How to Make Money Blogging – 4-5 Figure Income Reports!

I’m getting a little annoyed with all of the people hating on those who share their success making money blogging. Yes, it’s gross when people pretend it is easier than it is. Yes, I understand there are people doing things that aren’t ethical  such as not disclosing or promoting products they don’t stand behind. But that isn’t everyone, and it doesn’t have to be you, either.

Blogging is hard work, but if someone else can make money blogging,  so can you! Don’t let those people discourage you.

Income Reports and Insights -- Here is a list of bloggers who make money blogging each month from their respective blogs, along with insights to their success!

Now that I’ve gotten that off of my chest. I wanted to share with you a glimpse of bloggers (who all started at ZERO) who are now making 4-5 figures each month from blogging. If this isn’t the kick in the pants you’ve been waiting for to get started or take your blog to the next level, I don’t know what is!

Now, let’s dive into the income reports! I grouped them by income range. Please note, these were the most recent blog income reports published at the time I wrote this post.

Income Reports and Insights -- Here is a list of bloggers who make 1k-2k each month from their respective blogs, along with insights to their success!

This page contains affiliate links. Read my full disclosure.

Bloggers in the $1,000 – $2,000 per month range

How solid is your foundation? If you haven’t already, check out ‘Building a Framework‘, my favorite resource for bloggers by Abby over at Just a Girl and Her Blog. I personally took the base package (just the ebook) because I started with a strong foundation of the basics.

Income Reports and Insights -- Here is a list of bloggers who make 2k-5k each month from their respective blogs, along with insights to their success!
Bloggers in the $2,000 – $5,000 per month range

Income Reports and Insights -- Here is a list of bloggers who make 5k-10k each month from their respective blogs, along with insights to their success!
Bloggers in the $5,000 – $10,000 per month range

Lena of ‘What Mommy Does‘ has an amazing ebook that captures the 17 strategies she used to increase her pageviews to 350,000+ per month. I got this as part of a bundle that happened earlier in the year and by implementing some of her tips I was able to increase pageviews at my other blog, ProductiveandPretty.com.

Income Reports and Insights -- Here is a list of bloggers who make over 10k each month from their respective blogs, along with insights to their success!
Bloggers in the $10,000 + per month range

Michelle over at Making Sense of Cents makes over $50k each month (you read that correctly) from affiliate marketing. She shares all of her tips and strategies for successful affiliate marketing in her new course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I’ve taken the course along with many of my blog friends, and we are all seeing results from implementing what she teaches.

So what did I learn after reading so many income reports? Here are some of my initial observations:

  • Affiliate marketing is a huge contributor for most of these bloggers. What are you doing to optimize each and every one of your posts to thoughtfully point to a relevant affiliate? If you’re not sure how, or think you could be doing more, I highly recommend this course on affiliate marketing.
  • Ads make sense when your page views make it worth it. If you are starting out or still have a lower volume of pageviews, rather than making $10 a month from Adsense, maybe considering using that real-estate for an affiliate banner that is relevant to your audience.
  • You don’t need a product, but it is an income differentiator for some of these people. You can make income just with affiliate marketing, ads, consulting, or some combination of those things.
  • Pinterest. Pinterest. Pinterest. I don’t know if I can say that any louder. I did not see a single one of these people not optimized for success on that platform. Here is the course I recommend if you aren’t sure how to get better results from Pinterest.
  • Income reports do really well in social share groups and on Pinterest (this is my observation from finding most of these through those channels)
  • There are economies of scale with blogs. The bloggers through the 5k or even 10k range were more likely to have 1:1 services (consulting, coaching, etc.) than the ones above that threshold. A few who addressed this noting not having the capacity to do so anymore (understandably, given the growth of their respective blogs). The ones who continued to offer these services, were able to do so at premium pricing.

Additional reading.. my friend McKinzie over at Moms Making Sense did a great post of 29 Income reports to help propel your blogs success!

Feel free to leave a link to your income report in the comments below!

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