March Income Report and Analysis

Another month, another income report! Like last month, I’m a little late with this. I feel like I always tell you how busy I’ve been and how much things have been changing – but this month that’s for real the case.

In case you didn’t know, I packed up and moved to NYC. It was last minute, unexpected, and a crazy decision that I don’t regret at all. I got a job offer and decided to go for it, so now you can see me posting over on the Teachable blog in addition to my own!

INCOME REPORT MARCH

With that said, if you’re a blogger you know the drill when it comes to working with brands: They reach out, you talk and negotiate, a publish date is set for roughly a month in the future. Given that I only knew for a month before moving that I’d be coming to New York, I had an overloaded plate for the craziness this past month would be.

I didn’t post much besides things I was contracted to do and I felt way overwhelmed. But this weekend I’ve not only caught up, but I’ve gotten ahead which means I’ll be posting a lot of great content in the coming weeks!

FEBRUARY INCOME REPORT

Hostgator – $525
InfluenceHer Collective – $485
TapInfluence – $400
Collectively – $250
Izea – $200
BlogHer – $79.19
YouTube – $5.66
Amazon – $2.48 (every cent counts, right?)
Total: $1947.33

Expenses

LeadPages – $16.67
Adobe Lightroom – $10.61
Hosting – $6.83
Total: $34.11

Total: $1913.08

As usual, I calculated how many hours I would have to work at a minimum wage job if I wanted to make this much and I came to just under 232 hours, or 58 hours a week.

Working with brands.

Per usual, a large sum of my money was made working with brands. Honestly, I love partnering with brands and promoting products I love but this is something that I keep saying I’m going to move away from.

I think that partnerships are a great way for the hobby blogger to make some extra cash, but given I want to blog professionally, it’s not in my best interest. Working with brands is messy because there can be miscommunications, unrealistic expectations

Working with brands is messy because there can be miscommunications, unrealistic expectations, and just general problems popping up.

I want to be a full-time blogger because I want to work for myself – when I do brand partnerships it often feels like I’m working for someone else. I am going to continue them in the future (and I have some scheduled through June) but I do want to focus on putting my efforts elsewhere in the coming months.

YouTube

You may have noticed that I made slightly more than last month, and last month I made a bit more than January. It’s a small upward trend, but my subscriber count is soaring considering how small my channel still is.

After moving to New York I gained quite a few subscribers quickly, and I am getting more views.

Living here gives me a unique advantage because I am near the YouTube create space and near other people that I can collab with. I really will be focusing on growing my channel, so keep an eye out there!

My second site.

As y’all might know by now, I also blog at morgantimm.com. I started it on the New Year and based on its growth it’ll probably be passing Mostly Morgan in page views this month.

I haven’t monetized over there, though, and I won’t be going about it traditionally. I will be using MT to sell infoproducts and courses that I create. I want everything over there to be focused on growing my brand, not someone else’s.

Sidebar ads.

You might notice that I run ads in my sidebar -nothing too intense, nothing too flashy.

I came to the realization that I actually really hate them a lot. I’m in contract and have to keep them through the summer – but they’ll be gone stat.

I only made $80 with them this month, which is disappointing given that they are such an eyesore and so unnecessary.

When I started blogging, the prospect of making a bit of extra cash each month with ads was exciting and tempting, but at this point, it’s not something I need or want to continue doing.

Ask me questions!

I’ll be answering any questions in the comments – so if you have any burning questions about blogging or monetization, fire away! I’m more than happy to answer!

 

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  • Seasonly

    Awesome job yet again Morgan! I have to ask how you’ve been able to build traffic so quickly with your other blog. I’ve been blogging for just over a year and I’m barley able to break through five figure page views every month.

    • Thank you so much! And I definitely borrowed momentum from this site. I redirected my ‘Instagram Theme’ post from here over to MT and that post alone brings in about 1/3 of my traffic and brought a lot of ‘Google Juice’ to my new site.

      If I were starting from scratch I definitely wouldn’t have been able to build traffic.

      That one post does so well on Google that it helped me gain authority for related ‘Instagram’ search terms and so by writing a lot of Instagram posts I’ve been seeing steady traffic.

      I also randomly got lucky on Pinterest. I have had one pin that brings in several hundred views to a branding post every day.

      I’m always long winded, but I guess what I’m trying to say is my success has been a combination of prior momentum, SEO, and Pinterest. If any of your posts rank well on Google, I recommend writing related posts and cross linking them and then your new posts should get ranked quickly, too!

  • Nice job! I subscribed to your YouTube channel as well. I love, love, love blogging and making YouTube videos, but I’m still in the “not making money stage”, which is okay! It definitely would be nice to at least pay for bluehost every year, though! Love all the tips and info you share on here and I hope you’re loving NY!

    • Thank you so much! For everything! 🙂 What is your YouTube channel? I’d love to check it out!

      And you’ll get there! For me it happened very slowly and then all of the sudden I was making a lot.

      I really am loving NY! It’s exciting and overwhelming but overall very cool!

  • Hi! First I just want to say i think you are incredible! One of my idols! Second, I have two questions. I just started a blog, and i was wondering when a blog is “big enough” or with enough views to start monetizing it. My other question is how you recommend monetizing other than ads as a first step? I guess then also if you just had any tips for increasing page views, that would be great 🙂 I feel weird about promoting myself, and I don’t really understand how to do it. Thank you so much!! You are amazing!

    • Thank you so much, you’re so kind!

      And you can start monetizing with ads from day one, and you can start partnering with brands to monetize as soon as you have enough pull that it can be a fair and reciprocal relationship. If you can make a small product like a workshop or ebook you can monetize that way, too!

      With page views I definitely recommend Pinterest – make visually appealing, vertical images and start pinning to relevant boards. It take a few weeks to start building momentum, but a ton of my traffic comes from Pinterest!

  • Great post!

  • You are doing a great job. I will be glad when my blog is doing just half as well as yours. I do have a question, what is your opinion on building back links to your blog? Is it just a waste of time? Thank you in advance.

  • Hi, Morgan! I love your blog, and I think you’ve done a great job with your site. I would love to know how you landed jobs with InfluenceHer Collective! Thanks in advance! XO, Sarah | http://www.thebellainsider.com/ | http://www.instagram.com/sarah_thebella

  • carlin

    Love your income report and that you are in college learning how to blog and make money. That’s so fantastic. To see you taking control of your finances and investing in your future – especially with your second blog that is going to be branded – is inspiring. I just found a program to learn how to monetize blogs and make money online, too. Maybe it will be a good start for some of your readers who want to learn how to make money blogging – thought I’d share it here http://www.earnmoneyblogging.net/3-reasons-become-affiliate-marketer/

  • what has your experience with Izea been like? i get the weekly email with opportunities to bid on but none of the brands seem very legitimate or like companies i want to work with and i’m very confused by the bidding system that is like $1/post which is just crazy low. would love any advice you have!

    Sher
    http://www.shershegoes.com

  • Chris Andrew

    Thanks for sharing your income report
    i would love to see more
    and wish to make this much soon
    wish me luck

    Regards
    Chris