Blog Income Report for April 2020: How I Earned $74,484 This Month

April 2020 Blog Income Report

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While most Blog Income Reports are from bloggers who started 5+ years ago, here’s one for my blog that launched 16 months ago in January 2019.

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Let’s dive into my blog income report.

1. Blog Income in April 2020: $74,484

April brought some new highs for my blog in terms of both traffic and revenue. Website traffic increased from 303,960 in March to 414,389 in April. Blog revenue also increased from $61,666 to $74,484, with affiliate income increasing by another 33.6%.

Ready? Let’s move on to my blog’s income streams. 

Affiliate Marketing Programs:

Overall, I brought in $59,783 from 62 different affiliate programs for an average of $964 per program in April

This was an increase from $44,720 in March to $59,783 in April for a 33.6% increase. I believe these month-over-month increases will continue as most of the sales I’m generating for SaaS brands provide recurring affiliate commissions. So even if some customers drop off, the uptick in new sign-ups should see consistent gains.

The biggest revenue increases came from certain software categories:

  • Online courses increased by 83.8% with higher conversion rates.
  • Web hosting increased by 58.6% as my article on web hosting got to page 1 on Google for “best web hosting” and my articles on how to start a blog and how to make money blogging saw rankings increases too.
  • Webinar tools increased by 29%, with steady traffic and more recurring commissions.

New categories also saw big revenue increases for the first time, including database software and graphic design software.

My graphic design article brought in $1,516 from Adobe, a 354% increase from March. I also generated $604 from Knack for the first time – the tool I’m promoting in my database software article. I also rank for screenwriting software terms and started generating revenue for Final Draft after finally joining their affiliate program in Shareasale.

Overall, it was a steady mix of traffic with a good blend of affiliate programs – 62 programs brought in revenue and 20 programs generated in at least $500/month.

Based on commission rates, I estimate that my blog is currently generating over $200k in monthly sales for SaaS companies.

Please note: I must keep a few affiliate programs hidden due to their requirements and personal deals we have together.

  • WebinarJam $XX,XXX
  • Bluehost $7,655
  • Thinkific $X,XXX
  • Buzzsprout $X,XXX
  • Constant Contact $2,165
  • Demio $2,141
  • Kajabi $1,736
  • Learnworlds $1,572
  • Adobe $1,516
  • PodBean $1,294
  • Shipbob $1,290
  • FlexJobs $1,230
  • Teachable $1,039
  • Simplecast $1,025
  • LearnDash $985
  • WebinarNinja $885
  • GoToWebinar $800
  • Transistor $784
  • Knack $604
  • Livestorm $500
  • ClickMeeting $385
  • Canva $297
  • Site123 $246
  • Skylum $235
  • Hostinger $210
  • Skillshare $203
  • Sendinblue $200
  • Wix $200
  • Captivate $185
  • Final Draft $180
  • GetResponse $136
  • Easy Webinar $128
  • BigCommerce $120
  • LinkedIn Learning $119
  • Airbnb $100
  • M1 Finance $100
  • Resume.io $98
  • HostGator $90
  • Blubrry $88
  • Shopify $87
  • A2 Hosting $85
  • Awin $60
  • Amazon Associates $51
  • Dreamhost $50
  • Siteground $50
  • Corel $47
  • SEMRush $40
  • Fiverr $40
  • Aweber $39
  • Renderforest $36
  • Podia $35
  • Castos $27
  • Script Reader Pro $25
  • Screencast-o-matic $24
  • Leadpages $23
  • LiquidWeb $20
  • Swagbucks $15
  • Creative Market $13
  • WP Rocket $10
  • Visme $8
  • Spocket $5
  • Namecheap $2

Other Revenue Sources:

  • Digital Product Sales: $1,876
  • SEO and Link Building Consulting for Four B2B Clients: $12,825

Total revenue in April: $74,484

Expenses in April 2020: $5,300

Besides my fixed expenses, the only ones that increased were my new subscriptions to Clearscope and my annual payments for OptinMonster and Grammarly.

Here are my expenses for April 2020:

  • Content $1,815
  • Freelancer $1,200
  • OptinMonster $588
  • Clearscope $350
  • WP Engine $290
  • CPA $245
  • Ahrefs $179
  • Development $155
  • ConvertKit $149
  • Grammarly $140
  • BigCommerce $64
  • Adobe CC $56
  • G Suite $38
  • Cloudflare $25
  • DMCA Agent $6

Total expenses in April: $5,300

Net Profit: $69,184 (92.88% Gross Profit Margin)

Here are some interesting blog financial statistics and other leading indicators:

  • MoM Revenue Increase: $12,818
  • MoM Revenue Increase Percentage: 20.8%
  • Passive Revenue: $61,659
  • MoM Passive Increase Percentage: 34.6%
  • Passive % of Sales: 82.8%
  • Revenue Trailing Quarter: $139,899
  • Revenue YTD: $214,383
  • Gross Profit YTD: $197,173
  • Gross Profit Trailing Quarter: $127,989
  • 2020 Static Revenue Forecast: $643,149

Now, onto some traffic stats and an April recap.

2. Traffic for April 2020: 414,389 Sessions (+36.3%)

Overall in April 2020 compared to March 2020, I increased my web traffic from 303,960 to 414,389.

Compared to last year (April 2019), sessions increased by 1,940%:

April 2020 Google Analytics Traffic

Here are my monthly traffic metrics so far, dating back to January 2019 when I launched my blog:

2019

  • January: 1,147
  • February: 2,055
  • March: 7,672
  • April: 16,920
  • May: 34,261
  • June: 46,355
  • July: 76,926
  • August: 105,056
  • September: 133,391
  • October: 141,348
  • November: 143,705
  • December: 178,021

2020

  • January: 248,910
  • February: 231,524
  • March: 303,960
  • April: 414,389

4. Email Subscribers for April 2020: +4,305

As of April 2020, I have over 21k subscribers on my email list. And as this part of my business is less than 1.5% of my revenue, I’m ready to start opening it up to other revenue streams. I plan to launch some video courses to tackles in-depth topics like keyword research, SEO, WordPress, and affiliate marketing.

But for now, just know that I’m adding around 150 email subscribers per day and my list is now over 21k.

5. Tasks Completed in April:

  • Published new articles on the following topics:
    • Best Backup Software
    • Best Invoicing Software
    • Best YouTube to MP3 Converters
    • Top Skills to Add to Your Resume
  • Published guest posts for Cyberchimps and WPeka.
  • Created a Backlink Blueprint and Affiliate Advantage product bundle.
  • Increased my Alexa Rank from 17,293 to 15,444.

That’s it for my Blog Income Report for April 2020.

The purpose of these new blog income reports is to showcase that with the right strategies, it doesn’t take years to make a substantial income.

Thank you so much for reading – I’m very grateful you found your way here.

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13 Comments

  1. hie Adam
    your website is so helpful and i have subscribed your mailing list on your 7 day course
    can you please assist me on how i can operate if i am in Africa

    1. Hey there, thanks for joining my email list. 🙂 Make sure to join the Private Facebook Group so that our group of new bloggers and I can help you.

  2. Hey Adam,

    I am curious about getting into blogging but i don’t have any idea about it, I’m new to this blogging arena, how do i start and could i blog about sports and even sell merchandise?

    1. Hey Demeatrius, I have a lot of resources on this. Please check out my guide on how to start a blog under by “Best Content” section and you can join my email list for a 7-day, 10,000+ word email series, and blog launch checklist.

  3. Sir, I found your website today and gave me motivation.
    I’m a 16-year-old guy trying to start a website where reviews and comparisons of electronics are done. ( I want to first earn commission through Amazon and then after earning a good amount in some years launch it as e-commerce website) I found this niche after some research and it looked profitable along with the presence of low competition.
    I’ve just skimmed through your 7-day course and there you said first step to earn by consulting services and all that. But in this niche, I think it’s not pragmatic to do something like consulting.

    My question is that: Could you please tell me how do I get started? (I’m currently learning about different electronics and researching Amazon for the products.)

  4. Hey Adam,

    You are really killing it and making cool money. I really hope to be like you soon. Thanks for sharing quality information that helps upcoming bloggers like me grow. I have already subscribed to your mailing list!

    I love the fact that you preach treating one’s blog as a startup. But it looks like hiring writers, buying option software, paying for hosting and so on can be capital intensive. But I won’t give up.

    Quick question though… Would you recommend setting up a lead option software like Optin Monster from the launch of a new blog without traffic yet or later when the traffic starts building up?

    1. Thanks for your nice comment.

      If money is an issue, you could start with a simple embedded Mailchimp form in your posts to start since it’s free. Then once you hit around 500-1,000 visitors/month you could start using OptinMonster.

    1. Most freelance writers are paid per word. Rates can range from $0.03 per word to $0.25 per word. You can usually find good writers in the $0.05 – $0.10 range.

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