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It’s amazing I am writing a blog income report two months into blogging. I knew when I started a blog if I ever made money, I would share that information with my readers. I had no idea what to expect, so I set a goal of $20 in the first 6 months. Obviously I surpassed that already with 4 months to go! Here are the statistics for Journey to SAHM in April along with how I made $87.67 my second month blogging and how you can too!
My Top 5 Articles in April
Blog Income Report Stats
Month two saw a 100% increase! My page views jumped from 4,669 to 9,291 in just one month! I used Pinterest to get the majority of my views, but also have Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Organic searches as well. If you haven’t already, check out my article on How I Got 4,600 Views My First Month as a New Blogger for tips to increase your page views.
My Blog Income Report
My income came from 4 sources ranging from $.15 to $60. Here is a quick breakdown. I will explain each in detail below.
Amazon Affiliate Program: $15.86
Shop Style Collective Affiliate Program: $.15
Amazon Affiliate Program
Amazon’s program is pretty easy. You can place text links and pictures to link to specific Amazon products. They also have a way to include related or recently viewed products. Amazon has one big rule. You must make 3 sales within 90 days or you risk being kicked out of the program. I had already signed up for the program before seeing this expectation and was a little nervous. I’m not sure why I was nervous. I ended April, my first month with Amazon, with 27 orders for a total of $15.86.
Trying to find a great way to monetize with Amazon so you can create your own blog income report? Check out my post that lists the Best Toddler Games for 2 Year Olds for some inspiration on how to set up a successful post. This post is honest, useful, and truly something I wish was around for my daughter. It includes personal recommendations and required a lot of research to select the best products.
Google Adsense is a great first step in monetizing a new blog. I originally applied for Google Adsense as soon as my blog went live. That was a mistake and my application was rejected for lack of content. Google doesn’t want to approve a website until you can prove you have enough content to call yourself an actual website and are dedicated to writing new content. After about 2 weeks I applied again. I figured I had enough content to get me approved. I was wrong and was rejected again.
After being rejected that second time, I went into Google Adsense and started to research how long I should wait to apply to ensure I was approved. During this research, I came across an old account from a blog I had in college a decade ago. It was a small blog that I had no idea how to monetize. Apparently I had set up Google Adsense at some point and the account was still active. I applied to have my address changed (they mail you a code, which took 2 weeks), then added my current blog to the account.
If you are a new blogger, I recommend waiting until you have at least 20 posts and a full month under your belt before applying. From there, you may only gain a few cents a day, but it will start to add up. It will also increase as your viewers increase.
Shop Style Collective
As you can tell, I didn’t do much with Shop Style Collective. I just signed up for the affiliate program at the end of the month and started experimenting with it. This affiliate program pays per click you get to the website, not the actual order. It averages at about 5 cents per click, so we will see if I stay focused on this one and if I can make more money in my blog income report next month.
In the month of April, I partnered with two companies to write product reviewa on my website in exchange for their products. I also held a giveaway for one of these companies and recently got to notify the winners! I used Collabor8 to work with these brands. Read on to learn about the app.
Here are the two product review posts:
Collabor8 is a mobile app that allows brands and influencers to connect. You can browse through the brands and “request” to work with them. Each brand can either accept or reject your offer to start negotiating. Once the brand accepts, you are free to communicate back and forth to agree on a deal. The app gives you free range to talk and doesn’t restrict you in filling out certain forms to apply.
One setback on this app is responsiveness from companies. I applied to about 20 brands and heard back from 3. They rest were left in a pending status and I never heard back from them. If a brand doesn’t respond within a week or 2, I cancel my collaboration request with them. No one wants to work with a company they can’t get a hold of and this app is the first impression to most influencers.
Next month I plan to focus on monetizing my blog a little more frequently and pushing for more results. I hope to hit 10,000 page views to show growth on the blog as well!