How Much Money I Make Online: Income Report March 2017
In March, I expected things to take a dip. It’s when I got paid for what I earned in January. January is typically a low month as far as advertising rates, and people aren’t often buying much or booking much travel. And while the totals did go down as compared with February, it wasn’t nearly as low as I anticipated. Here’s a look at how much money I earned online in March.
How much I earned from blogging: March 2017
As a reminder, I’m reporting my income in the month that I was paid, not the month I technically earned the money. And these numbers do NOT include money I earn outside of my own websites. I also do VA (virtual assistant) type work for three other websites, and I occasionally write freelance articles.
$1,653.40 – AdThrive (Note: AdThrive requires a minimum of 100,000 pageviews per month)
$1,497.25 – Amazon Affiliate Commission
$111.64 – Google Adsense
$82.82 – Amazon CPM ads
$76.09 – Shareasale (Viator)
$29.20 – ebook sales
$3,450.40 – Total Income from Blogging
$74.89 – New external hard drive
$15 – MailChimp
$9 – Genius Links
$0 – Themify (website theme – I pay this annually)
$0 – BackBlaze (back-up system – I pay this annually)
$0 – Tailwind (Pinterest scheduling – I pay this annually)
$0 – HostGator (web hosting – I pay this annually)
$98.89 – Total
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Notes about my blogging income
As I mentioned, there was a little dip from February to March…but not nearly as much as I had expected. January ended up being my busiest month ever on Travel Made Simple, so even though the advertising rates were lower, I made up for it with higher pageviews.
I didn’t work a lot in January, the month when I earned the money I received in March. Andy and I spent the second half of the month in Panama, kicking off our time in Central America. It’s always nice to know I’ll still earn money from advertising and affiliate marketing, even when I’m not putting work into my sites. It’s one of the reasons I love affiliate marketing.
>>If you’re interested in learning more about affiliate marketing and how great it is for earning money from blogging, check out this affiliate marketing course I took. Even with just a few tips from the course, my affiliate income started to increase. I highly recommend this course, especially if you’re new to affiliate marketing.
What’s working and what’s not
March was a stressful month for me. Before our trip to Central America, I wrote and scheduled posts for Ali’s Adventures to get through the entire trip. When I got back, I was playing catch up on all the things I let sit while we were traveling. Normally that wouldn’t have been such a big deal, but at the same time I was trying to get ahead again in preparation for a trip to Spain for almost 3 weeks in March.
It didn’t work out. I had lots of VA work to do, and I didn’t really have enough time to do that AND get ahead on my site. So I didn’t post as often as I’d like to for the month of March, and April started off a bit slow too. I think 3.5 weeks in between long trips isn’t enough time to do VA work and my own work…plus it’s not enough time to recover! So I probably need to work on how I plan trips along with my work schedule.
Blogging is a big balancing act, especially travel blogging. I’m not a full-time traveler, so I usually try not to work while I’m traveling. I want to enjoy the destination and not spend too much time in front of my laptop. But I still need to work enough when I’m not traveling to keep everything running. Balance is always tricky, and I’m always working on ways to improve.
Updates from me and Andy
I spent part of March in Spain taking a Spanish language immersion course. I was nervous about it ahead of time because it was 8 days of only speaking Spanish. But wow! I’m so glad I joined this program! It was a little rough at first, but once I got into it, it was wonderful, and my Spanish definitely improved. I can’t wait to tell you more about it over the coming weeks.
When the program was over, Andy met me in Spain for some travel. We spent a week in Toledo and Salamanca, struggling with the unseasonable cold snap followed by a few amazing days of warmth and sunshine. And because Andy doesn’t like to fly, I agreed to take the trains home as long as we stopped somewhere in the middle. We spent 2 nights in Avignon, France, where it rained on us the whole time.
We got home at the beginning of April, and I’ve been working ever since. We have a few trips in the works but nothing set in stone yet.
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April 14, 2017 @ 12:03 AM
Wow, this is awesome. I have a travel blog myself, but I don’t have an income report. Last month, I made about $4500. What are your pageviews? I have about 87k and made almost 1200 with MediaVine, but only 250 from Amazon. The bulk of my income is from Hotel affiliate.
April 14, 2017 @ 4:28 PM
Hi Maria, that’s awesome! Travel Made Simple, the site where 99% of my money comes from, gets anywhere from 120k to 160k pageviews per month. If/When your pageviews get above 100k, I definitely recommend AdThrive. I’ve heard their rates are better (though I never was on MediaVine, so I can’t personally compare) and their staff are really helpful. That’s great you’re having such good luck from a hotel affiliate, I haven’t had much luck with that type of thing yet, but I also haven’t put much effort into it yet.
April 14, 2017 @ 4:33 PM
Ah, this is great. I have very high RPMs on MediaVine (between $13-15), so I’m hesitant to switch. But we’ll see when I get there. Your Amazon income is amazing. Maybe we could teach each other. I teach you my hotel secrets and you tell me how to rock Amazon, haha. Congratulations on your amazing website!!!
April 16, 2017 @ 8:48 AM
Could be a good idea! And thanks for the kind words!
April 16, 2017 @ 1:29 AM
Hi Ali. Those are awesome results. Congrats. Way to go on Amazon. I’d love to learn more about Amazon CPM…and how you got in there and whether you feel like it’s incremental or cannibalizing your Amazon affiliate sales. I may post a q in Michelle’s FB group about this.
April 16, 2017 @ 8:57 AM
Hi Debbie! I really don’t remember having to apply for the Amazon CPM ads. It’s been 6 or 7 months, so maybe it just didn’t stick in my memory. But they were easy to set up, and I just have them on a handful of high traffic posts that still have Adsense ads on them. It works with a passback, so if Amazon doesn’t have an ad that matches or beats the rate I put in, they don’t show one of their ads, and instead it shows an Adsense ad. I need to keep playing with it, but at such a small amount, I haven’t made it a high priority. And no, I don’t think it cannibalizes my Amazon affiliate sales because they’re not necessarily Amazon ads, they’re acting like any other ad network, and I haven’t noticed any change in my affiliate sales.
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