Blog Income Report: The Tools + Tips That Helped Me Earn $7,000 Last Month

How to make money online the honest way

I used to work 70 – 80 hours per week. Managing a shoe store. And the money was excellent. But it was a bit hectic. I was 23 and in school and had a full-time job, yet I was trying to build a business at the same time. I took breaks to go to class. I didn’t even have enough time to do my homework or study (which was a problem for a person who nerdily enjoyed school as much as I did), and I certainly didn’t have enough time to spend the money I made on anything other than rent. My friends thought I had the best life ever. I thought I had it great. How any of us drew these conclusions, I will never know . . . oh wait, that’s right, I was naive and didn’t understand the whole money-life tradeoff thing.

If the hours worked, and the personal satisfaction felt in your work leave much to be desired, then no amount of money makes it okay. I didn’t really want my life to consist of 15 minute naps in the stockroom of my shoe store. No. I wanted to be one of those really cool + mystical people who had figured out how to make an income doing what they loved.

I believed it was possible, but at the same time, I kinda didn’t believe it. My head said, “Yeah, someone like you can do it. It’s a logically possible thing,” but my heart and my fear said, “But, can someone like you, the actual you you, really do that?” That one ridiculous thought held me down for a long time. Just in case you’ve only ever heard this from scammy marketers and not “real people,” I want to tell you: Someone like you, the actual you, can make a living doing things you love. And rejoice, because if you have to put in the ridiculous hours to make it happen, they will be for you and your family and your legacy.

So, welcome to one of my blog income reports where I talk about money in real terms in the hopes that it will help. If you are trying to build an income, I hope that it will seem more possible. If you already make money online, I hope the tips help, and if you’ve far surpassed these tips, I hope that by you merely reading (or commenting), some of your mojo will rub off on us.

Last month I made a little over $7,000. Income varies when you work for yourself and test out new ideas. The two months before last month, I made $4,500 and $5,800. It’s not the million dollars you see some online entrepreneurs make, but I know for those of you like me, we just want to figure out ways we can turn what we love into a liveable income and then grow from there. And that’s what I want to talk about today. If you read my last post, you know the story of how I got here. Today, I want to talk specifics.

Income for September 2014

Online sales of my small business manual: $274.20
Sales of my Build Your Website Binder (for a class): $100
In-person classes/workshops (advertised on blog): $645
Affiliate commission from Bluehost: $390
Amazon Associates commission: $13.63
Online workbooks: $656
Online classes: $1512
Grow Your Blog Traffic with Social Media: $1143.69

Subtotal: $4,734.52
Other work and consulting: $2,396
Total: $7130.52

3 things that helped me make money through my blog
I may have mentioned once or twice that I’m not a natural extrovert. I’m also not sales-y, and I forget to promote myself and my stuff quite often. This is nothing to brag about when you own your own business. This is typically something to lament about, but there were three things that worked really well for me this month that you can perhaps incorporate into your own brand:

1. A well-designed product pin: It can actually drive sales. I didn’t even know how sales of my eKit were still happening until I looked into it on Google Analytics. People were coming from Pinterest. Spend time with your pin designs. They work. (I also got a lot of traffic to my eKit from my sidebar image when it was up higher in the sidebar than it is now. Placement makes a difference.)

2. An email list: It is your best friend. An email in which I’d given away a free portion of my eKit was generating sales for the full thing.

3. Diversity: It can pay your bills. Here are my favorite 10 ways to make money blogging.

Diversity can pay your bills. Try a few different methods to monetize your #blog to see what works best.

New Stuff That Helped

Redoing my services page to something a bit more structured and complete (it previously didn’t advertise all my classes or workbooks) definitely drove more product purchases and consulting inquiries. I removed a lot of unnecessary words from the page (the intro that served no purpose) and got to the point people probably go to that page for.

“Pay what you want pricing” is amazing. I use Gumroad to sell my digital workbooks. I previously had a set price for most of them, but when I was releasing The 3-Day Create workbook, I didn’t want price to be a deterrent. I wanted people to be able to get it and run with it, creating amazing information products with its help. But, instead of just pricing it really low ($9 for 57 pages), I decided to offer it for “pay what you want pricing.” You’re able to set a minimum amount, but people are able to pay more. One wonderful woman gave me $49 for that workbook! That’s amazing. So, if people want it, they can hopefully afford it, but if they want to give you a little something extra because they (seriously) love you, they can do that too. On average, that workbook probably makes $11 or so per sale, instead of the $9 I’d get if I stuck with that price, or the sales I’d miss if I went much higher.

The 3 Things I Will Try Next Month

1. More behind-the-scenes stuff. Because I was so excited about the release of my eKit–I desperately wanted everyone to get their hands on all 268 pages of the PDF portion–I was releasing preview shots on Instagram and Facebook, etc. Something unexpected happened; other people showed their excitement and started sharing the eKit with others. Sales went up on those days. People want to support you and they want to see the secrets and sneak peeks and in-process creativity you come up with. Can you think of some special reveals you can do of upcoming products? If you have a business or product launch coming soon:

  • What are three screenshots or previews you can show this month without giving too much away?
  • What is one way you can incorporate a preview of your product into an email without being sales-y?
  • What are two blog posts you can go back to and add information about your product in a related way? Is it a natural fit for one of your popular posts that still gets a lot of traffic?

2. A new class. I will work on developing my Create Labs into classes that are available online. Those services generated more demand than I expected, but the majority of my blog friends live places other than Austin, Texas. I don’t know why . . . it’s fabulous here, but y’all choose to be in other cool cities for some reason. It will take a while to make these into the type of classes I’d want to share, so I have to get working now. I’ll likely roll the first one out next year. Also, classes are some of my most consistent income, and I definitely see a $$ decline in months I’m not offering them (like this month). Have you been considering offering a class? If so:

  • Perhaps you can release it in beta for a reduced rate just so you’ll be able to get it out there sooner and work out the kinks. What would the minimum workable (viable) version of your class look like?
  • Can you design a cover/flyer image for your sidebar and see how much attention it gets to gauge interest? I did that on Facebook the other day (granted, it was with free content), and you lovely friends chimed in and helped a lot. I knew exactly which piece to write next based on your votes.

3. Sponsored posts. I told myself that I only wanted to do sponsored posts with brands I’d actually recommend to my mom, or my best friend, and that I only wanted to do posts that would allow me to be creative. Be assured, my sponsored posts won’t be a simple list of three relevant features, or something like that. In fact, I’m doing a slightly weird photo shoot and creating a free download for the first one I’m doing next week. And yes, I already took a selfie with my new tech. I think that’s mandatory. Right?

  • If you’re thinking about working with brands, have you reached out and proposed a collaboration with any of them?
  • If you’d like a third party that can help you find the right opportunities, have you thought about a company like Linqia? I’m really enjoying them so far.

The 3 blog income tools I couldn't live without this month

1. Gumroad and it’s “suggestion” feature. I saw a trend in Gumroad this month where someone would buy one of my workbooks, and then a few moments later would buy another one. Gumroad makes it simple to check out all the products one particular seller offers, but it also suggests related products (if you let it) when a person is done with their purchase. It was such an honor to see you all buy multiple workbooks from me in one sitting. Thank you.

2. Calendly. This software is the appointment/consultation/meeting scheduler I’ve been waiting for my whole online entrepreneur life. I’ve been looking for something that works the way people think, and this does. You can set types of meetings, recurring time slots, and multiple start times throughout your day. People are able to go to your Calendly page and pick what works for them (and the design is quite simple and pleasing). Calendly saves me time and eliminates a lot of confusion.

3. PayPal and it’s easy refund feature. I gave my first class refund this month. It was kinda weird but SO easy with PayPal. I literally got to click one button and send all the money and fees back to the person in an instant. And side note time: (1) It’s always better to treat people as you’d want to be treated by giving a refund rather than trying to hang on to their money. The damage they might do to your reputation is not worth it. (2) If a person’s expectations of your services stress you out, they may not be the best client for you. Luckily, the wonderful person I refunded seemed very cordial.

Here Are My 3 Rules for Making Money Online

1. Don’t do anything I wouldn’t like done to me. This is why I don’t uses pop-ups or sales-y emails that are just about me making money. This is also why I don’t share things on social media that basically say, “Hey look at this product I have. Buy it now.” If I share a product on social media, it generally has a point or benefit to the reader.

2. Don’t accept an opportunity just for the money it makes. Otherwise, it’s kinda like I’m working for the man again.

3. Don’t create a product I wouldn’t want a fellow entrepreneur to spend their last available buck on. If you work for yourself, you typically budget in a different way than people with regular/dependable income. This makes me realize that sometimes, entrepreneurs may be budgeting their last available $$ that month to a product to help grow their business. I would hate for that product to be mine and to have it disappoint.

What are your rules? It helps to set them beforehand and maybe add them to your blog business plan so you won’t forget them. It can make for quick decisions later on.

So, what are your specific questions about making money through your blog? Do you already make money blogging and have some extra tips to share?
Photo: © Darren Muir via Stocksy

94 Comments on “Blog Income Report: The Tools + Tips That Helped Me Earn $7,000 Last Month”

  1. I just started my blog last week aka I’m a super blogging noob and this was very inspiring + helpful to someone like me who has goals of making a full-time income but is still in the beginning stages. Thank you for always being so open and sharing your tips with us!

    • Welcome to the blogosphere Nicole! I hope you enjoy it. P.S. Amazing job on having a beautiful blog up already. I like that you’ve chosen something clean and that you’re using lots of images.

      I appreciate that you took time to comment on my post today. I’m so glad you consider it helpful

  2. It’s really nice to see someone in the same niche as me sharing their income reports. I haven’t done this yet and am still quite hesitant to do it. Money is one of those things I’m still very much an upper crust Yankee weirdo about, despite that I’ve lived in the South for a long time now. (I’ve found views here about money are very very different!)

    I make almost all of my money through consulting. Probably 95%, I’d say.

    • Kim, thank you for stopping by and commenting. I appreciate your time. It is a bit scary and weird to talk actual figures with the world. In past reports, I left out my consulting income because it just felt too weird for people to know exactly what I make, but in this one, I just went for it. I think it’s something we’re all curious about; I don’t believe it’s necessary to share, but I just wanted to see how people liked it and if it was useful.

      And yes, the South is so different, but I love it here. Also loved it in Brooklyn when I lived there, but there’s something very friendly and open about us southern folk.

      That’s interesting about your consulting. I’m assuming you love it. You do such a wonderful job with your online presence. Thank you again for your comment.

      • I agree – I’ve followed a LOT of bloggers who post income reports over the years and I’ve always really enjoyed reading them and have learned a lot from them. Yet, I’ve hesitated to do them myself. I started to create one about a year ago and never finished it up or hit “Publish.”

        That said, a few weeks ago on Instagram and my personal Facebook I posted a screenshot and some news about my December Amazon earnings and it got great feedback. Thinking about dipping my toes into posting my earnings – I think it could be a helpful learning opportunity for me and others.

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  4. Regina – Every time I stray I miss your candor, humor, and wonderful advice. Sorry for my hiatus! I LOOOOVE that you posted your numbers. THANK YOU. I also feel like you are living the advice about being very authentic in your business and that it helps people know, like, and trust you. Seeing your numbers helps us to know that you have skin in the game here, you are feeding us the real information as you know it, and are really trying to help. For a profit eventually, of course, but you give something very valuable all the time before there’s any money exchange. Thanks for teaching that by example so clearly.

    I am really excited to say that I have finally decided to take the plunge and offer an online class. After I did my Art Journaling 101 workshop, lots (okay – 8 people? – lots for me! 🙂 asked if I could/would do an online version. I was really scared, but I have all the instructional portions filmed, and now I just need to put it all together.

    I will definitely use your screen shot suggestion to offer a teaser, and I think I will also do a badge ahead of time. Perhaps do some pre-sales pricing?

    One issue that I have run into though is how to publish a video on my private wordpress class page through my Youtube link without making it public on youtube. Do you just mark yours unlisted and then hope no one shares your video?

    Thanks again for all the great advice today, Regina.


    • Just have to say, Amy, that I’m excited to hear you’ll be doing an online class. I’ll look for the advance notice!

      • HI Melissa:

        Fancy meeting you here! Thank you so much for the encouragement. Like everyone, I feel a bit nervous about it all – what if no one buys it??? But mostly I am feeling excited at the moment. It’s been super fun putting the content together and imagining some amazing person taking the class with me, instead of me talking to the camera. I feel like that is one thing that I have really learned from Regina – how to make your own authentic voice come through on your blog, writing, etc. I’m not done with that process, but I feel like Regina has helped me a long way.
        (Thanks again Regina for introducing us!)

        🙂 Amy

    • Amy, I’m so so happy to hear from you. Thank you for coming by to read and to comment. Your lovely words are very encouraging. It’s amazing but I think calling someone “authentic” is like the best thing you could ever say to someone. That and “humorous.” So, thank you.

      I’m beyond excited (truly that word does not do it justice) that you are offering an online class. You have been busy then, recording all the instructional parts. This is amazing news Amy. Was the 101 workshop there in person?

      In my limited experience, the pre-sales special pricing can be a wonderful way to get customers for your content, which I’m absolutely convinced will be so helpful for people.

      In answer to your video question: it depends on the level to which I’m interested in protecting the content. Most stuff is okay for YouTube unlisted, and I do use it often, but for my super duper top secret content, I like to use a service like Vimeo. It’s agains their policy to use the free/basic versions with paid content, but they have a business plan that allows for what we’re talking about. It will allow you to embed videos on password-protected class pages, and the videos will not be playable anywhere else. I believe their biz/pro account is still $199/yr. so there’s a tradeoff for sure.

      Depending on video length, you can also just upload them to WordPress and only allow them on pages people have paid to access. Lastly, you might try a service like Selz or CourseCraft to make the videos only available for people who have purchased your class. I hope that helps. I’ll be interested to see what you end up doing. Please do let me know if you think about it. Thank you Amy.

      • HI Regina:

        AW. Thank YOU for the encouragement. It means so much to me! It does help! I already did a screenshot teaser and got a badge out there doing some pre-advertising.

        The art journaling workshop I referenced was the in person version of the one I am going to be offering online. It was here, in Foxboro, MA. I was blown away by what an AMAZING group I had. They were so willing to take risks and were incredibly warm, fun, and supportive of each other. I have a 5 week version of that coming up here and will soon release the online version, so….THANK YOU!

        Next I have to take your advice and do some pre-sales sales.



  5. I love these kinds of blog posts. (I first saw them with Dale Partridge and was immediately hooked!) They are extremely helpful in giving people an idea of how to diversify their income streams.

    I am excited that you shared all these links, too! I’m wondering about the Linqia program — I’m looking at their requirements and it says, “Focus on topics such as fashion, lifestyle, food, home decor, parenting, active living, wedding or travel.” Do you use it for this site or for another that fits within those topics?

    Also, I wanted to tell you that I think what you’ve done with your services page is perfect. I like how many of them link to actual blog posts, which replace the typical sales page copy + provide ongoing social proof.

    • Erika, thank you for your comment. i just came across Dale Partridge recently (love him!), but my first time seeing these was Pat Flynn, Smart Passive Income. I was so amazed at how helpful and honest he was. And then I realized, even if you’re not making 5 figures per month, sharing your knowledge can still help.

      As to your question about Linqia, I read that statement as well and was a bit confused . . . because they were the ones who reached out to me . . . and since they did, my feeling is they may be looking for “business lifestyle” bloggers (as I affectionately refer to you and others like us, in my head). I might ask my new friends over at Linqia their exact take on that if you’d like, but I would assume your blog is a great fit.

      Thank you for your comment on the services page. I was a smidgen worried about nor having landing pages for everything, and maybe I’ll put some in place in the future, but for now I’m enjoying just having the posts in place. Yay. I appreciate the encouragement Erika.

      • I love your affectionate term for it; totally agree. 🙂 I will look into it — I don’t yet have the 2500 followers they’re looking for, but hopefully soon!

        I just heard an interview with Pat Flynn! He was incredible. Plus so kind. <3

        • I love linqia . I’ve reviewed a few things with them and it’s been mostly stuff you use at home , TP, and other things and even chocolate . It’s great if you have a lifestyle blog .I blog using them on my personal blog.

  6. Thank you for all this insight! For the record, I imitated (stole?) your idea about posting options on FB to gauge interest last week. The results were really surprising, but they’ve sparked a whole series on my blog, plus collaboration with some other amazing bloggers.

    So, you know, you’re having impact without even knowing it. That’s like another crazy super-power to add to your list.

    • Melissa, you wonderful person you. You who makes me laugh on the Interwebs all the time and makes online a more enjoyable place. Thank you for coming by to read and comment. I literally actually get happy when I see a notification with your name, because I enjoy you so much.

      Oooh, to the FB options thing. When I did it I was convinced there would be many crickets to greet me, but I’m so glad to find that for our brands, our awesome Facebook peoples want to actually help us. I’m also happy to hear that you’ve got a new series and some collabs in the works. Not quite sure why collaborations make me so happy, but it’s a legit thing. Can you come to Austin now so that we can collaborate?! . . . on a wine tasting, or cupcake eating marathon, or something equally pointless but necessary? Thanks.

      I appreciate your time commenting and supporting me Melissa.

  7. Regina my friend, I just have so much love for you. I don’t know a better example of being that “cool + mystical person” who is able to financially (and happily) support themselves doing what they love in the blogging realm than you. Thank you for your bravery and generosity in sharing specific numbers and details about how you earn your living! At the end of the day no one could justify spending the time to do any of this if those numbers weren’t there to make it possible so I feel like it’s something more bloggers should share if they’re truly trying to help others build similar successful businesses (which you so obviously are); it’s important to know what’s possible.

    There is so much good in this post (and all your posts), and I absolutely love how you remind us all to create value not just make money, and be considerate along the way. I’m so used to being broke and poor that as I build my business I am continually confronting aspects of my money-based fears. Just hearing the stories and numbers of others helps me to get used to the idea of actually having money, deserving what I earn, and being able to enjoy spending it.

    Reading the comments from your other readers affirms what a real privilege I have in meeting up with you every week. The comments here reflect back what you give; they are heartfelt, generous, informative… and long – just like your posts, lol! I love reading what you write as well as the comments from others – the devotion really shows on both sides.

    I’m so proud of you, thrilled for your growing success, and lucky I get to hug you every Friday!! 🙂

    • Bunny, dude, I’m so incredibly glad we are friends. Honestly, I could lose this blog today but still be happy just due to connecting with you and other creatives over the last few months. Our Fridays keep me inspired and you end up helping me in a new way each week. I definitely feel greedy at times.

      Thank you for your comment. I agree with you that it’s important (and fun) to know what’s possible. Even though I have a different focus than Pat Flynn, reading his blog was my first exposure to real numbers and the thought, “Shooooot. This thing is possible. Time to WORK.”

      You’re the epitome of “create value” in my mind because you spend the time carefully planning things and approaching each project (that I’ve seen you take on or heard you talk about) in a unique way. I feel you over-deliver, in a good way, and that your mood boards, services, designs, and blog will always reflect that. But, I’m also glad that you are growing in charging more, knowing you deserve what you earn, and enjoying the ways you can spend/invest what you make. This is a category that I think we all need to continually grow in, for the most part. If there were levels to understanding money (1 – 10), I feel like I’d be at a 1.3.

      Thank you for all your lovely, lovely words. I’m so honored that you took time to comment, even though we see each other quite often. I appreciate that Bunny.

  8. Thanks for being so open about your work & income – it demystifies the whole freelance scenario for someone like me, who is just starting out. I have so many of your posts bookmarked I might have to create a folder just for you, ha!

    Bee x

  9. Way to rock it with the income! Thank you for providing a breakdown between various products, as well. “Online sales” buckets of income don’t help me nearly as much as classes vs workbooks vs ebooks!

  10. Wow. $7000! Im only new to reading your site but im really proud of you 🙂 you’re doing what I want to do for my own project website and killing it! Well done. Such a good job and I’ve got a bit more research to do yo look at the things you are doing 🙂

  11. Hi Regina!

    Thanks so much for sharing your successes with us. I love how open and candid you are about your experiences with blogging. I’m a new blogger and I find your posts really inspiring. I don’t think my blog will ever become my main source of income, but in case it ever reaches that point, I’ve got more than a few of your posts bookmarked for reference! Thanks for such a wealth of amazing content 🙂

  12. Thank you tons for sharing the systems that you really like using and why – so insanely helpful! It’s so refreshing to find a real-live truth teller (haha) when it comes to online business. I really appreciate how readily you share your successes AND your struggles and what you’ve learned. Congrats on the great month and keep it up:)

  13. I really appreciate your honesty in these posts. It’s refreshing to see when people get so secretive about how they make their money online. While one day it would be awesome to make a living from blogging, hearing what worked for you is so inspiring. I always learn so much!

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  15. This is such a great behind the scenes look! And you’re totally right about the pins – your images are beyond awesome for pinning, and I know I get a lot of clicks and repins whenever I share one! Well done!

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  17. Regina, get out of my head! Seriously, is like right now you are posting all the things I’m wondering and need to know, THANK YOU! I’m actually working on an ebook right now and I had no clue on where to publish it, how to price it and all the increidble tips you mention here. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!

  18. These are great ideas. Thank you for sharing actual figures and how you got there. These tips are invaluable. I just began the shift from blogging for fun to blogging as a career, and I am definitely nowhere near where you are yet. I know it will take time to build consistency and network. Thank you for the encouragement from someone like me. Being your own boss is a process, but it is certainly worth it.

  19. Thanks for your transparency. In a world where bloggers are catty, cut-throat and secretive, this is refreshing. Though I’m a fashion blogger and not a consultant, there is some useful information here. I’m not out to make millions from my blog, but this year I’ve earned much more than in the year past from blogging, so I’m starting to take it more seriously as a viable source of income.

  20. Brilliant post Regina and thank you so much for being so candid in sharing the income for your blog. It’s great that you’re able to diversify your income – I think this is key. Having a clear strategy, goals + dedicating time for developing digital products is super important for monetizing your blog! Love your work 🙂

  21. I love all your blog posts! They helped me incredibly now I’m launching my own website and blog (It’s already live, but the “official launch” will be in the next three days.) I’m about to create a few of my own products to sell and especially rule number 3 for making money online is awesome and definitely something I will keep in mind when making my products. Adding value to someone’s life is something incredibly important to me.

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  23. Wow. This is a great post. I don’t know how I found you, but I’m glad I did. I will be following, I can learn so much from you. I love how down to earth and natural you are. I have been saying to others that I won’t promote something I haven’t used or do not know will work for sure. A few others have told me I will never make money with that attitude. I just can’t rip people off or not offer top quality. So glad to find someone else that understands how important that concept is.

  24. Thank you for all you put out. I have been reading your blog for awhile and have never commented but I follow your trips and tips. I have one blog on blogger and one on WP. I am hesitant to move my blogger blog to WP right at this moment in case there are some hiccups and with it being the big sponsored posts season… I’m going to wait. LOL Then, I’ll deal with the drama later.

    I have been working hard on my content, SEO, SM growth, etc. and now am starting to dabble in freelance work (ghost writing, copy writing, editing, virtual assisting, etc.) with the end goal to leave my full time job by next August. I want to leave after my company pays out our bonuses (hey, what can I say? It’s a dog eat dog world! LOL) but thank you for your inspiration.

    I have learned that you can make money even with small traffic (I am only at 8,000 PVs but that’s after one year of marketing and growing from 2K- so quadruple is nothing to sneeze at!) and am doing okay- anywhere from $500-$800. Full time focus could easily quadruple ALL the above by next year!

    Thank you for ALL you do!

  25. I’m loving the new services pages, Regina! I’m so proud of you (is that weird, as if I’ve known you forever or something?)

    I love how each service has its own page instead of jumbled into one.

    You’re! I hope your income will be enough to get you a super cool Maserati by 2015!

  26. Wow! This is a wonderful blog, thank you! My first view and your openness and honesty are fantastic. I love your underlying ethical stance itoo. Figures !! It’s so helpful seeing actual numbers and stating that the purpose is to make an income, while delivering a product/ service at the highest standard for everyone. My issues with money are very undermining but I know it’s ok to earn money doing what you love! So I’m working on it. So many wonderful ideas here from you and your readers. Brilliant, thank you to you all. Anna

  27. Great post Regina. It makes us (freelance/entrepreneurs soon to be) feel like it’s possible!
    And I love the fact that you are so open about actually puting numbers on those sales. It’s amazing and sooo much easier to understand.
    Those Creative Labs look awesome.
    Have a fun day

  28. Regina, I thoroughly enjoyed this post, infact it’s one of my favorites that you have done. I’m currently working on my services page and I’m considering if I should add consulting into it because I do get business owners, bloggers requesting to pay me for helping them out in blogging. But I’m undecided. Your ability to be candid in such an uplifting way has definitely challenged me to actually monetize my blog which I have yet to master! Thank you so much for what you do! I’m a new reader but you are a God sent!

  29. Wow…once again, thank you, thank you. Your advice is so easy to understand!! SO glad I stumbled upon your blog through Pinterest!!! 🙂

  30. This is a really wonderful, everytime I read a post from a blogger who has made significant money, upwards to $23,000/month it encourages me to step up my game. I am currently teaching blogging classes for a non-profit, therefore, am not making any money. It is definitely time to diversify and look for other paying opportunities. Stay blessed!

  31. I’m currently just doing sponsored posts and styling projects for brands. I definitely feel like I’ve hit a ceiling in my earning potential because I don’t have high traffic and can’t charge what I actually need to earn. The idea of creating a e-course or workbook completely stumps me, but after seeing its potential from your income I need to get something figured out! Congrats to you!

  32. Great post…I love your transparency! Thank you for sharing. So inspiring to read about the success you are having and what tools you are using. A very valuable post 🙂

  33. Thank you so much! I love these tips, they are so helpful! I can’t wait to use them with my blog. Thanks Regina!

  34. This is such a great post! It’s great to read the actual steps you took to make your income, and what kinds of things generated the most income. I particularly liked your point about diversity, and it’s something I’m learning in my own business. Trying out a lot of different things, including consulting, selling a product, running workshops – not only does all of that stuff keep me interested and learning, but it also generates different levels of income that keep my business running. It was really interesting to see the breakdown of what generated the most income for you, and that classes are the thing that give your income a boost each month. Love the idea of offering something in beta, just to get it out there sooner!

    Can’t wait to read more of these posts!

  35. Hello Regina,

    Whenever I see an income report it makes me feel motivated even the amount is less! Glad that you are making good money online especially with the work you love to do! This is important, do what you love and if that makes money too then what can be better than this.

    Its my first visit to your blog and I am really impressed. Specifically the images designed for every post.


  36. I’ve just started my second blog (a few days ago) and have a kazillion other things on the go at the same time. Discovering your blog came at a time when I’m trying to work out what projects to focus on, how to go about doing that and generally which ideas to keep alive! Gah – so much to do so little time!

    So your story and journey really resonate. Love the way you share and the determination to operate with integrity – these also resonate.

  37. I always get inspired to see this kind of income reports. I am glad you have showed us to be inspired. I wonder how you bloggers do make handsome amount of money each month, its amazingly great. Keep it up Regina.

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  40. WOW… thank you so much for all that you share! I’m so happy I found you. I’m SO new in the blogging world so the thought of making money from it seems like a pipe dream but reading this got me inspired. Thanks again, so far I just love the blogging community and the ‘helping each other to succeed’ aspect to it. so inspiring…

  41. I wish I had just a little more of mind clarity and a more clear vision of what me and my sister can actually achieve with a lifestyle blog. There is so much information online, that sometimes we get lost on what path we should take.

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  44. So how do you link your gumroad account to you website so when people click on the shop button they go to your digital downloads?

  45. Regina,

    I love your writing, authenticity, and realism. So nice!

    When I began blogging (back when you had to get up to change the channel) one the most helpful and productive moves I made was reaching out to other bloggers. A whole world opened up. We shared ideas, collaborated, cross-linked, and shared content.

    Truly collaborative business is not only more productive and more profitable, but a heck of a lot more enjoyable. Like you’ve discovered, earning and enjoying beats the pants off slaving for a few dollars more. Sure, I love Eastwood…. Doesn’t everyone?

  46. I was referred to your site as I’m looking to expand and monetize my existing blog. Thank you for all the resources shared here. I’ll be here browsing for awhile

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  48. This was so helpful! I’m planning a ‘header store’ on my blog, and these are great tips! Xx

  49. I have mostly been lurking on your blog for the past several days. With each post I read I feel more and more excited about publishing my own! Thank you for sharing your experiences so I can better prepare myself.

  50. Great post Regina! Would be great to have you as part of our Blogger/Brand Collaboration Network. We connect fabulous Bloggers with Brands for the purposes of collaboration! Keep up the great work! xx

  51. Hey Regina,
    I loved your blog post. I hate income reports so much that I have never read them since December 2013. Your post was referred by a fellow blogger and I loved the way you delivered it. You highlighted some very good points and in an extremely unique way.
    Thanks a lot for that. 🙂
    I am not earning much from my blog for now because I never planned for it then. But now I am looking for monetizing it and hopefully I will also start earning good amount of income soon. Thanks 🙂

  52. This site has recently become my favorite site! I visit it almost daily I love love all the advice you give. I just recently really started getting into blogging and I’m still trying to find my place in the blogging world eventually I would love to make money from my blog and your posts give such great information on how to get to that point thank you! 🙂

  53. That is a very impressive number Regina. You’re an inspiration to a lot of bloggers out there.

    I wish you more success 😉

    Chris Lee

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  56. This post was so helpful! Thank you so much for sharing. I was wondering if you recommend a certain amount of page views before someone starts trying to make money from affiliate ads? And also, any tips on how to grow one’s social media accounts? I’m stilling trying to build up a following after four years and the going is really slow.

  57. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m still a newbie, but I have a very full schedule so it’s nice to see things that help me focus on long term opportunities so I can make the of my time.

  58. This is such an inspiring post. Thank you for being so honest and precise with your numbers, Regina.

    For years now, I’ve been giving myself away through my blog, Hot Pink Apron, hoping that if I work hard enough and post frequently enough that a knock on the door will come and the person standing there will just give me all of the solutions I need for turning my love of food and blogging into an actual career. Clearly it doesn’t work like that and I need an actual plan.

    No, I need a ninja.

  59. Thank you for this post. I just found it on pintrest and it was very helpful. I want to look into some more ways to reach more people. I am still trying my best to post as often as possible as well as in my social media page. Thank you for sharing your numbers. Gives me motivation to keep doing what I enjoy.

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  61. Regina – I am getting into the blogging world and saved your Business Plan post several months back. Just last month, I quit my corporate job of 4.5 years as an in-house designer to go freelance. I’m taking the next few months planning my blog business plan and your content here is amazing. Truly transparent, well-written, thorough, and such an inspiration. Many times you don’t realize the effect you have on others especially as there are more views than comments, but I stopped to fill out a comment to tell you what an impact you’re having on me and my confidence in blogging! THANK YOU!

  62. It’s very inspiring to see such transparency and encouraging post. I hope and pray that I can also do that but with the niche I have, I can’t haha…
    More power
    God Bless!

  63. Hello – I just wanted to say that I am so inspired and impressed by all that you have accomplished! I was reading one of your blog posts about being an entrepreneur and all of the things you’ve tried and how you’ve got to where you are because of all those attempts. I can so relate and am just starting to organize my mind toward the goals I want to accomplish! Your blog will definitely help me make this happen. I can’t stop reading! Keep up the awesome work! 🙂

  64. Very inspiring indeed. I have just started my new blog in the health niche and look forward to you when it comes to where I want to be after a year and two.

    Thanks! 🙂

  65. Amazing story,

    Tough life to actually work full time and also study, I did it for some time too while at the university.

    Life DO is a trade off between your time and money, of course if you invest time you don’t get to recover it later, so great to hear you managed to trade it back again and now you have a successful business online.

    I’ve got my own blogs too trying to make a difference in my life so I felt sympathy and glad to find your story here.

    Again, Amazing!

  66. I’m not sure if the people above have already asked you this question, I did not take the time to read through the comments but I would like to know on average how long it took you to start making some income off your blog? On average, how many posts do you put up a week?

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  68. Im just starting off, and without ANY budget, is being very difficult to 1) get e-mail subscribers and 2) find a way to sell a product. First I want to build an e-mail list, to create a community and to offer them (free of charge) valuable knowledge. Just then, I’ll be comfortable to start selling.

    Thank you for this post, I know I can get what I need. I just need to find the right information, Your blog is a great help, really. <3

  69. I’ve read through this article a few times to try to pump myself up to take the next big step for my website.. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Please visit my website if/when you can; I’d appreciate any input you have on how to write good, solid content.

    Thanks again!

  70. I’m really enjoying your blog Regina! I JUST got my domain name and hosting 2 days ago. I’m still feeling a little overwhelmed and researching like crazy. It seems every other pin leads me your way, so I guess it’s time to let you be my Ninja.

  71. Thanks so much for this! I’m launching my blog, Eat, Taste, & Read, on July 1st and I’m really excited. But I definitely want to make some money off of it as well. Any tips for a newbie just starting out?

  72. You’re totally right that your pin images are on point, because that’s why I clicked here! Also, love the Gumroad suggestion. I’m not currently using it but I think there is so much opportunity there. Bookmarking this page so I can reference it later. Thanks!

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