Here it is… my August 2016 Blog Income Report!
Scroll to the bottom for links to my previous months’ income. Why am I sharing? Well, several months ago, over on Rose Bakes, I wrote a post about how to make money blogging (specifically with a food blog, but most of my info would apply to any blog). Then back in January, I wrote a post on how I made almost $37,000 blogging in 2015. Both of those posts got a lot of attention.
In addition to that, I’m always talking about finances with someone. I love to talk about budgeting, saving, making money online, paying off debt, blogging, etc. And ya’ll… when I say I love it, I mean I love it. I get as excited about that stuff as I do about cake. Haha!
Yes, I am a nerd. (I absolutely love math! ? )
Anyway, since my previous posts about blogging and money and income have been popular and I absolutely love reading other blogger’s income reports, I figured I’d jump on that bandwagon and start sharing my income reports. My hope is to inspire, encourage and help other bloggers increase their income… or help someone else jumpstart a blog so they can start earning online as well!
I also hope that seeing these reports will keep me motivated, inspired and driven to see ways to improve and grow my blog and income.
And maybe… just maybe, I’ll start blogging about all the other money related stuff that I love too… like how to budget, how to stay out of debt, how to plan for emergencies, etc. What do you think?
Okay, so without further delay… here is it is:
AUGUST 2016 BLOG INCOME REPORT (THIS INCLUDES BOTH OF MY BLOGS ALTHOUGH MOST OF IT COMES FROM ROSE BAKES).
August was another record breaker for my blog income (YAY!!! SCREAMING INSIDE!). I reached almost $6000 in gross income and for the first time, I netted over $5000. Ya’ll. That’s just so WOW for me. I’m always shocked and surprised to see my blog income growing like it is.
However – with the excitement of the income growth, my blog traffic has continued to drop (even lower than last months lowest of the year). I continue to be a little shocked by this trend… income up and traffic down, but I am grateful for it – no matter the reason.
First, let’s talk traffic. I really tried to not get down about my lower traffic for June and July because that happens in the summer. However, I really hoped I’d see a bounce back up in August and it didn’t happen. It was again the lowest it’s been for all of 2016:
See the purple bars? Down, down, dowwwwn…. 🙁 . There are rumors that Google changed their algorithm again this summer, which has (at times) really hurt some bloggers. I won’t even pretend to understand what it all means except I have friends that have lost a lot of traffic and income when these changes have happened in the past. If that’s the case, I guess I’m just happy it hasn’t been that bad.
Surprisingly though – even with my lowest traffic month of 2016 (again), my gross income is at it’s highest ever (again!!)! This month my income was almost $6000 gross and for the first time, I netted over $5000! That’s so huge for me ya’ll!
Why? A few things contributed. I had three sponsored posts again, which seems to be a good number for me. Also, my friend Rebekah from Cake Business School had a sale that I promoted and I earned a nice commission from that (Angel Foods in the list below)!
I also continued to hustle on my affiliate programs. Craftsy offered me some great discounted links to share with my readers and that’s where the real boost in income from Shareasale. Add in a few other random streams of income and things really stacked up.
May’s expenses were also half of what I spent in June. I told you in May that I intended to cut my expenses dramatically and YAY – I was successful! My goal was to get them below $750 and somehow I managed to get them get them below $700. That’s a serious WIN in my book for the month of June.
And here’s the breakdown…. August 2016 Blog Income Report
- Adthrive $ 2517.65
- Shareasale** $ 1113.21
- IZEA (spon post) $450.00
- Amazon $ 425.51
- Angel Foods $ 356.00
- Adsense $ 307.48
- Collective Bias (spon post) $ 190.00
- Bluehost $ 150.00
- Linqia (spon post) $ 139.20
- Swoop $ 93.53
- Centerpoint Media $ 77.00
- Blogher (LC campaign) $50.00
- Pinch of Yum $ 7.50
- Sovrn $ 4.78
TOTAL INCOME: $ 5881.86
- Virtual Assistant $ 312.68
- Education $ 93.18
- BigScoots (Hosting) $ 69.95
- Madmimi + Google $ 63.16
- Photography Equip/Props $ 69.93
- Plugins, Apps, Software $ 203.21
- Paypal + Bank Fees $ 16.20
- Advertising $25.00
TOTAL EXPENSES: $ 853.31
NET INCOME: $ 5028.55
Do you have any questions? Leave me a comment!
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