This is my fifth blog income report to share! This report only includes income I received from the month of July. I don’t include any money that is pending. If the money isn't in my bank account, I don't count it!

My journey to blogging and making money from my blog has been a slow, but steady one.

I started blogging almost a year ago!

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested around $140 to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever!

Towards the end of 2014 and start of 2015, I decided to get serious about my blog and treat it more like a business.

I started commenting on other bloggers’ posts, joined Twitter and signed up with Pinterest.

At the start of 2015, I committed to writing two to three times a week, improved my photos and wrote better content.

In March, I even earned income from my blog. Since then, I have been slowly making money each month!

While I won't be able to quit my day job anytime soon, every penny counts!

Here are a few of my previous posts about my blog income:

Each month I share my online income report. Last month I made over $500 online.

Online Income Report

As I stated earlier, my income report only includes money I have actually received.

On a separate note, this income is solely money earned from my blog. It doesn’t include income from any other sources, such as freelancing and VA work.

  • Affiliate Income – $35.00
  • Google Adsense – $0 (even though I continue to earn money through this avenue, I still haven’t reached the $100 threshold)
  • Product Reviews – $0 compensation, but received over $200 in valued product
  • Freelancing – $480

Total Income: $515

I really like affiliate earnings, mainly because I don’t have to rely on crazy high traffic to generate income.

My affiliate earnings came from 1 source of revenue last month. There are only a few companies and services I have recommended so far when it comes to affiliate income.

These are the companies and products I use:

My blog's theme: This is a wordpress theme I installed myself (yup, I installed it by myself to save money!)

Ebates: This is my fave company I use when I shop online. Hello, free money! It's free cashback on every purchase and the money gets deposited into my PayPal account. It's really hard to turn down free money. I've made almost $700 since signing up, which is crazy.

Ibotta is another free cell phone app. You use it after you go grocery shopping and use your receipt. It's basically a rebate app, so you can earn anywhere from 50 cents to $5 off everything you buy.

My favorite part about this app is that it's not always brand specific, like a lot of coupons are. So you'll be able to scan “any brand of bread” for 50 cents off, etc. If you do coupon – you can STILL use Ibotta and get a rebate. For the diehard couponers out there, this will often result in getting an item for FREE. Crazy, right?

If you want to grab the Ibotta app and start making money off your grocery receipts, click here to get started. You will receive a cash bonus of $10 when you scan your first item! 

Product reviews is a new category for me. I am just getting started in this area of revenue. I am signed up with a few companies that have blog and social media “influencers” that promote products. Some of these are paid and some only include the product.

While I have yet to earn an actual paycheck from these “influential” posts, the product value is awesome. I only accept items I would actually use in real life.

Last month I did campaigns for a luxury, high end skin care company, Special K cereal and snack bars and Crest whitening products. I also blogged about The Honest Company's products in a previous post.

Blog Expenses

  • Fiverr $5 – Technical stuff I didn't have time to mess with
  • Board Booster $5 – this is a great investment if you want to bring traffic to your blog. *Updated – I switched over to Tailwind for all of my pinning.
  • BlueHost $215.41 – I decided to renew my blog for the next 3 years.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested around $140 to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever!

Fiverr is my go-to for any miscellaneous, quick fix work right now. They have helped me with my logo and a bunch of technical stuff that I don't have time for. This has saved me from headaches, so paying them is well worth it!

Blog Goals

My blog goal is simple for August – get back to a better blogging schedule if possible. I'm still posting twice a week, but I would like to alternate weeks where I post three times in a week.

On a side note, I really don't like posting unless I can comment properly. I enjoy reading other blogs and responding to comments on my site. I get really stressed out publishing a post and then disappearing for a few days, which is why my blogging days has been irregular.

The full time day job, my new part time job (this will hopefully turn into full time once I relocate) and everything involved with moving is definitely making things crazy right now. Last week I posted what my schedule looks like, and I'm excited for this schedule to end in a few months.

Overall, I'm happy with my this month's blog income report. My little blog is chugging along and still doing better than I expected.

If you are thinking about starting a blog, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. You’ll also get a FREE domain name for a year! I was able to quit my job and blog full time, all within my first year of blogging. I am really glad I took a chance and started a blog! I invested around $140 to start my blog using Bluehost, and I made $13,000 in 6 months of blogging. That’s the best return of investment ever!

How was your July?