November 2017 Income Report: My Second Month Blogging

December 1, 2017

So it’s officially my second month blogging and today I wanted to share with you guys my November 2017 income report.

Before I dive into the juicy numbers I just want to give a quick shout out to my first freebie that I created this month – my Blog Traffic Explosion eBook.

Be sure to sign up for it down below to get access to the 25 different strategies that I personally use for driving traffic to my blog in an easy to read checklist format.

This month I’m also hoping to build up my new Facebook group – the Blogging Den – so if you want to interact with other bloggers online or stay updated with my latest blogging tips then be sure to join the group!

Why I’m Sharing My Income

stefan in poland

Every so often I come across a post or something on social media where people aren’t happy with other bloggers sharing income reports.

For the most part the reasons they have for not liking how other people share their income online are pretty weak and deep down I think that these people might be a little jealous or just not aware of how successful you can be with blogging if you put in the work.

With my own income reports one of my main goals is to be completely transparent with my audience so that you guys can have a better idea of what I’ve got going on behind the scenes.

I also like sharing my income because I personally find other income reports very inspirational so I’m hoping that mind can inspire at least one of you guys to start your own blog and take the first step on your own blogging journey.

Lastly, having all this info here in my site makes it really easy for me to track my own income and expenses and also to set goals for myself so that you guys can hold me accountable for everything in the future.

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

November 2017 income Report Overview

blogging income report for month 1

Last month, in my October income report, I shared with you guys that I was able to earn a whopping $93 in my first month of blogging.

To be honest with you, I was very happy with what I was able to achieve in that first month and I believe that it’s definitely possible to make money with your blog in your first month if you’re willing to put in the work.

Like I also mentioned last month my goal with this blog is to take it to $10,000 per month, which averages out to about $333 per day over a 30-day period.

I don’t find this amount to be too outrageous and believe that if I put in the work that I can definitely achieve this in the next few years – and so can you if you’re willing to give it a try!

November Achievements




During the month of November I actually moved to Poland where I’ll be spending a few months living and working abroad.

This took a week out of my schedule with travel time plus the time it took me to get adjusted to a new work space so I wasn’t as productive as I would have liked to have been.

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

Content

In November I ended up writing 12 posts as well as a 2500 word ebook (you can grab my free blog traffic ebook by signing up on the sidebar).

Most of the posts exceeded 2000 words in length and all of them offered an in-depth look at the topic that I was covering at the time.

Not only did I come out with some helpful guides but I wrote a few reviews as well as a destination guide for the city of living in here in Poland.

Last month I was hoping to write more than 12 posts but I’m still happy with what I’ve been able to accomplish anyways.

With the holidays coming up in December I’m not going to set any crazy goals for myself so I hope to be able to come out with another 12 posts at the very least over the course of the next month.

When it comes to blogging typically the more content you have the better you’re going to rank and the more traffic you’re going to get so writing is something I need to keep focusing on.

Traffic

WORDPRESS blog traffic

The month of November saw a definite uptick in the amount of people that visited my blog from search engines.

For the month I had 1125 views.

This is more than 900 more than I got in October so it’s a huge month-to-month improvement so far.

The significant majority of this traffic was from Facebook groups and for most people I think that these groups are one of the best ways to drive traffic to your blog, especially when you’re just starting out.

Feel free to check out my post on driving traffic with Facebook groups for a better look at the different strategies and tactics I use.

My second biggest refer was search engines, mostly Google, and SEO is the best way to drive traffic in the long run for any blog or website.

The problem with relying on search engines when you’re first starting out is that it takes awhile for your blog posts to actually rank in the results and you won’t start getting serious traffic from Google for at least 6 to 12 months after you start your blog.

The rest of my traffic was fed up between Pinterest, Twitter, and random comment links.

In December I want to spend more time focusing on Pinterest and I might give Twitter a go as well, although I don’t see Twitter to be a great platform compared to everything else.

I also spent some time answering questions on Quora this month and you can check out my Quora case study if you want to see what’s going on with that.

It’s nothing spectacular but I’m happy to have gotten more than a thousand views in my second month of blogging.

My Income for November 2017

strategies for growing your blog

  • Shameless request: Head over to Facebook and join my new group – the Blogging Den!

So here’s what you have all been waiting for!

Let’s take a look at how much money I actually made during November.

Just like in my first month, I’m still more focused on creating content and setting the base theme for my blog rather than worrying too much about monetization.

I still don’t have any of my own products for sale although that’s something I’m definitely going to be looking into especially as I start growing my email list.

Overall, I was still able to pull through the month with a few sales and someone even took advantage of one of my services so I ended up quite happy with the result.

Here’s the numbers you’re looking for:

Affiliate Income

Total: $186

I’m promoting a few different products here on my blog but it was only with Bluehost and KWFinder that I made any sales.

I made the Bluehost commissions through my how to start a blog post and my bloggers checklist.

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

Services Income

  • Content writing: $70

Someone checked out my Services Page and ended up ordering a 2000-word article for their own blog.

This earned me an extra $70 and I actually enjoyed working with another blogger and researching ideas for a post that somebody else used.

Services are a great way to earn an extra few bucks every month and they can be really effective at monetizing your blog, especially if you’re not getting much traffic.

Final Thoughts

So in total I was able to make $256 in my second month of blogging.

For some people this might not be that much but it’s nearly three times as much as I made my first month and I’m super proud of what I was able to achieve so far.

At the moment my hourly earnings for the amount of work that I put in still aren’t that great but the great thing about blocking that all of the content that I’ve written so far will continue to earn money well into the future.

Like I’ve mentioned before, making money in your first month blogging is definitely something that anybody can achieve as long as you’re willing to work a few hours each week creating content, promoting your blog posts online, and interacting with other bloggers.

The most important thing that you do is to actually get started so if you’re on the fence about it I recommend heading over to my post how to start a blog and getting your own blog up and running without putting it off any further.

That’s all I’ve got for you today and I can’t wait to catch up with you guys next month where I’ll hopefully have more exciting news regarding my income.

As always, thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions feel free to let me know in the comments or just shoot me an email.

Want to Start Your Own Blogging Journey?

Getting up and running with your own blog is easier than ever!

Plus you can get to work and hopefully make some money with your own blog as well!

To get started, head over to my blogging starter checklist for a quick look at everything you’ll need.

Then, visit Bluehost and follow through with the sign up process for your hosting and WordPress site.

Once you’re ready you can come back to my blog and check out the following posts:

It’s really easy to start blogging and you can be up and running in less than 30 minutes!

Don’t forget to shoot me a quick email if you’re just starting out – I’d love to connect with you.

 

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10 Comments

  • David

    This is really good. For a newbie it looks like you have a good knowledge about SEO and traffic generation strategies. I’ve got a new blog but I don’t really have a niche because I like to write about very different things, depending on my mood. Anyway, I’ll be following you. Good luck with your next month.

    December 2, 2017 at 8:25 pm Reply
  • Himanshu

    Really helpful guide…Took your guide soon going to download it from my mail 🙂

    December 3, 2017 at 4:32 am Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks Himanshu! The traffic guide should really help you get the ball rolling if you’re looking to improve your blog traffic! Thanks for stopping by!

      December 5, 2017 at 9:49 pm Reply
  • Kate

    That’s awesome! Keep up the good work. I’ve just started looking into monetizing and this was very helpful!

    December 5, 2017 at 6:09 am Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks for stopping by Kate! Glad it helped! 🙂

      December 5, 2017 at 9:45 pm Reply
  • Cassy French

    That’s great! I’m about to head into my second month of blogging. I was proud of my couple of dollars I made with amazon associates because I didn’t think I’d make anything! I agree with the Facebook groups to drive traffic as well! Good luck with your December income!!

    December 6, 2017 at 4:01 am Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thank you Cassy!Glad to hear you were able to make some money with Amazon. That’s a great affiliate platform and there are a lot of beginners making some good money with it.

      December 6, 2017 at 9:43 pm Reply
  • Victoria Guyadeen

    This is mind blowing to me. Thank you for sharing. I think it will help a lot of people

    December 6, 2017 at 7:50 pm Reply
    • Stefan Alexander

      Thanks for stopping by! I just hope that I’m able to inspire other people to begin their own blogging Journey and show them that it’s possible to make money doing something you love!

      December 6, 2017 at 9:39 pm Reply
  • Yolonda @ yolomommy.com

    You have inspired me! Thanks for sharing! I’ve recently started providing VA services to monetize using my blogging experience. Going work more on content. Congratulations & continued success!

    December 7, 2017 at 4:23 am Reply
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