Blog Income Report 2019: How I made my first $1,000 blogging
Welcome to my 2019 blog income report!
I seriously cannot believe I’m writing this!
Where has 2019 gone?
It feels like yesterday when I started my blog, but nope, it’s been six months!
I’ve had this little blog for 6 months!
I started The Female Business on July 1, 2019.
I still remember writing my first blog income report like it was yesterday.
I feel like, the older I get, the faster the time goes.
Do you also feel this way?
Anyways, I think that’s enough babbling about the time.
Let’s move on to what we’re actually here for!
And that’s my 2019 blog income report.
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Blog income report for 2019
If you are interested in my blogging journey and why I started this blog, check out my first income report here where I share my full story!
But here are just a few key things to know about my blogging journey to understand this post better:
- this ISN’T my first blog, I have over 6 years of experience in blogging and social media
- I started this blog with the intention of turning it into a business (so I treat it like one)
Why do I share my blogging income reports?
- I want to track my progress and be able to look back and see what I accomplished (it’s SO easy to focus on what’s next and forget where we started)
- to motivate me and keep me accountable
- to help and motivate YOU (I know how motivated I feel when I read other people’s income reports and how I learn a lot from them, I want my income reports to do the same for you)
- I just love reading income reports and think they are very interesting and helpful (if done right)
I started sharing my monthly income reports but life got in the way.
Alongside my blog, I’m also a uni student and that takes up a lot of my time.
Unfortunately, that means I’m not able to publish new content as often as I’d like. (my terrible time management is also to blame but that’s a totally different story )
I didn’t want every other post on my blog to be an income report.
So I stopped sharing income reports every month.
I will still be doing them once in a while when I think it’s helpful (like this yearly one) but I don’t want this blog to be all about them.
You can read all my monthly income reports here
- August 2019 Blog Income Report – How I Made $25.21 My 2nd Month Blogging
- September 2019 Blog Income Report-How I Made $75.40 My 3rd Month Blogging
Blog traffic report
Let’s take a look at my traffic in 2019.
- December: 11,066
In my first month of blogging, I had a little under 2k pageviews and then I was at 5k for 4 months.
My traffic was stuck at around 5k monthly pageviews for a while.
It wasn’t growing at all.
And then in December, it jumped to 11k pageviews.
Which I still can’t believe!
Honestly, I was feeling a little discouraged because I wasn’t seeing any growth but then it just came out of nowhere.
Things happen when you least expect it.
That just shows that you need to keep going, keep working and be patient as your work will pay off and you will see results!
I’m so happy to see that, even though my traffic was the same, my email list was growing.
I was still getting new email subscribers.
You can see my growth in the picture below!
I’m currently at 888 subscribers but will be going through my list next week and getting rid of inactive subscribers.
As my email service provider has a free plan for up to 1,000 subscribers and I don’t want to pay for people who never open my emails.
If you want to find out how I grew my email list to 888 people in 6 months and how you can do it as well, check out my beginner’s guide to email list building here!
Now comes the real stuff!
How much money did I make in my first 6 months?
- September: $75.40
- October: $110.20
- November: $375
- December: $450.61
*Please note that this is gross earnings (before any taxes, fees etc.)
**Also, keep in mind that most of these aren’t paid out yet as there is waiting time between 30 and 90 days (depending on the program) for payouts
Where did my income come from?
All of it is, actually, from affiliate marketing.
Affiliate marketing is the only way I monetize my blog for now but I’m hoping to add some more income streams this year so I can diversify my income.
To learn how to make money with affiliate marketing (and all other ways) check out my beginner’s guide to making money blogging where I go into detail and share all my tips and secrets.
2019 blog expenses
I told you I earned over $1,000 with my blog in 2019 but I think it’s also important to talk about my blogging expenses.
Because, if you want to make money blogging you need to invest in your blog.
- website hosting: $74.42
- Tailwind: $15 / month (total for 4 months: $60)*
- Blog theme: $59 (+ GST/VAT: $14.75) > total: $73.75
*I didn’t pay for Tailwind from the beginning as I signed up through someone’s link and got a free month, you can use my link and get a free month HERE
2019 in review
I think it’s always good to look at the year and see what your highs and lows are (in both personal and professional life) as you can learn so much.
Reviewing the previous year can also help you see what you need to work on more in the new year and help you set goals.
Let’s look at my year!
- reaching 10,000 monthly pageviews-this has definitely been a huge highlight for me and I still can’t believe I reached it. Seeing my traffic grow so much makes me so excited for 2020 and to see what else I can do. I’m feeling so motivated for this year
- making over $1,000-I actually just realized this as I was putting together this post and I can’t believe it. I can’t believe my little blog earned over $1,000 in only 6 months! Especially because my traffic wasn’t growing.
- growing an email list of over 800 people-email marketing is something I knew I needed to focus on from the beginning but I didn’t think I would be able to grow my list so much in such a short amount of time. That just shows that with a good strategy everything is possible
- not posting enough-as I already mentioned, I’m also a student so I don’t have that much time to work on my blog. BUT I know that I could be posting more, I just need to figure out how to manage my time better. I also need to work on my speed as it takes me so long to write and publish a blog post.
- SEO-I haven’t worked on building backlinks much (it’s been on my to-do list forever but I always keep pushing it to the bottom of the list) or managed to find good keywords to target
Blog goals for 2020
- reach 25,000 monthly sessions and get into Mediavine
- Make $1,000 a month blogging
- increase my organic traffic to 5,000 a month
My top tips for beginner bloggers
Like I mentioned above, I want my income reports to helpful to YOU.
I’m writing them for myself but also for you because I want to help you grow your blog and achieve your blogging goals (whatever they might be).
As I know that the new year is the time when a lot of people decide to start their own blogs I thought I’d share my top tips for new bloggers.
Go self-hosted from the beginning
I feel like I sound like a broken record for saying this over and over again but I truly think that you should invest and go with a self-hosted blog from the beginning (if you can afford it, of course)
But I know not everyone can afford it.
Even though blog hosting is super affordable, when you are broke even that is too expensive.
In that case, create a free wordpress.com blog and when you make some money and can afford it switch to a self-hosted wordpress.org website (as it’s the easiest to migrate from wordpress.com to self-hosted)
Have some posts written and published when you go live
Another big advice I have for you is to already have some posts on your blog when you go live.
That way you can start promoting those posts and start getting traffic to your blog right away.
Think of your potential readers, if they click on your blog and only find one post they won’t know what you have to offer and probably won’t come back.
That’s why you want to have some content on your blog for them to read and see what your blog is about.
So they keep coming back for more.
I would suggest having 5-10 good quality blog posts when you publish.your blog.
I have a FREE blog post checklist that can help you write your posts, just enter your email below to download it!
Start using Pinterest right away
Pinterest is the best and fastest way to get traffic to your blog.
You can read all about my Pinterest strategy that brought me 11,000 blog views last month here!
That’s why you need to start using it from day one.
This tip goes hand in hand with the previous one.
If you have 5-10 posts already published when your blog goes live, you can start promoting them right away.
Make 2-3 pins for each post and schedule them through Tailwind.
And you’ll be getting traffic to your blog in no time!
But there’s more to Pinterest than just pinning from your blog.
You need to understand how Pinterest works and optimize your profile for SEO.
Enroll in my free Pinterest course where I’ll show you how to set up and optimize your profile in no time!
For more Pinterest help check out all my Pinterest related posts here.
Don’t do “everything”
When you’re just starting out there are so many things to work and focus on.
There are million and one things to do.
Trust me, I know how exhausting and overwhelming it all can be
That’s why I’m here to tell you to STOP and breathe!
You don’t have to do everything at once.
I know it might feel like you do but you really don’t!
Just take it slowly, one step at a time.
You don’t have to do everything in your first month of starting a blog.
Maybe not even in your first year.
Take a step back and create a plan.
Focus on 1-2 things at a time.
And once you get the hang of one thing move on to the next one.
Join Facebook groups for bloggers
And lastly, join Facebook groups for bloggers.
There are so many incredible and super helpful Facebook groups for bloggers
You can ask questions, meet new people, take part in daily blogging threads and so much more.
Some of my favorite Facebook groups for bloggers
- Blogger Education Network
- Blogging like we mean it
- Becoming a blogger
- Blogging Babes Collective
- Boss Girl Bloggers
- Bloggers Camp-Community to connect
Final thoughts on my 2019 income report
And we have come to the end of this post.
This was my super long 2019 income report.where I shared how I made over $1,000 blogging in 2019.
I wanted to be as transparent as possible and include EVERYTHING that has happened in 2019.
Otherwise, what’s the point of an income report!
If you have ANY questions or need any help, please leave me a comment below!
Read my other income reports here:
- Blog Income Report: How I Made My First $25 Blogging
- September 2019 Blog Income Report-How I Made $75.40 My 3rd Month Blogging