This is my blog income report for the month of March 2016.

This post contains affiliate links.

How I earned $3275.10 in one month with my blog, while I basically didn't work at all.

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 I did, along with lessons I learned or insight I gained.

Then, I’ll break down my income and expenses along with my traffic.

Are you ready?

 How did I do this month?

I basically dropped off the face of the planet. I’m not exactly sure what happened – but I think the baby stopped napping reliably and that was a big part of it.

Part of what I love about having a blog is that so much of it ends up being passive income during months like this – I got paid for posts I did last month (thank goodness, because I had almost no sponsored work come in in March – which means April will be a low month for me). My etsy shop was on autopilot and made me a little bit of money. Amazon affiliate links brought in some, and ads on my site did too.

So even though I wasn’t participating as much, I still brought in some money for my family, which we can put toward our someday-house downpayment. And I’m pretty proud of that!

What else happened?

I’m still working on growing my instagram account, and had about 14,500 followers by the end of March.

I’m mainly using techniques from guide 5 here, and highly recommend the guide if you’re looking for the most effective way to quickly grow your Instagram account.

Income:

Affiliate:

Products:

Writing:

Advertisements:

  • Display ads (The Blogger Network) – $849.10

Total Income for March 2016: $3275.10

Expenses:

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

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GoDaddy (domain registrations) – $30.34

Hosting Matters (domain registrations) – $15

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

Leadpages – $0

Sucuri – $135.82

Paypal Fees – $5.14

Google mail apps – $9.16

VAs (fiverr and private) – $0

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

Amazon (S3 & SES) – $15.49

Etsy Seller Fees – $6.75

Equipment/Software – $25

Web Design -$0

Education (books, courses, etc) – $0

Purchases for blog posts – $0

Total Expenses for March 2016: $311.69

Net Income for March 2016: $2963.41

Traffic report:

Blog income and traffic report for March 2016

Super low traffic for me right now… It’s not surprising since I basically fell off the face of the planet. My time for the blog comes in spurts, and there just wasn’t much time this month for much of it. The baby stopped reliably napping and that was a big part of it. I just have to accept that a lot of this “blogging thing” is out of my control for now, and do the best I can when I can.

I feel like I need a better plan for automating social shares, so that I can continue promoting older/existing posts even when I don’t have much new content. I’m going to explore some options for this and get back to you on it.

I’ve been revamping my Pinterest a bit, to get ready to use it more strategically. I combined a bunch of related boards so that I have fewer total, deleted some underperforming pins (although “they” say you shouldn’t do that), and cleared out some junk. I need to take a look at the group boards I’m a member of and get rid of the ones that aren’t as active, too, because I don’t want to waste my time with them.

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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