Blog Income & Traffic Report: November 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: November 2016

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THIS is why blogging is worth the effort

It’s time for another blog income report…

I had always HOPED that I could make a living blogging, and I had HOPED that I could generate enough passive income to make it “worth the effort” – but until this past week I have been putting in about 1000% effort. (Not kidding, I’m talking about 6-10 hours per day, every day, for the past 8 months.) Waking and sleeping (yes, even in my dreams) I have been blogging.

And it was TOTALLY paying off, so I knew I wasn’t “wasting my time”. (By “totally paying off, I mean I earned over $8000 in the past two months alone – with a blog I started in MARCH. So less than 7 months to a full time income.)

BUT, there has always been a little picky doubt at the back of my mind as to if the blog could generate an income if I wasn’t able to invest as much time.

And this week I got my answer to that question.

I have not pinned to pinterest, I have not written new content, I have not responded to emails or comments in a timely manor. I have not done a speck of email marketing.

Instead I had a baby – and I am savoring every minute of his squishyness and just enjoying my time with him and letting my body recover without worrying about “work”. I am in awe of his tinyness and blogging is the farthest thing from my mind.

And, while I oggled my little man, I made over $600 in passive income. So yes, I can absolutely make a 100% passive income, and blogging is worth the effort. (more…)

Legit Online Surveys that Pay for Your Opinion

Legit Online Surveys that Pay for Your Opinion

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A few years ago, I swore off online surveys, as far as side hustles go.

(In fact I’ve talked about this in other posts!) BUT.  (more…)

Blog Income & Traffic Report: October 2016

Blog Income & Traffic Report: October 2016

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I can’t quite comprehend what happened in October.

I’ve been blogging for just 8 months. I’m doing lots of it wrong. I’m still breaking a bunch of the “rules”, because I honestly don’t know any better. And yet, I’m making money.

More money than I have ever made at any other job in my life. And I’m doing something that I love to do.

So I just can’t quite comprehend it.

Last month, I mentioned that I felt weird and hesitant about posting my income online, and decided to do it anyway. I still feel weird and hesitant about it.

But the feedback from the report in September was 100% positive, and you guys encouraged me so much… I decided I would do one this month too. (more…)

Become A Virtual Assistant (and Be Your Own Boss)

Become A Virtual Assistant (and Be Your Own Boss)

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Online business has taken off in the past few years – and it’s opened all kinds of new work-from-home doors

There are millions of people making their living online, from home. (I should know – I’m one of them!) Some of the work-from-home-online jobs are pretty obvious (- if you’ve ever been on pinterest, you’ve probably seen the “how to start a blog” tutorials.) Maybe you’ve even considered blogging or joining in the work online world some other way, but just haven’t quite found your “thing” (maybe you prefer to be behind the scenes?) Well, I’ve got a suggestion for you. Become a virtual assistant.

Related: How to Start a Blog For Profit and Work From Home

If you’re comfortable on a computer and looking for a work from home job that’ll allow you to be your own boss without having to put the high start up costs into running your own blog or creating your own products… then virtual assisting might be for you.

I see requests every. single. day. in blogger forums and Facebook groups from people requesting competent virtual assistants. When it comes to running a blog (or any online business) there is endless work to be done. (I’m not QUITE at the point where I can hire a VA, but I can see it on my horizon, and I can’t wait to let go of some of my workload.)

While I was researching work at home jobs for this series, I ran into Gina, who is THE lady to talk to if you’re interested in learning how to become a virtual assistant. She’s even created a course (not to mention, a totally free intro course) to teach others how to become a virtual assistant. (more…)

Become a Freelance Writer (and Work from Home)

Become a Freelance Writer (and Work from Home)

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If you’re thinking about how to escape your day job…

Be it a “side hustle” to pay down debt or an effort to ditch the 9-5, we dream about living the dream. Be our own boss, control our own schedule, determine our own salary. I get it – because that was me just a few months ago… (and now here I am, making my dream a reality). Blogging was an easy choice for me – because I’ve always loved to write. Even as a kid I knew that writing was my “thing” and it always seemed sad to me that I didn’t pursue it farther. (Someone suggested to me once that I become a freelance writer, but I brushed it off because it seemed too “hard”.)

(Ironic that now I’m blogging – almost the same thing as freelance writing, but much harder to make a profit at. Well thought out on my part!)

Related: How to Start a blog for Profit and Work from Home

As I researched work from home options for this series, freelance writing came back onto my radar.  If you, like me, love to write and you’re looking for a great work at home options then DON’T be like me, and don’t let your passions sit on the shelves for years and years. It seems pretty sad to me that I could have become a freelance writer ages ago – and yet I waited until I was 30 to take the leap and start writing.

But I waited because honestly, it’s hard to know where to leap FROM. And that’s the point of this work from home series. Giving you concrete starting points for your work from home journey. So I did some research on freelance writing, and on how to become a freelance writer.

And I ran into a lovely lady who knows way more than I do about it.  (more…)

Affiliate Marketing: Can YOU really make money with it?

Affiliate Marketing: Can YOU really make money with it?

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Recently I posted my September Blog Income and Traffic Report.

Blog income in September was significantly higher than ever before for me. And it was (in large part) due to the fact that I got serious about affiliate marketing.

But let’s be totally honest for a minute here. There are over 150 million blogs out there, and a fraction (I dunno, less than 10%?) of bloggers are earning any money at all. And even fewer are earning full time income. The fact that I was able to join the ranks of “the full time income earning bloggers” just 7 months into blogging has sort of baffled me.

I’m pretty grateful. I’ve prayed for this, and I have worked for this.

But is it a fluke?

Can I make this much money again? (Update: Apparently, the answer is yes! In October, I made over $2200.00 with affiliate marketing – just 2 months after taking this course – Read my October Blog Income Report here.)  (more…)