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Monthly Earnings Report: August 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 couple of earnings reports were a big hit (I started doing this in April). Not only is it of great interest for my blogging friends, but I also believe that my readers have a right to know how this site is being funded. So, with no further ado, here’s the earnings report for August, 2011.

August 2011 Earnings Report

With the excellent July earnings I posted last month, I didn’t think there would be much chance for me to step it up and earn more in August! But, with a few major deals, my income soared to a new level!

Advertisers are continuing to contact me, and since I am quick to respond and easy to communicate with, I often get repeat business from them. Within the month of August, I ended up earning $2,591.13!! The bar has been set to a new high. I know I can beat it, but it might not be until November (or whenever I finish my killer eBook). 🙂

Breakdown of Earnings: August 2011

Adsense – $27.05

Staff Writing – $135

Link Ads/Widgets – $1,110

Sponsored Posts – $1,179.88

Affiliate Sales – $139.20

Total August 2011 Income: $2,591.13!!


Adsense – For some reason, Adsense didn’t pay as much as last month. I think I had more visitors and more clicks, but the payout just didn’t match the month of July. It’s ok though, I did pretty good in other areas.

Staff Writing – Time has been incredibly slim lately, but I was able to write 6 posts for other sites and make $135. Not too shabby.

Link Ads/Widgets – Somehow these deals just fell into my lap this past month. Almost all of the deals were emailed to me by the advertiser and the prices were good! I put up 4 new link ads on my site and earned $1,110. I like it. 🙂

Sponsored Posts – this is where guest writers (typically advertising an onine location or a part) will pay to have their article put on my site. I had a total of 8 posts that netted me $1,179.88! I easily made $100 per post.

Affiliate Sales – I did not technically sell anything this month, but I miscalculated the amount that I was receiving for last months iPage referrals. I thought I earned only $35.40 per referal, but I actually make $105 affiliate sale to iPage. So, I added the difference here: $139.20.


It seems like things might slow down in September, so I don’t expect to break the $2,500 barrier again, but that’s ok. I’m going to start spreading my wings into different money making avenues. There are just so many ways to make money online, I don’t know where to start!! It really is exciting stuff and I can’t wait to see what I can accomplish a few months from now.

Are you trying to make money online? How’s it going? How can I help? Email me! 🙂

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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. Woooho! Your persitence is paying off. Looks like that house might be paid even sooner:)

    • This extra income has been great for making our renovations! We’re almost done with the purchases, and now we just have to put it all together! 🙂 And yes, in the near future, it’s time to bust that mortgage down to zero! 🙂

  2. That’s incredible. I have yet to be able to get any advertising, but I suspect that it is only a matter of time. Congrats on the record month.

    • You’ll get advertising soon CFM! You have a great site with excellent articles! Can’t wait to start reading your earnings report! 🙂

    • If next month is even better than this one, I would be ecstatic! I know it possible, but I have some more work to do!

  3. Great job Derek! You’re really kicking it into high gear!

    • Thanks Eric! It’s been so fun to see my efforts paying off! Can’t wait for what’s coming in the future! 🙂

  4. Congrats! Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration.

    • Thanks 20’s Finances. I’m glad that I can inspire you to hit your goals as well! You’ll get there! Just keep writing those quality articles. If you ever need any help, just send me an email! 🙂

  5. Congrats! That is what we keep telling everyone in the forums–keep writing consistently good content, build your readership, and the advertisers will come to YOU!

    • I’m sure glad I listened! Not only am I making more money than I expected – I’ve also learned new ways to earn more income online. If I apply myself to these other income-making avenues, my earnings report should continue to skyrocket! 🙂

    • One of these days, I can see you taking me down…. you are quite the competitor! I’m going to keep working toward my goals, but if you pass me by, just promise that you’ll be gentle… 🙂 Lol!

  6. Wow Derek! You are doing amazing. I am so happy for you. I haven’t had the same luck but that is ok. Hoping you also have a great September.

    • Thanks Miss T! I am jealous of many things on your site, so it feels odd that you would envy me! Thanks for the kind wishes for September.

  7. Congrats!!! August was a good month. 🙂

  8. It sure was!! I bet your’s was amazing as well! You’re really doing awesome Crystal!

  9. Nice figures buddy, hope for better next time. 🙂

    • Thanks! We’ll just have to see won’t we. 🙂

  10. Wow, Derek! August looks like an awesome month for you!! Paint me jealous 🙂 Congrats! Hopefully the upward streak will continue even in the coming months. Looks like you don’t need 4 years to pay off you house. Incredible!

    • Haha! Thanks Suba! You’re right, if my wife or I get raises, or if our businesses take off, we won’t need 4 years to pay off our house. Let’s do it in 2! 🙂

  11. wooow!!!..awesome…congrats for this site.:):)keep up the good work!..

    • Thanks Laura! If there’s anything else you’d like to see on this site, please let me know! 🙂

  12. Super earnings, well done! You make it sound easy, people approaching you to advertise or write on your site, but I know how much effort goes into making money online or with a site. I’m still trying to get my head around using other methods other than Adsense (which earned me $263 in August) – or perhaps the bigger problem rather than getting my head around is trying to find the time to devote effort into other methods without neglecting the time I devote to working at the Adsense income! Your earnings from link ads intrigue me – I don’t see 4 link ads on this page, so presume they are on other sites you own – or on a different page? The earnings from these link ads for August is certainly impressive. Keep up the hard work – I’m not sure I need to wish you good luck, that seems to just come for you – I know many people pay for articles they want to display on their sites, but you get people to want to pay you to display their articles. Awesome.

    • $263 from Adsense each month is VERY good! Congrats! I hope I can get up to that someday. Also, you asked about the links – many of these are homepage only links, so you wouldn’t see them when you’re reading an individual article. Thanks for the compliments. Looking forward to reading your comments in the future!

    • I’m only showing you what’s possible. And believe me, you can do way better than this. Give me a year and I’ll show you the way to $10,000 a month or more! I know it’s possible.

  13. Great earning.Hard work always pay good result.Keep it up.

    • Thanks for the comment! Hard work really does pay off!

    • Thanks! Hopefully the good fortune will continue. But I think it’s about time that I spread my talents to other online ventures. This is the only way that I’ll increase the income! 🙂 Look for something soon.

  14. Hey Derek, I’m so impressed. I have been running a site for a couple of years and have some decent traffic, but you are slaying on the income. For your widgets/links, how do you get so much per month … or is that the upfront payment for a year or something. I’m inspired! Thanks.

    • Thanks! The widget/link income is paid up front, so my income reports will be very spiratic. Who knows, next month could be $100. We’ll just have to see. I’m glad I could inspire you though!

  15. Congrats on an incredible month! Inspiring to see your hard work paying off. Continued success!

    • Thanks Buck! It was definitely a fun month, and I learned a lot for how to increase my earnings in the future!

    • Thanks Sunil! It’s ben incredibly fun (but I’m sure you know that), and I can’t wait for what the future holds!

  16. Congratulations on a great month Derek! I will be watching and learning as your site grows. Thanks for sharing.

    • Thanks Paul! It was an awesome month! I have so many ideas for earning a greater income in the future. Stay posted, I’ll be sharing soon. 🙂

  17. Very cool! Things should just get better from here. Some months might be a little slower but think where you will be in a year if you don’t stop!

    • Very true! A year from now, my earning will probably blow my mind! Thanks for the encouragement!

  18. i’m working my butt off lol, i have a double job so i cold earn and save more money like you do, your post is very inspiring sir!

    • Awesome! Keep up the great work, you won’t regret it!

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