For the last few years, I have done an annual income report. This year is no different. I really think that transparency is important and I want you all to know that I do make money from blogging (albeit not very much).
Ladies and gentleman, I am so excited to introduce this year’s Best of ebook.
I know that I said last year’s ebook was leaps and bounds beyond the previous year’s ebook, but I think I have to repeat that statement this year. This book is a little different from previous years in that the focus of the book has clearly moved away from clean and easy weeknight meals, which had been my previous focus. This book contains more hunting and foraging recipes as well as a number of great classics….
Just like last year, and the year before I am doing another income report. I really think that transparency is important and I want you all to know that I do make money from blogging.
I realize at this point we are a nearly a quarter of the way through the year and that means I am quite behind at getting the Best of Cookbook out to you guys, but that’s life folks. Like it or not we are busy bees over here, but you’ll hear all about that later.
This year’s book is leaps and bounds beyond last years, in this author’s humble opinion. I really love having these books as catalogs of how far I’ve come as both a recipe writer and a photographer. I’d like to say I love photography, but really I hate it. To me it’s a necessary evil in the blogging world, but it’s nice to see that I can improve so much as something I don’t really love.
In addition to amazing pictures this year’s book also has some amazing recipes all selected based on their popularity. I’d like to take a moment to thank every single person for visiting, commenting, and sharing SL&G over the last nearly 4 years. Without you guys I surely would not still be here today. It means so much to me that you all like what I do and keep encouraging me to post day after day.
If you are interested in getting a copy of the Best of SL&G 2015 just sign up to be a part of the newsletter over there on the right hand side of the page. The new book goes out tonight! As an added bonus you will also receive the 2014 ebook upon initial sign up.
Just like last year I am doing another income report. Again I think transparency is important and I want you all to know that I do make money from blogging, though for the second year in a row that number is pretty darn small.
I know some of you have seen Pinch of Yum, Smart Passive Income, and a slew of other website posting their monthly income reports, and this one is going to be laid out pretty similarly to those, albeit a little shorter, and less technical, because lets be honest, I don’t have much to report.
Contributor Work: $227.66
Sponsored Posts: $65.99
Affiliate Sales: $9.50
My Recipe Magic: $7.50
*unfortunately My Recipe Magic stopped paying me money I have been owed since June and refuses to provide an explanation, so I have discontinued working with them. I would not recommend them to anyone as their site is riddled with problems, and they have no customer service to speak of.
TOTAL INCOME: $359.62
Switch to WordPress: $225.00
Domain/Hosting Fees: $65.17
Learning tools: $34.95
TOTAL EXPENSES: $332.12
Net Income: $27.50
Notes on this report:
This year I made money, that’s a huge increase over last year’s -$29.59, but it’s also not allowing me to pay my bills.
This year I chose to make the switch to wordpress from blogger, which in tern meant my hosting & domain fees have gone way up, and will continue to be at their current rate for the foreseeable future. You can read more about my domain and hosting set up here. For the actual transfer I used High Note Designs because sometimes it’s worth going with the professional. In this case it definitely was and I couldn’t be happier with the results.
The income I made from sponsored posts was manly through product reviews, so while I still have to count them at their dollar value as income “you cannot eat product”, so keep in mind more than half of those dollars are not actual dollars at all.
I lumped all of my affiliate sales into one category because I am a part of several affiliate programs and have only made minimal amounts at each. It didn’t seem useful to list all of those dollars separately. The affiliate programs that I am a part of are AvantLink, Shareasale.com, Amazon and Pinch of Yum. Also there is quite a lot of money sitting in a number of these affiliate accounts, but since they only pay out at larger dollar values I cannot count them as income. I will count them as income once they are actually paid into my accounts.
In 2016 I hope that I can improve on these numbers and increase my income. Any income that I do make will go right back into the blog. I am excited that I might finally be able to spring for new photography equipment or a blogging class this year. This blog is my hobby and it’s a hobby that I am passionate about and I want to learn more. Making money here allows me to reinvest it in the blog, and learning tools so that I can then supply you guys better content that is free to you.
I also want you to know that I appreciate each and every one of you that stopped by my little corner of the internet, even for a second. Every single view, comment, question, and share counts.