How I Made $5,047 in 1 Month 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) Are you not sure where to start on creating a profitable blog? I recommend checking out this course roadmap to figure out where you should get started first!

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. 

My first product: Making Sense of Sponsored Posts 

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Sponsored posts helped me become a full-time blogger and is my favorite way to make money blogging!

Over 600 students have taken my course so far and have landed major brand sponsorships, charged 3x what they’d usually charge, and worked with brands multiple times.

You also get access to a private mastermind group where you can ask any blogging questions and get help from me and other successful bloggers.

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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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Popular posts from FITnancials this month

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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!

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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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If you need a little more help starting your blog, I even have a free How To Start A Successful Blog quick 5-day course that shows you step-by-step what to do AFTER you started your blog. This quick course is filled with a TON of value giving you everything you need to get started the best way.

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

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This Post Has 95 Comments

  1. Congrats on all your success so far, Alexis! Thank you for deciding to do the income report and for sharing so much info. with us. I would be ecstatic to one day get my blog to the $5k/month level. Here’s to your continued success.

    1. Alexis

      Thanks Cody!

  2. Debbie Gartner

    Congrats on having such a great month and for writing your first income report. Way to go. Your article was great – well written and helpful.

    I have not (nor do I intend to do) sponsored posts, especially as it doesn’t fit in with my blog, its purpose and overall strategy. Instead, I am doing freelancing where I blog for others and it seems to work much better for me and my style (and it’s been fairly consistent in the last several months).

    In the meantime, I continue to build passive income, so later, I can also gradually shift my time.

    1. Alexis

      That sounds great. I’d love to find more freelance opportunities, too.

  3. Gemma

    Wow that is so awesome! I love all the detail you went into, thank you for all the information! My three favorite blogging courses are MSAF, Carly’s book and Lena’s course–all three have helped me immensely.
    I’ve done three income reports but decided to stop. I just feel too weird. I love reading them though!

    I had a question about the group boards you mentioned that have disappeared- I’ve had that happen too, do you have any idea why? Did the person shut it down or were they banned from pinterest? It’s so weird.

    1. Alexis

      Right? I do feel kind of weird doing them. I have my September income report in a draft right now! Haha.

  4. Sharon

    Hey Alexis!

    I thoroughly enjoyed this post and have shared it on Pinterest. I’ve read many of your posts in preparation for starting my own blog. You and other bloggers are motivational to us beginners. Your sharing tips and resources is beneficial. As you know, start up can be costly, confusing and scary.

    The clear way that you have of explaining things, I think you could make some additional money as a mentor…..on terms of your choosing. Just a thought.

    Congratulations on your success and I look forward to more great blog posts!

    1. Alexis

      Thank you so much, Sharon!

  5. Elisa

    Hey! Heading to FinCon as well- there is a discussion on the FinCon Community Facebook page about BBQ and there are quite a few vegans posting – I bet you could get a group to head to Spiral Diner! Try the FinCon slack channel as well. 🙂

    1. Alexis

      Yes, I am on that thread, too! I’ve heard about Spiral Diner like crazy (from Austin).

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