April 2017 Money Manifesto Blogging Income Report

Welcome to another edition of the Money Manifesto blogging income report.

April was an interesting month. Unfortunately, it was interesting in a bad way.

Before we get to the details, I want share that I publish these reports to help you, the reader, as well as to help myself.

I hope to inspire you that anything is possible when it comes to making money online. At one point, I thought making money online was a complete scam. Now it is my full time job. It is totally possible.

Additionally, I use these income reports to help inspire myself to continue to make enough to support my family. My income goal is $3,000 each month. The idea of reporting a number lower than that goal keeps me motivated.

What I Learned About Self-Employment This Month

Sometimes self-employment stinks. April was a rough month in more than one way for my business. The month started out with a trip to visit family, which was nice.

However, when I returned I quickly had to work to get ahead again before taking a cruise vacation in the beginning of May.

I had to make sure everything was taken care of before the cruise because we never purchase internet on cruises. That made April a much busier month than usual.

April was a bummer month for another reason, too. It appears that I have lost a client as they quit communicating with me in any fashion. That means much time was spent stressing out in April figuring out how to replace the income I received from the client.

I spent a decent amount of time searching for new clients and more work in April and I’ll update you on the search in my May income report.

April Blogging Income – $2,269.30

April was an awful month income wise. It was the first time since being self employed that I didn’t meet my $3,000 income target.

We have an emergency fund that can help with these situations if they become long term. Thankfully, we didn’t have to dip into the emergency fund because I have so consistently beat my $3,000 per month target.

April’s income was lower for a couple reasons. My website earned less income than usual. Additionally, as I mentioned earlier, I believe I lost a client this month.

Much of the month was spent trying to figure out whether or not I lost the client, so I didn’t spend as much time as I should have looking for new work. Lesson learned.

May could also be low due to the loss of the client, the website slow down and taking time off for a cruise. However, I know I can easily get my income back above the $3,000 a month target within a couple months with a bit of work.

Here’s how I made my income during the month of April.

Freelance Writing

While freelance writing has continued to be a stable source of income for me, losing a client in the month of April hurt. Thankfully, I don’t make all of my freelance writing income from just one client, so I still made money freelance writing in April.

The search is now on for a new writing client. I’ll update you on how the search is going in the May income report.

If you want to get started freelance writing, I highly suggest the Earn More Writing course.

I’ve learned quite a few things as an experienced freelance writer by taking this course. Even if you’ve been writing for a while, the extra money you earn from the tips in this course will more than cover the cost.

Traditional Advertisements

My traffic has remained steady or slightly decreased over the months, so my income from traditional advertisements has followed. I’ll be playing around with which ad networks I use in the near future. Hopefully this improves this part of my income.

Affiliate Income

Affiliate income is something I plan on improving. I’ll be taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course when I get to the appropriate section in Elite Blog Academy. I’m hoping this will greatly improve my affiliate income in the months ahead.

Right now, I only have affiliate income opportunities in a few areas of my blog. That said, they’re products I strongly believe in.

These opportunities help you, my readers, by helping you find great products. It helps me by providing some additional income. It helps the advertisers gain more business. Affiliate marketing is something I’d love to increase since everyone wins with this method.

Sponsored Content

Sponsored content used to be a huge money maker for me when I started my blog. Then one day I realized that the people paying me for sponsored content just wanted benefits in the Google search rankings.

After that day, I decided to only accept sponsored content that benefited my readers and followed Google’s guidelines.

Since that day a couple years ago, sponsored content income has gone down. However, I now am doing things the right way and helping my readers at the same time when useful sponsored content requests come in.

Do You Want To Make Money Online, Too?

Making money online isn’t easy, but it is totally possible. If I had to pin point one thing that led to me starting to make money online, it was starting this blog. This blog has led to many opportunities including freelance writing and monetizing my blog.

If you want to get started with your own blog, I highly suggest starting a WordPress blog that is self-hosted. You can do this by signing up for a hosting plan through SiteGround.

I used to recommended getting hosting through BlueHost, but over the last few months it has become apparent that BlueHost’s offerings are less than stellar. Big bloggers mainly recommend BlueHost because of the name recognition and generous affiliate payouts.

Instead, I recommend SiteGround based on their hosting service and great customer service for a reasonable price. While it can be slightly more expensive than BlueHost, if you’re going to be blogging for the long haul, SiteGround is a much better way to go.

I’m hoping future months result in a growing income. I know this won’t happen overnight. Losing a big client was a major blow, but I know I’ll be able to claw back from it. Check back next month to see how things are going.

Do you have any questions about earning money online? Feel free to leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer your questions.

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