Income Report - $9,244.42 (January 2018)

How I made money In January 2018 online. How I made money online last month. Exactly how I earned money online last month. #startablog #howtomakemoneyontheside #incomereports #makeextramoney #howtomakemoneyonline #howtomakemoneyfast  #howtoearnmoney #howtoearnmoneyfromhome

I promise I am going to tell you exactly how I made $9,244.42 in January 2018 blogging but before I get into that I want to share my story of how this blog started. I want to inspire as many people as I can to join blogging because I honestly believe that It can change everyone's life... that is right I believe that anyone can have a successful blog It doesn't matter their background.

So here is how this blog started...

A few years ago when I started this blog as a way to teach people how to do something I love I had no idea that It would allow me to make six figures while in college. 

When my husband and I got married at 18 we lived in a tiny tiny tiny (did I mention tiny?) apartment near campus since married students couldn't live in the dorms. We survived on $800 a month. Needless to say, we survived by eating ramen noodles and mac and cheese. 

The summer after my first year at college and before my second I wanted to travel but there was no way we could travel If we were both working and going to school full time. I kept telling my husband "If we only had the money to start a blog I know that I could make money with it" he joked it off for a few months before he got sick of me saying so he said "here is my credit card if you think you can do it just do it but you better give it your all"

I was determined not to fail. To us the $71.40 I invested to start by WordPress blog self-hosted via Bluehost was a ton of money. I began working 12+ hours a day on my blog (thank goodness college campuses have free wifi!) I read every website I could about blogging, and collecting all the tips so that I could make sure I didn't waste any time blogging. 

I was not about to be one of those bloggers who blogged for 6 years straight only to make $10 dollars. I was going to be successful with a small audience,  and I did not have any time to waste if I still wanted to be able to take a vacation that summer.  

I took notes about everything I did that month because I knew that information might be helpful to others starting a blog. When I wasn't doing research about blogging I was writing content about being married in college, paying for college, and how to affordably keep up with the college trends.

Then I made $300 my first-month blogging and realized that I was really on to something. So I wrote a whole post about how I made $300 my first-month blogging and then I started to get all these questions like, "how did you do it?" and "can you teach me how to make money with my blog" This made me realize that what I had learned about blogging was way more valuable to people than how to get good deals on trendy college clothes. 

So right then I decided I was going to use this blog to inspire other people to do what I had done, and teach them exactly how to be successful without all the digging they would have to do on other people websites to learn what I had learned so quickly. 

Oh also if you were curious we did end up getting to go on an amazing trip that summer, and ever since starting this blog I have become quite the travel bug. I want to go everywhere at anytime! Being able to work from anywhere is the best thing ever! Also, I will get to be home with my kids in the future and isn't that just the best?

Why I decided to start writing income reports:

I have been a longtime reader of income reports because I think they give readers helpful information, but because of secret projects I have been working on with companies, I could not disclose more than 80% of my income until this month!

So my income is a bit smaller than it typically was because the project is over, but I also only worked for about 8 hours this whole month so I was expecting this!

I think writing income reports will really inspire people who think "I can't blog because I have nothing to say, or I can't blog because I don't understand computers" because I started my blog and I literally had nothing to say, and no idea what I was doing!

I literally had to google everything every step of the way (this is why I can answer almost every question my readers have because I had to look up literally everything so I began taking notes) I googled everything from "how to start a blog" to "how to install a theme". (I linked it because I know some of you might be curious) 

So If you are scared to start a blog because you feel behind the curve of technology, or because you don't know what you are gonna say cut it out! I started my blog cluelessly, and I now know what I am doing and make six-figures! You can do this!

My income for January 2018

Affiliate Income

I am pretty happy with this affiliate income but I know that I can increase it, I have helped bloggers increase their affiliate income from $0 to $4,000 in one month so I know that I can make way more than this, but I did not follow my own rules this month (oops)

This month one of the women in my course emailed me and told me my course had helped her increase her income from $300 to more than $7,000 so If they are following my tips and increasing their income that much following my tips then I know I should go back to following them.

If you want to earn a full-time income with a blog, or online business you should check out my 30 Days to Blog Success Mini Course because it helped so many people. Even if you are just thinking about, or planning if you should start a blog it will help you make sure you are ready, and you will know exactly how to jump in once you decide you are ready! 

It is available for a limited time this March because I know many people are saving for summer vacations and are looking into how to make some extra money this spring! 

Plus until March 17th at 11:59 PM EST it is 50% off just use code: SPRING2018 at checkout!

This post may contain affiliate links. Of course only for companies that I absolutely love. If you have any questions please feel free to use the contact page to email me.

Bluehost - $1,885

Bluehost is the best place to start a blog, I have talked about them for so long because they are a company I 100% stand behind. They have a 24/7 live chat where you can just go to their website and talk to a real person at any time. I can't tell you how many times I have had a silly question and they always so kindly answer it. They allow you to install WordPress with a single button click! Bluehost is the best way to start a self-hosted WordPress blog and you need a self-hosted WordPress blog if you want to start a profitable blog. Click here to check out my super simple (a person using a computer for the first time could follow it in 20 minutes or less) guide on how to start a blog which includes a super awesome discount, and a way to get a free domain (aka your .com!)

If you want to join my FREE how to start a blog email course here is what we go over in it:

  • Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners. 
  • Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.
  • Day 3: Planning out your content.
  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.
  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.
  • Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.
  • Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.


Tailwind - $15

Tailwind is the only reason that I have any traffic to my website I am almost sure of it. I use Tailwind to schedule all of my pins that way I get to travel, focus on emails and writing for you guys! Tailwind allows you to upload a bunch of pictures at once then mass schedules them to all your relevant Pinterest boards, and then posts them when they are most likely to be seen by your followers. I highly reccomend Tailwind to anyone with a blog. If it wasn't for Tailwind I would probably make 1/10th of what I make now. You can checkout Tailwind by clicking here... did I mention they have a FREE trial? 

Ebates - $60

If you don't already use Ebates you should. Ebates has paid me over $600 in cash-back over the past year. I use it for everything. I have the Ebates plugin for Google Chrome and every time I go to a website that offers cash back it tells me and activates the cashback and I did literally no work. Plus they also have additional discount codes that will pop up and tell you as well. If you ever do any online shopping I highly reccomend it. Also If you click here you can join Ebates and get $10 just for joining with my link. I know it's nuts they are really just giving you $10. I promise this is not a scam Ebates is really just that good. 


Products and Services

Like I said above I hardly worked at all this month so I am super shocked that my products and services made any money at all. I am proud that I created a product that people buy even when I am not constantly selling it. It is amazing to be able to make money while you vacation, or take a mental break.

Passive income is the best income! 

I love my products because of all the amazing feedback that I get from them I love helping people make more money than me.... nuts I know. It just feels great to hear back from bloggers who read my e-book or took my course who made nothing and now make more than $20,000k per month!

It is crazy to think that I have helped bloggers grow that much. 

I should probably go read my e-book and take my own course now... 

mini-course - $4,880

My 30 Days to Blog Success Mini-Course is a guide that teaches people exactly my methods from turning my idea for a website into a business that makes money in 30 Days.

It comes with a bunch of extras people also find really helpful. I think that it is my favorite product I created so far because it is my story, and it helps people follow their dreams and be successful at it. 

If you are interested in turning your tiny blog (or not yet blog) into a full time business in just 30 days, my mini course "30 Days to Blog Success" is for you! You can read tons more fun facts about me and the mini course here.  I have decided to once again make it available for a limited time this March since so many people have been asking about it. (You can read reviews for the mini-course here.)

I know many people want to start making more money before summer comes around so they can travel with their families and take of extra time off while its warm but they have no idea where to start.  30 Days to Blog success is a day-by-day guide to starting a blog, and making money with it oh and now it comes with new extras:

  • One-on-one coaching ($200 Value). 
  • Step-by-step guide for how to become a successful blogger. ($150 Value)
  • Access to a private group only for people who have read the book. ($190 Value)
  • & Way more you can read all about the new goodies here.

Plus until March 17th 11:59pm EST it is 50% off with the code SPRING2018 for daylight savings time ending!

Course- $2,348

 Booming Business Bloggers is a course that teaches a blogger exactly how to structure their blog, build their brand, and increase their blogs traffic to maximize profit. 

The course basically teaches a blogger everything they need to know from how I create products, to ideas for products for their niche, to how I market my products, to how to increase my blog traffic with people who actually care about my content and don't just immediately click out. 

It also teaches a bunch of other stuff that is super important which I am going to quickly summarize here: how to autopilot your blog so you can work one day a month, how to create a product without spending money, how to sell a product without spending money, how to design a blog without spending any money,  how to increase your Pinterest views and skyrocket your websites traffic, How to affiliate market, how to maximize your affiliate marketing revenue.

Okay, there is also more but If I list it all people who don't care will stop reading, so click here if you want to learn more about my 30 Day Kickstart Course: Booming Business Bloggers it is open for enrollment that last week of every month!


Blog Audits - $45

Blog audits are something I wish that I could offer 24/7. A blog audit is where I go to someone's blog and discuss exactly how they could increase their traffic, their income, and spend less time working while they are doing those things.

Plus they give me a chance to work with my readers one on one to create a plan to maximize their profit and get to make a living from their blog. 



Ads are something that I hardly have any of. I might have one ad in a few different blog posts. However, I know that I could make more money from ads but then my website would be full of ads and there would be 5+ ads per blog post. To me, I rather build trust with my readers then spam their faces with ads so in January I tried ad's out on my website minimally and they made a little money but I probably won't be looking to use them long term. $11.42 is a great way to get ads on your website because your website can be brand new, and you can get ad's right away if you want them. However, I don't think that ads are a great way to make money for any blogger. To me, ads are often a waste of time because they are so dependent on other things: on advertisements, on companies, on traffic.



Sponsorships are something that I have always thought about but I have never really done them as a major source of income. I didn't make any money from sponsorships because I haven't done any. 

I think that sponsorships would be a great way to diversify my blog's income. I get offers for sponsorships very often but at this point, I have been turning them down. I think that this year one of my goals is going to be to take more sponsorship opportunities If I really love that company because, why not spread the message of a company that you love.


What are my blogging goals for 2018:

I have a ton of really great goals for my blog this year. I have taken steps in my personal life so that I can spend more time blogging, and working with you guys. I have noticed a huge jump in my income since making these changes so I am excited to see how much I can do this year in 2018.

Here are a few of my goals in list form. I will spare you the details!

  • Grow my email list by 100,000 people. I think this will be the biggest challenge but I am excited about it. 
  • Increase my income to at least $150,000 this year.
  • Increase my traffic to around 100,000 unique visitors per month. 
  • Have a better work-life balance. (take a vacation without working 8 hours a day)
  • Travel more because blogging is my job and it allows me to.
  • Write more about my personal experiences on my blog.
  • Don't waste my time on things I don't care about (why Tweet if I don't wanna Tweet?)

After this month I plan on writing what my goals for the following month are, but because this one is a month late I already know how February turned out! So we will try again in February's Income Report!

I am so excited about doing these now that I can. If you have any questions for me comment them below or email me by using the contact button in the header navigation above!

I hope this is inspiring to you if you want to start a blog I hope this inspires you to do so!  

If you want to join my free how to start a blog email course here is what w go over in it:

  • Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners. 
  • Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.
  • Day 3: Planning out your content.
  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.
  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.
  • Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.
  • Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.