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 couple of screenshots from Teachable and Quickbooks that show some of our sales:
We also receive other income various sources that is directly deposited into our bank account. There are just too many places to screenshot all of them!
September 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 September Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
- 14 Fresh Blogging Statistics That Change the Game and How You Should Blog in 2019
- 101 Most Important Blogging Terms (Acronyms and Abbrv.) To Learn
- 21 Popular Blogs That Made Their Creators Instagram Famous (2019)
Working and Exploring in Brazil
This month officially marks 15 months living outside of the U.S. for me (Lauren)! I’ve been traveling mostly with a group called the Wifi Tribe — a global community of co-living and co-working remote workers and digital nomads!
I spent the entire month of September living and working from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil!
While staying in Rio de Janeiro, we also took weekend trips to Búzios and Ilha Grande. We hiked through the jungles, soaked up the sun on the beaches, and enjoyed more than a few beers watching the sun go down.
Brazil is a beautiful (and massive) country, and I was only able to explore a very tiny piece of it in my 4 weeks there. I will say that Rio didn’t have many workable cafes — something that I found difficult because I am generally a big cafe worker.
BUT our place was right across from Copacabana beach, and we had a very spacious apartment to work from.
Alex and I first started traveling with the Wifi Tribe over 3 years ago right after we started our first blog. We went to Nicaragua, Bali, Peru, Costa Rica, and Portugal with the tribe!
I’ve since traveled to 10+ other countries with them over the last year and a half!
It’s a great way to meet new people around the world and to network with other entrepreneurs, remote workers, travelers, and generally just super awesome people.
FinCon 2019 in Washington, DC
While I was off hiking in Brazil, Alex went to Washington DC for FinCon!
In Alex’s words:
FinCon is an incredible opportunity, especially for bloggers, because there are so many people that I know in the blogging world that I got to actually connect with in person.”
The sessions are great but it was more about connecting with the people than anything else.
Getting to know people in your space is probably one of the more inspiring things that you can do. Because not only can you see what they’re working on and share what you’re working on, but you can get better ideas on how you want your life and your business to look.”
In addition to getting to network with other bloggers, Alex also got to meet quite a few of our blogging students in person.
It’s one thing to speak to your students and readers and peers via email or Facebook communities. It’s an entirely different thing to be able to meet these incredible people in person.
People that have great impacts on your life as well as people whose lives you have greatly impacted.
Speaking of impacts… Another incredible thing that happened out at Fincon…
Noah is one of THE most down to earth and awesome human beings we’ve ever met. He brings so much positive energy to our team and what we do at Create and Go.
AND he has so much love for us and what we do here at Create and Go that he got a freaking Create and Go tattoo!
I’m still in shock! (and so proud).
You’ve probably noticed but we recently redesigned our entire website!
We did this for a few reasons, but we mainly just felt like it was time for a change! The website has looked the same since we started it in 2017, so it was time for a new look!
And damnnnnn does it look sexy, if I do say so myself!
This was a BIG investment that we made into our blog, but there are a LOT of upgrades that came with the redesign. We had a lot of content custom coded for us.
Including cool blocks for the WordPress Gutenberg editor like this:
One of the reasons we wanted to do this was for branding purposes.
We’ve stuck with our blue color, but we’ve darkened it a bit and gotten more consistent with the branding colors across the whole website.
We also gave our Pinterest pins and other graphics a new look to be consistent with our new look. It will take us some time to roll out all of these updates, images, etc.
This is where the bulk of our time is being spent right now. In addition to…
Because our website is now a couple of years old, a lot of our content is also a couple of years old.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still all great content (in our opinion), but it’s also time to update a lot of it.
Software changes, strategies change… and we pride ourselves on always keeping our content as updated and relevant to our audience as possible.
Right now, I’m going through every single article on the website and updating all of the content. Completely re-writing it, adding in new content, etc.
This is important for our audience but also for Google SEO — making sure our content stays updated and is optimized for search traffic.
And as soon as we’re finished with this, we’re going to turn our sights back to…
I’m pretty excited to announce some big changes coming to our courses… BUT it’s going to stay mostly under wraps for now while we’re working on it.
But know this…
We’re making some MAJOR updates to the structure and content of our courses! The biggest changes since we first created the courses.
We predict that this is going to be a HUGE positive change for our students and especially how we run our support groups!
The whole goal is to simplify what we do here and focus more on what’s most important: Helping our students achieve as much success as possible — as quickly as possible.
We are going to be working on this over the next couple of months. We’re aiming for a completion date by Black Friday but we’ll see how it goes.
We’re focused on quality rather than quantity right now, so we’re making sure we get it right rather than just done as quickly as possible.
Stay tuned for more information on this in the next couple of months!
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:
- How to Start a Successful Blog – Step by Step Beginners Guide
- How Much Does it Really Cost to Start a Blog?
- Blog Niche Ideas – 3 Steps to Find a Fun and Profitable Blog Niche
- What is a Blog? – How it Works + The Difference Between a Blog and a Website
- How Much Do Bloggers Make? Like, Really?
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 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 $56,795.70 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 $65,241.65 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.
If you have any questions about our blog income reports or about blogging in general, please feel free to leave them in the comment section below!