If you’re wondering if and how it can be done, here’s how I made a profit on my very new and very small blog!
Welcome to my first ever income report. This report is for May 2017. These reports will be the one post every month where I show you in detail how much money I made, exactly how I made it, and what my plans are to keep growing and moving forward in blogging.
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While my blogging income comes mostly from my five year old faith blog, I’m working now on building Tech Gramma into a profitable blog as well. These reports will only include my income from Tech Gramma. Reading others’ income reports has always highly motivated me. I love to see how others are doing and how they’re bringing in income. It’s fun to see their dreams come to life.
It’s my hope that my reports will inspire you as well. They’ll also help keep me focused and moving forward towards my own goals.
Now, you may see these numbers and think OMG why is she sharing these tiny numbers?! I did consider waiting until my numbers were bigger, but I just didn’t feel that would give a realistic portrayal. I want those of you just starting out to see how it works and that it is possible for you to make your blog profitable, too.
I started Tech Gramma in the late winter of 2016, so it’s pretty much brand new. While I posted regularly for about 2 months, I then let it just sit. From February through April I posted maybe twice a month and I didn’t promote at all. Now, I’m focused on the blog and wanting to get more dedicated and intentional with it.
Welcome to my journey!
To get us started, here are my most read/visited blog posts for the past month:
- Affordable Tech Gifts for Dad this Father’s Day
- Easy Steps to Adding a Pinterest Board Widget to Your Blog
- Easiest Way to Create Hidden Pinterest Images for Your Blog
**If you just want to skip straight to the numbers, click here.
May 2017 Blogging Income Report
May is my first month back at the Tech Gramma blog, and I actually only worked on it the last two weeks of the month. This is why I’m very happy that I made any profit at all.
As I said above, I only started back working on the blog in mid to late May. I spent the last few months wrapping up the 2016-2017 school year and fine tuning my faith blog so that it runs automatically for the most part.
Technology has been my life and career and when I decided to start Tech Gramma, I knew creating tech tutorials to help the 40+ crowd start and maintain their own blogs plus teach them any other tech skills they need would be the best thing in the world. However, my day job plus running another blog full time took so much of my day that I just didn’t have the time for a 2nd blog.
Now that it’s summer plus I have my other blog’s automations in progress, I am able to get back to making tech tutorials. While I know school will start back in August and I will also need to maintain some tasks on my first blog, I should now be able to keep up with Tech Gramma consistently. Yay!
Here’s a bit more About me…
I’m a full time career technology educator (26 year public school teacher). Tech Gramma began as a result of my love for technology. I’ve been a blogger for almost 5 years beginning at my faith blog, A Loving Christ. Before I started my first blog, I had no idea making money blogging was actually possible.
I love all things technology and I love teaching others tech with simple, clear tutorials. Being able to create how-to videos, write, and help other people makes me so happy. I walk people through any step-by-step they need so that they can conquer the tech they need to reach their own goals.
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Pageviews: 986 (I know that’s tiny, but it’s up from 348 last month! Baby steps.) Pinterest brings me my largest amount of traffic with search engines coming in second.
Total Income: $128.84
Income Broken Down:
Ad Networks – $0 (I haven’t joined any ad networks yet. My goal is to reach 25,000 sessions and then join MediaVine)
SiteGround – $100
StudioPress (Genesis Framework) – 20.98
Amazon – $7.86
My Products – $0 (I’m working on developing courses now)
Total Expenses $59.95
BoardBooster – $5
SiteGround Hosting – $5.95 (I have the Grow Big plan from SiteGround because I have more than one blog. If you just have one blog, SiteGround hosting is only $3.95 per month)
ConvertKit – $49 (I actually pay for this out of my faith blog income and use it for both blogs, but I wanted to include it here to give an accurate portrayal of typical expenses a blogger might have. I started with MailChimp when I first started because it was free up to 2,000 subscribers and I switched to ConvertKit when I surpassed that limit. Because I already had it for the other blog, it was easy to learn how to use with my 2nd blog without an additional expense.)
May profit – $68.89!
Good thing I don’t have to feed my family of 6 on that, but hey, it’s a profit. Ha! For my first month (actually, two weeks) of working on monetizing the blog, I’m pretty happy.
My goals for May were:
-Plan and create an editorial calendar for the last two weeks of May and for all of June and July. DONE
-Post new tutorials at least 2 times for week for the the last 2 weeks in May. DONE
-Join BoardBooster to help with Pinterest traffic and followers. BoardBooster has been such a blessing to me on my faith blog, and I’m excited to get it going for Tech Gramma. DONE
-Outline my free course on creating and selling an ebook on your blog. DONE
My goals for June are:
-Post at least 2 new tutorials each week
-Finish creating my free course on creating and selling an ebook on your blog
-Get 2,000 page views (more than double what I have now! 🙂 )
-Grow my Tech Gramma email list from 35 (where it is currently) to 100 (more than double) – Sign up by clicking here and get access to my free resource library.
-Begin implementing Tasha Agruso’s ideas from her book, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I use her advice for my faith blog and quadrupled my affiliate income. I plan to get links in place right from the beginning on Tech Gramma. I highly recommend her book. You can get it here.
-Work ahead so that I have all of July’s posts scheduled and ready to go. I plan to use advice from Rosemarie Groner about batch blogging to get this done. I’ll write all of July’s posts in one or two days. Then, I’ll spend the next day or two getting all of the graphics ready. I’ve done this on a smaller scale and loved it, so I look forward to seeing if I can tackle this task.
Obviously Tech Gramma has a long way to go, but the journey is part of the joy for me. I’m pleased with where I am with this blog since I haven’t marketed or promoted it until these past two weeks.
I look forward to continuing on and would love to hear from you on what tech tasks you need help with. I want to create the tutorials you need!