In these blog income reports, we report our blogging income and expenses as well as insights to any recent changes we’ve made on our blogs in the past month.
This is what we will cover in this blog income report (feel free to click and skip to what you’d like to see):
- Why We Publish Income Reports
- Show Me the Blog Money
- Changes Since Our Last Income Report Update
- Additional Blogging Resources
- How We Make Money Blogging
Why We Publish Income Reports
It’s a little weird publishing our income reports for all of our friends, family, and loved ones to see, but that’s the tradeoff that we accept for the transparency that it provides to our audience.
We never publish to brag – only to show our followers and readers just what is possible with a small blog, some hard work, and a lot of determination!
Lauren and I (Alex) own a successful health and wellness blog at Avocadu.com. It is from the successes and failures of this blog that we teach at Create and Go.
We are teaching blogging strategies that work in a completely different niche, and we hope this will make it a little more relatable and applicable to your specific niche and blog.
There are a lot of ‘experts’ out there that are making money online by teaching others how to make money online. Basically, blogging about blogging.
While many of these folks are VERY successful (and good at what they do), it makes their strategies a little less relatable and harder to apply sometimes if you are in a completely different niche.
Yes, we blog about blogging too, but the difference is that we took Avocadu to $20,000/month and beyond BEFORE we started Create and Go.
We hope that the honesty and transparency that we provide through our successes and failures with our health and wellness blog helps you on your blogging journey as well!
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Show Me the Blog Money:
PROOF OF INCOME
Here are a few screenshots from our Stripe, PayPal, and Teachable accounts, where we receive payments for products that we sell — just for a little proof:
We also receive other income that is directly deposited into our bank account. There are just too many places to screenshot all of them!
April 2019 Blogging Revenues
The number above does not include blogging expenses. Some of the expenses that we incur on a monthly basis include the following:
- Bluehost (Hosting)
- ConvertKit (Email marketing)
- LeadPages (Email opt-in landing pages)
- Teachable (Sales pages + course hosting)
- ClickFunnels (Sales pages + eBook hosting)
- Tailwind (Pinterest scheduling and analytics)
Income Recap Since We Started:
The chart below contains the revenues from both blogs (Avocadu and Create and Go) since we started blogging.
Helpful Timeline of Events:
- During the months of July – August of 2015, we were working on our first blog that ultimately failed
- We started Avocadu in September of 2015 and didn’t make any money with it until January of 2016.
Changes in April Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
Blog Updates in April 2019
Other than updating some content and our courses, our main focus right now is outreach and backlinks.
Google SEO is something we’ve only ever gone after pretty passively because Pinterest traffic has served us VERY well and we were more focused on monetizing our blog.
Only now are we circling back and trying to make more of an effort to get more Google traffic.
One thing we’re doing is getting some interviews on podcasts to start networking with others in our niche.
Here are some of the latest features from the last month:
In this episode, Alex talks about why he started a blog and the best monetization strategies for a blog.
You can listen to the podcast here.
You can listen to the podcast here.
“For us, the desire for freedom outweighed the fear of things not working out. We had some money saved up and we told ourselves that we would make this thing work no matter what. Our biggest growth tip to achieve what you want is to commit fully – that’s how you’ll achieve the results you want.”
This article is AMAZING, and I highly encourage you to read the entire post!
We’re Building a Badass Team
I’m excited to say that we are finally taking the time to build out a team behind our blogging business.
You see, for the first 2 years, it was just Alex and myself. A team of two. Taking on EVERYTHING.
And we managed it pretty darn well for a long time. But the thing is… The days got longer and the nights got later.
We were working too much.
We are advertising this life if FREEDOM from a 9-5 but the reality was… We were working WAY more hours than we did at our 9-5 jobs.
Now, there’s still a big difference here because we LOVE our business. It’s our passion.
And we’re here to tell you that you CAN build a successful blogging business without working 12 hours a day.
We did it with our health and wellness blog.
But then we decided to create a YouTube channel. And then another blog. And then another YouTube channel. And there were some other projects here and there.
We just didn’t stop.
Now, we have the time and freedom to travel, so we want to take advantage of that!
The next logical step is to hire some HELP!
We hired Drew DuBoff, blogger at drewduboff.com, about a year ago as our customer service manager.
And just last week, we brought Noah Riggs, blogger at busylivingbetter.com, on board as a general VA and content support.
You’d be surprised how much of your time is eaten by basic tasks of editing, proofreading, graphic design, scheduling content, etc.
As our business has grown to new heights, we have experienced growing pains accordingly!
So right now, a lot of our energy is spent managing these growing pains!
A couple of super helpful tools that we have implemented in the process:
- Slack — How our team communicates with each other (it’s better than email!)
- Asana — How we manage our projects, content, and other business tasks
New to blogging? We’ve got a MESS of resources for you if you’d like to fire things up:
Best Articles for People Who Have Not Started Blogging:
Best Articles for the Peeps Who HAVE Started a Blog:
- How to Make Money Blogging (We Make Over $100,000/Month)
- 17 Best Blogging Tools for Beginners and Beyond
- How to Monetize Your Blog – Free 4 Day eCourse
- What is Pinterest and How Does It Work for Bloggers?
- How to Grow Your Small Business or Blog on Pinterest – FREE 4 Day eCourse
- Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – 6 Tips for Making 6 Figures
How We Make Money Blogging
Affiliate Marketing Income:
Last month, we made $45,861.47 through affiliate marketing on our blogs. Affiliate marketing just means selling other people’s products and courses, and it was how we earned our first $1,000/month blogging. It’s one of the best ways to start making with your blog.
If you would like to know how we did this and how you can use it to monetize your blog, make sure to check out our course Make Money Blogging for Beginners.
The course is all about helping you start making $500 – $1000 per month with your new blog through affiliate marketing, free blog traffic, and other strategies.
Digital Products and Services Sold:
Last month, we made $66,262.67 selling digital products and services (eBooks and online courses). This is always going to be where the bulk of our income is made because selling your own products has a much higher earning potential.
If you would like to know how we did this, make sure to check out our most advanced blog monetization course, Six-Figure Blogger.
Note that this is an ADVANCED course. It does not cover the basics of traffic or writing content. It delves much deeper to cover copywriting, sales funnels, email marketing, and more.
Alex and Lauren
Co-Founders, Create and Go
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