Blog Income Report: How I Made My First $25 Blogging

Welcome to my first ever income report!

Ah, I’m so excited to share my income report and my progress!

I think this income report is very important to share, not only for myself but also for new bloggers who are just starting out.

blog income report

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There are so many “I made $10k blogging last month” income reports, and they are great and inspiring, but they aren’t something a new blogger can relate to.

That’s why I’m writing this post, to show you a realistic income report of a 2-month-old blog!

(if you haven’t started your blog I would HIGHLY recommend starting a self-hosted one from the beginning as that will really help you in the long run. And make you more money! A self-hosted blog doesn’t cost much, only $3.95 a month if you click HERE. )

August has been a great month for my blog as you’ll see from my report, but not just because of the numbers and the money but because I’m very happy with the direction my blog is heading to!

I’m very proud of all my posts I wrote, I finally made my design “my own” and made it look exactly how I want it.

I learnt A LOT in August (didn’t even know you could learn so much in only 31 days!).

That just shows that you are NEVER done learning, even when you think you “know” something you realise there are 1000 other things to learn!

Ah, okay, where do I even start with this income report?

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My story

Before we get into my traffic and income report I thought I’d tell you my quick blogging journey.

It’s important to mention that I’m not a blogging newbie, I’ve been in the blogging world since 2013 so I have quite a lot of experience and knowledge behind me.

I started my first blog back in in 2013 when I was only 13 for fun.

And I had NO idea what blogging was and what people shared on blogs.

But I went for it!

I went on Blogger.com and created a blog!

Writing that blog was so fun and it taught me so much.

I learnt so many new things I never even thought of, from some basic HTML to how to email people, to writing and expressing myself in English to social media and SO MUCH more.

I wanted to create a space where I could share all the things I’ve learnt (and still am learning) through all these years of blogging.

Because I know how it feels like when you just start your blog and don’t know anything about it, don’t know where to start and what to do.

It’s not fun!

And that’s why The Female Business was born!

I started The Female Business on July 1st of 2019 as a way to help fellow bloggers in their journey, whether it’s to start their blog or simply grow and improve it.

Okay, now that you heard my (not so) short story let’s get into the income report!

August 2019 blog income and traffic report

Why am I sharing my income report?

When it comes to income reports, you either love them or hate them.

I personally love income reports and I think they can be very helpful and motivating, especially for new bloggers.

Here are just a few of the reasons why I’m writing this income report:

  • like I mentioned previously, I love reading income reports
  • I think that income reports are very inspiring and motivating so I’m hoping mine will do the same for you
  • to track my progress

Traffic

Let’s start with traffic!

In August I had just over 5k pageviews which I’m very happy with.

Compared to my first month of blogging when I had 1.8k pageviews this is HUGE progress!

the female business august 2019 blog traffic and income report

When it comes to where my traffic came from, the majority is from Pinterest.

And honestly, I’m not surprised at all as I’ve been focusing A LOT on Pinterest this past month!

In my How to drive traffic to your blog with Pinterest post I talked about my pinning strategy and how I increased my page views by 180% in just ONE month all because of Pinterest!

traffic sources

Also, I’m very happy to see almost 200 direct users which means there are people who are interested in my blog and memorised it (or Google did it for them but I’ll still take it!)

I’ve got 14 organic search users which I think is pretty good for a two-month-old blog.

I am working on my SEO and would love to see an increase in organic search in the future but it’s a process and it takes time.

Most popular posts this month

These 4 posts were the most popular in August.

I’m glad to see an even mix of Instagram and blogging related posts as I love writing about both topics equally!

Email subscribers

mailerlite email list growth

In my first month of blogging, I was focusing on creating some freebies (like my Pinterest course) so I could start building and growing my list in August.

And all that hard work has paid off as I got 100 new subscribers in August!

Here are a few things I did that really helped me grow my email list:

  • I created a popup for my Pinterest course
  • I made graphics for my freebies and promoted them
  • I added a Pinterest course sign up form in my sidebar

I have a full guide on how to build your email list you can check out if you want to learn how you can get YOUR first 100 subscribers!

Pinterest

I already mentioned how I get most of my traffic from Pinterest but I thought I’d show you my analytics and tell you a bit about it!

Here is a screenshot of my Pinterest analytics:

the female business pinterest analytics, income report

As you can see I’ve got a huge increase in my Pinterest engagement (over 200%!! ) in August compared to July.

Like I already mentioned I have a step by step post about my Pinterest strategy but here are just a few things that really made a BIG difference:

  • constantly trying out and testing new pin designs
  • I was making NEW pins for my OLD popular posts (one new pin a week)
  • making click-worthy pin titles
  • adding my pins to Tailwind tribes

Blog income report

Now comes the part you’ve been waiting for!

How much money did I make in my second month of blogging?

Affiliate income:

  • Tailwind-$0.01
  • Grammarly-$0.20
  • WPForms*-$25

*these $25 were a bonus WPForms was giving for writing a review about them for the first time

My total income: $25.21

All of my income came from affiliate marketing as that’s the only way I monetize my blog for now.

All of these companies I earned a commission from are a part of ShareASale which is an affiliate network that has over 3,900 affiliate programs in 40 different categories you can choose from!

So no matter your niche you can find companies and products to promote on your blog with ShareASale! (you can sign up to be their affiliate through this link!)

If you want to make money from your blog but don’t know how to do it and where to start, check out my beginner’s guide to making money blogging where I show you step-by-step how to make money with your blog.

What I did this month

Let’s go over some things I did this month and see what worked and what didn’t!

What worked

  • I regularly made new pins for my Pinterest course which really helped get people to subscribe
  • I was constantly making new pins for my most popular posts
  • going back to all my posts and adding all relevant links and updating them

What didn’t work

  • although I saw a huge traffic increase from Pinterest I think I was spending too much time on in (I might have been a bit obsessed with it)
  • joining Facebook threads-honestly, I just wasted my time on those (except for the Pinterest repin threads!)
  • my affiliate marketing strategy or the lack of one

My goals for September

  • grow my pageviews to 7k
  • get 150 new subscribers
  • work on my affiliate marketing strategy
  • continue to make new Pinterest graphics for my popular posts (and experiment with new designs)
  • create more video pins (you can check out my first one HERE and pin it 😉 )

Final words on my first blog income report

And that was my second month of blogging.

That’s how I made my first $25 and learnt some valuable lessons.

I really hope you enjoyed reading my first ever income report and found it helpful and hopefully motivating!

Check out my other income reports

28 thoughts on “Blog Income Report: How I Made My First $25 Blogging”

  1. Hi Valentina, Great progress you are making. My blog is three months going four, and I made $25

    However, my traffic is super low but I’m working on it. I’ve taken your free Pinterest course and I hope it helps.

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    • Thank you! Making money from blogging takes time and practice! Just keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll see results!
      I’m so glad to hear you joined the course! I really hope it helps you grow your traffic from Pinterest!

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  2. I love that this is an accurate income report compared to others who boast it way too much.
    And WOW, 2nd month blogging and you have that many page views? That’s amazing. I’m 4 months in and barely get 1k a month.
    I’m going to join your Pinterest course 🙂

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    • Yeah, I wanted to be 100% transparent and share everything! Otherwise, what’s the point of writing an income report?!
      Thank you! I’ve had a lot of free time as it’s the summer holidays to focus on growing my blog! And like I said in the post, I’ve been spending a lot of time on Pinterest which has paid off!
      Don’t feel discouraged, you’re just starting out! Just keep working on your blog and I’m sure you’ll see progress soon 🙂
      I’m so glad you’re joining the course! Please let me know how you like it 🙂

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  3. Wow, nice income report! You’re way ahead of me already. I’m still trying to figure out if I should even continue blogging but it sounds like you’re building up some solid traffic. I need to spend more time on Pinterest and less time in Facebook groups it sounds like :).

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    • Thank you, Rebecca!
      Hey, don’t look at it that way! This is my second month of blogging on THIS blog, but I have 6 years of blogging experience behind me!
      Please don’t give up! Your blog is amazing, all your posts are so well written and provide so much valuable information! People need you and your advice (they just don’t know it yet!)
      I would definitely recommend focussing more on Pinterest (and use Tailwind tribes as they can really help boost your pins!)
      Also, with your niche, I think Google could be a great traffic source for you! Just focus on SEO and I’m sure you’ll see great traffic from Google!

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  4. I love this so much. You are right, most posts about blogging income are numbers that seem too big for me to reach anytime soon and so they are more demotivating than motivating for me! Thanks for sharing everything in such detail and good job for making money from your blog after only 2 months! I’m looking forward to seeing where you’ll be in a few months time. 🙂

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    • Thank you so much, Valerie! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my traffic report 🙂
      And I completely agree, those kinda traffic reports can really make you feel like sh*t sometimes haha

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  5. Hi Valentina, great post. Very similar to mine apart from the fact that you are well ahead of me in getting subscribers. I love these honest reports as it makes you realise that earning huge amounts in the early days are very rare. Oh and Rebecca if you are reading the rest of these comments dont quit. Your blog is great and gives me something to aspire too as it is in my eyes it looks outstanding. Keep it up.

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    • Thank you so much for reading, Lee!
      Don’t compare your progress with mine or anyone else’s! Everyone’s blogging journey is different. Just focus on your own and continue to work hard on your blog!
      I totally agree! You can’t make much money in the beginning (of course there are always exceptions!) as you’re just starting to build your audience and their trust. You need to grow your blog and learn a lot before you can make full-time income blogging. There’s nothing easy or fast about making money blogging!

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  6. Thank you for sharing this! I was more intrigued to find out how a two month old blog earned $25.21 as I’m a completely new blogger and this seemed like a more reasonable goal than the ones I see earning like you mentioned 10k.

    I started back in June, but haven’t put in much more work during the summer as I was busy enjoying it off. However, I just started a new job that has made me want to put more effort into my blog and try to make it profitable. I’m miserable at my new job so I feel if I start putting more effort into the blog this should be something I should be able to achieve in a few months.

    Do you have any suggestions on learning more about SEO as I feel that is a really important part of learning to blog?

    Also, I must ask how much time did you put into creating your webpage as I feel that’s a huge part I’m getting hung up on as well.

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    • Thank you so much, Tori! I completely agree.

      I totally understand where you’re coming from! I think if you keep working on your blog and promoting it on Pinterest and working on your SEO you can definitely make it profitable. But remember that your content is THE most important thing so the No1 thing you should be focusing on is creating amazing content. And then work on promoting it.

      Honestly, when it comes to SEO I don’t know much about it. I’m still learning and trying to figure it out. I took Mike Pearson’s free 5 day SEO Bootcamp course that taught me so much so would definitely recommend taking it!
      There are also lots of great and informative articles about SEO you can read. I have a board on Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/valentinabatrac/seo-search-engine-optimization-tips/) where I saved lots of helpful articles so definitely check them out.

      I spend a lot of time working on my website. I’m a college student so I had a free summer and I, honestly, spent the majority of it working on my website. So that plays a huge role in my progress.
      I post once a week (it takes me AT LEAST 3 hours for each post (researching keywords, writing post and researching for the actual post, making all graphics, adding all relevant links, if I’m making an opt-in for that post etc., depending on the topic and length) and I also spend a lot of time on Pinterest (I constantly make new graphics, researching my analytics and Pinterest SEO,), I take part in some Facebook threads (related to Pinterest) as well as researching and reading articles to learn new things and grow my blog. (there’s SO much to learn!)

      If you have any more questions or need any help just let me know! (you can email me as well, I’m always here to help if I can)

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  7. This was so refreshingly real and I love your tips. I haven’t been focusing much on promoting my blog on Pinterest so I’m not getting a lot of traffic but I definitely want to put more work into that this month. Thank you for sharing your income report and the real behind-the-scenes of blogging.

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    • Thank you! I’m glad you found it helpful!
      Yes, I’d definitely recommend working on Pinterest as you can see amazing results in a short amount of time!
      Honestly, if there weren’t for Pinterest I wouldn’t even have had 1k pageviews.
      Good luck with your Pinterest!
      If you need help I have some Pinterest related posts that could help you (just hower over the “blog” tab on top and click on Pinterest tips where you can find all my Pinterest related posts in one place! )

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  8. This is a very motivational post. I really have to start uping my Pinterest game. I just launched my blog two days ago, after working three months on it. I have no pins yet, but I’m excited to see that Pinterest can bring so many views.

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    • Thank you so much! Yes, Pinterest is an amazing place to get blog traffic from! It just takes some time to learn and figure everything out.
      Also, good luck with your new blog! You must be so excited 🙂

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  9. As I can tell, you’re a teen! I am too! I’ve recently launched my new blog and this post was really helpful in terms of the realism it had. I love how you’ve given out all the details about what worked & what didn’t and your goals and income sources. This was really a great read. Thanks!

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    • Yes, I’m 19!
      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Shanaya! I’m glad you enjoyed reading my income report.
      And good luck with your blog! Blogging isn’t easy and takes a lot of work but it’s so worth it! xx

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    • Thank you, Andrea!
      But as I said, I have over 6 years of experience in blogging so don’t compare your progress with mine. Just keep doing what you’re doing and continue working and learning xx

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  10. Thank you for writing!
    What were the WP forms which offered money for reviewing?
    My friend would probably like to write about it, but those reviews do not fit my niche at all. :/

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