• May 2019 Online Income Report – $861.08

    In May I had a huge realization that more money is the key to most of our financial dilemmas and I personally could earn more money than I currently am earning through side hustles like YouTube.

    At first I thought I needed to go back to work full time and hit the overtime hours but my husband reminded me that the time I have with Penny at this age is precious… and I can earn more online than I can selling my time at my day job.

    Growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals and that focus matters so much to my family right now!

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    I’m sharing my online income reports as a YouTuber (my main priority these days even though I started years ago as a blogger) to show people that it is possible to make money online. Lots of people want to know how much small youtubers make and if you can make money from a small YouTube channel.

    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.

    earning money online - income report pennies not perfection

    My original goal was to earn at least $600 dollars a month to help pay for the additional daycare expenses for my daughter. I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger and I had seen hundreds of others do the same and more. If people could earn tens of thousands a month online, surely I could earn $600 a month.

    While I’m not earning a full time income online 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.

    Previous Online Income Reports

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

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    As you can see from past income reports, my online income in 2019 has been trending much higher than my income last year. The growth is not viral or explosive but it is moving up every single month.

    I’m consistently earning $700-$800 a month now when I was only earning $300-500 last year. That might not seem huge since it’s small numbers but that means I have doubled my monthly online income!

    My goal for a while now is to bump up to the $1,000 a month mark consistently with the income I’m generating from the online business activities. It’s amazing to think that it’s within reach and soon I could be earning $1,000 per month.

    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.

    May 2019 Online Income Report

    Here are the main income sources broken down by what I earned for the month. I’ve included referral links to each if you want to join too!

    Total Income: $861.08

    This is the amount earned in May 2019, before any fees, expenses, or taxes.

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone before it hits my bank account. I also won’t be paid all of it in the month it is earned since each source pays out at different times.

    What I Worked On In May 2019

    In May I worked on a few different priorities all designed to keep growing the online income I’m already generating.

    Consistent videos.

    In May I worked on consistently creating videos for my YouTube channel. While I don’t create a blog post for every video, I still want to make sure I’m creating content because every video is an opportunity to earn money and for more people to find my channel.

    Some videos I create take a lot of work and others can be created in 20-30 minutes from start to finish. I like having the variety on the channel but even with doing some easier videos it is still a lot of work. After working a full day and going to the gym, sometimes I just don’t want to make videos and that can affect the consistency in a negative way.

    I’ve not set myself a schedule for content but instead am aiming for a minimum of 3 videos a week. This is a pretty good level of content and something that feels achievable for me. I’d love to get to 5 videos a week or even daily but I’m happy with setting my goal at 3 per week now while I’m working just under 40 hours a week.

    Took an affiliate marketing course.

    I decided to invest in myself and my business to get to the next level in May which means I signed up for and took my very first course! I already am earning a small income with affiliate marketing but I wanted some guidance for how to take that to the next level, so I signed up for Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

    I worried that it wasn’t going to be beneficial enough to justify the cost since I wasn’t a newbie, but I’ve been happy with the course and the information I learned. I did learn some new things and picked up some strategy ideas that I hadn’t come across before. I’m praying that these things when implemented can take my affiliate income to that next level.

    I started the course at the end of May, so nothing has been implemented yet. It was simply the fact that I finally decided to invest in myself by taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course instead of feeling like it wasn’t worth it or I couldn’t afford it.

    Started designs for Etsy shop.

    I also started working on the beginnings of an Etsy shop that I plan to open in June. I worked with my father-in-law on some illustrations for debt payoff charts and plan to sell these as printables. It’s something I personally love using in my own journey so I’m happy to share another possibility for people.

    I’m also playing around with other potential options. I’ve been making paper flowers for years now, could I sell those? Or the patterns to them? I’ve been using stickers in my planner for a long time, could I make and sell stickers? There are a ton of options that I can explore in the coming months.

    Just getting started on some products I can sell is exciting and I’m thrilled to open up another source of income for future income reports. Even if it’s not a huge success money wise I’ve learned that every little bit adds up!

    May 2019 Online Income Wins

    Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income in May!

    $100 in a day.

    Yep, I earned over $100 in one day. This is not the norm for me obviously, but it has really opened my eyes to the possibilities of growth in online income.

    If I currently earn $10 or more each day, why couldn’t I earn $100 or more each day? If I can earn $100 in a day, why couldn’t I earn $100 every day? Doing something once makes it much more likely that I can repeat and reproduce that success.

    Test, win, reproduce, repeat. Seems like the equation to online income success.

    Income over $800.

    Like I’ve mentioned, my first goal was to get to earning at least $600 a month, which represents what we pay in daycare costs each month (even though it now is directed at our student loan debt snowball).

    I’ve been hitting that amount and more each month for this whole year. Hitting over $800 in the month of May reminded me that I can achieve the goals I set for myself and I just need to keep raising that bar.

    The next bar of online income is a nice consistent $1,000 a month number. Can I do it? I think I can.

    Feeling motivated.

    It’s great that leaving the month of May one of my big wins is feeling motivated.

    For so long I struggled with the motivation to work on anything related to online activities.  I let the income I did generate dwindle to nothing and failed to capitalize on past successes all because I was unmotivated. While I know that motivation is fleeting and not reliable, it really does help.

    I’m incredibly motivated to keep working on this online income thing. It’s a puzzle I know can be cracked (I’ve seen people do it). This is something I plan to keep working towards until I figure out how to hit the goals I want to achieve for myself.

    May 2019 YouTube Income

    My YouTube income was consistent this month. I’ve heard from several creators that they had bad months in May for Youtube revenue but I’m lucky to have hit a very similar number to April.

    In May, my channel grew by 274 subscribers. This number isn’t incredibly large but it shows consistent growth. Most channels grow rapidly by having a video or two go viral and I know that could happen at any time. But I’m very happy with the current rate of steady upwards growth until that next spike of subscribers occurs.

    I improved my impressions click-thru-rate in May by focusing on creating better thumbnails for videos. This rate meas­ures how of­ten view­ers watched a video after see­ing an im­pres­sion. I knew I had room to grow here so I went back and picked some of the most popular videos I had that had slowed in growth and then made them better thumbnails.

    What I’m Working On Next

    So what’s on tap for June? I’ve got a few things planned:

    Start my Etsy shop. June is the month where I’m planning to stop stalling and take the plunge to open my Etsy shop! This is something I’ve been working on behind the scenes and it’s finally time to really do it and actually offer things people can purchase.

    Implement what I’ve learned. After taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing I had pages and pages of notes and ideas to implement. While everything won’t be immediate I plan to start working on the strategies I noted.

    Update my other channel. I have two channels but one gets very little attention. I’d like to at least start making 1 video a week or every other week there. I get less watch time and a lower CPM on that channel but there is a large potential for growth and all the videos are evergreen.

    Consistent video production. At least 3 videos per week on my channel between budget videos, car chats, and weekend vlogs that I’m currently doing to work on improving my editing skills.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey!

  • April 2019 Online Income Report – $778.95

    While this online income report is a bit delayed, I have gone back to doing monthly income reports.

    Creating and growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals that I need to focus on it each month.

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    I’m sharing my online income reports as a YouTuber (my main priority these days even though I started years ago as a blogger) to show people that it is possible to make money online.

    Lots of people want to know how much small youtubers make and if you can make money from a small YouTube channel.

    online income report from youtube and etsy

    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 was to earn at least $600 dollars a month to help pay for the additional daycare expenses for my daughter. I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger and I had seen hundreds of others do the same and more. If people could earn tens of thousands a month online, surely I could earn $600 a month.

    While I’m not earning a full time income online 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. What a world we live in!

    Previous Income Reports

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

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    As you can see from past income reports, my online income in 2019 has been trending much higher than my income last year. The growth is not viral or explosive but it is moving up every single month.

    I’m consistently earning $700-$800 a month now when I was only earning $300-500 last year. That might not seem huge since it’s small numbers but that means I have doubled my monthly online income!

    My goal for a while now is to bump up to the $1,000 a month mark consistently with the income I’m generating from the online business activities. It’s amazing to think that it’s within reach and soon I could be earning $1,000 per month.

    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.

    April 2019 Online Income Report

    I missed my monthly online income reports so I’m bringing it back to do each month!

    Earning money online is such an amazing thing and I’m blessed to be able to do it. I’m really starting to see the potential it has to bring me to the freedom I want! Im a small youtuber but this is my favorite side hustle to earn money because even though it has taken a ton of work upfront, I can do it while being around my baby and family. I don’t have to leave to sell more of my time for money. I can keep side hustling and earning money online to get to freedom!

    Here are the main income sources broken down by what I earned for the month. I’ve included

    referral links to each if you want to join too!

    Total Income: $778.95

    This is the amount earned in April 2019, before any fees, expenses, or taxes.

    That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone before it hits my bank account. I also won’t be paid all of it in the month it is earned since each source pays out at different times.

    April 2019 YouTube Income

    My YouTube income was great in April considering the ad revenue for the spring and summer months seems to be less high for most people. I know a couple YouTubers in my niche that have said the last couple months have been their worst. Ad rates are definitely lower now versus the last quarter of the year.

    I consistently made new videos in April which has helped keep the income coming in and giving me more videos in the library that people can find.

    I did hit a lull in subscriber growth in April. I grew to 5,000 subscribers quickly in 2018 but the growth slowed down in the first couple months of this year. Continuing to grow my audience on YouTube is something I’m hoping to work on in coming months.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel:

    Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey!

  • April – March 2019 – Online Income Report – $2,379.28

    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 am going to be talking about today.

    I’m calling it an online income report since it not only incorporates this blog’s eventual income but also YouTube earnings. 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 work after having my baby. I’m not sure I’ll ever stop working a regular job, but having income coming in from other sources gives me many more options!

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    A couple months ago I decided to take my online income seriously after years of just being a hobby blogger and then not making content at all besides for fun.

    During that time 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 I had stopped blogging, did nothing online, and then fell into the world of online video. If nothing else, I want to see what I can do in this new medium.

    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 Online Income Reports

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

    Online Income Reports – Pennies Not Perfection

    My goal for a while now is to bump up to the $1,000 a month mark consistently with the income I’m generating from the online business activities. It’s amazing to think that it’s within reach and soon I could be earning $1,000 per month.

    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.

    Q1 2019 Online Income 

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

    January Online Income: $855.44

    • Affiliate Marketing
    • Advertising 

    February Online Income: $817.57

    • Affiliate Marketing 
    • Advertising 
    • MLM
      • Advocare – $91.71

    March Online Income: $706.26

    • Affiliate Marketing 
      • Awin  – $131.42
      • Amazon – $198.54
      • ShareASale – $0.99
    • Advertising 
    • MLM
      • Advocare – $22.00

    Total Income: $2,379.28

    Online Income Results

    My goal is to earn $500 monthly online and I exceeded that goal every month! I’m really thrilled with that progress considering last year I didn’t hit my goal several months. It just shows that the efforts build upon themselves as you continue to work on it, even if you aren’t working on it with 100% focus.

    Over $700 per month for Q1 is a great result. I’m still keeping my goal of $500 per month all year since I know things can change but I’d like to hope back up to that next level of income over $1,000 a month. That will go a long way toward paying off debt and moving us toward freedom.

    Affiliate Earnings

    This is an area I’d like to continue to grow more because there is a lot of potential here based on my reading of other blogger and vlogger income reports.

    I only recommend sites and products I believe in and either have bought for myself or would by for someone I love. Because of this I find affiliate earnings a way to share what I love and also be paid to help people at the same time. It gets a bad rap because some people use it in a shady way but I think it’s a really awesome thing. I also think I have a lot of room to grow in this area.

    YouTube Earnings

    YouTube earnings have been consistent which has been great as blog advertising income drastically dropped overall (it is not a huge focus currently but may be in the future).

    My channel is normally earning between $250-$300 in a 4 week period. That’s fantastic considering a year ago at this time I was earning $20 and then demonetized.

    That means in a year I’ve grown my income by a multiple of 10. It doesn’t seem like a big deal when it’s just $250 a month, but it’s a huge deal when I think of the snowball effect and consider what this amount will be if it’s multiplied by another 10. That is some serious money.

    What Didn’t Work Well 

    I didn’t have much time to do anything besides make videos. I have been dealing with personal stuff on top of work and taking care of Penny so it leaves less time for working on this little once again growing side hustle.

    Another thing that didn’t work well was my focus on the things that work well. I suffer from the common affliction of chasing the shiny new thing, so I tend to lose focus on the work that matters. I think some accountability or a mastermind group might help keep me on track here so it might be something I need to find.

    What Worked Well

    I think consistent video creation has worked well on my YouTube channel.

    I’ve grown my channel to over 5,000 subscribers which is insane since my goal last year was just to hit 3,000 – and that was a stretch goal.

    People are finding my channel more frequently and seem to like my content. A planner budgeting community has developed with many bigger channels and my mid-size channel. It is pretty exciting to see how it continues to grow!

    Goals For Q2 2019

    What I’m planning for next quarter:

    • Open my Etsy shop!
    • Continue at least 3x videos a week on YouTube

    Popular Videos

    I’ve been making videos regularly over the last three months. That is the one consistent thing I’ve been able to do with this online income journey despite my desire to do even more. Making videos is something I enjoy and the one thing I’m likely to do before anything else on my to-do list.

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel last quarter:

  • October 2018 Online Income Report – $558.70

    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 am going to be talking about today.

    I’m calling it an online income report since it not only incorporates this blog income (well, eventual income) but also YouTube earnings. 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 work after having my baby. I’m not sure I’ll ever stop working a regular job, but having income coming in from other sources gives me many more options!

    online income earning money with computer - pennies not perfection

    Why Share An Online Income Report

    A couple months ago I decided to take my blog seriously after years of just being a hobby blogger.

    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 blog was abandoned for a couple years. If nothing else, I want to see what I can do.

    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

    As you can see from past income reports, my online income in 2018 has been up and down since I started.

    While I started strong with my online income at $500 it’s dipped down to just $300 and has no been consistent despite creating more content.

    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.

    October Online Income 

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

    • Affiliate Marketing: $350.51
    • Advertising: $208.19

    Total Income: $558.70

    I hit my goal of $500 earned for the month!

    YouTube Earnings

    My goal at the beginning of the year was to earn $600 a month on YouTube between my two channels.

    My YouTube channel outperformed all expectations I had for income this past month. I earned over $90 from my channel which blew me away! I’ve been grinding away making videos whenever I had time around my work / baby / social schedule so I wasn’t sure how much more I’d earn now versus when I was monetized before. Apparently the answer is 5 times more!

    It’s nice to see that the work I’ve been putting into videos and my channel has started to pay off. It makes me want to double down on the Youtube channel because I know if I can earn $90 and have $10 days then I really can earn $600. Or more. I see the huge potential there as a content platform.

    I also watched my niece watch YouTube videos one after another after another last night. She could do it for hours. I have no doubt that because kids love YouTube so much that the platform has a bright future. Perhaps all these little ones growing up on the site will eventually hop over to my adult content and learn a little bit about budgeting and living a healthy,

    What Didn’t Work Well 

    I didn’t focus on consolidating my outdated defunct blogs as much because the work is tedious and doesn’t thrill me. I know I need to move the content over but it’s not as much fun so I keep pushing it off.

    I also didn’t do much with Pinterest. I know that Pinterest can be key to a bigger source of traffic but it’s just so mysterious to me in some ways so I keep putting it off. I did make a Pinteresty type image for a couple posts.

    What Worked Well

    I ran a very loose content schedule for the month and that helped with video production especially. I definitely moved things around as I went but having a basic structure helped immensely so I knew which videos I needed to work on and when. I’m thinking about buying another planner to try and stay more organized with my content creation in 2019.

    Amazon income was up for the month thanks to improved website and YouTube video search rankings. I’ve been low key focusing on fixing SEO problems and improving what I can with minimal effort. With affiliate income I’ve noticed you don’t need huge amounts of traffic, you just need the right traffic. So focusing on SEO and improving the searches that bring people in is helping connect those people to the products I use.

    I also focused on registry bounties on Amazon and that source of income has been consistently growing. I’d like to find more ways to implement this since I personally use a ton of Amazon services in my own life.

    My youtube channel has also grown and the first month of remonetization was quite exciting!

    I did not expect to earn over $90 in my first month of monetization but it seems that some of my recent content about budgeting has hit with an audience. I know I personally like watching videos about money and budgeting so maybe I’ve just found my people!

    The growth of the channel seems to be continuing so I’m focused on making several videos each week.

    Goals For November

    What I’m planning for November:

    • Make 3 videos for YouTube per week
    • Comment on an average of 3 other channels
    • Create at least 1-2 blog posts per week
    • Work on Pinterest strategy! Do it!
    • Earn $500 for the month in extra income

    Popular Videos

    Content creation has gone well despite limited time! I managed to write a number of posts and create YouTube videos every week.

    Listing out all the posts I did in October reminds me that I actually did create a decent amount of content!

    Popular YouTube videos on my channel last month:

  • 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.

    online income earning money with etsy pennies not perfection

    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.

    earning money online - income report pennies not perfection

    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!