How I Made $12,000 Last Month From My Blog + Business

Melyssa Griffin

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How I Made $12,000 Last Month From My Blog + Business



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Ahh makes sense to do an income report for June at the end of July, right? 😉 But for real here, I’ve considered sharing income reports for awhile now and it took me this long to muster up the courage. I’m actually transitioning my business to something totally different right now, so I thought this was as good a time as any to start sharing my income reports so that we can both see how my income fluctuates as my business model changes. More on that down below!

But first, why am I sharing this? Well, like I mentioned, I’ve thought about sharing these behind-the-scenes income reports for a long time, but hesitated because I didn’t want to come off in the wrong way. After some thinking, I realized that the reason I wasn’t sharing them is because I was letting my fear of what people would think overshadow how much I could be helping people by telling them how I earn money.

See, for most traditional jobs out there, you get the opportunity to google “(Job Title) Salary” and find tons of information on how much money you can make in a certain career. You could also just as easily look at real job postings to find the same info. But for blogging or running your own online business? There’s no benchmark to compare yourself to. There are plenty of articles about making money online, but few that give specifics as to what income you can expect or achieve — and how.

I know that tons of TNC’s readers yearn to make some moo-lah through their blog or online business, so I want to share these monthly income reports as a way to educate and (hopefully) inspire you about what is possible. So, my friends, today I’m sharing the breakdown of my income and expense report for June 2015. Let’s party.

June Income

  • Web Design Clients: $9,374.39
  • Affiliate Commissions: 1673.50
  • Sponsored Post Payments: $480
  • Google Adsense: $164.18
  • BlogHer Ads: $141.09

Total Income: 11,833.16

June Expenses

  • Independent Contractors: $405
  • Final Barclay Card Payment (for MacBook Pro): $280
  • TNC Contributors: $250
  • MyFonts.com: $249
  • Credit Card/PayPal Transaction Fees: $198.82
  • Wishlist Membership Site Plugin*: $197
  • Bluehost*: $143.88
  • CAOC E-Course Payment: $97
  • Plugins: $54
  • Mailchimp: $50
  • Contractually: $49
  • Misc. Business Purchases on Amazon: $43
  • Facebook Ads (Boosted Posts): $40.79
  • Freshbooks* Invoicing Software: $29.95
  • Final part of LLC registration: $20
  • Google Apps*: $12.50
  • Creative Market* Graphics: $11
  • Hootsuite: $10.99
  • Death to the Stock Photo: $10
  • Buffer: $10
  • BoardBooster*: $5

Total Expenses: $2,166.93 (Anything with an * next to it is an affiliate link)

Net Profit: $9,666.23

How I Made $12,000 Last Month From My Blog + Business

Now, before you say, “dayummm you spend a lot of money,” I’ve got to tell you that my expenses this month were pretty high. I actually had to chuckle at myself while compiling this, because my list of expenses is so dang long! Now, a couple of these expenses (Bluehost and Contractually) are annual expenses. Others, like Wishlist Member and MyFonts.com are big purchases that I don’t typically make, but which were needed for some new projects. I’m also prone to experimentation. I really enjoy testing out new things to find what works best and most efficiently for me.

How I doubled my income

Now, as an income comparison, in June 2014 (one year ago), my income was $5,989.74 — about half. Also, my monthly income in 2014  was typically in the $5,000-6,000s. In 2015, my monthly income has consistently been in the $10,000-11,000s. It’s very interesting to me, and I have a few theories as to why my income literally doubled:

  1. I increased my web + blog design prices. This is the easiest and probably most accurate reason. There was only one month toward the end of 2014 when I made over $10,000 and it also happened to be the month I felt totally overworked and overwhelmed. You should see how many clients I juggled that month — it was bananas. The bottom line? I realized that if I wanted to make more money and not go totally insane, I needed to raise my prices. So I did. And it worked. I know there’s a lot of fear in raising your prices (and there were times when I raised them and then dropped them because I was just too nervous), but it was one of the best things I did for myself and for my clients. So long as you’re conveying to potential clients how much VALUE they’ll be getting with you, your prices will feel merited.
  2. The new year breeds some voodoo magic. That’s my highly scientific hypothesis. In December, 2014, I earned around $6,000, which was typical for me at that time. All of sudden, once January, 2015, came, I hit $10,000+ every month. Perhaps it has to do with SEO — maybe Google recalibrates its system at the beginning of the year? I’m honestly not too sure! But I’ve heard of other businesses who see a spike in traffic and income at the start of a new year, too. Something to look forward to? 🙂
  3. I started to focus this blog on a specific nicheThis brought more readers and potential clients to my site. My blog and design business work in harmony, since my ideal blog readers also double as my ideal clients. They’re related. So, as my traffic grew, so did the number of people who wanted to hire me. Basically, #2 on this list.

How I’m Changing My Business Model

For the past 2+ years, a majority of my income has been made from doing web and blog designs for clients. I really enjoyed it and, to my complete surprise, was able to build a six-figure business out of it. (Say whaaaaa??). So, naturally, I’m quitting. *Insert crying laughing emoji.* (Or maybe just the crying emoji? Not sure yet). But really, over the past few months I’ve been feeling more and more of a push to start teaching and creating helpful products and workshops for my peeps (that would be you).

I know that feeling well. It’s the same one I had when I first started my business — that feeling that I needed to just quit my day job and hope that things work out. So, midway through July, I stopped accepting new clients. It feels crazy to walk away from a business that has brought me an income I didn’t realize was possible, but I also knew that if I didn’t make the space to start this new venture, it would never happen. I’m nervous and a little scared, but I’m also feeling really good and optimistic. I really enjoy feeling like a newbie again — there’s so much to learn and experiment with. Totally my jam.

I’m also looking forward to continuing to share these reports with you as I shift my business. It will be interesting for the both of us to see how things fluctuate, especially in the beginning. ‘Til next time, my friends. Thanks for being here. F’real.

Got any questions? Comments? Insights? I’m all ears! Let’s chat down below.

  1. Domenica

    July 29th, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Love reading this, it gives me an idea of what I can do, to reach my goals. I am currently doing a revamp of my portfolio and have a blog up and running, I post three times a week. I am not sure if you have a post already but is there anyway you could write about how to get clients, and get out there. My boyfriends lawn care business is a lot easier to market I find then my web development/design business I want to start on the side while in university. Thanks!

  2. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    Hi Domenica!

    I’m so glad you enjoyed this. I actually did write a post all about how to get clients. I think it’s one of the most extensive posts I’ve ever written! 😀 https://www.melyssagriffin.com/get-more-clients/

    I also wrote another post that I think can help you market your business: https://www.melyssagriffin.com/choose-a-focus-for-your-blog/ I’m sharing this post because when you get really clear about who your design services are for (i.e. you advertise yourself as THE go-to designer for doctor’s offices as opposed to someone who designs for everyone), then it will be a lot easier to grow your biz. 🙂

  3. Erin's Inside Job

    July 29th, 2015 at 7:23 am

    Congrats! I published my income report super late as well and even though I only made a little over $200, I’m slowly building up to eventually do things like offer online workshops and courses and hopefully it will all work out. Fingers crossed!!

  4. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    That is wonderful, Erin! Congrats on the start of something awesome. 🙂

  5. Tiara

    July 29th, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Thank you for showing your income and expense report. It is an eye opener. I also enjoyed that you shared that you made 10k previously but it was an overwhelming experience behind it. Charging higher is really the best way to bring in more money in lesser time.

    I look forward to seeing your success in your new venture! I know it’s going to be very stimulating and exciting for you!

  6. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you Tiara! Couldn’t agree more in terms of pricing and fees.

  7. Kara Benz

    July 29th, 2015 at 8:03 am

    This is awesome, Melyssa! Congrats on your first report!

    I’m looking forward to your future ones too (slightly obsessed with income reports here).

    As a baby blog, I just started posting my own income reports last month and it’s so great to have amazing creative entrepreneurs like you to look up to and learn from 🙂

  8. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    Awesome, Kara! So glad you dig this (I’m a big income report fan, too). That’s rad that you’ve started sharing your own income reports, too. I bet it will be really fun for your audience to see how much you grow! 🙂

  9. Tenns Reid

    July 29th, 2015 at 8:06 am

    Melyssa, absolutely amazing! I’m so happy you’re sharing this, because it really gives me motivation. I love the behind the scenes look at things. I’m excited to see where you go from here…sky’s the limit! I look forward to your future reports and insights! ?

  10. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you SO much Tenns! I also have been loving getting to chat with you on Periscope lately. You’re the best.

  11. Jenn Coyle

    July 29th, 2015 at 8:10 am

    I think teaching is really where it’s at. Congrats on building a successful business; now you have that much more to build courses on!

  12. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you Jenn! And totally — it’s on my list 😀

  13. Carmen

    July 29th, 2015 at 8:42 am

    This is awesome, Mellysa!! Very inspiring! 🙂

  14. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Thank you so much Carmen. 🙂

  15. Cheryl Wooodman

    July 29th, 2015 at 8:46 am

    WOW you are a SUPERSTAR! You make amazing content, each penny is very well earned! LOTS of luck for the new business!


  16. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    That means so much to me, Cheryl. Thank you! <3

  17. Stacia

    July 29th, 2015 at 9:10 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing where you go with your shift towards teaching!

  18. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    Me too, Stacia! 😀

  19. Emmy De León Jones

    July 29th, 2015 at 9:34 am

    Thanks Melyssa! Always an inspiration! Gotta say that focusing my site to what I love to do has helped a lot and doubled my readers (still pretty new) but its also super exciting! I can’t wait until I grow and compare from my first couple of months live!


  20. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    So awesome, Emmy. I loveeee that you’re focusing your site. I think it’s one of the BEST ways to grow a devoted audience, fast. Kudos to you.

  21. Daisy @ Simplicity Relished

    July 29th, 2015 at 10:01 am

    I’m SO excited to see what you have in store, Melyssa! Keep up the amazing work!

  22. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you so much, Daisy! <3

  23. Kayla Hollatz

    July 29th, 2015 at 10:10 am

    You so deserve all of the success. I’m so proud of all you have accomplished! It’s so fun to sit back and follow you on your journey. Thanks for being such an incredible example for others in our field.

  24. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

    Thank you so much, Kayla. That means a lot to me, especially from you! <3

  25. Kimberly // Manifest Yourself

    July 29th, 2015 at 10:25 am

    This is so exciting! I’m looking to shift the focus of my site as well – I really need to work on how I’m going to draft this out though – SO SCARY! I’m so happy to see how it has worked for someone else though. I’ll be sure to follow along. xo

  26. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    So awesome, Kimberly. I’m so proud of you and inspired by everything you’ve accomplished over the last year. Amazing.

  27. Betty

    July 29th, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Oh wow that is a lot of money! I find it so hard to earn from affiliate links.. almost impossible for me..

    Betty | Inspiremeand

  28. Scandalous Beauty

    July 29th, 2015 at 10:50 am

    Way to go!!!!

  29. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you so much! <3

  30. Christine Kantaparn

    July 29th, 2015 at 11:01 am

    You go GIRL! All the best in your new venture!

  31. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    Thank you so much for saying that, Christine! <3

  32. Mai Tran

    July 29th, 2015 at 11:22 am

    I wish you more fortune to take care of that marvelous corgi!

  33. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:28 pm

    HAHA. Literally made me laugh out loud. The corgi is the only reason I’m in business! 😉

  34. Caitlin Powell

    July 29th, 2015 at 11:24 am

    Ahhh CONGRATS! It’s seriously posts like these, by people like you, who give me the motivation I need to keep moving forward and getting the work done. True, honest-to-God, success stories!

  35. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you so much for this sweet comment, Caitlin. This really means a lot to me, especially knowing that it motivates you in some way. 🙂

  36. Noor Unnahar

    July 29th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    This is so fab! You’re doing a great job girl, go on!

  37. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:29 pm

    Thank you Noor! Big hug to you, my friend. 🙂

  38. Monica Galvan

    July 29th, 2015 at 12:01 pm

    I LOVE being able to catch you in this transition in your business from design to more info-based products. It will be great to follow along on the journey with you 🙂 Oh and congrats on the jump in your income, hard work pays off!

    I sympathize with the hesitation in sharing posts like these but I feel like once you’ve achieved what you considered “success” it’s great to share this with your readers.

    What do you think are some of the best and worst investments you’ve made in your business? I know you mentioned you like to experiment to see what works so I’m curious about some of these!

    Monica | monica-galvan.com

  39. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:31 pm

    Thank you so much for all that support, Monica. I really feel the love from you and it means so much!

    And that’s a GREAT question — one I think I’ll ponder about even more (perhaps Periscope about?!). For now, I’ll say that one of the best, recent investments I’ve made is paying someone to develop/code this site. I designed it, but wanted features and functionality that I didn’t know how to code myself. It wasn’t cheap, but I definitely think it was worth it. As far as bad investments…I honestly can’t think of any right now! But I’ll keep thinking. 🙂

    How about you??

  40. Fran

    July 29th, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    That’s amazing! haha – I love when people do income reports because they give me crazy awesome motivation!

  41. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    That’s so awesome to hear, Fran. 🙂 I love them, too!

  42. Jana Tolman

    July 29th, 2015 at 1:00 pm

    This is so awesome! I’m glad you’re having such great success, and I hope you continue to. I look forward to reading more of these!

    I don’t know if you’ve shared this in the past, but I would love to hear more about the process of forming an LLC–it’s something I’m planning to do in the very near future. 🙂

  43. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    Thank you Jana, that means a lot. 🙂

    And I have been meaning to do a post about this, but haven’t yet! I went through this site: http://www.mynewcompany.com/ It was super easy and pretty inexpensive 🙂

  44. Jummy

    July 29th, 2015 at 1:02 pm

    Congratulations on five figure months all year, Melyssa—wishing you many more of the same for the rest of the year. You provide so much value and I’m sure you’ll be a great teacher—you have a very endearing/sweet way about you!

  45. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    That really, really means a lot to me, Jummy. 🙂 Thank you for saying that. I so appreciate it!

  46. Keating Bartlett

    July 29th, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    It’s so amazing that you’re able to make such a great income! This would be my absolute dream. I’d love to be able to work for myself someday.

  47. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    You are on your way there, Keating. I can sense it. 🙂

  48. annaosgoodby

    July 29th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I absolutely love reading your posts and look forward to reading every time I see one pop up in my Facebook feed. Your content is so useful, inspiring, and just all around fabulous so thank you for that. So excited for your next ventures and looking forward to following along! Best of luck!

  49. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you so much, Anna. I really appreciate that. 🙂

  50. Brittany

    July 29th, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    This is great! Congratulations on your voodoo year and also having the courage to take another major leap!

  51. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    Thank you Brittany! hahah #voodooyear!

  52. Allison

    July 29th, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    I can relate so much to this! I’m in the process of transitioning my wedding photography business (which makes a nice comfy income), to blogging/teaching/creating products to help other creative entrepreneurs. It’s scary but exciting all at the same time! 😀



  53. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:36 pm

    SO awesome, Allison. Can’t wait to see what you create. 🙂

  54. Tiffany

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    “So, naturally, I’m quitting.” OMG, I’m dying! 🙂 Congrats on all of your success Melyssa. I know your decision to step away from blog and web design will be a good one. I’m looking forward to following you on your new journey.

  55. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:37 pm

    hahaha! Thank you Tiffany. 🙂 Always sweet, you are!

  56. Sara Eatherton-Goff

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    This is wonderful.

    I recently stopped working directly with new coaching and design clients. I’ve got to say, although I don’t make $12,000 a month yet, it’s liberating! I’m able to spend more time with my family and focus on cozying into the right niche for me. Ooh, and creating killer new products and courses with “all this additional time”.

    You’ve built an incredible business and resource here, Melyssa. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m glad I found you!

    Can’t wait to rock this like you do 😉

  57. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    That’s so amazing, Sara. I couldn’t agree more — it’s really nice to have time for all those things that got pushed aside before.

    I’m glad you found me, too! 🙂

  58. Elizabeth Mayberry

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    yay! You go girl!

  59. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you Elizabeth. 🙂

  60. Elizabeth Mayberry

    July 30th, 2015 at 8:32 am

    I also love that you clarified that your bluehost is for the whole year! I am just about to switch and had a little panic when I saw that included in a monthly cost! hahah. But honestly, you are such an inspiration and I am so excited to see what you have in store!

  61. thealishanicole

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:17 pm

    Melyssa = BO$$ !! And i totally know how you feel about getting the urge to shift..i thought i really wanted t take on as many one-on-one coaching clients as I could but im feeling more like i should be doing something that could help more than just one person at a time..I know you’re going to KILL it!

  62. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    Thank you SO much, Alisha! I toootally get those feelings. I know your course is going to be out of this world. 🙂

  63. Curvy Girls are Chic

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    This is awesome I would be happy to just grow some income to purchase fabric, purses and shoes. I am not seeing that yet 🙁

  64. Filza Sadaf

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    i am no-one to suggest u here but being a regular visitor of your community just sharing my thought, u r adapt in the web-designing thing and u have or can get projects, u shud keep getting the projects and get a bunch of newbies or students or anyone who has the skill but cant getting projects and involve them in the process by paying them keeping them the share. I know this requires a lot of time and efforts of yours but this will challenging for you as well.

  65. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    Thank you for the suggestion, Filza! I did actually consider keeping the design business open and hiring other designers to do all of the projects instead of me. It’s still something I might do in the future, but I’m enjoying this different step for now. I appreciate that idea though!

  66. Ashley Brooks

    July 29th, 2015 at 2:50 pm

    The hardest part of transitioning from a service-based business to info products is making the time to create and ramp up your products while still earning income from your services! I’d really like to have a bit of both in my business model. I’m having trouble stepping away from the services side to focus on info products because all of my clients hire me on a monthly retainer system. I’m not sure how to pull back from that without jeopardizing my future work with them. :/

    Congrats on making the switch, though! I hope you write more about the transition as you go along.

  67. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    So, so true, Ashley. I can definitely understand how it would be nerve-wracking to feel like you’re jeopardizing your future work with retainers. Would it help to remove one retainer and fill that space with working on your products?

    And thank you! I’ll definitely be writing about the transition. 🙂

  68. He Calls Me Grace

    July 29th, 2015 at 3:01 pm

    How many hours a day/week do you work?

  69. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    Hmm good question! The past couple months I have been working less as I take on new clients, but generally I’d say I work about 7-8 hours a day, off and on (so I work in chunks when I feel motivated, rather than straight through the entire day…usually)

  70. Bailey K.

    July 29th, 2015 at 3:21 pm

    Mind sharing what your affiliates are? That seems like a whole lot to make from affiliate commissions! (And it’s stinkin awesome!!) I’ve seen many other blogs’ monthly income reports before, and even when some make as much as you are, it never seems to come from affiliate commissions as much as yours has. So, just curious. 🙂

  71. Zoe Joy

    July 29th, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Your courage is so inspiring. I’ve been in the same boat. I had a jewelry business that got routine and I quit it for blogging. Best decision of my life. I think the most important thing is to be able to lay in bed at nigh and be happy with the work you’ve done in the day. The fact that your passion is to help out people like me. Means a lot. Good luck on your new journey!


  72. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:43 pm

    That’s so awesome, Zoe. I love that you followed your heart — I’ve always discovered the best things that way. 🙂

  73. Amanda aka Semi-Health Nut

    July 29th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    This is incredible! I love seeing different phases that blogs go through. There does seem to be a trend and I think you’re moving in the right direction. Best of luck!! <3

    PS I am curious what affiliate links you use! Or are they just the ones linked in this post?

    Amanda | semihealthyblog.com | theiloveproject.com

  74. Carolyn Selheim-Miller

    July 29th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    I really love when bloggers of any kind share income reports. It’s so enlightening and always sparks something in me creatively. Congratulations on how incredibly well you are doing, and thank you so much for sharing it!

  75. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    I totally agree — I’m so interested in reading income reports too! And thank you, Carolyn. That means a lot to me. 🙂

  76. Amanda

    July 29th, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    You are such an inspiration, girl! I’m wishing you all the best on this next part of your journey!

  77. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Thank you so much, Amanda. I really appreciate that. 🙂

  78. misschievous

    July 29th, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    Thanks for the inspiration, Melyssa! Good luck on your next journey. 🙂 I can relate to on a smaller scale though. I side hustle and when I compare my income this year to that of last year, there’s a 100% gap and I am totally happy about it. I get a major of my inspiration from you. Hopefully, I can really skyrocket launch really soon! Keep doing what you are doing!

  79. Dija Henry

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    do you have a regular job? How do you balance both?

  80. misschievous

    July 29th, 2015 at 6:01 pm

    Yes, I do. I have a day job. I work for 5 days for 8 hours for that. For the side hustle, I work at nights. And weekends. My clients know about it. If we need to talk, we just set schedules. It’s tiring, but it’s worth it.

  81. Emma Weise

    July 30th, 2015 at 6:39 am

    I remember the days of the side hustle… hang in there, keep stashing the moola, and soon soon, you’ll realise your dream!

  82. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    So awesome, Aiza. I’m so happy you’re seeing success already. Good things coming your way!

  83. misschievous

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    Thanks, Melyssa! 🙂

  84. Dija Henry

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:21 pm

    Melyssa, thanks for kicking those discouraging voices in the face and sharing. I feel encouraged because by you sharing it just proves that it’s possible for others to accomplish their dreams as well. I was thinking of sharing my stats (I don’t really make any money right now from my blog). But Now I’m going to. Maybe it will help a super duper blogger newbie out there. SO KEEP SHARING!

  85. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Thank you so much for that, Dija. I really appreciate your encouragement. 🙂 You should totally share your stats, if that’s something you feel comfortable with. If anything, it will inspire others and give you even more motivation to grow each month. 🙂

  86. Abby | Lace & Lilacs

    July 29th, 2015 at 5:57 pm

    Oh, thank you for sharing this, Melyssa! I LOVE it! <3

  87. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:53 am

    Glad to hear that, Abby! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  88. Christina @ Embracing Simple

    July 29th, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you for sharing this, it’s so inspiring! 🙂 I love income reports and actually did my first one earlier this month. I’m just in the beginning stages of earning an income from my blog, but I find great motivation when other bloggers like you share income reports like this one!!

  89. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:54 am

    Thank you Christina! I’m really glad it was well-received. 🙂 Thanks so much for reading!

  90. Brianne Kathleen D

    July 29th, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    I love your new vision, and truly appreciate your vulnerability. This blog post came at a perfect time of encouragement to me! Thank you for sharing and inspiring!

  91. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:54 am

    That really makes me so happy to hear, Brianne. And I’m glad it felt encouraging, too. Thanks so much for reading!

  92. Aleia Walker

    July 29th, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    There is something so beautiful about being free enough to walk away from an amazing income and just do something for you! It’s so clear to see how much you enjoy helping and motivating others. I wish you so much luck and blessings with your new endeavor!

  93. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:56 am

    That means so much to me, Aleia. Truly. I appreciate your support and encouragement SO much.

  94. Natalie R.

    July 30th, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Thank you for sharing this (-:

  95. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:56 am

    You’re so welcome, Natalie. 🙂

  96. Kristin C

    July 30th, 2015 at 6:08 am

    Since most of my money will probably come from affiliate links (I don’t have any design skills like you), is it just a matter of getting my viewership up in order to increase what I make in affiliate links ( I use shareasale.com…should I use something else?), or is there another “trick” to it?
    So many questions…sorry.

  97. Liz

    July 30th, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    Hey! I’m not sure if this helps, and it’s rather vague, but I use ShareASale for affiliate sales and have earned money, even from not have a ton of viewers? I’ve found the more connected with my readers I am, the more likely they are to trust me. Perhaps it’s more along the lines of building the trust? I also use the products, and I mention them frequently — social media, my blogs (personal and food) — so it feels more natural when I advertise them.

    Additionally, depending on what “field” or niche, for lack of having better terms at the moment, I’ve found many company reps for the affiliate programs are more than willing to work with people to ensure their program is working out. From you giving them feedback on the program/their product(s) to them giving you tips to increase sales, it’s a win-win situation: You both want to succeed. If you succeed, they will succeed, so… they should help you. It’s also nice to form a relationship with the reps, because you might receive special insider offers to test/help announce things, etc. Some will even offer up you having a giveaway, etc.

    Having more traffic helps, but ultimately, it’s about trust. My cousin’s parenting blog is much bigger than my food blog, but my food blog has generated me sales via affiliate marketing, because I have closer relationships with my readers.

    This is just my experience, though, and I’m not a blogger of TNC. Nevertheless, I do hope I’ve helped!

  98. Kristin C

    August 10th, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Thank you so much for your advise. You are very kind.

  99. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:59 am

    Great question! I’m actually working on a post about getting the most out of affiliates and using them successfully. Liz’s answer is also a great resource with some fabulous tips.

    My best advice is to write affiliate posts/tutorials on one product at a time. Make the entire post about that product and make sure it is very niche-specific. I don’t really mean “be salesy.” My top affiliate post, if it helps, is a tutorial about getting started with a certain product that lots of people are interested in. So it’s very helpful, but also has affiliate links for people who decide to purchase it.

    The reason I say “be specific” is because the more specific you are, the more likely it is that your post will pop up in Google search results. The money I make from affiliates is mainly due to the fact that my affiliate posts pop up high in these results.

  100. Kristin C

    August 10th, 2015 at 5:58 am

    Thanks, Mel! I appreciate that!

  101. Emma Weise

    July 30th, 2015 at 6:37 am

    Well done for finding the courage to do the income report… I was thinking of starting one that says June earnings $0 [but share my learnings about bounce rates etc… but I chickened out… maybe I need to give this concept a little rethink!

  102. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Emma, I think a post like that would be SO helpful and awesome. Do it. 🙂

  103. Emma Weise

    July 31st, 2015 at 11:33 pm

    *GULP* Ummmm… Ok!

  104. Sarah Elizabeth

    July 30th, 2015 at 6:45 am

    Whoo, that’s exciting! Both the income change and the new venture idea x Can’t wait to see where it takes you! I do love this space of yours xx

  105. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you so much, Sarah. Your encouragement means a lot to me. 🙂

  106. Camila @ AdventitiousViolet

    July 30th, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I love seeing those and they make me realise that people who do make money from their blog do invest money in them as well of course! Well it’s all interesting and thank you for sharing with us! I know the niche is often what you mention and I’m having so much trouble finding a niche, even after almost 2 years of blogging. Any tips? 😉 Thankfully your blog is always super inspiring!x

  107. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    Hi Camila! I’m so glad you enjoyed this. A lot of money does go back into running the business, and I’m secretly always on the lookout for other things to buy that will either save me time or up-level my business. I think investment is important.

    As far as picking a niche, my best advice is to write out a few categories that you actually enjoy writing about — perhaps things you already write about. As you write about these topics consistently, there’s usually a winner that pokes out above the rest in terms of how passionate you are about it and how well-received it is with your audience. This post may also help: https://www.melyssagriffin.com/choose-a-focus-for-your-blog/ 🙂

  108. Johanna

    July 30th, 2015 at 7:55 am

    I really enjoy posts like this. I don’t plan on making money from my blog, but it’s nice to know that I could! Pinch of Yum also does these, they might be interesting for you, as they’ve almost completely shifted to product (ebook, workshop, etc) based income.
    Good luck!

  109. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Thanks Johanna! And I actually just saw their income report for the first time last month. I’ll definitely have to follow along with them. Very interesting! Also, their recipes look so amazing. *heart eyes*

  110. Liz White

    July 30th, 2015 at 8:23 am

    I love the transparency of this! It’s so helpful to see income reports from businesses you admire.

  111. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:03 pm

    Thank you Liz! I am really happy that you enjoyed this. 🙂

  112. Nevermind

    July 30th, 2015 at 11:02 am

    Wow, this is a real financial report you wrote here 🙂 Thank you for that. For now, I only get expences and no income, but that is fine for now. I just started a new blog and I am learning things as I go. You are a true inspiration!

    x M.


  113. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    That’s awesome, M. I think that the people who are willing to invest in themselves and their blogs are usually the ones who grow the fastest. It’s about believing that what you have to offer is valuable. 🙂

  114. Emily Penner | Rossetto

    July 30th, 2015 at 1:12 pm

    I so appreciate you sharing! Excited for you in the new venture. I’ll certainly be following along!

  115. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:04 pm

    Thank you so much, Emily! 🙂

  116. Lix Hewett

    July 30th, 2015 at 3:32 pm

    Thank you for sharing this! I was more shocked at the amount you make from affiliates than the expenses, haha. And damn, that is one nice figure for web design. Definitely my goal! (Actually my goal is nowhere near that much! But I might change it.)

  117. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Thank you Lix! It was honestly nowhere near my goal either haha. So you might be surprised by how much you’ll make someday soon. 🙂 I was!

  118. Gina Alyse

    July 30th, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    This is so insightful, Melyssa! Thank you so much for your openness with this! I really liked your point about googling salaries for this kind of online business. Online businesses/blogs range so much in terms of income, and it’s so important to actually have information on it! I’m so excited to see the ways your business evolves! 🙂 I admire your bravery and dedication to what you do! Thanks so much for sharing!

  119. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    July 31st, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Thank you Gina. Your support and encouragement always mean so much to me. You are one of the people who instantly comes to mind when I think of “TNC’s readers.” I love that. 🙂

  120. Gina Alyse

    August 1st, 2015 at 3:38 pm

    Oh you’re so sweet! I love how you make the TNC community so welcoming and full of awesome. 🙂

  121. Emma Weise

    August 1st, 2015 at 2:47 am

    Nel, I have another question… I just looked into blue host, and they said that if I have multiple domains, I’d pay about $7 per month… spotted your amount was a bit higher… are there any hidden expenses I should know about [considering the move over]?

  122. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 3rd, 2015 at 3:31 pm

    That’s a good question! I have the “Plus” plan, which is advertised as $7, but it says I pay $11/month. I did start this account 2-3 years ago though, so things might have changed. I’m not too sure to be honest.

  123. carla m holden

    August 4th, 2015 at 3:00 pm

    i’m in transition with my biz too and you validated my same thought process as to why i needed to stop taking on new 1:1 clients…to make space for something new! glad to have found your blog. thanks nel! carla xo

  124. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 6th, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Glad we’re on the same page, Carla. 🙂 It’s so difficult to start a new project when you have lots of 1:1 clients to take care of. Will you be taking the leap sometime soon, too? What is the “something new” you’re wanting to start doing? 🙂

  125. Marlon Marcello

    August 5th, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    You rock Mel, keep it up!

  126. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 6th, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Thank you Marlon! I appreciate that. 🙂

  127. Michelle-PermanentDaydream.com

    August 5th, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    I’ve just stumbled on your blog, and your awesome blog resources, and have to say…. you’re amazing! I am new to blogging and still trying to figure it all out and what I want to do with it. So your worksheets and posts are very inspiring to me. Thank you for putting so much work into bettering the blogging community! 🙂

  128. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 6th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    That’s so sweet, Michelle. I really appreciate you leaving a comment and hanging out here. That means a lot to me! I hope we get to connect more. 🙂

  129. Mikéla Davelyn

    August 6th, 2015 at 10:18 am

    Wow! Such a great post! Thanks for all the info!!

    xo, mikéla / simplydavelyn.com

  130. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 6th, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    You’re so welcome, Mikéla! Thanks for reading. 🙂

  131. Chez la Rosbif

    August 7th, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Holy schmoly! I always wonder how people can make a living from blogging – it’s crazy when you think about it. Very inspiring post; definitely interested in seeing reports as your business changes!

  132. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 11th, 2015 at 11:28 am

    Thank you so much! Ha, it is pretty crazy to think about. Are you interested in turning your blog into a biz?

  133. Chez la Rosbif

    September 12th, 2015 at 11:44 am

    I would like to, but I’m totally useless in scheduling the time to write… Time is my biggest obstacle because I have lots of ideas!

  134. Jolie Luu

    August 11th, 2015 at 11:43 am

    I was wandering on Bloglovin and I found your blog. This blog is totally what I’m looking for. I’ve just started blogging a few months back. Great tips! Very helpful! Keep up the good work 😀


  135. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 11th, 2015 at 11:48 am

    Hi Jolie! Thank you, I’m so glad you wandered over here. 🙂 Hope to see you around more! 🙂

  136. The Red Fairy Project

    August 12th, 2015 at 1:55 am

    This post is AMAZING Melyssa. I am a fairly new blogger (launched the Red Fairy Project back in December 2013) and it’s been quite the journey. I thought I would monetize my blog way faster (I quit my job back in March 2014 to fully focus on my site) and it has been a big learning curve but it’s wonderful people such as you that give me clarify and guidance as to what I need to do to move forward. Thanks so much for taking the time to write this, going beyond your fear and being so transparent. I have bookmarked this post and will come back to it often. You’re the best! xoxo

  137. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 13th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Ahh this is just the sweetest comment. Really, thank you. I’m so glad you got something valuable out of this post. YOU are the best, my friend.

  138. Erika

    August 12th, 2015 at 2:45 pm

    Wow Melyssa! I came across this post and had the biggest grin on my face reading it!!! This is something to be majorly proud of and is very inspirational! I’m so happy to see how big you’ve built TNC from where it started and I’m excited that you’re taking on new risks with it too!! That takes bravery but as your life and site have already shown, taking the risk is worth it! Thanks for opening up and sharing this and congrats! :)))

  139. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 13th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

    Erika! That really means so much to me, especially coming from you. This blog has been such a neat journey — I’m so glad I got to meet you back when it started. 🙂

  140. Erika

    August 14th, 2015 at 5:58 am


  141. Melissa E Earle

    August 13th, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Love this post! And I realized, had an “ahhh” moment when reading this. So thank you.

  142. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 13th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

    Thank you Melissa! And YAY. Those moments are the best, aren’t they? 🙂

  143. Stephanie

    August 14th, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing! Very much appreciated! Gets the brain going with ideas how to create different income streams.

  144. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 16th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    That’s awesome, Stephanie! 🙂

  145. Esther of Local Adventurer

    August 15th, 2015 at 11:43 am

    This is amazing, girl!! Your posts are always so helpful, and I love that you shared! 🙂 I need to look into doing a newsletter sometime soon!

  146. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 16th, 2015 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you Esther! <3 You definitely should do a newsletter! :DD

  147. Keithra

    August 15th, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    I really enjoy your blog. Question, how do you start advertising on your blog and how do you become apart of affliate programs?

  148. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    August 16th, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    Thank you Keithra! You can start advertising and working with affiliates by joining ad networks and affiliate programs. A big ad network that is good to start off with is Google Adsense. As for affiliates, many, many businesses have their own affiliate programs. I recommend scrolling to the bottom of their website to see if there’s a link that says “affiliates.” 🙂

  149. Keithra

    August 18th, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Thank you

  150. Kimberly

    September 10th, 2015 at 4:58 am

    Thanks so much for putting your knowledge and experience out there for us “newbies” to learn from. I have enjoyed reading everything so far! It has all been so helpful! You are an inspiration!

  151. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    September 12th, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Wonderful, Kimberly! So glad it’s been helpful for you. 🙂

  152. Violeta Nedkova

    September 17th, 2015 at 11:47 am

    Love the transparency, Melyssa! Keep writing and creating things worth sharing. 🙂

  153. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    September 21st, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Thanks so much for your support and sweet comment, Violeta! 🙂

  154. Kayse

    September 21st, 2015 at 9:10 am

    Good for you, Melyssa! That’s amazing and something to be proud of. Your hard work shows! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful things you do!

  155. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    September 21st, 2015 at 9:14 am

    Thanks for your support, Kayse!

  156. Artemis

    October 6th, 2015 at 5:34 pm

    This is such an interesting post, thank you Melyssa for your openness!

  157. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    October 7th, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    Thanks so much for reading, Artemis! 🙂

  158. Social Copywriter

    October 21st, 2015 at 9:46 am

    Thank you so much for being so open about your work Melyssa! I officially launched my own digital agency 4 months ago and I’m working such long hours trying to get processes in place! When I read these posts I know it’s all worth the trouble. At the moment I am going almost 7 days a week but like I tell my fiancé, this is just the beginning and I will be able to put my feet up a little bit when I get the processes in place. Thanks for allowing me to take a glimpse into my future 🙂

    p.s. I might take you up on your design skills. I love your website!!!

    Jennifer Nini

  159. Mel @ The Nectar Collective

    October 22nd, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Hey Jennifer! How awesome that you’ve been working on your own business, that makes me so happy! I’m glad you’ve found encouragement on here. You totally got this, girl! I am rooting for you 🙂

  160. Social Copywriter

    December 17th, 2015 at 3:22 am

    I’ve signed up to your BlogHive, can’t wait!!! You are an inspiration xxxx

  161. Chris Reid

    October 30th, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Hey Melyssa! I love the advice that you give here on The Nectar Collective.

    I am in the process of trying to grow my blog, and I am finding that it is a lot more difficult to actually get people on the site to read the articles as I am not on WordPress or any blogging platform site. I feel like my content is Good both on social media and the site, but I’m not really seeing much growth (although I did only start on October 2nd).

    What Do You Suggest I Do ?

  162. Melyssa Griffin

    November 3rd, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Hi Chris! Great question. It’s one I get a TON actually. This week, I released a free 6-day email course that offers lots of audience and traffic growing strategies. I think it will perfectly answer your question! It’s called The Blog Audience Blueprint and you can sign up for free right here: https://www.melyssagriffin.com/audience

  163. Chris Reid

    October 30th, 2015 at 3:48 pm

    Social Copywriter, What’s a digital agency ?

  164. Lou

    November 1st, 2015 at 3:17 pm

    LOVE your blog! I also have my own website so I find very useful to read your tips!! Thank you! 🙂

  165. Melyssa Griffin

    November 2nd, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I’m so glad you’re enjoying the content on TNC, Lou! Thank you for taking the time to read it 🙂

  166. Alyssa Barilar

    November 6th, 2015 at 7:11 am

    Thank you for the inspiration, I needed it! 🙂 Congrats on your progress and good luck with the new business model! 🙂

  167. Melyssa Griffin

    November 7th, 2015 at 9:56 pm

    Thank you, Alyssa! I’m glad you found this inspiring 🙂

  168. Aprivé Wellness

    November 7th, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Love your website, particularly your very unique aesthetic. I have a very niche wellness consulting brand, and always love to read content about helping readers get the most out of my site. You mention you were overworked and super stressed during a busy month – I write about how to combat that stress. Check out my wellness website http://www.aprivewellness.com

  169. Melyssa Griffin

    November 7th, 2015 at 9:57 pm

    Awesome! Thanks for sharing 🙂 and thank you for your sweet words!

  170. Tamil Arasan

    January 17th, 2016 at 6:40 pm

    Awesome! Your numbers looks great.

  171. aNDriea DEnise

    January 27th, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Wow! I laughed hard at “so naturally, I’m quitting.” That’s how it goes! I already know…You can do it though! I’m looking forward to seeing you succeed in this venture!

  172. Lisa

    February 13th, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I just wanted to leave a quick comment – I keep trying to go to the “design” page and it isn’t working. It’s coming up with an error. Would love more info on design. Awesome job on the income. It always inspires me to read these!

  173. Melyssa Griffin

    February 13th, 2016 at 8:10 am

    Hi Lisa, I’m so glad! And I’ll definitely keep more design related posts in mind for the future!

  174. Maggie Stewart

    February 15th, 2016 at 4:20 pm

    wow you go girl! That’s incredible

  175. Melyssa Griffin

    February 16th, 2016 at 5:20 pm

    Thanks so much, Maggie! 🙂

  176. Rachel Laycook

    February 22nd, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    What an inspiration! I recently upped my fees for translation services and it was SCARY and I wondered if I had doomed myself to be passed over for cheaper clients, but it was the best decision I’ve ever made. Just in the first three months of 2016, I’ve made enough money to pay for my first two semesters of grad school and a super expensive plane ticket to visit my family! The first feeling is shock after all of that self-doubt, but I’m glad to hear that I’m not the only one that has been there. Congratulations on your growing business and blog! I love reading your posts!

  177. Melyssa Griffin

    February 23rd, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Rachel, congratulations! That’s so awesome that you made that step in your business. It can be so difficult, but as you can see, the hard work pays off! Thank you so much for reading and commenting with your amazing story. 🙂

  178. Ed Troxell

    March 13th, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    Love this! Perfect timing too! I love how transparent you are here and the details you give up. I couldn’t have said it any better when you said, “The bottom line? I realized that if I wanted to make more money and not go totally insane, I needed to raise my prices. So I did. And it worked.” Its all about quality over quantity. I am totally in that mode of just wanting to teach and create products that will help people. I am really glad I came across your site today. I am suppose to be reading my business books but am getting caught up in your posts, ha! Great work!

  179. Melyssa Griffin

    March 15th, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    You just made my day, thank you! Can’t wait to see what you create, get to it! 🙂

  180. Ed Troxell

    March 15th, 2016 at 4:09 pm

    Oh awesome! Thank you! ????

  181. Mohd Wasi

    March 16th, 2016 at 1:56 am

    Will use this business model for fagnum.com

  182. Melyssa Griffin

    March 17th, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Super, it sounds like your working hard to make it amazing!

  183. Kriti Agarwal

    March 16th, 2016 at 3:42 am

    Hey.. I started my blog 2 months back. It’s with the name ‘The Journal Today’ link:-https://thejournaltodayblog.wordpress.com

    It’s been 3 weeks I’ve got some collaborations. Basically they are the cosmetics and skin care brands. Recently got 2 dress materials. They ask me my terms and there I am, totally blank.. :/

    What all are the terms and conditions I can ask them? Also, how can I ask them for money. Help me, please..

  184. Melyssa Griffin

    March 17th, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Hi Kriti, great question! I would be clear as possible on what you can do for the brand. If you have a fee, don’t be shy to share it with them or ask them what their budget is! You can also check out my post on how to work with brands as well as my media kit post for more info. Links below!



  185. the homesteadista

    March 30th, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    Congrats to you and your success! Love reading/hearing about women doing their thing, being successful on their own terms and sharing their success and knowledge. I am shifting in coming months from working a full time gig with a generous salary and perks to being a WFHM – relocating, changing work schedule and focus to what really excites me and will help me be a better Lisa/woman/wife/mom to my family and community. Fingers crossed someday soon I’ll be posting a “I made that much too last month, and the previous month…:)” . Love your blog and FB group and courses. Thanks!

  186. Melyssa Griffin

    April 5th, 2016 at 7:32 am

    Thank you SO much for sharing, Lisa! You have everything it takes to be wildly successful 🙂

  187. semra sh

    March 31st, 2016 at 11:54 am

    hey what is blogger ads?
    just found this site and i am loving it. it is helping me so much towards my blog x

  188. Melyssa Griffin

    April 5th, 2016 at 7:34 am

    I’m so glad, Semra! Ads are a way to generate some income from the traffic you receive on your site. I don’t use them, and I have a lot of other recommendations that you’ll find on TNC to make money with your blog! 🙂 Thanks so much for commenting.

  189. Brittany from Boston

    April 10th, 2016 at 8:03 pm

    Really interesting, thanks for sharing so we have a point of comparison! And good luck with your new business venture!

  190. Melyssa Griffin

    April 14th, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    Thanks so much, Brittany!

  191. Maricela Castillo

    April 14th, 2016 at 6:23 am

    Can you teach me how to get traffic to my blog?

  192. Melyssa Griffin

    April 14th, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    Hey Maricela! You’ll find lots of helpful information in the Blogging Tips section:


  193. Brittany Crotty

    May 4th, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Hi Melyssa, do you have a post on anything sponsored posts related? I would love to learn more about how to find those. Thank you! xo

  194. Melyssa Griffin

    May 13th, 2016 at 12:54 am

    I sure do!


  195. Shannon Keller Rollins

    September 3rd, 2016 at 11:59 am

    Can I ask how you got your mailchimp to only $50/mo? I’ve researched ton of different CRM’s and decided on mailchimp, but based on their current pricing that is a low rate.

  196. Ayaan Khan

    September 7th, 2016 at 12:36 am

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  197. iQiQi China (iQiQi)

    December 10th, 2016 at 9:43 pm

    Hi,Melyssa,I find many of your June income is from your web design work.And I want to know how you can get these orders,what’s your work progress?

  198. Melyssa Griffin

    December 11th, 2016 at 10:36 am

    Hi there! I don’t do web design work anymore but when I used to, a lot of my work came from word of mouth and from my blog. Good luck to you! 🙂

  199. iQiQi China (iQiQi)

    December 11th, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Ok…I just see your June bill income: Web Design Clients: $9,374.39,and I think it’s from your web design work.

  200. Earn free bitcoin

    April 27th, 2017 at 2:04 am

    Thanks for your sharing your income and expense .

  201. Rob

    June 25th, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Well done Melyssa, inspirational read. Out of interest, before you quit your web design services, were you selling web services as an ongoing monthly retainer or just a one time project? If you were selling web design retainers what services did you cover?

  202. Melyssa Griffin

    June 28th, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Thank you so much for your support, Rob! At the time, a lot of my web design services were project-based, but retainers are a great idea for on-going clients (rather than billing hourly) 🙂

  203. JL BTC PTC

    September 17th, 2017 at 9:05 pm

    Very good Melyssa. I think your post inspire new blogger or who want to make money online.

  204. Melyssa Griffin

    September 18th, 2017 at 6:56 pm

    Thank you very much for your feedback! 🙂

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