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May 2018 Income Report: How I Lost $157 Blogging

There are so many income reports of how someone makes X amount of money blogging and yet I don’t see any negative income reports.  I can’t be the only one out there not making any money blogging.

I think it is important to let new bloggers know how hard it can be to earn money at first, but that doesn’t mean it will stay that way forever.

I have been blogging on and off for over a year now. But the off period was a lot longer than the on period. I think my blog and I broke up for about 8 months or so.

I consider May 2018 to be the first month of real blogging.  I knew I had to make some changes if I wanted to earn any money from my blog.


Are you struggling to make any money blogging? You are not the only one #blogging #bloggingincomereport #fundkeylifeEven though I haven’t made a penny and actually in the red, I still recommend blogging as a way to make money because I truly believe in it.

Updated June 2, 2018:  WOW…I am not even done with my May income report and I just saw that I made 14 cents from ads.  IT DOES WORK if you know what the heck you’re doing!

May 2018 Accomplishments

1. I focused more on Pinterest and grew my followers from 0 to 182 in a week (at the time of this post) after I purchased the Pinterest Traffic Avalanche course

2. Managed to write 2 blog posts:

3. Signed up for Media.Net ad network since Google Adsense denied my application.

I didn’t accomplish much for May, but I did more than those months I didn’t blog at all.

May 2018 Blog Income Report: $0

I never really looked into monetizing my blog because I was too focused on trying to make it “pretty”.  That’s the biggest mistake I learned.  It doesn’t hurt to have ads on your blog.  A penny is a penny.

May 2018 Blog Expenses: $157

I knew about Pinterest Traffic Avalanche for a while now, but I didn’t want to spend money since I haven’t made any money.   I went back and forth for weeks. After I spent so many hours reading so many blog posts and got nowhere, I decided to purchase the course especially when I saw the promotion for it.  The course is normally $197.  My Pinterest account went from 0 to 182 followers in a week!

I already prepaid for hosting with SiteGround so I will not include it in this post.  I will only include expenses that I actually have to pay during the month of the monthly income/expense report.  I started my blog using Bluehost and there were just so many problems.  The biggest problem was speed.  You can click here to read why I switched from Bluehost to SiteGround.

June 2018 Blogging Goals:

I haven’t really been ambitious with my blog when it comes to monetization.  I have been working very hard on it, but I have been focusing on all the wrong things.  I spent countless hours just to change the font size/style back and forth.  I focused on the things that nobody cares about.

I will be traveling for the second half of June and won’t be back until the first half of July.  I won’t be able to blog much while I am on the road.  I have to really focus and accomplish my goals early.

  1. Get 10,000 pageviews
  2. 500 followers on Pinterest
  3. 20 email subscribers
  4. Write 20 blog posts
  5. Make ANY money from ads.  I would be happy with anything

Getting 10,000 pageviews will not be easy for me since I barely have any right now, but this time around I know what to focus on and hopefully, my plan will work out.  I managed to go from 0 to 182 followers on Pinterest after 1 week of taking the eCourse Pinterest Traffic Avalanche.  The course is so amazing and I plan to write a review on it later.

Collecting email subscribers might be the hardest thing to do on my list, but I am throwing it out there to have a goal for me to work towards to.

Writing 20 blog posts in a month will be a challenge seeing how I only wrote about 10 posts my first year blogging.  I need to finish a post every day in order to accomplish this goal.

To Do List for June 2018:

I plan to spend 40 hours of real blogging time for June.  It’s doable if you break it down to 10 hours a week or a little less than 2 hours a day.

  1. Learn how to use Tailwind.  I already signed up to get 100 free pins scheduled, but I haven’t had a chance to learn it yet.  You can also click on my link to get 1 free month.
  2. Learn how to make better and faster pins.  I spend more time making ugly pins than I do writing a blog post.  It usually takes me a couple of days to produce a pin.  I need to cut it down to 30 minutes a pin.
  3. Get my Google Adsense account approved.
  4. Email 100 board owners on Pinterest to let me join their boards.
  5. Get into 20 Pinterest boards.

Overall Feeling:

Even though I didn’t make any money and had to spend some money.  I actually feel really good about this and I cannot wait to see what I can accomplish for June 2018.  If I keep this up, I think I can start to make money by the end of August.  Hopefully, it will happen 🙂

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  • Love this post and so glad you wrote it! New blogger here, also in the red but motivated to get to consistent green. Good to feel like I’m not alone!

  • This is a lovely post and my current reality. I made £1.50/ $ 2 in May after spending months writing but not activating my ads. Keep Going and I look forward to your June report as we have the same goals

    • Hi Vanessa! So nice to hear from a fellow struggling blogger. I just checked out your blog. It looks really nice. I think if we keep at it, we’ll be able to make it work! We can definitely learn from each other and I hope we’ll both reach our goals 🙂

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