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Happy June and welcome to my blogging income report for May 2020!
Why am I writing income reports?
If you don’t know what an income report is, it’s a report where bloggers breakdown their traffic, how much they made during the month, and their goals for the next month.
There are a few reasons why I’m writing income reports on my blog.
1. To keep myself accountable. Writing up a monthly report is a great way to keep myself accountable. I am letting the internet know my results and future goals so it’s a great way to keep me motivated and on track.
2. To stay transparent. I want to be as transparent and honest to my readers.
3. To inspire others. I started this blog to show others that it’s totally possible to make money blogging.
In fact, I was inspired to start this blog because of the income reports published by successful bloggers who are digital nomads and earn six-figure incomes a month.
It’s crazy to know that nowadays you can now make a career out of being a blogger and create your own life of freedom. Oh, how times have changed!
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May 2020 Income And Traffic Report
In May, I had a huge decrease in pageviews compared to April. I got 9,629 pageviews mostly from Pinterest, Facebook, and some from SEO, down from 11,392 pageviews in April.
I did have more time in May to write some new posts and update old posts so that was great.
The only thing that holds me back from writing more posts is keeping up with the ever-changing Pinterest algorithm. It’s hard to keep creating fresh pins and scheduling them out while creating content at the same time so time managing better is something I totally need to work on!
Although I didn’t invest as much time as I wanted to on this blog and I had a decrease in pageviews this month, I had my greatest earning month ever on this blog. Woo-hoo!
Blog Posts Published This Month (aside from this income report)
- Canva Pro Review: Is It Worth It For Your Online Biz?
- How To Create Amazing Pinterest Pins (In Just 5 Minutes!)
- 6 Feminine & Girly Stock Photo Sites For Bloggers & Online Creative Entrepreneurs (updated)
- Genius Blogger’s Toolkit: Is It Worth It? (updated)
- How To Make Money $1000/Month As A Pinterest Virtual Assistant (updated)
Now, let’s get onto my earnings for the month.
You’ll notice that my Google Adsense revenue has drastically decreased compared to previous income reports.
Sometime in May, I made the decision to stop showing ads on my site as it was slowing down my site and made it look kind of cluttered.
I’m all for ads but I’ll be waiting to get approved to Mediavine before putting ads back up on to this site.
All of my earnings for now will be only affiliate-based!
Note: I report these earnings in the month that I earned them, not when they’re paid to me because it’s much easier for me to track this way. I also only included money that I’ve earned directly from this blog and no other freelancing income.
Total May Earnings: $323.92
Google Adsense – $3.89
Affiliate Sales – $320.03
Total May Expenses: $21.74
Most of these reoccurring expenses were paid upfront but I like to break down the cost of my expenses each month just so that it’s easier for me to see how much I actually earned in total with my expenses deducted.
Bluehost Hosting – $2.49
Namecheap Domain – $0.66
Tailwind – $9.99
Total May Net Income: $302.18
For June, here are my goals:
Traffic: 10,000 pageviews (I definitely didn’t hit my goal of 15,000 pageviews so I’m hoping to get over 10,000 pageviews again by next month)
Income: $300 (I hit my income goal so I’m hoping to replicate it and earn over $300 again next month)
Posts To Publish: 4
If you’re looking to add some passive income whether it’s to pay down debt or create financial freedom, I highly recommend starting a blog. You can follow my simple step-by-step tutorial on how to start your very own blog for $2.95 per month.
Blogging Tools & Resources
Here are my essential blogging tools and resources I recommend that helped me to make money on my small blog this month. I always believe in investing in yourself to gain new skills and blogging is no different in my opinion.
If you haven’t started a blog yet, you’ll want to sign up with a fast host that provides good customer service to ensure that everything goes smooth. Bluehost is my #1 recommendation if you’re just starting out. They have awesome, affordable plans that start as low as $2.95/month.
Tailwind is a must-have tool alongside Pinterest if you want to be as efficient as possible and gain blog traffic relatively quickly.
It’s one blog investment that I didn’t bat an eye on purchasing because it allows you to schedule out your pins in advance and send traffic to your blog even while you’re asleep or out having fun. This leaves you time to do other important things such as marketing your blog elsewhere or writing new content.
Don’t want to invest in Tailwind? Well then, a great resource for you if you want to manually pin instead is Pinteresting Strategies.
This affordable course is jammed-packed with great strategies that will help you manually pin with great success and gain explosive traffic.
This course even has tips on how to optimize your Pinterest account which is so important in order to be successful on the platform so that is a great bonus!
Journey To The Center Of Amazon
Journey To The Center Of Amazon is an essential course to take to improve your Amazon affiliate earnings.
If you’re a beginner and haven’t started making money yet on Amazon, this course by Debbie Gartner is the course to take. It’s simple and easy to follow but filled with tons of information for both beginners and intermediate bloggers.
Easy On-Page SEO & Easy Backlinks For SEO
Easy On-Page SEO is one of the most affordable e-books to check out if you’re new to SEO that I highly recommend starting out with.
Debbie Gartner is a seasoned blogger who earns $20,000 a month from affiliate marketing by driving targeted traffic from Google with SEO.
She makes on-page SEO very easy to understand so if you’re a total beginner with no previous experience, this should be the very first resource you start with.
Another great affordable resource to learn from is Debbie’s Easy Backlinks For SEO, where she teaches 31+ ways to easily get backlinks to your site without having to do blogger outreach.
Stupid Simple SEO
If you’re looking to bring quality traffic from Google search results to your blog, you need to check out Stupid Simple SEO.
This is one of the most comprehensive and in-depth SEO courses I’ve ever taken and have learned so many tips and tricks so far. I highly recommend you check out Mike’s course on how you can explode your blog traffic.
Canva is the program I use to create beautiful and eye-catching pins easily for Pinterest in just 5 minutes. I have the Canva Pro subscription and I love it because all of its features save me so much time.
You get a ton of features from having unlimited folders, premium fonts, the ability to upload your own fonts, transparent backgrounds, and resizing capabilities so you don’t have to spend a ton of time making new graphics for every social media platform that you’re on.
Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers
One of my favorite resources to learn about affiliate marketing is Carly Campbell’s Affiliate Marketing For Bloggers course. In this course, she teaches you the strategies she uses to earn more affiliate sales from both your blog posts and email list.
You can read my full review on the course here if you’re interested in learning more and hearing my thoughts about it.
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