I’ve been heavily inspired by Pinch Of Yum’s monthly traffic & income reports and I thought it would be a great idea to be more transparent about how I make money through this blog. I love to help other bloggers – there’s no exact “written manual” for how to make money from blogging, there are many ways to do it. So this will be a record of how I am making money.
Also, I feel as though these reports will be valuable for myself – to hold myself accountable, I guess. Because let’s face it – Vie De La Vegan is my business, not just my hobby. I want to earn more than spare change each month from Google Adsense. (Can anyone else relate?) So these posts are also like a change in my mindset – and if there’s one thing you learn from today’s post, I hope it’s this: beginning to make money from your blog starts with changing your mindset.
Income for April 2016
Expenses for April 2016
- Aweber email marketing: US$19.00
- Paypal transaction fees: AU$0.75
US$26 + AU$4.21
A few notes about this month’s income/expenses: these figures obviously don’t include income from ad networks like Google Adsense (I didn’t reach the payout threshold this month) and cost of site hosting, as I pay that annually.
Ok so I had 12000 page views for April – that might not seem like a lot, but I’m cheering! Last month I had about 4000 pageviews, and previous months were similar to that.
What I’m doing differently this month
So, April was a fairly typical representation of my monthly blogging income for the past year. I tend to make most of my income by finding paid guest posting opportunities. This month I’ve decided to step things up a gear: I’m bringing in more traffic; I became a publisher for GourmetAds; I released my new ebook Hide & Seek Vegetables. And although paid guest posts can be valuable, I’m going to spend more time this month working on my own blog rather than guest posting.
How you can start making your first $$ from blogging this month
- Look for paid guest posting opportunities – how much you get paid will vary between websites, but this can be a great way to get some money in the bank (or your Paypal account).
- I’m going to put it out there and suggest that trying to make an income through ad networks when you’re bringing in less than 100K pageviews per month seems like a bit of a waste of time (at the moment). Honestly: I’ve made about $15 from Google Adsense in the past 12 months :| I’m looking at other ad networks but many of them require that you are bringing in decent traffic before you can apply (GourmetAds requires a minimum of 10K pageviews per month, but at the moment I’m not earning much more through them than Google Adsense). But by all means, sign up and get some ads on your site while you work on increasing your blog traffic!
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