I’ve finally decided to share an income report with you guys…I really want to be able to show you how you can make money blogging, and encourage you to start your own blog as well!
I’ve been blogging a little over a year now. When I first started, I never dreamed I would get to where I am now. It’s been an uphill battle sometimes…but overall, I am SO glad I started my Blog!
So today I want to show you how far I’ve come!
Disclosure. This post may contain affiliate links.
To some people, this might sound a bit strange. Why would I want to put my income out there for everyone to see?
Really, the answer is simple. There are 2 reasons. First, I want you to be able to see and understand HOW Blogs make money. And second, I want to encourage you guys to start a blog as well!
I think sometimes people can have a “high” view of bloggers. Like what we do is cool…but too hard for just anyone to do.
But honestly, I am a normal, average person. I am just like you. Trust me—if I can start a blog, you can too!
Which, by the way, I will soon be publishing a free start-a-blog guide! If you want to be sure you hear about it, sign up for my blogging email list below!
How I Made Over $1,900 Crochet Blogging
All right, let’s jump right in!
- Mediavine Ads: $559
- Etsy Pattern Sales: $427.61
- Mediavine Ads: $664.61
- Etsy Pattern Sales: $505.41
- Affiliate income: $11.07
April & May EXPENSES:
- Madmimi (Email Marketing): $54 ($27 per month)
- Blog hosting: $0
- Tech Editing: $25
- Yarn: $45
- Etsy Pattern Fees: $46.90 for April, $55.29 for May
Net Profit: $1,941.44
Okay, so let’s talk through these numbers a bit. First of all, Mediavine ads are amazing. I was with Google Adsense for awhile, and the earnings were very slim. Once I switched Mediavine, it was like an instant win! I went from making $50-100 to $500+ just from ads alone!
Etsy pattern sales have also been going strong. Basically, PDF patterns are a gold mine. As you can see, they usually account for 1/3 – 1/2 of my income!
You might be wondering about the $0 for blog hosting—that’s because I have a super awesome hosting plan! 🙂 I signed up for Bluehost at the very beginning of my Blog; basically, I paid around $150 to start up, and after that the hosting is free for 3 years! After the 3 years are up, I will pay a small monthly fee, but for now, I don’t have to pay anything!
Needless to say, Bluehost is AWESOME…check them out HERE if you haven’t already!
Now let’s take a look at what type of page views I had in order to earn this kind of money.
- Monthly Sessions: 35,000 (this is according to google analytics)
- Total Page Views: 52,637
- Monthly Visitors: 26,236
- Monthly Sessions: 37,700 (this is according to google analytics)
- Total Page Views: 59,268
- Monthly Visitors: 27,879
Page views were down in April, but back up a bit in May (yay!) I actually wasn’t expecting that, because normally Spring/Summer is the “down” season for crochet, so everyone expects to have less traffic.
However, I had some really successful pattern releases, so everything kept going stronger than I had anticipated!
A few other things happened this month that haven’t made me money yet, but WILL in the near future!
First of all, I was commissioned by Darn Good Yarn to design a pattern! I haven’t gotten paid yet, but I will soon when the pattern releases!
Secondly, I got a design accepted into the I Like Crochet Magazine! I won’t get paid until the issue is released in October, but this is still very exciting!
Starting a Blog
Overall, I hope this has given you an idea of where I’m at in blogging, and where you CAN be!
If you haven’t started a blog yet, it’s not too late! You can start one now—it’s not hard. With that in mind…I’m going to be publishing a free, start a blog guide for BEGINNERS soon! If you want to be the first to know when its ready, be sure to sign up for my Blogging/business email list below! (If you’re already on my general email list, still sign up here to be sure you hear about blogging stuff as well as crochet patterns).
Happy crocheting everyone!