June Traffic & Income Report.

I am back with another Income Report! These posts are really fun for me to write because I am able to share my best advice with you, all while analyzing my revenue and traffic streams from the previous months so I can start coming up with a plan of attack for the month ahead!

Why do I do an income report?

I know it might come off as a bit strange to do income reports to people outside of the blogging worldd, but let me tell you why I like to do them:

  1. Transparency – there are a lot of ways to make money as a blogger – some honest, some not so much. I want to be completely transparent with you all to show you all exactly where I am making my money from and to assure you that I’m not pulling any funny business!
  2.  Growth Tracking – I have been publishing these since October, when I made $343 (though I made my first $40 in June!) and I’ve had so much fun keeping up with them every month. It’s definitely interesting to see how things are changing and where my income is really coming from.
  3. They are fun – when I first started realizing that you could monetize a blog, I was constantly checking out other bloggers’ reports and getting inspired. If you’re not a blogger these posts might not be your cup of tea, but blogger to blogger – I want to help open your eyes to the potential that your little slice of the internet has! My blog has grown quite a bit since I’ve started – but even if you aren’t getting massive traffic you can still make money!

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What I did this month.

June was a good month – I am home from school and was able to devote my nights to blogging. The number one thing that I focused on was SEO. After my Instagram post reached the number one position on Google I saw the benefits of putting as much ‘Google Juice’ into all of my posts as possible. That means I went back into old posts, injected keywords, and made sure that they all had the green light on my SEO plug-in.

The thing about SEO is that it doesn’t have an immediate impact, instead it takes some time to gain traction, but towards the end of the month I noticed more and more traffic coming from Google.

June Income

Host Gator (from this post, where I show YOU how to make a blog!) – $100
BlogHer Ads -$257.32
BlogHer Sponsored Post -$250
YouTube – $6.57
Izea – $166.67
Tap Influence – $150
Clevergirls – $150
Millennial Bloggers – $50
Her Campus – $350
ShopSense – $4.80
Amazon Affiliates – $12.03

Total – $1397.39

June Expenses

Hosting – $6.83
Blogging Course  – $40
Facebook Ad – $15

Total Expenses: $61.83

Total Income: $1355.56

I beat my old record by $200 which is so exciting! Like I said last month, I want to consistently be making $1000 a month by the time I go back to school so I can take care of living expenses and have a few dollars in my pocket for froyo and rock climbing. I am fairly confident I can keep it up, which is a huge weight off of my shoulders! My next goal is to start making $1500 a month, and use that extra income to hire someone to do a custom design for the blog.

As always, I calculated how many hours I would have to work at a minimum wage job in order to make what I did blogging this month, and it came to a little over 164 hours, or 41 hours a weeks!

June Traffic:

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In June I received over 100,000 more page views that I did in May, and growth is always super exciting! Like I said, I really focused on SEO and slowly bug surely that was made apparent by Google Referrals. As far as college posts goes, a lot of mine are on the bottom of the first page or somewhere on the second on Google, but I’m really working at getting them all to that number one slot. There aren’t many college bloggers, so I’m lucky that it hasn’t been that difficult to see growth.

Because I post these reports so late in the month, I can already say that my July Traffic is even higher and that has everything to do with my focus on SEO – it’s so important!

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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  • tiffzny

    I was wondering where this was! These are so great to read and it’s so awesome to see that you’re doing so well! 🙂

    • Yes!! Blogher doesn’t update my revenue for a few weeks after the end of the months and it always kills me to post these so late! But thank you, I’m quite excited!

  • So excited for you! $1300 is awesome, I’m confident that you will reach your $1500 goal very soon as well. I actually took a break from studying today and read through your old traffic reports just because I think it’s sooo neat to see your growth and it gave me some encouragement for when I start posting again at the end of July. Online classes and three tests a week plus 13 homework assignments every week kind of sucked any free time away from me. So proud of you! Keep up the amazing work. I honestly can’t wait to see where you find yourself in a year!

    • Oh my goodness, Megan! That sounds so stressful! I am sending some good vibes your way, because heavens knows how overwhelming school can get! But if anyone can get through I know you can 🙂

      I am glad that I could give you some encouragement. I can’t wait to continue to watch your blog grow, you’re fabulous, girly!

      Thank you so much, you’re the sweetest ever! <3

  • So glad to see you post this! I love reading your traffic reports – they encouraged me to start doing my own! Congratulations on everything you’ve accomplished with your blog. I think it’s so great you’re making your dreams come true.

    • That is awesome, Sara! I’m so glad to hear that! And thank you so much!! <3

  • Ane I.

    It’s refreshing to see posts like this one, and your growth is spectacular! It’s awesome to see a fellow Illini do so well 🙂
    Love,

    Ane | Basque Prep

    • These are my favorite posts to read on other blogs, it’s just nice to see how it can be done! And for sure! Illini pride 🙂

  • desireemerci

    Wow, congratulations on such a successful month!
    It’s exciting to see your blog grow…you should be so proud!

    Desiree | DesireeMerci.com

    • Thank you, Desiree! I am! And your blog will be next, I can’t wait to see it take off!

  • Courtney Martin

    Congrats on beating your record! I’ll be going through and rereading all your blogging tips and gaining all your knowledge:)
    Courtney
    CraftyCollegeLady.blogspot.com

    • Thank you so much, Courtney! I am so glad that I could help!

  • Morgan! You are
    doing so great with your blog. I love
    your income reports and it is very inspiring. That is a big jump from last month. I’ve added you to The
    Ultimate List of Blogger Income Reports
    and you are in the top
    20 now! Yay!

    • That is awesome, thank you so much! I am going to go check that out now, Income Reports are my favorite to read!

  • Renee

    Ok so this is my third post commenting on in 5 minutes. haha hope i don’t appear to be a stalker. Your blog is so inspiring and helpful to me. I’ve been casually blogging for friends and family for 5 years and am just now trying to make a go at the whole income thing. Finding your income reports helpful and encouraging. So, thanks! p.s. way to go!! Would love to learn more about SEO tips from you. Going back and re-seo-ing all mine is on my list.

    But the reason I really commented was to recommend Restored 316 for a blog design. I used them for mine and it’s $50 for any of their BEAUTIFUL designs. Their support team was super helpful. I’ve learned some CSS along the way to customize my design even more too.

    • I definitely don’t know everything about SEO yet, but as I learn more I plan on writing a post about it! I just want to make sure that I can be as helpful as possible!

      Oh! Thank you so much for the recommendation – I’m going to have to check them out! I am really hurting for an update – I’ve been using this theme since I started blogging!

      • Renee

        well i love your logo! 🙂 the restored 316 designs are all so pretty. i agonized over which one 🙂 of course if you know some css you can customize any of them too. but they’re beautiful as-is. if you end up liking them here’s my affiliate link 🙂 no pressure to use it, but if you feel so inclined…. http://shareasale.com/r.cfm?b=590398&u=1146776&m=52337&urllink=&afftrack= good luck!!

  • Dessalyn Antoinette

    How and where do I start a blog and everything how do I get it started?