So, I finally decided to publish my income report after receiving hundreds of comments and emails with questions like…
Are you making any money from this blog?
How much money do you make from this blog?
Are you still making money with your blog in 2020?
My answer is a big YES, I am making money from this blog. How much? A LOT (Heartful thanks for each and every reader of this blog – you people are the reason behind this achievement).
I started this blog in the middle of 2018 and it started making money at the end of that year, probably in December 2018, I think. Ever since this blog is constantly making something between $5000 and $7500 per month.
Only in Quarters 2 & 3 of 2020, I have had a major drop (almost 70%) in traffic and revenue due to COVID – 19. That was a global recession that happened for everyone not only for me. This blog was down for almost 4 months and fortunately, it started recovering slowly in July 2020.
Coming to the last month (Sepetember 2020), This blog generated $7147 (USD).
I should have published the income reports earlier, but I didn’t feel it is important at that time. But for the last few months, the number of comments and emails asking for my blog income has increased a lot. So, I decided to publish one.
Actually, I was waiting for my target of $100,000 (total earnings) milestone to be achieved. Now I am at 80,000+, I think I will achieve the $100k milestone by the end of 2020.
How This Has Started?
Before starting this blog, I read a lot of other people’s income reports and thought they are completely fake. But they aren’t. I realized they are real figures after I started making similar figures from my blog.
I started my blog completely with zero knowledge but with hope. And at that time, my expectations were not to make multiple thousands per month. I decided to start blogging expecting just $1000 per month.
Now, this blog is my full-time income source and this is not an accidental success.
Back then all it started with a mere hope, upon reaching a certain level even after my efforts I left with zero results. It was all about my thought process at that point, every thought was tenaciously calling for a halt.
My conscience pushed me further, I kept motivating myself by saying ” We cannot control the fact that bad times are going to happen no matter what, but it’s all how we react to them mainly matters”.
I jotted all my mistakes and figured out my main flaws are my nature of efforts, procrastination, and not following a goal-oriented approach. Once I started making plans results turned on in an eclectic manner.
In the same manner, If you want to start a blog and achieve the same level, you don’t have to dedicate all your time and be seriously passionate about it. Even starting small as a part-time business can create wonders.
Blogging is the only business that you can run on a $2.95 per month investment in return with a huge income margin. And that too it doesn’t take more than 30 minutes to get started.
I started because
- I read many income reports of other successful bloggers like Michelle (of Making Sense of Cents), and Sireesha N (of CrowdWorkNews),
- Inspired by other bloggers’ success & income potential of blogging.
I choose the topic that I am more familiar with and comfortable with. That’s it. This is how my blog “dreamshala.com” has come into the light.
And now, it became a full-time income generating machine for me. So, finally, I have some results to share with you guys through this income report.
Why Bloggers Write Income Reports?
“Sharing knowledge is the most fundamental way where you can give something without losing something“.
Blogging is such a way that you can share your immense knowledge with the world. If one can share his knowledge with these many people, just imagine if all the potential people could share in the same way in their respective knowledge expertise.
To take it to another level, what if you can get paid in return by just sharing your knowledge through blogging? Impressive right! This could be a luring factor for many aspiring bloggers to start their work.
But no one is ready in this competitive world to take up such risks in their career and choose this as a full-time career option, for this everyone wants proven results. Most of these people think bloggers just showoff their income reports, which is not the case.
Bloggers try to mention their income reports mainly to maintain healthy rapport online and also to encourage aspirants. Those stats can help people to know to what extent they can earn through blogging progressively.
How Come Income Reports Help Our Readers?
As mentioned in the above section, income reports have multiple benefits and takeouts. It’s all about the perception of the reader to gain something productive.
When I decided to mention my income report, I mainly came up with two reasons, each one has its own importance:
To Help You Start A Blog
“Blogging“, the field which changed my whole insights of career. When I started blogging, I made many known and unknown mistakes all along the way. But today I am here to assist you to avoid those mistakes and match my pace in less time.
If anyone here heard of the term blogging and tried giving it a shot but backstepped with fear then you are in the right place. Blogging is as easy as it seems, but it only demands is your presence of mind and patience.
If you have knowledge in any respective field, start writing your content right now. Being a non-native English language resident, I have made a lot of phrasing errors in my content development.
Even though my content is genuine, I lacked consistency in the beginning. Thanks to my genuine readers, they always backed me up and helped me all along by encouraging my efforts.
Remember, If you fail to plan, then your plans remain a dream. Make sure to plan wisely and in realistic terms. My comments section & social media are open for you all, I am always here to help with your morale to kick start your career in this field.
But this alone is not enough for you to start blogging, for this, I have categorized and detailed a perfect step by step guide on How To Start A Money Making Blog In 2020.
This can push you more further to start a blog right away and make decent bucks in less time than you thought.
To Get You Know The Real Potential Of Blogging
“One will only get into the action only when he is not afraid”.
What if your hard choices can turn your life easy? This is the region where you are definitely ready to take up this challenge, Right?
Most of us mainly focus on long-run security, this can be financial or physical. Regardless of all our hard work, we landed into blogging and then on weren’t going to back down.
The same can be your scenario if you can manage the same way we did. Back then, I am on the same list of assuming blogging has fake income stats, but my whole intention turned wrong when I first received my payment.
Nearly $8000 a month by working at my flexible hours’ can surely outplay my full-time job. For this reason, I choose to blog as my full-time career option.
Not especially me, there are many successful bloggers who make millions out of this field without any hassles. Consistency of your efforts is everything for what you achieve here.
Here are my income stats for reference to make sure you gain confidence.
|INCOME SOURCE||AMOUNT (in USD)|
|– Survey Junkie||$946|
|– Panthera Network||$1215.20|
|– Proofread Anywhere||$1456.19|
|– Other Networks & Products combined||$739|
|Total Income||$7147.79 USD|
Mediavine Ad Income:
These are the major income proofs of my blog. The majority of the income is coming from Display ads and Affiliate Networks. Still, there are several other ways such as courses, products, consulting, sponsorships, etc. But, I haven’t started implementing them yet.
Still, there are a lot of posts that are waiting to be monetized & updated. That’s the biggest task I have and I hope I will finish updating them by the end of 2020.
Once those posts get updated, I guess, the income would increase a bit more. I started promoting the Proofread Anywhere course recently and it went well last month.
Coming to the Mediavine ads, my RPM (Rate Per Thousand Impressions) is still down. It was around $25 before COVID- 19. But, it got affected seriously and I waiting for it to be recovered.
Mediavine is a great ad network to work with. This company pays the highest rates to publishers. There is a certain criterion to get accepted to this network, but once approved, you’ll witness a 10X – 20x increase in your ad revenue compared to Google AdSense.
So, in case if you already have a blog running on Google Ads, then head over to Mediavine and submit your application. If you don’t have a blog and like to have one, then check this step-by-step tutorial to create a blog in the next 20 minutes.
Coming to the traffic stats, last month went normally. No big gains or drops. 80% of my traffic comes from Pinterest and the search and direct traffic combinedly make the rest 20%.
We are trying our best to increase the search traffic but we all know that SEO is a long game, so we have to wait for a few months to see the results of the hard work we are putting in these days.
Anyway, I am very happy with the result I am getting with my blog. I’m glad I started it earlier. But it’s never been late to start yours. No matter when you start, you have to put in some hard work in the beginning so you can enjoy the result later.
Future Goals & Milestones
As I said earlier, I really very happy with what I am getting from this blog now. But, still, there is a lot to do and achieve. And I feel sharing my future goals and milestones with you will make me more accountable.
Here are my future insights
- Reach $10,000/month in revenue by the end of the year 2020.
- Update at least 50 articles by the end of 2020.
- Publish more fresh and engaging content.
- And finally, I wanna help at least 50 people through a free consultation to start their own blog (for my self-satisfaction), you can ping me anytime here if you are interested.
Create Your Own Blog Now!
So, now you know the real potential of blogging. If a non-native English guy like me makes to the $7000+ per month working part-time, you can also do it too.
If you ever thought of starting a blog but didn’t take action yet, I think it is time to do it now. It hardly takes 20 minutes to set up a blog & get started.
There is no other business you can start and run without leaving your home. Blogging is one of the best small-scale businesses that require no huge upfront investments. Just $2.95 a month to get started. That’s it.
And believe in yourself. You can earn anywhere between $1000 and $100,000 per month. All you need is patience.
If you are a work from home man or woman, or a mom with kids, or a retired person and want to make some serious income then you should definitely give it a try.
Just click on the above button or here to go to the step-by-step tutorial to start your own blog.
I wish you all good luck. See you guys in the next income report.
Siva Mahesh is a full-time blogger and personal finance expert featured on US News, Yahoo Finance, Legal Zoom, The Simple Dollar, Databox, Business.com, Business News Daily, and more. He is the owner/founder of Dreamshala, a go-to place for 100,000+ monthly readers to find legit work from home jobs and make money online ideas.