Total income earned in 2019: $36,608.22
Total income earned in 2018: $6,656.49
Total income earned in 2020: TBD
Ever wonder what bloggers make?
I sure did (and still do!).
I decided to be completely transparent with you guys on exactly how much I make as a blogger/influencer.
Here’s where I’ll post my actual blog income, updated monthly.
This way, if you’re following a dream to be a travel blogger or an influencer, you have an example of what goes on behind the scenes.
I started my blog and Instagram in April 2017, and just started earning money in May 2018. This income was actually from a campaign back in March that paid out 60 days later.
Started in April 2017, got my first paid campaign in March 2018.
That’s almost a full year of work without seeing any financial benefits.
Here’s a graph of my actual earnings.
I also include projected earnings based on income that will come out of future collaborations.
Before May of 2018 I didn’t make any income, I just received a bunch of free stuff in exchange for posts.
There’s no problem with that, but it sure doesn’t pay the bills!
So where does the money come from?
Glad you asked.
Here’s a pie-chart showing you the breakdown of where the money comes from.
“Preset” indicates money I’ve earned when people purchase my Lightroom Presets.
“Other” simply means what it sounds like. The majority of this category refers to money earned from writing articles for other publications.
In the past two months, I’ve updated “Other” to also include blog earnings through Mediavine (which actually show up on my projected earnings as they pay out a few months after the fact).
Right now the majority comes from Instagram.
That means from companies paying me to post their product on my page.
Sometimes they want more than one post, sometimes they want IG stories.
We set this up in a contract to protect both parties.
I’m sure there are people actively seeking out campaigns from brands, but right now I just accept brand offers that are emailed to me.
Up until June 2019, I was working a full time job while earning extra funds from Instagram collaborations.
Since then, I’ve been working as a full time travel blogger (two months now) and it has been so much fun!
I’ve dedicated this time to focusing on monetizing my blog (not my Instagram). The primary way I’ve seen growth is by adding Mediavine ads on my page, which has boosted my blog earnings a ton.
People might find ads annoying, but they help me keep my content free for others and enable me to produce more *hopefully* helpful articles on my site!
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