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Monthly Earnings Report: April 2011


If you are reading this, you are witnessing the very first earnings report that is posted on! Many bloggers hide their earnings (I’m not sure why, because many of them are anonymous anyway…), but I figure, if I am blessed enough to earn some income by doing something that I love, I don’t mind sharing it with all of you, my loyal readers.

Plus, it’s your right to know what’s going on with the site since you are a part of it every single day. And, if my site performs well, that means that the giveaways get nicer! 🙂 I had a pretty good April, so as you can tell, there’s a $100 gift card promotion going on right now. I’ll always be good to my readers like that. Without you, this site is worthless (plus, it wouldn’t be any fun either!).

Income Report Since the Beginning

Since I have not officially shared an income report yet, I thought I’d show you the income of this site since the beginning (the very end of August, 2010).

May Earnings

 As you can tell, it definitely takes a while to get things rolling. In September, 2010, I was super excited because I earned $5.10 through Google Adsense. As far as I’ve been told, I was actually pretty lucky to receive that much at such an early date.

Between September and December, my total income was less than $50, but then I was offered a writing gig. Beginning in late December, I began writing for another site with a set rate per article. That is the reason for the spike in January (and throughout the rest of the months).

April, 2011 Income Report

Adsense: $6.24

Staff Writing: $70

Sponsored Posts: $335

Link Ads: $160

Total April 2011 Income: $571.24

This past month was a pretty exciting month. I never dreamed that I could earn such a large income so quickly through this medium of online work. Since quite a large amount of this income was due to one-time deals, I think it will be tough to repeat the performance in May. But, now that I know this is possible, I’ll have higher aspirations for the future!

Staff Writing

I actually enjoy staff writing quite a lot. It allows me to get my site name in front of a whole new audience (who I can hopefully help through their financial issues), and ultimately improves the value of my site.

Since I do enjoy staff writing, and since it produces a solid income, I have agreed to staff write for a couple of other sites. I haven’t made any posts yet, but this portion of my income report should rise in the month of May.

Sponsored Posts

These are posts that others pay me to put up on my site. In April, the pay for these posts have been good, but they have also been very beneficial to my readers. One of them was MicroMaximus, which is a service to automate the Reward Checking Account to guarantee the high yield payouts (our yield is currently 4%, which is awesome!). I had 5 sponsored posts in April, and based on the comments, it really seemed like you enjoyed them.

Text Links

Some of these links are showing up on my homepage, but some are placed in old articles that most of you probably never read (not sure why they wanted them there, but it was a win-win that way, so I didn’t ask).

Thanks again for being a reader! I really couldn’t continue with this website if it weren’t for you. So, thank you!

Income Reports


My name is Derek, and I have my Bachelors Degree in Finance from Grand Valley State University. After graduation, I was not able to find a job that fully utilized my degree, but I still had a passion for Finance! So, I decided to focus my passion in the stock market. I studied Cash Flows, Balance Sheets, and Income Statements, put some money into the market and saw a good return on my investment. As satisfying as this was, I still felt that something was missing. I have a passion for Finance, but I also have a passion for people. If you have a willingness to learn, I will continue to teach.


  1. Thanks for that window into the earnings. Hope it continues to rise for you!

    • No problem Johannah! And thanks for the good wishes! I think there’s quite a few people that are looking for a follow-up article to your others. They really get a great response! Thanks again for them.

  2. Congrats on a great month!

  3. This is awesome Derek, you got some balls! I’m not sure I have the guts to put my earnings report up! You know what’s encouraging about this? It’s just the beginning. If you’re making this much now, imagine your income a year or even five years from now. So sweet!

    • Haha! Thanks Jon! It took me a while before I convinced myself that this was the right thing to do. We’ll see how it goes, but I don’t expect that I’ll stop doing the earning reports. It’s a good way to hold myself accountable. 🙂

  4. Great job! I also don’t list my earnings–just feels like to much personal information (for me). I am happy to see you doing so well!

    • It is kind of personal, but I know there are a lot of readers that are interested and could benefit from these numbers. I’ve already had some emails from people asking for advice, and I was glad to give it to them! Helping people is what I love to do! 🙂

  5. I am glad you are getting income so quickly, great job!

    Enjoy, and keep on writing!

    • Thanks Everyday Tips! The fact that I love writing so much makes it all worth while, not so much the money. But, since we are saving up to buy a house, it certainly doesn’t hurt! 🙂

  6. Congratluations!!! I subsritbed to your blog and got the first blog post email this morning but have not receivd your e-book yet. Looking forward to read it.

    • The link for the eBook is within the subscriber verification email. I’ll send you the link via email as well, just to make sure you receive it! Thanks for being a subscriber!

  7. The reason they want to be in old posts is because it is a link back AND they know where that post already is placed within google.

    Good job I can tell you that you are light years ahead of me when I first started lol

    • Thanks for the kudos Evan! I’m not sure I can keep this pace going, but I’ll certainly try! 🙂

  8. Congratulations on your progress. This is a very encouraging yardstick to measure my own blog performance. Thank you for the transparency.

    • Glad I can help you out with the numbers. I’ll be doing it each month!

  9. Hey this is cool, I wish more bloggers did this. I haven’t tried to monetize my blog but it’s always interesting to see how others grow their business and what works for them

    • Glad I could let you in on my blog’s income dollars! I like how it helps other bloggers get a feel for what they could acheive. Really, I just like to help others any way that I can. 🙂

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