How I Made $2,119.58 In May 2018 Blogging (May 2018 Income Report)

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Hey Girl! Welcome to May 2018's blog income report!

You may be thinking "didn't you just publish your June 2018 Income Report?" why yes I did but like I said in that income report I spent nearly the whole month traveling without internet.

So it just felt right to get that one out on time since this one was already so late. But I decided better late than never so finally It is that time of the month when I show you how I made money online the month before last month. This is also the time where I look back on my blog over the last month and reflect on where I went right, and where I went right.

If you aren't a regular reader of mine I am Taylor Stanford this is my self-titled website. Kind of like a self-titled album for the non-musicians. Here I empower women to live their best and happiest lives by sharing mine. (If you are a regular reader then you might want to just skip down to the next section.)

However, that doesn't explain at all why I am now going to tell you how much money I make here. Here is why I am going to tell you how much money I make blogging.

  • I want to inspire you: before I got my start blogging income reports are what finally inspired me to take the plunge into blogging. Income reports are what finally made me think "yeah, I can do that". Since taking that plunge blogging has allowed me to quit my office job and work for myself full-time traveling and doing whatever I want. I want to inspire you to believe you can do this too.
  • I want to be transparent: I want you guys to know that all the tips I share here are things I honestly use and believe in. Sharing my income proves that I am not lying about what I am getting paid to talk about and what I am now.
  • I want to be able to look back: I wish I had income reports for all of the months of blogging. They allow me to look back and see what is working for my blog, and what isn't working. It also allows me to see my growth and inspire myself to continue working.
  • You don't have to hate your job: I want to prove to you that you do not have to hate your job! I want to prove to you that you can work hard for yourself, or doing something you love and have a job that pays that you do not hate.

Being a full-time blogger is the best job I could ever have. I have never had a better job and cannot even begin to imagine a better one. It allows me to travel when I want to travel, and be home with my family all of the time! 

If you want to know more about what I actually do to make the stuff in this post pay me enough to be able to stay home and blog full time click here.

If this post is inspiring you so far (even though it will get even better) I want to show you how you can do this for yourself since so many people have asked. I created a FREE 7-Day email course which will teach you exactly this:  How to start a blog for beginners, How to install your first theme and create a free logo, Planning out your content, Monetizing your website as a beginner, Increasing your website's traffic to make more money, Planning out your long-term goals, Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.

How was my blog income in May 2018?

I earned $2,119.58 blogging in May of 2018

I have a few big reasons to kick myself in May one of being the fact that one of my biggest income sources regularly wasn't working so I missed out on all the readers who would have seen it. 

Which explains the big dip in my income, because I believe that is how I make a majority of my income.

So for a large part of my website not working during May and not pinning on Pinterest as much as I normally do I am happy with my $2,119.58.

I am happy that my income was high the first few months of this year so that I can have these dips in income and still be fine. 

I also know since I have been blogging a few years now that there is a natural dip in income/traffic in the summer because people are spending more time traveling and with family instead of inside online like many people are in the winter.

I can't believe this is my full-time job

Sure I started a blog and hoped I would make money so that I could put more money into my vacation fund. However, by no means did I ever imagine I could be bringing in six-figures blogging every year. 

If you are like me before I started my blog you are just a normal person out there who sees income reports from other bloggers but thinks "that will never be me".

I use to think I would never have enough to talk about, had no idea how to start a blog, had no idea what affiliate marketing was or how to do it, and absolutely no blog design knowledge.

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You can do it, I was a normal person (just like you) who found a blogging income report on Pinterest and used it as inspiration, and now blogging has changed my whole life.

The only thing you need to be a blogger who makes a lot of money is a self-hosted blog, and a little free time.

If you want to start a self-hosted blog I created a whole email course (and post) about how you can do it for an affordable price, with absolutely no blogging/design / social media knowledge. 

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Break down of my May 2018 income – $2,119.58

In May of 2018, I earned $2052.32. Below I am going to separate my income into categories so you can better understanding of it.

  • Affiliate income – $ total: $1,220
  • Sponsorships and advertising – $0
  • 30 Days to Blog Success – $840
  • Display advertising – $59.58

TOTAL: $2,052.32

Break down of my May 2018 expenses - $112.40

  • Bluehost - $2.95 this is website hosting, its what allows you to have a website easily. This is how much it would be if I paid monthly, but I pay annually. 
  • Tailwind - $19.98 this is what schedules my pins and allows me to share my pins with other people without working a ton of hours. This is how much it would be if I paid monthly, but I pay annually.
  • Facebook Ad's - $0
  • ConvertKit- $79
  • Pinterest Ad's -  $0
  • PayPal Fees - $0
  • Gumroad Fees - $33.40

Those were all of my blogging related fees this month other than internet and actual office materials.

After fees, I brought home: $2007.18

Check out my blog post all about the different ways that you can make money blogging by clicking here

Want to see how my income has changed over the years and months?

Traffic in May 2018

Because so many bloggers believe you need to have a huge amount of traffic to make a living blogging, I have decided to also share what my traffic was for the past month and where it came from.

Total Page Views: 9,066

Total Users: 5,768

  • Amount from Pinterest: 3,076
  • Amount of Direct: 1,394
  • Amount from Google: 961

How did I get the viewers from Pinterest? I didn't pin much because I was on vacation for part of the month and I thought I would have more time to spend working so I could schedule them while on vacation, however, I did not have internet so I can't even say I pinned 30-100 times per day like I normally can. This is all traffic from what I have done in previous months. 

However, if you want to know my regular Pinterest Strategy I share it in my FREE 7-Day how to start a profitable blog email course (it's on day 5). Which you can sign up for here:

My Most Popular Posts in May 2018

My Life in May 2018

May is one of my favorite months of the year always because it is the first month of the year where I normally give myself enough time off to start traveling.

May this year was a bunch of fun because we went to visit my In-laws for my father-in-law's birthday and we also went to Colorado. 

It was my first time going to Colorado and I absolutely loved it. I totally want to move there now. I love the mountains, and the food, and honestly everything about it.

Where did we go this month?

  • Estes Park, Colorado
  • Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Boulder, Colorado
  • Had rush bowl's (amazing acai bowls)
  • Had half fast subs (best sandwiches ever I'm pretty sure) 
  • Grand Island, Nebraska

Here are a bunch of fun memories from our May trips!

My Future plans for my blog.

If you aren't new here you have probably heard me preach something my mom always use to say (thanks mom!) "Proper planning prevents poor performance". I love planning ahead for my blog so months like this don't happen every month!

Here are my plans for the future.

  • Grow my page views to 300,000 per month. Heck this seems like miles away but I know that I can do it. I believe that once I get to that level I will be able to do a bunch of crazy and exciting things no other blogger is doing for their followers.
  • Grow my email list to 100,000 subscribers. If you don't already get my emails than you probably don't know how much I love emailing with my tribe. Getting to know you guys and talk to you guys is the best, and so much more personal than a blog post.
  • Travel more and write about travel more. I love to travel but last year I wasted a lot of time and didn't travel nearly as much as I wanted to. 
  • Start Speaking. I really want to get into public speaking I feel like I have a really good message that I want to share and spread with women and young adults all over the world. I would love to start speaking publicly.
  • Go to blogging / personal growth conferences. I never take the time to go to conferences, and I would love to go to conferences. I think personal growth is the most important thing almost ever. If we aren't growing personally and in our relationships we are falling apart. It's one or the other and I want to grow. I think conferences would be a great way to do that.
  • Create new products to sell. I am nearly done with one product and then I will begin working on the second. I think the first one will be so incredibly helpful to women trying to start a blog in their free time. It will allow them to get a play-by-play of exactly what they need to be doing to go from no blog to full-time blogger. Sign up below to get notified when it launches (plus you'll get a special discount)

Conclusion

This month I made a little over $2,000 not my strongest month but I know how to increase it. A lot of it has to do with the fact that I was traveling and didn't schedule my content ahead of time. Oh well! My income has come a long way from the $300 I made my first month blogging.

If you are looking to make money blogging here is what you need to remember:

  • Ad's don't pay that well if you don't have a large following.
  • Affiliate marketing is a great way to start making money.
  • Creating your own products is a great second step because you make 100% off the profit.
  • Pinterest is so important when it comes to traffic.
  • Tailwind is so important when it comes to Pinterest.

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