Blog Income Report: How I made $9264 in March 2021

Hey there 👋,

Welcome to the blog income report of March 2020 where I made over $9264 off of this blog.

If you’re new to this blog and unfamiliar with the whole “Income Report” thing, let me tell you what goes down in a typical income report such as this!

A blog income report is usually a recap of a blog in a period of time (monthly or yearly), where the person writing the blog shares the income generated, received traffic, and other blog updates for that particular period of time.

Kind of like a “behind the scenes” for a website that is usually kept away from general blog visitors. Not all websites do this but some do and I happen to be someone who does ( the reason is mentioned below).

Obviously, there isn’t some strict format when it comes to writing an income report that everyone has to follow, it’s your blog and you decide what you want to share, but how much and from where you made the total income is always included, hence the name “Income report”.

This also helps aspiring bloggers or people who want to make money on the side to get a glimpse of the real numbers that can ultimately help them in some form.

As I have already said this zillion times on this blog (to the point that some might find it annoying to read this again 😂) that seeing and following other’s income reports is what got me into starting my own blog.

Moving on,

March was another high-performing month in terms of traffic and overall income generated. Comparing this month’s income to the one of last year (March 2020, back when I haven’t started publishing income reports yet), it grew over 3.5 times.

That’s some real growth! 🚀

I’m proud and utterly grateful to say that I’ve been able to make close to $10k a month consistently for a few months now.

As you might know, publishing income reports is one of the few things I really look forward to every single month, no matter if it’s a low or high month, I JUST LOVE IT!

I still remember the first few months when I started this blog all confused when I thought getting at least $500 a month would mean so much to me.

As a college kid who wasn’t interested in his major anymore, I constantly contemplated my options on how can I build something so that I don’t have to take a job in software engineering? What if this whole “blogging” thing doesn’t work out for me?

I graduated last year, and to be able to make so much straight out of college isn’t something I’ve been able to digest yet, honestly speaking.

And every now and then I tend to think that this is some long-term fluke that is going to end any day now 😂.

But that’s probably not true!

I know I have a lot to learn, a lot more to grow and I’m sure this is just the beginning.

These income reports aren’t just a reflection of the progress and my journey as a new blogger. Apart from something to look back on, these income reports serve two important purposes,

#1, has to do with you (i.e. the reader) and #2 with Me!

Why do I publish my income reports?

Because I am a jerk who likes to brag on the internet… JK 😁!

The income reports are a self-documented report of my blogging journey so far, the monthly progress of a brand new blogger, an inexperienced college student who just wanted to build a full-time income stream.

And thus I wanted to share all that it took me to make this happen. But will it help or harm me?

Nobody wants to share something that is so personal and potentially vulnerable to their competitors just to show off.

But these kinds of “inside peek” blog posts often come with some surprising benefits.

For example, I’m publishing these income reports for two primary reasons:

  1. To motivate you
  2. To motivate me

Let me explain…

1. It motivates people to start something for themselves

It’s no secret that people are largely motivated by results!

Are you ever inspired by a tiring workout? Probably not, you are inspired to have a well-shaped body which is the end result, and thus you work out.

It’s not the process that gets people moving but the euphoric feeling to have achieved the end goal that motivated them to start in the first place.

Hence, I share my results to motivate people who are on the fence.

And if after seeing my results you do decide to start your own blog, I’ll say this article served its purpose well.

As I already mentioned before, my first impression of this whole blogging industry was through an income report of a wildly successful blogger who had 6-figures in her monthly income reports.

And that was enough to start my very own blog.

Witnessing someone make hundreds of thousands of dollars in a month working for nobody but themselves really gave me a strong dose of motivation.

I wanted those results and the financial freedom that comes with them.

By giving you the inside scoop of what a blog really makes (which is usually kept hidden), by giving you those exact income digits, it’ll show you what is really possible and hopefully motivate you enough to start your own blog.

2. It motivates me NOT to get comfortable

Publishing my progress and the journey online for people to read also benefits me in certain ways.

Sure, I make a little ad income every time people read through an article like this but that’s not the most valuable thing I’m acquiring here.

When I have a like-minded community that monitors and analyses my progress over time, it makes me do things more sincerely and responsibly. And this makes me want to give my 110% in everything I do on this blog.

In short, It keeps me in check when it comes to slacking off.

Moreover, it will help me to keep track of the blog like a well-sorted document and how far the blog has come in terms of growth, both readers and income.

Now let’s jump right into the income breakdown of March 2021.

The Income Breakdown: $9264

SOURCEAMOUNT
Mediavine Ad Income $4631
Affiliate Income
– Bluehost$2970
– Proofread Anywhere$1514
– Earn money writing$79
– Flex Offers$64
– Impact$6
TOTAL$9264

Blog Expenses for March 2021

SOURCEAMOUNT
Blog Hosting$34.95
Email Service Provider$99
Canva Pro$12.95
TOTAL$146.9

Blog expenses usually remain the same every single month, I rarely have to pay anything outside this $147.

Those expenses may include a premium theme, I use GeneratePress ($59 paid yearly), a new phone (once every 2 to 4 years or so), or a laptop (once every 3 to 6 years or so), or literally anything else.

So if you think you have to pay a lot more once you grow your blog to keep it running, not true!

You can start your blog by paying $2.95 a month and can opt for premium themes and hosting later when you make good money off of your blog, which is totally optional.

Net Profit: ($9264 – $146.9)

+ $9118

Income Proof:

1. Mediavine

2. Bluehost

2. Proofread Anywhere

Traffic stats:

143,213 Pageviews (-7.92% since February 2021)

119,094 Sessions (-6.84% since February 2021)

The majority of the traffic that this blog receives (more than 95%) comes from Pinterest.

No significant traffic from Google yet, that’s probably because I still have a lot to do in terms of SEO to make that happen.

I’m waiting for the day when Google traffic overtakes Pinterest traffic (given, Pinterest traffic remains over 100k) and I might just host a $500 giveaway to my readers ( just to say thank you).

On the fence about starting a blog?

You should give it a chance, here’s why!

Building a personal brand not only helps you make money but it might drive to financial freedom. To not be able to depend on others and/or not having to tolerate your 9 to 5 just to make a living is the definition of time and money freedom.

Other perks about blogging are:

  • You don’t need any technical or coding knowledge prior to starting a blog.
  • Starting a blog is super cheap (only $2.95 a month)
  • You can create your blog on any topic you like or passionate about, ANYTHING!
  • Create a passion project under your own name ( Example: yourname.com, I have another blog other than this which is in my name, sayanneogie.com)
  • High-income potential (a lot of established bloggers make over $100,000 a month)
  • What do you have to lose? (other than those $2.95/month, a cup of coffee is more expensive than this)

Here’s how to start your own blog in 10 minutes:

Open a new tab, follow this step-by-step guide on starting a blog. It’s that easy!

Blog Updates:

The new homepage and category pages went live last month, and I am trying to fill up good content in the “Coming soon” areas as soon as possible. Hopefully, that’ll be don’t before May hits, I’ll let you know next time.

While writing this I realized how quickly the first quarter of 2021 just flew by and it made me think about what goals I have in my mind for this blog that I would like to accomplish before the year ends. They were:

  • Monthly Traffic goals: 350,000
  • Monthly Income goal: $20,000
  • New blog post addition: 100
  • Total email Subscribers: 20,000

Seems like almost everything in the list above has to be a little more than the double compared to the current stats in 9 months!

(no pressure 😬)

In my two years of blogging, I’ve learned that income growth in a business can be exponential (unlike pay hikes in jobs), you can have the same numbers for 6-7 months straight, and suddenly that may grow 3 folds in a matter of two months, I know because it has happened to this blog last year.

So I have hope, the goal might be difficult be it certainly is possible.

That’s it, folks!

Thank you so much for reading, if you’re able to reach the end of this page, thank you so much for taking the time of your day to read this, I owe you a pizza.

If you have any questions, suggestions, or something you want to let me know, feel free to comment down and I’ll get back to you.

See you next time! Byeeeeeeee…

14 thoughts on “Blog Income Report: How I made $9264 in March 2021”

  1. Your information on how to start a blog is very inspiring. I’m going to start my journey very soon. Thank you!

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  2. Hey Sayan,
    I enjoyed your in-depth breakdown of earnings. Are you willing to share if the money is taxed and how tax filing works for a blog?

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    • You can register your blog as a business as an LLC or a sole proprietorship based on your requirements and needs. And since my blog is already registered as my business, the money I received after expenses (profit) is taxed. And the tax rates depend on the country you live in and its tax laws.

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  3. Really appreciate your insight and your spirit of writing! Looking forward to getting started in the next couple days. I already have a bit of content to start with. I’ll be using your tips!

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  4. Hi Sayan, thanks for the info. I would love to start a blog but not sure what to write about just yet. I know it is a bit more difficult than you make it seem but I think I will take a shot at it. How long have you had this blog open?

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    • Regardless of what you start, a sustainable income stream will be difficult at first, but hard work builds a strong foundation. This is why one should not shy away from a little work and yeah, you should give it a try. I started this blog back in 2018 and started making a sufficiently good income in 2019, enough to not get a job.

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  5. Sayan,
    Thank you for the inspiration! I think I’m gonna take a leap and get mine started. The only question I have is how did you get visitors to your page in the beginning? Was it just through Pinterest?

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    • Hi Demetrio,
      Sorry, there have been no income reports lately, but will be publishing them starting next month consistently.
      I’ll talk about the reasons for not publishing reports in this month’s (August 2021) income report that will be published in the first few days of September.

      Cheers!

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  6. Hey Sayan,

    It’s been a weeeeek.. You haven’t updated the current income report bruh..

    I can’t wait more.. 😀😂

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  7. Thanks for this income report. It pains me that for 3 years now, I have not even earned up to $300 from Google AdSense. I have been striving to reach mediavine requirements so that I will leave AdSense. I don’t know if there’s any way you can help me with my traffic sir? I’m ready to divide into 2, whatever revenue I gain from the blog and give you one. Thanks once more, for taking out your time to inspire others with your income report.

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