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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