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2017 Blog Income Report – I have thought and thought about posting income reports on my blog, is this something you would be interested in? I belong to many groups and take classes trying to get better at SEO and all of the things that make my blog rank higher and get more visitors.
There are many people making money online with their blogs as content creators, becoming a VA, taking care of websites, proofreading….all kinds of legitimate things. You’ll see many food bloggers share income reports and of course many marketing bloggers share their 6 figure reports hoping to sell you their e-books on how to make money, many of them do have valuable content to share, I enjoy reading some of them but I know that isn’t the way I will make money with my blog.
I am hoping other quilters and crafters will join me and share their income reports.
In 2017 the income for Freemotion by the River was $17,336.67 which was higher than I thought it would be since I wasn’t blogging as much. I am surprised at the way my income is almost equally divided between my pattern sales, affiliate income and ads on my site.
Income – $17,336.67
- Pattern Sales – $5,759.46 – 33%
- Affliate Income – $5,290.59 – 31% this includes Shareasale.com, Fat Quarter Shop, Craftsy,Connecting Threads and more.
- Ad Income – $4,586.62 – SheKnows – 26%
- Sponsored – $1,700.00 – 10%
I record income as it is received as opposed to when it is earned. SheKnows which is the ad network I am using always pays 2 months behind so in January I was paid for my November earnings. I have been with them for several years.
- One of the main reasons that I moved my blog to a self-hosted wordpress site was because I knew I wanted to make a income from my blog, have my own domain name and not have to worry that someday my blog could be shut down as I didn’t own it.
- I also wanted my site to load faster, I always have quite a few graphics in each post and even though each photo is resized and optimized….it still adds up to a lot that can slow down a post.
In 2016 I paid to have my blog moved to wordpress, it didn’t go as smoothly as I thought it would but that is because I didn’t realize what would be done. I thought I was paying a lot of money but actually having a blog as big as mine moved can be very expensive. I am still slowly going through my old posts and either deleting them (the correct way) or updating them. This is one way that virtual assistants (VA) earn a income.
I am so glad I had the passive income as I did very little with my blog when my dad became ill in May and then passed away the end of September. Then I had a spell where I wasn’t even sure if I wanted to continue blogging but I had so many of you email me understanding what I had gone through and encouraging me to continue. I found out that many of us have taken care of parents and family members just like I did. Thanks to all of you for being there for me.
I have ads on my site, I know many people don’t care for them but knowing I will get a income from that pushes me to offer you more free tutorials and printables. Honestly, if I didn’t have ads and affiliate links in my posts…..I would probably just concentrate on writing patterns and selling them.
For 2017 one of my goals was to create at least 6 new patterns…..that didn’t happen but I have done well at sharing new tutorials and also updating a few old ones. It is so easy to forget that many of you weren’t visiting me 4 years ago or even longer and I have lots of old content that I will be updating.
I originally started blogging about digital scrappbooking as I love working with Photoshop and graphics. There were a few changes in my life….meeting Builder Bob…so I stopped blogging for awhile. Around that time I got back into quilting and thought it would be fun to share my quilts on my blog.
My expenses weren’t bad this year, I know part of this is because I had 5 months where I was caring for my dad and didn’t do much.
Expenses – $6,379.89
- Office – $2,356.93 – 37% part of this expense was a new computer.
- Supplies – $2,143.55 – 34%
- Blog Cost – $1092.48 – 17%
- Education – $403.55 – 6%
- Fees – $347.50 – 5%
- Advertising $35.88 -1%
*Please keep in mind that not all of this money is mine. I am the sole proprietor of my business and will pay taxes on this.
My traffic is slowly growing, I am up to about 67,000 page views a month, my goal is 100,000.
Wondering what I did in 2016?
Income – $6,751.08
- Patterns – $3,745.60
- SheKnows – $1,219.53
- Shareasale.com – $1,160.95
- Sponsored – $625.00
Expenses – $5,543.23
- Office – $2,652.80
- Supplies – $1,244.77
- Blog Cost – $1,554.61
- Education – $203.58
- Fees – $253.24
Profit = $842.08
Wondering what I did in 2015?
Income – $6,021.25
Expenses – $4,008.76
Profit = $2,012.49
Wondering what I did in 2014?
Income – $4,212.80
Expenses – $3,331.75
Profit = $881.05
I am very interested in knowing whether anyone likes this kind of post, if you do please let me know by leaving a comment.
If someone is just starting out Blue Host or SiteGround is a great place to start. I have another blog on SiteGround that isn’t live yet. I use Servously for this blog which is a premium hosting site and costs me $30 a month.
I hope you enjoyed my 2017 Blog Income Report