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 help 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!
October 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 October Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
Working and Exploring in Argentina
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 October living and working from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! I took some awesome trips while I was out here too, like going out to wine country in Mendoza for horseback riding:
And I also took a very quick and impromptu trip to the Iguazú Falls, which are actually in Argentina and Brazil. But we had some MAJOR changes happening here at Create and Go, so I did my best to work as much as I could on my trips as well:
Buenos Aires is a beautiful city and I found it VERY easy to work from here! There are SOO many cafes to work from — my absolute favorite being Lobo cafe — I practically lived here. I’m actually writing this income report from here right now!
I’m leaving on Friday to go to Patagonia for a week, and then I will be posted up in Valparaiso, Chile for a month before heading home for Christmas!
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.
Wouldn’t it be great if we could do everything the RIGHT way from the beginning — every time?
We’ve been blogging for over 3 years, and we’re still making big changes in our business because of the things we wish we had known in hindsight.
On that note, we’ve restructured our courses!
We’ve recently discontinued our Launch Your Blog and Make Money Blogging courses and merged them into one new course: Launch Your Blog Biz
We’ve also given all of our courses a new look to be more “on brand” with our new website redesign.
I think this is the 3rd makeover our courses have had over the years, so even we don’t always get it right the first time!
So, why did we do this?
Because we believe that it will only help our students get better results.
In all honesty, the students that have the most and quickest success are those that purchase our Pro Blogger Bundle. I think there are a couple of reasons for this:
- These students have access to ALL of the information at once, so they can see the big part of the picture and a little easier and work on what they need to work on when they want.
- The bundle is more expensive, so it’s very likely that the students that make this purchase are the most dedicated to starting and building their blogging biz.
This new course, Launch Your Blog Biz, now contains ALL of the lessons from our first two courses, so students will now have everything they need to start and launch their blog and take it all the way to earning $1,000+/month.
Support Group Changes
The other major change that we made was to consolidate our private support groups.
We previously offered 4 blogging courses with 4 different support groups (and we also have a free community group).
Have you ever tried running 5 different community groups before?
It’s absolute insanity — even with a team to help you.
So, we’ve merged all of the private support groups that come with our courses into ONE community group (access comes with any course purchase).
We think this will be beneficial for two reasons:
- Our students will be able to help each other out more because they will all be working through various courses and stages of blogging.
- Alex and I (and our team) can spend more time in this ONE group (time that was previously spread thin over multiple groups). We are planning regular Facebook live videos and all kinds of stuff for this new group!
We’re always trying to take a step back to re-evaluate what we are doing and how we are doing it to make sure it’s the best thing for us and our team as well as our students.
We believe that this is going to be a really great thing for the way that we run our business and for our students!
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 $66,527.53 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.
Our Launch Your Blog Biz course will teach you everything you need to know from starting and launching your blog to 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 $64,640.85 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!