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Last month we shared with you our third story of how and why we made money blogging in September. Today we’re telling our another story – the October Income Report, and we’re sharing with you the changes that we’ve been through in the meantime, like always.
If you’ve read our previous Income Report than you can skip this first part if you want and get straight to the point. If not, stick around for a bit and learn something more about us.
We, being my gorgeous wifey (to be) Maya and I – being Andy, admitted from the get-go that we got into this business of blogging to make some money while we help others by sharing our ideas of self-improvement, lifestyle, and our lessons learned in the magical land of blogging.
It’s also true that I am a (very) skeptical man (everyone who knows me can attest that), and I could have never believed that we could make any money online, not to mention by starting a blog!
Apparently, sharing about the struggles of young millennials, our struggles, giving all sorts of life hacks – from cooking, cleaning, money making & management, fun DIY projects we’ve tried, and sharing the life lessons we’ve learned from books, movies & pop culture – and doing it all with our personal geeky twist, can actually make you money.
I sure never thought that could happen! (and now Maya rolls her eyes and smiles)
Our Blogging Story & The Big Problems
Because we love to help others, especially the ones that are younger than us, in every aspect that we struggled in our adult life so far, and because we like to teach people about what we learned from our mistakes, we could not keep it in anymore.
We had to do something.
This, added to the fact that Maya and I are driven by the idea of being entrepreneurs since we were in our teens, and her obsession with Pinterest, pushed us in the direction of blogging.
The skeptical in me was screaming “Lies! They are all liars! You cannot make so much money with a blog!“, all while Maya read amazing income reports to me, from bloggers that make over 10k$ per month to 120k$ per month.
I eventually gave in, because I realized this is not a scam, not MLM bullshit, not a “get rich quick” scheme. This is work, serious work – if you want to actually make money. Plus, Maya’s face lit up every time the blogging topic came into discussion.
Our first big problem was that “old bloggers”, aka those bloggers that have been doing this for years and years, they all tell you that it takes months, sometimes even years, to make a few hundred bucks online.
The relief came from new bloggers who have learned from the mistakes of others and found solutions to make it in the blogging world, much faster.
Our second big problem was that the big bloggers we follow are almost all from America, and we live in Europe. America is more open to the idea of making money online than the rest of the world.
The relief, in this case, was that there are some young European bloggers that make a nice income online, from 4k$ and up! This really helped us in the decision making process.
Our third problem was the fact that I am the only one with a job because since we moved to this part of Spain (it’s basically a Summer Resort), Maya couldn’t find a normal job, besides freelancing as a photographer and online – and that’s not steady income.
Life in this area is expensive, and we still have some debt left to pay back home, so we can’t afford to waste hard earned money, not even the 134$ we used to get us started.
After a long, 4 months debate, research and a long list of pros and cons, we finally agreed on giving it a try, on one condition we’ll be super serious about this.
So we started our blogging journey on the 1st of March, 2017!
Maya is in charge of managing the blog, researching and creating the awesome content you all love, taking the photos and so on. I still work full-time, so my part is simple I give ideas & help with the marketing, and, from now on have to make every Income Report.
But I have to say that starting this blog must be the best investment in our adult life so far. This is getting us one step closer to our dream, to having our own business.
You must be serious with a blog, that is true, but you must think of the blog as an important tool for your business, not a business itself.
Have you started your blog yet if not, get our FREE e-book Blogging 101 Blogging for Profit to learn everything about it! Or just grab your hosting for only 3,95$ and get started now!
And now, like Maya likes to say, enough chit-chatting! Let’s get to it!
October 2017 Income Report – How we made -75,56$ this month with our blog
I will try to keep this as simple and on point as possible. When we first started, we got overwhelmed with the information you find out there, but we tried to apply some of the most valuable tricks learned before the actual launch.
From having a couple dozen articles pre-written, to how to set up your Pinterest, learning about group boards, SEO optimization, when to apply for affiliate marketing or the ongoing “war” ADS vs NO ADS… we worked a lot!
If you’re interested in learning more, get our free (&no opt-in!) e-book Blogging 101 from our Resource Library!
Today we’re also going to talk about some important stuff, like what is that one investment that you should make when you have a new blog, or you’ve been blogging for a while and are in big need of help with your blog traffic, and also why you should think about changing your blog theme – and of course, where to find your new theme. But more on that in a minute.
October 2017 Income Report and Views
Total earnings: 22,64$
Investments in the blog this month: 98,2$
Pinterest views: over 500.000 + 7.700.000 from Tailwind Tribes
Total blog views: 6002
Our most popular article of the month: 20 Genius Last Minute Halloween Costumes for Couples
How did we make our money
This month, our revenue came only from ADS, but still, our affiliates got a lot more clickthroughs than ever before, so we’re on the right track with that as well.
– AdSense(for Google) – 1,39$
Again, kind of disappointed in AdSense, but it’s still better than nothing. Since we’ve joined them in late March, we’ve gathered the incredible amount of 47,39$! (and now a very sarcastic) Wow!
– Media.net( for Yahoo and Bing users) – 21,25$
On the other hand, Media.net never seizes to amaze us in a good way. So far we’ve made 259.57$. That is more than 5 times the amount from AdSense, and guess what? They’re not even that picky when it comes to joining their program!
Even if this month we’ve grown our affiliate list with a few new and great additions, so far we’ve only gotten a lot of clicks, but no sales (yet!). This made us think of the big mistake we’ve made by not showcasing them to you through these income reports, because they really are some very useful tools for you, with the bonus of extra revenue for us.
To change that, here’s a list of all of our affiliates, and why we recommend you try them ASAP:
Hosting service – Bluehost
Even though some trolls might say that they are not trusting, or expensive, or whatever they might, so far we’ve been very pleased with their services.
They are affordable – dude they’re 3,95$ per month!– we’ve never had problems with our blog, their platform is easy to use and if you have any questions, their customer support will do their best to help you (and they are really nice and understanding!).
Blog theme – Themeforest
This is one of the new additions to our list for this month. If you’ve been with us for a long time, you might have noticed a change in our blog’s appearance. This was something that we’ve had planned for a long long time and just had to do it now.
We’re so glad we did it! Since then, our daily blog traffic has almost doubled and our blog now truly looks professional!
If your blog is in dire need of a change, start looking through Themeforest. There are so many themes to choose from, and prices range from 2$ to whatever your budget is! Our blog theme did cost 59$ (before taxes), but damn it! It’s worth it!
Scheduler – Tailwind
If you didn’t know, Tailwind, aka our Visual Marketing *secret* (not so secret) weapon, has an amazing affiliate program on ShareASale and they love rewarding bloggers that share about them.
Through ShareASale, they offer recurring 15% sales commission, that means, for example, if someone signs up for a monthly Tailwind plan through your awesome link, you will receive 15% commission every month!
If you’re already a Tailwind member, they offer special commission bonuses for writing reviews, creating videos or having case studies about them. Crazy!
Also, you can make 0.5$ per lead commissions and if they like what you say about them, they will actually help you promote those articles!
Blog traffic guide – The She Approach to Boosting your Blog Traffic
This is one of those other gems out there that must be seen by everyone. If you’re new to blogging, this is for you. If you’ve been blogging for a while and kind of got lost in all the madness (like we did) then this is for you.
For a detailed review please check our article: The She Approach to Boosting Your Blog Traffic – Honest E-Book Review
And also, if you’re super interested in upgrading your affiliates game, make sure to check out her new bundle!
Monetizing your Pinterest – How to make your first affiliate sale in 24 hours using Pinterest
If you’re new to the affiliate marketing world, or are just starting out with Pinterest and want to make some extra cash with it and don’t really know how to do it, or where to start, then this e-book is absolutely perfect for you.
For more details about it, make sure to check out our review: How to make your first affiliate sale in 24 hours using Pinterest – honest e-book review
Affiliate Marketing Network – ShareASale
Aka the place where you can go and find affiliate programs for merchants from all around the internet, like Tailwind, Print All Over Me, SmugMug, Etsy and much more! This is a great place to start with affiliate marketing, for any blogger.
We even got our first 26$ from affiliate marketing from them!
Earning Cashback – Ebates
Here’s something we didn’t share before. We got into Ebates right before purchasing our domain name through Bluehost. Why? Because of the 10$ cashback that we earned and the 10$ BONUS given by Ebates.
Basically, when we bought our hosting, we made 20$ in return. Since then, we were hooked on Ebates. Now every time we browse Amazon, we make sure to check the Ebates button for that cash back.
We joined the Amazon Associates Program because of the need to make our DIY articles easier for you, in terms of where to get the materials needed, but this can be taken to a whole other level, with articles dedicated to showcasing different products sold on Amazon.
Even if this month we didn’t make a penny from our affiliates, we were still happy to see how many click-throughs they got (on average, about 65% more than in the past months, combined!).
It’s true, this October we were focused more on our new e-book, on Halloween and we’ve been preparing some other surprises or you, and we kind of let our affiliate marketing strategy on the last place, but don’t you worry, because we’ll make up for it by the end of November.
So what changed this month
Since all the madness in our personal lives has calmed down, this past month we’ve been more focused on the e-book and on our other future projects.
We’re one step closer to releasing our very first e-book, that will be a detailed, step-by-step guide about visual marketing, photography for business and, of course, Pinterest for business.
The e-book will have everything you need to know about getting started, lots of do’s and don’ts, and it will be filled with tips, hacks, bonuses and secrets that we haven’t shared with anyone before!
So stay tuned, because you’ll be amazed soon enough!
Like we’ve mentioned earlier, we’ve also changed our blog theme, did a little bit of rebranding and focused on creating the next goals of our ever expanding business.
Also, we’ve upgraded our Instagram game, and are slowly growing that account, from 95 followers to 150 (last time we checked). We’re focusing on this one until it hits that 1K mark, and then we’re moving on to Facebook!
What we did wrong this month
We didn’t keep a closer eye on our affiliates and didn’t profit from them as much as we could. Even though we are far from being like “crazy promoters” and exasperating you, our readers, with affiliate links, we’ve sure been using them at their minimum, and that’s bad for us.
What the hell are we going to do next
Finish the damn e-book, already! Because it’s super important for us to help turn even the most confused (geeky) dreamer into a Pinterest know it all! Maya is super picky and wants to make sure that we deliver the best product we can for you guys!
And because our heads are still working and our hands won’t stop typing, we are getting closer and closer each day from finishing our first book (not related to blogging, business or Pinterest)! But more on that later…
What you need to learn from our October Income Report
1. It’s okay to invest even if you won’t make a profit immediately, but most importantly if you see and feel like the look of your blog is dragging you down.
2. Rebranding is not that scary! And when you need it, you must do it, but don’t forget to have a clear image of how you want to change your blog.
3. Focus on what’s more important for you and your business – small profit now or big income later on.
And that’s all for today, folks! We hope you enjoyed reading our October Income Report and that you’ve learned something new today!
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Our question for you is: How does your October income report look like?