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Full disclosure here, this month’s income report is not that exciting (I launched my blog mid-April) but I personally love reading income reports from established bloggers so I thought I would get in the habit now. I’ve noticed it’s so easy, not just in life, but especially in blogging to look at someone else’s growth or work and feel like you’ll never get there.
True – there are some overnight sensations but a lot of bloggers put in really hard work and grow slowly over time. My hope is that by publishing these income reports other beginner bloggers can see the steps I took, how I grew my blog, and hopefully pick up some ideas to monetize their own blogs!
If you’re interested in reading my April traffic report, you can do so here!
Total Income Earned $0
For the month of April, I received 20 clicks and had three products ordered for a 15% conversion rate but didn’t earn any Amazon affiliate sales. I’m thinking this is probably because my roommate might have checked out a post and clicked through my birthday wishlist and Amazon’s AI is so smart at detecting what are true affiliate sales (so don’t try to cheat the system and share links)!
I made one affiliate sale through SiteGround that’s currently pending so I won’t include this in this month’s income. For each referral I send using my unique links, SiteGround pays me $50. I had five clicks (two unique) and one sale for a 50% conversion rate. When this conversion is confirmed and deposited into my account, I’ll include it in that month’s specific income report.
I found the perfect theme for my blog on Creative Market. I’m a big fan of their online marketplace and was just recently accepted into their affiliate program as well. Creative Market allows affiliates to earn 15% of new customer orders. I already have some affiliate sales for May but wasn’t set up in time to earn any income in April.
Services & Products
I’m excited to announce that I have a few things in the works (coming soon) but no direct service or product income to report this month.
Besides affiliate income, many bloggers often monetize by working with brands for collaborations and campaigns. I don’t have any paid collaborations to report for April but did receive some complimentary product from Verb through an Influenster campaign. If you haven’t heard about Influenster, you receive free products in exchange for your feedback. It can be a great way for beginner bloggers to start reviewing products!
Total Expenses $248.11
SiteGround – $71.40
Since I just launched my blog, I have some startup costs including my annual hosting package. I chose the 1 year Grow Big Hosting Plan through SiteGround and have no complaints!
GoDaddy – $19.77
I have some other domains registered through GoDaddy so I chose them for Chit Chat With Katie too so that everything would be in one place. I paid for one year of my domain registration and paid an extra $9.99 for private domain registration.
Creative Market – $65
Pinterest With Ell Course – $10
Normally $39, I signed up during a super limited sale for this Pinterest course. I had used Pinterest as a normal user (hello engagement ring inspo) but wasn’t really comfortable using it as a tool to drive traffic to my blog. I don’t really work with Pinterest for my full time job so I found Ell’s course and am so glad that I made the decision to learn more about Pinterest!
Canva Pro – $12.95
Canva is the tool I use to make all my blog headers and pins for Pinterest. I’m a huge Canva fan and have been using them for multiple design projects over the past few years. I wasn’t accepted into their affiliate program (I didn’t meet the traffic requirements) but if you haven’t used Canva yet, this referral link will get us both a Canva credit!
Iconosquare – $39
I used Iconosquare at my full time job before launching my blog and wouldn’t be able to do my job on social media without it! It’s by far the most affordable and robust social media scheduling & analytic reporting tool out there. Iconosquare easily shows your growth, lets you analyze what content is performing best, and allows you to schedule automatic posts all from an easy to use dashboard. I can’t wait to deep dive into some Iconosquare tutorials with you all soon!
Adobe Stock – $29.99
If we’re being completely honest, I signed up for an Adobe stock membership last year for a project and forgot that I was still signed up until I was going through my Quarantine Productivity List. I’ve since started using some Adobe images when I need a stock photo for the blog (like this post’s featured image).
Now that I’ve published this pretty much “starting at zero” full transparency income report, there’s only one direction to go! I’ll publish these income reports monthly not only to hold myself accountable but to document the growth of my blog and hopefully inspire you to take action if monetizing is something you want to do!
Earning money from your blog isn’t something that happens immediately (for most of us) so don’t give up or stop blogging. Learn more, advance your skills, connect with other bloggers and see what happens!