How I made £1829 in extra income in November: Income Report

Scary moment, welcome to my first ever extra income report!November 2017 Income Report - here's how I made £1829 blogging in November

Blog income reports are a bit of a controversial topic. Some people love them because they find them interesting and inspirational (like I do!); others dislike them because they can either come across as bragging or money-grabbing. So…

Why am I sharing my extra income?

Like I’ve said, I find extra income reports inspirational. Before I started blogging in 2010, I had no idea that they were a way to make money. Even after I starting getting sent free products to review, I still didn’t realise there was money in it. Even after my first £25 sponsored post, I didn’t really think there was money in blogging.

Then I started getting offered more and more with the more effort and work I was putting into blogging. And I started seeing income reports popping up showing how other bloggers not too unlike me were earning 4, 5 even 6 figure incomes from blogging and additional income.

I started to monetise my blog around 3 years ago, but I’ve really put the effort into it in the last year.

I want to share my extra income to show people that it can be done. I’m just a normal person with a laptop, a camera and a full time job to boot, but I’m earning a pretty good additional income online, if I do say so myself!

I also want to share these to help keep myself motivated. If I’m sharing my income online, I want it to be worth sharing!

What’s included in my income reports?

As I mentioned, I have a full time job in addition to blogging, and this income report will not include the details of my salary from that.

It will include all the additional stuff I do outside work, including blogging, freelance work (writing, occasional outreach, photography) and any other methods (selling online, surveys etc.).

The blogs that I earn an income from and will be featuring here are:

  • Rebel Angel – my personal style and lifestyle blog. I’ve been running this since 2010, back when I didn’t know making money online was a thing.
  • Big Cup Little Cup – a lingerie blog I write with a friend. The income from this is shared between us, but I’ll report what it makes then split off half of this in the expenses section.
  • Disney Days – my Disney blog.
  • Adventure is Out There – this blog!

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How these income reports will work

Some people report income in the month it’s earned; others report in the month it reaches their bank accounts.

I’ll be reporting the income that I have actually received – I keep track of it by the date it reaches my bank account rather than the date it’s invoiced.

This may change in future, but for now that’s easiest for me.

Extra Income Report November 2017

So without further ado, drum roll please…..

In November 2017, I earned £1829.38 in extra income!

I’m quite surprised because November has actually turned out to be my best month ever in terms of additional income. To give you an idea, I’ve earned between £352 (April) and £1589.84 (August) so far this financial year (from April to April), so that figure has pushed the last high out of the park a little for me!

Extra Income November 2017 Breakdown

  • Sponsored posts: £1358.51
  • Freelance: £366.25
  • Affiliate: £104.52

In future reports, I’ll most likely break it down further than this, but I wasn’t quite prepared to share an income report so soon, so this is as far as it’s going to get for this one!

For sponsored posts, these are mostly at Rebel Angel – I saw the domain authority on this blog jump from 27 to 38 during November. It had been hovering between 25 and 29 for about a year even though I’d had quite a lot of good backlinks into it – I think this all got picked up in one go so that’s why I suddenly had the big jump!

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What is domain authority?

As a result of this domain authority jump, I could start charging a bit more for posts, so I think this definitely contributed to there being an increase in my sponsored post income for the month.

The affiliate income is generally mainly from Big Cup Little Cup. This is my most successful blog for affiliate earnings currently as it’s very niche and has a pretty engaged following of people who like lingerie. I really want to work on increasing this income over time and am looking forward to seeing how it goes.

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The freelance work was all blog writing, social media and photography for a local bakery business. If you’ve been around my other blogs at all, you’ll know this is my family’s  business, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy! I did a full day’s photography plus editing for a shop redesign launch and wrote several blog posts as well as maintaining their social media under this cost. This was also my invoice for 2 months’ work (because I forget to get them in monthly!).

Expenses

This month, I’ve barely had any expenses – it’s literally been the other half of my Big Cup Little Cup blog!

As an explanation, I haven’t bought any courses or paid for any tools this month, plus my hosting with Rochen was paid all up front with them for 3 years. I personally prefer to do it this way because it ends up much cheaper in the long run.

My total expenses this month were £25.

So my total additional income this month minus expenses was £1804.38.

Going forward

I set out my goals for December in last week, so check those out here. In my December income report, I’ll report back on how these goals went.

I’m expecting to receive a little more significant amount of affiliate income soon thanks to the Black Friday sales which I heavily promoted on Big Cup Little Cup (although this is always a lot of work!!).

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7 Comments

  1. December 11, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    £1829 is amazing! I’ve bookmarked Big Cup Little Cup to check out a bit later – partly for some blogging tips in light of your affiliate success and partly to read up on lingerie! 🙂

    Just so I have something to aspire towards, do you mind sharing how long you’ve been blogging?

    • sian.thomas
      December 11, 2017 / 3:43 pm

      Thank you! Hope you enjoy Big Cup Little Cup – it’s fun to write 😀
      I’ve been blogging at Rebel Angel since 2010, but I didn’t start monetising my blogging until about 3 years ago, then I got more serious with it over the past year 🙂

  2. December 11, 2017 / 7:51 pm

    I’m so impressed! I really just started working to monetise my blog and I hope in a few months I’ll be able to start reporting. I especially want to learn about sponsored posts etc
    Congratulations and keep working hard. It’s great to be doing something that you enjoy and see the fruits of your labour.

    • sian.thomas
      January 5, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Thank you!

  3. December 11, 2017 / 8:06 pm

    Woohoo!! You are killing it!

    • sian.thomas
      January 5, 2018 / 12:19 pm

      😀 Thank you!

  4. December 19, 2017 / 4:44 pm

    Wow, this is amazing! I’m trying to make money from my blog but I seem to be struggling..

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