December 2017 Income Report: My Third Month Blogging

January 3, 2018

So December was officially my third month blogging.

Over the past 3 months I’ve learned quite a bit about the lifestyle blogging world. Thankfully, I’ve been able to apply what I’ve learned and actually make some money with my blog!

Today, I want to share with you guys my December 2017 income report.

It was my third month of continuous growth. I hope that 2018 brings me another 12 months of growing income *fingers crossed*!

Before I dive into the numbers that you’re looking for I want to give a quick shout out to one of my best performing freebies – my Blog Traffic Explosion eBook.

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This is a growing community of bloggers. We all help each other out, share strategies, and it’s a great place to interact with other like-minded individuals.

Why I’m Sharing My Income

me at kings cross tube station in london

With it being the new year and all I figure a lot of people are going to be starting their own blogs.

Of course, people are going to come out of the woodwork and complain about how unrealistic and unfair income reports are.

Personally, I find that income reports can be helpful and super motivating for most people. I started my own blog back in the day after reading various income reports. They help to show that making money blogging is possible. For beginning bloggers this might be all they need to take their first steps into the blogging world.

With my own income reports one of my main goals is to be completely transparent. This way my audience can get a better idea of how I make money. They can also implement similar strategies and hopefully make money with their own blog using the tactics that I share.

It also helps to keep me on track so that I can see which areas of monetization I’m doing well with and where I need to improve.

Feel free to check out my previous income reports:

Now that that’s out of the way let’s just jump right into it!

December 2017 Income Report Overview

overview of this months income

Last month, in my November income report, I shared with you guys that I was able to make a nifty $256 in my second month of blogging.

I was happy with these earnings and I think this is a reasonable amount for most people to be able to earn within their first few months of getting started.

Just to remind you, my goal with this blog is to take it to $10,000 per month. This averages out to around $333 per day over a 30-day period.

I don’t find this amount to be outrageous. I believe that if I put in the work I’ll definitely be able to achieve this goal sooner or later.

If you’re willing to give it a try, you could achieve a lofty goal like this as well!

December Achievements

work harder sign

I spent a lot of December traveling. Ultimately, I didn’t spend too much time working on my blog.

On the 16th my girlfriend and I made our way to London. I was in London for 4 days and then in Paris for another 4 days.

This didn’t leave much time to get work done with everything else I have on my plate. All of the traveling I did along with the Christmas holidays took a bite out of how much I was able to achieve.

Looking back at it, I don’t regret spending so little time on this blog. I plan on taking full advantage of all the time I have in January so you’ll see a lot of growth in the next income report.

Anyways, let’s take a look to see what I was still able to accomplish in December!

Content

In December I only put out 5 blog posts. From the middle of the month I didn’t work on anything new at all.

Most of the posts that I did end up writing were in-depth and provided a lot of information about the specific topic I covered.

I also worked quite a bit on an email series with many of the emails coming in at more than one thousand words in length.

Like I mentioned in my last income report, the more content you have the easier it is to drive more traffic. As I move forward in 2018 I’ll be focusing on creating as much content as possible to set myself up for success in the long run.

Since I don’t have much going on this January I’m going to set a high goal for myself. By the end of the month I hope to have written 20 new blog posts for this blog. Let’s see how it turns out!

Traffic

blog traffic in december

I saw an improvement in December traffic compared to November. This was surprising to me considering that I didn’t do much promotion for half of the month.

It goes to show that taking advantage of SEO is a great way to drive traffic to your blog passively. Otherwise, I would have had to spend a lot of time promoting my posts on Facebook.

As I move forward with my blog I hope to rely more on traffic from search engines. Eventually, I want the bulk of my traffic to be coming from SEO with the rest split up between different social media platforms.

For the month of December I received 1739 views.

This is 614 more than I received in November. Again, I’m surprised by the Improvement as I barely posted anything new and didn’t do much promotion at all.

december traffic wordpress

I recommend taking a look at my post on driving traffic with Facebook groups. This is going to give you a better idea of the different strategies and tactics I use on getting traffic with Facebook.

In January I want to continue to grow my different social platforms. I can see Pinterest working well in the future so I will be focusing a lot of my effort on that.

As always, SEO will continue to work in the background while I create new content and spend time on social media.

So far my traffic isn’t anything spectacular. I’m happy to have gotten nearly two thousand views in my third month of blogging.

My Income for December 2017

eiffel tower from the trocadero

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So here’s what I know you’ve all been waiting for!

Let’s take a look at how much money I actually made with his blog in December.

Although I’m happy with what I earned I’m positive I could have earned more. The trade-off is that I got to spend some time traveling and enjoying the holidays. I wasn’t worrying about what was going on with my blog.

At the moment I don’t have any of my own products for sale. This is something going to be focusing on in January. I hope to come up with something to offer by the end of the month.

I was surprised to see that my services did well this month. This is another area of my blog that I’m going to improve on and start taking more advantage of.

Here’s the numbers you’re looking for:

Affiliate Income:

Total: $227.40

This month the affiliate income I earned was just through these three different affiliate programs.

The Bluehost commissions were earned through my how to start a blog post and my bloggers checklist.

All of the KWFinder commissions were earned through my how to find profitable keywords post.

I made a few sales on Amazon with their affiliate program this month. These sales were made through my Nexstand Review post.

Services Income

  • Content Writing: $140
  • SEO Services: $75

Total: $215

I was surprised to have actually learned quite a bit through my services this month.

A few people reached out to me for content writing. I ended up writing 4 different blog posts for individuals that needed help creating content.

I actually enjoy working with other bloggers so offering my services is a fun way to get to know people in the industry.

I already have a few more people interested in my content and this is going to continue to be an income stream for me in January.

As for my SEO services, another blogger reached out and needed help optimizing their website. It wasn’t a lot of work and they didn’t require long-term support on a monthly basis.

My offer of $75 to help them out was a fair exchange for the both of us.

Services are a great way to monetize your blog. Beginners can take advantage of this monetization strategy. It’s an effective way to make some extra money each month even if you don’t have that much traffic.

Final Thoughts

big ben at night

In my third month of blogging I was able to earn $442.40.

For some people this might not be that much but I’m proud with what I’ve been able to achieve in such a short period of time.

This is almost double what I made in my second month and it’s more than I’ve made in my first two months combined.

I expect to see my income continue to increase every month as long as I keep posting new content and getting more traffic.

Like I mentioned before, anybody can make money blogging if they’re willing to put in the work. You just need to set aside a few hours each week to write and promote. As long as you’re using the right monetization strategies and getting visitors to your blog and there’s no reason why you can’t start earning money right away.

The most important thing that you can do is to actually get started. Nothing is going to happen if you don’t take the first few steps on your own blogging journey.

I recommend heading over to my post on how to start a blog. This will help you get your own blog up and running. The rest of my content will be here to help you get traffic and monetize everything.

That’s all I’ve got for you today!

I can’t wait to share with you guys my income report next month. Hopefully I’ll have a lot more content up on my blog and some higher earnings to go along with that.

As always, thanks for reading! If you have any comments or questions feel free to let me know down in the comments or just email me directly.

Don’t forget to head over and join my Facebook group – The Blogging Den!

See you next month!

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13 Comments

  • Angie

    Way to go on your growth Stefan. I’m looking forward to watching your blog grow.

    January 5, 2018 at 2:53 pm Reply
  • Julia Dent

    Congratulations on making so much money so early in blogging! I’ve been trying to make money with Amazon, but so far I’ve only made a few cents, haha!

    January 5, 2018 at 3:06 pm Reply
  • JoAnn

    Great monetizing suggestions. You have made more from your blog, than I have from two websites. I cannot figure out what other SEO strategies I can incorporate. Keep up the good work!

    January 5, 2018 at 7:12 pm Reply
  • Sheila

    Congratulations!! I love that you want to make your reports transparent. I admire honesty at all times. I bookmarked this post so I can go back to your old posts showing progress in blogging income. Thanks!

    January 6, 2018 at 12:20 am Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks Sheila! I’m glad you liked what I had to share! 🙂

      January 14, 2018 at 12:27 am Reply
  • Johanna Galyen

    Stefan,
    I for one, really appreciate the transparency. When I see people post that they’ve made 10k in one month from blogging…I get pretty discouraged quickly. But seeing your growth grow over time with reasonable incomes, then the mountain doesn’t look so impossible to climb.

    My first month of blogging brought in $10.12 last month. And considering I started from ground zero, learned what I could from youtube and many other people, I’m thankful I got at least that much. I’m working with a good coach to help me strategize and use SEO better, and feel a lot more confident for the future.

    I love learning and watching others, so I’ve joined the Blogging Den. See you there! ~ Johanna

    January 10, 2018 at 1:10 am Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks Johanna! Being transparent is one of the things I like most about sharing my income reports. I remember when I first started out it was the beginners who shared their income that gave me the most inspiration. It’s hard to relate with someone making thousands of dollars every month but it’s much easier to relate with another beginner!

      I hope your coach helps you out and I look forward to seeing how you develop along your blogging Journey!

      January 14, 2018 at 12:27 am Reply
  • Lis

    Lots of great ideas. Thanks for your tips!

    January 10, 2018 at 1:22 am Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks for stopping by, Lis! 🙂

      January 14, 2018 at 12:25 am Reply
  • Kristen

    I think all income reports are impressive, thanks for sharing!! I like how you acknowledge and appreciate your growth, I think that’s really important no matter where you’re at in your blogging journey. Hope you have a great week!

    January 10, 2018 at 3:18 pm Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks Kristen! I hope you found it helpful and inspirational! I appreciate the kind words! 🙂

      January 14, 2018 at 12:25 am Reply
  • OT

    Great job on the post. Definitely encouraging for other new bloggers like me so thanks for the income report. Considering the page views, I wouldn’t have thought anyone could make money based on those page views

    January 10, 2018 at 3:54 pm Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks for the kind words! It really depends on the niche when it comes to how much you can earn with pageviews. Some types of visitors aren’t as receptive to spending money or the niche doesnt have high paying affiliates. Lots of variables.

      January 14, 2018 at 12:23 am Reply

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