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How I Made Money in 2019 With My Blog – Annual Wrap Up

Welcome to 2019’s annual enterprise report the place I present you ways I made cash on-line.

Should you’re new to Making Sense of Cents, chances are you’ll be questioning why I would wish to publish my enterprise report every month.

This all began out as my additional earnings report as a result of, in the start, it was all in regards to the cash I was incomes from my facet jobs. In my facet earnings stories from the start, I included the entire earnings I made aside from what I made at my day job.

Nevertheless, I left my day job as a monetary analyst in October of 2013 and now my month-to-month enterprise stories include the numerous methods I earn a residing with my enterprise.

Many have requested why I would ever wish to publicly discuss what I’m engaged on every month. Some assume I’m loopy, whereas some are glad I’m open about what I’m doing. No matter you assume, I take pleasure in publishing my month-to-month enterprise stories and I share them publicly for 3 primary causes:

  1. Earlier than I began running a blog, I knew nothing about facet hustling and earning money on-line. I did not assume facet jobs have been definitely worth the effort and I thought the one solution to considerably enhance your earnings was via raises at your full-time job. If it weren’t for others publishing their month-to-month earnings stories, I do not know if I would have ever tried facet hustling. I wish to assist present others the positives in facet hustling and the way it can change an individual’s life. There are lots of other ways to make cash on-line, and I prefer to share my story every month to assist inspire others to enhance their monetary state of affairs by making extra money.
  2. Secondly, I prefer to publish my enterprise running a blog stories as a result of it is a method for me to look again, study from my errors and truly see what areas want enchancment. I use my month-to-month running a blog stories as a solution to monitor how I’ve accomplished and it helps to maintain me accountable.
  3. Lastly, I like to indicate others that making facet cash is potential and that there are various reliable methods to make cash from your property.

I know I say this each month, however it’s the reality. Life is nice now that I’m my very own boss and a full-time blogger. I stay up for each day and it is a great feeling. I actually love waking up each single morning.

Above are just some of the explanations for why I take pleasure in publishing my month-to-month earnings stories. I like to indicate others that you do not have to hate your job and hate your life. You may make modifications to your life and make cash in a method that means that you can actually benefit from the life you’re residing. I’m not saying that you must LOVE your job, I’m simply saying that your job ought to, at the very least, permit you to do what you love to do outdoors of labor (whether or not that be spending time with family members, portray, mountain climbing, and so on.).



That is what a mean month’s earnings appeared like (chart from September 2019).

2019 Enterprise Yr In Evaluation

This is what my earnings has appeared like in the previous:

  • In 2013, my enterprise earnings totaled $116,519. This was the yr that I stop my job to weblog full-time.
  • In 2014, it totaled $163,929. This was my first full yr of being self-employed with no day job.
  • In 2015, I made $320,888. I assume this was the yr the place I fired all of my freelance purchasers and began simply engaged on my weblog. This helped me to develop my earnings considerably as a result of I was FOCUSED!
  • In 2016, I made $979,321. That is the yr the place I created my first product (Making Sense of Affiliate Advertising and marketing).
  • In 2017, I earned $1,536,732.
  • In 2018, I earned over $1,500,000 (I stopped disclosing precise numbers in 2018).

It is loopy to assume that I have now been running a blog for over eight years now. What began as a enjoyable little weblog with no objectives (I was even nameless!), has changed into an incredible enterprise for me.

I by no means thought that I’d run my very own enterprise. I at all times simply thought I’d work a day job, dwell in a home, and so forth and so forth. Nothing incorrect with these selections, however it’s so humorous how life has modified in just some quick years and I attribute quite a lot of that to my world opening as soon as I began a weblog.

2019 was a distinct yr for me.

I took many of the yr off from working.

Sure, I was nonetheless writing all through 2019, however it was lots much less. I was nonetheless totally energetic with my two programs and my college students, replying to feedback, answering reader emails, and so forth, however I slowed down in most different areas.

I did not participate in many interviews (I turned down nearly all of them), did not launch any new tasks, I was barely on social media, I skipped all networking occasions (even FinCon!), and so forth.

And, after a number of years of running a blog full-time and spending 100+ hour weeks on my weblog, it has been good to loosen up and deal with different areas of my life.

I wasn’t feeling burned out or something with Making Sense of Cents. I nonetheless love operating this weblog, however I knew that I wanted to be extra conscious of how I use my time on-line. I now not wish to be hooked to my laptop computer and cellphone for each private and enterprise social media looking/running a blog.

I was additionally form of curious to know the way issues would change with Making Sense of Cents if I slowed down and easily centered on just some issues and what I had presently on my plate.

I will probably be utterly sincere – earnings didn’t develop in 2019 over 2018 – however it was nonetheless a large amount. Site visitors was close to similar from 2018 in comparison with 2019.

Fortunately, the entire onerous work that I’ve put in over the previous a number of years has paid off.

In case you’re new to this weblog, the principle areas I earn a residing from embody:

I commonly earn over $100,000 a month running a blog, and I have earned over $5,000,000 from my running a blog enterprise whole over time.

On the finish of 2018, I determined to cease publishing precise numbers for a lot of causes, which you’ll examine right here.

I have many plans for 2020. I have a really full to-do checklist that I am very excited to begin crossing off and undertaking. I am desirous to develop Making Sense of Cents in many areas – earnings, readers, extra useful weblog posts, and so forth.

Since I took 2019 off, I have had a ton of concepts operating via my head and I am tremendous excited to develop in 2020.

Over the following yr or two, I’d love to seek out methods to double 2018’s ranges (each earnings and readers).

Two posts that I advocate studying:

I attribute quite a lot of my enterprise success in 2019 to 3 particular actions that I took in 2018 (sure, the yr earlier than 2019!):

  1. I made certain to enhance and develop my electronic mail publication. Social media is an effective way to develop a web site, however an electronic mail checklist is even higher as a result of it’s yours and also you personal it! I extremely advocate spending time in your electronic mail checklist as that’s YOUR checklist and it isn’t impacted by any algorithms or something like that. And, rising an electronic mail checklist doesn’t must be onerous. I’m certain it looks like it’s, particularly to a brand new blogger, and that’s precisely why I put it off for thus a few years. I did not begin taking my electronic mail checklist severely till round April of 2016 when I switched to Convertkit. Convertkit makes sending an efficient and environment friendly publication a lot simpler and higher. I by no means actually understood electronic mail advertising and marketing earlier than, however ConvertKit makes it really easy and now I really feel like I’m an skilled! I now have over 100,000 electronic mail subscribers. Certainly one of my largest running a blog errors was ready years to begin my electronic mail checklist. If you do not have one but, you need to begin ASAP!.
  2. I emailed my checklist about affiliate merchandise extra. So, I have at all times emailed my checklist, nonetheless, it wasn’t till 2017 when I did my first main launch for an affiliate product. As an alternative, I’ve at all times simply passively emailed my checklist and sometimes talked about merchandise. That first main launch was like a lightbulb going off for me, although. I earned 5 figures from one affiliate launch to my electronic mail checklist and it was simply by simply selling a product that I used and thought was nice!
  3. I elevated my sponsored publish charge. As a way to work much less and handle a greater work-life stability, I elevated my sponsored publish charge. I did this in order that I may deal with increased high quality/extra significant sponsorships, and to even have much less of them. I earned a large amount from sponsored partnerships nonetheless, and that was with doing considerably fewer partnerships. So, if you’re afraid of elevating your charges, I extremely advocate that you simply do it! I discovered that just about everybody nonetheless stated sure, despite the fact that my charges elevated.

I’m hoping to proceed the entire above in 2020, and I have a sense that will probably be an incredible yr!

Thanks to all of my readers for being right here with me on this journey! I’m so glad that I can share every thing with you.


What am I engaged on?

A number of the issues that I plan on doing to develop Making Sense of Cents embody:

  • Getting extra media mentions. I simply completed taking a course on this subject. You’ll be able to study extra about it right here – How Susie Grew Her Electronic mail Checklist By 29,000+ In 9 Months. I was additionally simply featured on Reader’s Digest and Enterprise Insider!
  • Specializing in search engine marketing. I am taking an search engine marketing course quickly from begin to end, in order to begin rising Making Sense of Cents in this space. I tried just a few years in the past, however stopped. Whereas I get respectable site visitors from search engine marketing with out a lot effort, I do assume this space will be an effective way to additional develop my web site.
  • Studying about Pinterest promoting and Fb promoting. I wish to use social media promoting to develop site visitors in addition to to develop my electronic mail checklist.
  • Creating new optins. I haven’t got many optins for my electronic mail checklist, and have not added a brand new one in a really very long time. That is presently on my to-do checklist in order that I can attain new readers and acquire extra subscribers.

Beneath are a few of my month-to-month on-line earnings stories. I publish a web based earnings replace each month however solely included a few of them beneath as it could be a really lengthy checklist. Should you head on over to my earnings web page you’ll find all of my month-to-month earnings stories from the previous few years.

If you’re in beginning a weblog of your personal, I created a tutorial that may aid you begin a weblog of your personal for reasonable, beginning at solely $2.75 per 30 days (this low worth is simply via my hyperlink) for weblog internet hosting. Along with the low pricing, you’ll obtain a free web site area for the primary yr (a $15 worth) via my Bluehost referral hyperlink if you buy, at the very least, 12 months of weblog internet hosting. FYI, if you’re asking your self “are you able to make cash running a blog?” – my high tip is to be self-hosted. That is important if you wish to monetize your weblog as you’ll seem extra skilled and this can aid you monetize your weblog tremendously. My running a blog earnings didn’t take off till after I switched to self-hosted WordPress.


Exploring the Dry Tortugas in November of 2019


Blog/life information

You’ll be able to examine my entire 2019 right here (what I did, the place I went, and extra data on my private life) – My Yr In Evaluation – The place I Went And What Occurred in 2019.

General, site visitors for the yr was round 5,000,000 web page views.

Beneath are a number of different enterprise and weblog-associated updates:

  • I’m presently round one month forward in weblog posts. I wish to be round 2-three months forward. I do have a number of months of weblog posts deliberate, although, I simply want to complete writing them and hand them to my editor. I have so many good concepts, however now I simply want extra time, haha!
  • My neighborhood group for Making Sense of Cents is constant to develop. This can be a Fb group in which you’ll search recommendation from different readers on all kinds of subjects akin to finance, running a blog, journey, operating a enterprise, and so forth. There are over 15,000 members!
  • I launched my How To Begin A Blog FREE Course. Should you’ve been wanting to begin a weblog, then verify this out. I created this electronic mail course for many who have an interest in beginning a weblog, however haven’t accomplished so but. The course is free, and over 60,000 individuals have already signed up. Thanks, everybody, for the type emails about how nice the course is. Glad everyone seems to be having fun with it!
  • On account of how effectively my first free course went, I created the free Grasp Your Money electronic mail course. It is stuffed with nice cash administration classes and monetary worksheets (akin to a free price range template), and I’m loving the optimistic response from this electronic mail course as effectively.
  • Different freebies I have embody 10 Straightforward Ideas To Improve Your Affiliate Revenue and eight Straightforward Ideas To Make Money From Sponsored Posts On Your Blog.


Featured Query: Is it too late to begin a weblog in 2020? Can newbies discover ways to weblog?

I characteristic one query from a reader in every month-to-month earnings report. Please depart a remark beneath in case you have a query that you prefer to me to reply. 

Can new bloggers discover ways to weblog?

I’ve been listening to this query lots currently, and truthfully, it makes me snicker just a little. Almost each single one that begins a weblog is model new. I was utterly new and had no concept what I was doing.

It’s not like running a blog is taught in highschool or school.

Running a blog is a studying course of. If it was simple, then everybody can be doing it.

It requires onerous work, lengthy hours, a number of studying, and extra.

Should you’re feeling defeated, please simply keep in mind that just about each single blogger has felt this fashion sooner or later. The start is the hardest and also you simply must push previous it.

And, this then leads me to the second most typical query that I have been listening to currently.

Is it too late to begin a weblog?

2020 is a superb time to begin a weblog.

Whether or not you need a weblog like Making Sense of Cents, or if you’re in beginning an Instagram account or Youtube channel, having a web site is a superb concept.

Belief me, individuals have been saying the identical factor when I first began Making Sense of Cents – that individuals who began in 2011 have been beginning too late and that nobody would ever achieve success with it.

Nevertheless, that is undoubtedly not the case.

The web world remains to be so new, and there are new methods to monetize and to develop that come up on a regular basis.

I’m nonetheless discovering model new blogs that I completely love – new blogs which are rising and incomes an earnings.

There may be quite a lot of room for brand new bloggers, and there may be loads of room for development effectively into the long run. I imagine that firms and advertisers are solely just lately beginning to notice the worth of blogs and social media accounts, which signifies that the running a blog world will proceed to develop effectively into the long run and that alternatives for earning money from a weblog will proceed to extend.

An increasing number of firms are beginning to promote with on-line influencers on their blogs, social media accounts, and extra, and I count on this to only proceed to develop effectively into the long run. Whereas in the previous, it was primarily celebrities that firms marketed with, however now, it’s really shifting to bloggers and different on-line influencers (akin to Youtubers and Instagrammers!).

The world is a big place and the web world is simply going to continue to grow. Each blogger earns a residing on-line in a barely totally different method, and everybody has a distinct message and story. Plus, there are such a lot of other ways to make cash via a weblog, and I count on this to continue to grow.

In fact, running a blog is continually evolving, and there are at all times new issues to study, which is able to in all probability at all times be the case for managing any enterprise.

So, if you’re occupied with beginning a weblog, at the moment is the day. Do not let your fears maintain you again any additional! Yow will discover my free How To Begin a Blog Course right here.

Previous featured questions:


My plans and objectives for my enterprise.

I have so many plans proper now for my enterprise that typically I really feel like I do not know the place I wish to begin! However, that could be a good “downside” to have.

Plans and objectives may help you run a profitable enterprise. I imagine that working in direction of a purpose may help maintain an individual extra motivated as effectively.

Beneath are a number of the areas I am presently engaged on and my 2020 objectives:

  • Get at the very least three months forward on Making Sense of Cents posts. I fell majorly behind in 2019 as I took an surprising break from quite a lot of issues in life, haha. Being forward in weblog posts makes life way more pleasant as a result of I can deal with different issues figuring out that almost all of my writing work is already accomplished. That is certainly one of my main 2020 objectives!
  • Work lower than 40 hours per week. For essentially the most half, I am working lower than 40 hours per week. Nevertheless, there are some weeks when I spend all day and night time on my laptop computer, not even certain the place the day went. On account of that, I wish to proceed to work on a higher work/life stability.
  • Be extra current. My primary purpose in 2020 (identical to with 2019) is to be extra current. I’m excited for the yr of journey and crusing we have now forward of us, and I wish to take pleasure in it as a lot as we are able to. I’ve been so centered on the enterprise the final a number of years, that I need this yr to be centered on life outdoors of the enterprise. Don’t get me incorrect, I completely LOVE operating Making Sense of Cents, and that’s what makes it so onerous to interrupt away and be extra current outdoors of labor.
  • Learn 5 books. I have solely learn one e book in the final a number of years that wasn’t work or crusing/boat-academic associated. I wish to get again to studying books that don’t have anything to do with attempting to study one thing, haha.
  • Have enjoyable. Okay, so this is not actually a purpose that’s quantifiable or one thing that I’ll monitor, haha, however I am actually wanting ahead to 2020!


Affiliate internet marketing outcomes in 2019.

As said earlier, I took most of 2019 off from most enterprise-associated duties.

Even with that, I nonetheless earned an incredible affiliate earnings all year long, which made it really feel tremendous passive!

I imagine that will probably be growing in the following a number of months as I will probably be selling just a few affiliate gives to my readers. I have most of 2020 already deliberate for affiliate promotions, and I’m enthusiastic about all of them!

I’m additionally hoping to enhance my affiliate earnings by rising my site visitors via search engine marketing, in addition to promoting on Fb and Pinterest. The media course that I talked about earlier will probably be tremendous useful too.

A number of the areas that I am engaged on to enhance my affiliate earnings embody:

  • Planning out 2020 for affiliate gives. I’m probably not a lot of an enormous planner, however I modified a few yr in the past, haha. This can assist to maintain me organized and higher ready.
  • Studying about search engine marketing and making use of strategies to my weblog. This previous visitor publish has me tremendous in taking search engine marketing severely – The precise template that helped my website earn $95,000 in affiliate earnings final yr.
  • Utilizing Fb adverts to my internet online affiliate marketing benefit. This previous visitor publish additionally has me in rising in this fashion as effectively – How One Blogger Grew His Blog to Over 2 Million Guests In A Yr.
  • Making a excessive-high quality funnel. Funnels are one thing that I have by no means actually spent any time on, however I wish to change that. I wish to create a excessive-high quality funnel the place I proceed to provide worthwhile data to my readers, and maintain them completely happy for the instances when I might not have the best wifi.
  • Persevering with to develop the attain of Making Sense of Cents. Site visitors has been just a little caught currently, and I wish to change that! I wish to see what I can do to develop the site visitors, as that may assist me to succeed in new readers.
  • Analyzing fashionable affiliate weblog posts to see how they are often improved for the long run.
  • Searching for out new affiliate merchandise to advertise, and seeing what my viewers is in.

And extra!

Incomes affiliate earnings is one thing that I’m extraordinarily grateful for, particularly currently. Now we have been so busy currently and I have not spent as a lot time on the enterprise as I would usually like.

Despite the fact that I am spending much less time on the enterprise, I am nonetheless incomes an incredible earnings every month and this enables me to deal with a greater work-life stability.

I’m a really large fan of affiliate earnings, in fact. It is one thing that I take pleasure in attributable to how passive it may be. It makes full-time touring way more pleasant when I know I can carry in an earnings whereas having enjoyable seeing new areas.

If you wish to study extra about internet online affiliate marketing, I advocate getting the free information 10 Straightforward Ideas To Improve Your Affiliate Revenue. With this time-saving cheat sheet, you will discover ways to make affiliate earnings out of your weblog. The following tips will aid you to quickly enhance your outcomes and enhance your running a blog earnings in no time.

I even have a course too!

Within the course Making Sense of Affiliate Advertising and marketing, there are 6 modules, over 30 classes, a number of worksheets, bonuses, a particularly useful and unique Fb group, and extra. I undergo every thing that it’s worthwhile to find out about internet online affiliate marketing, akin to:

  • A fast introduction to internet online affiliate marketing and the way it works
  • The precise steps I’ve taken to earn over $500,000 from a single weblog publish
  • How to accurately decide affiliate merchandise to advertise
  • The steps to enhance your conversion charge
  • 80+ associates program concepts for various niches
  • How to construct belief along with your readers (it is a MUST!)
  • The required disclosures it’s worthwhile to find out about
  • The numerous totally different methods to advertise your affiliate hyperlinks

My course is something and every thing about internet online affiliate marketing. This course is ideal for you whether or not you’re a new blogger or when you’ve been running a blog for years, it doesn’t matter what subject your weblog is about, what nation you reside in, and so forth.


Sponsored partnership outcomes.

2019 was certainly one of my finest years for sponsored partnerships.

My electronic mail inbox was really just a little overwhelming in 2019 with what number of firms and advertisers have been searching for sponsored partnerships.

So, sponsored partnerships are undoubtedly going effectively! And, I assume that they are going to simply proceed to do higher and higher. The primary few months of every yr are often the very best for me, as that is when advertisers are usually wanting for lots of bloggers. In 2019, although, it appeared like practically each single month was fairly busy, aside from the varsity summer season break months (which is regular – individuals prefer to take pleasure in their summers off).

For some cause, sponsored weblog posts and sponsored social media adverts appear to scare bloggers, whether or not they’re model new or have been running a blog for years.

What do I cost? How do I discover firms who will wish to work with me? What are the foundations?

There are SO MANY QUESTIONS in relation to sponsored posts.

I began Making Sense of Cents in August of 2011, on the age of 22, with none hopes of ever incomes an earnings from it. It began as a pastime – only a solution to journal my life and discuss my private finance state of affairs.

Then, round six months after I began my weblog, a blogger buddy of mine linked me with an advertiser and I earned $100 from that commercial.

It wasn’t some huge cash, particularly contemplating the period of time and work I had already put in direction of my weblog. Nevertheless, it was very motivating to see that one thing I completely liked to do may really make cash. I truthfully had no concept that blogs may even make cash when I began mine!

After that first $100, my running a blog earnings shortly grew.

I now cost, on common, round $5,000 per sponsored publish.

You’ll be able to study extra about sponsored partnerships in my free information eight Straightforward Ideas To Make Money From Sponsored Posts On Your Blog.

What questions do you’ve got for me about 2019? Go away a remark beneath.

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