September flew by so fast!
I was so busy with my day job, my freelance clients, and just regular life stuff like grocery shopping (fo realz) that I can’t even believe it’s October already. Geez.
But, I am pretty proud of the fact that September was my highest earning month so far in my little biz! I made $3,422.83 through my blog and freelance writing services. WOO!
This month I tried a few new things.
I earned some affiliate income (a grand total of $8.71 thankyouverymuch!), by promoting my genuine love of email marketing software ConvertKit.
I also earned ONE PENNY from Tailwind. I am not even sure how that’s possible. What did someone do for a penny?! I have no idea. But… thanks, random stranger.
This month I didn’t get as much done as I wanted to. I focused almost exclusively on client work and not my own big ideas, which was disappointing. But that’s how life goes sometimes!
I did get a chance to outline and start creating my upcoming course that I am SO EXCITED about. It’s called Blog SEO Bootcamp and dives into all the nerdy stuff I’ve learned in over 6 years of working at content marketing agencies, and through this blog.
I AM PUMPED to share it with the world. When it’s ready in like, 2020. 🙄
K but seriously, I plan to work on it over the next few months and unveil it either late this year, or early 2018.
Anyway, let’s dive into September’s numbers and stats in detail!
Total Gross Income: $3,422.83
I recently had a comment asking about how I get my freelance clients and what sort of work I do. I plan to cover this in an upcoming post, but the short version is that I do freelance writing/blogging for marketing and software companies, focusing on list building and conversions. 🤓
aka. Nerd Stuff.
- ConvertKit: $29
- BoardBooster: $10
- Tailwind: $15
- Leadpages: $37 (I really need to get on dat annual plan, stat.)
- G Suite: $10
- Ads: $50 (I experimented with Pinterest ads this month, more on that later!)
- SmarterQueue: $19.99
- Bank Fees (dang PayPal): $117.22
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course (highly recommended!): $197
Total Expenses: $485.21
Net Income: $2,937.62
So, I made almost the same net income as last month as I had some more expenses this month.
I also decided to invest in some education and take Michelle Schroeder-Gardner’s class, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
At first I thought the class was a bit too basic for me, but I actually learned a lot in the later modules. I’ll write a review about it another time, but what more can I say than it works? I did make $8.71 in affiliate income this month for the first time ever, right?! (Gotta start somewhere.)
One of my regular clients slowed down a bit, so that impacted my income a bit, too.
Please keep in mind that the “net” amount I write above does not include deductions like income tax (which is about 30-40%!).
Net income is NOT the same as PROFIT!
Here’s an idea of how my income has changed over time! I started blogging in February 2016, for reference, and started freelancing in March 2017.
Here are my traffic stats for September.
I had about 45% growth in sessions from August, so that was awesome to see!
I was pretty good about promoting my blog in Facebook Groups and other places for most of the month, but petered out by the end of the month. Whoops.
If you want to take a deep dive into Google Analytics and how to use it, I’ve got a post for that right over here.
Goals for October
Last month’s goals:
- Earn $3,500
- Publish 3 new blog posts
Bah. I kinda failed both… although, I’m gonna count my $3,422 because that’s ALMOST $3,500. C’mon.
And, I published 2 blog posts instead of 3… still pretty good.
In October I want to…
- Earn $3,500
- Get 3 modules of my course done
- Unveil a BIG NEW FREEBIE I’ve been working on, exclusively for my subscribers ❤️
- And, lose 5lbs
Working so much on my computer lately has definitely made an impact on my waistline.
Funny/embarrassing story: For the past few months, it’s been hard to get my wedding ring on every morning. Clearly because I’m gaining weight and my fingers are swelling, but still, I would force it on every morning.
Fast forward to last week when it was REALLY TOUGH to get on… I am pushing it and pushing it on and then suddenly CRACK.
YAH. I accidentally flipped my finger all the way back and, I think, sprained it? I don’t know. But it’s all swollen and purple and… not great.
So yep, some more dog walks need to be in the mix this month as we enter mashed potato season.
One of my favourite ways to walk is listening to a podcast too. I have been obsessing over Abagail and Emylee’s Strategy Hour podcast for awhile now. It’s definitely an inspirational and educational listen for bloggers in all sorts of niches.
What About You?
Do you have a blog? What are some of your goals for the next month? How are you taking action to achieve them?
Share with me in the comments! ❤️
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