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My August 2017 Blog Income Report

August is over and I made another pretty penny here on

So how do I make my money? And I think the more important question is, “Is it possible for you to do the same thing and make money blogging too?”

That’s exactly why I share my income each month. I want to:

  1. Show you that it’s absolutely possible, and
  2. Tell you exactly how I do it so you can make money too!!

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You know why?

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I went to school for engineering. And then when I found out that engineering sucks, I earned my degree in finance. I never had one single class about starting a website…and I still created this blog from nothing to now reaching over 25,000 people every single month.

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My August 2017 Blog Income Report

August was another pretty solid month of income. I can’t say it was an improvement over the prior months, but I have been putting myself in a great position to test the waters on some other income sources! Check out the new affiliate links below, and stay tuned for some more fun items that are yet to come!!

blog income report

Past Monthly Incomes:

In August, this blog earned $932.36!

It’s not the grand+ that I was hoping for (dang it, I ruined my streak!! 🙁 ) , but you know what? It’s not too shabby considering I was focusing all my efforts on getting ahead in my writing, and pretty much ignored the income side for an entire month… oops. But the good news is, I’m now 3 weeks ahead in my blog posts! BOOM!! Time to work on monetizing September!

Breakdown of August Earnings

Alright, so where did all the income come from? Check out the play-by-play below!

Pay-per-click Ads:

  • Google Adsense: $30.47
  • $13.18
  • MyFinance: $60.71 (if you want me to connect you to them, just shoot me an email!)

Affiliate Links:

Direct Ads:

  • Direct private ads: $775.00 – I turned down another 15ish offers for scammy posts and accepted 6-7 posts that were actually helpful and informative.

Total = $932.36

Additional Blog News

I’m excited at all the new partners I’ve been able to bring on board over the last two months. These resources are valuable for you, my beloved readers, and they allow this site to earn an income so we can continue to expand and grow!

  1. Wealthsimple – a fantastic investment company that makes investing super simple. AND, invest today and earn $50!
  2. The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint – an eBook with 150 tips on how to save money and make money so you can stay at home with your kids!
  3. Uber – I’ve heard of people earning $60,000+ just by driving for Uber at nights. Screw delivering pizzas! Drive with Uber!

Blog Goals For 2017

Phew! That last month went by fast. Let’s take a look again at my goals for this site, and then check out my progress over the past month.

  • Have one monthly income report shoot up over $2,000 – I actually went backwards here…and dipped below $1,000. It’s time to help more people with their finances, and in turn, I’ll earn more with this site.
  • Boost my web traffic to 50,000 views per month – In July, I had 26,500 visitors. In August, I dipped down to 20,100. It’s not an uncommon drop with the end-of-summer madness, but I’d still rather this number tick up and not down! It’s time to do something different on this site… which leads me to my next goal…!!
  • Host a giveaway – I haven’t done it yet, but I think this month is the time. Stay tuned and keep your eyes peeled for the next giveaway!
  • Increase my social media reach – My Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest followers started at 1,335, 4,200, and 482, respectively. I want to bump these up to 1,600 (Facebook), 5,000 (Twitter), and 2,000 (Pinterest) by the end of this year. Currently, I’m at 1,367, 4,299, and 487. So, all have gone up, but I’ve definitely got some work to do!!
  • Revamp my website – Haven’t started on this yet… I think I’m going to do it in 2 iterations, which will make the whole thing much less daunting. It’s coming, and it’s going to be awesome.

Alright, it’s go time!! Let’s see what we can accomplish!

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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. Hey Derek!

    Great great job in August! I know it’s not what you wished for, but I love your transparency. And I really like how you list your new partners for the month.


    • Hi Krista. Thanks for the comment and the kudos! I love having partners that I’m excited to share. It really make earning money that much easier on my site.

      Keep reading and following! There’s some great things coming!

  2. Hi Derek,

    Great job on the income this month! I’m getting ready to rework my entire money saving website and would love to know how to get in touch with the MyFinance folks. I’ve been working on other writing so my blog has gone by the wayside. But, I’ve got to get it back up and running so that things turn around financially for it.

    Here’s to an even better September for you!!


    • Hi Jan – thanks for reading, and thanks for the comment! I checked out your site and you’re definitely on the right track to get it growing! Unfortunately, you just don’t have enough traffic to get started with MyFinance. Instead, I’d encourage you to read this post to start gaining more eyeballs on your site and start earning money! — . Best of luck to you!!

  3. Hey Derek, nice update. While it’s not the $1,000 you were hoping for, not every month can be a record month 🙂

    I like the new site – less cluttered and definitely more readable! Let’s see if it makes a difference in a month!

    • Thanks for noticing the new look! I basically took away the left sidebar and got rid of all the gray lines and the background gray. It’s definitely more appealing now, and it’s a good first step to improving the user experience. Thanks Erik!

  4. Awesome month! Sorry it wasn’t the $1K you were looking for, but sounds like you’re setting your site up for success and you’ll get there!

    • Thanks Lance! Yeah, I plan to boost that up a bit, but as with anything, success doesn’t ever come overnight! I’ll just keep plugging away at it.

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