Yea! In my 2nd month on Tech Gramma, my profit margin has increased. That’s partly due to an increase in income and partly due to dropping an expense, but profit is profit, right?
Welcome to my 2nd ever income report. This report is for June 2017. You can find my first income report here —>>> May 2017 Income Report. 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.
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.
I know it seems weird to share income. My parents raised me with the attitude that you did not talk about money. However, 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:
- How to Create a Free Logo for Your Blog
- Using PicMonkey to Create a Business Logo for Free
- Ultimate Cheat Sheet for Publishing on Amazon
- How to Use the PicMonkey Clone Tool to Remove Unwanted Objects from Your Images
- Affordable Tech Gifts for Dad this Father’s Day
**If you just want to skip straight to the numbers, click here.
June 2017 Blogging Income Report
June is my second month back at the Tech Gramma blog. I’m very happy with the direction I’m going but sometimes get overwhelmed at all I want to add to it. I have to keep lists of ideas and then divide them in chunks to keep from stressing out and shutting down. I brain dump into Google Keep, and this month I began using Trello to help me further organize ideas, blog posts, and products. It’s amazing!
Because I’m a public school teacher in my day job and am off for the summer, I’m trying to take advantage of my time off to get some of my major products created and my sales funnels in place. I’m also hoping to create enough content to be a couple of months ahead so that when school starts back up, I won’t let the blog slide. So far, I’m not where I want to be with having the extra content created, but I will get there.
In June, I added Tailwind to help me with Pinterest and Trello for planning and organization. I’m very happy with these additions. While I’ve used BoardBooster for a while, Tailwind makes a wonderful accompaniment to it. I’m continuing to use BoardBooster to schedule my own pins, and I’m using Tailwind to find and schedule others’ content.
Trello just plain keeps me organized. I only use the free version, and it has all I need. Right now, I have boards in Trello for my editorial calendar, for products and launches, for email list ideas, and for a specific product development. The more I use Trello, the more thankful I am for finding it. I highly recommend it!
I passed a Google Educator Certification exam in June. That was a big load off as I’d been studying for it throughout the previous school year. Now, on to the next one.
The BEST things that happened in June for me were the emails I’ve begun getting from readers thanking me and/or asking me for tech help or advice. THIS is what it’s all about! Don’t let tech hold you back from creating your dream. I can help!
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 with 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: 1082 Well, it’s not much higher than May which causes a little concern. However, I plan to keep plugging away and sharing my content on social media and through FB share groups. If I’ve learned anything in my five years blogging, it’s that it takes time and consistency. If you’re struggling with page views, just keep creating quality content. We can do this!
Total Income: $191.96
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 – $150 (I’m really happy new bloggers are going with SiteGround. Their top-notch support and stable, consistent hosting truly make them the best)
StudioPress (Genesis Framework) – 41.96
Amazon – $1.96 (not so great especially since one of my most visited posts was my Father’s Day post with Amazon links. I need to work on better conversions)
My Products – $0 (I finished my first course on Teachable, Beginner’s Guide to Boosting Your Blog with an Ebook. It’s a free course, so I haven’t earned income on products yet, but I’m working on my next course which I will sell)
Total Expenses $20.95
BoardBooster – $5
Tailwind – $10
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 – I pay for ConvertKit, but that expense comes out of my account for my faith blog. I’m able to add Tech Gramma as a second account and stay within the same budget (so far), so I’ll list it here but I’ve decided not to count it as a Tech Gramma expense as I’d be paying for it even if I didn’t run Tech Gramma.
June profit – $171.01! (more than double last month!)
Wouldn’t it be amazing to more than double our income every month?! I know that as the numbers get higher, that won’t happen, but it’s so motivating to see it in progress now. I’m putting everything I make back into the blog at this time. I want to make sure that if there are new programs I want to try that I have the money for them. Also, even though I’m a lifetime member of Elite Blog Academy and won’t have to pay for it again, I want to make sure I can purchase new products that Ruth, the EBA creator, comes up with. Everything she makes has helped my blogs!
My goals for June were:
-Post at least 2 new tutorials each week DONE – I actually posted three times/week
-Finish creating my free course on creating and selling an ebook on your blog DONE
-Get 2,000 page views (more than double what I have now!) NOT DONE
-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. NOT DONE – I only added 20 new subscribers, so I need to focus on this
-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. DONE
-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. PARTIALLY DONE – I need to finish up the last week
My goals for July are:
-Post at least 2 new tutorials each week
-Finish creating my course, Self-Publishing Success
-Finish creating my course, ConvertKit Confident
-Pass that 2,000 page views goal that I missed in June
-Grow my Tech Gramma email list from 55 to over 100 – Sign up by clicking here and get access to my free resource library.
-Work ahead so that I have all of August and July’s posts scheduled and ready to go.
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 and absolutely love working on the blog.
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!