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Monthly Earnings Report: May 2011


Do you ever wonder how much money this site makes per month? And, how does it generate the income? Where does it come from? All your questions will be answered in this post.

As expected, my first earnings report (last month) was a big hit. Not only is it of great interest for my blogging friends, but it’s also a right for my readers to know how this site is being funded. If I was making money with the wrong motive, I’m not sure I could live with myself. So, my solution is to tell everyone exactly how much money this site earned last month, and also let them know how I did it! πŸ™‚

May, 2011: Earnings Report

As you can tell, April was an amazing month, and it was very difficult to keep up with its success. The May totals still beat the March earnings, so I don’t feel too bad about it. My earnings in May were $274.59.

Breakdown of Earnings: May 2011

Adsense: $24.59

Staff Writing: $120.00

Sponsored Posts: $130.00

Link Ads: $0.00

Total May 2011 Income: $274.59



This is by far the best month I’ve ever had with Adsense, and the majority of the earnings came late in the month. The increase is partially due to my new gig at As of last month, I’m a new staff writer for their team and I get paid on commissions from Adsense clicks. So, not only is this gig great for my web traffic, it also pays a little bit too!

Staff Writing

My staff writing income has increased from $70 (in April)Β to $120 this month. I now write for 3 Finance websites: Passive Family Income, Bucksome Boomer, and Prairie Eco Thrifter. They are all great sites, and I’m glad that I can be a part of their teams.

Sponsored Posts

I only had two sponsored posts this month, and since they were fairly simple and straightforward, they did not yield much income.

Link Ads

I was not able to sell any link ads on my site this month, but I do have some in the works. Hopefully, they will pan out and make June an amazing month! Stay posted on that.

Overall Summary

Overall, I am quite satisfied with the income for this month. I knew that April was going to be tough to beat, and I was expecting to earn about $300 this month. Of course, I expect my earnings to increase as I continually put more effort into this site every day. By the year mark (which will be September), I fully expect to be earning over $1,000 a month. I’m not going to make that a goal, because if I start working for money: (1) It won’t be fun anymore, and (2) I’ll lose track of why I write – it’s not for money, but rather, it’s for the benefit of my readers.

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. Very nice results! However, you set the bar high for $1,000/mo by September.

    Good luck and keep it up!

    • I like setting the bar high! πŸ™‚ I normally hit those crazy goals too! πŸ™‚

  2. Congrats on the staff writing gigs. I find that blog income goes up and down, so as long as you are trending upward over time, that is excellent progress.

    • Thanks for the encouragement Melissa! The staff writing gigs are good ones that will help me keep my income a little more constant, but I fully expect to keep growing my income for the next few months.

  3. I think this is a positive earnings report. The overall trend is still upward, so I would be encouraged by this. The biggest test will be the yer-over-year earnings, and I’m sure you will be very successful when you eventually make that comparison in the future.

    • Good point Hunter. The month-to-month earnings will be up and down, but the yearly earning are the true test. I’m sure that I’ll be making more next year since my site will be more established, but it’s a good thing to watch!

    • Good luck on your goals as well! Hopefully we can help each other out! πŸ™‚

  4. Thanks for the breakdown! I bet June will be even better!

  5. Nice work and congrats on your staff writing gigs. Good luck on hitting you (soft) goal!

  6. I’m glad you haven’t smothered your blog with ads like other people do just to make a couple extra dollars.

    • I’m glad that you like the site! I really do my best to keep it ad free while still creating an income for myself.

  7. Have you considered signing up for affiliate programs, such as flexoffers, google affiliate, and commission junction? They won’t get you a whole lot of income, but they can definitely be good additional source.

    • I have, but I don’t want to load my site with ads. I want it to look as clean as possible. If I really start gaining visitors, I might consider it.

  8. This is a good idea. I never track my sites earnings. I kinda like the surprise of deposits being made into my accounts. But I might try this out. Good luck getting to 1k a month πŸ™‚

    • Hi Ralph! Thanks for stopping by, and thanks for the comment! Tracking earning is very important. How else would you know if your site is improving? Begin doing this, and you’ll know if your site is on the incline or decline.

  9. i think you earned very low on this month from google adsense.please tell me wahts your regular visitors count ? its help me to my blog πŸ™‚

    • Unfortunately, that’s the one thing I don’t tell people too quickly. Visitor count is very important for direct ads, and it’s best to keep the marketing folks guessing! πŸ™‚

      • thanks for quick response πŸ™‚

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