Last month I shared an article called March Blog Income and I detailed how much money I made ($1,192) and how many expenses I incurred while blogging during the month of March. Since April just ended, and I have my revenue and expense figures complete for the month, I am sharing them today!
April Blog Income
I started my blog because I really love taking pictures of food. I never anticipated making money from it. I have been fortunate to connect with other bloggers over the years though, and with their advice, I have turned my hobby into a way to help support my family. This has been especially helpful, since I got divorced last year, and my household income essentially got cut in half! I do have a regular 8-5 job, so I blog part time, in the evenings and weekends, after my grad school work is done and my kids are in bed. I would say I spend 20 – 25 hours a week on my blog, so it’s quite a commitment, but I enjoy it.
Income – What I Earned
In April, I earned $2,333. That was more than double what I earned in March, so I am happy this month! Here is how I earned it:
- Ad Revenue: $644.84 (I use The Blogger Network)
- Sponsored Posts: $1,425.00
- Social Share Ads: $200.00
- Amazon Affiliate Sales: $63.42
I didn’t get to write much in April, because I moved but it was still a lucrative month for me.
Expenses – What I Spent
Of course, I have some expenses associated with blogging. In April, I spent $243:
- Virtual Assistant: $80.00
- MadMimi Email: $45.00 (to send emails)
- Jaaxy: $19.00 (Keyword research)
- Autopin.co: $39.00 (to grow Pinterest subscribers)
- Tailwind: $10.00 (to schedule Pins)
- Pinterest Ads: $30.00
- HostGator: $9.95
- Coschedule: $10.00 (editorial calendar)
Of course, there were costs associated with food and supplies, as well.
The finance person in me was curious to see what that amounted to an hour. Last month, my hourly wage was $11.89 an hour. This month I took my income ($2,333) less my expenses ($243), divided by the approximate number of hours I worked (80), and it came out to about $26 an hour. That is pretty awesome for something I enjoy doing so much!
How Many Visitors I Had
Of course, no one will pay you to blog, if you don’t have visitors! I am always curious to know how many page views bloggers get versus how much revenue they earn. In April, I had 72,000 visitors, 81,000 sessions and 110,000 pageviews. This is fairly typical for my blog.
If you find this helpful or interesting, please let me know in the comments. I hope to continue growing my revenue while doing something I love! I’ll be sure to share May’s figures at the beginning of next month.
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