Welcome to another monthly online income report! You might be here because you wondering, “how much money do bloggers make” or, “how I make money blogging”, which is what I love telling people about!
I’m calling it a online income report since it not only incorporates the blog income but also YouTube earnings. Having several sources of online income growing at the same time makes sense to me in case one ever disappears.
Motivation to rebuild my online income is at an all time high after going back to working full time hours. Funny how working more makes me want to work more!
Why Share An Online Income Report
A couple months ago I decided to take my blog seriously after years of just being a hobby blogger.
During that time of blogging on and off I watched other bloggers like Pinch of Yum, Busy Budgeter, Just A Girl And Her Blog, post monthly blog income reports where they grew from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars a month. I realized if they could do it, why couldn’t I? Even if I only made it to a couple of thousand dollars a month, how would that change our lives?
Currently I’m nowhere near a full time income. I started tracking my income with a rough monthly range of $300-$500 per month and hope to grow that amount to better help support my family.
This is a process for me as I reorganize, refocus, and build from a place where my blog was abandoned for a couple years. If nothing else, I want to see what I can do.
I don’t know how long I’ll be doing these, but I’d at least like to chronicle the experience while I’m focused on earning enough extra income to pay for new expenses like daycare!
Previous Income Reports
If you’re interested in past income reports, you can see my last few here:
September Online Income
Here’s my earnings broken down by type with the sources listed below:
Total Income: $309.49
I started these reports with the money I received in my account for the month but I realized that’s not very helpful as an earning report mainly because every source of income pays at a different time. Some pay earnings two weeks later, some pay the next month, and others are delayed 90 days.
It makes the most sense to me to actually track what I earned in a month regardless of when the company would actually pay me. I’ve decided to do that instead so I’m able to see what I’m earning month to month and make changes quickly based on what is working and growing.
Speaking of refocusing and reorganizing, I’m in the process of consolidating some blogs into one blog here at amerrylife.com.
What? Did you know I blogged in other places? Probably not because I blogged anonymously!
I blogged on and off anonymously about money for a couple years during the bulk of my debt payoff journey. Since I started my YouTube channel about budgeting and personal finance I decided I no longer needed to be anonymous. Money is important and it affects all of our lives in major ways so I will be unafraid to blog about money under my own name.
All of this is to say, I’ve been moving over some of the best posts from the anonymous blog to amerrylife.com. Adding these has increased traffic to the blog slightly and will continue to do so as I move posts over.
This should hopefully increase blog income ongoing since everything is in one place and my focus is consolidated too instead of spending my limited spare time working on multiple sites.
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Goals For October
What I’m planning for October:
- Continue to add content and consolidate into one blog here at amerrylife.com.
- Continue making YouTube videos which are a source of revenue, source of traffic, and just interesting to do!
- Focus on adding and improving images in posts for Pinterest to grow traffic from Pinterest.
- Produce 1-2 blog posts per week. This seems to be a sustainable pace considering my limited free time with full time work and baby duties.
Eventually I’d like to work ahead and get posts ready to publish weeks or months in advance but currently I’m working mainly on fixing and improving what already exists.
What Didn’t Work Well
In September my Amazon earnings dropped to their lowest amount in many years. Unfortunately that is one of the downsides of affiliate earnings – when the program makes changes or your site’s traffic changes then so do your earnings.
I’m not abandoning Amazon affiliate income since I personally buy almost everything on Amazon and find it a valuable resource for pointing out where to buy things. But I do plan to find other affiliate programs for products I love and support and promote those more.
Time management is going to be key and is not something I handled well in September. I’m learning how limited my time really is with full time work and a baby and a social life so I’m having to work on this project in the margins. I’m kicking myself for not working on things in the past when I had all the free time in the world!
What Worked Well
Content creation has gone well despite limited time! I managed to write a number of posts and create YouTube videos every week.
Posts published in September:
- Can your family live on one income?
- Developing A Positive Mindset & Self Talk
- Dealing with Postpartum Anxiety
- September 2018 Budget With Me
- August 2018 Budget Review
I also want to share some of the content that performed well.
Popular posts on A Merry Life last month:
- Healthy Eating Snack Ideas
- How Much Money Should I Save Up For A House?
- Apartment Essentials For Single Ladies
- How To Deodorize Smelly Shoes
- Kale & Mozzarella Chicken Burgers Review
Popular YouTube videos on my channel last month:
- September 2018 Budget With Me
- How To Get FREE Baby Stuff
- August Budget Review
- 3 Week Old Newborn Day In The Life
- DIY Tile Coaster Tutorial
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