Blog and home income report May 2018

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Blog and home income report May 2018

Welcome to my monthly income report where I share exactly how much money I have made from my blog and at home.  It’s great for me to see where I’m earning the money and also to inspire others who want to earn from home.  There’s a lot of debate of whether people should share income reports, but personally I love them!  When I wanted to monetise my blog I read them and they inspired me to push forward and go for it.  Without ever reading an income report of another blogger I wouldn’t have even known it was possible to make money from my own blog.

To read more on this with an in depth reason behind sharing my income reports start with this blog post:  Why I publish income reports (and how much I really work on my blog)

Making money from blogging is totally possible if you’re prepared to treat it like a business and put the hard work in.  As well as blogging, I make money from mystery shopping, website testing, eBay selling and also cashback. 

The top 3 ways I made money from home in 2017 is a great blog post to see my most profitable in one whole year.

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May 2018 Income Breakdown:

The below are my totals before any expenses, income tax, national insurance or anything else, so my total turnover for the month.  My yearly business expenses are around £4000.  I also save around £500 per month to cover my annual tax, national insurance and student loan repayments and pension.  So my total monthly outgoings are approximately £830.

May was a great month after a quiet April.  It makes sense though as April was the end of the financial year for a lot of companies and budgets were refreshed in May.  I did extremely well in May 2017 too, so I predict it’s always going to be a profitable month.

I did annoyingly have someone not pay me in May and stop responding to all emails.  The joy of being self-employed!  I am very lucky that this has only ever happened to me twice so far, so it’s a rarity in my experience.  Still, very annoying when you’ve done some agreed work for someone and they never pay and disappear off the face of the Earth.

Read on for the breakdown of how much money I earned from home in May:

Blog and Home Income Report may 2018

Blogging - £2167.02

This includes running giveaways, collaborative blog posts and reviews.  I charge for all of them.  The only time I don’t charge is if a review item is really high value and I really want it, or if I can do social shares only such as on Instagram.  Blog reviews can take around 2 hours of my time so I have to value this time.  Any free time I have is spent with my children, husband, or blogging just for me. 

If there was no compensation for blogging for companies then I wouldn’t do it – my blog would be 100% for me.  It’s still amazing how many emails I get EVERY DAY asking me to share business links for free, write content for free and review products on my blog and social channels for free.  The worst are the ones who tell me I should be so grateful for their high quality content for free… though it’s stuffed with links to help their clients SEO who are paying them thousands probably… 

If I accepted them all then I would actually work for free and have no money to pay for my bills.  I value my time and if people want a service from me then it must be paid for.  Running a professional blog is like any other business and it takes lots of learning, time and effort.  I work as many hours as anyone else in a full time job!  Plus without being paid for my services, I wouldn’t offer them!  It would stay as a personal blog only.

I’ve rambled on!  I think I’ve been getting so many requests from people recently it’s been winding me up and I need to vent!

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Some recent income reports if you fancy a peek:
January 2018
February 2018
March 2018
April 2018

This month’s website and social stats for reference:

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New Users


Total Users


Twitter @lyliarose


Instagram @lyliarose


Pinterest @lyliarose




Newsletter subscribers



For more blogging tips and advice, read how I made £26000 from home in 2017

Referrals - £114.44

Not bad!  I am happy to make £100+ per month from referral links.  This month it was from my WhatUsersDo referral link, Awin and Profit Accumulator.

Read how to make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing

Matched betting - £175.45

My aim here is also £100+ so I’m chuffed with this.  I barely seem to do it much nowadays, mostly for one hour on a Saturday morning and a couple of times in the week for half hour or so, so it’s kind of easy money now I can quickly do the offers!

I recommend using Profit Accumulator for matched betting as a beginner.  They have so many guides and walk you through the whole process in the first few offers.  If you are stuck you can ask a question in the forum and someone will get back to you.  They also have a 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, plus you can try the first couple of offers without even signing up to anything to see that it really does work and is so simple once you get the hang of the free bet offers!  Read my One Year Review: How I earn up to £50 per hour matched betting from home for more information.

WhatUsersDo - £75

I do website testing at WhatUsersDo and it’s so easy!  I get paid £5 per test and some of them are only a question or two.  Read my blog post ‘easily make money from home by testing websites’ and sign up yourself!

Read this for another great way to make pocket money from home easily: Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees

Lylia Rose Fashion Boutique - £77

This is the total sales from my online fashion boutique where I sell printed scarves very affordably! 

Personal eBay - £360.13

A great month on my personal eBay and lots of items sold!  I did have everything as buy it now listings with a fixed price, but I’ve changed them all to auction listings for five days each.  It’s seemed to do the trick.  I’ve reduced prices lots too as I just want to clear everything!  I now have 110 items for sale and a few more to list.  I regularly clear out items the kids have grown out of and I’m obsessed with searching through my own stuff to try and be as minimal as possible.  If I don’t wear or use something much or for a few months then I’ll sell it.

An eye-opening read:  Some of the strange and weird things I’ve sold on eBay

Top Cashback - £26.31

I always check Top Cashback for any transaction I do on the internet be it shopping, booking my MOT, insurance quotes, holidays, days out – everything!  I get cashback on almost all of our household expenses.

Learn how to earn cashback on things you already buy and be amazed with amount of extra cash you have back in your pocket! 

MAY 2018 GRAND TOTAL: £2995.35

Blog - sponsored/review/giveaway


Personal eBay


Matched betting


Referrals (PA, WhatUsersDo, Awin)


LR shop sales


WhatUsersDo website testing


Top Cashback





In my best month so far I was able to make £3210 from home

Another great read is The 5 ways I made £30000 money from home in 2017/2018

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