How I Made $4,612 From Blogging In October – Blogging Income Report

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My income increased from last month, which I'm super proud of!

A little about me.

I started FITnancials back in 2013 as a hobby blog and to document my 60-pound weight loss.

I spent around an hour a week on it and sometimes didn't touch it at all.

One year ago, I decided to go full-time on the blog and also quit my day job that was bringing me great income for someone my age.

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How much time do you spend on your blog?

I spend around 20-30 hours a week on my blog.

When traveling, the hours tend to be all over the place.

During Fincon, I only spent maybe 5-10 hours on my blog due to being at the conference all week.

I also bought my pass for #Fincon18 in Orlando, which I'm super excited about!!

How to make money blogging

There are many ways you can make money blogging. Some of these are:

  • Sponsored posts
  • Affiliate income
  • Ad revenue
  • Creating and selling your own products

How much did you make in October of 2017?

Sponsored posts: $2,178

Affiliate Income: $859

Virtual Assistant: $900

Ad Revenue: $675

My first product: Making Sense of Sponsored Posts 

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  • Learn how to manage your mind, productivity, time management (all VERY important for working at home and running a successful business)
  • How to set up a beautiful looking blog that is completely customizable
  • How to write blog posts specifically for monetizing
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What worked

  • Creating infographics and savings plans have been a game changer for Pinterest. My most seen pin (very different from most clicked on, but regardless, great for my Pinterest profile) is a travel savings plan which has been doing amazing for months.
  • Creating a free resource library has increased my email list dramatically. People love free stuff! I add printables to this monthly, and they're also a lot of fun to make.
  • I also created a How To Start A Blog free email course, which has done tremendously well, too. This email course is my highest converting opt-in on my blog.
  • I also decreased the number of ads that are on my blog. My website has too many ads, and I feel like this is hurting my affiliate income. No idea if this helped, but my ad income almost tripled, which is awesome!
  • My Instagram is improving! I am now posting an inspiring quote every 3rd picture, along with my fitness and travel posts. Follow me here!
  • I also added a Pinterest sidebar to my blog, which (I believe) has helped me increase my followers! You can follow me on Pinterest here.

What failed

  • I've been wasting too much time on Twitter. I've been attempting to gain traction on this platform, and it's proving to be useless, haha. I have 4,000 followers, yet my views from Twitter are very little. I think this is because people don't usually go on Twitter to read articles, but instead read tweets.

What I'll be working on next month

  • I also started a free Facebook community. There are currently around 70 members, which is awesome! However, there is very little interaction between readers, and I need to work on this.
  • My affiliate marketing strategy needs some work. Though I managed to double my affiliate income this month, I still believe there is a lot of work to do in this area.
  • My digital product is finished, and now I need to create a sales page for it. Super excited about this!
  • A few of you have been telling me to create a digital product related to scoring sponsored posts. I've been considering this, so I might start working on it!

Blog related posts

New posts from FITnancials this month

Future Plans

  • Since I started full-time blogging, I made approximately $30,000 in the past 12 months. I'd love to double that income to $60,000 in the next 12 months. I've been making a steady $4-5K the past few months, so I feel good about this!
  • Work more. Yep, you heard that right! I need to work on being more productive. I've only been working around 20 hours a week. Although, I dedicate the entire day of Monday to school work and that burns me out pretty hard.
  • Stay above 100,000 page views. I just hit 100,000 page views last month, but I know keeping it up is going to be hard!
  • Improve my Facebook strategy. I'm stuck at 3,000 likes and would love to increase this and reach more people.

Tips To Become A Blogger:

1) Choose a niche that already makes money (personal finance, health, and fitness, travel, etc.) and subniche from there. This means to go even deeper into a niche. Ex. Niche: Personal finance > Subniche: Personal finance for college students or personal finance for moms. 

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Blog With A Full-Time Job consists of:

  • A specific plan for launching, growing and monetizing your blog while working full-time
  • The exact strategy to grow and monetize your blog to a six-figure blog
  • Learn how to manage your mind, productivity, time management (all VERY important for working at home and running a successful business)
  • How to set up a beautiful looking blog that is completely customizable
  • How to write blog posts specifically for monetizing
  • Sooo much more + tons of bonuses, templates, worksheets, etc.

If you've never taken a blogging course and aren't sure which one to choose, Blog With A Full-Time Job is IT. 

3) Learn and absorb as much information about blogging as possible. Pinterest is a gold mine for this. Type in “blogging tips” in Pinterest's search bar and hundreds of helpful articles will come up. You can check all of my popular blogging articles here.

4) Figure out what outlet you want to use for blogging. Do you want to have your own blog? Or do you want to create a YouTube channel? Find out where your audience is and go from there. If you don't know yet, don't sweat it. You'll learn as you go. 

5) Create a blog with this easy tutorial. 

Recap

I hit over 107,000 page views this month, which is soooooo awesome!

I also just got back from Fincon. Fincon is a 4-day conference targeted to online influencers in the personal finance niche.

I met so many people that I'm going to miss SO much over the next 11 months.

If you're in the personal finance niche, you must go to this conference.

This was a great month for me and I'm loving where the blog is headed. I also feel like I'm in such a good place mentally.

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I started this blog in college and graduated my senior year making $80,000 a year. Now, I work from home, spend time with my family and dogs, and I get to take my family on nice trips and donate to my favorite charities. 

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This Post Has 19 Comments

  1. Thank You, Alexis, for the very informative post! I don’t usually comment but reading your article is something I can relate to.

    I am a 51-year-old Mom who just began a food blog back in June! I can relate to Special Needs and your burnout. My teen son has Autism. So I have been there done that. He had ABA Rx for years. But you are inspiring and trying to run a blog while in school? Impressive! I am struggling with visitors to my website. One day at a time I guess. Twitter? Haven’t found it to be useful for social media at all.

    1. Oh wow, that’s so cool! Yes! It has been tough and I can’t wait to graduate so I can totally focus on my blog.

  2. I just recently decided to stop bothering with Twitter (for now). I realized only like 2% of my traffic comes from Twitter and I just don’t have the bandwith to work on it right now.

    1. Yeah, same here.

  3. Twitter is the worst place for conversions but I go on the hang out and waste my time with other blogger friends…so bad ;( I need to start being more serious.

    I totally shared this on Twitter for irony by the way 😀

    1. You are too funny! Haha

  4. Congratulations on all success you have had with this blog so far! I love this blog and can’t wait to see more from you! I have thought of doing income reports but I think my blog still may be too new. We shall see. Cheers!

    1. Thank you so much!

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