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Happy November everybody!
Today I’m happy to share with you guys my very first income report for By Stefan Alexander.
I actually started this blog officially on September 1st but I didn’t get around to posting anything until October so there wasn’t any income for the first “official” month at all.
Otherwise, I was fortunate enough to make some money with my blog during October and I wanted to share with you how much I made, how I made it, and the process I went through of starting this blog.
I know that a lot of people are on the fence about income reports these days but I wanted to share mine for a few reasons.
First of all, I want to be completely transparent for my audience and give you guys a better idea of what I’ve got going on.
Secondly, I know that some people actually find income reports inspirational so I’m hoping that mine can inspire at least one of you to start your own blog and subsequent blogging journey!
Finally, I can use these reports to track my own income and expenses and also to set goals for myself that you guys can hold me accountable for.
With that out of the way let’s just jump right into it!
October 2017 Income Report Overview
To be completely honest, I already have a travel blog that earns me anywhere from $3000 to $5000 per month so I do have experience when it comes to making money blogging.
However, I started this blog completely fresh and I won’t be relying on any of my travel blogging network for growing traffic and building the brand behind By Stefan Alexander.
My goal with By Stefan Alexander is to take it to $10,000 per month, which averages out to about $333 per day over a 30 day period.
I think that this is an achievable amount although I expect it will take me a few years of blogging to eventually reach it!
Along the way I hopefully want to help you guys start out on your own blogging journey so that you can join me with whatever your own income goals are for the future.
Even if blogging is something that you’re not interested in I hope that I’m able to inspire you to take action on whatever is important in your life at the moment that’s going to have a positive impact for you in the long run.
In October I ended up writing 12 blog posts and filling out the rest of my blog with some additional content (contact page, about page, services, etc).
The majority of my post succeeded 2,000 words and I felt that I provided some in-depth coverage on a variety of basic topics related to blogging, social media and SEO.
Writing 12 posts during the month was pretty easy for me and I definitely plan to exceed this in November.
I actually haven’t focused on social media at all just yet.
At the moment it’s something that I’m not focusing on although once I have a solid foundation of blog posts I will start dedicating more time towards growing my social media platforms.
I definitely want to start a Facebook group and I’ll also be working on Twitter and YouTube as well.
In the blogging/SEO niche I don’t find that Instagram is as worth it compared to other niches that focus more on images (travel, food, DIY, etc) so I doubt I’ll be working on Instagram any time soon.
During October I didn’t do any promotion at all yet I was still fortunate enough that nearly 100 people visited my blog through the month.
The small amount of traffic that I did receive was all from search engines, mostly Google, and I attribute this to good SEO right from the start.
Despite my blog being just a few weeks old I’m already getting a few visits every day from search engines and I expect this to continue to grow over the next few months/years.
This month I’m going to start promoting some of my content and interacting with people on social media.
I’m also going to be checking out Quora and Reddit to see where I can provide value in those online forums as well.
My Income for October 2017
Now here’s what you’ve all been waiting for!
Let’s take a look at the how much I made during October.
One thing I want to mention is that not all of my posts have affiliate links because I’m still going through the application process for quite a few affiliates.
I also didn’t really worry about finding too many affiliates for my content – I just wrote what I felt like writing.
I don’t have any of my own products for sale and my services page is more of a placeholder at the moment.
Despite my super noob beginnings I was still able to pull through with a few sales and ended my first month of blogging quite nicely!
Here’s the numbers:
The only income I earned this month was through different affiliates.
That’s all I made…
Nothing impressive and definitely nothing worth writing home about but still a great accomplishment for my first month!
So I hope you guys weren’t expecting me to say that I made something crazy like $7000 in my first month blogging.
For some people $93 might be amazing while other people might look down on me for being such an amateur.
Personally, I’m super proud that I made nearly $100 in my first month!
At the moment my hourly earnings are definitely not that great and I would have made a lot more money if I was working a traditional job for the same amount of hours.
However, the great thing about blogging is that the posts that I’ve written will continue to earn money for the foreseeable future so I’m putting in the work now to hopefully reap the benefits of success later on.
I think that making money in your first month blogging is achievable for anybody willing to spend a few hours each week writing and learning the blogging ropes.
The most important thing is that you actually get started and spend solid time getting some work done – it’s impossible not to succeed if you’re putting in the work and grinding away at your own blog.
That’s about all I got for you today so hopefully I’ll have an improvement next month and if not I’ll still be sure to share everything with you guys!
As always, thanks for reading and if you have any comments or questions feel free to let me know down in the comment below.
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:
- Essential WordPress Plugins for Beginners
- Helpful SEO Tips for New Bloggers
- SEO Tools You Should Be Using
It’s really easy to start blogging and you can be up and running in less than 30 minutes!
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