These posts are a way for me to share the ups-and-downs of working for myself, of trying to take my business off the ground, of how to make money as a digital nomad, or whatever you want to call it. They’re a way of holding myself accountable every day because I know at the end of the month I’m going to have to tell you what I’ve done to be better.
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June 2017 Income Report
June was another extraordinary month. I smashed my goals and managed to diversify my income a little bit more this month, which is a huge goal of mine going forward.
I took a week off and didn’t work at all while my parents were here in mid-June. I feel like I’ve finally figured out a good balance between working and traveling and I’m excited to continue this in July when we head to Costa Rica for two weeks!
I spent a bit more on marketing this month than usual in an effort to boost engagement and clicks onto the blog. I didn’t see the sort of increase that I was hoping for, but I’m going to keep testing out different marketing methods going forward.
I stuck with Mailchimp this month, despite thinking last month that I would make the switch over to Convertkit. I just can’t justify paying more than double what I’m paying with Mailchimp right now. I’m happy with their capabilities and will probably stick with them until I can justify the price shift.
As always, Mailchimp costs me $15 a month.
I continued using the Pinterest advertising this month on a few popular pins and I didn’t see such great results – still need to figure out exactly how to target my audience with their options.
This month I spent $20 on Pinterest Marketing.
I’ve really been working my butt off trying to grow my Facebook page this past month and I’ve noticed a bit difference. In June alone I gained almost 200 really engaged Facebook followers on my Eternal Expat page. Here’s hoping I can keep up that kind of growth going forward.
In June, I spent $40 on Facebook Marketing.
Total Expenses: $75
The start of June was crazy. I continued to get a ton of copywriting work as well as earning more from sponsored content and freelance writing. I worked basically every day for two straight weeks so that I could take a week off while my parents were visiting. I had to do a little bit of maintenance work on the blog, but otherwise I basically took an entire week off and still somehow managed to have my strongest month yet.
As has been the case for most of the year, the bulk of my income from June’s came from copywriting.
As I mentioned a few months ago, most of my copywriting jobs come from a website called Copypress. I also write for another website called Blogmutt every once in a while.
This month I made $3,271 through copywriting work.
I earned a little bit from sponsored content this month and have a few sponsored opportunities that I’m looking forward to later this summer, too. Last month my Domain Authority (DA), shot up over 30, so I’m starting to get a lot more contact from people in the travel industry wanting to work together, which is really exciting.
In June, I made $128 on sponsored content.
This month I wrote a few very short pieces for different travel websites earning a few extra dollars in freelance income. I like to do these sorts of jobs because I get paid almost instantly after writing it, where as much of the work I do doesn’t pay out for up to three months (I KNOW RIGHT?!). This allows me to have a bit of cash to keep things going until the larger projects pay out.
This month I made $60 on freelance writing.
I’ve almost hit 300 subscribers on Youtube and had one of the best months yet in ad revenue. I’m enjoying making videos about Mexico City and people seem to really respond to the tips and advice. If you ever have any questions about Mexico City that you want to me address let me know and I’ll try to get a video up to answer your questions!
This month I made $7.90 on Youtube ads.
I’ve been working a lot harder this month on my affiliate marketing strategies. I’ve joined a few more affiliate programs that I think are helpful and align well with Eternal Expat.
My affiliate marketing income continues to fluctuate each month and I usually end up making most of my income from only one or two of the links per month. I would love nothing more than for this to be my main stream of income. A girl can dream…
In total, I made $80.64 on Affiliate Marketing.
Total Income: $3,549.03
My biggest month yet and an increase of 687.89 from May!
As always, thank you guys for following along on this journey with me. I hope these income reports help you in some small way and if you ever have any questions about earning money as a digital nomad – feel free to drop them in the comments or send me an email!