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April 2016: Blog Net Income Report

Bloggers that share income reports keep me inspired. Starting a blog so I could be a work at home mom was one of the best decisions that I ever made. I'm not earning $17k per month yet, like this report, but I am growing my income and able to earn more money from home than I ever thought possible.


Welcome to the April 2016 blog net income report!

I have been watching many people around the blogosphere disclose their monthly online income, and quite honestly, I thought it would be a good idea to do the same. I am not disclosing any income from my day job as a Corporate Finance Manager. Instead, this will serve as a marker for the additional earnings I achieve as a result of my online endeavors and various side gigs.

Please understand that I am not disclosing this to make anyone jealous, only to serve as a very visual and tangible reminder that any of you reading this can achieve the same results…probably better even!

Category Explanations:

Advertising Sales: These are direct advertisements from various media companies. I have several sites which I own and have sectioned off that amount that I earn from those. I also place ads for clients of mine as well. These are other bloggers that I find advertising for, in which I keep a small percentage of the earnings for myself.

AdSense/Clickable Ads: These are the earnings I get from all of those banners you see spread throughout sites…they could be on the sidebar or even within the article itself. I actually keep the ads hidden and the only people that see them are the ones that find me through a search engine like Google or Yahoo. This way my more loyal readers aren’t bothered by the additional clutter and noise. This is an area I am always looking to increase.

Affiliate Earnings: These are the earnings you receive from selling other peoples (or your own) products on your website. Think of major players like Amazon Affiliates. If you put up their affiliate links people can buy items from Amazon from your site directly, which in turn earns you a portion of that revenue.

Misc Earnings: There will be always miscellaneous ways of earning income and racking up expenses! This misc. buckets is a collection of many items, some are recurring while others are one-off items. I might write an article for a major site and get paid $50 to do so. Or perhaps I help someone with organic link building. I also offer some minimal paid services for blog coaching and helping others start blogs…this earns me some additional income, but I haven’t widely publicized and advertised it to really grow that part of the business yet.

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Summary and Conclusion

Nobody ever likes posting month over month decreases in income, especially two months in a row. But one of the factors of declining month was a late payment from a customer that fell into May. As it turns out, May might end being one of my best months because of this, but we will have to wait and see. In summary, I earned just over $17,000 this month, and I have zero complaints about it.

I am putting the money to good use, maxing out all retirement accounts available to me, including an SEP IRA. I also purchased my first rental property a couple months ago and in the process of renting it out. I’m also looking into purchasing another rental property in a popular vacation spot here in the U.S., hopefully I will have more to update on that this year. Rental property is all part of my continuing efforts to diversify my income and minimize my risks.

Many of you may have read my journey of increasing my net worth $400,000 in just 4 years that I shared awhile back. I’ve been asking each month in these income reports if any of you would be interested in seeing a monthly net worth update as well. Well, if you were paying attention, I finally published my first net worth update for June, and will continue doing so for the foreseeable future.

If you are interested in earning online income, and making $200,000 blogging, trust me it can be done! I’m telling you, the internet has opened up possibilities that used to be non-existent. If I can start a website and earn money, then literally everyone else in the world can too! You just need to have a little patience, and a little persistence. If you’re inspired, I included a banner below for BlueHost, this was the Hosting company that I started with as well. They help you setup your site for free, and are one of the cheapest and more reliable hosting companies in the game!


  1. Recently found your blog. I gotta say your advertising category is very impressive. The bulk of my business is affiliate sales so advertising would be a great way to diversify, but have no clue how to get started. I would be super interested in any posts you have written on the topic.

    Also, you can participate in a SEP-IRA even though you have a day job, and presumably a 401k plan? I didn’t think that was possible. There’s another topic I would be very interested in 🙂


  2. Amazing work! Well done you. Congrats on your rental property, I would love to do this – out of interest, is it mortgaged or cash bought? Sorry very nosey 🙂

  3. Lol, no worries on being nosey Francesca, I do lay it all out there and expect those sort of questions.

    I mortgaged the property…I actually had the cash reserves to buy it outright, and strongly considered it since I knew I would be paying closing costs, and probably couldve knocked the price down a tad more. However, Im also in the process of shopping around for another property right now and fully expect to buy another before the end of this year. I figured this would be the case and wanted to leave enough cash around to buy multiple properties if I chose.

  4. Really impressive. Why is my blog earning something close to zero month in month out. I dont have any income reports to update on my blog.

    • It really depends on the metrics, traffic, and overall advertiser interest. Also, I own several dozen sites, so the income is generated off of more than this one site alone.

  5. That not bad at all

  6. How do you get so much money from advertising? Are you selling links directly? What is your traffic like? It took me 4 months to make $100 on Google Adsense- and I stopped using it because the ads were just cluttering my site — for very little gain. I’ve tried affiliate marketing, but it hasn’t yielded anything for me. Nothing. NADA. I’d really appreciate a little insight.

    • It’s a mixture of many things. I definitely sell links to a degree, but I also have a link brokerage business in which I broker links to other bloggers. I have lots of loyal customers so business is fairly steady…though it took years to build. My adsense has ranged anywhere from $300 to $1,500 a month…traffic is about 30k a month on this site only…though I own many sites.

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