Top Lessons Learned After One Year Of Blogging + Yearly Blog Income Report

Top Lessons learned first year blogging

The end of May marked my first full year of blogging.  I can’t believe it has been one full year already.  Time has flown by and I have genuinely enjoyed becoming a blogger and starting up Cash Flow Diaries.  For the past year I have been keeping traffic statistics and income made from this blog on my monthly income reports.  I decided to change it up for this post to show the top lessons learned after one year of blogging + yearly blog income report.

As you may have read before, when I started this blog I literally had zero experience blogging, creating a website or even writing.  The only writing I had ever done was years ago for college essays and reports.   It was very exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time starting the blog with no experience and no idea where this would lead me.   I am deeply proud of what I have accomplished so far and am looking forward to what my future years of blogging brings to me.   If you are looking to start a blog, I highly encourage you start now.  If I can do it, you can do it plus I created an easy step by step tutorial on how I created this blog.  So feel free to check it out.   Here are some lessons learned from my first year of blogging that may help you out on your journey to become a blogger.

 

Top Lessons Learned After One Year of Blogging

 

1) It is possible to make money blogging your first year with no experience but it is not easy.

  • You will see in my income report below that I was able to successfully make a profit for my first year.  I even broke even on my total startup costs within 4 months of starting.   It literally only takes a few minutes to create a blog when you use Blue Host which is the hosting company I used to start this bad boy up.

2) Write about your own experiences and what you are passion about.

  • Having actual experience and a passion for what you write about will show in your writing.  People notice this type of stuff and it creates a good writing personality.  Readers enjoy this!

3) Social Media is crucial to marketing and building page views.

  • Looking back, the majority of my traffic has come from social media.  You must learn how to use and promote your blog in as many social media sites that you can.  I spent a lot of time creating and learning how to do this via facebook, twitter, pinterest, linkedIn, and StumbleUpon.  Build as many followers as you can, engage with other users and promote your blog posts as well as other people’s.  You will be rewarded with traffic and page views.

4) Communicate with other bloggers

  • The blogging community is full of great people.  Most other bloggers are super friendly, willing to help out and also engage in your content.  Make sure to take the time to engage with other bloggers by commenting on their blog posts, sharing their posts and even just flat out directly communicating with them via email or anything.  I have gained a few new real friends by doing this and its great!!  I have also done a few podcasts and have done guest posts on other blogs because of this.

5) Write down your blogging ideas and article topics.

  • When you first start blogging you will have so many different ideas on what you can do to your blog and what posts you can write.  Definitely remember to write this stuff down because you will forget them.  I keep a notepad for blogging ideas and jot down everything that comes across my mind.   It makes for great ammunition later on when you are in a slump or looking for something to do with your new blog.

6) Never stop learning or trying to get better.

  • You may think you know it all but you will soon find out that you don’t!  From SEO practices to how to do marketing, you should research and learn from other bloggers.  Learn how they blog, write and even make income.  I have learned so much about how to make money blogging by reading the income reports on my Ultimate List of Blog Income Reports.  It is a great source to see how others are making a killing with blogging.

7) Take the time to proofread your blog posts.

  • I have had other readers and even other bloggers call me out on bad grammar and typos.  There have been times when I am in a hurry and really want to get a blog post out so have rushed posts.  You should try to avoid doing this and really take the time to re-read what you have written.   It’s possible that some people may stop reading your blog if they see how bad your writing/grammar is.  The quality of your posts is more important than the amount of posts you publish.

8)  Do not EVER use any images you find online without purchasing or getting approval.

  • In one of my earlier posts, I thought it was okay to grab a random image online and use it in one of my blog posts.  This turned out to be a big no-no and I was threatened to be sued because of it.  Luckily I was able to resolve the matter but it was a huge scare and a lesson learned.  I highly advise you only use pictures you take yourself, grab from a legitimate free stock image website or that you purchase from a legitimate site with the proper licensing.

 

So now let’s get to the income report section which will show you my stats and income from my first year of blogging.

For all you new readers, here is a little info on when I first started blogging:   Cash Flow Diaries was born on May 22nd, 2015, that is day I bought the domain name.  The remaining month of May I spent creating the first posts and making the blog ready for showing the world.  June 2015 was the first full month which I was very pleased with.

 

Startup Costs:  (Born on date – May 22,2015)
Site Purchase from Blue Host for 3 years:  $-226.08
Logo Purchase:  $-50
Total Startup Costs:  $-276.08

  • As of September 7th 2015,  the blog has officially generated more income to cover all my total expenses and startup costs since day 1.  We are running free and clear until May 2018.    So for all you new bloggers out there, if you are wondering how long it takes for a blog to recoup all its startup costs for a 3 year plan.  It took me 3 and half months (108 days) to earn enough money to cover it all.  Initially I had thought it was going to take me a whole year to do this but the blog has really taken off in my opinion and I am definitely making more money from the blog then I ever thought, especially this early in the game.  It has not been easy at all so don’t think it is but if you want to see how I created Cash Flow Diaries, you can check out my step by step guide I created.



income for first year of blogging

Blog Income Report – Yearly Totals

Income:

Google AdSense:  $497.29

  • After a full year of blogging I made almost $500 just from google adsense alone.  This consists of having just 3 adsense ads somewhere in my blog.  This alone was enough to pay off my startup costs and provide additional income.

Amazon Affiliate:  $39.26  

  • It’s not easy making amazon money unless you are doing product reviews but I am super grateful for have made anything from it.

Flex Offers Affiliate:  $600

  • This one was a pleasant surprise as the payouts are nice but they are not easy to come by.   I make a $100 per sign up with my Personal Capital affiliate and was able to get 6 sign ups in one year.   What makes it difficult is that the person signing up needs to meet a certain criteria to get the payout.  They must have over 100k in invest-able assets for me to get the pay out.   Anyways, for those of you who do not know what this is, Personal Capital it is a personal finance manager online site/app that aggregates all your income and expenses and provides cool graphs and charts for you.   It’s completely FREE and exactly what I use for tracking my net worth.

Blue Host Affiliate:  $520

  • BlueHost offers a $65 payout per sign up.  I like to promote Blue Host because they are who I use to host this site and I have had very little problems with them.  Plus they have great deals.  Highly recommend to use them for starting a blog.

Media.net Ads:  $177.20

  • I actually only started using Media.net 5 months ago and have been able to make a nice amount of income from them.  They are basically just like google adsense.

Coaching/Mentoring: $690

  • I only started offering this service about 4 months ago as well and so far it has been able to provide me with a decent source of additional income.   So if you are a newbie and are looking for help, additional information or advice on how to purchase a turnkey rental property in a different state, please check my consulting packages on my Contact Me page.

So I made a total of $2523.66 in income my first year of blogging.   Not too shabby if you ask me.  🙂

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Expenses – Yearly Total

$453.51 – This is the total accumulation of all the expenses I had my whole first year of blogging.  This includes startup costs, paypal fees from the coaching, boardbooster and some minor web design customization I had done.  I intentionally try to keep my blog expenses down and thought I did a good job for my first year.

Total Yearly Net Income:  (Income minus Expenses)

$2070.15

 

Yearly Blog Statistics and Traffic:

 

Blog page views traffic first year blogging

page traffic after one year of blogging

Page Views:  167,413

  • I honestly am really proud that I was able to accomplish these kinds of numbers in my first year.  It was not easy to do this and I only hope that I can match that or get better traffic for my 2nd year of blogging.   Hard work, a little bit of luck and a lot of social media marketing is basically what it comes down to.

Subscriber Count:  777 New Subscribers

  • I somehow was able to acquire 777 subscribers to this blog.  From the beginning I set this up and it has been a slow crawl to get this but I am extremely happy with that number.  I just love getting emails when someone subscribes.   So if you want to be part of the awesome feeling I get when I get a new subscriber!! ?? Then please subscribe just by typing in your email in this little box right here.  Nice and easy.  I promise you won’t get annoyed by my posts.  🙂

Social Media Stats:

Twitter:  7986 Followers            Follow me

  • I figured out how to get over 1000 followers per month for free using the Cash Flow Diaries Twitter Strategy.  What sucks is that I didn’t learn about it until about 6 months ago.   If I would have known from the beginning I would have a lot more followers.  But either way, it’s okay.  I am very pleased with all my twitter followers.

Facebook:  4953 Friends          401 Page Likes   Friend me or Like My Page

  • I have been generating friends from the beginning but only created my blog page about 5 months ago.   It’s not easy getting likes on your blog page without paying for facebook advertising which I refuse to do at this point.  I’m okay with just trying to grow these numbers organically.  I’m just about capped out on friends though but it’s okay.

Pinterest:  11000 Followers        Follow me

  • Since I started using Board Booster, my pinterest page views got much better.  Nothing earth shattering but I have way more traffic coming from pinterest now considering I was getting practically none before.  I highly recommend to get Board Booster if you havent already as a way to promote your pinterest and gain additional traffic to your blog.

 

So there you have it folks, my blog statistics and income for my very first year of blogging.  I hope you enjoyed reading the stats.  I seem to find great pleasure in reading how other bloggers do each month.  I really love the idea of posting the monthly income report which is why I created:

The Ultimate List of Monthly Blogger Income Reports where you can view actual monthly incomes from over 30 different bloggers.

How do you think I am doing so far? Any tips or suggestions?   If you would like to receive emails on future income reports and others posts when they are released, please subscribe here:

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86 Comments

    • Hey Aliyyah! I didnt realize you had only been blogging for 3 months. You are doing great so congrats on that. You should definitely try and work on adding some affiliate money if you can. Its truly passive income!

  1. Great to see the progress you’ve made over the year. I’d be interested to know how your traffic breakdown looks coming from Twitter? It seems you have found a good source of followers via your free method. If converting one of those follower apps from free to paid converts to a large bump in traffic, I’d definitely take a good look at upgrading.

    For example, say converting to paid lets you gain an EXTRA 10,000 followers per month. If 1000 more followers translates to 1000 more page views and 1000 pv’s results in $5 in Adsense revenue, that extra 10,0000 followers would yield $50 a month and likely pay for that $10 per month paid service in just the first few days of each month.

    • Hi Chris! You know to be honest out of all the social media, twitter is the one that gives me the least amount of traffic. I do see where you are coming from and that makes complete sense, I need to look at my google analytics to see exactly how much twitter traffic Im actually getting. Its not much!

  2. We think you’ve had an awesome first year Alex! We started our blog 3 months ago and would be thrilled to be in your position 9 months from now. We agree with your 8 blogging lessons but have never used #3 ourselves. Do you have any tips for using social media to promote a blog anonymously?
    Believe Fire recently posted…Algarve Portugal – Our ExpensesMy Profile

    • Hey! Wow I didnt realize you were so new at blogging either. Thats awesome and you are doing great! Social media really is where its at so you should jump right on that. As for doing it anonymously, just create new social media accounts with your blog name only and start from scratch. It doesnt have to be tied to your personal accounts.

    • Thanks ZJ! I love writing these up as it helps me stay motivated with trying to get better each month.

  3. Alex, you make it look so easy but I know you bust your ass off! I like that you do a monthly report – it makes it easy to follow your progress and see what you’ve been doing that works 🙂

    Congrats on 1 year! And happy birthday to CFD xD

    • Thanks so much Jaymee! I wish it was easy!! Lucky for me I have a day job where I can spend some time on the blog which is when and where I do most of my promoting/writing. 🙂

  4. What a great first year, you should be proud! That’s interesting to hear how successful board booster was for you, I may have to look into that as well. Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks! I signed up for board booster because I read from other bloggers how they were getting enormous amounts of traffic from pinterest. Im not quite at that level yet but I think if I keep at it, eventually it will pay off big time!! You should definitely check it out.

  5. I’ve been following your Twitter strategy (I actually paid for CrowdFire and have my VA follow 300 new people a day) and have built up a lot of followers in a short amount of time. It’s not driving a huge amount of traffic (163 sessions in the last month, just over 5 a day) but pretty easy to do.

    Haven’t figured out Facebook yet, but might have to finally check out Pinterest based on your recommendation. How much time do you put into creating each of your graphics? Thanks for all the tips!
    Brian – Rental Mindset recently posted…How to Visualize the Real Estate CycleMy Profile

    • At some point I need to figure out if its worth it for me to pay for crowdfire but I just havent taken the time to figure the analytics on how much traffic actually comes in from twitter based on my follower count. The strategy definitely works though so I like that a lot!

      For pinterest images it takes me now about 10 minutes to create the image but only because I have been doing it for awhile now. When I first started it took me longer. Once you get the hang of it then it shouldnt take too long. Definitely worth it to create a pinterest ready image for each blog post.

  6. Congrats on the progress so far. You have a very impressive site & have hustled. I’m at the nine-month mark with my blog and haven’t invested the time or resources that you have & the difference in stats prove it.

    I use Grammarly to help proofread my posts & just started using it a month ago.
    Josh recently posted…A Man’s Review of Nely Galan’s “Self Made”My Profile

    • Hey Josh! Thanks man! I have been using I think the built in wordpress spell check now which seems to be working okay for now but ill check out grammarly to see if its better. Appreciate the info. I highly recommend you at least spend some time on social media to promote your blog. You wont regret it. Problem is just finding the time to do it. 😐

  7. That’s a great first year Alex. Talking with like minded people is my biggest plus, but the side income is nice also. I am thinking of expanding to include Stumbleupon and Pinterest. Can you speak to how successful those outlets have been at getting you pageviews?

    You’re kicking ass buddy
    -Bryan
    Income Surfer recently posted…New Book and a Historical PerspectiveMy Profile

    • I wish I could find local like minded people but its tough to find others on a similar path as me. Internet is where I go for new personal finance friends. 🙂

      I have got lucky a few times with stumbleupon and received a few thousand page views from a few posts but its rare. I would say pinterest is my top referrer at this point. I would try both if I were you.

  8. This is really inspiring, thanks for putting the post together. It was really helpful that you linked to some of your other articles, like the twitter strategy and the ultimate list of monthly blogger income reports. I hadn’t seen either before!

    Trying to pay it forward, there’s a great interview about using Board Booster to become a Pinterest master over at Side Hustle Nation. I have yet to implement it myself, but when I do I’ll be going back to this podcast:

    http://www.sidehustlenation.com/pinterest-traffic/

    • Oh man that is awesome that you found my other posts through this post. Hope you like them!! I have actually heard that same interview over at SHN. She knows what she is doing and is part of the reason why I think its important to get pinterest up and running ASAP.

  9. Really solid one-year roundup! I think this is so important: “Write down your blogging ideas and article topics.” I’ve been doing this for a few years now and the toughest thing for me is finding time to write, NOT thinking of ideas. Others typically have the opposite problem.

    • Hey DC! Thanks! I got lucky and have a job where I have a few down hours periodically so I take advantage of my writing during the day and get paid to do so technically speaking!

  10. Kudos to you on a fantastic first year. I’ve followed you for a while and I’m always impressed by your content. I’m more impressed with how you try so many things and figure ways to find users. Your Twitter post for example is really good and it works. I followed your strategy and doubled my twitter followers. Best of luck with year 2.
    Investment Hunting recently posted…Monthly Dividend Income – May 2016My Profile

    • Thanks so much! I am always trying to get better at something and the truth is there is always room for improvement. Im really happy to hear you started using the twitter strategy and its working for you. I cant imagine how many more followers I will have a year later but its going to be great. Keep it up!

  11. I’m so hesitant to use Twitter even though I’ve read how-to guide. I know it’s silly, because even if I only bring three visitors a month it’s probably worth the 10 minutes every few days. However, I just can’t stand Twitter and I think, as a whole, their business model is silly and unprofitable. It is slowly eating away at me though, so I’ll likely start this month.

    As far as Pinterest, that’s something I would be interested in how you get views for that. I get using Board Booster, but what drives people to actually click. And for those that “pin” your post, what drives them to follow through and get to your site? It just seems for labor intensive for the user to actually get here.
    Cash Flow Celt recently posted…Roth IRA ExplainedMy Profile

    • Haha yeah it took me awhile to even figure out the purpose of twitter, its so much going on and it only lasts a few minutes, its crazy! I agree that even if it gets your a few more readers then at least its working. As for pinterest, i dont know the secret to get a ton of views but all I have been doing is just trying to create really enticing pictures using canva.com, using board booster to constantly pin stuff and just hope that people click on it I guess. 🙂

    • Hi Francesca! Thanks! I remember my 2nd month like it was yesterday. 🙂 Time has been flying by. As for facebook, I would recommend you join as many groups as possible and become an active member, from there you can request friends and people will start noticing you to follow and stuff.

  12. Congrats! I’m going to be sure to find you on FB and Twitter. I’m terrible about building both of those, so my numbers are pretty low. You saw amazing growth this year. I’m only (after years and years) finally getting into really pushing my blog/profit numbers up. So we’ll see how it goes. I’m definitely interested in checking out CrowdFire.

    • Hey Abigail! Thanks so much. Yes I noticed you followed me on twitter, I followed you back. 🙂 If you spend about 10 to 20 minutes per day trying to increase social media followers it will eventually pay off. Im glad to hear that your numbers went up this year, congrats on that!

  13. Congratulations, Alexander! You’re kicking butt with over $2K your first year. Thanks for being so transparent and sharing all of your projects. I’m really interested in hearing about your FBA one (I may dip my hat into the mix soon), as well as any additional income properties you purchase. You’re doing awesome my friend!

    • Thanks Michael! I am really looking forward to my amazon FBA project as well, its been a scary ride so far as it is just taking forever. Per my manufacturer, everything should be ready this week so we’ll see what happens. Hopefully I dont get scammed or anything. Anything can happen. Ill write a post though about it once I have some more news.

  14. Great post, great info and congratulations on a great year. I find this to be so encouraging because I keep fighting back that voice that says there are a million people out there who have more experience/ more knowledge/ better tech skills/ are better writers/ who have said it all before… so what is the point adding my two cents? But my takeaway here is that readers really respond to a genuine voice and to regular people. I enjoy reading about the amazing success of superstar bloggers for inspiration, but the people I go back to day in/ day out are usually the ones who are a little closer to earth and who I can relate to.

    • Hi Linda,

      I completely agree with you. The readers are out there and they will come. Most of the blogs I read are not superstar bloggers but just normal ones like you and I. Keep at it, ill be sure to check out your blog too.

  15. Loved reading about how your first month blogging went! Congrats, you are doing really well! I appreciate the advice on social media where I seem to be media challenged. ?

    • Thanks!! Trust me, at the beginning I was social media challenged as well. It takes time to figure each one out but you should definitely do it. 🙂

  16. Congrats on the 1 year anniversary buddy. You’ve done really well and it’s just going to get better each month for you 🙂 Looking forward to seeing what you do in the coming year. It’s compounding awesomeness 🙂

    Tristan
    Dividendsdownunder recently posted…Saving for the future: MayMy Profile

    • Oh man I am so looking foward to see how things play out for me this year. Not just with the blog but personally as well. Big changes coming up for me soon which I will discuss in the near future.

  17. Congratulations on a very impressive first year of blogging!! Many of us are still working on it hard. I think the main thing is NEVER to give up 😀

    Your tips noted above a great too, especially for beginners. I often hear people say they don’t know what to write about, I think those are the ones that haven’t yet found what they are passionate about. Great read.
    Irene Haidner recently posted…Work Life Balance: If your work is not life, why should you do it?My Profile

    • Hi Irene! Thanks so much. Working hard is definitely the only way I know to do it. 🙂

  18. Congrats on a great first year! I hope my first year will be as successful.

    I am going to follow your lead and expand my Pinterest presence and get to work on Stumledupon. Thanks for your insights!

  19. Don’t give up but focus more on your blog and less paying attention to other blogs and there incomes. Make your blog a go to place for information and experiment with modifying theme coding… making user experience better on the blog.

    Money will come in do time but if you are blogging just for money, you might as well sell your blog and stick to the 9 to 5 job. Everyone to focused on making money and not focused on the content in which keeps people coming back.

    • Those are great tips Derek! Thanks for sharing that brother.

    • Thanks Lloyd. Im really happy you found my blog. I think I found you first actually. 🙂

  20. Oh WOW, great job. Has it really been a year?! I feel like we are just chuggin along. I didn’t even think to add up how much I made the first year haha. I am totally stealing this! Blogging is definitely a great way to make money, but you gotta do a lot of upfront work for months. I think it really pays off though. I LOVE that you are providing consultations now!!

    • Yes that year flew by its crazy!! Oh yeah I think a one year round up is great especially for the first year. Cant wait to read yours!

    • Hi Anne! Thanks you so much! I do not have other sources of online income. Maybe in the future I might but I just dont have the time to manage a 2nd website. I called my blog cash flow diaries because the premise of my blog is to create cash flow (aka passive income). And I guess Diaries is just another word for journals. Its not easy coming up with website/blog names that are not already taken so that is the best I could find when I created it.

    • Thanks Francesca! I hope you do better then me! 🙂 HOpefully you can learn a bit from what I have been doing and beat it. Good luck!

  21. Building my blog traffic/income is definitely I’m trying to focus on. Your income is very impressive and you’ve only been at it for a year. Mainly, I need to work on posting consistently but it’s tough. Building traffic is my priority. And I definitely need to learn more about how to produce income also.

    • Hey Andrew! Oh yeah it is tough finding the time and schedule to consistently post. When I first started I was doing 3 blog posts per week. Then it went to 2 per week and now im only doing 1 per week. If I had more time though I would definitely create more. It usually takes me anywhere from 2 to 5 hours to create a good post.

  22. Happy Anniversary!!! Great advice too…i took a few weeks off after my wedding, will be posting again this week…

    • Wise move Mike and congratulations on your wedding buddy! We are both newlyweds, I just hit my 1 month anniversary yesterday.

  23. Hey Alex, congrats on the 1st year! I’ve come across your blog several times and didn’t realize you’d only been at it a year. Always appreciate your transparency with all your numbers…I learned a lot following your turnkey investment progress.

    Also, thanks for the intro to Board Booster, definitely gonna check that out!

    “4) Communicate with other bloggers”

    I found this one to be especially true in the PF blogging community, its great!

    Looking forward to following your progress in year 2!
    Nate recently posted…How Much Should I Have In My 401(k) At My Age?My Profile

    • Hey Nate!! Thanks man I appreciate it. Im glad you been able to learn from the turnkey stuff I have done. I think its super cool that the PF blogging world are so communicative towards each other.

  24. I’ve said it before & I’ll probably say it again.. You’re a powerhouse man.. You could definitely & easily produce an E-Book on how to blog with the types of numbers your getting here :)!

    Congrats on the 1 year, shame I didn’t buy you a birthday cake ;).. Keep on keeping on & awesome work to date!
    Thanks for all of your efforts

    • Haha man I would love to write an ebook but I just have no time for that these days. My life has been crazy busy lately. Im hoping later on this year it will slow down a bit and allow me to do something cool like that. Thanks so much and I had my own little celebration I did with my wife for my 1 year blogiversary which was pretty cool! 🙂

  25. You survived one year! Congratulations! Finally, something that is not run of the mill do this, do that on things blogging. Thanks for taking the time to put this together.

    I was just wondering, did you go through a particular process in choosing you niche?

    Check out my blog, too and let me know if there is anything helpful or you would want to discuss: http://cam-airllc.com/blog/

    • Hey Chris,

      Thanks a bunch! I didnt really pick my niche per say, it was just something I was already doing passionately before I even started blogging. So the blog is really just about my life and what I am doing to get to financial freedom.

    • Thanks Jenna! Just have to keep doing that and it should continue improving I would think.

  26. Congrats on the year!

    Can you talk about the specific image you used where you were threatened to get sued? How did you finally resolve it? I try and search for public domain fotos, and have a relative who creates independent graphics for me.

    I’m also confused by how some companies like Buzzfeed use all these famous images but don’t pay for it. I’d love to hear your thoughts on your specific situation!

    Thanks,

    Sam
    Financial Samurai recently posted…How Much Can An Adjustable Rate Mortgage Go Up After The Fixed Period Is Over?My Profile

    • I was a bonehead and downloaded an image straight from a google images search. It wasnt even a great image, just a random image I picked out without even doing a search for public domain or anything. It was a stupid rookie mistake and i learned my lesson real good.

      I eventually ended up settling with the photo owner for an undisclosed amount. I had to sign an agreement that I would never disclose the amount but lets just say I paid too much for one stinking photo!

  27. What a fantastic year! I love how detailed you are in your breakdown! This is so motivating as I hope to have similar success by the end of my first year! The picture situation you described is scary! I use pixabay right now because I don’t have a way to take decent photos year. This is something I hope to invest in, in the future though. Where did you find the image you experienced issues with?

    Amanda

    • Hey Amanda! Im sure you can have similar success if you are motivated enough. I put in so many hours that first year because I wanted to succeed really bad. Oh yes the picture situation was a nightmare. I had pulled the image from a google image search and just right clicked it and saved it. Bonehead move!!

      I hope you never have to go through that. I also use pixabay. 🙂

    • Hi Mrunal! That is great you started your blog in March. Congrats on that! I think your traffic is fine for now but you should try and see if you can increase it. As for making money on the blog, it all comes down to more traffic!

  28. Wow it’s already been one year, oh how it flew by! Keep up the good work, I always enjoy reading your blogging income reports and I’m glad to see you will be getting into FBA it’s a ton of fun!

    • Ha yeah time went by super fast. Thanks so much. I cant wait to see how year 2 goes. So far its going good although I havent had as much time to post as many posts as I would like because life has been just way too busy for me lately. Should slow down here in a few weeks though I think finally.

    • Haha its been tough to get these kinds of numbers. A lot of promoting and networking! Im hoping it only keeps getting bigger. I made close to $600 last month just on the blog which was pretty cool.

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