blogging income report

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It has officially been one month since I’ve started my blog! It has been a lot of hard work, and quite the wild ride. And today, I’m going to be showing you my one-month blogging income report!

I’m not sure if I will do them every month, but I always think the first few income reports are awesome!

However, my blogging income report is going to be a little bit different than most. I’m not going to tell you I’ve made $1,000 my first-month blogging. I know, you’ve probably seen those on Pinterest too.

Mine is different though, because of the fact that I haven’t actually made any income at all this first month.

Laaaammme right? But here’s the thing. This income report is going to be realistic. This is what many bloggers face the first few months of their blogs.

The average blogger does not make money their first month.

Or even the first few months, really. Especially as much as I’ve seen some of these bloggers claim to have made.

I always think something fishy is going on behind the scenes of those blogging income report. Or, maybe they’ve just figured out the formula to blogging before me. In that case, more power to them!

So, what can I possibly talk about in an income report when there is no actual income to report?

First, I’m going to go over the expenses of blogging that I personally spend, and then the monetization methods I have chosen to use, with my goals for next month.

My goal for this blog post is hopefully to give you an insight into the average blogger’s life, and maybe give you some other monetization ideas for your own blog.

Blogging Expenses

Convertkit -$29.00

I’ve tried multiple different email services and this is the one I’ve fallen in love with.

At first, I tried Mailchimp, which was free up to 2,000 subscribers. It was great because I didn’t have to pay for it, but I didn’t like the templates they offered. I felt like I was designing a small website for every email. It wasn’t for me.

I just wanted to send out a blank, white background email. A simple email. Mailchimp didn’t offer this option it seemed. It also made the concept of email marketing super confusing to me. This was when I first started out, so I really had no idea what I was doing!

I tried Mailerlite as well and the setup process was horrible. I gave up before I even fully signed up!

Then I fell upon Convertkit. I’d seen it recommended before, but I knew it came with a bigger price tag than the rest. I decided to give it a try for the 15-day free trial and ended up loving it!

The interface really helped me understand email sequences and everything else that came with email marketing. It was super easy to get the hang of and their customer service is excellent!

I decided to go with them because this blog is going to be a business and businesses come with expenses. Before Convertkit, email marketing made me want to tear my hair out. Now, it’s so much easier to understand! So, I take the expense every month to make my life easier!

If you’re looking for a great email service, you need to check out Convertkit.

Check out Convertkit’s 15-day free trial here!

Domain hosting with Namecheap- $3.88 paid monthly or $22.88 annual

This is the very first thing I purchased. It’s the bases of self-hosted blogs! And I have to say, the set up was super confusing! Everyone made it seem super easy and I did not find it that way.

But, honestly, it was my own fault. I didn’t do enough research or have enough knowledge about what I was doing. Setting up your own self-hosted WordPress site is not as easy as they made it seem!

I decided to go with the annual namecheap plan, just to cut down on my monthly expenses. But, it was a blogging expense and even though i bought it a few months ago I thought it was worth it to add in here. They have tons of other plans that you can purchase too!

I researched tons and tons of hosting platforms before finally choosing NameCheap. And I can confidently say, I am happy with my choice!

Even though I made the setup process a huge mess, their customer support is awesome! They really took the time to make sure my problems were fixed and that I knew what I was doing!

The good thing is, the problems I had were of my own doing and not because of NameCheap, so that’s why I always recommend them!

On top of that, everyone always comments about how my site loads super fast and I haven’t experienced any downtime, which is super important when you’re running a blog!

Interested in buying Namecheap hosting? Check it out here!

There were other things I bought from Namecheap like my domain name ($14.94 annual) and my SSL Certificate ($8.88 annual) but I won’t go over those in detail here!

Creative market theme -Ella Sophia WordPress Theme -$25

This was another one thing that took a bunch of browsing around to choose. I never bought a theme before, I just always used whatever free theme I could find.

The problem with the free themes was I didn’t like a lot of them. There were so many options but none of them looked like the website I had pictured in my head. They didn’t look professional enough and I always ended up changing them.

When I decided to buy a theme, I wanted to make sure I liked it. It would be a waste to buy a theme and then end up changing it a month in! Then I found this theme here in the creative market shop and fell in love.

It was the exact theme I had been envisioning but could never find with the free themes. Finally, I bought it, at a super cheap price of $25!

I saw some super expensive themes on Creative market, and I wasn’t willing to pay that much so I’m glad I was able to find one in my budget!

Install was easy and they even had instructions on how to create the header with Photoshop. I didn’t have photoshop, but they had a solution for that as well!

All I had to do was send them an email with what I wanted on the header (my blog name) and I could add a tagline as well! In no-time, they sent me over the header and I had it in place super quick!

This was another thing I bought previously but I decided to add it into the income report.

I think that’s pretty much it for my blogging expenses! So here’s our grand total!

Income from August 2019: -$196

Probably the worst income report ever right? But, it is realistic. And honestly, I haven’t really done too much with monetization just yet. I started adding affiliate links into my blog post during the last week or so of the month. So obviously no one is buying yet.

My goals for next month

My strategy right now is to focus on one thing at a time so I don’t overwhelm myself. Focusing on too much at once is something I did in the past and it really cost me in the end.

So for my first month (August), I focused on my blog content and social media marketing strategy first.

I think these are the two most important things, the blog itself and gaining traffic to it. I did this because you can’t monetize if you don’t have a decent follow (hence the social media strategy) and people won’t stay on your blog if you don’t have content or a great blog (which is why I’m focusing on the content).

This is the month that monetization really will come in. I’m slowly dipping my toe into affiliate marketing. I started that a bit last month by applying to affiliate programs and getting in contact with brands to become an affiliate for their products!

After that, I will work on my email list, and after that, I will work on launching a product!

I hope that by month 2 I will have gotten affiliate marketing pretty much down. I’ve invested in a course called Mastering Sales With Ell so I hope that will help me start to make some sales!

I think that’s it for this first-month blogging income report! As I said, it wasn’t a very good income report, but hopefully, it was a good report in other ways!

What are your income strategies? Have you done income reports for your own blog, or do you like reading them? Let me know in the comments below!

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  1. I think that everything totally depends on what is your blog about. Only worldwide latest news are now encouraged.

  2. Hey, thanks for posting this. Honestly, I was expecting something crazy, like $1200! My blog just reached 100 days and I am happy to say I covered the expenses and earned maybe $10 over. We compare ourselves too much with other bloggers out there. So far I’m happy with my earnings because

    1.My blog returned my investment
    2. My earnings came quickly – just 100 days.

    Full disclosure: I earned about $60 on Fiverr. I spent about $50 on my blog. Have yet to start with affiliate, I can imagine how that will pan out!

    1. Thanks! I really wanted to post an income report that was realistic for many, many bloggers. I find myself comparing my blog to others making 100’s or even 1,000 of dollars their first month and I have to question the authenticity of it!

      Glad you could relate and congrats on the income!

  3. Crickette, The Things I Have to Say

    I noticed you already have ads up on your blog. You really just started a month ago? What ad service are you running?

    1. Yep, I started my blog August 4th and started running ads a couple weeks after. I use Google adsense, its not very difficult to get approved!

  4. Thank you for your honesty. I’m a new blogger and in the same boat. But I read that it can take up to 3 years to see monetary growth. In the meantime, I’m working, being patient and self-motivating.

    1. I wouldn’t say it takes 3 years! The average time is about 6 months, because that’s how long it takes for Google to index your site and you to get the hang of blogging as well! Good luck!

  5. Thanks for being honest! I always see those pins about making $1000+ the first month. I tend to wonder if they are honest. Like you, I will wonder what exactly am I doing wrong? It seems like you have invested a lot into your blog. Wishing you $ soon ☺

    1. I hate reports like that! Something has to be going on behind the scenes that we dont know about! 😉 and thanks!

  6. Hey! This is really interesting and useful for me so thank you ? I have actually been blogging for nearly 10 years now! But until now I must admit, I have never thought of making money off it. I’ve always blogged as a sort of personal travel diary to keep my family updated whilst I’ve been away. I have barely any followers at all but if I’m honest, I don’t see any reason why my content isn’t good enough for me to gain a wider audience. Do you think I would be best starting from scratch or is there hope for me yet with perhaps getting my blog out there more! I’ve been debating moving to self hosting or upgrading to WordPress business plan but still undecided. Any tips you can give me would be greatly appreciated! Thanks

    1. I’d love to chat with you about your blog! I wouldn’t mind checking it out and giving you advice. If you’d like, you could email me ( ) or send me a message on one of my socials and we could talk! 🙂

  7. This is very honest. Most people who start blogging expect income to be instant.

  8. Glad you enjoyed!

  9. Thank you for the honest look at the costs of starting a blog.
    Often people just say how cheap it is to start a blog but realistically if you want to get a start on the right foot, it’s not cheap.
    I started my blog 4 months ago but only seriously for the last 2 months as I finished school. This is the most honest income report I’ve seen for a first month report. Thank you for that.

    You are giving future bloggers a realistic outlook to the cost of starting a blog. While worth it, it still comes with monetary risks.

    1. You can start a blog for very cheap if you really wanted to. But you’re right, if you want to start a blog for business you have to invest! Glad you liked the report!

  10. Travel Addicted Unicorn

    I like how you are super honest and real!! I have been blogging for 7 months now and I just published my first affiliate blog post!! You are wayyy ahead of me lol..And yes blogging is a lot of hard work and it takes time for sure to see results. I was looking into signing up for Tailwind so I am going to save your aff link and sign up through it. Good luck with the rest of the goals <3

    1. To be even more honest, this is actually my 3rd blog! I’ve been blogging for over a year now but it’s my first month with this blog! So I know a bit more of what I should be doing lol. And thanks so much! I would really appriciate that! You’d be my very first affiliate sale ?

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