November Blog Income Report Roundup 2017

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Blog income reports are the best answer to the question – how to make money blogging? If other people are earning their living from blogging, so can you. Below you will find blog income report roundup from many bloggers.

There are different ways how to make your blog profitable. You can sell affiliate products, display ads, write sponsored posts, sell your own products like books or courses and so on. Some of these things you can do even if you started your blog today, but others require some conditions to be met. For example, new bloggers can easily earn some cents by displaying ads with Google Adsense, but when your pageviews reach around 30k, you can apply to the Mediavine ad network, which offers greater returns for the viewed ads.

Why bloggers publish income reports

There are many reasons, why bloggers publish income reports.

For some bloggers publishing an income report is a great way to round up the previous month and see the progress. It can give an incredible motivation to go on blogging not just for the blogger, but for other bloggers as well.

Seeing that other people are making real money online can be even a good motivation for starting a blog. When you see that there is a way to start small and then grow to earn several thousands of dollars a month, you also might come to a conclusion that it’s worth a try to sign up for a blog for just 3.95$ a month.

Another reason is a reflection on the previous month to see, what worked and what could be improved. It can give more focus on the better performing affiliate links or give ideas for some future collaboration ideas. The Pareto principle states the 80/20 rule, which can be applied to blogging income as well. it could sound like this: 20% of your articles earn 80% of the whole income. The reflection on the previous month allows bloggers to identify this 20% of their most successful pieces of content and continue to write similar content in the future.

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Blogging income reports

Ways to make money blogging

Depending on the niche of a blog, there are different products that can be promoted on the blog. But in general, the methods below can be used for any blog, the only part that differs is the category of things that you promote.

Finance bloggers will promote financial services, travel bloggers will recommend hotels and packing lists while food bloggers may promote kitchen appliances. Anyone can find products related to blog niche to offer their readers.

Display advertising

Display advertising is a passive form of monetizing a blog, as you set it up and then forget about it. Ad networks like Google Adsense or Mediavine will show advertisements in your sidebars or between paragraphs of your blog posts, and you will earn income depending on the count of people who have viewed advertisements.

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For beginner bloggers Adsense is the way to go, as it doesn’t require your blog to have substantial traffic, to begin with. However, what you earn with it will be a small amount of money.

When your blog reaches 25k sessions in a 30 day period, you can apply for Mediavine ad network which could be more profitable.

Affiliates

Amazon Associates is probably the most wildly used affiliate program. It is fairly easy to use this way of monetizing your blog. You can talk about your recent trip to some place and mention that you used a very comfortable backpack. Then you can go to Amazon and get an affiliate link for that backpack so that your readers could check it out and buy for themselves. In return, Amazon will pay you a small percentage of the rice of the backpack for your recommendation at no cost to your readers.

There are several popular blogging-related tools and services, which can bring affiliate income as well. These are the tools that are worthwhile to use. And you can suggest them for your readers if you want to earn affiliate income.

Bluehost is a hosting provider with an easy way of building WordPress blogs. It costs $3.95 a month, which is an attractive starting price for new bloggers. See my guide to starting a new blog with Bluehost.

Convertkit is an email marketing tool, which is popular for building an email list. If you want to convert new visitors to your blog to returning visitors, you have to provide them a way to receive the newest information from your blog. Click here to claim a free 14-day trial and check this tool for yourself.

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Tailwind is a scheduling tool for Pinterest. To drive more traffic to your blog posts you can use Pinterest, as this is like a large visual search engine. There are several tips how to increase the traffic that a blog can gain from Pinterest, but the main idea is that you have to be active and pin constantly. Tailwind comes to help here, as it can help you automate the pinning, distribute it to several times a day and even give an opportunity to get your pins added to Pinterest by other people to their followers. Try Tailwind’s free trial of 200 pins today!

Sponsored posts

When your blog has a decent following and people are viewing your posts, you can start to approach brands to discuss options for sponsored posts.

Here the sky is the limit. You can review hotels in exchange for a free stay. You can review beauty products or electronic appliances in exchange for the products themselves or a fee. This all depends on the value that your posts about the products can bring to the brands.

Other

Of course, there are uncountable other ways to monetize your blog. You can write a book and earn money when you sell it to your readers. Or you can create a paid learning course and gain income when people subscribe to it. You can monetize your social reach – get paid for sharing content on your social networks. The earning possibilities are endless.

Your turn

Do you own a blog? Does it provide any income? Which of these methods of monetizing your blog have you tried?

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7 Comments

  1. Great money making tips in here! I love that you mentioned the Pareto Principle, because I have found it to be so true for which of my blog posts earn me money!

  2. Thank you for shoutout! All of us at Mediavine Publisher Network look forward to welcoming new publishers when they’ve reached the 25k monthly sessions threshold.
    Happy Holidays!

  3. Hi Una! Thank you SO very much for including me in your November Income Report Roundup! I am honored to be included. I would love to do some collaborating in the future if you are interested! Blessings, Sara
    Polkadots & Plaid

    1. Thank you for publishing your blogging income reports! These are interesting to read, and new bloggers can learn a lot from them.
      I’m open to collaborations. Do you have anything specific in mind?

  4. Hello ,

    I saw your tweets and thought I will check your website. Have to say it looks very good!
    I’m also interested in this topic and have recently started my journey as young entrepreneur.

    I’m also looking for the ways on how to promote my website. I have tried AdSense and Facebok Ads, however it is getting very expensive. Was thinking about starting using analytics. Do you recommend it?
    Can you recommend something what works best for you?

    I also want to improve SEO of my website. Would appreciate, if you can have a quick look at my website and give me an advice what I should improve: http://janzac.com/
    (Recently I have added a new page about FutureNet and the way how users can make money on this social networking portal.)

    I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    P.S.
    Maybe I will add link to your website on my website and you will add link to my website on your website? It will improve SEO of our websites, right? What do you think?

    Regards
    Jan Zac

    1. I prefer the free strategies of promotion for my blog. I use Pinterest and Facebook groups to promote my blog posts. Maybe the advertising would bring in more traffic, but I want to build up more of great content before I try it out. I figure that people would be more inclined to stay on my blog for a longer time and maybe even subscribe if they could see that there is some valuable content.
      As for SEO, I’d suggest installing Yoast SEO plug-in, and then follow all of its suggestions when creating a new post. Of course, links from other sites help as well. 🙂 Do you have any ideas for collaboration?

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