If you’re new here I’ve posted income reports ever since I started this blog, three years ago. I initially had goals of making a few hundred dollars per month and then slowly growing that amount. Luckily, that’s what I’ve been able to do.
In 2012 I decided that earning money online was going to be the only way I could create the life I wanted living in a small town with no good job options. I dove in head first and started trying things out. I’ve failed at sooo many different things and have had great successes with others.
As of now I earn an income through being a freelance writer, virtual assistant, and blogger. (And yes, I know how crazy that sounds to most people!)
April 2016 Income Report
Because of the way payments came in, income for April went back down to normal and then should go back up a little higher over the next couple of months.
As a reminder what I show on my income reports is the income I’ve actually received in a given month and it does not necessarily reflect the amount of work done for the month. As a freelancer/self-employed person receiving payments for work can vary from seven days to up to three months (and sometimes more.)
Income for April was $5,367.21
It broke down like this:
- Freelance Writing and Virtual Assistant Work: $1,700
- (Blog) Ad Networks: $2,532.80
- (Blog) Sponsored Posts: $150
- (Blog) Affiliate Commissions: $984.41
If you currently have a blog but are having trouble building traffic or making money you can get Ruth Soukup’s free e-book 7 Ways to Boost Your Blog Income Overnight for free here.. Ruth is the creator of Elite Blog Academy which is the course that helped me 10x my traffic and income.
(Elite Blog Academy is not currently open but you can still download the free e-book and get on the waiting list for the next enrollment.)
My Thoughts on Making Money Blogging
If you read blogger income reports often you’ll notice that not only do the income numbers vary wildly, but also the ways in which bloggers earn an income. So, if you’ve thought about starting a blog or have a blog but are completely overwhelmed with how to earn an income I wanted to give you my opinion:
Only do what you feel comfortable doing!
It’s easy to look at what other people are doing and try to emulate the success they’ve had in a particular area but if it’s not something you’re comfortable with it’s probably not going to work.
I personally turn down at least nine out of ten sponsored post opportunities that come my way because they make me feel uncomfortable. I could easily add another $1,000 or more per month if I was willing to write them, but I’m not.
If the thought of putting advertisements on your side bar makes your stomach turn don’t do it. If the thought of writing and selling your own e-book makes you giddy, then give it a try. If the thought of writing sales emails make you sad, don’t do it. If you’ve found a great affiliate product that people would love, promote it.
Do what feels “right” to you without paying any attention to what other people do or tell you to do.
If you stick with blogging for more than a couple years (and sometimes it takes that long to make any kind of income) you’ll find that a lot of different opportunities will come your way. You don’t have to say yes to all of them.
When it comes to monetization dive in and figure out what you don’t like so that you can quickly figure out what you do like and what works for your particular blog.
All of that just to say don’t feel pressured to do something you’re not comfortable with and know that there’s a billion ways to make money online. Stay true to you. That’s what matters.
Practical Tips for Getting Started Online
Now that you know how I feel 😉 here are some links to some practical things you can to get started with an online business.
- 5 Common Ways to Earn Money with a Blog
- How to Start a Freelance Writing Business from Scratch
- 30+ Services You Can Offer as a Virtual Assistant
- 50+ Legit Work From Home Jobs (This list includes jobs from companies that actually hire verses freelance type of stuff that I’m into.)
- 10 Extra Income Ideas for Introverts
If you have any questions let me know in the comments!