Blog Income Report 2018 - over 5K Online

Last Update: January 04, 2019

Blog Income Report 2018 (over $5K online)

And I say online, because as most of you know, I took a part time job for the past 6 months. That earned me another $5k+, offline. Taking the job effectively doubled my income for the year.

My consulting job has been extended for another 2 months, so I'm not free to go back into my online business full-time, yet...

That said, let's focus on online income today...

But before I launch into my blog income report, a quick shout-out to a couple of very special ladies here at Wealthy Affiliate:

Grace @LittleMama - You Inspire Me!

Grace started at Wealthy Affiliate in the same year as I did, 2016.

However, she started 9 months later, in September, whereas I started in January.

Our earnings were about the same in 2016 & 2017 but in 2018, Grace earned a whopping 7x more than I did online. ($40K vs $5.7)

Congratulations Grace! You are rocking the internet world and our world at Wealthy Affiliate!

In case you missed it, here's Grace's New Year's post.

Little Mama: 2018 Year in Review - Thank You WA Happy New Year

I'll definitely be watching Grace's Road to Vegas Video training.

Rey @Reymott - You Inspire Me!

Rey is one of my Wealthy Affiliate Premium referrals. I was delighted when Rey went Yearly on the Black Friday Special because I know what a difference it made to me to go Yearly.

I discovered a brilliant post by Rey this morning.

7 Reasons Why Wealthy Affiliate Training is NOT for Everyone

Rey makes such great points - and they are similar to the points Grace made in her New Year's post. And I want to convey a similar message today too. This is how I like to put it.

"Rome wasn't built in a day and neither is an online empire."

It takes time to build authority online.

So, without further ado, here are my income stats:

In case you can't see them, here are the numbers.

  • Year 1: 2016: $50
  • Year 2: 2017: $1,577,48
  • Year 3: 2018: $5,728.06
  • Total to Date: $7,355.54

And here's my balance sheet, showing Profit/Loss over the 3 years.

Year 1: My fledgling online business showed a loss of $328.98.

Not surprising since I only earned $50 in total that first year and paid full WA subs for the first 7 months.

Year 2: My 3 websites turned a small profit of $532.51.

Although, I earned a lot more in Year 2 (30 times more), I got beguiled by shiny object syndrome in the last couple of months of the year, which cost me a whopping $510.68.

Or maybe it wasn't shiny object syndrome, but just premature.

I signed up for a course that I wasn't ready for - it was more suitable to an online coach as it was all about selling online courses. I don't have an online course (yet). Watch this space.

The course cost $297 a month x 12 months. I made $41.66 per month in affiliate income because I enrolled a friend of mine. (I still feel bad about that as I'm not sure she got the full value from the course either).

Fortunately, I was able to get out of the course and my business stopped bleeding money in January 2018.

Lesson Learned: Don't put the cart before the horse.

Wealthy Affiliate teaches you exactly how to build your online business step-by-step.

And the steps are in the right order.

Year 3: Happy to report a much healthier profit of $5,097.10 for 2018.

Here's the breakdown of Total Income for all 3 Years by Category.

As many of you know, most of my online income comes from Contributed Posts and Guest Posts. You can see that clearly on this graph.

If you want to find out more, pop over to my training on this:

How to Earn Money from Blogs (before you have significant traffic)

Here's the Breakdown in numbers:

  1. $5,100.76 - Contributed Posts
  2. $1,190.41 - Guest Posts
  3. $382.03 - Fiverr
  4. $344.63 - Affiliate Marketing
  5. $244.43 - Side Hustles
  6. $93.28 - Other (e.g. I set up a website for a friend's School)

What's the Plan going forward?

This year I plan to turn one of my Side Hustles into a Main Hustle.

I made $10 in 2017 and $45 in 2018 at Wealthy Affiliate for the 3 little Tutorials I've published so far.

I'm planning to focus a lot more on online course creation in the upcoming year.

And with each of my courses, I'll launch books on Amazon Kindle.

But first, I'm sprucing up my platforms.

I'm deep in process learning how to design my websites using my new paid Theme, Divi, by Elegant Themes.

I'm also implementing a new Email Marketing Service, which is a MISSION. But it had to be done because I found out Mailchimp is not friendly to Affiliate Marketers. (More about that in a future post).

I'll be working on increasing my Affiliate Income in the upcoming year too.

How was 2018 for You?

Did you have a good year? Did you turn a profit in your online business?

One of the great things about Wealthy Affiliate is that we're all at different stages of our journey. Some of you may be just starting out while others are seasoned online marketers. And we're all here teaching, helping and encouraging each other.

Whether you're a newbie or pro, I wish you every success in the coming year.

And what's Your Plan for 2019?

Are you as excited about the New Year as I am? I hope so! Let's do this!

To Your Success

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Debs66 Premium
This is fabulous. Such a great read also.

It's really crazy sometimes how far we can go and what we can achieve here at W.A. the bricks and mortar business that I built a website for. Has had massive over turns.

My profits at a 20% commission dealing with Film crews and location mangers goes into massive numbers. It just goes to show what W.A. can actually do for all of us.

Amazing Lauren. 2019 will be even better. :)
Debs :)
laurenjean Premium
Hi Debs

Thanks so much. Awesome to hear of your continued success. I'm so excited for you!

May 2019 be even better for you too, my friend.
HeidiY Premium
Thanks for sharing Lauren, progress is progress and that big leap this year is motivating for those of us still in the first year.

Your graphs have inspired me to keep better track of my income and expenses. At the moment mine are just thrown in a folder! A job to set up tomorrow
laurenjean Premium
You are most welcome, Heidi.

I'm also not great at keeping track of everything, except that every few weeks I record my Paypal earnings and business expenses on a spreadsheet.

I keep expenses on the down-low so it's not too complicated at this stage - either once a year (for Wealthy Affiliate subs, WA Domain Registration & Elegant Themes) (Oh, & GetReponse as soon as I finish their Free Trial) or once a month (for Jaaxy Pro - I plan to go Yearly at Jaaxy soon too).

Earnings are almost daily, so that can get a bit of control if I leave it too long.

All the best to you as you set up your accounting system. It's definitely another step closer to treating your online business as a business.

How's everything going your side? I'll pop across to your latest posts to catch up.
RD40 Premium
Awesome job Lauren! As long as you're making more than the previous year, that is definitely something to celebrate. That means you're heading in the right direction. Just keep up the effort, and you will no doubt reach your financial goals.

laurenjean Premium
Thanks Ralph! Yes, I agree with you. Every step forward is a step in the right direction. And I am very encouraged by the increase in income. Feeling super positive about the New Year.

Hope you're feeling the same. Wishing you all the best!
RD40 Premium
Yes, I'm very excited for this new year. Expecting great things. All the best to you and your business.
ExpatMark Premium
Thanks for sharing. So good to see that the hard work will pay off in the future. You really are planning your work, and working your plan. I could use some of your planning skills.

Much more success to you in 2019!

laurenjean Premium
Pleasure Mark.
Funny you should say that, because it's just occurred to me that I had no plan to start out with - I was very haphazard in the beginning, all over the show, trying this and that - including side hustles to supplement my income.
It's taken me 3 years to get to grips with everything and reach the stage of planning. I guess we all have our own process.
Wishing you success for the New Year too.
VanessaN Premium
Loving it!!!
laurenjean Premium
Thanks Vanessa!!
littlemama Premium
Thanks for the shoutout! So appreciate your support! :)

Congratulations on yours Lauren! $5K is still awesome because you've increased your income from last year.

It just means you got to do more of what you've been doing. A lot more if you want to see your income skyrocket more. :)

All the best in 2019!
laurenjean Premium
My pleasure Grace. We are all behind you. It's wonderful to see someone FLYING like you are.

Can't wait to get the chance to go through your training. I suspect it may be more important for me to start focusing on the right stuff (like affiliate marketing and creating my own digital products) rather than just doing more of what I'm already doing.

All the best to you too! Can't wait to see how 2019 is going to unfold.
littlemama Premium
Hi Lauren, what you’ll need to do is stop writing for other people and write for yourself. Also, don’t try to do 3 websites at once, just do one.

Concentrated effort on one site is better than spreading your efforts thin on three sites.

You are writing everywhere except all at one place, which I have done, that’s the big difference.

You obviously know how to write if you’re making money freelancing (looks like) so do it for yourself this year and build that online asset!

I hope these tips will help,
laurenjean Premium
Thanks for the tips Grace. Really appreciate.
Actually, I don't write for others, they write for me. I'm paid to publish posts on my sites for others.
Sometimes I wish I hadn't created 3 websites but as all 3 are generating an income, I can't let any go now. At some point soon, I'll hire someone to take over the formatting and publishing of paid posts to free myself up to write more of my own. I suspect I might need to start over with an entirely new niche site or focus on my smallest one.
Thanks again for taking the time to give me such great advice.
littlemama Premium
Oh man, sorry I read that wrong up there, that's even better then. Wow, you have some great assets on your hands then if you're getting regular guest posts like that on your sites!!
laurenjean Premium
Thanks Grace.
jlclayton1 Premium
You're a great inspiration, and I thank you for sharing your journey so far with us--thanks, Lauren!
laurenjean Premium
Hi Janelle
Thanks for your kind words. My pleasure.
Hope you have a fabulous year planned.
JillAlexaVA Premium
Great job, love. Especially with other work and a home and family to look after. You have done so well and are an inspiration to me.
Wishing you all the best for this wonderful New Year. Am with you all the way. Love, Mom
laurenjean Premium
Thanks, Ma. You have always been my biggest supporter as well as an inspiration to me too.
Yes, let's have a wonderful year!
Love you millions.
Fleeky Premium
On fleek...
laurenjean Premium
Haha. Yup.
dragonfly10 Premium
thank you, give me hope for the future, congratulations and great job
laurenjean Premium
Wonderful Sandy, wishing you all the best for 2019.
Anthonyhu Premium
Truly inspirational, Lauren!
laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much Anthony!
Anandhijohn Premium
Great sharings.
laurenjean Premium
Thanks so much Anand. Hope all is well your side.
Terand Premium
It is amazing, Lauren! Thank you for sharing and linking up the good ones(Grace’s link).
Have a great weekend! :o)
laurenjean Premium
Thanks a mill, Terand. You're welcome. Hope you enjoy your weekend too.
Terand Premium
It’s my pleasure, Lauren! Have a great weekend too! :o)
Reymott Premium
You did great Lauren! Thanks for the update.

laurenjean Premium
Thanks Rey! My pleasure.