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I am SO EXCITED to share some BIG income news with you. I’ve been waiting on the edge of my seat since the end of September to write this post so I could double and triple check my earnings.
Sorry. I’m getting a little ahead of myself here. If you’re new to Bowl of Delicious, and you are confused right now, here’s what’s happening. Every three months, I post a quarterly income report on how I make money from blogging. Running a website takes a lot of time, and while my full-time job currently is teaching (high school art), I consider blogging to be my hobby that turned into a side job. I write about my income to help other people who are also interested in beginning a blog to make some extra money (because can’t we all use a little help in the money department?).
If you’re here just for the recipes: please visit my recipe archive! Maybe make yourself some delicious soup for the colder weather. But if you’re interested in how everyday bloggers like me are able to generate a (realistic) income, read on or browse my other income reports.
In this income report, you’ll find:
- My goal update (also known as the BIG INCOME NEWS!) and what’s next for Bowl of Delicious in terms of goals
- Income Report (breakdown of revenue sources per month)
- Info about a new partnership/revenue source: Chicory
- Answers to your questions/concerns from my previous income reports, including:
- An update about Sovrn (an advertising network that I previously stopped using but started again, now that I actually know how to use it)
- Insight into Bowl of Delicious’s expenses
My Goal Update!
I’m happy to report that as of September 2015, I have met (and exceeded) that goal! Three months ahead of time! I made $1,167.29 in September alone!!!!!!!! This was achieved through both advertising prices being much higher in the month of September and a boost of traffic from Pinterest on my super popular Crispy Oven Baked BBQ Chicken Post.
I know what you are thinking, and the answer to your question is: yes. Zach and I have turned one of our rooms into a money pit and sometimes we just go in there and swim in all our extra money. We’re also planning on buying a yacht and taking a year (or seven) off from work to travel the world. Maybe we’ll buy an exotic pet. The possibilities are endless!
But seriously, this is huge. Huge because running this blog is hard (but fun!) work, and I feel like I am (finally, after almost two years) being paid fairly for my time (I work on it for about 10-15 hours a week, which equates to an average of about $20/hour at $1000 per month). Huge because blogging costs money (hosting, camera, ingredients, photography props, etc.) and it looks like a new computer may be a necessity in the near future (my current one is freezing up even as I type this, probably partially due to the fact that I have literally thousands of high resolution photos of food on this thing). And huge because even if we wanted to make a room into a pit of money, we cannot right now, because we are building a house and don’t live there yet. All of this extra money is helping us to be able to put a full 20% down, which is very hard to do for average first-time homebuyers with today’s economy.
In addition, I decided when I set this goal that if I achieved it, I would begin donating a portion of my profits to someone else who needs it. If you follow my facebook page, you probably have already gotten wind of the fact that I love animals. I post potentially an equal amount of adorable animal videos as I do about food. So, for the month of September, I donated a portion of my profits to a local animal shelter.
Oscar approves :-)
Up next: my goal is to maintain my income of at least $1000 for the rest of 2015. September-December are usually very high months in terms of income because advertising prices are better (for the holidays). January tends to dip quite a bit- often, up to half. So, I would love to keep increasing my income for the next few months so I begin 2016 with an income of at least $800. Yay for new goals!
Third Quarter Income Report
Here’s a breakdown of my total quarterly income for the months of July, August, and September of 2015:…