Back in January, we did a 30 day series covering the Mom Blog Money Blog course by Laurie Turk of TipJunkie.com. This wrap up post has links for all of the days if you missed any of them. Today, I’m going to give you an update of the past six months since I finished the course. Maybe it will convince you that the course really is good for helping you bring home the bacon as Laurie says.
Now, before I give you the dirty details of the update, let me tell you a few things.
- I’m going to base the stat info off of my cocktail blog, One Martini.
- Last year I posted two times a week. This year, I increased that to three times a week.
- I haven’t done everything in the course as Laurie recommends due to lack of time (I haven’t set up a newsletter or Google DFP yet).
Mom Blog Money Blog – 6 Month Update
I’m going to show you numbers for Feb 1 – July 31, 2012 (before I took the course) and Feb 1 – July 31, 2013 (after taking the course). Again, these numbers are only for my cocktail recipe blog.
Google Analytics Stats:
2012 – 24,950
2013 – 134,511
Increase of 439.12%
2012 – 21,293
2013 – 114,828
Increase of 439.28%
2012 – 35,784
2013 – 185,799
Increase of 419.22%
2012 – 18.6%
2013 – 43.1%
Increase of 131.72%
For income, I’m going to give you a look at my income which includes ads, products, sponsored posts, affiliate links, freelance writing/photography and independent consulting for a local PR agency.
Prior to starting the course, I was writing at my personal blog, my cocktail recipe blog and here at Business 2 Blogger. I was doing occasional sponsored posts and product reviews and I didn’t have any ads on my sites until November 2012. I would say I grossed somewhere around $1,500 for all of 2012.
In 2013, I still have ads on my sites and write here at Business 2 Blogger. I also started writing for allParenting.com, doing some work as an independent consultant for a local PR agency, selling individual ads on my sites, doing more sponsored posts and product reviews and including affiliate links in my posts. I also had a sponsorship to BlogHer13.
My gross income from Jan 1 to July 31, 2013 is about $6,500.
So that’s an increase of 333.33% in my income for only half of a year.
Now, a lot of my income is not “passive income” as Laurie talks about in Mom Blog Money Blog. My ads don’t generate the bulk of my income. Most of it comes from my freelance writing and photography. But the knowledge I gained in the course helps me with my freelance writing. It gave me a better understanding of SEO, gave me tips on how to work smarter, not harder and taught me that it’s okay to make money from my efforts online.
If you were on the fence about the Mom Blog Money Blog course, I hope that this little update helped you to understand the benefits of the workshop. No one asked me to write this post, I just wanted to share my experience.
Oh, and this post contains affiliate links because that is just one way Laurie recommends to make money blogging!