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My April Income Report

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Have you ever wondered if this site makes any money? And if it does, how much does it bring in each month? It has been quite a long time since I have done an income report, but it is a goal of mine to make this site more passive, so I thought it would be a good idea to be transparent about the passive income earnings that are made on this site. Hopefully, since this is a new focus of mine, it will continue to grow and make these reports a little more interesting!

Google AdSense Income

Ever since this site began, I have been using Google AdSense to earn a little money on the side. The first couple months produced almost no money, but I have consistently been updating and altering the structure of the site to make it more conducive to earnings. This month was a pretty good one for me and the numbers came in at $116.50.

Affiliate Income

Currently, the only affiliate income I have set up is through iPage, HostGator, and Bluehost, which are all webhosting sites where you can create a blog. If anyone clicks on my links and uses their services, then I get a cut of their earnings at no additional cost to the buyer. This month has attracted quite a few clicks, but no one signed up for a site, so my earnings were $0.00.

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In order to increase my affiliate income in the future, I plan to reach out to some of my blogger friends and see what products were both a benefit to their readers and made them a healthy income at the same time. Also, I’ll most likely try to earn some affiliate income through Amazon.com as well. I can promote books that I believe in and earn a cut of the sale as well. Stay tuned next month for more updates!

Summary of Passive Income

  • AdSense = $116.50
  • iPage = $0.00
  • HostGator = $0.00
  • BlueHost – $0.00

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AUTHOR Derek

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.

19 Comments

  1. I want to make my site more passive as well and focus on affiliate income 🙂

    • Well hopefully I can figure something out soon so I can tell you how to do it! 😉

    • This was actually one of the better months for me since I finally took the advice Google was trying to give me for months…. Allow text and image ads as well as enlarge the one on my sidebar. It took me about 2 minutes and its increased my earnings by about $40 per month!

  2. Hi John, Firstly, amazing tips! And yes I do believe that affiliate marketing is worth of every minute we spend. Adsense incomes are regular, but not high paying. If someone can convince a reader to buy a product that is really worth, he will make amount equal to Adsense he makes in a month with just 2-3 sales of that product. Waiting for your next tip.

    • Hi Gerardo. First of all, the name’s Derek ;). And, yes, I agree with you about the affiliate marketing. It’s definitely not easy to earn money this way, but once you figure it out, it certainly can be lucrative!

  3. I definitely want to make my site more passive. My AdSense earnings aren’t great, but I do pretty well with affiliate income. Thanks for the update.

    • I have done well with Affiliate products in the past, but it’s hard to find products that I actually believe in and that relate well with my readers. I’m making another go of it though and am fairly optamistic.

    • Nope. I keep those numbers to myself. 😉

  4. I noticed this income report didn’t include direct ads or staff writing. Are you leaving it out or saying you didn’t get any direct ads or perform staff writing during April?

    • Hi Dominique. I do have other sources of income, but my main focus is passive income, which means affiliate marketing and CPC dollars. It is in my best interest to focus on this area of income, both for the sustainability of my site and for the unlimited potential of the income! Great question.

  5. You may want to consider creating an account through Commission Junction. It’s an affiliate network which has a lot of financial programs.

    Among some that I would recommend are online brokers, one place account management sites (like Mint, although Mint doesn’t have an affiliate program any more), credit monitoring companies, and banks.

    • Nice tips Anton. Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  6. Starting in August of 2011 Lindsay and I decided to share our journey in monetizing a blog. Our first month’s income totaled $21.97.

    • That’s not too bad at all! Hopefully it just keeps increasing for you!

  7. Derek, thanks for this information. I would have guessed a higher passive income from your blog, considering the number of visitors and your blog’s popularity. For my main blog, I don’t even use Adsense because it doesn’t seem worth it. I would be curious to know what your average cost per click is. I do use Adsense on a secondary blog that I own but pretty much given up on it. Affiliate marketing makes me a good amount of money and that’s the only form of advertising I use on my blog. Good luck, I am sure you’ll come up with a superior monetization scheme!

    • I agree with you. The passive income on this blog is sad, mainly because I’ve never focused on it. But, I realize that affiliate marketing and CPC ads are probably my best option for a large income in the future, so now is the time to pay attention to it! You will no doubt see this number rise in the future. 😉


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