an honest income and stats report of a part time family blogger

February hasn’t been a great month blogging income wise, it isn’t that I’ve not been getting the work, it’s just that people aren’t paying. I have quite a bit outstanding now so am hoping for a bumper month in March to make up for the slow February.

My stats have gone back down quite a bit following the increase in January, I guess all those people searching out Slimming World recipes have given up on their diet now! This combined with having a day of down time on the blog when moving over to WordPress and being a little poorly hasn’t helped.

 

My blog received 15,524 page views 9,683 of which were from unique users. I finished the month with a domain authority of 28 and a Klout score of 70. Last month I mentioned that I was chuffed to have broken the top 100 of Tots100, this month I am even happier to report that I am now number 69!

 

My followings on the 1st February are as follows :

 

Facebook : 917
Twitter : 6,369
Instagram : 19,103
Pinterest : 900
Google+ : 404
Bloglovin’ : 1,151
YouTube : 151

 

My earnings during February were :

 

Sponsored blog post fees – £295.16
Commission/referral fees – £153.11
Total income – £448.27

 

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New blog theme – £39
Hosting fees – £4.49
Paypal fees – £4.76 (annoyingly I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Social media scheduling programme – £9.95
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £0.79

Total Expenses : £67.56

Total income less expenses : £380.71

On top of the income I received the following to promote/review.

Pen Heaven Journal, scooter, balance bike & helmet, jumpers & changing bag, Degustabox and Peppa Pig World tickets.

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £430 so I am hoping that they will all be paid in March along with a few other new projects that I am currently in talks for.

 

My five most popular posts published in January were :

 

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Blogging income and stats report for the month of February 2017

This month has been a worry as it is my first month where blogging has been my sole income. To be honest I think that every subsequent month from now on will be a worry. Thankfully I needn’t have worried this month. I earned a little more than I would in a part time job which is the main aim.

I’ve really struggled this month, the plan is for me to have childcare three days a week so that I can knuckle down and work, this month however the first week Aria was ill so I only had two days childcare and the third week Aria was ill so I had no childcare. Thankfully I managed to plow through and get quite a bit done, I now have a laptop which is a great help because it means that when she is ill and just watching Peppa Pig I can crack on and do some work done.

Thankfully a lot of people are researching Slimming World recipes right now so I received a lot of traffic from Pinterest and didn’t see a dip where I may have normally. I have also really been working at social media promoting and this is beginning to show.

January ended up being one of my best month’s, if not THE best month, for me traffic wise. My blog received 23,277 page views 13,602 of which were from unique users. I finished the month with a domain authority of 28 and a Klout score of 71. The top 100 of Tots100 has been a very distant dream of mine for so long, but for now, I am smugly sitting pretty at 90!  My followings on the 1st January are as follows :
 
Facebook : 887
Twitter : 6,015
Instagram : 17,062
Pinterest : 850
Google+ : 402
Bloglovin’ : 1,146
YouTube : 136

Sponsored blog post fees – £396
Sponsored instagram fees – £125
Advertising fees – £63.79

Total income – £584.79

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Paypal fees – £18.91 (annoyingly I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Social media scheduling programme – £8.38
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £0.79
BlogOn Ticket – £47.48
Facebook advertising – £3

Total Expenses : £87.13

Total income less expenses : £497.66

On top of the income I received approximately £918.84 worth of products to promote/review.

Total income, less expenses + review items : £1,416.50

Review items/products to promote were : Mattress, HelloFresh box, Bluestone holiday, various Nuby items, Book of Everything, outfit from Yours Clothing, Bostik craft box, Degustabox, Teami teas and Kate Spade stationery

 
I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £241, I still have £18 of eBay commission sitting there, I had expected it to be paid in January but it wasn’t, maybe I’ll get it this month. I’m feeling a lot more confident going into the month with over £200 outstanding fees. Knowing that they will (hopefully) be paid this month means that I can relax a little. 

My five most popular posts published in January were : 

Blogging for a living
Income & Stats Report December 2016
Toddler Girl Bedroom Makeover
Money Saving Plans for 2017
The Twatty Twos

December wasn’t a great month income wise which is entirely my fault as I’ve slacked. I had a last minute holiday which meant working extra days the week before to make time up, I took my Mac on holiday with me with good intentions but while I was away I decided to enjoy my holiday and take a break. This combined with the fact that I attempted (and failed) Vlogmas and the Christmas preparations meant that I had very little time for blogging.

an honest income and stats report of a part time blogger in December 2016

As expected when I took a chunk of the month off blogging my stats took a dip, thankfully google searches and the competitions that I had running meant that they didn’t fall too low. My blog received 15,684 page views 7,944 of which were from unique users. I finished the month with a domain authority of 29 and a Klout score of 69. As hoped my Tots ranking is climbing back up and I’m now ranked 147. My followings on the 1st December were as follows :

Facebook : 825
Twitter : 5,397
Instagram : 14k
Pinterest : 773
Google+ : 403
Bloglovin’ : 1,140
YouTube : 112

Sponsored blog post fees – £280
Total income – £280


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Paypal fees – £2.41 (annoyingly I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Social media scheduling programme – £8.09
Photoshop – £8.57
iCloud Storage – £0.79
Total Expenses : £19.86

Total income less expenses : £260.14

On top of the income I received approximately £543.74 worth of products to promote/review.

Total income, less expenses + review items : £803.88

Review items/products to promote were : Aveeno products, 2 x phone cases, Degustabox, bread maker, Bluestone Holiday and Teapigs matcha. 

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £100, I’m 60p away from the payment threshold on Adsense so am hoping to receive that £60 this month and I have £18 of eBay commission which should be paid this month. January is the first month that I am relying on my income from my blog so seeing so little outstanding is making me really panic, I must work hard, I must work hard.

My five most popular posts published in December (excluding giveaways) were : 

How did your blogging work go in December? Did you have a good, bad or average month?

2017 plans blogging for a living and making a decent part time wage through blogging

2017 is the year that I am taking my blog up a notch or two, I intend to make a living blogging and (hopefully) make a decent part time wage doing so. As of the 23 December 2016 my blog became my job. Previously I have been working part time and fitting blogging in around my job and my daughter which was incredibly difficult and draining, and often stressful.

2017 plans blogging for a living and making a decent part time wage through blogging

After almost two years of struggling to fit everything in I had gotten to a point where something had to go, either the blog or the job. I have been writing this blog for almost six years now and it has bought me so much in the way of experiences, memories, friendships and skills and it continues to do so, I really didn’t want to give all that up.

When we sat down to work out our finances it became obvious that I could cope with using my blogging income as my wage. Currently my blogging income is paying off my credit card, in the past year I bought myself two new cameras, a camera lens and a camera bag on an interest free credit card and used my blogging income to pay it off monthly. This is almost paid now which means that my blogging income can now be my wage.

A quick look at my income & stats reports from the past year shows just how unreliable my blogging income can be, some months I struggled to make £50 and others (well, once!) I made over £1,000. I am hoping that with three days a week to knuckle down on blog work I will be a lot stricter on myself, none of this loosing mojo and taking a break when I want, and manage to earn a semi decent income each month.

If I don’t earn a decent income month after month I’m not too worried, in November alone I earned over twice my monthly wage in my part time job. Rather than classing that as a really good month, I would keep a chunk of the money to the side in preparation for bad months, if I keep doing this hopefully I will have a nice back up fund for those not so great months. This combined with the fact that I have a lot less outgoings as a result of working from home meant that financially, this really was an easy decision.

By working from home we have halved our childcare costs (Aria will go to nursery one day a week instead of two, we considered taking her out altogether but decided to keep her one day as it is good for her to socialise with the other children). I will save £10 per week bus fare and also save £10-£15 per week on buying takeaway lunches, as I have never been organised enough to take a packed lunch to work with me.

Naturally spending more time at home should mean that we are saving even more money as I won’t be coming home from work too tired to cook and picking up a takeaway, I also get to spend an extra day a week with Aria. All around the decision to leave my job for my blog and make a living blogging has been a no brainer. I will miss my job and my boss but I am looking forward to a happier and healthier life earning my living from home.

What does all of this mean for the blog? Making this move will mean that I have more time to write fresh, regular content. You may have noticed that toward the back end of 2016 my blog was taken over by sponsored content and not much else. Obviously I will still have the sponsored stuff, or at least I hope so otherwise it won’t have been a very successful move, but I am hoping that having three days to dedicate to blogging will mean that I have time to publish the content that I want to publish and enjoy publishing, rather than just blogging to meet deadlines. You may also notice an increase of affiliate links, I use these anyway but I am aiming to get a little more savvy and start using these to naturally make a passive income from things that I am already sharing.

What does all of this mean for my personal life? I now have two days off during the week with Aria rather than just one, I previously worked three days and had one day off with childcare so that I could concentrate on blogging. I am hoping to get out and do more on my days with Aria, or just spend more time in the house with Aria, some days baking and crafting, other days staying in pyjamas and watching Peppa Pig! I am hoping to have weekends off so that we can get out and about more as a family, which in turn will provide more content for the blog as I intend to blog about our family adventures.

Thank you for your support in 2016, I hope that you will continue to support me and my blog in 2017. Happy New Year! 

November has been insane. I have been super stressed, working A LOT and just generally not getting much done around the house. Apologies if I’ve ignored you, I’ve missed so many notifications as everything is just super busy (that’s a whole vlog which is actually coming soon!). Which is why it is a huge relief to see how much it has paid off. For the first time EVER I have made over £1,000 in cash alone through blogging!

blog & income stats report - find out how I made over £1000 cash in a month of blogging

November wasn’t the best month stats wise, my blog received 15,876 page views 8,292 of which were from unique users. I finished the month with a domain authority of 27, and a Snapchat score of 1,732. My Tots ranking has taken a huge drop, I’m now ranked 299, I am hoping that this is a result of their maintenance and me being without a tracking badge for half a month, hopefully I will pick back up in the next chart! My followings on the 1st November are as follows :


Facebook : 760
Twitter : 4,822
Instagram : 10.9K
Pinterest : 767
Google+ : 403
Bloglovin’ : 1,083
YouTube : 103


Sponsored blog post fees – £982.91
Sponsored social media fees – £211.21
Total income – £1,194.12


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Paypal fees – £12.33 (annoyingly I get charged when companies pay me via Paypal)
Social media scheduling programme – £8.23
Photoshop – £8.57
Total Expenses : £29.13

Total income less expenses : £1,164.99

On top of the income I received approximately £531.98 worth of products to promote/review.

Total income, less expenses + review items : £1,696.97

Review items/products to promote were : Various items for Christmas gift guide, Similac growing up milk, Light shade, clothing for Spencer, chocolates, personalised teddy bear, Escape Reality Cardiff, Electric Jukebox, Degustabox, Hamleys Christmas Party and Piccolo pouches.

I currently have outstanding sponsored post fees totalling £150.

My five most popular posts published in November were : 

How did your blogging work go in November? Did you have a good, bad or average month?