This is my blog income report for the month of December 2015.

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Why write a blog income report?

I know it seems a bit too personal. Maybe even taboo. I’m giving you the real numbers – what I actually earned, and what I spent to do it. But why?

Because I want to inspire you. I want to show you that earning some income from writing a blog, while working from home and being a full-time mama? It’s possible.

I love reading other people’s income reports and seeing how they do things differently. I appreciate other bloggers sharing their insights into the process and the nitty-gritty of blogging. I value the glimpse into someone else’s version of “real life” while they’re making it work as a blogger.

If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you start a blog of your own in 4 easy steps, starting at only $3.54 per month (with a discount only through my link) for blog hosting.

Plus, you will receive a free blog domain (a $15 value) through my A Small Orange link if you purchase at least 12 months of blog hosting. And you definitely want to be self-hosted.

Being self-hosted gives you the flexibility to make your blog look exactly the way you want it to, make money from it if you’d like (some free blog platforms restrict this), and truly own your internet “property.”

So I’m giving the same thing back to the community.

Each month, I’ll review what my goals were and how I did with them, along with lessons I learned or insight I gained.

Then, I’ll break down my income and expenses, my traffic, and my income per thousand views.

Finally, I’ll set goals for the next month. Are you ready?

What were my intentions for December?

  1. Write every day, at least 750 words.
  2. Build my “food” mailing list with the Instant Pot Giveaway
  3. Build my “parenting” mailing list with a babywearing wrap giveaway
  4. Build my “blogging” mailing list by creating a free tool for bloggers.
  5. Add opt-in links to the sidebars and About pages of both Joyful Abode and So Damn Domestic.

 How did I do?

Write every day, at least 750 words.

Nope. I started out well, and then the holidays happened, and I got off track. Therefore, I didn’t post as many blog posts as I wanted to. That sucked. Good reminder than blogging IS writing. And if you don’t write, you’re not blogging. That’s the heart of it. (duh)

Build my mailing lists.

YES! I built my food mailing list with an Instant Pot giveaway, and my parenting mailing list with a wrap giveaway! But I didn’t get a blogger opt-in incentive up, and I didn’t do any sort of blogging giveaway, so I think my blogger list is at like… 10 people or something. Definitely rolling that goal over.

Add opt-in links on my sites.

I didn’t get that done either. I don’t know what it is… the last couple of months I’ve found it really hard to get to my computer at all, for writing or designing or anything at all, so I guess I need to refocus and start again.

 

Income:

Affiliate:

Products:

  • Etsy (Printables and PDFs) – $218.79
  • EBook Sales (Amazon) – $0

Writing:

Advertisements:

  • Display ads (The Blogger Network) – $824.19

Total Income for December 2015: $3044.86

 

Expenses:

 

Hosting (A Small Orange) – $0 (I’ve prepaid for a few years.)

Use my link if you want to switch to their hosing – I highly recommend them and so does my web designer – and you’ll get 15% off and a free domain.

Tailwind (Pinterest Scheduler) – $0 (I’ve prepaid for the year.)

Try a free month of premium Tailwind, on me, and see how awesome it is.

DAP (membership software) – $39.99

Fotolia & Other Stock Photos – $29

Paypal Fees – $3.78

Google mail apps – $5

VAs (fiverr and private) – $68

Use my Fiverr link to get a free “gig” – basically one free job performed by a Virtual Assistant for you!

Amazon (S3 & SES) – $3.95

Etsy Seller Fees – $7.27

Equipment/Software – $50.49

 

Web Design -$0

Education (books, courses, etc) – $15

Giveaway Prizes & Shipping – $171.63

Total Expenses for December 2015: $394.11

Net Income for December 2015: $2650.75

 

Traffic report:

 

December traffic report and income report for Joyful Abode blog.

This is my first month without any of the accidental-double-google-analytics-installation problem, so this is actual real traffic, no messed-up numbers. I keep saying I want to get back to my “old normal” of 250,000-300,000 pageviews a month, and it looks like I’m on the right track.

And I definitely can’t complain about that “time on page.” Woo!

RPM: Revenue per 1000 – $11.90

This is the amount I earned (net) per 1000 views on my site. This number will give me a good metric for comparing different months even when traffic fluctuates. Last month was $4.38 RPM , so this month is up a ton. Last month I had a TON of expenses, so the low amount wasn’t out of the ordinary, and the last quarter of the year is always good for advertising and sponsored posts, so a high RPM makes sense for December and January.

My intentions for February:

Did you notice I skipped January? Oh, right… because I’m writing this at the end of January, so I’ll be doing January’s report in a few days anyway. Oops! I really did let time get away from me!

In February, I will:

  1. Finally get email opt-ins on my sites.
  2. Make a blogger incentive to build my blogger email list.
  3. Write 750 words daily.

I’m keeping it simple, trying to just do the things I originally set out to do, because I need to focus on those. Those are the most important things Right Now.

If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you start a blog of your own in 4 easy steps, starting at only $3.54 per month (with a discount only through my link) for blog hosting.

Plus, you will receive a free blog domain (a $15 value) through my A Small Orange link if you purchase at least 12 months of blog hosting. And you definitely want to be self-hosted.

Being self-hosted gives you the flexibility to make your blog look exactly the way you want it to, make money from it if you’d like (some free blog platforms restrict this), and truly own your internet “property.”

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17 Comments on December 2015 Blog Income Report – $3045

  1. Mrs R says:

    Thank you so much for the inspiration! Some days I feel like I’m beating my head against the wall. I will persevere though!

  2. Mrs R says:

    I sooo needed to see this. I’ve been stumbling around my blog for a month now. I know I can earn a small living but your numbers make that small living I projected into something different for me. Thank you for the inspiration it was much needed!

  3. Cyndee says:

    Wow! Great job! I really must suck at blogging compared to your numbers you shared. I don’t know how to do any of this stuff. I don’t like to sound dumb, but I tried AdSense and I didn’t understand any of it. I would like to make some money on my blog, but I would need lots of training.
    Thanks for sharing your numbers.

  4. Great job! Definitely motivating to see those numbers. Thanks for sharing with #HomeMattersParty

  5. Hi Emily,

    Congrats on a great month! I love reading blog income reports, thanks for sharing yours. 🙂

    Cheers,
    AJ

  6. Melissa says:

    Hi there. I’m hopping over from the thread on Blogging Boost. I was intrigued with your numbers. I noticed that you do spend a good amount on giveaways. How often do you do a giveaway, and how much do you think they contribute to your numbers and success? I own http://www.kidfriendlythingstodo.com – my numbers are about 50,000 pageviews right now. I sometimes host giveaways, but not consistently. I went to my first conference last year (after a few years of blogging) and learned a lot. My site has grown by 5 times what it was last year at this time, but my goal is to get to your numbers! I think I’m putting out good content…I don’t know what I am missing. I might need to add Tailwind. I’m currently on Ahalogy (They only let you promote 15 site pins a day)Thoughts on getting me a boost? Giveaways, Tailwind? Thank you for your time! 🙂 ~Melissa

    • The two giveaways I did in December were the first ones I’ve done in a LONG time. It’s not something I often do, and certainly not “consistently.” Your growth sounds wonderful! Putting out good content is definitely key. Try using Tailwind for a month – the first one is free (I’d appreciate if you used my link to try it).

  7. Jen says:

    Hi, Love this. I wrote my first one for last month-which was the month I launched my blog. It was zero. HAHA! However I loved this post, because you showed that you can get there, just takes time and hard work. Thanks for sharing!

    • It definitely does take time and work, for sure! Congratulations on your launch – that’s so exciting! What’s your plan for your blog?

      • Jen says:

        Hi Emily,
        I am not sure exactly what you mean by “plan”, I currently help busy parents homeschool middle grade and up, while trying to stay healthy and fit, and eat right.

        Thanks for the congrats on the launch, it went well. 🙂

  8. Rachel says:

    Thank you for your honesty and details. I am trying to learn everything I can about monetizing my blog and then actually doing it. It’s a slow process but I am loving all the tips and advice. Thank you!

  9. So amazing, congratulations! I’m far, far, far from there, but I love reading things like this, it’s definitely so inspiring!

  10. Nice work! You did great on Izea! I’m just starting on sponsored content. The Blogger Network really pays doesn’t it! I was recently excited to make my first $100 from google adsense 🙂

  11. Emily says:

    Nice work! It’s always helpful to see the different ways bloggers monetize. Thanks for linking up with Merry Monday!

  12. Amy says:

    Great job! I’d be ecstatic to have those numbers. Awesome!!

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