MY MARCH 2018 INCOME REPORT: $9,214.45

April 8, 2018

Kate Kordsmeier

Blogging, Income Reports


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  1. Robby says:

    Is what you pay for virtual assistant for 1 person? Do you have a team of virtual assistants?

    • It’s just for one person. She’s my business manager/VA, so supports our affiliate strategies, manages sponsors, helps with PR, social media, writing–all kinds of things!

  2. Sarah Newman says:

    As always, such an interesting read! I’m really curious about Melyssa’s Pinterest course – would love to know how to grow and utilize that platform better since it’s such a great traffic referral!

  3. Love reading these reports every month – inspires me to keep chugging ahead full speed! I’m currently in Melyssa Griffin’s Blog to Biz Hive and saw in this post that you’ve enrolled in Marie Forleo’s B-School – have you noticed a huge difference in curriculum between the two courses?

    • Hey Lauren! Yes, there’s a HUGE difference between the 2 courses, though a small bit of overlap, too. B-School is MUCH more intensive and covers way more ground, while B2BH is very focused on creating a course. Hope that helps!

  4. Thanks for answering my question Kate! First of all, I’ve had a similar experience with giveaways – they don’t result in long-time readers. I’ve been gearing up to try Outbrain – it sounds like it will be an interesting experiment. Pinterest and SEO have been my primary focus as well. I took Kate Ahl’s Pinterest Marketing course (Simple Pin Media) and it helped a lot. Lately I’ve been working on cornerstone content for SEO purposes. I noticed in your expenses you spent $1500 on SEO – do you mind letting us know what that was for? I’m always curious if there is more I could be doing! Finally, I’ve been watching what you’ve been doing with affiliate marketing and will definitely be trying more of that myself – so great to see that your readers are willing to buy from you – it takes time to develop that trust!

    • HI Micaela–Thanks for sharing all your tips and input. I’m also interested in hearing what others are trying and learning! I signed up with an SEO firm to get customized suggestions and reports about my site and changes I can make. I’m still distilling the information and getting support, so more to share about that later. 😉 So appreciate you being here! Best of luck.

  5. Didi says:

    Hi Kate,

    I find your income reports so inspiring for a blogger ad nurse who’s trying to leave the hectic hospital settings to live a life on my own terms. To see how far you’ve come from and how well you’re doing is really helping me focus, stay the course, and aspire for more. Of course, sometimes I do get a bit discouraged about not reaping the benefits right away. But I’ve learned in life that patience is a virtue; that if I keep at it and do my best continuously, opportunities will come to me rather than having me chasing them.

    I’m so excited to know what’s ahead for me. Your income reports are indeed a gem, and yes they are helping beginner bloggers and skeptics to ”convert” and believe that it is possible to have a comfortable income from blogging.

    Amazing! Thank you,


    • Wow, Didi–thank you so much for such a beautiful comment! It’s an honor to be an inspiration for you, and I wish you all the best in creating your life on YOUR terms!

  6. Hi Kate,

    In response to your request for ideas on potential courses to create, I am very interested in how you develop and implement your affiliate marketingstrategy as you seem to make a good chunk of your income from it. Things like how you find potential affiliates, any email marketing campaign strategies, blog posting strategies that promote affiliate products etc. I have realised that as my blog continues to grow, I would need more that just advertising and want to understand more about strategic affiliate marketing for food bloggers.

    Many thanks for the opportunity to make a suggestion and I loved listening to your interview with Bjork on Food Blogger Pro podcast.


    • Thanks, Kim! Awesome you follow FBP. 🙂

      We have a detailed post coming out next week about affiliate strategy tips, so definitely stay tuned for that. I’m also working on a course about how to make money blogging, which will go into more detail. Hope that helps!


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