How I Made $5,047 in August 2017 From Blogging

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Welcome to my first monthly income report.

People often ask me how to make money blogging, which is why I'm excited to publish an income report finally.

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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 the day job that was bringing me high income for someone my age.

Now, I'm making a steady $4,000 a month from my blog, and I get to work from home. 

Reasons why I've decided to post an income report

1. To keep track of my goals, income, recaps, and also show all you what I've learned every single month from blogging.

2. To be transparent with my readers and show that it is possible to make a full-time income from a blog.

3. To show people that making $5,000 a month from blogging is something to be proud of. There are bloggers out there that think it's not enough. I'm guilty of this, especially since I have a sister who has already made a million dollars from her blog this year.

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.

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

Tips To Become A Full-Time Blogger:

1) Choose a niche that already makes money (personal finance, health, and fitness, travel, etc.) and sub niche 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. 

2) Take a high-quality blogging course. My #1 recommendation for new bloggers who want to build a profitable blog is Blog With A Full-Time Job

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. 

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How much did you make in August of 2017?

Sponsored posts: $2,900

Affiliate Income: $576

Virtual Assistant: $900

Ad Revenue: $431

Free Products: $240

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Recap

The summer is generally a slower month as far as blogging goes. Most people aren't spending their time on a computer. Instead, they're outside and enjoying the weather. My website usually doubles in page views in the winter, which I'm looking forward to.

I'm also struggling with page views, and can't seem to get past the 75,000 mark. Six of my main group boards all disappeared. Those 6 group boards were also my highest performing.

Life before I was a full-time blogger

I couldn't be more happy with my life.

Before I was a blogger, I was attending college and working three jobs.

Life was tough because I rarely got sleep and worked at a stressful job. I was a special education teacher, a nanny, and worked around 5 or so hours a week on my blog.

I wasn't making good money and did not enjoy my job.  

When I wasn't at work, I was sleeping or working on school work. I thought that's how life is, and you had to suck it up and get used to the cycle.

Blogging Friends

I made a new blogger friend this month, Lisa at Not On A Budget. She's helped me with SEO and ranking on Google.

I also want to mention my first ever blogging friend, Tiffany, from Beautiful Dawn Designs. She designed most of my printables that you can check out here. 

My plans for my blog

1. I'd love to start working on a digital product. The health and fitness field is saturated with fitness products, so I'd want to create something in another field.

2. I started a free resource library on my blog and it's doing well! The library currently contains 10+ printables. There are monthly budget planners, meal plan templates, travel checklists, daily planners, and more.

3. I'd love to do more collaborations and partnerships with other blogs.

4. I'd love to start a YouTube channel. I've always thought about doing this, but people on YouTube are so brutal in the comments. I don't have thick skin, and I already get enough mean comments on my blog, so I'm scared! Natalie Bacon has been such an inspiration for me, and I love watching her channel, which you can check out here.

Goals for FITnancials

1. Hit 100,000 page views per month. Pass!

2. Get 2 months ahead of blog posts.

3. Get to 3,000 email subscribers. Pass!

Conclusion: Start a blog that makes money

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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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What to read next: How I Built A Profitable Blog While Working And Being In School Full-Time

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  1. I loved reading your blogging income report. It’s so inspiring for newbie bloggers like me. I will be at FinCon as a first-timer and would love to meet up!

    1. That’s awesome! I’m so excited for Fincon.

  2. Enlightening! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed reading your path to where you are now. I look forward to more!

    1. Thank you!

  3. Thanks for the motivation! I keep coming back to your site! I love how clean and well organized it is. You are doing so well for yourself without coming across as spammy or salesy. Can’t wait to see you hit all those goals!

    1. Thank you so much!

  4. This is so awesome and I can’t wait until I get to that point! I am finally making just about $1000/month and almost been blogging for a year (with a few months that I took off due to life changes) and it feels like a lifetime until I am able to make $5000/month with my blog. By the way, do you use a network to get sponsored posting opportunities or do you reach out to companies and brands yourself?

    1. Hey Daniella! You’re doing awesome and making more progress than most people!

      I do use a few networks, but many of my sponsored opportunities are from people reaching out to me.

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