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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

I have almost totally ignored my blog for exactly one month as of Christmas day (so for more like 6 weeks as of the time this is posted)! My baby was born in November and I am so afraid to miss a moment of him that I just can’t bring myself to work much at all.

So this will be brief, because my blogging time is brief.

But oh my, this is an income report I am excited about. NOT because I made a ton of money or had wicked awesome page views. (Ok well, for me this is actually a ton of money…I did have over 40k fewer page views than I did in November however. But guys. This past month has been the month that defined “passive income” for me.

I saw a little bit of that in the last week of November, but watching a whole month of passive income roll in has been… amazing. 

If this is the first time you’re here (thanks for stopping by!) you should know that I started this blog when I found out I was pregnant (March 2016) to try and make an income so I could stay at home with the baby. For 8 months I spent every waking minute that I wasn’t at work learning to blog and giving it my all… without any real concrete evidence that it could pay off.

By the grace of God, whoa, has it ever paid off.

In the interest of keeping it brief today, you can read more about my blogging journey – and why I share an income report – in my other income reports:
August 2016 Income Report – $483.31
September 2016 Income Report – $3365.39
October 2016 Income Report – $5035.17
November 2016 Income Report – $4768.47

UPDATE: I have decided that I will no longer share new income reports on the blog for 2017. Because I understand the value of income reports as a learning tool, I am still sending these reports out to my blogging email list. Get on the email list to receive income reports here.

December 2016 Blog Income Report (& Traffic)

Blog income reports are generally only of interest to people who are either thinking about blogging or already blogging (this makes sense, yes?). When I started blogging I had a big question: can you make money blogging about topics other than “how to blog”? (It seems like those are the people making money… doesn’t it?) And I know other people wonder this too, I’ve seen this question asked over and over again in blogging groups that I belong to.

So instead of breaking income down into the various programs I earned it through, I’m just going to show you exactly how much of my December income came from blogging about blogging (since I do a little bit of that) and how much income came from topics completely unrelated to blogging. The majority of my income comes from the unrelated topics – you will see – which means you do NOT have to blog about “how to blog” to make an income.

(I am reporting in Canadian dollars at the exchange rate for today of 1.3442 USD to 1 CND. Some of the money comes to me in CND and some comes in USD, but it all ends up as CND dollars in my account.) Note that this does not include expenses or taxes.

Total December Income: $5151.57

Income from blog posts unrelated to blogging – $3976.78

Display Ads – $3404.87
Affiliate Income – $571.91

Income from blog posts about blogging – $1174.79

Affiliate Income – $1174.79

Two things to note here – First of all, the blogging related income is drastically skewed this month… $752.94 of that money was made from promoting a product that is not always available for promotion and I won’t be earning that money consistently. It was a one time deal. So really, I generally make far less than what is reflected here.

Secondly, yes, ad income comes from every single page view that I have over the course of the month, which means SOME of the ad income is generated on blogging about blogging posts. The amount, however, is almost negligible. Because I get very few page views on those blogging posts.

This screenshot shows my top earning posts (as far as ads are concerned). Note that not one of them is related to blogging!

Note that to earn income like this with ADS you need wicked awesome pageviews. No way around that. Read about my journey to amazing page views here. 

December Traffic: 126,186 users & 172,343 page views

Traffic and page views were waaaayyy down in December, because when you ignore your blog that just might happen! Even in peak blogging season! (The fourth quarter is peak blog season. Ad income skyrockets. I expect to earn much less through ads next month.)

Should you be blogging?

Yep. The evidence DOES seem to suggest that if you wanna be blogging, you should be blogging.

Just do it. You have very little to lose – about 4$ per month, if it goes absolutely awful. Here is a free (and easy to follow) tutorial on how to start a blog.

For very thorough guidance on what should happen next, I recommend reading Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook. This is a step by step guide as to what you need to do to make your blog awesome (and successful).

When you can afford it, I recommend joining Elite Blog Academy – If I had to pick ONE thing and say, “buy this thing to have a successful money making blog”, this would be it. I didn’t have a blog when I started this course, and now I have a money making blog. BECAUSE of this course. Enrollment only opens once per year but you can get on the waiting list to be notified when it DOES open here (and get a great FREE blog structure blueprint, just for joining the list!)

Check out my blogging resources page for more of my favorite books and courses that helped me make this blog a success in it’s first year.

I promised brief, so that’s all for this month. (Gotta get back to cuddling my babe. And doing laundry. So. Much. Laundry.)

Looking forward to seeing what the future of the blog brings, and wishing you a wonderful 2017!

New to Blog world and looking for blogging tips? Check out these posts:

How to Start a Blog for Profit and Work From Home
Choosing a Theme You Love
Creating Your First Blog Post in WordPress

5 Very Important Things to do Before You Start Blogging
WordPress Settings, Permalinks & Google Analytics
How to Install WordPress Plugins

7 Ways to Make Your Blog Look Less Like a “Newbie” Blog
Printable Blog Organization Binder
Affiliate Marketing: Can YOU Really Make Money With It