How I Earned My First Blog Income (in 4 Months)
One of the main reasons why I started this blog was to try and supplement my income. For months, I have read several blog income reports. I was determined that I was going to be one of them! Now, I have a blog income report for myself, it feels weird and I honestly don't really believe it! I made money blogging! I initially thought to myself, this can't be right. This only happens to other people. This is the random fluke on the cover of Forbes magazine and now they are millionaires. Well, I'm here to tell you, this is not a fluke and I didn't just happen to stumble upon this. Blogging is hard work!!! If you keep at it I promise you will see results! With all of that being said, start your blog today and take a look at my blog income below!!
How I'm Reporting This
It's important to know how blogging income is reported. Based on the research that I've done there are two ways that you can report income:
- Report Income As You Receive It
- Pros-It is in your bank account and there is no waiting to see when you'll get it. A lot of times it can take anywhere from 30-90 days to get your income.
- Cons-It is a little more difficult to see a direct effect on different strategies that you are working on regarding promotion of your blog.
- Report Income As You Earn it
- Pros-It is a little easier to see a direct effect on different strategies that you are working on regarding promotion of your blog and how it affects your page views.
- Cons-I doesn't see a con, I have to wait for it anyways, I just get to tell the world a little earlier of how this wonderful blogging world is a viable form of income!
I'm reporting my income based off of the month that I earn it. The reason I like to do it that way is seeing how my income is progressing in correlation with my page-views. It also could potentially matter when I'm doing different promotions or what have you.
What I Learned....
Blogging is a relatively new field and it is constantly evolving. Articles created 6 months ago that resulted in 100,000 page views and $6,000/mth in revenue is a horrible strategy to drive traffic for today. Seriously.
Another recommendation is that you need to do is constantly network with other bloggers. Get on blogging groups and just talk to people. Don't just reach out to people only in hopes to drive your traffic (because people will see right through that) but for the sake of building friendships. Blogging can be lonely if you let it. It's not like a regular 9-5 where you have co-workers right next to you that you can talk to.
You need to be mindful of spambot traffic. I definitely recommend filtering that out so that you can have a better idea of who really is on your site, how long they are on your site, etc. It's incredibly important to know who your readers are! After all, they are the ones that are the reasons why bloggers make the big time dollar bills!
Goals For January....
Pinterest: 400 Followers <----#1 Source of Traffic
Twitter: Get 50 Followers
Bloglovin': 10 Followers
Instagram: I already have it up, just need to figure out if it's worth it.
Now The Moment You've Been Waiting For....My December Traffic and Income Report
All in all, it's not that much, coffee money if you will. If you've read any newbie blogger reports, it's going to be in the same range for the first couple of months. However, I'm still incredibly excited about this! This just goes to show me that it is possible! It only makes me want to work harder, be more consistent and promote more! I can't wait to do this again in February!