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November 2017 Blog Income Report

This blog… it’s just so fun. I can’t imagine a day where I’m not writing for it.

I mean, I get to:

  • Impact peoples’ lives,
  • Hear about all their success stories,
  • and I get to make money in the process!!

Haha, how lucky am I??!

And it all starts with just $24. That’s the entire cost of iPage for the first year.

Want to start a site of your own? Sign up with iPage here.

Nervous about the process? Here’s a tutorial that should make your sign up a breeze. If you’re still not sure, heck, I’ll help you! Just email me at derek [at] lifeandmyfinances {dot}  com. Like I said, I love to see people win, so if you need help on the way to YOUR success, I’ll be thrilled to jump in and do what I can to get you there!


My November 2017 Blog Income Report

This blog post contains affiliate links.

Alright. Here’s the moment you’re actually interested in. It’s time to see what this blog can earn! Did I have my best month ever in November? Or, did I spend a little too much time over at the project house while this site took a dive…? Let’s find out!

I’ve made it pretty clear that one of my goals this year was to earn $2,000 in a month with this site. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened yet, but man I did pretty good in November regardless! Check it out:

In November, this blog earned $1,517.68!


This is the best month I have had in over a year! Heck, I even beat that month where I earned an extra $1,000 by speaking for a local company! Things are definitely on the rise, and it’s very exciting to report. Let’s dig into the details so I can show you exactly how one can earn over $1,500 with a simple blog.

Breakdown of November 2017 Blog Income

And here we go!

blog income report november 2017Pay-per-click Ads:

  • Google Adsense: $24.99
    • Again, better than last month! I always hide these ads off to the side so I don’t distract the reader from what’s really important. So, I just consider this a bonus $25 since I pretty much put zero effort into any of it. 😉
  • MyFinance: $34.69
    • Not a great month for my MyFinance ads. I’ve got an idea how I can do better though, and it looks like it’s already picking up in December!

Affiliate Links:

  • iPage Hosting: $0
    • I had over 250 clicks, but nobody started their own site… womp wommmm. It’s kind of depressing considering I love to help people succeed with sites of their own. I need to do more with this soon to figure out how I can convert more people.
    • Want to start a site of your own? Here’s the free tutorial to sign up in just 15 minutes.
  • Wealthsimple Investing: $300
  • Personal Capital: $0
    • This is a fantastic way for people to track their investments, but unfortunately, no sign-ups this month. Again, I need to get the word out there on this one.
  • The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint: $3
    • This is a fantastic new book that I’ve been promoting! Want to be a stay-at-home mom? This book will absolutely get you there!!
  • Ethos Term Life Insurance: $50
    • Our new partner! If you have someone that depends on getting money from you…then you really need life insurance. I recommend Ethos, it’s quick, it’s cheap, and you don’t have to get a medical screening!
  • Uber: $0
    • I’m just getting started with Uber as a partner. I’ll probably have an article going live in the next week or so describing how you can earn money with their food delivery service! Love it!
  • BillCutterz$0
    • Another new partner of ours! Send them your bills (like your phone bill, cable bill, car insurance, etc.) and they’ll work to lower your payments! If they save you nothing, you owe nothing. If they save you $100, you pay them just 50% of your savings. It’s a win-win!
    • No earnings here yet, but people are already starting to sign up!

Direct Ads:

  • Direct private ads: $1,105 – I accepted seven helpful direct ads this past month and turned down at least 10-15. I still made a nice chunk of change here!

Total = $1,517.68

Additional Blog News

Two bits of news from this past month:

  1. We were featured on Rockstar Finance with this fine article – “Are You Wealthy? Take the One-Question Quiz to Find Out!” It’s a cool piece that’s easy to understand and makes you think. Oh, and Business Insider will be running it soon as well! BOOM!!
  2. We now have a term life insurance partner. You may have caught it earlier, but I absolutely love this new partnership with Ethos. I believe that almost everyone should have life insurance, and it really doesn’t have to be that complicated or expensive. With Ethos, you can get a quote in a matter of minutes, and for someone like me (age 32, pretty healthy, and in need of $250,000 of life insurance), it only costs $13 a month!! It’s an awesome deal, and I can’t talk about it enough.

Blog Goals For 2017

Well, 2017 just kind of flew by didn’t it? Liz and I were busy parents (now that our child is on the move!), I’m still staying busy with my full-time job, and we recently bought another project house in October (soon to be a rental)! Oh yeah…and I’m doing everything I can to advance this site and make it more popular than ever before. Life is a little bit busy…. 🙂 But you know what? I wouldn’t have it any other way. I fricken love it!

So what were my blog goals this year? And how am I doing at achieving them? Well…let’s find out. I fear it’s not good though… 🙁

  • Have one monthly income report shoot up over $2,000 – Nope, and I don’t see it happening in December. Womp wommm. I guess I’ll have to carry this goal into next year!
  • Boost my web traffic to 50,000 views per month – My absolute best month this year was January. I had 42,000 visitors. Most other months I have between 20,000 and 30,000. Didn’t quite make it, but I was close.
  • Host a giveaway – I did finally have a giveaway! The lucky winners earned some books, a free session with me, and Financial Peace University kit!
  • Increase my social media reach – We’re continuing to climb here, but not quite as fast as I’d like. 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 1,422, 4,409, and 552.
  • Revamp my website – I did make an update. It wasn’t huge, but it sure was helpful. With the new sleeker look, people are definitely hanging around longer and visiting more pages.

Bigger and Better Things Ahead!

We’re almost into 2018, which means new goals, better articles, and more helpful tools for you! I can’t wait to see how many people this site will impact in the upcoming months. Stay tuned!!

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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. WOW Congrats. November was my best month as well. I had an income of $43 🙂 Just a little bit less than you.

    Best of luck in 2018. I’m excited to see where both of us go.

    • Hey it’s something! That’s where I started out! Best of luck to you in 2018 as well!

  2. Great article!
    Question: Why do you want 2000 pinterest followers? I have that amount, not sure what to do with the pinterest besides pinning, could you do a post on the benefits of pinterest followers.
    Thank you for your insightful and upbeat articles.

    • Hi Robyn. I want more Pinterest followers because I want more visitors to my site! And, the more visitors I get to my site, the more lives I can change and the more revenue this site can earn. That’s pretty much it in a nutshell. 2,000 followers is just the start. I really want $1M+ followers. That would be the ideal… 😉

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