March Blog Income - How I earn over $1,000 blogging every month |

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:

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.

pageviews march

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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8 Responses to March Blog Income

  1. I love that you broke it down to an hourly rate! Good thinking.

  2. Thanks for sharing a behind-the-scenes look at your blog. Congratulations on your success and your big move! It’s so helpful to see what other bloggers are doing and to understand how different tools can help you. I’m starting to automate more social media sharing, so this post really came at just the right time for me.

  3. Nikki says:

    Wow awesome post, thank you for sharing.

  4. Hi Andrea, I see that you are using Autopin, how is it working for you? I’m fairly new to all of the blogging tools and I’m thinking of using a service like this one. It’s nice to see you making the extra income.

    • Andrea says:

      Hi Celeste – yes, I LOVE autopin! I have picked up 1k in new pinterest followers in the past month, which has been a good return on investment, in my opinion. It is a bit pricey, but with pinterest driving so much traffic to my site, I find it a solid investment.

  5. Laura A says:

    Andrea, thank you for being so open about how you are earning a bit of extra money doing something that you enjoy. Many of us are about to be on retirement incomes and are looking for extra sources of revenue to live comfortably and what you are sharing is helping us to get a better handle on finding our own “niche”. Really appreciate it and congrats on a month that wasn’t even a regular month. Thanks for sharing about you.

  6. Susan says:

    Congrats on a great month. (I hope your move goes smoothly. 🙂 ) Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work.

  7. I think it’s so interesting to see what and how other bloggers make money and what traffic they have. I have got to get ads performing better on my blog! It’s been on my to do list for so long. Nice post and good luck with your move!

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