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March 2018 Blog Income Report – Up 200% From February??!!

You know how you work and work and work, and your career seems to be going nowhere? But then, seemingly out of nowhere, good things start to happen. Little by little you gain traction again, then you actually start to get a little speed going, and then you hit the downhill! Life is good, work is fun and easy, and you’re making bank.

I think (at least I hope) I just reached the downhill run with my web income. It’s been almost 8 years in the making, but it might finally be here.

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March 2018 Blog Income Report – Up 200% From February??!!

You know how I’m always encouraging you to start your own blog? This post is the epitome as to why. There’s tons of money to be made out there, and if you have something even remotely valid to say and have some passion behind it, then I believe you could make some coin…and perhaps a LOT of coin.

I’ve been tracking my income since October, 2016. I don’t report my earnings just to show off or to virtually wave around my *bling*.

I post these income reports for two main reasons:

  1. It’s a direct measure of how much I’m helping you the reader. If I’m not helping you succeed, then my income goes down. If you’re rockin’ it and getting out of debt and growing wealthy, then you’ll tell your friends, my readership base will rise, and so will my income.
  2. I want to show you what’s possible so you can succeed with your own blog. If you see that I made $1,000 last month (you know, just regular old Derek from West Michigan), then you should believe that you can do it too.

Related: How to Earn an Unlimited Income With Your Blog

Here’s a look at my earnings each month since I started these reports:

March is (I hope) the beginning of the downhill run…

Get this, in March this blog earned….$3,612.25!!blog income report march 2018

I’m up over 200% vs. last month! How the heck did I do this?? Read on my friend, I’ll tell you all about it.

How My March Income Spiked 200% vs. February

You know I’ve been working on improving my traffic for quite a while, right? I improved the look of my site, I’m writing better, more comprehensive articles, and I’m focusing more on SEO. Well it’s all paying off (and in more ways than one!)!

About a year ago, my blog traffic hovered between 12,000 and 15,000 sessions per month. It was okay, but I knew that I needed more viewers to take me to the next level. What that level was and what it would pay, I really had no idea. But, I needed more readers so that’s what I set out to get.

1) My switch to Mediavine

By January 2018, I had my traffic up to 25,000 sessions a month, which meant that I could be considered by one of the top Ad networks out there, Mediavine. They graciously accepted me into their inner circle and I started earning money with them on February 21st. By the end of February (so 7 days later), I had already earned more with Mediavine in that week than I typically earned with MyFinance and Adsense combined in a month!! I knew this switch was going to be good, but I didn’t quite know how good.

2) I started staff writing for some well-known sites

When I was busy writing better articles trying to attract new readers, I didn’t really consider that some more prominent sites would take notice and offer to pay me substantial amounts of money to have me write for them. Even with my busy schedule, I accepted because I simply didn’t want to miss out on the opportunity.

3) My affiliate marketing skills are improving

I’m not quite there yet, but I am doing better with my affiliate marketing. I believe in the products I’m selling and I get a rush every time someone signs up for the products I recommend — 1) because I know their lives will be better off because of them, and 2) because I earn some money for doing a good thing. It feels good!

4) I’ve done a better job putting myself out there

Over the past 2-3 months, I’ve really been doing my best to hit the forums, help others, and build up my network of fellow influencers. It’s been fun, but it’s also leading to more social media shares, more page visits, and more collaborative ideas.

Diving Into the Actual Dollars and Cents of March 2018

So what did all this action do for my online income? Where did I actually earn the money? Here’s the breakdown:

Mediavine – $1,705.05 – BOOM! That alone was more than I earned in total in February. Thank you, Mediavine! First of all, yes they’re awesome, but I did have a little help with traffic. Someone, somewhere, shared my “How Much Should You Spend on That?” post from a couple years back and it just took off. Over the course of 3 days, I had 30,000 views on my site (if only that could be the norm, right?)! So, that definitely helped, but even without it, Mediavine still would have kicked butt and earned me $500+.

Affiliate Income

iPage Blog Hosting – $105 – One sign-up in March. Congrats for starting your own blog!! That’s always so exciting, I love it!!

Weathsimple Investing – $164.20 – Three investments made during the month, which is awesome! Way to grab hold of your future and own it, people!

Bill Cutterz – $0

Personal Capital Money Manager – $0

Ethos Term Life Insurance – $0

The Stay-At-Home Mom Blueprint – $8.00 – Four book sales in March. I’m glad these people were able to buy the book before it was “taken off the shelves” sort of speak. You can’t get it now. Sorry for those of you who waited too long!

Writing Income

Like I said, I started writing for some other prominent blogs. I don’t really want to divulge what they’re paying (in case they don’t want others to know), so I won’t name them and I won’t tell you how much they’re paying me per article. BUT, let me just tell you that my hourly wage is WAY more than my full-time job. Crazy to think about, but it’s the truth. In March, I earned $900. Love it.

One-on-One Sessions

I love one-on-one sessions. I wish I could do more of them. Maybe someday.

Last month, I sat down and laid out a plan for one individual to get back on track with his finances. A few weeks later, we sat down again. I assumed that I would have to repeat half of what I told him before, but nope…he showed me that he was rocking it in all areas, shook my hand, and I’m sure he’s still rockin’ his new budget today. I earned $75 and changed a man’s life. Now that’s good stuff.

Direct Ads

As usual, companies always email me, wanting me to feature them on my site. Most times I don’t, sometimes I do (only if it helps you, my faithful readers). Last month, I accepted 5 posts and earned $655.

March 2018 Blog Income Report – Now THAT’S What I Call Multiple Streams of Income!

In March, my LifeAndMyFinances income came from seven different sources. This is fantastic!! And, from those 7 different sources, I earned a total of $3,612.25.

Sheesh…I still can’t quite believe that.

In one month, I earned enough with this site to buy a pretty decent car!! That’s fricken incredible!

And I just can’t help but ask the question again. Why haven’t you started a blog? What’s your excuse for NOT earning $3,600? Sure, it’s not easy, but it’s possible! So why not give it a shot? Just click this link, sign up with iPage for $24, and contact me if you have any questions. Seriously. I want to see your win, and I can’t wait for you to tell me that you started your very own blog.

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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 the success! Diversifying the income sources is a great idea.

    • Thanks! Yeah, it’s working out pretty good so far!

  2. Thank you for sharing and congrats on the jump!

    I heard that MEdiavine now only accepts blogs with 25 sessions instead of 25k views. Did you have 25k sessions when you applied for the program? I’m not even close, so I am just wondering when would be a good time for me to apply to MV. Thank you!

    • Thanks! Yes, I had 25k sessions. If you have an amazing month, submit your entry! That’s more of less what I did. I was always close, but I needed a popular article or two to push me over the edge.

        • I actually updated the post to avoid further confusion too. So, thanks for letting ME know! 🙂

  3. well done Derek, continue the hard work and I think the income will continue to follow as well!

    • I think so! Love it!

  4. Wow! That is amazing! So glad your hard work is paying off! You are truly an inspiration 🙂

    • It sure is! I put in some crazy hours so far, but the fact that it’s paying off feels so good! Thanks for the kind words!

  5. I love you come on the Rockstar forums with some bomb tips Derek. You got big blogging times ahead!

    I applied to Mediavine last month – I submitted the DoubleClick “gotta wait 10-14 day” thing. It’s been 13 days and I haven’t heard a peep. My traffic from the past 4 days been insane… c’mon Mediavine where are you! 🙂 Do you remember how long you had to wait? Was getting the ads on your page difficult?

    • Hi Lily! I just reached out to my contacts at Mediavine to see if they know anything. Now, I’m new (and likely unimportant) to them, so don’t get too excited, but I’ll do what I can to help. If you don’t quite qualify yet, I would definitely keep trying if I were you! Totally worth it!

  6. Congrats Derek! A little late to the party here in April, but I love the changes you’ve made over the last few months (tightening up the UX here on the site), and I’m really glad it’s paying off for you 🙂

    This month should be my first $100 month 🙂 25k sessions is one of my goals in the next year, let’s hope I can get there!!!

    Let’s make April a $4,000 month, okay? 🙂

    • Thanks Erik! Man, that was an awesome month, but I’m with you, let’s shoot for $4,000 this month!

      Great job on your earnings. They’re not shooting through the roof, but they’re definitely heading in the right direction. If you can consistently get 25k sessions each month, then you’re really going places. That would be HUGE! Best of luck to ya, bud!

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