September Income Report 2016

They’re back! I took a (way too long) hiatus on posting income reports when I was living in New York City. While I was there I had way too much going on to prioritize actively seeking partnerships and blogging opportunities. Over the past few months, my highest month’s income was just shy of $4000 in July and my lowest was $1600 in May.

Now you might be thinking, “Why the heck is this internet stranger sharing how much money she makes with all of us?”

And I get you, if I weren’t in the blogging world as deep as I am, I’d find it weird too. When I started blogging I had no clue that there was money to be made, and bloggers like Lindsay at Pinch of Yum, Melyssa Griffin, and byRegina all inspired me with their income reports.

Furthermore, blogging has opened my eyes to a world outside of the traditional “college>degree>9-5>retire>die” track that I so desperately wanted to escape and if I can help open other people’s eyes to the potential blogging holds – well that’s a win in my book.

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WHAT I DID IN SEPTEMBER

September was a big month of getting back on brands’ radars. Like I said, I wasn’t actively pursuing partnerships while in New York – rather I was just accepting or declining ones that were organically offered – so I had some catching up to do.

Back around January I said I was going to stop working with brands altogether to work on my own projects – but I actually really missed collaborating. I love talking about what direction to take a partnership, styling photos, and presenting the final project to my campaign manager and getting feedback. Something about it is really fun and I’ll be continuing to work with brands for the forseeable future.

Also, if you don’t know, I’m a content marketer at Teachable (they let me take a remote position when I moved home to the midwest!) and I’ve been walking their blog audience through my online course creation process, so that’s been a big focus of mine in September, too.

SEPTEMBER INCOME REPORT

BlogHer – $1,551.56 (Sponsored posts & Ad Revenue)
Hostgator – $850 (Affiliate Marketing)
TapInfluence – $600 (Sponsored Posts + Social Campaigns)
BabbleBoxx – $350 (Sponsored Post)
Izea – $250 (Sponsored Post)
YouTube – $18.37 (Ad Revenue)
Amazon – $14.27 (Affiliate Marketing)
Total: $3,634.20

EXPENSES

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

Total: $3,600.09

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 411 hours or working 20 hour days Monday-Friday. Again, blogging comes to be more profitable than working for the average $8.75 an hour as many other 21 years olds might be.

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN OCTOBER?

October is a big month of preparation for me. I’ll be traveling for a lot of November, which means I need to put systems in place so that my blog can run smoothly. I’ll be writing posts in advance in October, as well as scheduling out social media.

I’m also relaunching my YouTube channel! Again, YouTube is something I neglected in New York (working 9:30-6:30 was waaaaay more taxing than I thought it’d be – I slept in my free time!) but I’m back and super pumped! In fact, my first video is going live tonight.

YouTube is a great way to reach an entirely new audience – there are so many people who don’t like to read blog posts but they’re happy to watch or listen to videos and I’d love to be able to connect with them!

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 – ask in the comments! I absolutely love talking about blogging (my friends and family are sick of hearing about it!) so do not hesitate. I’m sure other people have the same questions you do, so the comments are a great place for people to get their questions answered!

COMPARED TO LAST SEPTEMBER

Last September I made $2129.70, or around $1,500 less than I did this September.

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  • Wow, that’s a very nice jump compared to last September. Keep being inspiring, Morgan! 🙂

  • Yes! I love reading your income reports, I’m so glad they’re back! I’m always amazed by what you can do with affliate marketing through HostGator – that’s such great passive income.

  • It’s so motivating & inspiring to see you making a living by your own rules!! 🙂 I love these.

  • Hey Morgan! I have a question – when you list sponsored posts on your income reports do you list them under the report for month that you did the post or that you got paid for the post? I know sponsored posts can have long waiting times when they’re done through networks like 30 – 90 days for payment to go through, just wondering which you report them under!

  • Hey Morgan. I live in South Africa and I was wondering if the people who offer sponsored posts would have a problem with that or not. That’s one of my worries when it comes to blogging, that where I live might influence the opportunies I get. Thanks

  • Thank you for being so transparent! You’re an inspiration. 🙂

  • NesterNews

    Good read, hard to find truly information about money side, any recommendation to run blog about personal finance, investing, money plan and other such topics ?

  • Clara Gomez

    This is so inspiring. Keep up the good work. 🙂
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  • I love your Blog! Thank you for being upfront and honest with your income report’s breakdown! It’s so inspiring! 🙂

  • Just asking – does HostGator require PayPal for affiliate marketing?