In this post you will find out how I made $5 377 from food blogging and what I'm doing to grow my traffic and income even further. I hope you will get as much value from these, as I have from other bloggers' income reports! Find all the income reports here.
Why do I share my income reports?
I decided to start sharing my income reports for four reasons:
- Keep myself accountable! What better way to make sure I reach my goals, than to share them with you?
- Give back! I've found so much value from other bloggers' income reports over the years, it's time I started sharing what's working for me as well!
- De-mystify blogging! Food blogging is a marathon, not a sprint - and entirely possible to succeed with.
- I love sharing my journey! And I hope you enjoy following along.
March 2023 Recap
March was a fun month! It started out with the Tastemakers Conference where I got to hang out with all my blogging friends for a few days, eat amazing food (including a 3 star Michelin dinner!) and just soak up inspiration, and ended with BUYING A HOUSE.
Yep, it's as wild as it sounds. I have been wanting to buy a house for years, and now finally had enough saved up for a downpayment. New house comes with a better kitchen, a dining area next to the kitchen that I will turn into a studio, and a separate room for an office. Not to mention a guest room and a nice yard! Can't wait for July when I get to move in!
And as if that wasn't enough - traffic was great this month as well. I was expecting a dip, which is usually the case for me this time of year, but instead my traffic ended up at an all-time high.
Publishing to MSN was one reason my traffic grew. I had one slideshow get over 600 000 views on MSN (!) which translated to two days with ~3000 extra page views to my site. Actually, most days I see at least a few hundred extra page views thanks to MSN.
The page views on MSN also translate into actual money paid for MSN ads - but I don't know yet how much this will end up being.
Here's what I did specifically this month:
Published 4 new recipes:
Other things I did:
- Updated 6 recipes
- Published 2 new air fryer resourcs
- Published 1 new MSN slide show per day
- Created reels for new & updated posts
March 2023 Traffic
|March 2023||March 2022||Growth|
|Page views||266 013||114 534||132%|
|Sessions||222 721||98 742||126%|
|Users||181 949||79 817||128%|
This growth is insane and far above what I was expecting. I've also started to grow the number of page views per session, which means more $$$ for each visitor.
Organic search: 76%
My US traffic is on a steady climb, likely thanks to MSN traffic, and this is great for RPMs.
March 2023 P&L
Let's see what this traffic brought me in terms of monetary results!
March 2023 Income
I make almost all my income from AdThrive through display ads on my website.
|March 2023||March 2022||Growth|
|Total Ad Income||$5 338||$2 100||154%|
RPM is what I make per 1000 sessions, Page RPM is what I make per 1000 page views.
I also make a very small income from affiliate programs*:
Total income: $5 377
March 2023 Expenses
I run my own business full time and divide my time between food blogging and business consulting. Here I only include the expenses that are directly related to my food blog - other shared expenses like cell phone costs, company car, new computer, etc. are not included here.
(This section contains Affiliate links. Affiliate links are marked with *.)
Nerdpress: $379 (these guys are my lifesavers!!)
The Insiders Mastermind:* $395 (this is how I can publish to MSN!)
RankIQ*: $29 (RankIQ has really helped me grow my traffic!)
Lightroom & Premiere Pro: $45
Feast Plug-in*: $8
Big Scoots hosting*: $48
Canva* (for making collages & printables): $10
Akismet (site security): $7.50
Tickets for Tastemakers 2024: $479
Total expenses: $2 576
September 2022 Profit
|Profit:||= $2 802|
The profit above does not take into account taxes.
While it's not enough for me to live on quite yet, it does pay for my very expensive horse riding hobby - and helped me buy a house!
Goals and Plans for April
Coming out of a Q1 that was much better than expected, I am pumped to see what Q2 holds!
Pageviews: 270 000
Total income: $6 000
April Action Plan
- Post at least 5 new recipes
- Do a content audit to see if any recipes were impacted by the latest core update, and plan updates accordingly
- Update 8 recipes or more
- Get my new VA for web stories started and see what results this will bring
- Keep creating MSN slide shows: 1 new per day, plus republishing of 1 old
- Plan the details for the European Food Blogger Retreat which will be held in Stockholm, Sweden August 25-27. Sign up here to snag your spot!
- KEEP BEING SMART! Spend my time where I make the traffic & the money. This means more time on MSN
I hope you got some value out of this income report. If you did - please leave a comment below and let me know what was most valuable to you! And if you have any questions, please reach out through commenting or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com
All the best luck for Q2!