Blog Income Report for May 2020: How I Earned $80,188 This Month
While most Blog Income Reports are from bloggers who started 5+ years ago, here’s one for my blog that launched 17 months ago in January 2019.
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Let’s dive into my blog income report.
1. Blog Income in May 2020: $80,188
May brought new highs for my blog in terms of traffic and revenue. Website traffic increased from 414,389 sessions in April to 444,461 in May. My blog’s revenue increased from $74,484 in April to $80,188 in May.
As many people have asked, this revenue is from organic traffic and I spend $0 on advertising.
I’ve seen a lot of blog income reports recently that state revenues of over $100k, but they don’t disclose how much they spend on Facebook and Google Ads, which can often be upwards of 70% of their stated revenue.
While I spend money on my freelance assistant, content creation, and tools, I spend $0 on advertising and this traffic is all free via Google organic search.
Let’s move on to my blog’s income streams.
Affiliate Marketing Programs:
Overall, I brought in $63,373 from 64 different affiliate programs – a 6% increase over April 2020.
This is a 2,180% increase compared to May of last year (when affiliate revenue was just $2,906).
Some software categories rose and some fell, but overall I increased my affiliate income by $3,590 in May.
Other Revenue Sources:
- Digital Product Sales: $4,515
- SEO and Link Building Consulting for 3 B2B Clients: $12,300
Total revenue in May: $80,188
Expenses in May 2020: $6,089
Besides my fixed expenses, the only ones that increased were my new subscriptions to Brandstrong for graphic design and a bonus I sent my awesome freelance assistant. Here are my expenses for May 2020:
- Freelancer $2,200
- Content $1,540
- Fiverr $399
- CS Software $350
- WP Engine $290
- BrandStrong $259
- CPA $245
- ConvertKit $210
- Ahrefs $179
- Development $155
- Elementor $74
- BigCommerce $64
- Adobe CC $56
- G Suite $38
- Cloudflare $30
Total expenses in May: $6,089
Profit: $74,099 (92.41% Gross Profit Margin)
Here are some interesting blog financial statistics and other leading indicators:
- MoM Revenue Increase: $6,124
- MoM Revenue Increase %: 8.26%
- Passive Revenue: $67,888
- MoM Passive Increase %: 10.86%
- Passive % of Revenue: 84.7%
- Revenue Trailing Quarter: $178,932
- Revenue YTD: $294,166
- Gross Profit YTD $270,867
Now, onto some traffic stats and a May recap.
2. Traffic for May 2020: 444,461 Sessions (+36.3%)
Overall in May 2020 compared to April 2020, I increased my blog traffic from 414,389 to 444,461.
Compared to last year (May 2019), sessions increased by 1,235.8%
With a huge May 2020 Google Algorithm Core Update being released, I saw a slight dip in week-over-week traffic some days but still increased my overall traffic in May. Here are my monthly traffic metrics so far, dating back to January 2019 when I launched my blog:
- 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
- January: 248,910
- February: 231,524
- March: 303,960
- April: 414,389
- May: 444,461
4. Email Subscribers for May 2020: +3,654
As of May 2020, I have over 25k subscribers on my email list.And as this part of my business is about 5% of my revenue, I’m ready to start opening it up to other revenue streams. In the next few months, I plan to launch an in-depth video course on blogging like a business, including keyword research, SEO, using 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 25k.
5. Tasks Completed in May:
- Created a new logo for my site.
- Published 8 new blog posts.
- Added new infographics to my posts on how to start a blog and the best web hosting.
- Published guest posts for WP Dev Shed, The Digital Project Manager, New Breed Marketing, and Boingnet.
- Increased my Alexa Rank from 15,444 to 13,432.
That’s it for my Blog Income Report for May 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.
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great inspiration, thanks for sharing all of these tips . well done, gearing up to 100K a month.
Thanks! And that’s the goal haha.
Hi Adam, thanks so much for the inspirational reports. Great motivator for many bloggers.
I just wanted to ask, what social sharing plugin are you using for your site? And what security plugin do you use or recommend to keep your site safe?
Hey Ranj – great questions. Currently I use Grow by Mediavine Social Pro for social sharing. I also recommend WordFence for security. I have a developer friend of mine that I pay each month for blog maintenance.
Wow Adam, I have recently started my blog with the goal to monetize it like you seem to have successfully done, obviously, but I’m in my second month and I have truly been slacking. Do you have the report for January 2019? Thanks for posting your content!
Hey Ricky, I wish you the best with your blog. I didn’t start the income reports right away, but my earliest is from May 2019. You can see them all here: https://www.adamenfroy.com/blog-income-reports
thanks for shairing this post
Wow. Have to say you are a true inspiration Adam.
The quality and how in-depth you go into your income reports are something I really enjoy reading and are very aspirational.
Having recently launched my own blog myself, there’s plenty of insight I can get from these and your blog in general.
Much more success to you and keep up the amazing work!
Thanks Terence – I appreciate it!
Short of words than “you’re an inspiration and doing absolutely great”.
Still following you step by step and I hope to have good success. Thanks.
I will share the content ASAP. Thanks one more time.
Thank you 🙂
very nice blog. so much hardwork and technical skills involved.
thank you for inspiring us adam
Thanks for reading Ketan.
Thanks Adam, I inspired from you and launched an affiliate marketing blog.
That’s great Raaj – thanks. 🙂
Thank you Chad – much appreciated.
Very very congratulations Adam!
I like the way you explained each and everything to your readers…
Really appreciate 🙂 Thanks for sharing
No problem Muhammad – thanks for reading.
Amazing work! Huge congrats! Love the new logo, btw
Thanks Sarah. 🙂
Wowswer! That is totally crazy but inspiring!!! I am still working on all your advice. Got some guestposts done but finding it hard getting the ones on the high DA sites. On the upside, I made $60 yesterday hahah, not quite in your league but working on adding those zeros….:)
Hey, that’s still good! It took me a while to get my first $60 so keep it up! 🙂
Fantastic and inspirational. I predict you’ll hit 100K by July! You’ll definitely eclipse once you start email marketing to your file. 🙂
Thanks Ricardo! 🙂
This is insane. I wish I could earn only $400 on my blog
Thanks for sharing these income reports, they are inspiring and helpful!
No problem, Lily. Thanks for reading. 🙂
Thank you for sharing your income reports.
It’s really inspired bloggers like me.
Thanks for reading Kundan.
Great work Adam. You are my biggest inspiration I look up to in this ‘blogging like a business’ journey. Thank you
Thanks for the nice comment Adhra. 🙂
WOW, I am so blessed and inspired by your success , Blogs and teachings …Thanks so so much with Love…!
thanks dude! as a new blogger, it certainly boosts our energy. this would be help a lot for us.
I love this! It really inspired me but my question is that why are you not using adsense in your blog?
I personally don’t like ads and would rather have better UX than a few extra thousand per month.
Hi Adam.. I am planning to start on affiliate marketing & blogging ..your views and in depth analysis has given me a strength to start & scale it..thanks
great post, im a top rated seller freelancer in the market research niche , i plan to start a blog to write about market insights around the globe , best performing industries and help startup businesses understand their markets , do you see this as a good niche to start blogging about ? also i want to know if you have the option to be my mentor and help me throughout the process of building my website/blog.
I think this could be a good niche idea. 🙂
While I don’t offer 1:1 mentoring/coaching, we have a private Facebook community that you can join if you sign up for my email list. I help answer questions in that group and a lot of other smart people are in there that should be able to help out!
I like this and more inspired than any other time before
I just want to say thank you, Adam.
$1 from Amazon Associates…
This is inspiring, Adam!
First: Is Adsense different from Google Ads? A fan here commented on 21 June 2020 about not using Adsense, and your reply on 22 June 2020 was, ‘I personally don’t like ads and would rather have better UX than a few extra thousand per month.’ But I do see catfish and sidebar Google Ads. Could you explain the difference between the two?
By the way, I like that you have a disclaimer on your post. Not all bloggers bother to add any to their sites, and I wonder how they manage to evade the regulators.
Thanks again for this inspiring post!
Thank you for the great content you share. I am just starting my blog ( in french), and I am wondering if I should buy backlinks or not! Especially when I see all the websites on SERP bumped with back SEO juice. They call it netlinking in french, and it is a common practice among all bloggers. I mean I can check their backlinks using semrush and they all do buy links.
I would love to move faster and also be able to compete with these sites, i also can afford this type of campaign. But I m worried that with future Google updates I will lose all my work.
What would you advise?
I don’t recommend you buy links, but work to build them yourself with quality content, relationship building, and guest blogging. When you pay for links you often can’t control where they come from which leads to lower quality. Google has been cracking down on it.
Nice one Adam! I love your zeal in helping others to be successful as well. I still need more light on affiliate marketing. I’m an affiliate member on Fiverr.
I am more than happy that I came across your website. I do not think there is a blogger like you out there who is so transparent and loves to share insights which will help newcomers like me to learn and do better.
It seems like more time I spend reading your blogs, more I learn.
Much more success to you !
That’s awesome – thanks!
I came across this blog yesterday and I love it. And I would love to get some help because I just opened up my site and I have not yet posted any content. Though am hoping to change the name of the site.
Earlier in the blog you said we join the email list where you will provide us with some useful I information on this matter.