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):
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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!
Alex and I first got into the blogging world with a health and wellness blog. Only after earning six figures with that first blog in its first year did we start Create and Go.
It’s from these 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 our first health and wellness blog 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!
If you are interested in starting a successful blog for yourself, we made an awesomesauce tutorial on how to start a profitable blog, starting at just $2.75 per month (this low price is only through our referral link).
Proof of Income
Here are a couple of screenshots from Teachable and Quickbooks that show some of our sales:
Our income is deposited into our accounts at various points after sales are made, so the above screenshots do not reflect exact sales numbers for the month. They are a representation of a large portion of the income we have made over the month.
December 2019 Blogging Revenues
Total Revenues from our health and wellness blog and Create and Go: $134,659.62
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 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 our health and wellness blog in September of 2015 and didn’t make any money with it until January of 2016.
Recently Published Blog Articles:
Working and Exploring in Argentina
This month officially marks 16 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!
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!
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.
I spent the month of December living first in Valparaíso, Chile and Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! I’m currently in Puerto Escondido, Mexico updating the report!
While I was in Chile, I was reflecting back on the year that I’ve had in 2019 and what I wanted more of in 2020.
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This is what I want my 2020 to look like. I want beaches and sunshine and my favorite people. And the [more than] occasional aperol spritz 😜 . . I spent a lot of 2019 still trying to chase down new countries and new experiences. It’s so much fun but exhausting when you don’t give yourself enough breaks somewhere in between. I planned out way too much of it and found myself a bit too stuck in plans a few times throughout the year. . I still want [and need] new experiences but I’m slowing down and finding that what I treasure most is the moments of relaxation and adventure with my best friends by my side. One of my goals for 2020 is to have a lot less planned out and be able to go wherever feels right at the time. . #wifitribe #quintay #chile #aperolsinparadise #hammocklife #digitalnomad #nomadlife #blogger #bloglife #fulltimetravel #remotelife #remotework
For the last year and half, I’ve been traveling from place to place month to month. I only spend about 4 weeks in each location before moving on to the next.
There were a LOT of places I wanted to knock off my “bucket list.”
I visited 17 countries in 2019 and had some AMAZING experiences with my Wifi Tribe family.
But after so much travel over the last year and a half, I find myself slowing down a bit — seeking more intimate moments with fewer people and places that feel more like home.
I’m still going to keep traveling, but I’m taking more time time to decide WHERE I go and WHO I go with — less about the place and more about the people.
Alex is still posted up in Austin, Texas and loving life with his motorcycle views of downtown.
He often goes to co-working spots like Impact Hub to work with other people, because as many of y’all probably know — working alone can get very lonely!
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Have you ever tried co-working spaces before? Alex is working from a co-working space today in Austin called Impact Hub. He likes it because it’s really open and has a great standing desk. He even works while walking on a treadmill sometimes. #weirdo . He and I were actually just discussing how lonely it can get while working at home day after day. That’s why I love my @wifitribe.co fam — I get to work alongside other remote workers, freelancers, and entrepreneurs at home or at cafes. It’s almost like having co-workers again (the good kind 😜). – – But if travel isn’t your thing or you’re unable to, co-working spots are a great alternative. The only downside is that they can be pretty pricey. Make sure to look up a few and compare prices. If that’s not in your budget, try different cafes that are laptop-friendly! I personally find that I have the most creative energy when I’m working in cafes. – P.S. @alexnerney is working on some new business mindset training for our course students! 😍 We can’t wait to share it with y’all! – – #coworking #impacthub #austin #blogger #bloglife #remotelife #remotework #wifitribe #createandgo
He is still traveling as well but doing it at a much slower pace than I am! He went to Ireland a few weeks ago and is headed to New Zealand in a couple weeks with my brother!
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!
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- What is a Blog? – How it Works + The Difference Between a Blog and a Website
- How Much Do Bloggers Make? Like, Really?
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- How to Make Money Blogging (We Make Over $100,000/Month)
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- How to Grow Your Small Business or Blog on Pinterest – FREE 4 Day eCourse
- Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers – 6 Tips for Making 6 Figures
Affiliate Marketing Income:
Last month, we made $53,547.33 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 $78,844.29 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!