My First Income Report!

by - October 17, 2018



I am SO excited to write this post. Like, ridiculously excited. When I started this blog, it was probably my 20th attempt at blogging. Every time, it seemed that my blog fell flat, I ran out of things to talk about, and worst of all, no one was reading.

The biggest difference between those blog attempts and this blog is that I am blogging about something that I love, something that is important to me, and something that I do all day every day already. I love teaching, it is a passion that I have had since I was a little kid, and I love the part of my job that allows me to support and collaborate with other teachers. When I created this blog, I wanted to do just that.

This blog went live in March of 2018. I did a serious amount of research into how to generate blog traffic, and discovered that Pinterest was the simplest and most effective way to generate traffic. By combining a solid Pinterest strategy with solid content that I was passionate about, I was able to finally breach the breakers and sail into bloggerville. This honestly would not be possible without a very cost-effective and well-worth-it subscription to Tailwind, a service that allows you to schedule your pins anytime, from anywhere, so that they post to Pinterest at optimum times based on your viewership. My Pinterest exploded in the first month and went from nearly 0 views per month to over a million! I generated over a thousand new followers in 2 months!

My biggest success so far has been my Cornell Notes series. This generated a lot of repins on Pinterest and a lot of revenue once I made my Cornell Notes for Secondary ELA for sale on this website. As you will see in my full income report below, this generated the most income. This passive income has been a game changer for me, and I am excited to grow upon this with the creation of a website store full of digital downloads. More on that later.

On to my Income Report!

August 2018

Income:

        - Sales of my Cornell Notes for Middle Grades ELA: $2359.00

Expenses:

        - PayPal Fees: $140.14
        - Tailwind Subscription: $14.95

Total Income: $2203.91


September 2018

Income:

        - Sale of my Cornell Notes for Middle Grades ELA: $1430.00
        - Sale of my Standard Based Grading for Secondary ELA Rubrics: $30.00
        - Google AdSense Revenue from August 2018 (this pays out a month later): $137.83

Expenses:

        - PayPal Fees: $85.70
        - Tailwind Subscription: $14.95

Total Income: $1497.18

Total for August and September: $3701.09

I seriously want to jump up and down because when I started this blog, I expected it to flop like my others had in the past. I wanted to make money from my blog, but I never thought it would actually happen. And although most of this money is coming from selling my own products, my blog is the medium through which I am able to do that, and my readers are the reason that that kind of revenue was even possible, so thank you to everyone who purchased my Cornell Notes over the last few months!

Going forward, I am hoping to go live with a store, as I mentioned, that would include lots of teaching resources, some freebies, and activities for use in the classroom. Lots of people had asked me about creating Cornell Notes for middle grades math, and I thought I could handle doing that - but once I started looking over the CCSS standards for middle grades math, I realized that I was in WAY over my head, so I don't think that's going to happen any time soon, if at all. Honestly, I am awful at math and I would hate to create a resource with tons of incorrect information in it!

If you are interested in starting a blog, do it. If you want advice or help, please don't hesitate to contact me.

I am considering doing a series of how-to's for starting a teacher blog for other teachers who want to start blogging - is this something you'd be interested in reading? Let me know in the comments.

Thank you for indulging me, I am very excited to even have an income report to share! :)



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2 comments

  1. Wow that's amazing! I have recebtlr gotten more serious with my blog. It started as something just for me, but I realized I have a lot to offer . I am also a teacher and have been trying to design a 6th grade science curriculum, but it is overwhelming!

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