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Having success and freedom from the regular 9-5 is pretty weird (in a strangely awesome way). For a long time, gaining our own success sounded like a pipe dream. Especially after listening to dozens of podcast episodes and reading cliche “How to Work Online” posts. But once we finally found that way to having success, everything changed.
We had a way to gain freedom, and it’s made so many doors open for us. And we know that when you find your way to financial and dream freedom (dream freedom’s a term right?), your life will completely change. You’ll have a way to work from home and be with the family, stop commuting, travel full-time, and change other people’s lives. Isn’t that crazy awesome?
Guys, you deserve freedom; it’s empowering. And guess what? You can find a way to do it and we’ll show you exactly how.
Now Why Post an Income Report?
For a while, we’ve seen other bloggers talk about why they write income reports, so we thought we’d share why we do it too.
Income reports were a part of our success in blogging from anywhere. They were a place where bloggers opened up about how they made their income and the steps they took to get where they were today. So instead of just keeping their success to themselves, they laid it out for newer (and not so new) bloggers. And we wanted to do that too!
They showed us how we could make income from ads and affiliates and how to easily sign up for hosting. These bloggers went out of their way to give us great tips on how to get started and what social media sites were needed to get great traffic. So of course, we wanted to show people how to have success blogging as well.
And down below, we’ll be giving you the steps and resources you need to get started!
Now About Us..
How We Made $3,000 in 3 Months After Launching
In early 2015, my husband Silas and I were broke newlyweds (very broke). We had heard about creating a side hustle (a job apart from your 9 to 5) from many online entrepreneurs. There were TONS of ideas, but nothing really seemed to quite fit (especially since we weren’t tech savvy at all).
That is until we listened to the The Side Hustle Show (a podcast) which interviewed Rosemarie Groner from The Busy Budgeter.. on blogging.
Now we had never wanted to blog. Everyone kept on saying that it would take years to gain any kind of real income. But Rosemarie had gone from just blogging about her passion for fun to blogging full time and making $5k a month. And she had done this in just a year.. but we wanted this sooner.
My husband had been working plenty of energy draining and soul sucking jobs (no joke), for a number of years and I was tired of seeing him coming home exhausted emotionally and physically. We both wanted change, and this podcast (which you can listen to here), literally changed our lives. It was packed with so much information on how to get started that without it, we’d probably be in the same place we’d always been: stuck.
And 3 months after launching the blog… we were making more than my husband’s corporate job. Just from using Rosemarie’s advice and some newfound ideas that we discovered ourselves.
So down below, we’ll give you the sources you need to start a blog yourself and tell you what we did in February to get the numbers we have.
Starting Your Own Blog
Alright, so whether you’ve listened to the podcast yet or not, I’m going to show you three things that are going to help you get your blog set up the easy way and how to get amazing traffic to your site so you can start making income fast.
Now this isn’t me just passing you off onto another post that I’ve written to be lazy. I just know that if I showed you exactly how I did it all in one place, this post would get reeeeally long and you’d probably get overwhelmed (and mad at me).
Now the first place I’m going to send you to shows you exactly how I got crazy huge traffic from Pinterest in such a short amount of time. It goes into how to set things up right and what you can do to get people coming to your site soon (and it’s not that hard!). So definitely read through it!
The second post goes into how to easily set up your blog with a hosting site (that’s only $2.95 a month!). If you’re not tech savvy (like me), then this step-by-step post will seriously help you out. There’s no need to do things on your own or the hard way when you can have someone else show you how to do it. You can read it here.
The third post I’m going to refer you to shows you a little more extensively how to make sure you’re driving amazing traffic to your site. It’s my last income report and it’s long. So feel free to just skip the beginning and head down to What We Did to Get Huge Views. Check out the post here!
Lastly, if you have any questions about either of these posts, feel free to ask me in the comments down below!
Previous Income Reports
Thoughts on February
Alright guys, so we’re sorry we haven’t been posting income reports for the last couple months. To be honest, we’ve been so busy and there’s been a lot going on that we ended up putting it off.
Now February was an interesting month; a lot of things happened to disrupt the flow of the blog. The first thing to upset it was when Silas caught a tropical disease and became bedridden for weeks after arriving in Bali. He was sick for almost the entire month (crazy right?!) and I took care of him. So as you can imagine, this slowed us down a lot.
Second, due to some technical issues with our domain name provider, our site was down for around 4 days. This meant that we lost a good amount of income and pageviews. Now Pinterest doesn’t like this. In fact, if they see that there’s a broken link (a pin going to a page/site that’s down), they’ll bury that pin in the algorithm. So we’ve been working on restoring things to how they were (and surpassing it) since that happened.
Thankfully though, I’ve had some really awesome friends I’ve met through blogging help us out during this time through pinning our pins to help us with the Pinterest algorithm. It just shows you how important it is to reach out and network.
Remind people that reaching over $10k a month seemed so far off until it happened, but we did start out making $0 and worked hard to get to where we are.
Now Back to the Income Report
Income and Traffic
With us both being really sick in February and the technical issues of the site going down, our numbers took quite a dip. However, we were still very happy and grateful for what we made. It’s amazing that we were able to make over $10k that month and we feel very blessed to make that sort of income.
It also just shows you that when you put the hard work in early on, it’ll perform for you on your off months.
February Pageviews: 1,066,534
Amazon Affiliates: $430.84
A Quick Note on Making Over $10k a Month
I just wanted to say that I know it’s so easy to look at other people’s income and wonder how you’ll ever get there. But I need you to know that I started out with $0 with this blog. I didn’t have thousands in the bank when it began, but through hard work and the steps and tips I give you, I was able to start making over $10k a month.
And when you put in that hard work, you’re investing into your financial future. You can so do this!
A List of Income Sources and How They Work
Down below, I’ll show you where and how I make my income for my blog. It’s super simple!
This is one of the easiest ways to make income from your blog. The basic idea of this is that when you sign up for an ad network, they’ll put ads on your site. And when people see and/or click on it, you’ll get money.
The one I suggest using as a beginner blogger is Adsense. It’s an ad network run by Google and doesn’t require you to have a threshold of monthly viewers to be accepted.
Mediavine:I personally use MediaVine which requires you to have 30,000+ viewers per month. Once you pass that number, I highly suggest that you sign up for them. They’ll pay you so much more than what Google does and they’re easy to get ahold of if you need any help.
Being an affiliate of a certain site or product means that when you refer a person through your own unique link (that’s given to you by the company), and they click through, you’ll get a percentage if they buy the product. This of course comes with no extra cost to them.
So here are the two site I’m an affiliate of.
Bluehost: Bluehost was the hosting site I first started out with when I was new to blogging. I always recommend them when you’re first starting out because they only charge $2.95 a month and they’re super helpful! No need to spend a ton of money on hosting sites when you’re just beginning right?
Feel free to check them out here.
Amazon: Basically, once you sign up to be an Amazon affiliate, you can start referring products (preferably ones you’ve used and like), to your audience in posts. It’s super simple and a great affiliate program to start out with.
Quick Note on Affiliates
Right now, those are the only ones I’m apart of, but I’m starting to expand. So keep your eye out for new ones in the future that might just work for you too!
Featured Question of The Month!
We’ve decided that for every monthly income report we do, we’ll be featuring a blogging question from you guys. This is the third time we’ve done this, and it’s been pretty fun so far!
For this month, you guys wanted me to answer the question…
“What if the niche I want to do is already done by so many other bloggers? How will I get people to see my blog and even take an interest in it?
So here we go!
It turns out that with any niche you do, there will be plenty of other who have done it before and have a huge audience. But guess what? It actually doesn’t matter! There are TONS of people on the internet that you can reach. Those few big bloggers who are doing the exact same niche you want to do, haven’t reached out to everyone out there that might be interested. You can easily get your own audience that LOVES what you do!
Now how do you set yourself out apart from those other bloggers who are in your same niche? The easiest way to do this is by going onto successful blogger’s sites in your niche and see what they’re writing about. Then, see where you can add value where they’re not. Check out multiple bloggers to understand what’s being said and see what you have to offer that is unique.
So for example if you’re a DIY person, and this bigger blogger is doing complicated DIY projects, try to find a way to do similar DIY’s but make them easier (for beginners).
Now remember, the way these successful bloggers got to be successful was through consistency. They didn’t give up even when numbers were really small starting out. They kept on going until they had success. This is another way you can make your blog’s niche stand out. Continue to provide great content with awesome value when others give up.
Next Month’s Featured Questions!
Let us know which one you want answered for next month’s income report!
1. How do I manage the time I work on the blog when most of it’s already taken up by a full-time job and/or kids?
2. What’s the best way to get accepted onto a group board?
Past Featured Questions
Now if You’re Still Worried About Working Online
Lastly, just remember that in a year from now, you’ll wish you started today. This is something Silas always reminded me of when we were first starting out. So where do you want to be in a year from now? Would you rather be surfing Facebook or watching Netflix after a hard day of work at a dead end job, or would you rather be bringing in a new income stream and working from home?
You may think that you deserve to relax after working so hard at your job, but what you really deserve is to work hard now so that you can have time and financial freedom later.