December Income Report

Hello friends! If you’ve been around you may recall me publishing my first ever income report in November. I am posting my monthly income report for a few reasons: Accountability, so I can offer other bloggers advice, and so I can monitor my progress. I mentioned that this blog is my sole source of income, and I’m hoping to continue growing it and hopefully use my earnings to pay for grad school in 3 years.

What I did in December.

So December was a crazy month for me (and all of you too, I’m sure!) I was recovering from NaBloPoMo in November, dealing with finals, going home for the holidays, and of course spending some much needed time with friends and family. With that said, I only squeezed in ten blog posts in December, which isn’t awful but I would have like to have written more.

I predicted I would make less money in December, but I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was off. Way off. I actually ended up making more than I ever have, which was super exciting. A lot of that came from sponsored posts, but also because BlogHer (much to my surprise) paid me quite well in December.

Not only did I make the most, but I had my highest traffic, too. So to say December was a good month for me, despite posting less than I would have liked, is an understatement.

Thinking of starting a blog or wanting to monetize the one you have now? See how Morgan of Mostly Morgan made over $500 blogging in the month of December!

December Income:

Clever Girls Collective – $225.00
Izea – $120.00
Hostgator – $100.00
Blogher – $89.71
Google Adsense – $3.88
Amazon Affiliates – $3.59

Expenses:

Hosting – $6.83
Facebook – $3.00

Total December Income:

After taking out the expenses, this month my income came to a grand total of: $532.25! That is almost double what I made last month and I am so excited to have reached the 500 milestone!

I know I got lucky with a really good sponsored post opportunity from Clever Girls, and I’m not expecting to continue the trend, but it was definitely exciting to have such a profitable month! After mathing it out, this month I earned the equivalent of working 64.5 minimum wage hours! That is mind blowing to me!

Traffic:

December Traffic Income Report

I got  30,000 more pageviews than I did in November, and I am honestly so excited. I actually expected a decrease since I wasn’t posting every day, but I came to the conclusion that with more content there was just more opportunity for my readers to explore, hiking up my page views.

What I Did:

I definitely focused on social media in the month of December. I was able to grow my collective followers by almost 500, which is amazing! The more followers I have, the more people who will immediately see my new

Social Media

Facebook: On Facebook I started scheduling my posts and posting at least once a day, but more often two or three times. My engagement skyrocketed and my follower count grew by nearly 250. I also experimented with ‘boosting’ a post, which you can see in my expenses. I boosted my ‘how to start a blog’ post, which resulted in three commissions, two in December, and one on the first of January. That was very exciting for me, though I (among many other bloggers) don’t trust Facebook too much, and I can’t see myself boosting posts very often. It was a fun experiment but with Facebook’s ever changing algorithms I just don’t know if it will continue to be a wise investment.

Twitter: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am bad at Twitter. I will admit it. It feels so impersonal and I just have never really enjoyed this platform but I’m working at it, I really am. I focused on engaging with other bloggers, and following a lot of people back, too!

Tumblr: I am getting a fair bit of traffic from Tumblr now, and am finally starting to build a small (but mighty!) following. This one is so confusing to me. Sometimes I post what I think is gold and get one or two engagements, other times I post because I feel like I should because it’s been too long and I get a ton! But all in all about 5% of my traffic came from Tumblr this month, which doesn’t sound like a lot, but usually 98% of my traffic comes from Pinterest, so Tumblr actually is making a splash!

Can you make money blogging?

Yes! If you are interested in making a profitable blog – I would be more than happy to help! I have an incredibly detailed guide to setting up a blog here, and from there you can check out my blogging tips (there are a lot!) and if you need any further help – email me! I absolutely love talking about blogging (my friends and family are sick of hearing about it!) so do not hesitate.

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  • These posts are always so encouraging for me! I’m still in the process of getting things set up to monetize my blog, so hearing from someone who has already done that is great! One question, on your Pinterest account, did you set it up as a business account?

    Thanks for these tips!
    Courtney | The Everyday Elegance

    • Thank you Courtney!
      You will do great, starting monetizing is the hardest part, I can’t wait so see you have great success with it! As for my account, I did change it to a business account and I use rich pins and both of those steps have really helped me grow on Pinterest!

  • Kel O

    Great job Morgan!!!!

  • AWESOME!!!

  • lovemeganjune

    $500 in one month after blogging for almost a year. I’m super impressed! You go girl! I’ve been loving reading these income reports, definitely something I’m hoping to do with my blog in the future. First I just have to build up my posts! 🙂
    -Megan
    http://www.lovemeganjune.com

    • Thank you so much, Megan!
      And you can do it, for sure! I can’t wait for you to start, if you do income reports in the future, link me to them! I love reading them too, it’s so interesting to see how other bloggers are making their money!

  • Love this post…always curious as to how more established and experienced bloggers are doing. You go, girl!
    Amanda
    http://www.queenofthelandoftwigsnberries.com

    • Thank you so much, Amanda! And if you don’t read Pinch of Yum’s reports, I highly recommend them. They blow my mind every week!

  • Yay! Great job, Morgan! Looks like all the hard work you put into NaBloPoMo paid off.

    • Thanks Megan <3 It won't be long until you're making the big bucks, too!

  • tannawings

    You did great!
    One way is to run contests- yes they can be a pain, but, you will get exposure. There are many who enter contests who have a decent following themselves and when you multiply their followers you have a TON tweeting your name.
    One word of caution though………… always follow the FTC rules and publish your winner(s) on the giveaway post, and never ever be tempted to fudge a contest. People will never forget that part if it happens.
    As a non blogger (I have been asked many times though!) also engage your readers- it makes us feel as if our visit here was meaniful to you. I notice you do that, and thats a good thing.
    I came for a contest, and just met you, but have noticed you have good content and it isnt a bunch of junk- keep up the good work and I hope to visit you in the future and see even better profits!