only made from the “make money online” niche.
We didn’t start Create and Go until after we had established a solid income in a completely different niche. This income report will be for our health and fitness website, Avocadu.com.
Why does this matter?
Because there are a lot of blogs out there that only make money online teaching people how to make money online…
They are essentially blogging about blogging. It’s like chicken and the egg scenario. Which came first???
It can be helpful when starting a blog and driving traffic, but it’s usually useless when it comes to monetizing your blog unless you are in the same niche.
Anyway, let’s continue with our story…
Note: This article is an income report on how we made over $24k in one month with our blog. If you haven’t started your own blog yet, you can make your first step by visiting our article here → How to Start a Profitable Blog .
From our health and wellness blog, Avocadu.com: $9,075.58
Our expenses vary from month to month, but we pay for a variety of software for hosting, email marketing, sales pages, and more, including:
- Bluehost (Blog 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)
So what worked and what didn’t???
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Let’s rap, homies…
THE MONTH OF MAY WAS CRAZY FOR US.
When you’re a newbie entrepreneur, you’re going to have to make sacrifices.
It’s not all sunshine, laptops, and cold Coronas on the beach when starting out.
One of the biggest sacrifices we had to make was where we lived. Part of starting an online business is minimizing expenses, and that involved giving up our awesome and overpriced apartment in Dallas, Texas.
That was our view of the sunset every evening! 🙂
From the months of January to May we moved to my dad’s house in Seattle to live rent-free. However, it was only for a limited stay as we began the business. We then moved in with my mom in Colorado for three weeks and then with Lauren’s brothers for 4 weeks to save some more money.
It makes for a difficult work environment, but it was part of the decision we made when we quit our jobs.
We knew that these sacrifices had to be made and sucking up personal pride to move back in the mom unit is just one of those things that had to be done.
Special thanks to Momma Ann Nerney if she ever reads this. 🙂
So how did we more than double our revenues?
In the month of April, we earned $4,244.35, and compared to the month of May at $9,075.58; we had a 138.27% increase in revenue! It was awesome! 🙂
In this month, we stuck to the things we were good at:
Writing New Articles.
I mean, we have a blog… It seems pretty obvious that producing more relevant content that our readers love might help our bottom line. **face palm***
The reason this is so important for bloggers or online businesses producing content is because people love NEW things. It had been a long time since we had produced any new and awesome content because we had been relying on the virality of a few older articles on Pinterest.
As soon as we started putting more awesomeness out there, awesomeness came right back to us.
Sending Awesome Emails.
For a long time, our email list paralyzed us with fear.
Our list was growing, but we kept thinking, “We should send them an email, but it needs to be PERFECT, so they don’t unsubscribe!” Sadly enough, this went on for a couple of months and is a common problem people seem to have in running an online business.
This month, however, we decided to try an experiment. We started to send short, light-hearted emails almost daily. They were emails that really didn’t require a lot of time or effort but were designed to keep us on the minds of our customers and be helpful.
Sweet baby Jesus how well this worked. It’s also easy on us and takes us less than an hour to do.
They were right when they said the money is in the list! In other words, Lauren and I spent almost every day focused on creating awesomeness and building our email list.
This is a huge blogging mistake that you don’t want to make! You will leave SO much money on the table!
And when our time was focused on creating things instead of perfecting things, our income grew by 138.27%. You will see that in the following month, this is how we slipped up and why we didn’t have any growth.
After four straight months of doubling our revenue, we stopped creating and started to try to perfect things… but more on that dumb mistake later.
This was one of the first months that we made real money and had a significant amount of profit. When we did the numbers at the end of the month, I remember Lauren and I did a lot of smiling and hugging.
No, this isn’t a million dollars, and I’m not waking up in a new Bugatti anytime soon, but that’s not the reason we started anyway!
Our goal has always been to live life on our terms and travel the world.
We want to GO on an adventure and experience life, not buy matching red BMW’s and get a mortgage in the burbs. I guess our only hope by sharing these things with you is that you too may be inspired by our progress and will begin to start or continue your journey.
Trust us, if a delinquent personal trainer and a tax accountant can create something like this, YOU CAN TOO.
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
- FREE 7-Day eCourse on How to Start a Blog
- 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
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
Create something awesome today!
Alex and Lauren
Co-Founders, Create and Go
P.S. What are the biggest struggles you are having with your current blog right now? Share them with us in the comments section below, and we will do our best to help!
Alex & Lauren
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