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August 2016: Blog Net Income Report

Wow, that is a LOT of money to earn from blogging! Reading about how people make a living from their laptops is so fascinating. I especially like how he shows all the different income sources that he has.

Welcome to the August 2016 blog net income report!

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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

Well, this was the worst month I’ve had in over a year! At just under $14,000 this month I achieved just under 60% of last month, and my average run rate of $25,000 per month that I had been running at. I really don’t have much of an excuse on this one, August was by far the slowest and lowest volume month I’ve had in quite a long time. I even compared to last August and it was significantly lower. I do expect September to get back on track considering all the business I booked over the last few days that has yet to be paid and recorded. Also, I generally see a lot more work coming in the closer we get to the holiday season, so here’s to hoping that trend continues!

My Pinterest experiment has slowly been paying off. I have definitely seen an increase in Pinterest traffic and overall pageviews. Since I started the whole Pinterest project 3 months back, I have made about $300 in affiliate income…nothing to write home about, but still more than I had booked in 12 months prior to that. I am just hoping we catch some traction and see regular increases going forward.

Also, don’t forget, 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 just recently purchased another rental property in a state known for vacation rentals…so I will let you know more about that in a future post. 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. August seems to have been a slow month all around. My flagship site wasn’t affected (August is usually ok for that site) but I personally slowed down a bit on my other projects which brought down traffic. I posted my own report for August a couple of days ago too.

    I’d love to read more about your RE investments and how they’re doing. We also want to diversify and try US RE but are still wary about taking the plunge and getting our first property.

    • I will check out your report now!

      I plan on writing an RE post soon…one property is up and running for several months and it’s doing well…teh other one is just starting ramping up.

  2. I’m curious about the details of the client site advertising sales. That’s a ton of revenue for affiliate earnings only being $52. That seems like a huge difference.

  3. Wow. Really inspiring. Thanks for the earning stats.

  4. Nice stats! I reckon you’ll keep on improving and going up over the next few months! Great job!

  5. Really inspiring. Thanks for the Shearing your earning stats.

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  7. Tally erp 9 crack says:

    Wow. Really inspiring. Thanks for the earning stats.

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