March 2021 Online Income Report. Welcome to March’s online income report! In this report, I share how much I’ve made online via various income streams. Additionally, I’ll share my blog, YouTube and Social Media analytics. This online blog income report shows all of my online income results before taxes and deductions.
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March 2021 Online Income Report
Welcome to my March online income report. In case this is the first one of my online income reports that you’ve come across, here’s a bit of context and back story about my platform and how I arrived at where we are today. I started my blog in December 2018 and started my YouTube channel a year later in December 2019.
I didn’t make any money from my blog in the first year – unless of course, you want to count the £3 I had earned in Amazon Associates Affiliate income over the course of year one. So I’ll preface this income report with a warning that, if you think you’re going to start a blog and be making five figures a month within a couple of months – think again. At least that hasn’t been my experience, and I’ve read all the blogs that promise to help you do this to no avail.
This blog post isn’t all doom and gloom though. I just don’t want to set any false expectations when it comes to blogging. It takes a lot of hard work to build a blog from scratch and grow an audience. Once you’re able to do this successfully, it can be very rewarding.
With that being said, at the start of 2021, I decided to start sharing and documenting my own online earnings. Before I started my blog I read so many of these reports online and was inspired to see if I could follow in some of their footsteps. I’m hoping that my posts can be a source of inspiration to someone reading this too. It would be good a year or two from today, God-willing, to look back at these reports and see how much progress I’ve been able to make and how much income I’ve generated.
Here are my income reports to date for you to catch up on:
In today’s blog post, I’ll share my online income results for the month of March. I share how much I’ve made online via various income streams. Additionally, I’ll share my blog, YouTube and Social Media analytics. This online blog income report shows all of my online income results before taxes and deductions. I only include actual income received in the month and excluded money earned that is yet to be paid. For example, I still haven’t reached the £25 threshold for payment with Amazon Associates so the income generated isn’t included in the online income results for this month.
The two ways I make money online are through active and passive income streams. I’ll start with the active income streams first, and then proceed to detail the passive income results.
In March I once again only had one active online income stream and that was the online survey site Prolific. I wasn’t very active on the site in March in all honesty, in total, I only completed 6 surveys. I know I keep saying I want to get started with user testing but it still hasn’t come to fruition. In all honesty, I don’t think I’ll have much time for it in April either, but in May I will prioritise it more. I will be trying to complete a lot more surveys in April so that I can at least make £40-£50. Watch this space!
Prolific paid me £12.93 in March
I’m pleased to report that I finally met the £60 minimum payment threshold in March for Google Adsense payment. The Google Adsense payment was for a combination of both YouTube and blog ads. I didn’t reach the payment threshold in February, so the money accrued in February was added to money earned in January to make up my available balance paid in March.
The two graphs below are taken from my Google Adsense reports for both January and February. The graphs show a daily breakdown of the money earned each day via my blog.
In January the highest income was £0.89 on 6th and the lowest was £0.03 on both the 2nd and 15th January. In February the highest earning on a single day was £1.50 on 7th February and the lowest was £0.01 on the 13th February. The RPM (Revenue per 1000 impressions) varied from day-to-day which dictated my daily income totals.
Although we’ve just looked at how much I was paid in March. I also want to look at my blog analytics from the month of March too. The actual income generated from these stats will be reflected in the April income report so stay tuned for that.
March has been the highest month ever for blog traffic. A big reason for this was the launch of my debut eBook, How I Paid Off £36,000 Debt which I will discuss later on in this income report. My site had a total of 5,636 views in the month of March (see graph below) which I’m delighted about!
I hope this trajectory continues, but given that I don’t plan to launch a new ebook every month, I’m not going to hold my breath.
I published 3 blog posts in March, they were:
Blog Payments Received
In January I earned – £4.93 via my blog ads
In February I earned – £5.75 via my blog ads
In total Google Adsense paid me £10.68 in March
As mentioned in my February online income report, the total income for my YouTube Adsense for January was £48.44, which when added to the £4.93 earned in blog Adsense in January, meant that I was £7 under the minimum payment threshold.
Well in the month of February, my YouTbe Adsense earned £46.47, which helped me to comfortably sail over the £60 minimum payment threshold. Happy days!
In March I did another 2 Instagram lives. One didn’t go according to plan due to technical difficulties so I ended up recording the live in two parts, so I guess you can say I did 3 lives in March.
In addition to the 3 lives, I also uploaded 9 videos to my channel, bringing my total number of uploads in March up to a total of 12. Links to all the videos uploaded are as follows:
In March I gave my YouTube channel a facelift and changed my thumbnail designs. Check out the before and after pictures below and let me know in the comments section below what you think of the new look-and-feel.
I’ve only updated the most recent 20 thumbnails and I’m still deciding on whether I should update them all.
My impressions are up 64% to 238.4 k from January’s 145k, which means a lot more people are getting the opportunity to watch my videos. My views are also up a whopping 71%. A large proportion of those views can be attributed to a video I uploaded in May 2020 sharing how I made my garden sofa out of pallets. The video is on 55,000 views and counting – crazy!
I gained 236 new subscribers in March, the highest so far this year so things are looking up.
Thank you to everyone that has subscribed to my channel, I’m now well over 2,000 subscribers and would love to reach 10,000 by the end of 2021. Seems like mission-impossible right now, but it would be amazing if you could help me make this a reality. If you’re yet to do so, check out my channel here and subscribe.
YouTube Payments Received
In January I earned – £48.44 via my YouTube ads
In February I earned – £46.47 via my YouTube ads
In total for my blog and YouTube channel, Google Adsense paid me £105.59 in March
March was the worst month for my Etsy store. The results of my lack of effort with the store are starting to show. I am embarrassed to report that in the month of March my Etsy store earned a big fat £0. Yes, you read that right, I didn’t sell a single product on my Etsy store in March. I’m going to refresh my current product listings in April to see if that helps. In May I’ll have some time available to spend on adding new products to my store.
Etsy paid me £0 in March
Own Digital Products
On 22nd March I launched my debut eBook, How I Paid Off £36,000 Debt. In the eBook I outlined all the steps I took to pay off over £36,000 debt.
This book has been in the pipeline for a very long time so I’m very happy that I’ve finally released it. My hope is that it will help many others on their own personal debt-free journey’s to achieve the same.
If you haven’t purchased a copy of my new eBook, then be sure to grab one here.
In addition to selling copies of new eBook, I also sold a few budget planners, links to which you can check out below.
My digital products paid me £232.13 in March
Affiliates & Referrals
Moving on to affiliates and referrals. I checked my Skillshare affiliate account again before writing this report and discovered that another person had signed up for a free 14 day trial of the premium account. which is another £4.90. Once again, I haven’t included the £4.90 earned in this report as Skillshare haven’t yet released the funds into my account. I only report on money that I have actually received as I don’t believe in making plans for money before receiving it. One of the payments is due to be received in April and the second in May so watch this space for the report.
If you’ve not yet signed up for a Skillshare account it’s worth doing so in order to get access to thousands of online courses. I have paid for the annual subscription as I think it’s a valuable investment which I get a lot from.
Can you believe I still haven’t reached the £25 payment threshold for Amazon Associates? I’m so close now, with £24.21 in my account as of 1st April when my account balance was last updated.
March was one of the highest earnings months for Amazon Associates, I earned £7.71. This amount will be paid on 1st May, so in my May online income report, I’ll finally be able to report on my Amazon earnings. #excitedmuch!
FreeTrade & Trading 212
I have investment accounts with both FreeTrade and Trading 212, and I’m well on my way to reaching my investment goal of £600 in each app.
If this is your first time hearing of these apps, they are investing platforms and allow you to invest in the stock market with as little as £1 to get started. What makes them even more appealing is you get a free share when you sign up the free share is valued at between £3 and £200.
On average I usually get a free share valued at around £5-£12. In March I received a free share valued at over £100. If you’re ready to get started today, sign up via my referral link. I know Trading 212 have currently suspended new accounts, but you can sign up to Freetrade today and get starting investing straight away.
Trading 212 paid me £0 in March
Freetrade paid me £142.22 in March
All in all, my active and passive income total for March was £492.87, my highest income month to date! I made 3 times the amount of money I made in February which I’m very pleased about, hopefully, April will be an even bigger month.
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