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I have a secret. I started this blog in January of 2014 with two intentions.
The first (and most important): to help busy people cook at home more. Since I started consistently cooking whole, healthy foods at home I’ve learned so much and feel amazing. I haven’t been sick as frequently, and I have way more energy. I wanted to spread the knowledge. It’s the teacher in me.
The second: Hey, if I’m putting all of these hours of work into the blog… why not try making a little bit of money from it? And while I’m spreading the knowledge about healthy eating and cooking, why not spread the knowledge of how I’m making a bit of extra cash doing something I love?
So here it is: Bowl of Delicious’s first quarterly income report: How I made $1000.06 in three months. Guys! That’s over ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS! That’s a lot of extra money, especially for doing something that I absolutely love- cooking things and eating things and talking about cooking and eating things!
So if you’re here purely for the recipes, that’s OK! Head over to my recipe index and browse my archives. Or, if you are interested in starting your own blog, head over to my How to Start a Blog page! But if you’d like to hear more about how I’m making money from this blog, read on.
So… what’s in this report?
I’ll break down how I made over one thousand dollars in the first quarter (January, February, and March) of 2015. In addition, you’ll need a bit of background information. I’m writing this report a full year after starting my blog, so I’ll also break down how much money I made in the first year of blogging (spoiler alert: it’s not very much). I’ll also explain how and why I am making money with a breakdown of my sources of revenue.
My goal is to provide a realistic scenario of how much money you can make from a small, beginning blog. Even if you don’t really know what you’re doing, and when you start trying to monetize right off the bat.
You’ve likely heard of blogs making $10K, $30K, or even $100K a month (like Pinch of Yum or Smart Passive Income). This is all very inspiring, and I can only hope to someday achieve such success! But for your average beginning blogger, the process is very slow-going and no where near as lucrative.
So here’s what I hope is a realistic monetization report for a beginning blogger. A thousand dollars over the course of three months is certainly no full-time salary, but it’s nothing to sneeze at, either! Plus, I’ll explain what I’m going to try over the next three months to increase my income, and I’ll report back to you next quarter with how successful I’ve been….