Welcome to my monthly online income report! And to the biggest income report so far! November 2019 was my best online income month yet!

Each month here on the blog I share what I earned from online endeavors like this personal finance blogmy YouTube channel, and my Etsy shop. I like sharing real numbers to inspire myself and others.

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I know that earning more online income could stop me from working 45 hours each week so I’ve tried to squeeze as much work into online income generating activities as possible. Because I’m back to working full time hours for a season I’m unable to put more than a few hours each week into my online income activities, but the income this month has me hopeful that I can continue growing the income by being extremely helpful and reaching more people.

Growing my online income is so important to my current financial goals and that focus matters so much to my family right now! It also means that as my income grows, I’m helping more people.

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 over the two years that I’ve been making videos on YouTube.

Once I realized I could also earn money with the videos, I decided to set a goal of making YouTube into a side hustle. 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. Those two things don’t go together without added stress, so my plan was to increase my side hustle income!

I knew that earning money online was possible because I had done it once before as a blogger on a small scale and 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 original online income goal 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 all of them 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 $1,000 a month now when I was only earning $300-500 last year when I started tracking my online income. That might not seem huge since it’s small numbers but that means I have doubled my monthly online income!

It’s amazing to think that I have earned over $1,000 a month with Pennies Not Perfection and other online activities these past few months.

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

November 2019 Online Income Report

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

  • Advertising – $521.55
  • Affiliates – $798.99
  • Etsy Products – $134.88

Total Income: $1,455.42

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

That means I don’t keep all of it it and at least 25% will be gone for taxes 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.

However, I must say with much excitement: I hit my goal two months in a row! I made $1,000 in a month! Again!

I hit the goal of earning $1,000 in a month from mostly YouTube generated activity which is insane and exciting and worth all the work that has gone into it. I’ve been making videos for over 2 years now and not a single one has gone viral, though people who’ve been inspired by my videos did in fact go viral with theirs. It just goes to show that continuing on until a video or to hits still equals a steady increase in income.

What I Worked On In November 2019

In November I worked on a few different priorities both growing income sources I already had and creating new ones.

Made affiliate marketing improvements.

I continued with my implementation of tweaks I learned from taking the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. I feel like this has helped me save a lot of time, even if this month’s affiliate income does not reflect it!

I added additional affiliate marketing programs for products to my list finally! I plan to keep my number of promoted affiliate partnerships to under 20 so that they are manageable and never something I haven’t used myself.

This month I added two investing platforms that I currently use for different purposes in our overall portfolio. Since I’m only adding affiliate partners that I love and use, this felt like a good extension since I’ve been wanting to talk about investing for a long time. I’ve been investing for over a decade now but I just never talk about it!

Adding new affiliate partners in the coming months and continuing to make tweaks on my existing ones should help increase the affiliate revenue. I’m very happy with the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course so far because it’s helped me focus into a better direction.

Added products to my Etsy shop.

I continued to add more products to my Etsy shop and I added several new ones and made even more sales. The amount of revenue is very similar to last month so I believe if I continue to add products that will grow the product sales revenue.

It also means that the $135 I earned last month was not a fluke! I wasn’t sure if I literally earned 10 times more last month as a fluke or if it meant my shop was finally taking off. Based on this repeat month, I think it means it was working! So for now I plan to keep going along with my strategy of creating and adding products! The more products I have the more opportunities I have to make a sale.

November 2019 Online Income Wins

Time to celebrate some things that went right with online income in the month of November!

Income over $1,000.

Like I’ve mentioned, my first goal with online income was to get to earning at least $600 a month to help pay for daycare and debt payments. More recently I challenged myself to start hitting $1,000 a month.

This month I feel like I sailed right past that $1k mark and really blew it out of the water with

This is the best side hustle. I love being able to earn online income through making videos, writing blog posts, recommending and creating products that help other people. This allows me to be creative, supportive, and encouraging. All the things I want to be in life.

Affiliate marketing income over $500.

I’ve had a private goal to increase my affiliate marketing income to over $500 for a while now. I felt like providing useful content around this would ultimately get me to a place where I was earning more with my affiliate partners.

I love affiliate marketing because it’s such a great way to earn money but you are also providing value by connecting people to the products and services they need. You aren’t asking them for money or taking any from them – it all comes from a mission from the company!

What I’m Working On Next

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

Grow the products in my Etsy shop. I haven’t dedicated nearly enough time to my Etsy shop and the items in it but I want to create more items and also promote what is already there. I have a big goal of eventually getting to 50 items listed in 2019 so I’m hoping I can continue to add products and grow the amount of listing and sales.

Create more affiliate focused videos. I made a couple affiliate product focused videos and they did quite well for my channel based on the response and the income. After taking Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing I have so many ideas to implement and just need to find the time to do so. I’m planning to create more affiliate focused videos by focusing on single products and being super helpful in the content. I honestly never want to create anything that isn’t helpful to at least one person.

I also plan to participate in Vlogmas next month when December ad revenue is high and when affiliate marketing income is high as well. I’m hoping for another high income month!

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Thanks for reading/watching/following along with this online income journey! Stay tuned for more online income reports.

Mary is the founder of Pennies Not Perfection where she teaches how to make online income to build wealth and gain freedom. She quit her day job in 2021 after she doubled her salary.

Mary's favorite free financial tool is Personal Capital. She uses their free tools to track investments, grow her net worth and work toward to financial freedom.

Her favorite investment platform is M1 Finance, where she built a custom portfolio for free with no fees. She shares her portfolio growth and savings progress every month on YouTube.