I have been blogging since 2012, and for the past year, I have actually been making money doing it! It seems like my friends and family have been curious to know how much money I make from blogging, so I decided to share my monthly income and expenses.
March 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 March, I earned $1,192. Here is how I earned it:
- Ad Revenue: $560.71 (I use The Blogger Network)
- Sponsored Posts: $450.00
- Social Share Ads: $140.00
- Amazon Affiliate Sales: $41.52
I am just about to move, so I didn’t go after many sponsored posts in March, knowing that I wouldn’t have much time to write new content.
Expenses – What I Spent
Of course, I have some expenses associated with blogging. In March, I spent $241:
- 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)
- Facebook Ads: $28.00
- HostGator: $9.95
- Coschedule: $10.00 (editorial calendar)
Of course, there were costs associated with food and supplies.
The finance person in me was curious to see what that amounted to an hour. If I take my income ($1192) less my expenses ($241) and divide the net profit by the amount of hours I spent blogging (let’s say 80), that comes out to $11.89 an hour. That is much less than I make in my day job, but as a way to earn extra income doing something I enjoy, I am pretty happy!
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 March, I had 67,000 visitors, 75,000 sessions and 100,000 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 April’s figures at the beginning of next month.
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