Whoa. June is over already? Time flies when you’re having fun! And let me tell you, blogging has been incredibly fun lately.
Two of my posts have been extremely popular in the personal finance world and continue to drive crazy traffic to my site:
- How Much Should You Spend on That?, and
- How The Debt Snowball Really Works (Free Debt Calculator Included!)
The blogging life is good. It’s easy to see why I recommend blogging to all my friends, right??
You might not realize it, but you can:
- Start a blog for just $24 for the ENTIRE FIRST YEAR! Follow this link to sign up, and here’s a step-by-step guide if you don’t think you can do it yourself. There, simple!
- Use blogging to learn more about a topic yourself (it’s certainly worked well for me in personal finance!)
- Earn money! (Read: 6 Things I Did To Start Earning Money With My Blog)
My June 2017 Blog Income Report
Put simply, I had another great income month. Whenever I exceed $1,000 with this little side-gig of mine, I consider it a win. so this month…was a win. 🙂
The History of My Blog Income
I’ve been tracking my income since October, 2016. The first month I started this income tracker, I actually earned less than $300! Now, I’ve upped my game a bit and developed an income that’s consistently been $700 or more.
I’m hoping that my income continues to climb, but even if it doesn’t I’ll never stop writing! Why? Because I friggin’ love it!
Here’s a record of my income so far:
- Oct 2016 Income: $293.04
- Nov 2016 Income: $589.24
- Dec 2016 Income: $1,085.98
- Jan 2017 Income: $486.76
- Feb 2017 Income: $643.34
- March 2017 Income: $1,457.14
- April 2017 Income: $752.21
- May 2017 Income: $1,300.20
And in June, my income was $1,190.60!
So how did I do it? Let’s dig into it!
Pay Per Click Ads
I have a few different pay per click ads on my website – Google Adsense, Media.net, 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 = $20.09
Traffic was down this past month since I didn’t have the CNBC or Yahoo visitors anymore, but the Adsense banner on my site still produced a little something. $20.09 – it’s not much, but it’s something! If I want this to improve, then I guess I’ll just have to write better articles!
Media.net Ads = $10.47
This one didn’t shock me as it’s usually half the amount of my Adsense earnings. This past month was no different. I think I’m going to have to shake things up pretty soon if I want to improve these earnings. Stay tuned….
MyFinance = $145.04
I am still loving the “MyFinance” banners. They’re super helpful for my readers, they’re not spammy whatsoever, and they produce a very nice income each month! This past month, I had a few great spikes (ie. sign-ups) that propelled my earnings to $145.04. Not too shabby if you ask me!!
Want to add the MyFinance ad block to your site? Let me know and I’ll connect you to them directly!
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 generated from affiliate sales and they are by far the best way to earn a lasting income with a website.
So how is it that some bloggers earn so much just through this method of referrals?
- Their readers trust their recommendations
- 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 = $105.00
My absolute best month was three sign-ups that generated $315 for me. This past month was still good though. I had one intelligent person start their own site, which meant I received a payout of $105. Sweet!
Have you heard of iPage? Have you ever thought about starting your own website?
I believe wholeheartedly that:
- iPage is an amazing, inexpensive webhost, and
- 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 at least one site was 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
- May – 313 clicks, $105.00
- June – 260 clicks, $105.00
With the summer months upon us, I think people are getting pre-occupied and to be quite honest, I got a little lazy there for a while myself. It’s time to kick it into gear again and get those clicks up to 350 and beyond!!
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
I started investing with Motif a little over a year ago. The transaction was simple, my investment was exactly what I was looking for, and I’ve never noticed any pesky fees that often come with investing. Put simply, it’s been awesome.
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.
I love recommending them, but unfortunately, people decided it wasn’t all that important to invest this past month. I received no sign-ups. Bummer.
I sure hope this changes in July! 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
Want to track your money AND learn more about your investments? Then Personal Capital was made for you. The best part is, it’s free to sign up!
Want to know more? Follow this link and check out the tool for yourself.
Unfortunately, I had no sign-ups in June, but I still keep recommending this option to all of my friends and family.
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 can’t wait to speak again, but opportunities like this aren’t exactly knocking at my door every month. They’ll be more prevalent in the future, but for June, the earnings were zero, and that’s okay.
Direct Ads = $910
I probably turned away at least 20 direct ad offers on my site this past month and said yes to about 8. They were all quality articles that benefited my readers and put money into my pocket. Sounds like a win-win to me!
I still try to keep these ads to a minimum though since they’re often not written in my voice and may distract the readers away from what’s truly important – getting out of debt and kicking butt in the future!
Total Website Earnings
In total, this blog earned $1,190.60 in June of 2017.
A little too much of it came from direct ads, but I still made more than $280 on affiliate ads and click ads on their own, and that’s not too shabby either! In the next couple of months, I want to see that $280 turn into $1,000 and the $900 turn into $200. THAT would be the ideal scenario!
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.
- More freebie tools to help you win with your budget (check out my Free Tools Page)
- Giveaways – Someone recently told me that they’d like to win gift cards. And you know what? I’d love to give away some Dave Ramsey books too! They would help my readers and help grow this site at the same time!
- Continue with better, 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!
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.