Blog Income Report – How I Made $10,197 Blogging In May


Time for a blog income report! It’s hard to believe that 2018 is almost halfway through! May was a busy month for me, with all sorts of things happening at HerpaperRoute (this blog), HerPaperRoute Blog School, and also my beauty blog.

Update: At the beginning of June I sold the beauty blog. Read about that here: How I Sold My 1 Year Old Blog For $50,000

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Blog Income Report May 2018: Here’s How I Made $10,197 Blogging This Month

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Blog Income Report May 2018: Here’s How I Made $10,197 Blogging This Month

What Happened In May:


Blog Income Report May 2018

In May my blogs earned $10,197. This post is a blog income report that goes into detail exactly how I made that money, what affiliate programs I promoted, and share my tips and strategy to help you reach your monthly blogging money goals too.

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Why Do A Blog Income Report?

I post these blog income reports as a way to stay accountable, stay focused on my goals, and keep tabs on how my business is doing, and how it can be better.

It is also very important to me that I show my readers just how possible a career in blogging really is. Regardless of what your niche is, there is a market and business for you, if you have the desire to put in the work to make it happen.


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You Should Start A Money-Making Blog Too

If you are thinking of starting a blog, or if you have a blog but are stuck trying to figure out how to make money from it, enroll in my free ‘Start A Blog & Monetize It’ course.

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Making Money As A Blogger

It is worth noting that although I have over a decade experience in marketing, (I worked as a corporate marketing strategist for over 10 years before quitting to blog fulltime last year), you don’t need that much experience to make money as a blogger.

If you have the desire to start a blog, and the dedication to put in the work to develop it is a business, you can be successful. It isn’t rocket science!

My education and background in marketing helps me make money blogging, as far as the marketing my business side goes, but it isn’t necessary – at all!

Check out my Make Money Blogging Guides, that’s where I share all of my blogging, marketing and money-making advice via free guides and training.

I keep a directory of affiliate programs for several different niches too.

To put yourself on the fast-track to developing your blog as a business and earning money with affiliate marketing, enroll in my profitable blogging course Be Your Own Blog Boss, which covers blog development, affiliate marketing, email marketing and more.


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I’m so happy that I was able to reach 25,000 sessions back in April for BeautyIsCrueltyFree (the beauty blog I founded and sold recently), which allowed me to join MediaVine. MediaVine PPC adds pay much more than Google Adsense, so this was a big goal for me.

The new MediaVine ads were rolled out on that blog in the second week of May, and in just that short of time earned $103, which may not seem like a lot, but with Adsense, I would have only earned about $20 in the same time frame!

Now I am really focusing on growing my traffic here on, and am setting a goal to get this site’s to 25,000 sessions ASAP.

Pinterest is a dream for blog traffic. I wrote about my Pinterest strategies here. I am using Tailwind to automate pins to over 100 group boards, as well as taking full advantage of my Tailwind Tribes, and manually pinning as well.

Another important tool to use for traffic is Smarterqueue . It auto-posts and recycles your blog posts, affiliate links, promotions, etc over and over across social media.

Domain Authority

In May the DA (Domain Authority) of HerPaperRoute went up eight notches from 21 to 29! This is thanks to some great backlinks that are popping up lately, with other blogs and websites raving about what we do here.

The beauty blog’s DA also shot up, from 13 to 22.

Ultimate Bundles Flash Sale

In May we ran a flash sale for The Genius Bloggers Toolkit. This is such a valuable pack of resources! If you missed this sale, you can still get the Ultimate Work At Home Super Bundle for a limited time, or wait to get the next Genius Bloggers Toolkit, when it is released in the Fall.

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Top Reads

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You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero: Master the Mindset of Wealth

This is such an awesome book. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is on the path of setting and surpassing money goals!

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In May I was featured on, where I shared my top 10 tips for starting an online business while on maternity leave. I developed my blogs from idea to profitable business soon after my son was born, all while I was on maternity leave, with the goal of never having to return to a job again. And it worked! Check out my tips here!


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Blog Income Report: Month Of May 2018 = $10,164



Total Before Expenses = $10,197


  • Webhosting: Bluehost $2.95 (That link gives you 65% off!)
  • Tailwind – Paid for a year – See my guide on that here.
  • ConvertKit – Paid for a year (The best tool for your email list management)
  • Smarterqueue $22 (This is the best social media automation tool, ever)

The above-mentioned expenses are crucial to the growth and success of my blog. I don’t know where I’d be without ConvertKit as it’s tools have made it possible for me to easily grow and manage my list across all the different campaigns I run.

When I first started out, I wasted way to much time using a non-premium email service provider, thinking I was saving money. When really I should have just been using a professional program from the start. Check out my guide to email marketing and get ConvertKit free for a month here.

If you aren’t ready to invest in ConvertKit yet, Mailerlite is a good alternative.

Equally as important is the social media automation app Smarterqueue. It constantly posts and then re-posts my content and links as evergreen content across social media, without me having to do a thing. You can get it free here.

Additional expenses to consider are that I am a self-employed person, so 20%+ of my year-end income will go to taxes, along with healthcare insurance and other self-employed related expenses.

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I provide various services, from building websites, developing social media campaigns, giving blog audits, and even offering blog-to-biz mentorship/coaching.

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How Was Your Month?

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