Income Report: My Third Month of Blogging, February 2016 @mirandanahmias

My Third Month of Blogging: Income Report

Wow, I can’t believe that I’m already three months in! Although, at the same time, it does kind of feel like I’ve been doing this forever haha. Comment below and let me know how long you’ve been blogging!

The Month of February: An Overview

I’m not sure that I will ever beat January (at least any time soon) in terms of how happy I was and how successful I was with getting new clients and making money, but February was still pretty darn good! Interested in reading about my second month of blogging?

I didn’t make quite as much money as I’d have wanted in an ideal world, but I choose instead to put a lot of work into the business side of things in February instead of focusing on clients. In terms of my blog’s success (vs. actual profit), it was a really great month!

A few highlights:

  • I finally bit the bullet and got myself LeadPages
  • I experimented with Facebook and Pinterest ads
  • I created a kick-ass (if I do say so myself!) free email course
  • I’ve been working on a secret project
  • I revamped my services page
  • I hired two VAs! (One part-time virtual assistant and the other just for one project)

How I Did on My February Goals

February’s goals went over really well!

I was able to create a better balance for myself, especially towards the end of the month, by starting to book clients out in advance instead of trying to work on every single project at once (gee, I guess Halley Gray is a genius!). There was one point that I was booked out for 3 weeks! That’s absolutely a success in my mind.

Once I started scheduling my clients out, my stress level went WAY down and I was actually able to, like, sit down and have dinner with my fiancé a few times instead of stressfully eating at my desk in front of my laptop every night.

Another goal I had was to increase my profit-per-client ratio, which I did! I spent time updating my services page(s), added in a few new packages (especially in the virtual assistant section — check out my affordable rates!), and did a better job of making sure that my prices match my experience level and how much value I provide to my clients.

I also succeeded in posting on my blog at least 4 times (I had 6 posts!), creating my free email course, and writing to my newsletter subscribers a lot more.

I’m so happy that I was actually able to achieve each thing that I wanted to last month!

My Goals for March

  • Complete the secret project
  • Book myself out for 2 weeks of April
  • Participate in a webinar

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What?? After only 3 months of blogging, Miranda Nahmias Design was able to pull in a profit of over $800 in February 2016! She provides detailed accounts of her expenses, goals, statistics and analytics. Gimme those juicy details!! // Miranda Nahmias Design

Now let’s get to the juicy stuff! And please tweet about this post for me, would ya?

(P.S. Red is less profit than last month, green is more profit than last month, and black is same profit as last month)

February 2016 Expenses

  • Boardbooster = $5.00
  • Tailwind (annual fee, divided by 12) = $8.67
  • Design Elements = $40.00
  • ConvertKit = $29.00
  • Buffer = $10.00
  • LeadPages (annual fee, divided by 12) = $24.97
  • Blog Hosting (annual fee, divided by 12) = $10.47 
  • Paypal Transaction Fees = $17.51
  • E-Courses & Ebooks = $47.00
  • Ads & Marketing = $47.32
  • Virtual Assistance = $55.00

Total Expenses = $294.94 (over $200 more than last month! Eww!)

 

February 2016 Income Report

  • Affiliates = $0
  • Google Adsense = $2.53
  • Design clients = $440.00
  • Virtual Assistance = $362.00

Total Income = $804.53 (Almost 200% more than last month!)

Total Net Profit = $509.59

 

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ALL THE STATS AND ANALYTICS!

Let’s take a look back at what my January 2016 stats were:

  • Number of blog posts = 3
  • Blog Page views = 3,188
  • Blog comments = 39
  • Email list subscribers = 185
  • Facebook page followers = 146
  • Instagram followers = 701
  • Twitter followers = 508
  • Pinterest followers = 422
  • Google+ followers = 4
  • Profit per client = $41.11

 

Now, here’s what was going on in February 2016:

  • Number of blog posts = 6
  • Blog Page views = 4,279
  • Blog comments = 103
  • Email list subscribers = 379
  • Facebook page followers = 184
  • Instagram followers = 1,329
  • Twitter followers = 746
  • Pinterest followers = 567
  • Google+ followers = 13
  • Profit per client = $57.23

 

I have to admit that when I first started writing this income report, I really thought that my numbers were going to be low. February had seemed a little lackluster compared to January, but really, it was actually kind of awesome!!

I can’t believe that I made almost twice as much as I did last month! Of course, there were a lot more expenses this month than ever before, as my blog continues to grow. But I guess it paid off! I still ended up netting more than I netted last month, which is obviously always the goal.

March, here I come!

40 thoughts on “My Third Month of Blogging: Income Report”

  1. Well Done! I haven’t built up the courage to post about my blog and biz goals yet, even though I know doing so is super helpful and inspiring. I appreciate your honesty because it’s got me feeling confident and motivated about what I can achieve as well! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Thanks, Leslie! That means so much. I actually have had previous blogs before this one, so I definitely started out with a big of an advantage, but this is the only one I’ve actually made money off of! Thank you so much for commenting 🙂

      I took a quick peek at your blog, and I have to say, I think that you have a ton of potential. I would focus my efforts on Pinterest. Your photography is awesome, you just need to take advantage of Pinterest a bit more, in a strategic way. My friend Summer from The Lady Boss League has a free Pinterest email course that helped me take my Pinterest account to the next level, I highly recommend it!

  2. WOW!!! This is very encouraging! I am fairly new to the blogging scene myself and looking to perhaps make a supplement income. All this information I look at is very overwhelming, so it is kind of hard to know where to start, really. But seeing this post tells me I know it can be done. Keep up the great work!

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Thanks, Pam! It can definitely be overwhelming, but it’s also possible with a lot of hard work! I’m hoping to write a post soon detailing my exact methods of generating income 🙂

  3. This month I’m also trying to incorporate Pinterest into my social media. I’m not sure where to start since I’ve really only been putting my efforts into Instagram. I’m so excited you are doing so well and it give me hope that my blog will eventually do well too. Can’t wait to see how you do in March!

  4. Great breakdown! My numbers are around the same as yours maybe a tiny bit more but similar to you my income is coming from the services I provide (writing and social media) more so than the blog itself. I can’t wait to get those numbers as well through affiliates, courses and ebooks. Congrats!

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Awesome job, Nia! Yeah, I wish that I did better on affiliate income. It’s been a big fat zero every month haha. Any chance you’re in the market for a new WordPress theme? 😛

  5. I started my blog in dec too. I haven’t earned as much. I read a lot like you need to be in blogging for years before you earn something. You busted this myth. You are my role model now. Signed up for your email course. Keep it up girl..

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Oh my gosh, I’m blushing!! Thank you so much, Nimi 🙂 Yes, that is a TOTAL myth! That is only true if you are hoping to get an income off of only ads or affiliate networks. If you have products/services to offer (and many people could, but don’t realize it!), you can absolutely start monetizing your blog right away. Send me an email if you want to chat! I love giving new bloggers advice 🙂

  6. Wow , that gives a lot of hope . I have started ‘blogging’ in september , haven’t made a penny yet . But I am only with Google Adsense still . I know , that this will never make an ‘income’ , need to find out more about opportunities . Thinking of product reviews , as I have seen quiet a few positive comments about this . Thanks for this honest informative post !

  7. Really interesting post! I’ve been trying to figure out how to monetize my blog, especially since I’m unable to have a full time job right now and my dream is to be a full time writer. I can see that you’re really putting time and effort into researching how to get it done properly. Any tips?

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Ooh, if you’re a writer, you should definitely check out Lizzie’s blog at Wanderful World, it’s all about how to become a freelance writer! What is your blog’s niche? Maybe I could give you some advice? 🙂

  8. Awesome blog post! I haven’t actually posted any of my blog income reports but this post definitely challenged me to do so. Keep up the great work!

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      You totally should! I love doing them. It’s helpful for me, as it’s a really tangible reminder of how far I’ve come in just the past 30 days, and I find that my readers get a ton out of it as well 🙂 Thank you so much for commenting, Amanda!

  9. Miranda, you are breaking barriers and making everything happen!!! So happy to see your growth and evolution of your business! 5 figures is just an arm length away ?

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Awww what a sweet comment, Caressa! I love you <3 Yup, I'm on the road to 10k! I can't wait to get there 🙂

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Thank you so much, Khalilah!! <3 Yeah, let me know, I'd love to! I'm available to start new projects on March 23rd 🙂

  10. Miranda, you’ve become such an inspiration to me! I’m currently teaching myself design and have been working slowly, yet steadily toward piecing my website and blog together, then starting with clients. There are so, so other bloggers and designers that I look up to, but I love that, at least with this blog, you’re just starting out! It’s far more relatable to be keeping up with you and it’s great motivation and inspiration for myself. Best of luck in future months!

  11. Thanks for this post. I am currently blogging month three and have made less than $2. Yeah. So this post is super helpful. Thank you!

  12. Your progress is so great!!!! I would love to connect with you! I have a question about VA’s. I saw that you only had to pay yours $55? I think my next option is to hire a VA. How much do they normally cost a month and what exactly do they do for you?

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Hi Melissa!

      It depends on the VA. Some bill hourly, others have monthly packages. I hired someone just to do one specific project, so it wasn’t that much. You can have them do anything you want, pretty much! Common tasks are social media scheduling, blog post formatting, and social media graphic creation.

      If you’re thinking about hiring a VA, I highly recommend that you take Indigo Colton’s free course on how to get ready to hire a VA.

  13. For one, Halley Gray?? Love her! Two, this is absolutely incredible. Would love to see a post about your launch strategy. How did you manage 3,000 views and 200 subs your first month? I’ve pinned and Stumbled this post because it’s nothing short of awesome what you’ve been able to do!

    1. miranda.mowbray@gmail.com

      Thank you so much, Nia!! I got a huge bump in pageviews from your Stumble! Here’s my post about exactly how I launched: https://www.mirandanahmias.com/successful-blog-launch/

      I think those numbers were maybe from my second month of blogging? I launched December 1st and after 30 days I had 51 email subs and 1,880 pageviews. That income report you can find here: https://www.mirandanahmias.com/monthly-favorites-december-2015/

      Thanks again for your super sweet comment!! Can’t wait to get to know you better 🙂

  14. Congratulations on doing so well so quickly! I’ve been blogging since 2010 and have yet to really monetize (to the extent you have). I’m still on the fence about it but after I take your course (I was your big blog giveaway WINNER!), we’ll see if that changes.

    All the best with your upcoming nuptials!

    Besos Sarah
    Blogger at Journeys of The Zoo

  15. Great report, it is nice to see that you don’t need 10,000 page views or more to actual have a positive income. One thing I am confused about is how does hiring a VA earn you money? Never mind..now that I am typing this out I think I realize my confusion..you are the VA and you are earning that money from doing VA work correct? Sorry when I first read that I read it as you were hiring a VA and somehow it was earning you money to do so. I was like hey wait, I am going to go hire 3 or 4 of those.
    Thank you again for sharing your report, it is inspirational to see that even a new blog can earn some income. I have been at this for about 3 months now as well, I have around 10 posts in that time, I have dabbled with affiliates and some ads but have yet to earn anything at all. Though I started out with the mindset that I could go as long as a year before things started to actual earn me anything so I am still doing pretty good.
    Thank you again,

    The Broke Dad

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