My September Blog Income Report – $102,911

Welcome to September’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 see how I did. If you’re new to Making Sense of Cents, you may be wondering why I would want to publish my income report each month. You can simply skip to the next section if…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: March 19, 2022

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Are you interested in making money blogging? Here's how Michelle made $102,911 in just one month from blogging!Welcome to September’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 see how I did.

If you’re new to Making Sense of Cents, 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 September?

I earned $102,911 online in September, before expenses.

September 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 almost 2 months ahead when it comes to blog posts on Making Sense of Cents, which is a great feeling!

Also, I’ve now earned over $100,000 through my Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course! I’m hearing such amazing reviews from my course such as:

  • One blogger went from $87 a month in affiliate income before taking the course, to over $1,700 a month after!
  • One blogger received their first affiliate sale just two days after taking the course (and they were a brand new blogger too!).
  • Another blogger doubled their monthly affiliate income from $2,500 to $5,000.

Plus, many, many more.

If you’re thinking about creating a course, then I highly recommend it. I thoroughly enjoyed creating my course and helping others. Yes, I was nervous and a little stressed creating it, but it was extremely worth it!

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.

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.

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

Breakout of September 2016 income – $102,910.93:

Total: $102,910.93

The income amount above is for the month of September and before any fees or expenses (some fees and expenses that lower the amount above total around $4,500 (rounded up), which include virtual assistants, technical assistance, newsletter expenses, PayPal fees, Stripe fees, etc., however, this does not include taxes) being taken out. I also had expenses for the affiliates promoting my course, which totaled $924. After expenses and fees, I made approximately $97,487.

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 September of 2016: $102,911
  • Total income in August of 2016: $90,188
  • Difference from the previous month: +$12,723
  • Total in 2016: $681,565



Blog news – I won Blog of the Year!

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

In September, I attended FinCon16 and that was a lot of fun. There were several great sessions, I met many great bloggers, hung out with old blogging friends, and more. FinCon is my favorite conference and I highly recommend every blogger attend it.

I also won a Plutus Award at FinCon for Blog of the Year. This past year has been a great one, and I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. I’m sure it’ll be a fantastic one. Thank you, everyone!

Overall, traffic remained around the same and I received around 400,000 page views. 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 eventually, but this is a great reason to learn how to diversify my traffic as well as increase my email list.

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.

Below are several blog-related updates:

  • I recently decided to lower the amount of blog posts I publish each week. I now publish two articles a week on Monday and Wednesday, along with a side hustle interview every other Friday. This gives me more time to work on high-quality content as well as promoting them better.
  • 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 5,500 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?
  • Soon, I will be creating a free personal finance support group on Facebook. I’m extremely exciting for this to be live! 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).
  • 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!

Popular new posts on Making Sense of Cents last month:


If you're thinking about attending a conference, I recommend you give it a shot, especially if you want to take your blog more seriously, professionally, and/or possibly even blog full-time. If you're blogging full-time, then definitely attend blog conferences as they can help you grow even further!Featured Question: How can a blogging conference help me?

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. 

Last month, I attended FinCon16. This was my 4th time attending FinCon, and I actually already bought my ticket for FinCon17 as well!

If you’re thinking about attending a conference, I recommend you give it a shot, especially if you want to take your blog more seriously, professionally, and/or possibly even blog full-time. If you’re blogging full-time, then definitely attend blog conferences as they can help you grow even further!

Conferences are great for many reasons:

  • The networking – You really cannot beat the networking that a blogging conference brings. This is the main reason why I attend FinCon – the connections you make and the people you meet are great! From running into people in the hallways to late night dancing and conversations, it is all a great way to connect with other bloggers. You just never know what you may learn from them or the collaborations that may come from it!
  • The experts – Anyone can attend FinCon, you don’t need to be a personal finance blogger. The experts that you learn from that speak at FinCon are the best of the best. This is true for many of the other great blogging conferences as well. There is so much to learn and there are so many experts out there that will help you to improve your blogging game.
  • The motivation – Whenever I come back from a blogging conference, I come back more motivated than ever. My brain is always running around like crazy with so many amazing ideas. I have so many ideas and plans for the future, and it’s all because I attended FinCon16!
  • Meet sponsors or clients – There are always numerous companies at conferences who are looking to partner with blogs or hire them for some sort of service (writing, freelancing, etc.). Without the conference, you may never be able to connect with certain companies/clients or tell them who you are!

Are you interested in attending a blogging conference? Which is your favorite one and which one are you going to next?

Past featured questions:


My plans for my website and making money online.

Plans and goals can help you to run a successful 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 175,000 clicks to my blog just in the month of September. I would like to see this number be at 500,000 or higher by the end of the year. Considering that the end of the year is very close, I don’t think I’ll reach this goal, but I’m definitely going to keep trying!
  • Diversify traffic. A lot of my traffic comes from Pinterest, due to this, I would like to spend more time diversifying my traffic.
  • 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 September due to the release of my course.
  • Double my business income. Yes, I said double. I would love to double 2015’s income. I have actually already BEAT this goal for 2016!
  • 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 by Summer 2017. My plan is to focus more on Pinterest, Facebook, and SEO. Wish me luck!


Affiliate income.

Overall, I earned $56,415 in affiliate income in September, as outlined above.

I’m 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 slightly decreased in September, but it was still a great month. 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 over 600 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!

How was September for you? Are you interested in earning income online?


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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 Michelle, a huge month – well done! What you’ve built up for yourself is incredible, I hope we can build even a 10th of what you have done in a few years. We earned about $25 from our blog, lol. Gotta start somewhere!


    1. Thank you! Everyone has to start somewhere 🙂

  2. Congrats on the Plutus Award for Blog of the Year! Continued success with the Affiliate Marketing Course!

  3. Congrats Michelle! 2017 will be seven figure year for you for sure!

  4. WOW, congrats for this success, I love this kind o post because offer me always new point iof views and inspirations for my blog too:P

  5. Another great month, well done! Congrats on the the FinCon award as well!

  6. Lindsey

    Congrats on a great month and the FinCon award! You definitely deserve it 🙂

  7. 6 Figures in one month is awesome! It was really good to see you at FinCon. You are such a motivation and inspiration. I’ve been here since you were earning 4k to 10k a month. That’s what hard work and dedication will do.
    Do you think you will continue to travel RV style for 2017?

    1. Aww thanks! Yes, it was great seeing you at FinCon. Hopefully next year we can spend more time chatting 🙂

      Yes, we see us RVing for the next few years, and then we plan on switching to sailing after that.

      1. Sailing would be amazing! and a good change of scenery.

        1. Yes, we’re excited to do it one day!

  8. Gurki Bhamber

    Wow! That’s amazing. Many Congratulations Michelle. You’re such an inspiration. And another Congrats for winning the FinCon’16 award.

  9. You’re so inspiring, Michelle! I love reading your online income reports! Congratulations on winning the FinCon award – great achievement 🙂

  10. Crystal Suarez

    Alright. That’s it. You’re officially my idol. Or hero. Or I’m your stalker or something! SERIOUSLY?!!

    Way to kick some major booty!!!

    I can’t wait to see how next month turns out!

    1. Hahaha thank you so much 🙂

  11. Congratulations on winning Blog of the Year at FinCon16, Michelle! I just bought my ticket for FinCon17 and I’m looking forward to meeting everyone! <3

  12. Michelle! Awesome job! Do you have a post on what you do with all this money? 🙂 Invest? Save? Spend? Buy an RV every month? 😉 Just kidding! Good job working so hard on this – I know it takes a lot of persistence and dedication!

    Happy Travels!

    1. Hahahaha! I had to laugh at “Buy an RV every month?”

      Right now, we are saving a very large percentage of it (after taxes, as well as our monthly living and business expenses).

  13. How in the world did we not hang out at FinCon???

    My bad. Sheesh!
    Next year.

    Congrats on winning BLOG OF THE YEAR!!!

    1. RIGHT?! Where were you? haha

  14. Tammy

    WOW, amazing, Michelle!! You are such an inspiration to me!! Huge Congratulations on your Blog of the Year award! Kudos to you :-))

  15. I’m glad you had a great time at FinCon. We were bummed not to make it this year, but next year is a strong possibility. =) And congrats on blog of the year award! That is awesome. So well deserved.

    1. You need to go next year! 🙂

  16. This is awesome, Michelle! Kudos to you for continuing to want to improve- I think that’s what makes your blog so good. I know if I was pulling in $100k a month I would probably want to just take it easy for a month or two, but it looks like you have so many cool projects on the horizon!

    1. I really love what I do, and I’m very competitive with myself, haha.

  17. Ricky Figueroa

    Hey Michelle,

    This is amazing to say the least. I see that your course’s monthly revenue is growing! Soon, it will probably be higher than your affiliate monthly income. Thank you for the inspiration!

  18. Leigh

    you are a true inspiration. i check your reports every month, my husband knows to leave it open on the computer if he spots it first in our email updates! Is there any chance though that you will create another payment option for your course? like a 3 or 4 month payment. My husband knows i love reading this site and it would be incredibly informative and fun for me to have but with 3 kids and 3 pets, he cant justify letting me spend $100 or more in a month on it 🙁 either way keep up the great work and inspiring everyone!!!

    1. Hey Leigh – Send me an email and I’ll see what I can do 🙂

  19. Aww thanks so much Adam! Glad you enjoy these. I love writing them each month as it helps me sit down and reflect about my business month. It’s a great learning experience.

    I don’t currently have a graph, but I’ll have to do that! 🙂

  20. Congrats on your awesome month Michelle!! I recently took the plunge into the world of amazon sells doing private label. So far ive been selling for just over a month and its going pretty good I guess. Its scary and exciting at the same time.

    I need to step up my game though with everything like you have. Keep up the great work. Its very motivational.

  21. Congrats on another Amazing month Michelle!
    Do you think your affiliate course for lower traffic sites?
    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. Yes, for sure. There are many brand new bloggers successfully taking the course even.

  22. Congrats on another wonderful month. it was great seeing you at FinCon again!!!

  23. Foodlove Girl

    Michelle, once again , phenomenal job this month! Unbelievable. I had a quick question for you. When you say, “survey sites” – are you getting affiliate income from the sites for recommending them to people or are you getting money from doing surveys on those site?

    1. Affiliate income is always just referral/recommendation income – it never means anything else 🙂 Hope that makes sense.

  24. Beth

    Woo Hoo!!! Congrats on the award! Much deserved.

  25. Congratulations, I think $100 000 barrier mark is what most bloggers (myself I may add) aims for as the alternate online income after that the sky is the limit.

  26. samantha

    Absolutely love reading these posts. Truly inspiring to see how bloggers can earn a generous income doing what they love. I am planning to join your marketing course very soon. x

  27. samantha

    Also, do you ever plan to do live seminars? I would love to attend a live class to hear you speak.

    1. Maybe one day in the future 🙂

  28. Another incredible month & very motivating to fellow bloggers…congrats on the award! Looking forward to purchasing the affiliating course & pinterest guide as well!

    For the $9,000+ made on the survey sites…is that advertising you’re partnering on to receive the $9K or is you actually taking surveys? Wasn’t sure on that one…thanks!

    1. Hey Michael! The survey income is all listed under “Affiliate income” if you look a little more closely 🙂

  29. Congratulations on the award and your income reports always inspire me to keep going on my blog. It’s been hard lately and I’ve been contemplating scaling back my efforts but can’t do that! Have to keep adding value to my readers and keep up with social media!

  30. Wow!! Congrats on the Blog of the Year award AND for another awesome and jaw dropping income report. I’m about halfway through your Making Scents of Affiliate Marketing course. I am definitely learning from the BEST!!

  31. Amanda-LivingFullyandFree

    Congratulations!!! I’m so excited for you Michelle! I am going to look into going to FinCon next year!

    Thanks for sharing!

  32. I totally hate I missed FinCon, but I have my ticket ready to go for 2017! Congrats on your Plutus Award, lady – you deserve it!

  33. Rica

    You rocked the online world!
    Congratulations for winning Blog of the Year! You truly deserve it! 🙂

  34. Congratulations Michelle for achieving another milestone by crossing $100,000! Good Luck, it’s been a while since i visit your website but your re-marketing ad on facebook convinced me to open your website again! Keep up the good work, I’m following you. 🙂

  35. Michelle,
    I am new to this Blogging thing. I just found yours on Facebook and have been reading your post.
    I must say it is interesting.
    I am retired, and have done several things to work at home. I do some writing, have been published a couple of times.
    We, my wife and myself, are glad to have run across your blog. Will get back to you as things progress.
    Thank you

  36. Congrats on the Plutus award and another great month earning income online. I definitely am interested in doing the same. I really need to make it to FinCon one of these years, everyone raves about it.

  37. Great job,I’m so excited for you. Michelle!

  38. Holy cow, I have not been to your blog in 2 months and I missed a lot. Congrats on hitting 100k and think I’ll stay around this time. Need to catchup on blog post you linked us to first.

  39. Everything about this report is so motivational to me as a new blogger! The idea of being 2 months ahead on blog posts is awesome! It takes me a whole day to write a post 🙂
    Congrats on Blog of the year! That’s amazing.
    Once I really get my footing in blogging basics, I definitely want to take your course.
    Thanks for the inspiration!

  40. Catherine

    Hi Michelle! I just wanted to let you know that in July of this year I was at work, reading income reports like these on Pinterest and dumbfounded that this was such a lucrative field (or that it existed period)!

    I was so miserable in the corporate world where everyone was constantly looking over their shoulder, explosive/overpaid executives while I was struggling to make the minimum payments on my massive amount of student loans to get the degree for the job that I (come to find after I got into it) absolutely hated! I was in desperate need to get out of that world, and just feel in love with what an amazing support system that the bloggers gave each other while creating solutions for the readers!

    So I decided to do it myself! I am now personal finance blogger and life coach and have been loving every second of it (even though I’ve done it for about 3 weeks)!

    So, all in all I just wanted to say thank you for posting these income reports. It has been a true inspiration that there is a better way than the 9-5 grind!

    1. Awww your comment makes me so happy. Thank you so much!

      1. Catherine

        Sure, you’ve got to give credit where credit is due! Also, do you mind taking a peek at my site and let me know what your thoughts are about the content, I’ve done some research and all I’m hearing about is that content is key (especially for newbie bloggers like me but I’ll be perfectly honest with you, I’m not exactly sure what that means. I’ve just been writing about what I’ve experienced in finances (goober in the house, lol). I’d love to hear what you think. If you actually like one of them I wouldn’t be offended at all if you saved one of my posts on one of your Pinterest boards. 🙂

        Also, I’m getting some money together so that I can take your Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing class I’ve done one affiliate link of my Lyft side hustle but I’m sure you have a lot more to say about it, I can’t wait!

  41. WOW!!! This is such a inspiration and very motivational.

  42. This is impressive! Gonna spend more times here to explore your guides and tips! Looking forward for more of your good tips! =)

  43. Wow! What amazing Blog and Content You have. I just discovered You via Pinterest, and 1st I saw some income reports from 2015 and I was thinking wow! What results! And then I get this shock when I see that you earned $100K last month!

    That was amazing! Congratulations, and I will now follow all of your articles and future updates, especially as new ‘know how’ info’s and inspirations ofc!

  44. Milagros

    Can you tell us more about the sEO mastermind? I like the concept. Are you going through a course with friends or how it is setup? Thank you in advanced.

  45. Katie Harp

    Congrats on an amazing month! 🙂 Just letting you know I featured your blog on an income report roundup I did recently!

  46. This is amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. I’ll definitely be following your blog for all of the invaluable information that you provide. It makes me hopeful of the results I may one have from my blogging efforts.

  47. UK

    Hey Michelle. Do you have some tips for link building? I am really struggling with this part. Also can you share how many daily visits you have?

    1. Sorry, I don’t do any link building.

  48. Fantastic. trying to figure out better ways to Monetize my site where I teach about Web dev stuff.

    You have really good numbers 🙂 , I’ll follow your footsteps

  49. Efoghor Joseph

    Hi Michelle, there is no better time to publish your income report than now that a lot of countries are facing economic meltdown. A lot of people do not believe it is possible to earn this much online. While people are waiting for governments to employ them, others like you are figuring out how to do it without waiting for government or some employers that would milk you dry.

    You are certainly a genius in the field of money making. It is not easy to make this kind of money; with hardwork, applying the right information and some level of smartness, one can actually do it. I am currently trying all I can to improve my affiliate site to see how I can increase my earnings. Things are gradually falling in place. I know that one day I will make money like you are currently doing.

    I can see that one thing that has made your earnings great is the diversification of your income sources.Having multiple sources of income is a sure way to earn faster. Thanks once again for reminding us of the need to work harder.
    Do have a wonderful day.

  50. Lisa


    I’m starting a personal finance blog next year. But I’m wondering what your tips would be for fast growth? I’m familiar with SEO and everything, but I’m thinking more of a social media aspect. Would it be worth it to try paid FB ads / Pinterst ads, or, perhaps finding Tailwind Tribes etc?

    Thank you! My recipe blog makes an awesome income right now, but would like to diversify a bit. I’ve done coupon blogging before years ago, but it is not the same as a personal finance blog.

    1. Lisa

      BTW – I’m very interested in your Affiliate course. Just don’t have the funds at the moment. Will you be planning on offering a Black Friday Sale or anything? I’m familiar with affiliate marketing, but I’m sure you’d have some tidbits I’m not aware of.

      1. Yes, I will have a Black Friday sale but it’s only open to my email subscribers. I definitely recommend signing up if you haven’t yet 🙂

        1. Lisa

          Thanks! I’ll make sure I’m signed up. To be honest, I’m not sure I am. I’m just so used to coming here anyways.

    2. I would recommend Pinterest – you don’t need to pay – just organic growth is great.

      1. Lisa


  51. How do you keep track of the money you make from each affiliate program?

    1. I have an Excel file that tracks everything 🙂

  52. Hey, truly inspirational.

    One question: do you still answer surveys or you only earn from referrals?


    1. These are all referrals – it’s all listed under the “affiliate income” section.

  53. Michelle,

    I have the highest respect for use for staying on track with your blogging transformation goals and achieving [side hustle millionaire] status. You’ve definitely come a long way and I respect you for never given up. I hope to hear about your greatness years to come on famous news networks and follow in your “side hustle millionaire” footsteps. 🙂