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How I Earn Money With This Blog – October 2016 Income Report

Ever think about starting your own blog? Ever wonder if you can really earn money with it like so many other bloggers seem to do? If you could make it happen, what would you do with the money?

Would you…

  • Put it all toward your debts to live a debt-free, carefree life?
  • Use it to upgrade your junker car?
  • Build up your kids’ college funds?
  • Reinvest it for a wicked-nice retirement?

Related: Step-by-step instructions to start your own blog through iPage

There are so many possibilities when you start earning a side income of just a few hundred bucks. Think about what could happen if you grew this income to a few thousand dollars. What if it grew to a few hundred thousand?? Your whole world could change with just the simple action of starting a website today.


October 2016 Income Report

Like I said….I’ve been slacking a little. Sure, I’ve still been writing, but I haven’t actively been setting up my blog for financial success. So this month has been, how you say…..paltry. Like, $293 paltry…

But, I promised many of you that I would start reporting my income, and we all have to start somewhere, right?? Hopefully this just makes the future success of this site all that much sweeter!

Let’s take a look!

How I Earned Money Blogging Last Month

Pay Per Click Ads

There are many first-time bloggers out there that think they’re going to make bank by simply putting Google ads on their page. Put simply, this is a pipe dream. The most I’ve ever made from Google’s pay-per-click ads was $150 a month….not the hundreds of thousands that people hallucinate about every day.

In October, I averaged about $0.50 per click and earned $39.22.

I also have an account with (which is basically the same as Google Adsense), which has earned next to nothing this year. I’m just trying to limp along with it until I can get the minimum $100 payment. Then I’ll be running for the hills, never to return to the valley of ever again! The payout in October was $2.82.

Affiliate Marketing

You know what inspired me to get cracking on my site earning again? Well, first of all it’s fun to promote a product that you really believe in. And secondly, let’s get real people, it was THE DOLLARS!

One of my fellow blogger friends, Michelle from Making Sense of Cents, recently posted this article:

My September 2016 Blog Income Report: $102,911

One.Hundred.Thousand dollars???? In one month???? Holy crap! How in the world is this possible?

Let me assure you, I looked into her numbers. It turns out that $41,000 of her earnings was from Bluehost, a web hosting company. In other words, she believes in her web host, recommends their services to her readers, and they pay her approximately $75 per sign-up. Roughly 600 sign-ups in September, and she’s $41,000 richer. Not too shabby!

You know what? I believe in iPage, a quality web host that’s been powering my site since 2010. Why not recommend it to my readers for an affiliate profit? My entrepreneurial followers can power up their very own site for just $23.88 (and potentially earn a crazy income like Michelle), I get a kick-back on the sign-up, and everyone’s happy!

Sounds like a slam-dunk. So I started recommending iPage with a couple of posts this past month. And funny enough, I was rewarded for it…to the tune of $105. 🙂

iPage Affiliate Income = $105

The second company that I’ve grown to love is In fact, I have $2,000 of my very own money invested in motifs! Trades are super cheap, they offer bonuses if you trade multiple times, and they’re super easy to work with! It’s a great company all around and I recommend them any chance I get!

With a few conversions last month, I earned $46 in affiliate income.

Motif Investing Affiliate Income = $46

Finally, I’ve decided to partner with Valore Books. This is the absolute cheapest place to buy fiction, non-fiction, and textbooks (take note you broke college students). I’ve ordered books through their site 5+ times for $4 or less and received them within 3 days. It’s cheap, fast, and reputable. I highly recommend them.

Unfortunately, people don’t seem to buy too many books these days. So my payout in October was $0.00.

Valore Books Affiliate Income = $0


I used to make a fair amount writing for other blogs, but cut back on it due to time restraints. I didn’t write anything in October, but I plan to ramp up on this over the next few months. Stay tuned.

Direct Ads

Companies occasionally reach out and ask me to review a product or mention their company specifically through my blog. I am very selective with these requests and only recommend products that I truly believe in. In the month of October, I earned $100 via direct ads.

Total Website Earnings

In total, this blog earned $293.04 in October 2016. Like I said, this has to be one of the absolute worst earnings months of this website’s existence, but hey, we’ve got to start this tracking somewhere!

The Future of This Site

You know how you earn more money? You serve more people. If I want to earn more with this blog, I need to help more people achieve their goals and dreams.

This means:

  • More freebie tools to help you win with your budget
  • Giveaways
  • More helpful articles

Be sure to tell your friends about Life And My Finances, because there are some great things to come!

How can you help me?

Click on some links! Lol. Just kidding (sort of). Seriously though, I’d love it if you could follow me on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. You’ll get excellent info that will help you win at life, and my site will thrive because of it!

Start following the links below:

Thanks Friends! Can’t wait to share what I accomplish next month!

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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.

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