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January 2018 Blog Income Report -WAAYYY Better Than Last Year!

Yes, blogs can earn money – LOTS of money. This report is only the beginning of what I plan to make in the future. Think $1,000 a month is a lot? What about $2,000? $5,000? $10,000?

It’s all possible, and I want to show you how – which is why I publish these silly blog income reports in the first place.

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January 2018 Blog Income Report

Almost exactly one year ago, I had a eureka moment. I finally got it through my thick skull that I could make some seriously good money by blogging. It wasn’t going to be quick, it wasn’t going to be easy, but it was possible – not just for me, but for anyone.

In fact, there were plenty of people that were already earning $10,000+ a month online. They already knew what I should have picked up on a long time ago!

Basically, all you need to do to make an unlimited income with your blog is:

  • Write amazing content – informative, helpful, and entertaining
  • Offer helpful resources (not detracting ads), and
  • Develop a strong community of people that love what you stand for

That’s it! The rest of that money making stuff will almost take care of itself. Seriously.

My Earnings Trajectory

Alright – so let’s put my money where my mouth is. How have I been doing with my earnings after this eureka moment?? Have a look! And then see below for a breakdown of my January earnings.

And in January??? $1,582.55!! BOOM!

January 2018 Blog Income Report

Breakdown of January 2018 Blog Income

And here we go!

January 2018 Blog Income ReportPay-per-click Ads:

  • Google Adsense: $15.18
    • No big surprise on the low dollars here. I’d rather position the better, more helpful ads of MyFinance than the randoms from Google.
  • MyFinance: $174.28
    • Another great month for MyFinance, and February is shaping up to be a good one too! Love it!
    • If you’re a blogger and want to get started with them, let me know and I’ll hook you up!
  • Next Millennium: $10.59
    • This was my little mini-experiment with Next Millennium. Long story short, it didn’t work like I’d hoped, so I’m dumping them and looking into bigger and better things!

Affiliate Links:

Dang…talk about a total fail on the affiliate marketing side! I really need to pick up my game here. I think I know my new focus in 2018!

…Alright, let’s get through this quickly… And if you’d like to support this site, by all means, feel free to click the links below and sign up! 😉

  • iPage Hosting: $0
  • Wealthsimple Investing: $0
  • Personal Capital: $0
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  • The Stay-at-Home Mom Blueprint: $0
    • If you want to become a Stay-at-Home-Mom, this is a must read! And it’s fricken cheap at only $6.00 (with code “LIFE40”)
  • Ethos Term Life Insurance: $0
    • I had some wise people apply this past month, but no official sign-ups, so I’ve got to leave this one at zero.
    • If you don’t have life insurance, shame on you. It’s really not as expensive as you might think. Check it out!
  • Uber: $0
    • Uber is a great way to make extra money! Check them out – they now have a food delivery option!
  • BillCutterz$0
    • I love this partner, and they’ll soon be making me money – that’s for sure.
    • What do they do? They negotiate your bills for you! If they save you money, you pay them half. If they find you nothing, you owe nothing. It’s a win-win for sure!!

Direct Ads:

  • Direct private ads: $1,382.50 – To be honest, I probably accepted a few too many direct ads this past month But the content was solid and they were all helpful to the readers! I would still like to earn a bunch more through affiliate sales (which again, will soon be my main focus)!

Total = $1,582.55

Additional Blog News

Highlights in January:

  1. We were featured on Rockstar Finance with this fine article of mine – “You’re Broke…and You’re Making Everyone Else Rich
  2. Our article was shared on LifeHacker’s FB page again – How Much Should You Spend on That??“”

Blog Goals For 2018

I took a little longer to set my goals for 2018 because well, Liz and I have a lot going on right now.

  • I work a full-time job that’s getting more intensive as I continue to move up the ladder
  • We bought a project house that needed a complete tear-down. We probably won’t be done with it until April, and then we’ll rent it out.
  • I run this website…which definitely takes time (but I love it!!)
  • We have a 2 year old little girl that loves it when Dad chases her around, so you know I have to take time out of my day for that!
  • AND, WE’RE EXPECTING KIDDO #2 to come in September! YAY!

So…knowing all this, what are some reasonable goals for this website in 2018?? Here we go:

  1. Create a free online course to replace the dated resource for new subscribers (Target completion in May)
  2. Hit 50,000 visitors in one month
  3. Earn $2,000 in one month
  4. Present my Financial Freedom material to 3 different businesses – charge $500 per class
  5. Update my site with an “https://” for a “secure” status (Target completion in July)
  6. Create an online course to sell that’s an extension of my free material (Target completion in August)

Whew! Well, that should be enough to keep me busy on top of writing amazing posts and maintaining the blog every week! Wish me luck!!

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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! It’s only going to get better! 😉

    • Yeah yeah yeah! You know I like to hear that! 🙂

  2. Derek, Great post! Hard work and patience truly pays off. You are living proof. I love hearing about the progress of your journey and I know your audience does too. I appreciate your growth plan and methodologies as you move forward. Exciting stuff! All the best in 2018 and beyond.
    Congratulations on your efforts to date and also on #2!!

    • Hi Barry! Good to hear from you!

      2018 should be a pretty exciting year with the blog growth, some more speaking gigs, and of course baby #2!! 🙂

  3. Congrats and good job! it sure is inspiring.

    • Thanks! I’ll be pushing for that %2,000 goal soon!! Stay tuned!

  4. Congrats Derek! Another great month! January was my best at $86 in revenue as well 🙂 onwards and upwards!

    • Heck yeah! Nice job!

  5. I love to see blog income reports like this. It’s great to see the improvement and gives me hope for my own blogging career. Thanks for sharing this information Derek. It takes guts and it’s obvious that you’ve got ’em! Keep up the good work!

    • Thanks Karen, and glad you’re benefiting from the reports! That’s why they’re there! 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be able to ramp it up this year. All signs point to YES!!

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