Another month down!
Here is my income report for September 2017, along with my thoughts and updates for the month, and my goals for October.
You can see my previous income reports here.
What is this?
They say money is the last taboo. So why am I publishing my earnings?
Well, the Boost My Budget project has two purposes:
- To help me earn more money
- To help you earn more money!
By sharing honestly exactly how much I managed to make each month and where it came from, I hope my income reports will be a genuinely useful resource for anyone else looking to make a bit of extra cash.
Also, sharing my income helps me hold myself accountable and motivates me to increase that figure each month!
I hope that seeing how a normal person like me with a full time job is managing to make a bit of extra money on the side will encourage you to do the same. I probably never would have got started without some other bloggers’ income reports out there showing me what is possible.
Anyway, without further ado, let’s see how I did this month trying to make extra money from home!
My extra income in September 2017
September’s been a good month! I didn’t make as much extra income as last month, but I’ve been working hard on my blogs and other side hustles, and I’ve made some changes that I think will pay off in future.
The grand total of my extra income in September is £219.19.
Please note, this report only includes the money that was paid into my account in September.
Here’s the breakdown of how I made it:
Matched betting: £126.76
Matched betting is a way of making risk-free profit using bookmakers’ special offers and free bets. I had a rare few Saturdays at home this month, so I got stuck into the football offers and made a nice little amount. Click here to make around £45 with a free trial of my favorite matched betting service.
Affiliate income: £67.97
Affiliate earnings are when somebody purchases a product or service that I recommend, and I earn a small commission on it. I made this money through my blog and on Pinterest (click here for my tutorial on making money on Pinterest).
Job Spotter: £11.35
Job Spotter is my current favourite money making app. It pays you to take pictures of job hiring signs in shop windows. Payment is in Amazon vouchers.
This is a new survey app I’ve been trying.
Website testing: £4.00
Did you know you can get paid to give feedback on websites? This month I did one short test and earned £4.
Spare5 is an app that pays you to do small tasks on your phone.
Citizenme is an app that pays you to answer very short, easy surveys on your smartphone.
1Q is a survey app similar to Citizenme. It pays $0.25 per question but as you can see, it’s not very busy!
Note: some of the above payments were in USD, but for ease of reporting, I converted everything to GBP using the exchange rate on the day I wrote this post.
At a total of £219.19, I didn’t make as much as last month’s total of £359.09. This is partly because I didn’t accept any sponsored posts on my blog last month. I get quite a lot of offers now, but most of them are not appropriate for my readers.
For me, September was mainly dedicated to learning about blogging and Pinterest! I have been experimenting with some new things and learning a lot this month, and I’m excited to see how my blogs develop over the coming months!
Last week I was lucky enough to attend the UK Money Bloggers conference and awards ceremony in London. This was a fantastic day out and pretty surreal because it was the first time I have actually met any other bloggers. I spent the whole day talking about blogging, affiliate marketing, SEO and all kinds of things I never get to talk about in real life. I came away buzzing with ideas and full of motivation! It was also really nice to meet so many people whose blogs I have read and admired for ages.
Boost My Budget was named as a finalist for the Best Money Making Blog in the 2017 SHOMO (money blog) awards. I didn’t come away with any prize, but honestly I didn’t expect to because there were so many amazingly professional blogs in that category. I’m still amazed that I even got a nomination!
Also this month, I’ve been working on my Pinterest game a lot, both for affiliate marketing and to promote my two blogs. I’m working through an ebook called Pinteresting Strategies (which I got as part of the Genius Blogger’s Toolkit bundle on sale NOW) and I am seeing my traffic increase after just one week.
I also started making pins for my second blog. It’s in a niche that I assumed wouldn’t be so big on Pinterest (language learning), so I never bothered before. Let me tell you, I wish I’d done it earlier! My pins have really taken off in a way that I never expected. Within just one week, that blog started getting more traffic from Pinterest than Boost My Budget – even though I’ve been promoting Boost My Budget on Pinterest for almost a year.
If you are a blogger and you’re not on Pinterest yet, just GET STARTED! It can really send amazing traffic, and you just can’t predict when a pin or topic will take off!
September goal review
Last month I set myself 4 goals for September:
- Publish 6 new posts on Boost My Budget. Yes, 6 posts published.
- Publish 2 new posts on my niche site. Yes, 2 posts published.
- Make pins for my niche site. Yes, I’ve now made pins for over half the posts, and the traffic is growing like mad (see above)!
- Beat August’s income of £359.09. No, I made £219.19 in September.
Pretty pleased with September’s goals, even if I didn’t make as much money.
In October I will have some family staying for a couple of weeks and won’t get so much computer time, so I’m aiming to keep things ticking over rather than trying lots of new things. Here are my goals for this month:
- Publish 6 new posts on Boost My Budget
- Publish 2 new posts on my niche site
- Reach my first £100 payout on ShopStyle Collective (see this post to learn what that is)
- Make at least £350 in extra income.
Please check back next month and see how I do.
Any questions or comments? Ask me below!
Happy October everyone!