• September 2018 Online Income Report – $309.49

    Welcome to another monthly online income report! 

    You might be here because you wondering, “how much money do youtubers make” or, “how I make money on YouTube”, which is what I love telling people about!

    I’m calling it a online income report since it not only incorporates this blog’s eventual income but also YouTube earnings and all sorts of outlets. Having several sources of online income growing at the same time makes sense to me in case one ever disappears.

    Motivation to rebuild my online income is at an all time high after going back to working full time hours. Funny how working more at work makes me want to work more with my Youtube channel.

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    Why Share An Online Income Report

    A couple months ago I decided to take my online presence seriously after years of just being a hobby blogger and then not interacting online at all for several years.

    During that time of blogging on and off I watched other bloggers like Pinch of Yum, Busy Budgeter, Just A Girl And Her Blog, post monthly blog income reports where they grew from hundreds to tens of thousands of dollars a month. I realized if they could do it, why couldn’t I? Even if I only made it to a couple of thousand dollars a month, how would that change our lives?

    Currently I’m nowhere near a full time income. I started tracking my income with a rough monthly range of $300-$500 per month and hope to grow that amount to better help support my family.

    This is a process for me as I reorganize, refocus, and build from a place where my blogging was abandoned for a couple years. If nothing else, I want to see what I can do and how working with video is different than the blogging model.

    I don’t know how long I’ll be doing these, but I’d at least like to chronicle the experience while I’m focused on earning enough extra income to pay for new expenses like daycare!

    Previous Income Reports

    If you’re interested in past income reports, you can see my last few here:

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    I like sharing these numbers to show small YouTubers what is possible with a channel that isn’t huge or growing by hundreds of thousands of subscribers in a year. While that would be amazing, it is possible to still earn income as a small channel.

    Seeing these numbers in this format helps me to see the growth I’ve already had and inspires me to keep growing.

    I plan to grow a blog/website around my channel as well and hopefully these income report numbers inspire anyone looking to grow from humble beginnings online.

    September Online Income 

    Here’s my earnings broken down by type with the sources listed below:

    • Affiliate Marketing: $219.53
    • Advertising: $89.96

    Total Income: $309.49

    I started these reports with the money I received in my account for the month but I realized that’s not very helpful as an earning report mainly because every source of income pays at a different time. Some pay earnings two weeks later, some pay the next month, and others are delayed 90 days.

    It makes the most sense to me to actually track what I earned in a month regardless of when the company would actually pay me. I’ve decided to do that instead so I’m able to see what I’m earning month to month and make changes quickly based on what is working and growing.

    Goals For October

    What I’m planning for October:

    • Continue to add content
    • Continue making YouTube videos which are a source of revenue, source of traffic, and just interesting to do!
    • Focus on adding and improving images in posts for Pinterest to grow traffic from Pinterest.
    • Produce 1-2 blog posts per week. This seems to be a sustainable pace considering my limited free time with full time work and baby duties.

    Eventually I’d like to work ahead and get posts ready to publish weeks or months in advance but currently I’m working mainly on fixing and improving what already exists.

    What Didn’t Work Well 

    In September my Amazon earnings dropped to their lowest amount in many years. Unfortunately that is one of the downsides of affiliate earnings – when the program makes changes or your site’s traffic changes then so do your earnings.

    I’m not abandoning Amazon affiliate income since I personally buy almost everything on Amazon and find it a valuable resource for pointing out where to buy things. But I do plan to find other affiliate programs for products I love and support and promote those more.

    Time management is going to be key and is not something I handled well in September. I’m learning how limited my time really is with full time work and a baby and a social life so I’m having to work on this project in the margins. I’m kicking myself for not working on things in the past when I had all the free time in the world!

    What Worked Well

    Content creation has gone well despite limited time! I managed to create YouTube videos every week. Creating videos in limited time frames can be very difficult but I’m happy to say I squeezed in content creation where I could.

    I also want to share some of the content that performed well.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel last month:

  • August 2018 Online Income Report – $353.44

    Welcome! Today I’m sharing my second official online income report!

    I’m going to share my August online “extra” income details: how much it was and where it came from! I also want to talk about why I love reading online income reports and how they’ve inspired me to get this far in building an online side hustle.

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    Why I’m Sharing About Extra Online Income

    This is the second month I’m sharing the income I’m making from this blog and the related YouTube channel. I wanted to share these reports for a few reasons.

    First, accountability. I’d like to have somewhere to talk about what I’m doing and how I’m using my very limited spare time now to increase my online income. I’d like to share these because it’s a nice way to look back and learn from my mistakes and successes. I started blogging years ago as a way to do the same thing in other areas of life so I’d like to do the same with online income.

    Sharing my online income reports is sort of like having my own little mastermind since I haven’t been invited to one ever. I get to share my wins and losses and think through strategy. And if I get enough awesome followers on them they can help guide in the decisions along with the accountability.

    Second, education. I’m sharing how much extra income I’m making online each month in an attempt to chronicle it and to grow it. Having extra income would help our family achieve so many goals and I’ve watched other bloggers grow their income and I’d like to do it too. I’d also like to educate others on how you can earn extra money online (or even just on the side in “real life”). Earning extra money is possible and I want to show people it is possible.

    Lastly, I love reading side/blog/online income reports. They aren’t for everyone but I’ve always loved reading blogger’s income reports. It’s inspiring to see what can be created from nothing.

    I don’t know how long I’ll be doing these, but I’d at least like to chronicle the experience while I’m focused on earning enough extra income to pay for new expenses like daycare!

    July was a good starting month for tracking my online income, so it was a great place to begin this new endeavor of tracking my online income and building a little lifestyle business online.

    Now, let’s move on to August! Here’s my income source breakdown:

    Total Income: $353.44

    This is the amount earned in August 2018, before any fees, expenses, or taxes. That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 30% will be gone before it hits my bank account.

    I listed the various affiliate marketing programs I participate in above. Those referral links will take you to sign up if you are a publisher or youtuber or influencer. Those are some of the top companies that offer affiliate marketing programs for places like Kohl’s and Wayfair and Erin Condren and thousands of others.

    Extra Income Thoughts

    It’s a bit disheartening this month that I didn’t make my goal of $500 earned. That number has been the benchmark for me for a while now and not hitting it means the lack of focus and effort is finally catching up. What you don’t tend to will eventually wither.

    This month is a great reminder to me that I’m earning extra income online on the side to help with our financial goals and to help me spend more time with my family in the long run! It’s something that gets pushed to the back burner but really needs more attention because the WHY behind it is so important.

    It’s also a nice reminder that affiliate marketing is pretty awesome. I love the fact that I can recommend products I actually use and get paid for it without it costing people anything extra. Sure affiliate marketing gets a bad rep and many people use it in scummy ways, but at it’s core it’s a positive experience on both ends. I try to be upfront about my links, explain how they work, and people reward that by buying.

    I’ve added my top / favorite affiliate marketing opportunities to the list so you can see where my income comes from and join them as well if you are interested in earning more income from your online activities.

    Blog News 

    Last month I spoke a bit about how blog traffic had gone down on my health blog after not blogging regularly for 2 (or maybe 3) years regularly. Traffic is pretty flat still but it’s also something I haven’t worked on at all!

    I did some major overdue housekeeping last month by getting my site in line with Google webmaster tools where there was a manual action against my site. I’m hoping that helps improve traffic as does the new focus of my content. While I don’t plan to actively blog there, I will be keeping the site for the very small residual income.

    I’m still wading through the permalinks change that created a lot of problems with 404 errors and dead links. I’m trying to fix them as I go but I realize I probably went about the change in the wrong way. Live and learn! I’m updating the old content and hoping for the best.

    I’ve also started a new personal finance blog penniesnotperfection.com where I’ll be sharing these online income reports and blogging more about personal finance, side hustles, budgeting, and debt payoff. You know, all of the things I talk about on YouTube!

    I’m thrilled to have a new blog where I can start from scratch and build a site with the focus and information that I’m truly passionate about. I think the reason my first blog was never the success I wanted was because I was trying to force it. To be truly successful I think you have to be authentic and that’s what I plan to be here.

    My YouTube channel has experienced decent growth in the last couple months and I finally hit the mark for monetization! My channel is still under review but I should be back to earning income from ad revenue on Youtube soon. Having another income source on these income reports will be fantastic!

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel last month:

    Thanks for reading this online income report!

  • July 2018 Online Income Report – $584.16

    Once upon a time, I survived off income I made from blogging and other online activities like freelance writing in between jobs. It wasn’t pretty, the income was not extravagant, but I was single and determined to survive off what I made online. I managed to pay all my bills through online income in between full-time jobs.

    Since then, life changed a lot. I got married, had a beautiful baby, and left blogging in favor of an awesome full-time job with benefits at a cool company that I’m proud to work for. I abandoned blogging and online activities and let the income dwindle and disappear.

    I’ve been making YouTube videos for a year for fun and miss that online income and the challenge of earning money online so I’ve decided to set a new starting point and build from here.

    I want to earn more money through blogging to help pay for things like daycare, college funds, and hopefully eventually our house. Money doesn’t solve all the problems in the world but it will help me give Penny a better life without spending all my time away from her working.

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    Why I’m Sharing Online Income Numbers Now

    I’ve never shared my online income numbers before, so why do it now?

    First, accountability. I’d like to have somewhere to talk about what I’m doing and how I’m using my very limited spare time now to increase my online income. I’d like to share these because it’s a nice way to look back and learn from my mistakes and successes. I started blogging years ago as a way to do the same thing in another area of life so I’d like to do the same with online income.

    Second, education. I’m sharing how much extra income I’m making online each month in an attempt to chronicle it and to grow it. Having extra income would help our family achieve so many goals and I’ve watched other bloggers grow their income and I’d like to do it too. I’d also like to educate others on how you can earn extra money online (or even just on the side in “real life”). Earning extra money is possible and I want to show people it is possible.

    Lastly, I love reading income reports. They aren’t for everyone but I’ve always loved reading blogger’s income reports. It’s inspiring to see what can be created from nothing. If you’d like to be inspired by other bloggers who’ve done this and had major success, check out Making Sense of Cents and Pinch of Yum. They both started with small amounts and grew their online earnings to major life-changing amounts.

    July 2018 Extra Online Income 

    July was a pretty typical month for my existing online income, so it’s a great place to start when tracking where I currently am and where I want to go with earning online income.

    Here’s my income source breakdown:

    Total Online Income: $584.16

    This is the amount earned in July 2018, before any fees, expenses, or taxes.

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 30% will be gone before it hits my bank account.

    I find it awesome that I’m still earning $500+ a month after a while making videos as a hobby. It’s a great reminder that this can truly be passive income. Once you build a foundation it can continue working for you even when you are away or unable to keep working.

    Where I’m Going With Online Income

    I’ve got a decent foundation where I’m not starting from nothing since I’ve already been creating content for a while, so I just want to expand that and grow now to make this small side hustle cover my daughter’s daycare costs and maybe also help pay for other financial goals we have in mind.

    I’ve also changed my writing focus to the things I’ve been interested in years but rarely blogged about, namely personal finance. In my head I’m considering myself a personal finance focused mom blogger. I’d like to share the lessons I’ve learned during my time learning about money and of course being a mom is now a huge part of my life.

    My YouTube channel has experienced decent growth in the last couple months. I continue to get increased viewers, subscribers, and watch time. However, I’m still below the monetization level for YouTube so I’m not earning any money from that effort. I’m hoping to hit the monetization level before Labor Day and be monetized again in September at the earliest.

    I’m a small YouTuber that started just so I could share videos of my Alaska vacation, but it’s turned into so much more than that.

    My original goal with earning income on YouTube was to earn at least $600 dollars a month to help pay for the additional daycare expenses for my daughter. Any amount of money would help our financial situation since we had increased expenses and I wanted to work less as well.

    I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger. Even though I’d let that income and blog life go, I had seen hundreds of others do the same and more by reading their online income reports. If people could earn tens of thousands a month online, surely I could earn $600 a month.

    Income reports inspired me to try to work harder and do more while building my online income through my YouTube channel

    While I’m not earning a full time income online currently, I am happy to show that I’ve grown my income to hit that goal each month and I’ve been able to help a lot of people along the way. It’s amazing that we can earn money creating and sharing content online.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel last month:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this new journey!