Welcome to my first ever income report! I know June ended a few weeks ago, but I was debating whether or not to go ahead and post this. I love reading other bloggers income reports, and they really inspired me when I was getting started. June was my first official month blogging full-time, so it seemed like a good month to start with. This income report will explain my different sources of online income, including things like sponsored posts, affiliate sales, advertisements, and freelance writing.
Why post an income report?
So, if you’re new to blog income reports, you might be confused at why I would post my income on the internet for everyone to see. I think it’s important for bloggers to share the legitimacy of their career path since many people always are questioning whether it’s actually possible to make money online. One of the biggest questions I get as a blogger is how I actually make money, so I’m just gonna lay it all out on the table once and for all! Note this is not intended to be boastful in any way! Trust me, I’m not rolling in the dough by any means.
I don’t always make the same amount of money each month. Sometimes I make way more, sometimes I make way less. But I’m doing what I love, and I think that counts for something? It’s also important to note that most of these payouts occur on a net-60 or a net-90 basis, meaning that I won’t receive payment for a few more months. Some bloggers define their income as when the month reaches their bank account. For this post, I will be defining it as when the work was completed because it helps me identify what’s working and what isn’t month-by-month.
HostGator – $300.00 (from this post where I share how to start your own blog)
CLEVER Girls Collective – $250.00
Google Adsense – $120.84
Freelance Writing – $231.61
Trip 101 – $50.00
Ibotta – $38.75 (By sharing how you can get cash back + bonuses on all your purchases with my favorite app)
Amazon Associates – $7.00
Other – $5.00
Total Income – $1003.02
Income – Expenses = $987.12
What I accomplished
- Freelance writing. The English major in me is crying tears of joy over actually getting paid to write, believe me! Most of my writing money comes from hustling my way through side-gigs and one-time articles on random stuff like nutrition supplements and British campgrounds. It’s not very glamorous, but I love it.
- Trip101. I started writing regularly for Trip101 which is amazing because travel writing is my secret passion! It’s a paid project, but I would do it for free because it’s so much fun. They’re currently hiring writers, so sign up here if you’re interested! (Under “where did you find this job,” write “Referal Samantha Tetrault” if you wanna give me credit for recruiting great writers!)
- Pinterest. In June I got a big burst of Pinterest followers! I’m now up to over 12k followers and counting! I mainly credit this growth to Boardbooster which is the best Pinterest schedule I’ve ever tried! You can try it free here!
- Orlando Featured Blogger. ToYouSnacks reached out to me in June about posting on their blog as a featured blogger! I love supporting local businesses (plus I love snacks!) so this was a great experience! Read my post on top places to explore in Orlando here!
College Blogging 101
I hope this income report helped show that it’s completely possible and even easy to make money blogging! If you’re interested in setting up your own blog, this guide walks you through starting a blog for less than two cups of coffee! I seriously believe blogging in college is a great way to make money on your own schedule. I’ve launched a free 5-day e-course explaining how to get started blogging and making money in college! Here’s what you’ll learn in the course!
- Setting up your blog and get started with design and branding (no tech/design skills necessary!)
- Creating sharable posts
- Social media promotion (+ my super effective Pinterest method!)
- Making money as an affiliate
- Getting started as an influencer
This course is designed with college students in mind, but it’s applicable to anyone who wants to start a blog, really! It’s completely free, and you can sign up below! Once you sign up you’ll immediately gain access to my must-have blogging resources!
This post contains affiliate links. Note I only support products I actually use!