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My April 2017 Blog Income Report

Another month is over, which means it’s time to tally up the income! As a whole, I was pleasantly surprised with my earnings – not necessarily because of the amount, but how I did it. Stick with me here, and I’ll tell you exactly how I earned the money and why I’m so encouraged by it.

My April 2017 Blog Income Report

I fricken love this blog. Not only do I love sharing my financial knowledge with all of you, but I also love how this blog challenges me to learn more and more about money every day! After all, if I learn nothing new about personal finance, what the heck would I write about??

Do you have something you want to get better at? I’d highly recommend blogging about it. You’ll certainly get better at whatever it is you want to improve upon, AND you can impact others while you’re doing it! There’s truly nothing like it.

Related: How to Start a Blog for Just $24 for an Entire Year

The History of My Blog Income

I’ve been tracking my income since October, 2016. It’s been a little embarrassing to show (because there are so many other bloggers earning much more), but this simple monthly write-up continues to push me to get better each and every day.

Here’s the record of my income so far:

And in April, my income totaled to $752.21 – Not too shabby!!

So how did I do it? Let’s dig into it!

Blog Income Report - April 2017

Pay Per Click Ads

I have a few different pay per click ads on my website – Google Adsense,, and MyFinance. These ad placements recommend various products that are related either to the content that you’re reading, or products that you’ve looked at recently. When you click on an ad, I get paid. It’s pretty simple, and it’s a nice little money maker for this site.

Let’s see how each of them performed last month!

Google Adsense = $22.55

Google Adsense was awesome in January and February, mainly because my debt snowball tool went viral and brought a ton of new traffic with it. But now that that wave have passed, the returns have gotten slim again. I’m really leaning toward getting rid of it altogether and showing MyFinance ads only. Thoughts? Ads = $14.52

This ad spot also isn’t amazing. I wonder what would happen if I replaced it with my own product or an online course…?

MyFinance = $120.14

This ad company sure knows what they’re doing. I still absolutely love it. They display quality, useful articles after each of my posts, and they also display financial solutions within the page. The best part is, I get paid pretty handsomely for it!

Want to add the MyFinance ad block to your site? Let me know and I’ll connect you to them directly!

Affiliate Marketing

Do you realize that there are quite a few blogs out there that earn a six-figure income each year?? And there are some that even earn $100k plus per MONTH?? (achhmmmm Michelle from Making Sense of Cents).

They do this primarily by referring their readers to quality products that then pay them a kick-back for the recommendation. These kick-backs are known as affiliate sales.

So how is it that some bloggers earn so much just through this method of referrals?

  1. Their readers trust their recommendations
  2. Their writing is interesting enough to attract a TON of eyeballs

I’m getting there. It’s a bit slow, but I’m for sure moving in the right direction!

Check out my affiliate earnings below!

iPage Affiliate Income = $315.00


That’s my sigh of relief!

I believe wholeheartedly that:

  1. iPage is an amazing, inexpensive webhost, and
  2. Anyone can earn an income with their own website

So why aren’t more people starting their own websites and giving it a shot?? I have absolutely no idea. It baffles me a little. But I’m so glad to see that three new sites have been started last month because of my prompting!

Since sign-ups can fluctuate pretty severely from month to month, I decided to also track clicks through my affiliate iPage link:

  • October – 142 clicks, $105.00
  • November – 126 clicks, $0.00
  • December – 158 clicks, $210.00
  • January – 176 clicks, $0.00 (well, $65 with a BlueHost conversion)
  • February – 193 clicks, $0.00
  • March — 233 clicks, $0.00
  • April – 220 clicks, $315.00

I’m still doing pretty good with the clicks! I’d like to ramp this up past 250 in May. We’ll see what we can do!

If you want to start changing lives with your own blog, click on the banner below and use my free step-by-step instructions to sign up for just $23.88!

Motif Investing Affiliate Income = $0.00

Motif Investing is a fantastic company, and they’re getting better every day.

Just recently, they started catering their investments to causes that people care about – clean energy, reducing child labor, and a quality giving corporate environment (I really need to write an article about this soon!!).

They’ve got the lowest fees out there, they’re reputable, and the site is super easy to navigate. What’s not to like about all this?

Since I liked Motif so much, I decided, “Why not become an affiliate?” After all, I’m basically promoting them to all my friends all the time anyway. I may as well get paid a little bit for my recommendations.

Unfortunately, this past month nobody signed up to start investing in Motif on their own. I sure hope this changes in May! Don’t let this fabulous company slip through your fingers again! It’s time to invest your money!

Want to be the next smart investor? Click the banner below to get started.

Personal Capital = $0

Again, there still aren’t very many people signing up for this tool…for some unknown reason.

You’ve heard of right? Well this is Mint on steroids, especially when it comes to tracking your investments.

I’m making a note to write more about this opportunity in the future. It really is an awesome tool that I believe everyone should be using.

Want to know more? Follow this link and check out the tool for yourself.

Writing/Speaking = $0

In March, I banked $1,000 for two speaking gigs that I did for a local company. I had the time of my life, got paid a fair wage, and made a clear impact on people’s lives.

I had hoped to speak one more time for this company in April, but the interest just wasn’t there. So unfortunately my writing/speaking income was $0 last month. I have a few plans to turn this around in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!!

Direct Ads = $280

My goal is to keep the number of direct ads to a minimum on this site. This is better for you, the reader, and it’s also best for the long-term growth of this site. The less spammy it is, the more people will want to visit, and the more likely it is that this site earns more money.

So, this past month I only accepted two sponsored posts. They were high-quality and did not detract from the overall message of this site at all. It was definitely another win-win month with direct ads!

Total Website Earnings

In total, this blog earned $752.21 in April of 2017.

Most of that money came from affiliate sales and pay-per-click ads, which is EXACTLY what this site needs to do in order to grow more visitors AND make more dollars. So needless to say, I’m pretty PUMPED about this!

Want to learn more about how I plan to earn an unlimited income with this blog? Check out my eureka post a few months ago – How to Earn an Unlimited Income With Your Blog. It’s working!!

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 (check out my Free Tools Page)
  • Giveaways – I’m thinking about T-shirts, what do you think? (so far I have one vote for free gift cards – tell me your thoughts!)
  • More helpful articles

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

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.


  1. Congrats on making more $$.
    Maybe its time to redesign the layout. Research some of the other blogs and see how they are doing it, ie making sense of cents … If pages get to cluttered, its a major pain to filter thru.
    There’s quite a few of us (and I’ve mentioned it before) that use ad blocker tools; blocks banners, intrusive adverts, web beacons etc. Gotta keep an eye of how much of that is on your site.
    Course, thats just my 2 bits.

    • Totally agree whiskey. I was thinking about reducing the header a bit, and then totally removing the left sidebar to clean up the page a bit. Thanks for the honest feedback!

  2. Nice month Derek – that’s promising that you finally hit pretty well on the iPage links! I have yet to hit on any of my big ticket affiliate items.

    Freebies will be the name of the game for me in May. I’m hoping to continue to increase my traffic because like you said, Google AdSense at less than $10 a month isn’t going to cut it! 🙂

    • I did! It was awesome to see finally! Hope I can have some of that momentum continue!

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