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While most blog income reports are from bloggers who started 3-5 years ago, here’s one for my blog that just launched 9 months ago.
Let’s dive into my blog income report.
1. Blog Income in September 2019: $35,174
My blog hit a few milestones in September.
I passed July’s revenue total of $21k and also hit monthly revenue milestones of $25k, $30k, and $35k for the first time.
Second, my site crossed 100k monthly visitors and my passive affiliate revenue increased by 50% from $12k to $18k.
Let’s look at my blog’s income streams.
- Affiliate Revenue: $18,133
- PodBean $5,486
- Buzzsprout $5,000
- Thinkific $1,582
- Simplecast $1,075
- Teachable $789
- Bluehost $780
- FlexJobs $540
- BigCommerce $510
- Transistor $465
- LearnDash $453
- Learnworlds $384
- Hostinger $280
- Shopify $195
- Adobe $140
- Castos $65
- GetResponse $57
- Skillshare $56
- Smart Podcast Player $55
- Siteground $50
- iPage $48
- Easy Webinar $39
- Amazon Associates $34
- Optinmonster $16
- Captivate $15
- Podia $12
- Campaign Monitor $5
- 3dcart $2
- Digital Product Sales: $368
- SEO and Link Consulting for 8 B2B Clients: $16,712
Expenses in September 2019: $3,593
- Freelance employee: $1,300
- Content writers: $1,200
- Instagram Promotions: $380
- iPhone: $250
- Web development: $150
- Web hosting: $115
- Email marketing: $105
- Adobe CC: $56
- Grammarly: $19
- CDN: $18
Net Profit: $31,581 (89.8% Gross Profit Margin)
Now, onto some key takeaways, traffic stats, and a September recap.
2. September Takeaways:
In September, I made $18,079 from 27 affiliate programs.
First, over 1,000 podcasters have signed up for paid plans based on my hosting recommendations.
In web hosting, I made $1,158 from 16 sales, which is actually down from August. The hosting space is extremely competitive – my article peaked at #12 for “best web hosting” but has hovered around #14-15 on Google since. My ultimate goal is to rank in the top 5 for “best web hosting” but I’ll have to unseat major sites like CNET, Techradar, and PC Mag.
I’m also starting to generate sales from website builders, ecommerce platforms, and webinar software, with Wix, Shopify, BigCommerce, and Easy Webinar entering the mix.
Right now, I’m in over 100 affiliate programs, with 27 bringing in revenue this month. Affiliate marketing is certainly a numbers game and no matter your niche, you need to join a lot of them.
Overall, I increased my passive affiliate income by 50% this month to $18k.
This proves to me that you can start to generate some strong passive income by month 9 (or sooner) with the right strategies.
3. SEO Consulting.
I currently work with 8 clients and provide them with SEO consulting, link building, and brand mention services. My SEO and content marketing consulting revenue increased to $16.7k this month. This income is easy to generate because it is tied to my guest blogging strategy – I would be creating these guest posts to get links anyway. The fact that I can get paid to help others while I do it is a great setup.
Here’s a screenshot of my September invoices:
3. Traffic for September 2019: 133,391 Users (+30.8%)
My blog’s traffic increased 30.8% month-over-month, growing from 101,953 users in August to 133,391 in September. My blog is 90% organic traffic.
Traffic has been increasing by over 30% month over month since January. Here are my visitors per month so far this year:
- 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
I’m seeing a downward trend after the September 24 Google Broad Core Algorithm Update, so I hope to learn more as information is released in the coming weeks.
4. Email Subscribers for September 2019: +1,894
Astonishingly, I only make 1% of my revenue from my email list. As I’ve scaled up my blog’s traffic, I’ve been hyper-focused on increasing affiliate revenue, as it is more passive and easy to manage than digital product sales and courses to a list.
Not that I don’t love everyone on my email list – I do. It just takes more time to manage and answer emails, and time freedom was the reason I started this blog.
However, this is an untapped area for my site I plan to work on more over the following months.
I use ConvertKit for my email marketing and added 1,894 new email subscribers in September to increase my list over 7k.
5. Tasks Completed in September:
- I joined 10+ new affiliate programs.
- I updated my digital product Backlink Blueprint to version 1.2.
- New blog posts:
- 10 new guest posts published for:
- wordable.io (interview)
- cloudways.com (interview)
- Link building:
- 304 new backlinks
- 25 new referring domains with DR over 60
That’s it for my blog’s income report for September 2019.
The purpose of these new blog income reports is to showcase that you can make a sizable income from a brand new blog within months, not years.
If you want to see some of my top-performing affiliate revenue-generating articles, you can check them out here:
- 27 Best Web Hosting Services of 2019
- 11+ Best Podcast Hosting Sites of 2019
- 13+ Best Platforms to Create an Online Course in 2019
Thank you so much for reading – I’m very grateful you found your way here.
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