Friday, July 29, 2016

Income Report Roundup – July 2016

One of the most popular posts I publish are my income reports.

So I decided to round up as many income reports as possible and rank them based on earnings to see how I stack up against the rest.

If you publish an income report on your blog and would like it included in next month’s post then please let me know in the comments!

Here we go-

#1) – $65,740.00 (-$1,945.00)

It’s a slight drop in income for Michelle this month and she’s expecting this trend to continue for one more month and looking forward to normality resuming for business at the end of August.

With expenses higher than usual due to creating and launching her new course which she finished this month, she reflects that it was a good decision to work ahead of time on content so that all of June could be spent preparing her course.

Her featured question this month focuses on affiliate marketing and she also reveals how reducing her freelancing work to focus on her blog and business has increased her income and made for a better work-life balance!

#2) – $29,819.61 (-$995.70)

The seasonal slump continues to trend this month for Lindsay & Bjork and in this month’s report they take a closer look at how things are going so far this year.

They share the importance of reaching your audience where they are and how focusing on skills such as photography or video can help to build your business and brand without necessarily directing people back to your site.

This month saw the beta launch of their new tool for food bloggers ‘Nutrifox’ which allows you to easily embed nutrition information from your recipe’s ingredient list on your site.

#3) – $25,304.01 (-$1,605.99)

It’s been an eventful month for Jon as he worked his last day at his job and moved house, but moving was made difficult by the fact that he tore up his ankle the night before!

This month also saw him set up in a new office to pursue his entrepreneurship full time and he made changes to one of his email optin sequences that has increased his opt in rate for that business to 100 per day.

His second FBA business is now live and driving sales for his new product on Amazon. Going forward he says with the volume of subscribers he’s getting he needs to drastically improve his automation and follow up sequence.

#4) – $24,861.00 (-$7,929.00)

The summer has brought a dip in income for Donnie & Abby and Abby shared how they handle the summer as work at home parents on Facebook live.

She talked about how you need to adjust your mindset and expect different levels of productivity, when to get help, hosting guest posts for the summer and hiring someone to delegate every day tasks such as email and social scheduling.

To finish Abby reminds readers that the real reason they work at home is for times like this, to have the flexibility to spend the summer break with the kids and enjoy some downtime.

#5) – $19,357.38 (-$1,304.52)

This month I officially hit the big 30 and as I enter my dirty thirties there are a number of key metrics on the blog that are starting to decay.

It’s nothing to be hugely concerned about but it will definitely need attention to make sure that it doesn’t continue to decay as we enter the second half of the year.

To start that off this month I’ll be doing a complete audit of the blog, working through traffic sources, content, email funnels and much more, so keep an eye out for what I’ve been up to in next month’s report!

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#6) – $12,591.00 (+$6,728.00)

untemplaterIt’s a nice increase in income for Sydney this month even though she spent around a week acting like a 10 year old on vacation as she was travelling and ended up hooked on Pokemon Go!

She admits that she didn’t get much work done and enjoyed it so much that she lost track of time. That said, her hard working gene kicked in and brought her back to business, hustling and generating income in no time.

She recently ran her net figures for mid-year net worth and was happy to discover she has reached her target of passing $1 million for the first time.

Going forward she plans to continue freelancing, limiting her spending and investing wisely in order to hit more financial goals before she turns 40!

#7) – $11,142.00 (-$9,284.00)

HumanProofDesignsDom has enjoyed more freedom of time as well as location this month as he used June as a test to see how well everything operated in his absence since building up his team in April and May!

Taking on more staff and investing in a few one off expenses while revenue was slightly lower than normal meant profit was down this month but he’s happy to have earned more time off, something that is worth more than just profit to him.

That said, he will be keeping a close eye on expenses going forward and plans to spend his new found free time focusing on bringing net profit back up again!

#8) – $8,520.68 (+$1,314.88)

brendanmaceIt’s an increase in income for Brendan this month as his Adsense income begins to rise but he’s busy thinking about jetting off again.

Having originally planned not to travel again until September he’s getting itchy feet and leaves for London this month with plans to travel until Christmas visiting Prague, Athens, Rome and Bologna.

He’s decided that blogging is the least efficient use of his time with his YouTube videos creating more exposure than a blog post, and has already created five YouTube videos this month.

He reveals that the bump in Adsense income has encouraged him to make more and reflects that there’s no better decision he’s made than to begin working online, and reminds readers to take their internet projects seriously!

#9) – $5,472.66 (+$2,887.37)

IncomeBullyIt’s been a great month for Nathan with a record breaking day for traffic, a nice increase in income and promising plans ahead!

He published 4 posts this month but with 8 other good quality posts scheduled he had trouble perfecting them and in the end decided they weren’t good enough.

He saw a drop in eBook sales and expects a bigger drop to come, and going forward plans to focus on content production and fixing his autoresponder sequences.

He’ll also be implementing a few new traffic sources and testing things out with a goal of reaching 10,000 visitors per month within the next few months!

#10) – $2,972.33 (+$1,650.34)

ThePracticalSaverNew to the roundup this month is Allan at The Practical Saver reporting his best month for income and traffic in his third income report and his fifth month of blogging!

He spent the month building relationships with readers and offering support, re-designing the site and tweaking layout to see what works and signed up for two ad networks.

Going forward he plans to reach 3,000 pageviews per day, increase the site’s Alexa rank, grow his social platforms, reach 500 email subscribers and create content for bigger platforms.

#11) – $2,415.19 (-$2,155.12)

ohpRon is feeling great about this month despite the drop in income because he’s making big progress in his business and is confident that the things he’s doing now will pay off big in the future!

One of those things is content creation for his new authority site which he spent a lot on but says the market has the potential to easily make a bunch of money if the site is successful.

He completed and launched his email marketing course on Udemy this month and is putting the drop in income down to the fact his site didn’t go viral like in previous months.

Next month he plans to move to a more powerful email marketing system, update the funnel for his course on One Hour Professor and get 10 backlinks for his JFFHub site.

#12) – $1,293.44 (-$27.54)

livingoffcloudIt’s been a quiet month for Nadya with a slight drop in income as sales from her ‘Rat’ website were down from last month despite a traffic increase.

She had very low expenses for the month in part due to pausing her contract with her VA because of continuing issues and she spent a little investing in cryptocurrency and backed a few businesses on Kickfurther.

Selling her condo has kept Nadya busy this month and going forward she’s dreading all the packing, moving and unpacking!

She’s looking forward to getting back to business afterwards though and plans to increase conversion on her ‘Rat’ site and continue working on her PBN.

#13) – $800.96 (+$150.00)

AliRazaAli has had a busy month and despite only completing two out of the five goals he set for himself last month he’s celebrating his best month for income so far!

He only published four posts this month, three less than last month and as always is hoping to improve user experience on the site, but this month saw him struggle with time due to a busy Ramadan schedule.

He met his target of earning at least $700 with freelancing and consultation on the blog and completed his goals of commenting on more posts and interacting with people to encourage new readers.

He’s planning to write at least 6 posts on the blog next month and complete his SEO series, earn $700 from freelance and consultation, improve user experience, drive more traffic and improve page loading speed time!

#14) – $620.01 (-$313.40)

OnlineMoneyzIt’s a slight drop in income for Ilya who’s had a very productive month and managed to start focusing time into his new game guides venture.

Online he also merged his Reddit advertising site with Online Moneyz, updated content on his BAB affiliate site and offline he took his college entrance exams and had his orientation.

This month also saw him focus more on putting money he isn’t using to work and he decided to try investing in Kickfurther with his tax money.

Going forward he plans to get at least 30 posts for his new gaming site, publish at least 15 videos on the YouTube channel and create social pages for it. He isn’t expecting income from the new site in July but hopes to see a small increase in August!

#15) – $377.54 (-$341.27)

mypathtopassiveincomeEsteban has found his new job exhausting this month and struggled to find time to work on his side project and blog as well.

Seeing a drop in income hasn’t surprised him as many metrics have dropped due to spending only four hours on the blog this month and he’s thinking about outsourcing his reviews in the future.

He discovered why he was missing out on email sources when a subscriber let him know his links weren’t working and was able to get that fixed, and completed two out of four targets set for himself this month.

His goals for next month include making the first sale on his new site, publishing his long overdue eBook, writing 4 posts for the blog and keep a positive income after paying a premium membership fee which is due.

#16) – -$102.71 (-$113.48)

TheExtraIncomeProjectOur second newcomer to the roundup is Lloyd at The Extra Income Project, reporting a decrease in income after investing in a course and his only income coming from Adsense.

He’s considering removing the ads from the site since he doesn’t like the look of them or think they are worth it, and has ideas to create his own product which would make better use of the ad space.

He’s working hard to ensure traffic continues to flow if he takes time off and last month completed four out of nine goals he set for himself.

He’s frustrated to have a lot of ideas for posts but little time to actually write them, and reminds readers that if you aren’t A/B testing things on your site you are missing out!

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In Summary

This month brings some familiar faces back to the roundup and 2 newcomers, while a few of our usual suspects didn’t publish a report this month.

The total income from all of the blogs featured this month is up $5,423.64 to $211,185.10 – not bad considering the summer slump is still affecting a lot of our top earners.

Just 5 out of the 16 blogs featured this month are reporting an increase in income and 2 are celebrating their best month so far!

It’s important to remember that the slow down of sales in summer can be caused not just by a decline in visitors out enjoying the sun, but by our bloggers taking some time out to enjoy it for themselves as well.

That said it’s also a time for the mid-year reviewing of goals, so stay tuned to see what August brings as things hopefully start to pick up for everyone again!

If you feel inspired to start your own blog then why don’t you start a blog now? It only takes a few minutes!

Performance Tracking

I only include the earnings history of the top 10 blogs each month to make the graphs easy to read.

I’m having a problem with the graph right now and will update the post when fixed

from Matthew Woodward

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