My second Food Blog/Instagram Income Report on The Fit Delish! This talks through how I made money this month and plans to continue to grow my income going into the new year. It is definitely pretty intimidating putting this information out there for the world to see, but I want to share every part of the journey and NO blogger ever started their page with immediate traffic and monetization.
Blogging and generating content on Instagram is a freaking grind and you have to be committed and passionate with the process. I have been growing my Instagram Account @thefitdelish for the past couple of years WHILE working the craziest and most intensive jobs possible full-time between working at a Big 4 Accounting firm (PwC) and somehow still finding ways to grow my account to my first big milestone of 10k followers and continuing to grow on to an intensive marketing startup that continues to be a grind.
I have been beyond inspired by other food blogger income reports such as @PinchofYum and @40Aprons to name a few. These reports make my income feel incredibly insignificant and pale in comparison to the revenue they are generating month over month. However, I appreciate the fact that Pinch of Yum shared every income report from the beginning and you can see the steady growth month over month. NOBODY starts a blog generating thousands a month and many food blogs may not even share income reports until further established.
Income is a highly personal & touchy subject and I definitely debated sharing this information with all of you. BUT had it not been for other bloggers being so transparent and open about their journeys, I never would have embarked on my own. I hope that my blog can continue to progress and grow the same way other food blogger’s pages have and to pass on inspiration to any of you reading this now.
And with that, my second ever Income Report (which is fairly simple this month and not a great amount of income – aka no where close to a sustainable full-time income):
- Sponsored Posts:
- $500 – All through my Instagram account. I had one sponsored post last month (with a brand I LOVE) with a wider scope of work involving stories and static posts which resulted in the higher fee.
- There are a few websites that you can connect with brands for sponsored posts including AspireIQ.com, Cohley.com, and Obvious.ly which are my top three choices as they offer the best rates for collaborations.
- Amazon Affiliate:
- $0 – No success through affiliate links last month, but continuing to look for ways to drive more revenue through Amazon Affiliate Links on my website and Instagram stories.
- For those not familiar with this, Amazon has an affiliate program you can join that gives you a commission percent based off of purchases you refer using affiliate links. I have sprinkled these links into Instagram stories and this website. This is something I am pushing to continue to grow income on.
None – I am not considering groceries an expense for income reporting at this stage in my blog as I eat everything that I make and am not buying excess just for the sake of the blog. If this changes down the road I may begin to factor this into income reports.
Net Income: $500
There is something interesting about putting this number out there for the world to see as it really is a harsh reality of acknowledging my stage of income and how far I still have to go to get to where I want to be. Looking forward to hopefully locking down further brand partnerships and continue to grow revenue through my website.
Regardless of the number, I am proud of what I have grown my account to while working two crazy intensive full time jobs while trying to grow this blog. It has been a slow and natural progression from first receiving just gifting from brands up to slowly charging money for sponsored posts up to slowly increasing rates for each sponsored posts.
I am incredibly optimistic going into January with a few different collaborations in the pipeline that I am very excited about. If all goes successfully this will lead to $1k+ in revenue for the month.
To conclude, hopefully these income reports will inspire some of you to start your own blogging journey and I know these will continue to motivate me to work even harder to grow my brand and business.