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Hi Friends! Welcome to my income report for the month of May.
For the month of May 2017, I made .25 cents! 🙂 I had no expenses, except for my time and sanity, and am hoping to double my income for June. (.50 cents in my goal!! :-))
Well….that was short and sweet, to the point.
I’d be happy to answer any questions that you have over my sources of income….I can confirm that for the month of May 2017, I earned:
$0 for Ebates (If you do click the link and sign up, you get a $10 credit!)
$0 through AirBnB (Clicking the link gives $40 off a stay!)
$0 through Amazon
$0 through Media.net
.25 cents was earned through Shareaholic!
Disheartening? Honestly….no. I didn’t start the blog to earn money right away…although it is my ultimate goal to end all other “side hustles”, and be able to focus full-time on my blog, I know it isn’t an overnight “magic” that just happens.
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Now, I get that I’m new this the blogging world. and trust me when I say, I love the blogging community and the amazing people who I have met so far along the journey. I have met other bloggers, moms, friends, newbies and pros and each and every one has a different journey, a different story but most have the same goal of monetizing and being full-time. Some have already made it, some are like me…dazed and confused. 🙂
A little bit of history of me…..I’m an easy-going, always busy personality and once I have my mind set on something, I go at that “something” 150%. I have no middle ground, trust me..I’ve tried. I laugh loud, love big and play hard and I love the craziness of life. I’m in month three of my blog, and my life has absolutely changed for the better, because it has allowed me to find a voice about things I love and am passionate about. Family, fun, frugal, positivity, creativity and the beautiful chaos of life. I absolutely love to blog, and I love the content I’ve been able to produce the past few months. Is my dream to monetize and stay at home or travel the world while earning thousands upon thousands each and every month?
Do I see the light at the end of the tunnel right now to make that a reality? Not really. Most posts that I read about those who have found success in the blogging world focus on the side hustles or money that they make while earning fistfuls of cash on their blog. It seems it is doable, but hard to follow at times too! How do these bloggers do it? How do they earn more and more each and every month?
This is why I’ve written this post. There are SO many wonderful and great blogs in the world that are super successful, but I feel that sometimes bloggers who are just starting out are often mislead or misinterpret how these bloggers reached their super success. It is a TON of work. LIKE, A LOT of work….hours upon hours.
Now, I may be doing everything 100% wrong…..but, to earn my .25 cents for the month of May, I spend a lot of time on it. I did earn a shiny quarter…but, a lot of time was spent too!
Each and every day, I spend:
1 hour in the AM on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest promoting and pinning away.
30 minutes at some point in time during the day on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest promoting and pinning away.
Anywhere from 2-4 hours each night on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter promoting and pinning away (This includes time on Canva and Tailwind creating my own images and then uploading to schedule them to post at times that I’m not doing my own pinning and promoting)
My breakdown: I work 40 hours each week full-time, and spend anywhere from another 15-25 hours per week on my blog by researching ways to increase, pin and promote to drive traffic.
I post anywhere from 2-4 blog posts every week, and have had some amazing guest bloggers to promote as well. (I love to collaborate and share success with other bloggers too! We are all in this together!)
I began blogging because I felt I had a voice that maybe others would like and also see the potential in earning an income. A win/win, right?
My quarter income report for the month of May doesn’t truthfully discourage me…but it does paint a more realistic picture for those bloggers out there that are just starting out and are in their first few months or year of blogging. It truly isn’t a get-rich scheme or there honestly isn’t a super quick or easy way to get follows or find people who are interested in your blog. There are literally MILLIONS of blogs in the world, all competing for followers, likes and visits.
So, you may be asking my point of this post? Well, it’s to tell you to not get discouraged after reading pin after pin on Pinterest about the blogs earnings thousands…Don’t assume that you are doing something wrong and please please please don’t compare yourself to other blogs or bloggers.
BE YOU. Write content that you are happy about. Spend time on your blog but don’t let that time control you. Chase your passion and know that everything happens in good time.
As I stated earlier, I’m a new blogger, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to connect with bloggers of all seasons. We can all help each other stay positive and find humor in our lack of “overnight” success.
Looking for some other awesome up and coming blogs to check out? I HIGHLY recommend:
Maybe you are wondering how I’m going to spend my earnings for this month? My quarter? I’ll be headed to the mall, and buying myself a .25 cent gumball. (Fingers crossed for a blue one!)