June 2016 Blog Income Report


Last June was the best month yet in terms of blog income for me, which is surprising because I haven't actually been blogging as much as I used to. I wasn't sure whether I should post my income report out in the open, though, but let's face it, nosey people all over the internet love to read this type of posts! 

What is more, I personally find blog income reports very motivating and I'm sure other bloggers do too. In fact, I know they do! Twitter told me.


So although my blog's income is not even comparable to what bigger bloggers earn, I've decided to share it anyway and give you a little insight on how I've generated it too. I've already excluded paypal transaction fees, so this is why the numbers look the way they do.


June 2016 Blog Income

  • Sponsored posts - $130.28
  • Sidebar advertising - $32.88
Total Income: $163.16

Sponsored posts - One of the reasons I've managed to generate so much through sponsored posts this month is because I started contacting companies myself, offering them a sponsorship package specifically tailored for their brand. With so many blogs out there today, it's highly unlikely to receive a great offer yourself, because brands just can't and won't contact every blogger out there. 

Although I did receive a few offers as well, I find that contacting companies myself allows me to be more picky about what my future posts will be about. I've just started doing it, so the price I offered was probably pretty low, but hopefully I'll get to raise it in the future. 

PS. One company that I contacted actually paid me in advance and I'm now super excited to share their product with you soon! :)

I've also accepted quite a few paid content placements recently, because the topics were something I'd love to read myself and I still had complete editorial control over the images used in these posts. I do feel bad about not creating much content myself, though, so I'll try to do better in July.

Sidebar advertising - I actually receive quite many advertising offers from different Chinese dress stores (probably because I've previously published a few articles for them) and although I've decided not to write sponsored posts for them anymore (because my blog isn't even about fashion), I think selling them banner advertising is completely fine. It's not much different from having random Google ads on my sidebar anyway. Although I must say the income I've generated by selling banner space directly is much higher than what I get from Google (which is close to none).

What's next?

Obviously, I'd like to see my blog's income grow even bigger next month, but in reality there's no way of knowing what July will bring. As of now, I'm not even sure whether I'll publish another income report in the future.

You may have noticed that my blog's income includes no affiliate sales, which is something I could probably work on. I've also been thinking about creating my own products like e-books etc, but I feel like I should grow my audience a bit more before doing that and possibly rebrand my blog too.

Lastly, I'm planning to host a giveaway in July, but I haven't figured out whether I want to do that on Twitter or through a Rafflecopter widget on my blog. So look out for that!

18 comments

  1. Hey Lona!

    Just wanna say how awesome I think these blog income reports are. It's a very transparent way of portraying your blog and it makes it more genuine! Also, it allows us other fellow bloggers to have some sort of guideline when it comes to making money off blogging.

    You're great!!

    http://toomanybiases.blogspot.pt

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, Claudia, and I'm so glad to hear you liked this post! :) Honestly, I feel like I could do even better with the whole blog transparency thing. I know in the US bloggers are actually required by law to state whether a post is sponsored, contains affiliate links or simply features a free product at the start of the post. So there's definitely still some room for improvement! :D

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  2. Ah you've done so well! I'd love to approach brands about sponsored posts but I have no idea what to say or how to pitch it :/ Would you be willing to share a post on what you write/how you prepare your email to a brand? :)

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. Hi, Jess! I can definitely do that! Thanks for the suggestion! ;)

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  3. Hi Lons,

    Wow you got a lot compared with me 😍

    www.dajourneys.com

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    1. Hi Winda, I'm sure there's something you can do to increase your income at least a bit too! :) First tip is: never sell yourself too short! πŸ˜‰ Always say your prices a bit higher, because brands will usually negotiate them down a bit.

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    2. Ups, sorry for misspelling your name.

      I will love to read what you write to contact the companies😊

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    3. No problem! :) And I will write a post on that soon! :)

      I've also been paid to publish pre-written articles, so I could help you get in contact with the content marketing company I'm working with, if you're interested. :D

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    4. Aww, you are too sweet, thank you 😊 I will love to work with them

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  4. Such an amazing post. And you have done an amazing job there. Keep up. I love these sort of posts. πŸ‘ŒπŸ» enjoyed it.

    Getalongwithgeet.blogspot.com

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  5. This was so interesting, and I like the transparency! I find it interesting to see how I could expand my blog in the future. I need to develop the courage to contact brands myself!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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    1. I also wrote a post on how to pitch brands, so maybe you should look into it! :)

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  6. Great post. It's just hard for be coming to a price that is acceptable - where do you even start!?

    www.lexilife95.com

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    1. If you've never been paid for a post before, getting sponsored products and an extra $15 for your time is a good start! :)

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