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How I made $1,484 with my Blog in January 2016 [Income Report]

Oh you guys..this is my very first ever income report and I’m sooo nervous! πŸ™‚ I plan to give you a detailed income report each month with some instruction on what I did to earn that money and what worked for me and didn’t work for me.

I run 4 other websites which I have NOT written forΒ in a while. Some haven’t been updated in over a year, however, they continue to bring me revenue, which is why I keep them. It’s also the reason why evergreen content rules! The content on those sites still gets pinned on Pinterest and picked up by other blogs, so I keep them running while I focus mainly on Living for Naptime.


For those of you who are finding this post on Pinterest, allow me to introduce myself! Hi, I’m Chrystie. I’ve started and sold 4 websites in the last 4 years. I’m a serial blogger-preneur. This website, Living For Naptime is my newest project. My goal is toΒ be a cheerleader & mentor for other mom bloggers! You can read about the 13 Life Changing Things that happened to me after I started a blog and then read up about how I sold my blog!

January 2016 Blogging Income Report Highlights:

Viral post of the month: The $7,500 Mistake Every Blogger needs to avoid

The Good: On a whim, I decided to come clean about my copyright debacle that happened in 2014, apparently the blog post resonated with people, because a whopping 76,000 people viewed that blog post in January! The last time I checked it had over 170 comments on it. I eventually shut down the comments because it was giving me an anxiety attack anytime someone commented. LOL.

As a result of the increase in traffic, my email list grew from 38 to over 200!

The Bad:Β Because advertising is not Living for Naptime’s monetization strategy, the blog post was not necessarily optimized for ad revenue. As a result, I earned only $46.00 on the site in January.

Total Income for January 2016:

Total: $1484.48

Total Expenses for January 2016:

  • Hosting: $34.95
  • Photoshop $10.61
  • HauteChocolate Stock Photos $29.00
  • Boardbooster: $20
  • Likestagram: $9.99

Total expenses: $104.55

Total Profit: $1379.93

What’s happening in February:

I should have my podcast off the ground by the end of February, which (I hope) will mean that I’ll be opening up a whole new channel for traffic generation and networking with other bloggers.

I will also have my How to Start a Blog email series up & running and look forward to getting even more moms on the blog train!


Chrystie is a mom of 3 kids and wife to one. She's sold 4 blogs in the last 10 years and now helps other women start their blogging empire. Her love for really bad reality TV is only trumped by her love for margaritas without salt. Her other addictions include spray painting everything gold and embarrassing her kids at the bus stop. #thatmom

This article has 11 comments

  1. Kimi

    Very encouraging Chrystie, thanks for sharing! So was your SkimLinks, VigLinks and ShareaSale revenue actually from your other blogs or this one? It’s very inspiring to see new blogs earning income pretty much right from the start (and amazing, looking forward to learning all your tips!). πŸ™‚

    • Chrystie

      The Skimlinks & VigLinks money is mostly from my Designer Decor on a Budget series from πŸ™‚

  2. Becky @ Disney in your Day

    This is fabulous! Any chance you’d be able to share how you make so much money with ads? I get a lot of pageviews but very little money that way. I noticed what you said about optimizing a page for ads and I’m very intrigued πŸ™‚

    • Chrystie

      Hi Becky! To be completely honest, my entire ad set up is managed through AdThrive and they are like magicians. I don’t know what they do to boost my earnings but ever since I’ve been with them, it’s been amazing! The majority of the ad revenue came from MoneySavingSisters which received, 127k page views in January. Hope that helps!

  3. Ashley Swavel

    Chrystie! I must have been living under a rock because I didn’t know about this blog at all. I can’t wait to binge-read all of your posts! πŸ™‚

  4. Konrad Braun

    Wow Chrystie,
    Great job. Congrats!
    Adthrive… they’ve been trying to convince my wife to let them manage her ads on her food blog. She hasn’t gone for it yet as we have a decent waterfall system set up that we monitor regularly, but maybe she should give them a shot. Looks like they know what they’re doing πŸ™‚

  5. Yev Marusenko

    Congrats. What is your VigLink affiliate link? I’d like to sign up, might as well earn you commission if it works out for me. Also, how did you get VigLink and SkimLinks and others to work at the same time? I thought some do the same things so you can’t have 2 of the same type…

  6. Lourdes

    I just came across your page through Pintrest. I am a mom pf six kids, and now with a month old baby and two year old at home, and Diagnosed with MS dad said No No to working for mom, which I appreciate it. However, I loved to work, it gave me a sense of helping, the mom part is just a Must Job that I love. So, I was googling how to work from home and came across your BLOG!! A angel sent from heaven maybe. Now just reading this and new to this, I have a few might be dumb questions. How do you select which ads to add to your blog, can you blog about anything and how can I start this on a major budget? This would help our family so much and I am sure you have blogged abouy thos already so can ya point me to read that blog. Thank you for your time.

  7. Aja

    Thanks for sharing your income report. I really like when people do this b/c it gives you so many ideas on how to make money blogging! I am starting my own income report. It’s scary, but I thin it helps you grow your income.

    • Chrystie

      Hi Aja! I totally agree..putting your income out there for everyone to see is nerve wracking..BUT I know how helpful it is to see how other’s make money!

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