Welcome to my fourth Monthly Blogging Income Report!
November was a good month for me, both with passive income as well as with client work, however, I've decided that doing client work is actually hindering my income growth.
When I looked back at this past year's income, I realized the ratio of my passive income vs. my service income is ridiculous! Like, SERIOUSLY, ridiculous.
Basically, I made 9 TIMES as much in passive income than I did doing client work.
9 F*CKING TIMES.
So, I've decided to change things up.
As they say, focus only on your STRENGTHS instead of your weaknesses because that is what can really take you to excellence.
If I'm going to be completely honest with myself, I'd have to say my weaknesses fall under client work.
I've put in 4 years of grueling effort and seemingly endless frustration, trying to figure out how to price my services correctly and how to work with people as a "freelancer." And after all that time, I basically only have pennies to show for it. Plus I still don't have any of this stuff truly figured out!
So WHY WHY WHY would I continue to put in so much effort for so little gain?!
And with something I truly don't enjoy that much.
Blogging is clearly my strength. I picked up on it really quickly and started making serious money after only about 6 months. Plus, I've noticed that the more effort I put into my blogs, the more money I make. I've also become much happier in general, because I actually enjoy what I do every day.
Letting go of most of my side jobs a year ago was the best thing I could have done because, well, look at how successful I've been this year! I've pretty much doubled last years total income.
That being said, I'm now at a HUGE TURNING POINT!!!
It's time to let some more personal time wasters go!
I've decided that I am no longer going to be taking on client work.
I have actually had to turn people down recently when they asked if I could help them with their projects (where were you all the past few years when I really needed you?!)
Doing this was actually emotionally hard for me because I want to help them and I feel bad having the skills to be able to, but still turning them down (I don't know why this hurts me inside so much... shouldn't I be more excited about this?!)
I have to remember that although I want to help them, I really want to help me more.
The longer I keep working on building their businesses, the longer it takes me to build my business. Working on their projects takes time away from working on my projects. Why should my projects be put on the back burner?! I have so many ideas I want to bring to life, but I haven't had the time to work on them because... client work.
I am the only one standing in my way, so I'm getting the f*ck out of my own way and letting that shit go! And I'm doing so unapologetically!
I spent most of this past month brainstorming and business planning and starting the branding process for this new idea I have. I am SO EXCITED about it but I'm not going to talk about it until it's complete, which will hopefully be by the beginning of 2017.
So STAY TUNED!!!
Feel free to check out my latest blog post about what could I create with a full force of focus and energy (it has a few more thoughts on this topic I just discussed.)
Anyways, onto my monthly income report, blah blah blah... 😛
I'm producing monthly income reports in an effort to learn how to earn passive income through blogging.
Monthly income reports help me analyze everything better, in order to figure out what's working and what's not working when it comes to making money online. I'm hoping they also help keep me more accountable, give me the motivation to keep improving and inspire others who are looking to do the same!
MONTHLY PASSIVE INCOME REPORT
The income on this report was earned either through this blog or any of my other 3 blogs.
I consider this money passive income, as I did not exchange a set amount of time for a set amount of money in order to earn it. Instead, I put in the time up front to create certain things that continue to generate revenue streams for me but with little effort to maintain them.
That being said, this amount does not include the income I make from my design and marketing services or any other service-related jobs I do. This is because service jobs require me to work with people one-on-one and puts a limit on how much I can earn each month, since there are only so many hours in a day.
The income reported here is the total money I received this month (some amounts were earned in the previous month, but weren't deposited into my bank account until this month.)
These numbers also do not reflect the taxes I will need to pay on this income.
Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate and referral links.
Uber - $3,560.00
Herbalife - Can no longer disclose.
*UPDATE 7/8/2017: Herbalife is no longer allowing me to disclose my earnings due to laws and regulations established by state and federal law and Herbalife Rules. They have asked me to remove all of my Herbalife earnings from my blog, which means all of my monthly income reports will be changing. For more info about this matter, please see the Statement of Average Gross Compensation or How Herbalife Members Earn Income.
Lyft - $100.00
Amazon Affiliates - $10.41
TOTAL = $3,670.41
Adobe Creative Cloud Membership - $49.99
Google Apps for Work - $5.00
TOTAL = $54.99
TOTAL = $3,615.42
TaraTierney.com - 3,057 page views
UberDriverReferral.com - 2,620 page views
HerbaMember.com - 369 page views
WhippedDream.com - 285 page views
TOP 3 MOST VIEWED POSTS/PAGES
TOP 3 RESOURCES THAT ARE BRINGING ME THE MOST TRAFFIC
#1 Google Search (1,803 views)
#2 Pinterest (156 views)
#3 Facebook (84 views)
#1 Google Search (1,631 views)
#2 Bing Search (56 views)
#3 TaraTierney.com (54 views)
#1 TaraTierney.com (122 views)
#2 Google Search (25 views)
#3 Yahoo Search (6 views)
#1 Facebook (50 views)
#2 TaraTierney.com (11 views)
#3 Google Search (10 views)
TOTAL BLOGGING INCOME EACH MONTH
January 2016 - $3,241.47
February 2016 - $2,036.84
March 2016 - $3,736.98
April 2016 - $5,671.88
May 2016 - $3,958.73
June 2016 - $6,647.70
July 2016 - $5,009.58
To see my yearly totals, check out my Passive Income Stats page.
NEW THINGS I DID & DISCOVERED THIS PAST MONTH
See the Achievements sections in any of the following posts:
ALSO something interesting to note... I noticed an increase in traffic on this blog and my Whipped Dream site when I started being more active in Facebook groups (specifically Blog & Biz BFFs and Creative Superheroes). If you are looking to gain traffic, connecting with people in groups on Facebook can really help!
PLUS, the realization that I shouldn't do client work any more 🙂 Yay!!!
GOALS I ACCOMPLISHED FROM LAST MONTH
Finish The Blog Hive course.
- Update my blogs with what I learned in the free SEO course I recently took. (I will have to do this another time)
GOALS FOR NEXT MONTH
- Finish developing my new business idea and have the website up the first week of January, 2017!
I'm happy with this month, it turned out better that I expected and I'm really just excited for this new idea!
I'm REALLY taking my time on this one because I want it to be F*CKING PERFECT!! And awesome, obviously. 😉
Hint: Think Blogging... after all, it IS where my strengths lay.
Are you looking to start a blog and/or learn how to make passive income online? Let me know what you want to know in the comments below and I will try to answer your questions. I may even use this as fuel to create a blog post or product to help you! 😉