UPDATE: This blog income report is a couple years old but it is still 100% relevant. I still make this much (or more) with my mom blog EVERY MONTH
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. 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 access here:
(THIS POST PROBABLY CONTAINS AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS REALLY BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT 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 have since written a case study on 15 of my favorite bloggers who make a living blogging about things OTHER than blogging – read it here!)
(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.
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
10 thoughts on “Blog Income & Traffic Report: December”
Carly – I LOVE reading your income reports!! I’m always jealous of your pageviews though, hehe. Keep up the amazing work!
HI Penelope!! Thanks lady! MY pageviews are alllll pinterest and I know they could go away at any time… lol. MUST. work on the organic traffic!
Love reading all your posts. So happy for you and your husband! Looking forward to starting EBA at the end of next month.
Thanks Julie!! And I look forward to seeing you in EBA! (I’m going to try realllllllly hard to make time to be there lol)
Wow this is truly motivating! I really need to reevaluate my social media strategy and incorporate a stronger brand presence with Pinterest.
Can’t wait to reach the 100,000 visitor mark so I can partner up with AdThrive.
Adthrive is definitely amazing! Goodluck!!
Thanks for sharing this!
I am thinking to put ads on my site but wondering if it would interfere with affiliate agreements.
Also wondering which ad company to pick.
Do you have a comparison article about ad companies, or have you tried more than 1? I have only looked into AdSense, and then I thought I read an affiliate agreement that said I couldn’t have pop-up ads – but I could have read it wrong.
I would wait until you have 25k sessions and apply to one of the larger adnetworks like MediaVine 🙂