how i made $5,189.08 in 9th month of blogging

Today, I am excited to share my monthly blog and income update with all of you. I started publishing income reports from the 3rd month of my blogging career, and it has been quite a journey till now.

This is my ninemonth income report, and there are so many things I want to share that are going on with my blog. It has been a very exciting and busy month as I have been learning so many things.

Right from changing my posting frequency to working on different social media platforms, I have been experimenting with a lot of things on my blog. I firmly believe testing new strategies helps a lot with blog growth.

This month has been quite good for me with regard to income and traffic, and I will be sharing how my traffic is finally picking up.

If you are thinking of starting a blog, just do it. I took the leap and started my blog, and now I am making a significant income from it. It took time and hard work, but it is all worth it. I have a very easy step-by-step guide to starting a blog even if you are not a techie. So go ahead and start your money-making blog.

There are two reasons I share my blog update and income report: first, to be accountable, and second, to show you no matter how young your blog is, you can make money from it.

Now let’s see how things went last month.


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My traffic figures are on an upward trend. Pinterest traffic is getting back to normal. Organic traffic is also picking up. SEO is something that I am working on, and I hope to see good results soon.

Though the bounce rate is still high, I see a good increase in returning visitors, which is really great.

My viral posts are still doing great on Pinterest, and I am really excited that I am so close to reaching 50K shares on one of my posts. Review: Make Money from Home as a Captioner (47.9K shares)
How to Make Money without a Job – 27 Legit Ways in 2023 (30K shares)
23 Profitable Hobbies That Make Money in 2023 (19.5K shares)
Secret to Making Money with Online Surveys (2.9K shares)
24 Legitimate Part-Time Online Jobs in 2023 (4.1K shares)
How to Start a Blog to Make Money – A Free Guide to Make Money Blogging in 2023 (5.5K shares)

I owe most of my Pinterest traffic to the manual pinning that I do following the strategies in Pinteresting Strategies. This eBook has changed my Pinterest game totally.

Here are some of my previous months income updates:

How I Made $2,347.17 in 4th Month of Blogging
How I Made $3,226.89 in 5th Month of Blogging
How I Earned $5,126.59 in 6th Month of Blogging
How I Made $4,051.07 in One Month of Blogging
How I Made $3,002.94 in One Month of Blogging


Last month, I had a target to reach 1,000 subscribers. I have around 1,200 now. The thing that I am quite happy about is that I get many emails from my subscribers about how they are starting their side hustles. I hope to keep helping them find location-independent income streams.


My biggest growth is on Pinterest with followers and reach. My follower count is at 5.4K, which is an increase of 500 from last month. I think that this is great considering my Pinterest traffic was low last month.

My reach is still going great at 1.5M, and it is definitely because of manual pinning. Thanks to this excellent eBook.


Right now, I am working on a Facebook growth course, and I am slowly starting to see some organic reach. Facebook is my second biggest traffic referral, and I am spending a lot of time working on these new strategies. I will surely keep you updated about the results.


I have been posting as usual on Twitter, and I am starting to see slow growth here. For now, I will continue the same posting schedule and see if my growth continues.


OK, it’s no secret that I love Instagram (I get to post all my photography and travel photos). I am so excited that my follower count is growing on Instagram. I have always loved photography and traveling, and I can now share the things I love on this platform. All this is because of my blog, which gives me the freedom to do things I love.

Now for the income report.

Last month, my blog income was $5,189.08 and most of it was from affiliates and ads.


Affiliate Income

Survey Affiliates (iGain, MaxBounty, Panthera Network) – $3,053.98
Bluehost – $660
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – $225.20
Transcribe Anywhere
Pinteresting Strategies – $48
30 Days or Less to Virtual Assistant Success – $30
Amazon – $18.88
BookScouter – $11.85
5 Ways to get FREE Items to Resell for Profit – $6.80
Traffic Transformation – $20
Indeed – $2.02
Grammarly – $0.80

Ads – $1,038.75


Boardbooster – $15
Grum – $18

NET INCOME – $5,156.08

I am happy to see growth in revenue and will work toward increasing it in the coming months. As you may have noticed, my income sources are getting diversified, and that has been my goal for a couple of months. I owe a large part of my income success to Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. This course has been a boon for me, and I have learned so many tips from this course in such a short time.

Ad income is also on the rise, and I am working on increasing that.

Things I Did

Last month, I experimented a lot with many things like working on SEO, getting into a Facebook course, and trying out new things on Pinterest.

I have joined a group of blogging friends to start a group board on Pinterest to test the manual pinning reach. I am very excited to see how this goes. I know that manual pinning is the key to getting the maximum reach on Pinterest, but we are testing things like timings, types of posts, and keywords. I will be sharing updates about how this goes.

What I learned

In these nine months, the biggest thing that I have learned is that blogging is a constant learning and testing journey, and I love it!!

Networking with other bloggers is so important, and I have been lucky to get to know some great bloggers in this community.

As I want to diversify my blog income, I am getting into other ways of making money with my blog like sponsorships. If you are a beginner who is looking into sponsored posts, Tracie Fobes has a great article on “How to Make Money with Sponsored Posts“. I find all her posts super helpful, and you will too.

What’s Next

For the last two months, I have been posting three times a week, and I will be getting back to my original posting schedule of two posts a week. I am testing how this change affects my traffic.

I will learn more about sponsorships and will dig deeper into this stream of making money with my blog.

I have some very interesting interviews with some great hustlers lined up for the next month, and I am sure they are going to be very helpful.


As the traffic is going up, I am working on getting the numbers to 125,000 page views. With my new Facebook course and Pinterest traffic increasing, this might be achievable.


I never set an income target, but I am hoping to increase my income to $6,000 this month. I love seeing growth in every part of my blog, and I would be happy with any increase.


As I have crossed my last month’s target, I plan to increase the number to 1,400 subscribers this month. I know this might be a big goal, but goals are what make us work, aren’t they?!

For new bloggers, the whole blogging thing can be a lot to handle when it comes to some aspects of getting traffic, making money, increasing followers.

But it can be a smooth process if you implement the right strategies.

Here are some resources that helped me to reach this stage. I highly recommend them, and they can be quite helpful—no matter what stage of blogging you are at.

Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing – This is by far the best course I have ever taken, and it has helped me with many aspects of affiliate marketing. This course is a must for anyone who is serious about making money from a blog.

Pinteresting Strategies – Carly’s Pinterest strategies helped me grow my traffic exponentially and, in turn, my income. I have tested them, and they work.

Traffic Transformation – I love Lena’s eBook for the fact that she dives into getting traffic from less frequently used platforms like StumbleUpon and Google+.  

Strategies Worth Sharing – This is an eBook I bought even before starting my blog, and it helped me to reach 700+ likes on Facebook. With Facebook being the second biggest referral for traffic for many bloggers, you need to invest in this eBook to grow your traffic.

Bluehost – I have had a great experience with Bluehost. Blogging is a great side hustle, and if you are waiting to start a money-making blog on a budget, then Bluehost is the way to go.

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About Sireesha Narumanchi

Hi, I am Sireesha and thank you for stopping by to know me. I am a work-at-home mom, side hustler and a firm believer in making 'working from home' a success for everyone. I have worked in a remote job for over 11 years and tried many side gigs. I have been featured on many popular websites like Forbes, Business Insider, American Express, QuickBooks, The Muse, Moneyish, Virtual Vocations, Spark Hire, Bustle, Fairygodboss, Side Hustle School, Payoneer, Jobbatical, Skillcrush.Read more...

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