May 2017 Blogging Income Report - $1,214.20 / Carmen Varner // Travel Influencer, Blogging Coach, Social Media Consultant


May 2017 Blogging Income Report - $1,214.20

Hi friends & thanks for checking in on my Blogging Income Report. I finally hit the $1,000 mark! Crazy to think I've been writing these since January when my income was just about $450.  I've been able to increase my earnings this month thanks to adjusting some of my coaching practices & earning more from sponsored posts. Take a look at my income, expenses, & net total. I also get delve deeper into each income category. Read on, my friend!

* Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.


Linqia Sponsored Posts - $331.20
Blogging + Social Media Coaching - $320
Social Fabric Sponsored Post  - $200
Social Fabric Reimbursement - $278
Real Clever Sponsored Post - $65
Linqia Referrals - $20
Total - $1,214.20


Product Purchases - $54.15
Blog Props -  $13.47
PayPal Fees - $6.29
Total - $73.91


Net Total - $1,140.29

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

Want to see more income reports?
January 2017 Blogging Income Report
February 2017 Blogging Income Report
March 2017 Blogging Income Report
April 2017 Blogging Income Report

Linqia Sponsored Posts

Linqia has been a consistent part of my blogging income for a few months now. In May I received compensation for Time Management Tips for Bloggers & Those Working From Home, a post I created for TP-Link as well as my post about Zevia, a stevia-based soda. Bonus for me: TP-Link added my post to their website, so I get a small trickle of views from that.

Blogging + Social Media Coaching

May was my best coaching month & I saw an increase in repeat clients! As a coach, I work with people one-on-one to better their blogs, their social media presence, & their brands. This is a really fulfilling part of my business. Learn more about my coaching & how it could help you!

Social Fabric Sponsored Post 

I wrote Self-Care Essentials to Bring to a Camping Music Festival, a sponsored post with Cetaphil, back in early March. It kept getting delayed until late May when we finally we were given the go-ahead to post.

Social Fabric Reimbursement 

I received advanced reimbursement for an upcoming trip & sponsored post. June's Income Report will see some additional expenses because I'll use the reimbursement for products, food, gas money, & experience purchases related to the post. 

Real Clever Sponsored Post 

I finally got paid from a Facebook & Twitter post from 90 days ago for the OREO MILKA Chocolate Candy Bar. Yum. A 90 day wait for payment is one of the longest I've encountered.

Linqia Referrals

As I mentioned earlier in this post, Linqia has been a consistent part of my blogging income over the course of multiple months. I've included it on my Blogging Income Reports, so some people sign up. I receive $5 for anyone who's accepted into the Linqia network.

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  1. Congratulations Carmen! Seriously, this is awesome. I'm in my first month of blogging and it's always really inspiring to read posts like yours. I've been browsing around your blog for 10 minutes already and I love what I see!

  2. I find it so great that you share these types of things with your readers and I really find it fascinating! Blogging is definitely a learning curve and I know numbers aren't everything, but it's useful to get an idea of how things could be running!

    And huge congrats on your progress! It must be great to read older posts and look at how much progress you and your blog are making!!

    JosieVictoriaa // Fashion, Travel & Lifestyle

  3. These are always really interesting to see. Thank you for sharing! :) And congrats for hitting $1000!

    Heidi🍓 | Heidi's Planner | Instagram

  4. Congratulations of reaching $1200 - when did you start earning money off your blog? Do you remember the size of your following at this point?

  5. Congratulations Carmen! This is such a huge accomplishment and so great for you and your blog! I can't wait to see what's ahead xx

    Sending light & love your way,
    My Lovelier Days

  6. Hi, this is fantastic. I have not seen any one else share this info. Well done on your first 1,000. I have just started blogging and this is so good to see. What is a average view on your blogging site per day?

  7. Congrats on reaching $1,000!! I've never heard of Linqia before so you've inspired me to check it out and look for other sponsors!

  8. Congratulations, this is really great! I hope to be there soon!

  9. Congrats! Keep up the good work!

  10. I have been quite apprehnsive about approaching brands myself and trying to network and build my brand presence but I don't know what I am scared of! I really need to muster the courage and get out there but I don't know where to start!

  11. Great job! So cool that you offer coaching services in addition to all the other monetization options for bloggers- I think the key is to diversify and it looks like you've really got a good grasp on that.

  12. That's awesome, girl! Blogging is hard work and earning a living from it is even harder. Great results for May. Looking forward to June!

  13. Great job! I make most of my income from ads. It's nice to get paid for all the hard work!

  14. You go girl! This is so exciting :)

  15. This is so exciting to see! I'm still having trouble learning all the ins and outs of the blogging world ... I hope to make some income from it in the near future! Congrats!

  16. Congrats on your success! Thanks for sharing this super personal part of blogging. It definitely serves as inspiration for all us newbies out there!


  17. Hi Carmen,
    Congrats! That is amazing. I think it's so great you are sharing your blogging income with us! I just started my blog so obviously I'm not making as much a dime yet but I'm really hoping I'll eventually be able to make just a little money as I'm putting a lot of work into it.
    Do you by any chance have any tips for how to actually start making just a little bit of money or start collaborating with brands?
    Have a lovely Sunday, sweetie!

  18. That is so great! Congrats on your repeat coaching clients. I hope June is just as successful.

  19. Hi Maya! Thanks so much. I've been blogging for six years, so it's nice to be able to provide value for all types of bloggers. :]

  20. Thanks so much, Josie! I love looking at older posts & seeing the progress as well. My whole aim in writing these is to be transparent with fellow bloggers, so they can see what works, what doesn't, etc. :]

  21. Thanks Heidi! I was ecstatic. :]

  22. Hi Hayley! I've been blogging since 2011, so it took me 5 years! I really wasn't looking to monetize it & had no idea that the blog could be a business. I earned my first blog dollars in April/May 2016. I'd say I had about 10,000 followers across social media at that point. :]

  23. Hi! On a good day, my blog stats say I get about 1,000 per day, but Google Analytics stats say I get about 600. One of the things that has helped me is creating a dialogue, a community versus focusing on page views. I saw this working as the social media professional as well. Brands started to focus on the Microinfluencer, someone who has an a modest but engaged following versus a large following with minimal engagement. Hope that helps! :]

  24. Yes, I love Linqia!! I've been able to work with some of my favorite brands! :]

  25. I totally understand it can be scary & overwhelming, but one of the best things in life is the opportunity to grow. Once I challenged myself & got out of my comfort zone, it was amazing what I was capable of. You can do it! I have a lot of social media/blogging tips on the blog, so maybe that can help you out! :]

  26. Definitely! Diversifying is so imperative these days. It helps not to have all my eggs in one basket. :]

  27. Thanks Joline! It's been quite a journey. Thank you for reading! :]

  28. That's cool. What type of ad? Ads don't do very well for me, so it's great to hear what works for others! :]

  29. Thanks Jenn! It's definitely nerve-racking laying it out there for everyone to read, but I feel strongly that it's useful for other people. :]

  30. Hi Heidi! Yes! :] These posts might help you:
    + How To Create Authentic Social Brand Mentions + Why They're Important might help: (Following my own tips from this post, I was sent free product from one brand & was able to secure a paid post with another!!)
    + 7 Things Brands Look for Before Working with a Blogger:
    + How To Be A Local Influencer & Get Invited to Events as a Blogger:

  31. Thanks Dia! June was my best month yet! Working on a post. :]

  32. that's great, keep it up and hope this month is as abundant for you!

  33. Congratulations on your success! Hope you have a wonderful July!

  34. Congratulations, this is giving me hope I am planning to get into sponsored posts this few months hopefully all works out. Wishing you success.

  35. Wow, congrats! This is truly inspiring. All the best!

  36. This is very insightful. I had no idea it worked this way. Congrats to you for the dedication to your craft.

  37. Super MillennialJuly 13, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Great job on the coaching I'm looking to get into that as well for my blog & book publishing!

  38. Congrats on all your success thus far ! Keep it up!

  39. Wow well done on a great May! I can't wait until I hit the $1,000 mark, too!

  40. I love reading income reports because I always feel so inspired and encouraged! Congrats on your success - you're doing great!!

  41. That's amazing! I hope I can make that much off my blog one day

  42. You're doing an awesome job! Keep it up! :)


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