Do Bloggers Earn Income Blogging? YES!

Do Bloggers Earn Income Blogging? Yes! But it takes a while.

Do Bloggers Earn Income Blogging?

Do Bloggers Earn Income Blogging? Absolutely! But it takes a while. Here are 7 Top Blogger Income Reports and my first one.YES!!!  Is it instant?  Nope!!   As with all entrepreneurial pursuits, it usually takes quite a while before bloggers start earning a living wage.

I’ve been researching income reports of Mom Bloggers for a few weeks and decided it’s time I compiled my first one. You can scroll down to read it only if you promise not to laugh.

But first, here are some of my favourite Mom bloggers who make a small fortune online and happily share their Income Reports.

7 Top Mom Blogger Income Reports

Affiliate Disclaimer: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

Rosemarie Groner aka The Busy Budgeter is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She's earning over $100,000 a month online. #makemoneyblogging1. The Busy Budgeter

Rosemarie Groner’s last published personal Income Report was in January 2017. She made $ 86,438,83.  Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Nearly $60,000 – Sale of her own Products
  • Nearly $20,000 – Affiliate programs
  • Nearly $5,000 from Advertising
  • $3,600 from Sponsored posts

Rosemarie’s Products: Top Seller: The 90 Day Budget Boot Camp Workbook, plus The Pinterest Strategy Guide and The Core Affiliate Strategy

You can access all her Income Reports here.  Rosemarie mentioned in June 2017 that her blog is now generating around $100,000 a month.

One thing I love about Rosemarie’s income reports is that she encourages you to share your own reports in the comments below her income reports.   Rosemarie, we love you for this!

In June 2017 she took this approach of helping new bloggers get their income reports out to her audience one step further.  Instead of publishing her own income reports, she’s now publishing Reader Income Reports and offering feedback and actionable advice to new bloggers to help them increase their income. Here’s her first one.  

Sarah Titus is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She's earning over $75,000 a month online. #makemoneyblogging2. Sarah Titus

Sarah Titus made $75,226.10 in July 2017, nearly $70,000 was from her online store.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • $ 69,707 – Sale of her own Products
  • $4,137.15 – Affiliate Commission
  • $ 1,026 – Miscellaneous Income
  • $ 355.95 – Network Marketing (passive income)

Her most popular products are The Honest Bloggers Bundle, First Day of School Signs and 18 Month Monthly Calendars.

What’s really cool is that Sarah Titus offers bloggers the opportunity to make 40% Commissions selling her products as an Affiliate. There’s a link to join as an Affiliate at the bottom of this page, her online shop.

Abby and Donnie Lawson are living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. They no longer publish income reports but in October 2016 they earned over $51,803. #makemoneyblogging3. Just a Girl and Her Blog

Abby Lawson is no longer Just A Girl and her Blog. Her blog has become a family business incorporating her husband and full-time partner, Donnie and her sister, Brittany who helps with Social media.

The Lawson’s have stopped publishing Income Reports, their final reported earnings were  $41,700 in December 2016 and their highest income month that year was October when they earned $ 51,803.  Here’s the breakdown for October:

  • $32,642 – Affiliate Income
  • $19,161 – Product Income

You can find a list of all their income reports here.  Their Top Selling Product by far is Building A Framework e-book and course.

Alexa Mason is living proof that single Mom bloggers earn income blogging. She earned over $13,000 in April 2017. #makemoneyblogging4. Single Moms Income

Alexa Mason publishes Quarterly Income Reports on her website and sends monthly reports to her email subscribers. Her best ever month was April 2017, when she earned $13,185.14.

  • Nearly $ 9,000  Affiliate Commissions
  • $ 2,177.02 from Advertising
  • $ 1,800 – Sponsored Posts
  • $ 300 – Freelance

Alexa is very clear about the fact that it’s taken her 5 years to get to this income. I love that she publishes an annual timeline to show how her site has grown over the years:

Caroline Vencil is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She only went full time in February 2016 and in June 2017 she earned $9,500. #makemoneyblogging5. Caroline Vencil

Caroline Vencil has been blogging full time since February 2016 and she made $ 9,665 in June 2017.   Here’s the breakdown:

  • $ 5,095 – Affiliate commission from a long list of Affiliate Programs
  • $ 2,674 – from the sale of her own products
  • $ 1,892 – from Advertising

I think this is phenomenal income considering Caroline only started her blog in August 2015.

Caroline is a teen Mom who got married when she was 20. She blogs so she can stay home with her 3 children.

Her Top Selling Product by far is Pinterest Group Board Master.

Tabitha Philen is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She's stopped publishing income reports but in April 2016 she earned nearly $7,000. #makemoneyblogging

Note: April 2016 Stats – Am sure Tabitha’s income has more than doubled by now.

6. Inspired Bloggers University

Tabitha Philen’s last published income report was in June 2016 when she earned $ 3,182.28 documenting May’s income. She earned a lot more in April, so I’ve focused on her May 2016 Income Report where she earned $6,845.44. Here’s the breakdown:

  • $ 3,730.75 – InspiredBU Product Sales
  • $ 2,669.24 – Meet Penny Advertising
  • $ 328.24 – Meet Penny Affiliate Earnings
  • $ 108.02 – Meet Penny Product Sales
  • $ 8 – InspiredBU Affiliate Earnings

I absolutely love this info Tabitha shared in her June 2016 Blogger Income Report:

If you have an average of 50,000 page views a month, you could be receiving:

  • $400 to $500 a month from Adsense (with specialized topics earning more)
  • $600 from three sponsored posts a month
  • $100+ a month in affiliate sales

Tabitha also has brilliant post here: How Much Money Do Bloggers Make?  You can find all her Income Reports here.

Victoria Pruett is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She retired her husband and is earning over $5,000 a month off a small blog. #makemoneyblogging7. A Modern Homestead

Victoria Pruett doesn’t publish official income reports, but she has been sharing her income ever since she started treating A Modern Homestead as a business.  In her latest post, How I Retired my Husband she passionately tells how she’s now earning $5000 from a small blog (65,000 page views) in only 10 hours a week.  Victoria gives the breakdown in percentages:

  • 45% – Sale of her own Products
  • 35% – Affiliate Sales
  • 20% – Advertising

Don’t miss our interview with Victoria on Inspiring Mompreneurs.  I also reviewed her fabulous book, Make Money Blogging at Any Level.

My First Income Report

Do Bloggers Earn Money Blogging? Yes, but it takes a while. I earned $85 in Feb 2017, my best ever month so far.I’m still a newbie blogger, learning the ropes so I don’t have a flashy “rags to riches” story to tell. Yet.

My primary job is being Mommy to my little one so I also can’t say progress has been speedy.

In my first year of blogging, I earned a sum total of… drum roll… $50.  From a Side Hustle. (Userlytics, see below).

My expenses were $ 378.98  so I made a loss of $ 328.98.

I’m now in Year 2 and the picture is starting to improve.

From January to June 2016, my Gross Income was $214.16  Expenses totalled $198.49.

So in the first 6 months of 2017 I made a teeny PROFIT of $ 15.68.

In my best months, February and April 2017, my profit was $45.79 and $ 33.86.

This is from a mix of side hustles and blogging income because, when you’re starting out in the blogging world you kind of try everything you can at first and see what sticks. Or at least, that’s been my approach.

Deep down, I know what I should be doing is focusing all my attention on Affiliate Income and creating my own Information Products but every now and again the perceived need (panic) to MAKE MONEY NOW rears it’s ugly head and that’s when I get distracted by side hustles.

Having said that, I’ve uncovered a couple of side hustles that take up very little time for a nice side income.

First I’ll tell the story in order of Highest to Lowest Income.

  1. Field Agent –  $106 (Side Hustle)
  2. Fiverr – $ 76 (Blogging  Income)
  3. Userlytics – $25  (Side Hustle)
  4. Wealthy Affiliate  – $7 (Blogging Income)

And here’s a month by month account so you can see how much it fluctuates.

  • Jan:  $8
  • Feb:  $85
  • Mar: $22.13
  • Apr: $74
  • May: $7.56
  • Jun: $17

As you can clearly see my two biggest income sources were:  Field Agent and Fiverr

Field Agent

Field Agent is one of my side hustles and one that’s trending at the moment – Field Agent now has over a million agents worldwide. They currently operate in the United StatesCanada, the United KingdomAustraliaSouth AfricaMexico and Romania.

Field Agent is an app you load on your smart phone that gives you access to jobs they call “missions”. It’s kind of like being a rep except you don’t work for just one brand.

I’ve done 23 missions so far and earned R1405. I can only attest to the South African experience of Field Agent as I haven’t worked as a Field Agent anywhere else in the world.

If you are a Field Agent elsewhere I’d love you to share your experience in the comments below.

Mostly, I’ve gone into stores with my smartphone and answered questions about a particular display.  All the missions I’ve done so far involve taking photos of the display, barcodes etc. When these missions become available you have to snap them up quickly because only one agent can visit a store. In our area missions disappear quickly.  The Field Agent app displays all the participating stores in a 90km radius from you (you set the radius when you sign up).

I’ve also done a KFC mission twice. In these missions agents buy a meal at KFC and report back about the quality of their service and the meal.

Once I know what I’m doing, a mission takes me about 10-15 minutes. The first one may take a bit longer, maybe 30 minutes. One mission pays between R35 and R170. Though income is on the low side, when you work out what your hourly rate, its not half bad. In the States missions pay between $3 and $12, according to their website.

I only wish more missions were available. I would be only too happy to do this for a few hours every month.

Fiverr

Here's my round-up post of 7 Top Mom Bloggers and my first Income Report. | makemoneyblogging | topmombloggers | sidehustles | bloggingforincomeIf you don’t know by now, Fiverr is a Freelance website where you usually sell your services for a song, well 5 Bucks, for starters.

The trick to making money on Fiverr is to find a service you can sell for cheap that’s not going to take hours and hours of your valuable time.

Or better still, sell a service that’s quick and easy to provide AND benefits your blog.

So that’s what I do. My gigs on Fiverr bring in some side income while also building rich content on my blog.

By end June I had completed 11 gigs on Fiverr and earned $76 so my average per gig was $6.90.

Some are quick, easy income and others take me longer. I kicked off with a $5 gig that took me 5 days to complete because I offered my Premium service at my Standard price.

The important thing for me is to always give my absolute best in the shortest possible time. As a result, I’m happy to report that I’ve earned 5 Star reviews thus far.

Here’s my Top Selling Gig:

I Will Publish Your Breastfeeding Article on My Website

I suppose I could make more money in the short term on Fiverr freelancing as a writer or editor or proofreader, but that would be too time consuming. As a blogger, I figure the best use of my time, long term, is time on my own blog.  

Join Fiverr here

Userlytics

If you were wondering where my first $50 came from in my first year of blogging, it was from a website test I did for Userlytics.  It was my the quickest 50 bucks I’ve ever made. Took me about 45 minutes to download the software and do the test.  Unfortunately, tests for South Africans are rather few and far between. I’m averaging one a year at this stage. This year’s test paid $20 as it only took about 20 minutes.  They threw in another $5 because I experienced a few technical difficulties and had to re-do the test.

This website testing company is really great that way. Payment is usually really fast, via Paypal.  Although you can sign up online, you deal with a real live person who manages your account. My account Manager is Silvia Gutierrez (mail to: sgutierrez@userlytics.com). If she still needs more testers once I’ve completed a test, she offers me a referral fee to share the test with others.  They don’t seem to have an affiliate program (yet).

What is website testing exactly?

Here’s a quick rundown of the process:

Initial Set Up:

  • Initially, you have to qualify as they are looking for a particular target market for each website
  • Complete the qualification form and email it
  • Download Java and their video recorder

The Test

  • Visit the specified website
  • Discuss your impressions and answer certain questions
  • This is captured on video
  • Answer some questions about your user experience on the website or opinion of the offering
  • Upload the recording
  • All instructions given are written messages on screen. There is no interaction with any person during the test.

After my first test I signed up for a number of website testing sites, but many sites are not open to South Africans (boo) and most tests pay just pennies. If you live in the USA you have the best chance of landing website testing opportunities.

Here’s a link to a great post on The Work at Home Woman11 Sites that will Pay you to Test out Websites

Wealthy Affiliate

Here's my round-up post of 7 Top Mom Bloggers and my first Income Report. | makemoneyblogging | topmombloggers | sidehustles | bloggingforincomeOh my… how can I do Wealthy Affiliate justice in one short paragraph?  It’s such an indispensable resource for me.  It’s where I get my blogging training, tools and community support.  It’s also where I registered my domain names and where my sites are hosted (included in their monthly fee is hosting for 25 sites)!

I’m working on a full Wealthy Affiliate Review. Watch this space.

In the meantime, you’re welcome to take a sneak peek, WA offers a Free Trial here.

Oh, by the way, my post on Userlytics, has by far been my most popular blog to date on Wealthy Affiliate, with 123 Likes and 173 Comments so far.  You can find it here: Yay! Just made my first $50 Online

Hope you found this post both useful and encouraging.

Would love to hear how blogging’s going for you.  Have you tried any side hustles?

P.S.  

In response to my first comment below.  This post is about Mom Bloggers because I’m a Mom Blogger. I will follow up with a full round-up post of all the Mom Bloggers I follow who publish income reports, perhaps even one with all bloggers.

I would have loved to add Melyssa Griffin and Michelle Schroeder-Gardner to this list but they aren’t Moms (yet).

Melyssa Griffin only publishes an income report the month she launches a program, her last income report was in December 2016 when she raked in a cool $ 283,680

After Melyssa, the two top income earners that I know of are Patrick Flynn of Smart Passive Income and Zach Swinehart of EO Fire.  In June 2017 Pat earned $ 184,095 and Zach, $ 135,301.

Michelle Schroeder’s made almost $ 1,000,000 last year blogging and in June 2017 she made $ 121,861.

Two brilliant Round-up Posts here:

Suzi Whitford of Start a Mom Blog53 Blogger Income Reports
Millenial Boss  – 35 Bloggers Making $1,000 to $ 300,000 a month

Happy reading!

PPS. Find my second income report here.

Lauren Kinghorn

Visionary Digital Entrepreneur ► Mompreneur | Content Creator | Affiliate Marketer | Social Media Influencer. Creator of Inspiring Mompreneurs, Happy Human Pacifier and LaurenKinghorn.com

34 Comments

  1. Hello Lauren thank you for this post. I like how realistic you are. Thank you. I am one of those people who thought that my website and my blog would be an overnight success. Sadly this is not true. I am finding that this is a long sometimes daunting task. However I have been sticking to it I just started last week. This post was very encouraging. And I know that if I continue what I am doing eventually I will reap the rewards. Thank you again for this inspirational post

    • Hi Michelle, oh, I know how you feel.

      It’s easy to see others making money and think that it happened overnight, but blogging is a slow, methodical process. Even the one’s who did it seemingly fast already had some base, perhaps a few failed blogs in the past or perhaps they started by building a social media following before they started blogging.

      So glad you found this encouraging, that was my hope. All the best for your blogging career. Treat it like a marathon, not a sprint. 🙂

  2. I enjoyed this immensely. I’ve always wondered about the details of what folks make blogging. I think it may be a little disappointing for those of us who have big dreams.
    What was interesting was that all these bloggers were women? I’m guessing that was intentional, or maybe women are better at it.
    I also enjoyed finding out about Userlytics and Field Report. I was totally unfamiliar with those two sources of income.
    Thanks for a great post

    • So glad you enjoyed this post. I am a Mom Blogger so I focused on Mom Bloggers in this post. There are so many brilliant bloggers I haven’t mentioned who are making a killing online. Thanks for mentioning this – I have just added a Post Script to my post. 🙂

  3. Love it Lauren well done! I’ve been blogging for years but have never thought to make money from it until recently, now I’m VERY interested into how I can combine the two..
    Are all of these mummy bloggers based on the USA?

    • Hi Rebecca, thanks! That’s cool. I wish you every success. You should be able to monetize a lot faster than I did as you already have your blog and a following. I think all these bloggers (except me) are based in the US though I somehow thought Sarah Titus was UK based. Will check and revert ASAP. I’m in South Africa. 🙂

    • Thanks for clearing that up, Sarah. Really appreciated you stopping by to leave a comment. What an honour! 😉 Also appreciate you sharing on social media. Thanks for your reply to my comment on your site.

  4. This is a thorough piece of work, Lauren. I enjoyed reading it.

    As I see it, new bloggers must not expect instant success by way of promoted product sales. It is all well and good starting a blog and having product links here and there. But in the end, no one will visit the blog if they don’t know it is there.

    That is what takes time. Blogs and other websites only become successful when they have a track record, which takes time. With time, trust grows. Links then come to the blog or website naturally.

    Ultimately, the most successful blogs are those that have been around for a while. Wealthy Affiliate teaches that.

    An established blog has lots and lots of readers. They are the customers. They are the ones who will click on affiliate links. Without readers, there is no point advertising anything. I think that is where new bloggers mess up.

    Patience and dedication are required. Only monetize a blog when there are enough people visiting it.

    Janice.

    • Hi Janice

      Thank you for these wonderful points. I agree wholeheartedly! Which is where side hustles and freelancing can come in. Or, of course, if someone has a full-time job blogging would be the side hustle, after hours until it generates enough traffic to bring in income.

  5. Hello there! I’m a student and I’m looking for a way to earn extra money online. I heard that blogging can give a decent amount of money and it got my interest. But my problem is that I don’t know how to start and how to do it. Do you have any suggestions that will help me with blogging?

    • Hi John

      Thanks for your comment and valid questions. 

      I learn’t how to set up my blog at Wealthy Affiliate. You can join here, free of charge and test it out for yourself.
      Suggestions to help you:
      Choose something you’re really interested in so you don’t get bored.
      Take your time to build rich content on your blog.
      Write posts you think your audience will enjoy.
      Come from a place of serving your community. Think of ways you can help or inspire or encourage others with your knowledge or experience.
      Have fun with it.

  6. Great article on whether bloggers actually make income blogging, I particularly like how you have given some examples.
    It’s great to see people get real life results doing this, it really gives people hope that they can actually do it themselves!
    Nice to see that you have made a profit yourself as well, a small step towards some big results!
    I look forward to seeing your success story in a couple of years.
    thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  7. WHOA!!!

    Well, if I had any doubts or uncertainties about earning income as a blogger before, they would be squashed now! I think you left no stone unturned, Lauren!

    I especially appreciate you sharing about your earnings, great and small. I think it’s the nature of the Internet that people expect everything to happen in an instant, but it’s not the case.

    Thank you for your thoroughness and sharing your insight. Here’s to continued success!!!

  8. Lauren, I am so glad you got to the point that making money from blogging takes work right at the beginning of the article. Hopefully, the get rich quick readers move on. I love that you also include your expenses in the picture of your success. You have a head for business if you continue down the road, but I think you know that. Enjoyed the verifiable success stories. All in all, this was one enjoyable read. Thanks and well done.

  9. I’ve also come across many bloggers who are making money from writing content that provides facts and expresses their thoughts on particular topics and products. In fact, some bloggers even earn a big enough income that replaces their jobs and produces financial freedom. 🙂

    It’s great to see so many mom bloggers earning online, and your list of featured bloggers is just the tip of the iceberg.

    Seeing some of the profits that these ladies are generating, it sure is inspiration for those who are looking into giving blogging a go.

    Neil

    • Thanks for your comments, Neil. I agree with you – definitely the tip of the iceberg. Am about to publish my Top 10 Mom Bloggers post on Inspiring Mompreneurs and I have a list of over 200! Most of the Top Bloggers don’t publish their incomes and we can only guess at what they’re making.

  10. Hi Lauren, I am person who hates to read. I can’t bear reading a full paragraph unless it really interest me. You made me read your whole page, I really enjoyed it. Bravo! You have made a very inspiring message to stay at home moms that they too can do and provide a living for her family. Excellent article! Will definitely share this. By the way congratulations on your success with Wealth Affiliate

    Clemens

  11. I love this post! It’s really inspiring and interested to see the breakdown of each blogger’s income. For me the most eye-opening part was Tabitha’s comment about how a blogger with 50,000 page views should be doing 3 sponsored posts a month. I’m a lot over that but I’m yet to land one but I’m not US based so maybe that’s the issue.
    I will definitely look into Fiverr more as a means of making some extra income.

    • Hi Gemma, wow, you really took the time to devour this post. So chuffed you found it so useful. Even as a non-US resident you should be able to get sponsored posts via Webfluential.

  12. It is truly eye-opening to see the income possibilities of blogging online. I love to blog myself. It gives you the freedom to work when you want, and you can scale your income based on the work you put into blogging. Thanks for showing my the inspiration, I feel ready to write another blog post right now!

    • Awesome, Jacob! Happy to hear my post could be a source of inspiration for you.

  13. Hi Lauren. A person like you will get there where these other ladies are now. Just work and wait and I am waiting to see it happen soon. You are so transparent and you deserve the trust of your readers. I am really anticipating your success. Any housewife would love another income stream and your blog can be it.

    • Aw, Thanks so much for your kind words, Cecille. I trust I will get there too. In time. Because I will keep blogging and learning, learning and blogging until I do.

  14. I like that introduction with the yes or no and the simple reasoning for why each was right at the time. I think it adds some integrity.

    This is an amazing blog. I was blown away with all the information.

    You have gone above and beyond finding all this detailed information on Mom Bloggers. As a Dad Blogger, I’m jealous.

    I can totally relate to wanting to change course to make money. I found a keyword by accident that was amazing. I would have to start an entirely different blog and write about a new subject. So I will play with that slowly but focus on the first one as you guys all recommend. I’m in it for the long haul.

    Thanks for such an inspiring blog. Keep it going.

    • Aah, how interesting, Paul! I have noticed there are a number of successful Dad Bloggers out there.

      Yes, if I had to do it all over again, I think I would have started and mastered one website at a time. Having said that, there’s a lot to be said for following your passion.

      Thanks for all your compliments, really happy to hear it inspired you.

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