My August Blog Income Report – $90,188.40

Welcome to August’s online income report where I show you how I made money online last month. It’s time to look at this month’s update and track how I did. If you’re new here, you may be wondering why I would want to publish my income report each month. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: March 19, 2022

Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you decide to make a purchase via my links, I may earn a commission at no additional cost to you. See my disclosure for more info.

In August of 2016, I earned $90,188.40 blogging. Yes, just one month! I share everything in my income reports so if you want to learn how to make money blogging, you need to check this out.Welcome to August’s online income report where I show you how I made money online last month. It’s time to look at this month’s update and track how I did.

If you’re new here, you may be wondering why I would want to publish my income report each month. You can simply skip to the next section if you’re not new here.

This all started out as my extra income report because in the beginning, it was all about the money I was earning from my side jobs. In my side income reports from the beginning, I included all of the income I made except for what I made at my day job.

However, I left my day job as a financial analyst in October of 2013 and now my monthly income reports consist of the many ways I earn a living.

Many have asked why I would ever want to publicly post my income each month. Some think I’m crazy, whereas some are glad I’m open about what I’m doing. Whatever you think, I enjoy publishing my monthly online income reports and I share them publicly for three main reasons:

  1. Before I started blogging, I knew nothing about side hustling and making money online. I didn’t think side jobs were worth the effort and I thought the only way to significantly increase your income was through raises at your full-time job. If it weren’t for others publishing their monthly income reports, I don’t know if I would have ever tried side hustling. I want to help show others the positives in side hustling and how it can change a person’s life. There are many different ways to make money online, and I like to share my story each month to help motivate others to improve their financial situation by making more money.
  2. Secondly, I like to publish my income reports because it’s a way for me to look back, learn from my mistakes and actually see what areas need improvement. I use my monthly income reports as a way to track how I’ve done and I treat it sort of like a journal.
  3. Lastly, I like to show others that making side money is possible and that there are many legitimate ways to make money from your home. If you are looking for information on the many ways to make money online, I published the article Monthly Income Report Roundup that showcases many successful bloggers who are kind enough to share their income with the public each month.

I know I say this every month, but it’s the truth. Life is great now that I’m my own boss and a full-time blogger. I look forward to each and every day and it’s a wonderful feeling. I truly love waking up every single morning.

Above are just a few of the reasons for why I enjoy publishing my monthly income reports. I like to show others that you don’t have to hate your job and hate your life. You can make changes to your life and make money in a way that allows you to truly enjoy the life you are living. I’m not saying that you have to LOVE your job, I’m just saying that your job should, at least, allow you to do what you like to do outside of work (whether that be spending time with loved ones, painting, hiking, etc.).

 

How was my business income in August?

I earned $90,188.40 online in August, before expenses.

August was a great month. I was able to catch up on a lot of work that I had to put on hold while I focused primarily on my course over the spring and summer months. I’m now around 1.5 months ahead when it comes to blog posts on Making Sense of Cents, which is a great feeling!

If you’re a blogger, I recommend checking out my blogging course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I share my exact strategy and tips in this very informative online course. If you’re a blogger, then you NEED this course.

Page views are still down, but income is at a great level. This is why I always say that blog income is not 100% dependent on page views. I will be honest, though, I do hope that page views increase in the near future. I believe that they will once the summer months are over.

Anyway, my business is growing, income is increasing significantly, I have tons of awesome ideas for the rest of the year, and I am just extremely excited about everything. I really love my business and I don’t know where I would be without it.

The business is doing well and I’m very happy with it. I’ve been catching myself saying “Life is really good” a LOT lately. And, I mean it. Life is really good. 

If you are interested in starting a blog of your own, I created a tutorial that will help you start a blog of your own for cheap, starting at only $2.95 per month (this low price is only through my link) for blog hosting. In addition to the low pricing, you will receive a free website domain (a $15 value) through my Bluehost link if you purchase, at least, 12 months of blog hosting. FYI, if you are asking yourself “can you make money blogging?” – my top tip is to be self-hosted. This is essential if you want to monetize your blog as you will appear more professional and this will help you monetize your blog tremendously. My blogging income did not take off until after I switched to self-hosted WordPress.

Business Income Chart
This graphic only goes back to 2015. You can find all of my income reports here

Breakout of August 2016 income – $90,188.40:

The income amount above is for the month of August and before any fees or expenses (some fees and expenses that lower the amount above total around $3,500 (rounded up), which include virtual assistants, technical assistance, newsletter expenses, affiliate fees for my course, PayPal fees, Stripe fees, etc., however, this does not include taxes) being taken out. After expenses and fees, I made approximately $86,688.

Please keep in mind that I work for myself when you read my monthly income report. This means I have to cover taxes (which are over 30%), health insurance, and all other benefits/expenses that an employer may provide.

Check out The Ultimate Guide To Making Money Blogging for all of the different ways you can make money through a blog.

Below are some of my other monthly online income reports. I publish an online income update every month but only included some of them below as it would be a very long list. If you head on over to my income page you can find all of my monthly income reports from the past few years.

 

Comparisons and 2016 online income total:

  • Total income in August of 2016: $90,188
  • Total income in July of 2016: $112,595
  • Difference from the previous month: 22,407
  • Total in 2016: $578,654

 

Blog news.

Making Sense of Cents is doing very well and I’m very happy with everything.

Overall, traffic dipped slightly due to the summer (traffic always seems to go down in the summer months) and I received around 400,000 page views.

I’m finally well ahead when it comes to blog posts, so I plan on using the next month to complete some maintenance on my blog and spend time on a new SEO mastermind I’m in with a few other bloggers. This mastermind will last 3 months and since I’ve never spent any time on SEO, I’m excited to see how it turns out.

Also, September will be a great month. I’m going to FinCon, which is the Financial Blogger’s Conference. It’s my favorite conference ever and is always a ton of fun. I learn things while I’m there too, haha. Will you be there? If you see me, please say hello!

Below are several blog-related updates:

  • I released my How To Start A Blog FREE Course. If you’ve been wanting to start a blog, then check this out. I recently created an email course for those who are interested in starting a blog, but haven’t made the leap yet. It’s completely free, and over 4,000 people have already signed up just in the past few months. Thank you to everyone who has sent me kind emails about how great the course is. I don’t know why I didn’t do this sooner!
  • Due to how well my first free course went, in August I created the free Master Your Money email course. It’s full of great money management lessons and financial worksheets (such as a free budget template), and I’m loving the positive response from this email course as well. What should I create next?
  • I’m still thinking about creating a free personal finance support group on Facebook. Would you be interested? This would be a place where everyone can talk about money freely, seek support and help, and so on.
  • In April, I switched to ConvertKit. Aweber was great, but Convertkit just makes sending a newsletter effectively so much easier.. The switch has been going very well so far. I never really understood email marketing before, but ConvertKit makes it so easy and now I feel like I’m an expert! ConvertKit has really helped me to improve my affiliate income even though my page views have been down.
  • In March, I started using BoardBooster. Tailwind was great, but I needed something that would help me save more time. BoardBooster takes a moment to set up in the beginning, but then it runs very smoothly from there. I highly recommend checking out BoardBooster and using it for your blog! I love how much less time I now spend on Pinterest. Now, I only use Tailwind as a way to schedule other bloggers’ images to my board. Both are great services, so you can’t go wrong choosing one (or both).
  • Also, there is currently a GREAT Pinterest bonus that you receive if you purchase Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. I learned my Pinterest strategy from Rosemarie at The Busy Budgeter. She is currently selling her Pinterest strategy for $46 (great value!), or you can also get it for free if you purchase Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Rosemarie is a Pinterest consultant and helps bloggers increase their Pinterest traffic tremendously. Because I am a huge believer in how Pinterest can help you to improve your affiliate income, I asked Rosemarie to share her Pinterest strategy for my course as a guest instructor lesson. I use this same exact strategy for Pinterest, and it has helped to increase my traffic tremendously.

Also, I have received many questions recently about how I’m staying connected to the internet so that I can work and travel in my RV at the same time. I use a Verizon Mifi and I am able to stay connected pretty much anywhere with it. It really comes in handy because you can’t always trust free wifi. Sometimes free wifi is slow, hard to find, or not safe. I don’t know what I would do without this device!

Top new posts on Making Sense of Cents last month:

 

Featured Question: What do you do when you’re feeling blogger burnout?

I feature one question from a reader in each monthly income report. Please leave a comment below if you have a question that you would like me to answer. 

Blogging burnout is a feeling that causes many bloggers to stop blogging or to take a break from blogging. It can feel frustrating when you can’t seem to write a single word or if you just aren’t feeling motivated.

I’ve been blogging for a little over five years now, with around 3 years of that being full-time blogging. It’s something that I love a lot and I couldn’t imagine life any other way.

However, that doesn’t mean that blogging is perfect and that everything is all flowers and butterflies all the time.

Blogging burnout can mean many things, but it can be when you are just tired of writing, when you can’t even think of what to write, or when you’re tired that your life revolves around your blog.

Here are my tips for when you’re feeling blogger burnout.

  1. Take a blogging break. At times, you just need to take a break so that you can feel more refreshed and motivated about blogging. Even if you just take a day off every now and then, that is much better than nothing. When I am trying to write a blog post but just nothing good comes from it, I will usually take a break by going for a hike, or even just shutting my laptop for the day. Forced blog posts are usually never good, so I recommend taking a break instead.
  2. Publish less content. I used to publish a blog post nearly every single day. However, I have recently cut that down to 2-3 times per week, and it has really helped me to manage a better work-life balance. Plus, I now have more time to promote each of my blog posts and I think that has really helped my blog grow (as well as my income). Big bloggers always say this “You should spend 20% of your time writing your content and 80% of the time promoting it.” I definitely agree with that!
  3. Network with other bloggers. Attending conferences and networking with other bloggers can help you to feel motivated about blogging again. I’m attending FinCon later this month and it always makes me incredibly excited about blogging every year.
  4. Outsource tasks you don’t like. If there are tasks that you don’t like when it comes to blogging, then you should outsource them. This can make blogging much more enjoyable for you.
  5. Read outside your niche. As a blogger, it can be quite easy to devote pretty much everything to your blog and your niche. Every now and then, though, you should spend some time to read something that is not related to your blog at all.
  6. Make time for life. If you’re lacking a realistic work-life balance, then you need to schedule in time for life and fun so that life is not all about work.

What’s my top tip? My top tip for being a blogger is to work ahead as much as you can. This is what I do, and this helps so that I’m not scrambling at the last moment to create and publish content. This way, if I am just not feeling like I am in the mood to write content, I can just take the day off and it’s not stressful.

Past featured questions:

 

My plans for my website and making money online.

Without plans and goals, it would be very hard to run a business. I believe that working towards a goal can help keep a person motivated.

Below are some of the areas I am currently working on:

  • Promote more. I am doing much better at promoting my articles and I’m noticing a huge improvement. One area is still Pinterest, and it brought around 150,000 clicks to my blog just in the month of August. I would like to see this number be at 500,000 or higher by the end of the year.
  • Continue learning. I recently joined a new SEO mastermind and I am doing a ton of reading on SEO. It’s a topic I’ve never spent time on, but that will be changing over the next few months.
  • Accept more interviews.  I took part in quite a few interviews in August due to the release of my course.
  • Double my business income. Yes, I said double. I would love to double 2015’s income. That means I will need to average around $53,000 a month. Currently, I am well on track with this goal! In fact, in 2015 I earned $320,888, which means that I’ve already made more in 2016 than I made in all of 2015!
  • Increase my page views to 1,000,000 each month. I realize this is a superficial goal, but it’s quantifiable and that’s what I like about it. I would like to hit one million page views a month before the year ends. My plan is to focus more on Pinterest, Facebook, and SEO. Wish me luck!

 

Affiliate income.

Overall, I earned $61,262 in affiliate income in August, as outlined above.

I’m still a huge fan of affiliate income, of course. It’s something that I enjoy due to how passive it can feel. It makes full-time traveling much more enjoyable when I know I can bring in an income while having a ton of fun exploring new places.

Affiliate income increased in August, and this is the highest month for affiliate income that I’ve had. This is interesting because it’s also one of the lowest months for page views that I’ve had in quite some time.

As I always say, blogging income is not dependent on page views. If you know the correct way to promote a product, you can succeed at affiliate marketing. This is something I teach heavily in my Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.

My affiliate strategy course went live on July 5, 2016. I’ve already had around 500 people sign up for the course, and I’d love to have you as well!

In Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, there are 6 modules, over 30 lessons, several worksheets, bonuses, an extremely helpful and exclusive Facebook group, and more. I go through everything that you need to know about affiliate marketing, such as:

  • What affiliate marketing is and how it works
  • Why affiliate marketing is great
  • The exact steps I’ve taken to earn over $300,000 from a single blog post
  • How to pick the right affiliate products to promote
  • How to increase conversions
  • How to build trust and not lose followers
  • Required disclosures that you need to know about
  • The one major tool you need for affiliate marketing
  • Different strategies to use to promote your affiliate products
  • How to use Pinterest to succeed at affiliate marketing (yes, this includes the newest Pinterest affiliate rules!)

This course is anything and everything about affiliate marketing. This course is perfect for you whether you are a new blogger or if you’ve been blogging for years, no matter what topic your blog is about, where you live, and so on. I wrote this course so that it would benefit everyone, and there is so much to learn from it!

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Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Author: Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Hey! I’m Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I am the founder of Making Sense of Cents. I’m passionate about all things personal finance, side hustles, making extra money, and online businesses. I have been featured in major publications such as Forbes, CNBC, Time, and Business Insider. Learn more here.

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  1. WOW great month!!!

  2. Mike L Weber

    I find it very interesting that you were making 48K from a single affiliate – I would assume those kind of referral fees are a small percentage of the affiliates revenue. How much can they really be making to afford to pay you so much? What was the timeframe around these fees?

    1. I’m assuming they earn a lot from repeat customers and add ons. What do you mean by “timeframe” so that I can better understand and answer your question?

      1. Mike L Weber

        Looking at the Bluehost website, it looks like they pay you $65 per referral that results in a purchase…so, that means 745 people used your link, went to Bluehost, and signed up for service. That’s a lot large per referral fee than I would have thought (and a lot more people getting service than I would have guessed.) The time frame question referred to whether this was a single months worth of referrals which I assume it is. In any case, congrats!

        1. Yes, this is a single months worth of referrals (August to be exact). I do receive more than $65 per referral (I negotiated a higher rate).

  3. Continued success Michelle!

  4. Amazing figures, especially the Bluehost affiliate income. Doing a bit of back-of-an-envelope math, and assuming the default $65 per referral (though I’m sure you have a customized plan with Bluehost ;-)), over 700 people are signing up with Bluehost and creating their own blogs each month because of you. Must be a great feeling. Well done.

  5. Kate @ Cashville Skyline

    Congratulations on another amazing month, Michelle! August was my first month of being self-employed (although I was still receiving a severance from the layoff). I’m really enjoying it so far and I’m slowly adding clients that align with my long-term goals. I can’t wait for FinCon!

    1. Can’t wait to see you at FinCon!

  6. Great tips for avoiding burnout. I posted about that a couple of weeks ago as I had to slow down to avoid burnout. It really helped and I’m recovering these days 😉

  7. Another great month, congrats! I’m sure your page views will start to increase now that we’re out of the summer months. Also great tips on blogger burnout… we’ve all been there!!

  8. We made $1,025 last month. We’re pretty happy because that’s the third month in a row that we’ve been around that figure. Hoping that we’ve finally broken the resistance at that level and that it will be consistent.

    We’ll be putting some of your ideas into play over the next couple of months.This is a long term thing for us, so we’re not in any rush.

    Thanks for writing.

  9. Aliyyah @RichAndHappyBlog

    I earned $1,200 last month – all of it from freelancing. I would love to add affiliate marketing to the mix. I’ve already seen a few dollars come in from promoting survey companies (thanks for the tip on that!).

  10. Adam

    Hi Michelle,

    Are your survey numbers a result of affiliates or of you doing a ton of surveys each month?

    1. Hello! Survey income above is all under “affiliate income” as you can see 🙂

      1. Adam

        Do’h! Should of seen that. Thanks for clarifying though. =)

  11. I have an old one of those, but I’ll definitely have to do an update 🙂

  12. Have fun at Fincon! I really thought about going this year, but alas, still breastfeeding! That’s life with a baby. But as Mr. Mt keep reminding me, we are DONE. So I should be free as a bird next year. Well as free as a mom with 5 kids can be. =)

    1. Definitely have to go next year! 🙂

  13. Wow! Another great month! Well done! 🙂 I too had my best month in regards to affiliate marketing (thanks to taking your course!). Can’t wait to see what the rest of the year brings!

  14. Lila

    Woohoo Michelle! Totally excited for you! ^_^

  15. Karlene

    Hello Michelle,
    As a new personal finance blogger this is quite inspiring. I appreciate you taking the time to do this to help newbies like me.

    I have not yet gotten to the point where I have my article prepared ahead of time; hope to get there though.

    Continued happiness and success to you.

    Namaste,
    Karlene

  16. Amanda

    Great month once again, Michelle! Congrats!

    I’m halfway through your affiliate course right now, but am going to stop for a few days to put into place what I’ve learned so far! Thanks for the great information!

    1. That’s always a great idea. There’s a ton of information in the course 🙂

  17. Love the tips on blogger burnout! Congrats on another great month 🙂

  18. Rheona

    Is your survey income from taking surveys or from survey affiliate?

  19. Lindsey

    I took your master your money course and I would highly recommend it! Also I love the idea of a facebook group!

  20. Incredible. Some may see this and think easy money, but after blogging for several months I can see how much work has gone into your success. Also great reminder that you also have to consider taxes, insurance and other benefits an employer would provide. I have heard many horror stories about people owing thousands of dollars at tax time and the money was already spent.

    1. Vicki@Make Smarter Decisions

      I was reading through the comments and these were the same points I was going to make! You have put an incredibly amount of work in – and your effort shows! Thanks for providing not just a detailed report, but really important hints to the rest of us!

  21. Love the blogger tips. I’m finally getting to a good spot on working ahead as much as possible. I have roughly 3 months of posts ready to publish and I hope to maintain that for a while. For a long time I was posting what I could write just in time and I felt a lot of pressure, which made my blog a lot less fun. Congrats on another amazing month!

  22. Amanda-LivingFullyandFree

    Yay!!! I’m glad your course is out so you can start to focus on some of your other goals! I got 2 weeks ahead in content so far! Great job to you for getting over a month ahead! That’s definitely a goal for me but it’s going to take a while I think. AND I think your featured question about blog burnout was perfect for me this week! I’ve been experiencing that the past 2 months. I never stopped, but you can see that I wasn’t making any improvement and I was losing traffic. Cutting myself some slack and publishing less content really helped me get back in the groove of things!

    Thanks for another great report Michelle!

    Amanda

    1. Thank you Amanda! Great job on getting two weeks ahead!

  23. Wow! You have an awesome day job! I like the idea of the Facebook group. Definitely do it!

  24. Stephen

    Incredible month! I’d love to be able to get to a point where i could bring in 1% of that each month.

  25. Great month, Michelle! I’m always impressed by your Bluehost referrals. All those tips you’ve taught us in your course are surely paying off there. I’m going back through the course each month to make sure I’m dotting I’s and crossing T’s so I can at least get to the $5,000 range from them. Keep up the good work!

  26. Congrats Michelle! I love reading your reports. They are so inspiring and motivating! Thanks for sharing!

  27. Incredible, Michelle!! I remember back in the day when you were fairly new at blogging and I was even newer. SO excited for you and your success! Thanks for sharing your tips too. I as well as others wouldn’t have the blogging success we have without your willingness to share!

  28. Great tips on avoid blogging burnout. I agree with the 20/80 rule. I used to blog several times per week but had to cut down to weekly intervals. The only problem is that I also had to shorten my publicizing time as well. But it’s producing dividends of sorts!

    1. Blogging less has really helped me as well!

  29. Awesome month!! Thank you for being such an inspiration to all us newbie bloggers:)

  30. samantha

    I applaud your transparency! I’ve been thinking of building a blog for some time now and find this article incredibly helpful.

    1. If you do think about, I recommend checking out my free blogging course – https://www.makingsenseofcents.com/freecourse

  31. Eek, can’t even handle how awesome this is. What I really like is how you keep diversifying everything and it’s so awesome how many different ways you can earn revenue. This year I’ve been really focusing on expanding all my income instead of just relying on freelance income. Plus your course is totally helping as well 🙂

    1. Thank you! Yes, diversifying has been a big goal of mine. Will you be at FinCon?

  32. Congrats on another spectacular report, Michelle!
    I made some progress in August from Google Adsense and Affiliate income that I’m pretty happy about. I did notice the internet traffic was down in August too. It was definitely more difficult to get views. Thanks again for sharing! 🙂

  33. Gurki Bhamber

    What a great month. Congrats Michelle!

    You are such a role model for newbie and veteran bloggers. I am glad to read that higher pageviews do not necessarily mean higher revenue. Keep rocking 🙂

  34. Francesca – From Pennies to Pounds

    Stop itttttt this is amazing. Looks like your course is going really well, well done 🙂

  35. You are such an inspiration to all of us bloggers and soon to be bloggers! My August was a negative, but I’d say a success. I’ve increased my views and am making progress with new relationships. Currently any affiliate income on my site are links to others who have helped me learn along the way. My first year of blogging has been committed to paying it forward. I’ll still apply this next year, however looking forward to making some income of my own as well and having more to ‘share’. I’m looking forward to signing up for your course very soon!

  36. Natasha

    You are doing things that I want to do for single moms on my blog like the courses and the free email course. It’s so great to see someone doing this and earning a living while helping others. Thanks for all of the details! Inspiring indeed!

  37. Tyler @ Oddball Wealth

    Amazing job!

  38. Joseph

    That is an impressive month! I plan on signing up for one of your courses at the end of the year when my schedule opens up. If I can generate a fraction of your success in the next few years I will be more than satisfied.

  39. Another awesome month, Michelle!

    It’s great that you keep publishing these income reports – they are truly inspiring and show that blogging really represents a full-time income opportunity. I am sure you have already inspired hundreds of bloggers to get started, too!

  40. Tori | The Nurture Collective

    Thanks for sharing Michelle. You always have such great posts.

  41. Misha @ Money She Wrote

    Congrats on your August report, Michelle! I love reading your income reports. Not only are you very transparent, you also show readers and other bloggers how they can actually make money from blogging or other areas as well. As a young professional and a new blogger, I would love to join a personal finance group on Facebook. Just let me know when and where 🙂

  42. David @ Thinking Thrifty

    Your achievements absolutely blow me away, just incredible. I can confirm I’ll be purchasing your affiliate marketing course out of my birthday money at the end of the month. It comes highly recommended by Emma at From Aldi To Harrods!

  43. OMG!!!! So amazing, Michelle!!! 🙂 🙂
    Congrats! Congrats!

  44. Chelsea

    Loves reading this post! I love when bloggers like yourself, post income reports and how they’ve achieved those figures. I love all of your posts and enjoy your writing so I just wanted to say thanks! Being new to blogging like I am, it’s hard to find where to start!
    Thank you for sharing!

    Chelsea

  45. Can @ Budget 2 Black

    Great post, Michelle! You are one of my favorites and certainly an inspiration. I’m just starting out with my blog, and reading yours gives me renewed hope time and again! Keep up the good work.

  46. Aravinth

    Hi Michelle.

    Can you tell us how you make $48,430 From Bluehost Affiliate Progra. which blog post help you to make that much mone. is it (how to start a blog) or anything else

  47. Yvonne

    I’ve read your income reports for a year now and I still can’t shake the feeling that this numbers are highly unusual. I’m not doubting your hard work but making $90,000 in one month is pretty hard to believe. If you add up your yearly income are you really making close to a million dollars a year from a blog? And if there are 740 plus people signing up for Bluehost and starting new blogs that means just off your referral there are 9000 or so new blogs being started a year? (Not counting all the others). Did most of us miss the boat on blogs because it points to a market glut at some point soon?? Just finding myself really skeptical that this is possible for a majority of bloggers. I understand this is a marketing goldmine for many companies and is largely cheaper for their advertising dollars but it’s been my experience that advertising dollars have been drastically reduced in many industries. How are all these affiliates really paying so many bloggers while maintaining their bottom lines? I’ve researched hundreds of blogs and I find many of them are regurgitating the same selling point of “start a blog and earn thousands”!?! Will we really see results of this magnitude if we start a blog now?

    1. Hello,

      740 people are not signing up under my site each month – it’s much less than that. I have negotiated a higher rate with many of the companies that I’m an affiliate for since I send over so many conversions.

      I think there is still plenty of room for new blogs – many, many companies are just now starting to see the value in blogs and advertising, so I forecast that blogs will just continue to become more and more popular.

      1. Alex

        Just wanted to say that I appreciated both Yvonne’s comment and Michelle’s response. I’ve had a blog for a few years now, moved it over to a self-hosted site a few months ago, and have yet to figure out how to make a single cent on it, so numbers like Michelle’s seem like a total fantasyland scenario to me. Inspiring on the one hand, but totally out of reach on the other. I too have wondered if blogs are tapped out (or more specifically my genre: lifestyle), so Michelle’s response is encouraging.

        Thanks Michelle for your very detailed information and willingness to help others! I’m going to keep plugging away!

        1. May I know how you manage your blog. I mean how many people involved and their role… I always wonder if bloggers earn then surely there would be cost as well.

  48. Holy cow – that is some amazing performance! Keep up the great work Michelle!

  49. Erika Immekus

    Wow! I’m definitely subscribing to your blog. I blogged about for 6 months while I was in college and it started gaining some traction. I was being approached to write reviews and guests posts but my engineering classes were kicking my butt so I deleted the blog to focus more on school. Now now that I’m graduated and have more time on my hands I’m ready to hit the ground running! Great work!!!

  50. Dawn

    $48,000 from Bluehost? What? How? That’s just a crazy number to me! I know they are the highest paying affiliate program which is why you most likely promote them but my goodness. I’m in the wrong niche I tell you. I need to become a blogging expert.

    1. All the hosting companies pretty much pay the same affiliate fee, so it’s not about that 😉

  51. Catherine

    Wow! Definitely going to sign up for your courses. This is amazing

  52. The Financista

    Michelle, your hustling is IMPRESSIVE! Thank you so much for all the hard work you have put into this blog. It’s an amazing resource.

    I was curious about your Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course. Does it cover ground on what to do when you’re first starting out? It seems that a lot of affiliate marketing sites have page view criteria that should be met.

    Thank you again for this awesome resource!

    1. Thanks! Yes, the course is great for new bloggers, and there are many new bloggers successfully taking it 🙂

  53. Deebak Utpal

    Hello Michelle,
    Congrats! 90,188.40 dollars. Is that true? You have given an unbelievable stats in this post.
    All the best………..

    1. Yes, of course, it’s true.

  54. Congrats….From where can i learn how to Earn $$$$$ From Bluehost Affiliate Program

  55. Hey Michelle,

    That’s quite interesting take from your end. It is good to see that you love what you do and letting the freedom of choices unfold in a natural way. A lot more to travel, though.

    All the best!

    Regards,
    Rahul Ashok

  56. Vinay Grover

    Wow!! This Motivates me a lot. Thank you So much

  57. Wow! Congratulations on your huge success. Thanks for sharing the income reports and also the I loved reading because you have explained how you earned the money and the different traffic sources.

    Most bloggers that I have seen do not mention the different traffic sources.

    Your post has motivated me to work hard.

    Thank you.

    1. Thanks Ali! Looks like you’re a new reader. How’d you find my website? I’d love to know because it looks like there’s many new readers to this blog post today 🙂

  58. Hey Michelle,

    Congrats. Thanks for sharing the income reports. This post really motivates me. All the best.

  59. Adeel Sami

    Hello, Michelle!

    I am landed here on your blog for the first time and truly excited to see you’re having a good success with the blogging!

    Definitely that’s the dream of every blogger when they step up their foot into the blogging industry.

    So, a heartiest congratulation from my side on this achievement and I am sure you’ll have good figures coming in each month. 🙂

    Keep up the great work!

    ~ Adeel

  60. Hi Michelle,
    Wow this is impressive.
    I’m here following a post shared on Facebook and I see you are doing pretty good.

    Congratulations on the growing income

  61. Wow!! Motivational…. Congratulations!!

  62. Most of the bloggers I know are women 🙂

  63. Sam Abdullah

    Hi Michelle, I am really inspired by your article.Can you be my mentor? I know facebook marketing, facebook pages campaign and other social media. I know also SEo Too. I would like to be your self to be my mentor. I can work for you as loyalty basis Esha.arif4 is my skype address. Will you accept my request. Plz I want teacher like you.

    1. Sorry, I don’t currently offer any mentoring at the moment.

  64. Sam Abdullah

    Thank you Michelle for your reply. I understand you are not mentoring. Is there any thing which we can work together. Like if i make facegroup to your name and add people there. As you mentioned you have taken great traffic from pinterest. So i have done successfully campaign on facebook.I am not asking you to pay me for that just inspire by your income and success,so wanted to keep in touch with you in that way. I have a experience of facebook pages and group so that is why i proposed this idea to you. Can you give me a chance for this? Looking forward to have positive response from you.

  65. Sam Abdullah

    you can make your traffic double than pinterest.Facebook ads campaign is one of the great way to increase your traffic.I will let you know about that. Also i know off page and on page SEO. I will help you regarding about that too. I just need to your acceptance.Give me one chance for making this.its just proposal for you because you have done excellent job in affiliate marketing world. Anyways Thanks Stay bless. Wait dor your reply.

  66. Wow ! Huge Amount Of Inspiration.
    My Friend Once Said Me that Woman Blogger can’t Make More Money.
    Now its time to throw this post on his face.
    Thanks a lot.

  67. You are such an inspiration Michelle! My hubby and I were discussing about how am I gonna earn through my blog now that I wanted to just work at home and do a freelance job. After reading your posts I’ve come to realize that I know it’s a long way to go but in constant hard work and perseverance, I will be able to make it. Thank you for all your helpful tips! xo

  68. Swapnil

    Thank you so much for sharing honest review. Really it is a very big amount. I just started paid post on my blog. Looking for another paid post from high authority sites. Affiliate market is new for me. I have not tried anything on it. Thanks for giving me such idea about this.

    ~Swapnil

  69. Blogginggyan

    Wow! Congratulations on your huge success. Thanks for sharing the income reports and also the I loved reading because you have explained how you earned the money and the different traffic sources. You are such an inspiration Michelle!

  70. Emma

    Those digits are inspiring me a lot.

  71. Wow! Congratulations on your huge success. Thanks for sharing the income reports and also the I loved reading because you have explained how you earned the money and the different traffic sources. You are such an inspiration Michelle!

  72. Your side hustle millionaire mind is positively contagious, Michelle. Keep shining with your positive energy my friend. So proud of you in going from humble beginnings to beyond side hustle millionaire. 🙂

  73. Ashley

    Thank you for sharing this information! I’m an completely new to blogging and am trying to find time to get it up and running. Im finding myself lost in some areas, but it’s amazing to see how well you are doing and gives me hope for the future. Thanks!