Welcome to the March 2017 Blog Net Income Report!
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I have been watching many people around the blogosphere disclose their monthly online income, and quite honestly, I thought it would be a good idea to do the same. I am not disclosing any income from my day job as a Corporate Finance Manager. Instead, this will serve as a marker for the additional earnings I achieve as a result of my online endeavors and various side gigs.
Please understand that I am not disclosing this to make anyone jealous, only to serve as a very visual and tangible reminder that any of you reading this can achieve the same results…probably better even!
Advertising Sales: These are direct advertisements from various media companies. I have several sites which I own and have sectioned off that amount that I earn from those. I also place ads for clients of mine as well. These are other bloggers that I find advertising for, in which I keep a small percentage of the earnings for myself.
AdSense/Clickable Ads: These are the earnings I get from all of those banners you see spread throughout sites…they could be on the sidebar or even within the article itself. I actually keep the ads hidden and the only people that see them are the ones that find me through a search engine like Google or Yahoo. This way my more loyal readers aren’t bothered by the additional clutter and noise. This is an area I am always looking to increase.
Affiliate Earnings: These are the earnings you receive from selling other peoples (or your own) products on your website. Think of major players like Amazon Affiliates. If you put up their affiliate links people can buy items from Amazon from your site directly, which in turn earns you a portion of that revenue.
Misc Earnings: There will be always miscellaneous ways of earning income and racking up expenses! This misc. buckets is a collection of many items, some are recurring while others are one-off items. I might write an article for a major site and get paid $50 to do so. Or perhaps I help someone with organic link building. I also offer some minimal paid services for blog coaching and helping others start blogs…this earns me some additional income, but I haven’t widely publicized and advertised it to really grow that part of the business yet.
Summary and Conclusion
I keep saying that it won’t happen again, but I did have another record-breaking month! At just shy of $54,000 in earnings this month, I eclipsed my previous record month (December 2016) by a few hundred dollars. As I keep saying, I’ve been spending more time on customer outreach, and really focusing my efforts on providing the absolute best customer service to my current clients.
Looking forward, I already know that April will be another record month based on the build up on my receivables currently and the current terms on when they are due. After that, I am not sure what to expect going forward. I think I can safely say that my average run rate has increased for the better, but I have no idea how long that will last for going forward.
Lastly, my efforts to buy up more sites continues! I have been taking these efforts seriously over the past 6 months, and have been focusing on higher quality sites as well. I purchased two new sites this month and they have decent traffic and strong social media accounts. My goal was to make it to 100 sites owned this year, and I’m still a few dozen short, but I am making progress. There is a time commitment that comes along with owning that many sites so I am rethinking my overall strategy of how many and how quickly I need to buy them up. But the overall strategy does remain the same and that is increasing my portfolio and earnings.
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