January 2017 Blogging Income Report - $478.43 / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


January 2017 Blogging Income Report - $478.43

"How can I make money blogging?" That's the question I kept asking myself. Over the last few months I finally started earning an income as a  blogger & digital influencer. Nope, it's not enough to quit my social media coordinator position, but it's enough to help pay the bills, buy plane tickets to Paris, save money, & truly enjoy life.

You might be wondering how you can make money from blogging, so here's my January 2017 Blogging Income Report. This is my first income report, but I earned over $800 in December 2016.

More income reports:


Linqia Sponsored Posts - $140
Social Native Sponsored Posts - $70
Miscellaneous Sponsored Posts - $175
Reimbursements - $43
Blog Sponsors - $10
Consulting/Coaching - $25
ShopStyle Collective - $15.43
Total - $478.43


Product Purchases - $24.50
PayPal Fees - $1.75
Total - $26.25


Net Total - $452.18

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Note: I base my income report on earnings that were deposited into my bank account during that month. I did several projects in January that have yet to be paid out, therefore I will take that into account for my February Income Report. 

The only exception to this rule is the $15.43 from ShopStyle Collective. I only get paid once I make the $100 threshold but thought it'd be misleading to post that I earned $100 from ShopStyle when in fact that was many, many months in the making.

Most of my blog earnings were from sponsored blog posts & sponsored social media posts. I'm working on growing my following & engagement, so it's nice to be rewarded by getting paid opportunities. I worked with brands like Truvia & Lays. I even was a part of the promotional team for a new show on FX called Taboo.

Do you want to start making your first dollars as a blogger? I can help! I'm a social media professional & a blogger with over 3 years of experience. I offer consulting & coaching for bloggers & influencers who want to step up their game, grow their brand, & starting making some money. Please contact me for price quotes or if you have questions.

Other posts from my Social Media/Blogging series:
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  1. Thank you for being open about your blogging income. It's nice to get a realistic scope. I'm starting blogging more frequently this year and hope to be blogging more "full-time" once my little one is born, since I'll be home.
    Morning Lux

  2. Great post Carmen, very interesting. Especially to me. I don't make a dime with my blog and do it only out of love of writing. It can be frustrating sometimes though...


  3. So cool! that is a nice blogging income. Inspired me to work harder to do sponsored posts.
    x from Copenhagen, Caroline

  4. It's so cool to see the breakdown, this post was very interesting and quite informative! :) x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  5. I love seeing the breakdown and where the income is coming from. i definitely will need to look into sponsored posts and how to even get sponsors!

  6. Congrats! That's an awesome amount. I made $50 and was pretty excited. haha

  7. Really awesome to see the breakdown of how you are generating income via blogging. Super inspiring and insightful! Thanks for sharing!

  8. So neat to see how your income from blogging is broken down. Thanks for sharing.
    P.s. I love Taboo!

  9. I love linqia.. they are so easy to work with. Wishing you more blogging success in Feb! :)

  10. I love blogger's income reports. They're so interesting. You did so well! Yay!

  11. I can't wait to read your other post on this subject! Your post has inspired me . Thanks.

  12. Pretty brave to reveal your income. I go back and forth about revealing mine but you've pushed me a little closer to doing it. Thanks for sharing and keep up the good work!

  13. It really is so rewarding to make money on the hard work behind the blog! You are killing it!

  14. WAy to go girl! I love making money blogging. I don't make as much as you though. :) You're killing it!

  15. Thank you for sharing this. As a new blogger having this broken down for me is great !

  16. Awesome job! I love seeing other bloggers income reports, it's so motivating and interesting! :)

  17. You go girl! I love that you're so transparent in your earnings and I know this will motivate other bloggers to turn their hobby into a business!


  18. You go girl! Reading income reports is my jam.

  19. it is great you're transparent about this.

  20. Loved this, and as a new blogger I loved yours '5 Things I Did Wrong When I First Started Blogging'! thanks for the advice! :)

  21. Aw, thanks Chloe. Glad to provide some good insight for other bloggers out there. :]

  22. Thanks Tina! I hope to shed some light on blogger incomes! :]

  23. Hope it helps Natalie! There's a new Income Report every month. :]

  24. Well, we all have to work our way up. You got this! :]

  25. I'm not ashamed of it, so why not share it? It's the best I've done so I am proud! You got this! :]

  26. I have a new Income Report up right now! :]

  27. They really are & it's nice if you increase your click threshold too. :]

  28. I need to catch up on Taboo. It's been a few weeks. :]

  29. That's AWESOME! $50 is gas money, some food, etc. Anything helps! :]

  30. I understand the struggle. It's definitely a process to build the blog & get sponsors. You can do it! :]

  31. I completely understand the struggle. It took a long time before I finally figured out best blogging practices & how to earn some income! :]

  32. Definitely. This is a realistic figure for sure. I've seen income reports of $10,000 per month but that's not very helpful to me. Haha. :]

  33. messaged you on fb. looking forward to hearing back :) I'm always interested in helpful advice


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