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Last month we shared with you the story of how and why we made only 40,44$ blogging. Today we’re telling our third story – the September Income Report, and we’re sharing with you the changes that we’ve been through in the meantime.
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.
And now, like Maya likes to say, enough chit-chatting! Let’s get to it!
September 2017 Income Report – How we made 58,46$ 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!
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 and are getting started with affiliate marketing. Because you need to make some cash, ASAP. But more on that in a minute.
September 2017 Income Report and Views
Total earnings: 58.46$
Investments in the blog this month: 0$
Pinterest views: over 500.000 + 7.000.000 from Tailwind Tribes
Total blog views: 4026
Our most popular article of the month: 20+ Awesome Halloween Costumes for Couples
How did we make our money?
This month, our revenue was more balanced between ADS and Affiliates, because of some huge changes that we made on our blog.
– AdSense(for Google searches) – 2.92$
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 46$! (and now a very sarcastic) Wow!
– Media.net( for Yahoo and Bing users) – 20.54$
On the other hand, Media.net never seizes to amaze us in a good way. So far we’ve made 238.32$. That is more than 5 times the amount from AdSense, and guess what? They’re not even that picky when it comes to joining their program!
Through ShareASale, they offer recurring 15% sales commission, that means, for example, if someone signs up for a monthly Tailwind plan through your awesome link, you will receive 15% commission every month!
If you’re already a Tailwind member, they offer special commission bonuses for writing reviews, creating videos or having case studies about them. Crazy!
Also, you can make 0.5$ per lead commissions and if they like what you say about them, they will actually help you promote those articles!
Earlier we’ve mentioned that there is an investment worth making when you have a new blog and are just starting with affiliate marketing, and here it is!
This one is one of the best e-books we’ve read since joining the blogging world. From the awesome Elise McDowell, who’s blogging over at House of Brazen, for becoming an affiliate to her book through SendOwl, we’ve made 20$ and got the separate sale for Tailwind, so this e-book basically paid for itself, and we made a profit!
It’s true, it didn’t happen in the first 24 hours because we had to take care of some stuff that we didn’t have then (knowledge, people!), but in less than 48 hours, we made our first sale! And then the next, and then the next. We’re so happy!
So what changed this month?
Like we’ve mentioned in the previous income report, a huge change in our lives is the fact that we moved to Scotland at the end of August, and that kept us super busy lately.
From finding a rent, moving to the new place, getting the cooking essentials, and the cleaning essentials, having the internet installed and getting all of our paperwork in order, we’ve been so all over the place that our baby, aka our biz and blog, got lost in the craziness!
But don’t you worry folks because we’re getting back on track, and 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!
Another thing that we’ve changed was our Tailwind game because let’s face it, it needed a little upgrade. We’ve added more time slots per day, we’ve made new pins for older articles, added those to the mix and a few new pins for affiliates and the new articles.
This helped us reach 7 million viewers from Tailwind Tribes and the milestone 1000 followers on Pinterest! Not too shabby, huh?
What we did wrong this month
Because we must adapt and solve problems in the real world, this month we’ve missed a lot of opportunities for our article selection basically stopped working on the e-book that was supposed to be out at the end of September and literally gave up on social media.
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 September Income Report:
1. It’s okay to take your time and fix your real-life problems first, if you don’t bigger ones may occur, that later affect your blog and biz as well as your private life.
2. Don’t be afraid of investing some money in your blog/business, especially when it is as low as 25$ for a great e-book!
3. Even if you get a little lost between the everchanging real world and the online business world, get yourself back on track. If you want to do it faster, find an accountability partner. There are always great people in Facebook Groups that want to give and find help as well.
And that’s all for today, folks! We hope you enjoyed reading our September Income Report and that you’ve learned something new today!
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Our question for you is: What did you invest in your first 6 months of blogging?