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Now, before we get started…
Why I Share My Income Reports
It might sound weird, it’s really common among bloggers to share your income. In fact, I wouldn’t even be blogging if it weren’t for other bloggers sharing their reports. I had NO IDEA you could make money from blogging until I found them!
Most bloggers don’t share income reports until they’re already succeeding, which isn’t very useful if you want to have an idea of what exactly it’ll be like form the beginning. So I decided to share my own income reports right from the very beginning! It’s useful for me and hopefully inspiring for readers like you 🙂 especially if you want to be a feminist blogger!
A little about me…
I graduated from university in 2015 with a degree in Education and a degree in Drama, with an English minor. I’ve been substitute teaching and doing temporary contracts since. Right now, I teach English Language Learning part-time at a junior high school.
And I also blog part-time. I literally JUST started making regular income.
In April 2015, just a few months after I had graduated, I didn’t realize you could even do that. I just thought blogging was a hobby. But in October 2015, I found other bloggers (like the AMAZING Rosemarie Groner) who make a full time income from their blog!
So one year ago, I did some research and decided to take the plunge.
One. Year. And now I make part-time income!
Sounds unreal, right?
Now let me share with you one thing: I’m not special. I didn’t know ANYTHING about blogging besides just writing whatever I felt like and hitting the “publish” button. I never thought about editorial calendars, social media management, or email marketing. I had never heard of SEO (search engine optimization) or affiliate marketing (where you make a commission from selling others’ products). I didn’t know the first thing about “lead magnets.” I didn’t even know how to create the simple graphics you now see all over my blog!
No, all of that was COMPLETELY brand new stuff that I learned over the course of the last year. (Although, to be fair, I had some experience with WordPress since I worked as the Editor-in-Chief of my university residence’s paper. Still, all I knew was how to type and hit publish.)
But I love writing, and I love helping others. I know how to do research and I care about feminism. I wanted to learn as much as I could and change the way people think about feminism. I couldn’t find many safe places to talk about the issues I care about, so I decided to make one myself with I skills I already had!
I signed up for Elite Blog Academy to learn more, and I focused. By doing that, I’ve now created a community of open-minded individuals who are sharing and learning about feminism. I’ve learned A LOT about feminism along the way, and my website has become resource where I share what I learn with other people who want to learn too. I help others on their journey of understanding while I’m on the same journey. All the while, I can make money doing exactly what I love. It’s like a dream come true, for real! (As cheesy as it sounds.)
The best part? I know I’m making a difference. Readers, including people I know in real life, have shared personal stories with me because I’ve helped them gain the courage to speak up. They’ve told me that from reading my blog they’re learning to think critically and find out more on their own.
That’s how you know online activism matters!
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Okay, now that we have that out of the way… here’s how February went on the blog!
March 2017 Wins
Made a pretty welcome kit for my clients.
I’ve been changing things up on my clients a bit (and they’ve been so incredibly patient with me, it’s been lovely) so I made them a welcome kit summarizing everything. And now all my new clients will get one too 🙂 yay!
Dedicated 1 hour a week to affiliates.
I actually did about 2 hours each week, which worked out well. It’s good practice. I’m not an affiliate for anything I haven’t tried, so it’s been good to try and implement things I really love into posts I already have.
An actual literal win (again): Goodbye 9 to 5!
A Canadian blogger friend of mine, Sagan Morrow, has a course Goodbye 9 to 5 which is meant to help you get to full-time freelancing within the span of 3 months… literally exactly what I need right now! So when she announced that she was giving a scholarship to a successful applicant, I decided to apply… and I won! So yay. I also finished the course asap, and I feel WAY more ready to go than I did before. I’m so grateful!
March 2017 Fails
No new clients for my VA services.
In fact, one of my clients had to end her contract this month, so I’ve got a lot of open spots for new clients. My goal was to have one new client each month until July, and in January I had two new clients. So while I didn’t get a new client in February, that was okay. This month was a little more unfortunate.
The good thing is since I’ve completed Goodbye 9 to 5, I’ve now got a pretty good plan for improving my marketing and such.
Didn’t start working on my own product.
Eh, I’m not too sad about this. I realized I need to prioritize a little differently, so this will be put on the back burner for a while.
What I Want To Do Now: Goals for April 2017
Again, I wrote this early in April, so I’ve been working on these goals since the beginning. It’s just been slow getting them ready for you.
Know exactly what to ask Ruth.
Last month I won a 1-on-1 call with Ruth Soukup of Elite Blog Academy, and I’m having that call with her VERY soon. I’m so excited, but it’s taken me a long time to figure out what to ask her. It’s intimidating! So I’m obviously hoping to have a good list by then.
Finish designing my epic bonus for my blogging email list subscribers.
Last month I finished writing the awesome bonus for those of you on my blogging email list. It’s only for people who want to learn about blogging, so it won’t be going out to anyone on my regular feminist newsletter. I know not all of you feminists want to learn about blogging! Unfortunately I didn’t quite finish designing it, so I’m planning to get that done this month.
(UPDATE: At the time of posting, I’ve already achieved this goal! Check it out below.)
Gain 1 new client.
I really need more than 1, but 1 seems more reasonable right now. Again, I did market a bit better but not well enough. I’m realizing that school is ending REALLY soon and I’m nowhere near able to survive life on just my blog/VA income. So while I don’t want to let VA services take up too much of my time, I think I need to up the ante a bit if I want to work from home. Once I’m already working from home I can create more time for more “passive” income through affiliates and my own products.
March 2017 Stats
These are my blog stats for the past month, according to Google Analytics.
- Page views: 4,937 (+614)
- Sessions: 3,773 (+535)
- Visitors: 3,316 (+482)
- 17.5% of all visitors were returning visitors — an decrease of 3.30%.
- 82.5% of all visitors were new visitors — an increase of 3.3%
- Bounce Rate (percentage of people who leave right away): 83.36% (+1.40%)
- Average Time Per Session: 1 minute 0 seconds (+2 seconds)
- Pages Per Visit: 1.31 (-0.03)
- Top Traffic Sources: Google brought 38% of my traffic, followed by Pinterest with 29%, and Facebook with 13%. The fourth biggest source of traffic was those who came directly to the site (12%).
It’s nice to see pageviews up again this month, but I think the coolest thing is that even with bounce rate up a little, I actually had a lot of people sign up for email list. That means people like what I have to say, so yay!
Also, I am so excited that Google is bringing so much of my traffic. I know it can take a long time to build up good search engine optimization, so I’m glad to see that the minimal amount I know about it has been working. I’m not relying as much on Pinterest anymore, so that’s good. Good too see a diversification of traffic sources!
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These are my social media stats as of April 1st.
- Facebook: 287 page likes (no change)
- Twitter: 1,271 followers (+56)
- Pinterest: 1,975 followers (+65)
- Instagram: 309 followers (+20)
- Google+: 70 followers (no change)
- Bloglovin: 522 followers (+4)
- Email list: 125 subscribers (+6)
- Blogging email list: 4 subscribers (+2)
March 2017 Posts
If you’re wondering, these are the posts from last month.
- DRØME: A Magazine to Experience
- Fighting Sexism in the Workplace With Elaine Rau
- How I Made Over $500 Blogging in February 2017
- How Counselling Helped Me Rediscover Myself After My Sexual Assault
- I am a Radical Feminist
And finally, the moment we’ve all been waiting for…
March 2017 Income Report
Virtual Services: $662.94 CAD
Affiliates: $129.68 CAD
Yay I finally received an affiliate payout! This was through SiteGround, which is the hosting provider that actually hosts this site. I love them and am incredibly happy with their services, so of course I highly recommend them for any blogger.
No payout for ads and Amazon until I reach $100 but here’s what I earned within each account this month:
I also have to record anything I earn through things like Ebates, Pinecone Research surveys, and UserTesting — anything where I’m an independent contractor — through my business. Ebates and PineCone Research amounts accrue over time and are paid at different times, so I’ll only include them when I receive payment. Here it is for February:
PineCone: $15 CAD
Total Income: $816.40
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Total Expenses: $338.12 CAD
Okay, I wasn’t expecting it to be so good this month!
For some reason I felt like because I didn’t gain any new clients, I lost a lot of money. But because I didn’t buy much beyond my monthly expenses it actually worked out really well. The only thing I did buy was Stock Photos through Deposit Photos (which was at a REALLY good deal) and the second-last payment for the Set Yourself Up For Freelancing Success course.
Super cool thing I’m about to do, too — at the end of this month, or the beginning of next, I’m going to pull out some of the profit for myself to actually live on.
YUP. I’M DOING IT.
I have not been using the profits for myself yet because I have not felt that the business is secure financially, since I’m having a rough time finding clients. It’s balancing out well because of affiliate payments (which by the way, I’m super hyped about a big one coming next month) but I’m just being careful. I highly recommend that if you do this as well, you also save at first, just to be sure you’ll be good for a couple months if the going gets rough. It’s worth it.
But I’m starting to think it’s really working!
If you want to learn about blogging, you’ll be happy to hear that I’ve partnered with Ruth Soukup, the same woman who created Elite Blog Academy, to bring you a completely free resource, The Blog Structure Blueprint! It’s a must if you want to blog. Click the image below to get your copy!
I hope you’ve enjoyed this overview of March 🙂 see you next month!
If you want to see more about how I actually set up my blog and the costs of that, you can check out this post where I explain it all 🙂 and do share your blog with me so I can check it out!
What goals do you have for April? Let me know in the comments below!
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