So many of you have asked me (on our Facebook Group – join here!) about how to monetize your blog and how much I make. I haven’t told anyone my income, except a few close friends and family members, until this site. To be honest, my “non-blogging” friends and family don’t even know that this page exists or that blogging makes any money. I don’t share it because, well, what why would I share it? Sharing income isn’t really something that we do, however, I do feel that it is beneficial to you (so I share here and only here).
I started sharing in August of this year and this is just for you and your benefit. It is hard to open up like this, but it is my hope that you see it as a “I can do this, too” ah-ha moment.
Ps- last month, I shared my September from Your Modern Family right here..
This post contains affiliate links to the companies that I work with on a monthly basis.
IF you have come to this page, let me explain:
I have two blogs.
1- Your Modern Family (yourmodernfamily.com)
2- Blogging on the Side (this one)
I am sharing the income that I make on Your Modern Family (we make a little bit of money on this blog, bloggingontheside.com, but we are mostly focused on helping you to learn to blog successfully, with balance.)
On Yourmodernfamily.com, I blog about everything from raising kids to DIY ideas. I share recipes and tips on saving money… I have ebooks about how to Potty Train in a Weekend and a book called You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income.
Your Modern Family has slowly grown. I have now been blogging for 21 months.
This month, I have around 1.1 million page views via Google Analytics (Sept 31- Oct 31)
Where it came from…
I used to post my income from my Google Ads (click here to see how to make more), but I have moved to The Blogger Network for Your Modern Family. We still use Google Adsense for BOTS (We don’t disclose our Blogging On The Side income yet)
Sponsored Posts: 30%
EBOOKS: (Potty Train in a Weekend and You Can Be a Stay at Home Mom on One Income): 20%
ps- affiliates make 50% of the book sales (click here to sign up)
**I make a small income off of this blog (bloggingontheside.com), as well, but not nearly as much because our book is FREE (right here!) and our posts are not sponsored. So- none of this income includes our BOTS. The page views are not included, either.
NOTE: I do not spend this money that I make. We save almost all of it. We spend the some of the money on things like preschool and sports for the kids, and we donate money to Alzheimer’s (my grandma died from this terrible disease) and to St. Jude’s, but the rest goes into savings. My ultimate goal is to pay the house off early and to have my husband working with me on the blog (he is a finance manager).
Also- I am a HUGE money-saver. I pretend like this money does not exist and I still shop only on clearance, I still live on my husband’s income, I still only send one child to school to save on preschool tuition, etc… I hope that no matter how much I make, I always keep in mind that money can come and go, so we better save it while we can and use it for things that will benefit others, not ourselves.
I also pay expenses. I pay $99 (moving soon to $150) a month for WordPress Hosting (you can get it cheaper!) and I pay for other things… I am paying for some things to be done to my blog (adding a newsletter box, etc…), paid my affiliates, paid for an editor of my third book (being released soon). I bought some accessories for my camera, bought materials to write posts, paid for fees like paypal, pic monkey, mail chimp, etc…
You can see my most-popular posts here, (these are the ones that bring readers to my blog). I hope that you found this to be helpful to you! You can do it! I will be speaking at the Focused Conference, where I will be sharing more ideas!
If you are asking yourself how much time, etc… I put into my blog, you can find all of that info right here: How to get over 1,000,000 visitors to your blog.