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 (my girlfriend and business partner) and I 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!
February 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 February Since Our Last Income Update
Recently Published Blog Articles:
- 17 Best Blogging Tips (Newbies to Advanced Bloggers) for 2019
- Pinterest Marketing — The Definitive Guide for 2019
Blog Updates in February 2019
Honestly, we’ve had our heads down with tons of projects lately.
We’ve been working on some growth for Google SEO, and that includes some serious updates to our content as well as outreach for backlinks.
The content updates have taken up most of our time over the last few months. We started this blog almost 3 years ago…
It’s easy to just throw up content and never think about it again, but the truth is, you need to continue updating your content. This is something that we neglected for a while as we started creating our courses and continuously updating those courses.
It’s definitely more important to keep your paid content updated than it is to keep your free content updated.
BUT your free content is how you get those customers in the door, and you can’t forget about that either!
Anyway, we did an audit of our content and…
And updated content!
It’s a project that we’re still in the middle of and when we’re finished updating the content on Create and Go, we’ll do the same for our health and wellness blog, Avocadu.
This is super important to your sales and for your traffic because Google favors content that is updated regularly!
Next Steps in Our Blog Growth and Goals
Other than updating content, our other 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.
Alex went on one this past month with Leah from Urban20Something:
You can listen to the podcast (or read the transcript) here.
We’re also attending some conferences to network a bit and get our learn on!
Alex is attending SXSW at the moment and I’m attending Social Media Marketing World in San Diego next week!
We decided our money was best spent if we went to separate conferences and shared what we learned with each other!
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 $48,747.32 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 $71,623.00 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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