Blogging Income Report: August 2019

August has come and gone, and its time for another income report. August was a less profitable month because I didn’t write any sponsored posts. I actually lost money this month, but there are a few expenses that I found necessary to continue the growth of my blog. I faced some new challenges and engaged with some new communities this month. So I’m here to tell you what I learned and where I struggled. This is my blogging income report for August 2019.

Blogging Income Report: August 2019

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase using one of my links I will receive a small commission, this comes at no cost to you. Thank you for supporting this blog.

My Costs for August:

The biggest cost I had this month was for an SSL certificate. I spent 55.99 to make this site more secure, for both your benefit and my own. I probably should have purchased the SSL when I started up the blog, but I waited a couple of months and got a discounted price because of it.

My other cost this month was running ads. I wanted to get some idea of what ad platforms would work best for my blog, so promoted a couple of posts on Facebook and Pinterest. I spent 10.00 to boost a post on Facebook, and a total of 17.00 between three promoted pins on Pinterest.

SSL Certificate: 55.99
Facebook Ad: 10.00
Pinterest Ads: 17.00

Total: – $82.99

What didn’t work this month:

This month I really focused more on traffic than monetization, because without growing my audience I’m not going to see the kind of returns I’d like without readers. So my biggest fail this month was making money.

Sponsored Posts:

I didn’t do any sponsored posts this month. Which if you read my income report for July 2019, you’ll know is where I made essentially all of my money. Intellifluence had fewer opportunities available for me this month, and I explored a few other avenues for sponsored posts/products but I didn’t find anything that was quite the right fit.

Sponsored Post Income: 0.00

Amazon Associates:

I cannot seem to get my first Amazon sale. I did have more success than last month with Amazon though. My click rate increased significantly on one particular post by changing the type of ads I was displaying. So while I ultimately did not make a sale this month, I do now have a game plan to hopefully catch that first sale next month.

Amazon Associates Income: 0.00

Subscriptions:

I’ve been nervous about setting up an e-mail subscriber list because I’m not big on subscribing to anything. I took the plunge this month however and set up subscriptions through MailChimp. I have 3 subscribers so far, they’ve received my automated welcome message, but I haven’t set up any campaigns yet. I’m hoping to put together some sort of freebie to offer in September, and launch it late in the month (or maybe in October).

E-Mail Marketing: 0.00

What is working this Month:

I was able to almost double my traffic with the help of Pinterest, Facebook, and Tailwind. So while my monetization strategies may look grim to the untrained eye, things are actually looking just how I want them too. Amazon Associates aside, I really didn’t spend much time with affiliate marketing this month – I wanted to work on building my audience.

Tailwind:

Tailwind is an extremely powerful platform. I was able to schedule a ton of pins and meet my Pinterest monthly views goal thanks to Tailwind. My repins went up consistently every week, and the analytics that this platform offers are so much more intuitive than those you receive from using just Pinterest alone. On average I’m gaining 81 followers a week since I started using tailwind, and getting around 85 domain pins (the domain pins are largely due to facebook, however).

Something I’m really excited about is that Pinterest video publishing is now available with Tailwind as well, so I’m definitely going to give this a try in September.

Display Advertising:

I hated on Adsense a little bit last month because I only made a penny. This month I didn’t do much better if you’re only looking at the numbers, but if you’re thinking in terms of percentage increase – I did a lot better than I expected. That’s why I’m calling my display ads a win this month, even though I only made $1.07 in ad revenue. I made a little bit more each day, and I can easily see how this is correlating to my increase in traffic.

Google Adsense Income: $1.07

Facebook:

I had two real wins and one real headache with Facebook this month. Overall though it was my biggest traffic driver for August. I have been a part of a handful of really awesome Facebook groups since I started this blog. For the first 3 weeks of this month, I really amped up my involvement in the promotion threads and created some good relationships with a few other bloggers I’ve met there. If you’re an aspiring blogger, I highly recommend you get involved in some of these groups. I plan on doing a post in the next month or so about which ones have been the most helpful for me, so keep an eye out for that.

I also boosted a post for 10 dollars on my Facebook page. I learned a lot from this experience. Firstly that if you have text on the picture for your boosted post – Facebook will not like it, and it will not do well. Secondly, you can turn on an Instagram Ad without changing your budget and it will do much better. I gained a significant amount of followers and got more link clicks back to my blog than I had planned to on such a small budget with this ad, and they were all from Instagram.

Pinterest Ads:

Most of my Pinterest traffic was due to Tailwind, but I did set up 3 promoted pins, and they all did well. One, in particular, did better than the rest though, and it gave me some important insight on how to set up my pins. I also played around with Canva a bit more this month and created a few pins there. For all the hype, my Canva pins didn’t do as well as the ones I’ve been creating with Over. (I do like Canva for creating eye-catching Instagram posts though, they have some really nice templates) I plan to continue using both apps this month because I like some variety.

August Stats & September Goals

The goals I set for August were:

Facebook: 110 Followers
Instagram: 400 Followers
Pinterest: 2500 Followers / 30K Monthly Viewers

Analytics:
I would like to see at least 500 users in August. 

New Posts: 10

Income: 
$200

Here are my actual stats for August:

Facebook: 131 Followers
Instagram: 281 Followers
Pinterest: 1,850 Followers / 42K Monthly Viewers
E-Mail Subscribers: 3

Analytics: 608 Users / 801 Sessions / 1.2K Pageviews

New Posts: 6

Income:

Negative $81.92

I exceeded my goals for Facebook and Blog Traffic significantly. My Instagram has been more difficult for me to grow than I anticipated, but I plan on doing a bit of a revamp there in the coming months, so I’m not terribly worried about it. I didn’t hit my Pinterest follower goal, but I did increase my monthly viewers by far more than I anticipated. I had a lot going on this month outside of the blogging world, gave me less time to write new posts, but I did spend considerable time on the ones I did post and I am happy with the content I delivered.

September Goals:

Facebook: 175 Followers
Instagram: 320 Followers
Pinterest: 2,500 Followers / 60K Monthly Viewers
E-Mail Subscribers: 10

Analytics: 800 Users / 1,200 Sessions / 2,000 Pageviews

New Posts: 8

Income: $50.00

I decided to scale back on a few of my goals this month. I’ve been asked to work for a bunch of overtime at my day job, because of the hurricane. We do work with catastrophe insurance claims so things are ramping up, so I will likely have less time for promotion. That said, I still want to stay on an upward trend traffic-wise, and see some positive income for September. I’ve set my content goal at 2 posts per week, although I’ll be happy if I get at least 4 published.

Helpful Blogging Tools:

Tailwind Tribes & Video Publishing will definitely be platforms I continue to utilize to keep up with Pinterest. I’ve said it before, but this is the most helpful tool I’ve come across thus far.

I’m still working with a few affiliate marketing platforms, I neglected them this last month, but I’ll be making more efforts to grow my affiliate marketing income in the next month.

I started using Grammarly this last month as well, and I can’t write a post without it now. I didn’t realize how many small mistakes I was making until I started using it. If you are blogging, creating content, or just writing for the sake of writing, you should definitely check it out.

Grammarly Writing Support

Well, that’s my Blogging Income Report for August, let me know how you think I’m doing in the comments. I’m also happy to answer questions about my theme, any of my posts, or blogging in general if you would like to contact me directly.

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51 thoughts on “Blogging Income Report: August 2019

  1. Thank you for sharing! I am also trying to grow my page and would love to be able to eventually monetize. I’m definitely going to be checking out Tailwind now!

    1. It’s such a helpful tool, you can get a free trial as well if your just wanting to test it out. 😀

  2. Wow, this post got me, but I did like it when you said you lost money almost $80, I would love you to see that as an investment you made.

    Anyway sorry for adsense earning which is $1 am sure you will do great in times to come.

    I will also suggest you go into freelancing, here is a trick to get tons of freelance writing job https://mitrobe.com/2019/09/02/freelance-writing-job/ check it out and let it add to your monthly revenue.

    Thanks

    1. I absolutely look at it as an investment. My blog is still pretty new, so I expect to have months like this before my income really takes off 🙂 I have been looking into freelancing as well, but my main focus right now is to build this blog. I appreciate the feedback!

  3. Super helpful to finally see an honest review and your stats. I was never able to tell whether I’m currently doing okay or bad and seeing other peoples reports is helpful!! Also Amazon never worked for me either 🙁

    1. Thanks, I think it’s important to be honest about what it takes to run a blog. It’s definitely not always easy. I’m hoping I will start to see some Amazon revenue soon, theres a learning curve for sure.

  4. Wow, I truly appreciate you are open about this part of blogging as well. For me as for a new blogger it’s very informative and helpful. I’m very glad I found your blog! 🙂

    1. Thanks! I’m glad you’ve found it helpful 🙂

  5. Wow, this is actually very nice. I only had one sponsored post before and I’m still on the ropes of learning how to attract more possible sponsors for my contents. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. Great blog income report, even if you didn’t reach your goals! It’s still important to keep learning and growing over time and making progress little by little. I have to keep reminding myself of that to stay motivated, lol. Hoping you and I both will soon have some bigger numbers to share for future blog income reports!

  7. Thank you for sharing your monthly report. I feel like in anything we have some months that are more productive than others. Wishing the best for September.

    1. Thanks, wishing you the best too!

  8. Love your truthful and honest blog income report. Thank you.

    1. Thanks for reading!

  9. I love reading income reports as I find them so imformative. Thanks for sharing. My goal for September is to increase my traffic and also be more conistent with pinterest

    1. Check out Tailwind if you haven’t already, it’s a life saver for Pinterest.

  10. This blog income Report is really motivational for the bloggers like me 😊
    Thank you for sharing everything honestly in this Blogging income Report.
    Happy Blogging.

    1. Thanks Vanesh!

  11. WOW… and I thought I wasn’t making any money with Adsense.

    1. Haha, yeah, at least I can see it growing all the time though.

  12. Wow, such an elaborate post. I think I should also start calculating this and keeping a note.

    1. I find it helpful to keep track of my goals, and I like to share what’s going on.

  13. Thank you for sharing this! I think that it is nice that there is transperancy in this type of stuff

    1. There’s definitely a ton of ‘I made tons of money’ posts out there, and I think there should be a balance. It’s a lot of hard work to grow a blog.

  14. Wish you all the best and thanks for sharing the income report. Can you please tell me starting your blog after how many months you applied for Google Adsense? I am puzzled here.

    1. I applied in my second month of blogging, and it took me 3-4 weeks to get approval.

  15. Thank you so much for this honest report! I have been always wondering how it would in reality work out for us. I was never sure about fb boost, do you think it works?

    1. I didn’t have a lot of luck with the boost on facebook it self, but I shared the boosted post to instagram as well and it did much better there.

  16. Thanks for sharing. It’s really inreresting to see how other bloggers are doing!

    1. Thanks for reading

  17. I really enjoy seeing these transparent and helpful updates. I really feel like you are investing in your blog and think it’s the right thing to do–even though you may not see an immediate return I believe it will pay off in the long run.

    1. Yes! I see it as an investment as well, and I’m always learning, so I’m just staying positive that things will pick up in the future.

  18. Love the honesty. I’ve seen way too many posts titled things like “How I made $2,000 my first month blogging!” and those are obviously not real, or at least, not normal experiences! I’m having a similar time with my blog – Also have only made a few cents a day on AdSense so far, but the important thing is that you are seeing growth! Best wishes to you!

    1. Absolutely! I think its important to show that it can be a struggle to get a blog up and running, and it takes a lot of work and investment. I’m excited to be seeing growth every month though. I love your blog as well, and I think will both start seeing more blogging income as time goes by!

  19. I enjoyed reading your perspective. It is nice to see another blogger sharing real numbers and seeing that it starts slow, so be patient. thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks Julie!

  20. This is so helpful. Got some great insights.

    1. I’m so glad you found it helpful, thank you for reading!

  21. I love breakdowns like this, it’s interesting to see which platforms are working well for other people. Interesting you’ve seen great results from Tailwind, I’ve been thinking about trying it myself x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

  22. This is so interesting to those people wants to learn to grow on their website actually in my part I’m struggling to monetize my blog using ads and I will look forward to learning about an affiliate program.

  23. I love income reports! Tailwind is the best! I grew my following to 10K in a year. I look forward to seeing your growth in income as you continue these reports!

  24. I found this really interesting to read, so thank you for sharing. I don’t make money on my blog at the moment, but I am nonetheless of the opinion that it’s a good idea to try and increase traffic first – after all, you need readers to be able to monetize!

    I am also with you on the e-mail list thing. I have one too, with a few subscribers, and I know they’re supposed to be great for growing your audience engagement, but as someone who doesn’t really like subscribing to things, I’m not 100% convinced either. Although I do get a few people each month, so maybe it’s working…

    Good luck with your September goals!!

  25. I probably should take your approach for my blog too. Ah, to be honest, it scares me! I have no idea what to do with subscriptions and I have no idea what’s a repin (on pinterest). All I want is to write, but I know that alone isn’t enough. I have much to learn. You’re inspiring me though!

  26. This is really helpful! It’s good to see the ups and downs of blogging

  27. It is nice that you shared your blog report. We all start in small, and eventually gets bigger.

  28. This may happen to any of us but keep a positive mindset and move forward and enjoy while you’re on it.

  29. a very good reflection post sharing here from your own experience, I have learnt some tips, thanks for this. cheers, siennylovesdrawing

  30. I like how you have goals set for every month. I need to start doing that for my blog asap. Thank you for this helpful post.

  31. Thanks For Sharing this information i wish it can help me to grow my amazon income Thanks

  32. I totally dig that you shared this. I always wonder how “it’s” working for other bloggers. I couldn’t seem to get any traffic over to Amazon from my site either and they cut me loose. Oh well.
    I’m really interested to learn more about Tailwind. I’ll have to check it out.
    Thanks!

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