Welcome to the September 2017 edition of the Money Manifesto blogging income report.
As with every income report, I hope to inspire you to start increasing your income while keeping myself accountable to my goals.
This past year hasn’t been a breakout year for Money Manifesto, but I’m super happy with what I’ve been able to maintain.
My life changed drastically when we had our son late last year.
The fact that I’ve been able to raise him while keeping the blog and my freelancing going seems amazing to me.
Let’s find out how much I made in September, but first, let’s find out what I learned this past month.
What I Learned About Full-Time Blogging This Month
In September, I learned I should say yes to opportunities more often. For whatever reason, I usually try to think of a way to turn down new opportunities. However, over the last few months I’ve found myself saying yes more often.
Saying yes has helped in more ways than one. The biggest way it has helped is with my income. I earned more this month than I have in a while because I said yes to a couple new clients over the last couple months.
While saying yes more often is important, it’s also important not to say yes to everything. I had a couple opportunities pop up that definitely would not have been a good fit, so I had to turn those down.
Even though I had to turn some opportunities down, I’m still looking for more opportunities to say yes to.
September 2017 Self Employment Income – $4,542.15
September was one of the better income months of 2017 coming in at $4,542.15. While I’m not making as much as I used to in my full time job, I’m also not working as many hours as I did in my full time job.
The flexibility has allowed me to work from home and help raise my son, saving us thousands of dollars in day care costs. As long as I can keep my average monthly income above $3,000 we should be set.
Of course, earning more would always be nice.
I’m getting closer to seriously working on my affiliate income. While affiliate income provides some money for me here and there, it isn’t a huge source of income for me yet.
Why am I getting closer to working on my affiliate income? I completed my blog redesign which means I’m on to my next step of Elite Blog Academy. Eventually, I’ll get to a section on affiliate income in the Elite Blog Academy course.
When I do, I’ll be taking Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course which is supposed to be amazing.
I haven’t had any new branded content opportunities lately, but the older opportunities I have had continue to pay off. I don’t actively seek out this type of income, but if the right deal comes my way I’ll take advantage.
Freelance writing continues to be a solid source of income for me. I’ve been working with a couple new clients over the last month or two. One of them seems like they’ll stick around while the other I’m not so sure about.
Either way, I anticipate freelance writing will continue to be a large money maker for me, especially after I attend FinCon later this month.
If you’re looking to get started freelance writing, I highly recommend Holly Johnson’s Earn More Writing course. No, it isn’t free, but you’ll easily earn back the cost of the course and more if you take freelance writing seriously.
For some reason, my traditional advertising income made a large leap this month. I’m hoping this is the new normal, but I’m not counting on it.
I may look into other ad networks while at FinCon to see what they have to offer in hopes of a sustained increase in traditional advertising income.
What I’m Doing To Improve
In September, I finally launched the redesigned MoneyManifesto.com. If you haven’t had a chance, check out the home page and let me know what you think.
In October, I’ll be headed to FinCon, a conference for money bloggers and the money media community.
In addition to learning about ways I can improve Money Manifesto, I usually meet at least a couple new freelance writing clients each year. Hopefully that trend continues this year.
If you’ll be attending FinCon, make sure to find me and say hello.
Start Your Own Blog
Blogging is a great way to build your own platform. This blog is what gave me the opportunity to start freelance writing. If I didn’t start this blog, my first client would never have found me. I never would have gotten bitten by the freelance writing bug.
If you’re going to start a blog, you should make sure you do it the right way. Personally, I suggest a self-hosted WordPress blog using SiteGround.
Being self-hosted means you control everything about your blog. I wouldn’t want to blog any other way.
Bigger bloggers often suggest using BlueHost instead of SiteGround. Unfortunately, they mainly do so because BlueHost has high affiliate payouts and better name recognition. Over time BlueHost’s service and customer service has gone downhill.
I’d rather pay a bit more and get better service and customer service with SiteGround, so that’s why I recommend them.
If you want to start your own blog, I’ve created a step by step tutorial for how to start a self-hosted WordPress blog on SiteGround here.
In next month’s report, I’ll share at least one thing I learned at FinCon. Until then, let me know if you have any questions about blogging income or blogging itself.