Hello everybody! I am back with my latest income report so that I can hold myself accountable and tell you all how I am making money off of my blog! 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.
You may notice that this report is coming (way) late in the month, that’s because it takes awhile for Blogher to calculate exactly how much I made through their ads. I considered multiple times just estimating what I thought I’d earn based on previous month’s data, I decided to forgo that and wait so I could be one hundred percent accurate!
What I did this month.
February was an absolutely crazy month. Normally when I schedule sponsored posts, I try and only do one a week, or put at least three non-sponsored posts in between them. Well, due to circumstances like some campaigns getting postponed, and others getting pushed up, it seemed like every other post I published the first few weeks of February was sponsored.
Now, sponsored posts aren’t too different from my non-sponsored posts. Usually I will feature the sponsor’s product in my post rather than doing a full on review, because I find those posts to be a bit boring. But when I write my usual posts I just sit down, write in a stream of conscious manner, take my pictures, edit, and wabam – I have a post.
Sponsored posts are a bit different – sometimes the product I am featuring is new to me so I must test it out to ensure that it is actually high quality, then I need to communicate with my campaign manager (if I’m going through a network) or my sponsor to figure out exactly what they want from me. And then I have to make it happen.
It is a bit different because instead of going stream of consciousness like I usually do, I have to write keeping in mind that I need to make the sponsor happy, I need to make all of you lovely folk happy, and I need to stay true to the blog. So they are definitely more time consuming.
What I am getting at with that long winded explanation is that I really didn’t have much time to devote to anything except post writing in February. I slacked on diversifying traffic (Pinterest made up over 95% in February) and save Twitter, I really didn’t devote any real time to social media. But that is something I have been working on now in March!
Millennial Bloggers: $150
Her Campus: $100
Host Gator: $100
Total: $ 710.66
Hosting – $6.83
The grand total for the month of February was $703.83! This is definitely my record, and I am blown away by it! What this means is that I have officially paid off my new love – my canon rebel t5i – which is a huge relief because spending money makes me anxious.
As always, I calculated out how many hours I would have had to work at a minimum wage job to make this months total, and I would have needed to work for eighty-five and a half hours, or twenty-one hours a week. I would say that is about equivalent to the time I put into the blog weekly, but when I am blogging I can do it from the comfort in my room in my pajamas!
So, it’s sort of hard to compare to January’s record breaking traffic, but I still did pretty well, I’d say! (And let’s blame being under 200,000 on the shorter month, mkay?) In March I am going back to focusing on diversifying my traffic, and hopefully my numbers can even beat January’s! I am dreaming big, but I hope to see it happen.
March’s Plan of Attack!
Ok, so I probably sound like a broken record by now, but I am going to continue focusing on diversifying traffic. I can put very little time into Pinterest, and still see fantastic results. What that means is I can move away from that platform and (hopefully!) it will continue to feed itself and the traffic will continue to flow. I can now spend the time I would be on Pinterest and focus it on other medias. The two I am focusing on this month are YouTube (shameless plug, subscribe to me?) and my new Studyblr account on Tumblr (another shameless plug, follow me?)
I chose those mediums because they are ones that have a lot of potential that I have yet to tap into. YouTube is a great way to really engage with people, because I feel like you all can get a better sense of who I am through video, than you can through the words you’re seeing on your screen. And I get a lot of hits from other people’s tumblr accounts, mostly Studyblrs who find my blog and repost a college post. I decided that if I had my own Studyblr account then I could put all of my new content up so it would be more easily accessible on Tumblr.
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.