Welcome to my April 2020 blog income report. While it’s been another crazy month everywhere in the world due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences, blogging business has been going well and I’m working on new things that I can’t wait to share with you.
Read on to see what happened in April 2020 on Let’s Reach Success and in my business.
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April 2020 Blog Income Report
I earned a total of $4,552 in April 2020 from my blogging business.
Please keep in mind that’s gross income. A lot of it goes for fees I pay to other platforms, transaction fees, paying my own taxes (close to 30% of my income), insurance and pension. Here you can see all income reports.
Proof of Income
Here are some screenshots showing some of the revenue:
- Ad revenue from Mediavine
- Course sales
- Book sales
- Affiliate income from Teachable
Earnings from each income stream:
Sponsored content – $2,395
*My income from sponsored content is earned through online marketplaces for bloggers and advertisers (2 examples include ValuedVoice and SeedingUp ) as well as networking with brands via email.
Mediavine – $1,054
(See How to Make Money with Mediavine)
Launch Your Blog Biz
Blog Biz Bundle
Total Affiliate Income – $664
Books – $106
Courses – $333
Financial Freedom Through Blogging
Total Sales: $439
TOTAL (Gross Income): $4,552
- ConvertKit – $198
- WPX Hosting – $0 (paid yearly)
- Teachable – $0 (paid yearly)
- Accountant – €181 (paid quarterly)
- Domain renewal – €18
- Mobile Plan – €27
- ProveSource – $10.50
- Health Insurance – €121
- PayPal fees – $145
- Teachable fees – $28
- Affiliate payouts – $50
Traffic has been staying at one level these months and around 10K page views come from social media, mostly Pinterest.
I keep pinning almost daily but this time don’t add to group boards, re-pin to other of my boards or schedule using a tool as I did before. Now, I follow the new Pinterest practices and am still seeing the same results as before, but will much less effort.
Email Subscribers Update
New Subscribers: 713
Total list size: 4,102
My email list is growing every next month and so many people also respond to my emails, ask questions, give feedback and want to get in touch with me. That’s yet another thing that happened once I took email marketing seriously and switched to ConvertKit.
Now, my email welcome series is designed to connect with new subscribers in a way that provides as much value as possible and encourages them to reach out and share their struggles so I can help them with better content and products.
I did a lot of product work last month and keep working on that this month too.
First it was updating the bonuses in Financial Freedom Through Blogging. It’s crazy how much can change in 1 or 2 years in my business as I learn more, design better downloadable files, use different brand colors, and want to include better tips.
So it makes sense to update everything I’ve created, not just the free content here on the blog.
Aside from updating the bonus material (such as printables, cheat sheets and other goodies for students of the course), I organized them better. Some are now placed at the end of the Module they belong to, not at the end of the course itself.
Also, I changed the structure of some modules to make them more digestible and there are now Bonus lessons in the course. I improved the sales page too so now the bonus material is described in a much more appealing way.
In addition, I added a new printable (a Password Tracker) to the Blog Planner Bundle, updated my welcome email series and worked on new freebies for subscribers that I’ll be sharing with you soon.
I’ve been asked about blog coaching by potential and current students (and have basically been providing that service for some time now without knowing), so it’s now an official part of the course!
Students of Financial Freedom Through Blogging have direct access to me (via email) and we can discuss anything related to the blog they are about to start, just started, or have launched a year or two ago but haven’t grown.
I’ll answer all their questions at every stage of the journey, will provide a professional blog audit, and will revisit their content strategy, SEO strategy, email marketing plan, traffic and monetization game plans.
$1K Blogger: My New Course
Big news! I finally decided what my next product would be, outlined it, and even started working on it.
It’s $1K Blogger, a video course for beginner bloggers looking to earn passive income while at their regular job.
I’m constantly asked to create a simpler and shorter version of Financial Freedom Through Blogging (and also a cheaper one, of course) for those of you who don’t necessarily want to turn their blog into a full-time business, but want to start a blog and grow it to $1K, and have that extra income while working their full-time job at the same time.
Well, here it is. I’ve published the sales page, the whole first module and the course is now open for enrollment with an early bird price. You can learn more about it here.
I’m taking a lot of care of my Teachable school now (it’s where all my courses are) as thousands of students have enrolled in the free courses, I run affiliates, and manage students in the paid programs too. So there’s quite a lot going on there.
I decided to add social proof to the sales pages of all courses to show those thinking of enrolling that many others did it just today or in the last few days.
That builds credibility and trust and is a simple technique that makes people comfortable with a new product.
The social proof can be seen in the bottom left corner – it displays people who enrolled in other courses of mine, their name and location.
I actually checked all available social proof tools out there, free and paid, and played a lot with them all to find the most convenient one.
The only one that answered my criteria is ProveSource and I’m now paying monthly for it.
Let me start with the 2 new interviews I published last month. The first one is with Annette from The Bucket List Journey – a woman who’s been crossing items off her bucket list for as long as she can remember and who even built a business around it.
She started a bucket list blog which turned into an award-winning website in the travel and lifestyle industries, and she helps people come up with new ideas for their bucket lists as well as accomplish them.
She also earns over $10K/month from it, and tells me all about how she started the blog, sustains her travel lifestyle, and the best memories she’s made, in our interview.
Read Annette’s story here.
The next interview is about earning passive income through Amazon. If you aren’t sure what Amazon offers and need some motivation to give it a try, check out the story of Winnie who makes over $2K/month.
Some cool things you’ll learn are:
- how she went from being diagnosed with a bipolar disorder to becoming location independent, traveling and making money online
- what her first side hustle was and why it failed
- how she monetizes her blog
- how many passive income streams she has and what they are
- what got her into Kindle publishing and whether it’s profitable for anyone
- how to publish a book on Amazon that will make you money forever
Her story truly inspired me. Winnie has achieved a lot online, knows her business model pretty well and now teaches others how to do the same.
Other articles worth checking out:
- March 2020 Blog Income Report
- How to Keep Your Small Business Recession-Proof
- How to Make Money from Home as a Freelance Bookkeeper
- 4 Tips for Optimizing Your Amazon Business
New to Blogging? Check Out These Resources
Start a Blog
What is a Blog and How Does Blogging Work?
How to Start a Blog That Makes $1000/Month: A Beginner’s Guide
How Much Does It Cost to Build a Blog (+ My Blogging Expenses)
Financial Freedom Through Blogging – My Ultimate Course for Bloggers Looking to Start, Grow and Monetize a Blog and Become Their Own Bosses
Grow Your Blog
8 Ways to Boost Your Blog Traffic
How I Got 103, 231 Page Views and Made $4,305 from My Blog in 1 Month
Pinterest Traffic Avalanche: A Solution for Beginner Bloggers to Drive 10,000 – 100,000+ FREE Monthly Visitors to Your Blog – on Autopilot!
Make More Money Blogging
How to Make Money Blogging
How Many Page Views Do You Need to Make Money Blogging?
How to Make $50,000/Year Blogging from Home
How This Stay at Home Mom Earns $30K/Month Blogging and Retired Her Husband at 30
How These Highest-Paid Bloggers Earn Over $100K/Month
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing (The Ultimate Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners, Created by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents Who Earns $100K/Month Blogging)
How I Earned $250 from 1 Sponsored Post on My Blog
That’s it for this month’s blog income report. Hope you enjoyed it!