My November Blog Income Report – $106,383.89

Welcome to November’s business 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: December 14, 2023

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.

Welcome to November’s business 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.

Are you interested in making money blogging or making money from home? Check out how Michelle made over $100,000 in just one month online through her blog and online blogging course.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 November?

I earned $106,383.89 blogging and online in November, before expenses.

But, before we talk further about last month’s income, can you believe we’re in the last month of the year?

For the past 11 months of 2016, I have earned $887,556 altogether. It’s crazy how great 2016 has been. 2015 was a great year, but 2016 has definitely blown the previous year out of the water!

I’m so close to earning $1,000,000 in 2016 and I won’t lie – I’m going to try my hardest in order to get there.

I’m also very excited for 2017. I know it will be another great year! The business is doing well and I’m very happy with it. I’ve been catching myself saying “Life is really good” a LOT. And, I truly mean it. Life is really good!

My business is growing, income is increasing, I have tons of amazing ideas for 2017, and I am very excited about everything. I really love my business and I don’t know where I would be without it.

Anyway, November was another great month. It was great on all fronts – blogging, course-wise, life, and everything else. Due to how far ahead I am with my posting schedule, I spent most of November learning about how to improve my page views. I plan on going over that in a featured question soon since many of you have been wondering how to improve page views as well.

My Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course is still doing very well and I had many new students join the course last month. I think a lot of this has to do with all of the amazing reviews that I’m hearing about my course such as:

  • One blogger went from $0 in Amazon affiliate income to over $1,500 after taking the course.
  • 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, I’ve heard and read many other great reviews about my course.

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 to check out this course.

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.

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

Breakout of November 2016 income – $106,383.89:

Total: $106,383.89

The income amount above is for the month of November and before any fees or expenses (some fees and expenses that lower the amount above total around $2,900 (rounded up), which include virtual assistants, Teachable course platform fee, 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 $7,019.55. After expenses and fees, I made approximately $96,464.

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 November of 2016: $106,384
  • Total income in October of 2016: $99,607
  • Difference from the previous month: +6,777
  • Total in 2016: $887,556

Blog news 

Making Sense of Cents is doing very well and I’m happy with everything. One thing that just happened is that I was finally verified on Twitter! Having that checkmark next to my name sure is nice 🙂

I’m still around two months ahead when it comes to blog posts. I’m using this extra time to focus on completing stuff from the SEO mastermind that I just finished. Some of you have expressed interest in knowing what we worked on. What we did is that we went through the two courses below together, as well as took an instructor-led course once a week by the same authors of the two courses. So, in total, we took three courses together (including the two below):

I’ve learned a lot about SEO from these courses and have been applying everything I’ve learned to my blog posts. I highly recommend taking these.

The other thing I hope to focus on in December is to start guest posting. I’ve only guest posted a handful of times since I started blogging back in 2011, and I would like to start doing that more in order to get the Making Sense of Cents name out to more people.

Overall, traffic remained around the same and I received around 400,000 page views. Pinterest traffic dropped last month due to different Pinterest changes, but organic and Facebook traffic each increased.

Even though page views are down, 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.

Below are several business-related updates:

  • Up until just a week or two ago, I never spent any time on Twitter for my blog. Instead, I just used it to talk with others and I hardly ever shared my own blog posts on there. Well, I recently changed that. I want to see if Twitter is worthwhile when it comes to traffic, so I have started scheduling Twitter posts for my blog for a month at a time (I like to batch my tasks together, so scheduling a full month worth of blog posts is what I like to do). It doesn’t take long to do and so far for the work that I’ve done I would say that it is worth it.
  • I’m currently trying out Haute Chocolate for my blog images with a 3 month subscription. The price is great and I love the images as well. If you’re looking for images, I definitely recommend checking them out. Both of the “Pinterest” images in this blog post are from Haute Chocolate.
  • I released my How To Start A Blog FREE Course a few months ago. If you’ve been wanting to start a blog, then check this out. I created this email course for those who are interested in starting a blog, but haven’t done so yet. The course is free, and over 8,000 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 topic should I turn into a course next?
  • This month, I will hopefully be creating a free personal finance support group on Facebook. I’m extremely excited 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 of 2016, I switched to ConvertKit. Aweber was good, but Convertkit makes sending an effective and efficient newsletter so much easier and better. 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.

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:

Featured Question: How can I make more blogging income around the holidays?

The holidays are a big time for shopping, which means it's also a great time for affiliate marketing! November and December are the biggest shopping months of the year and are often the biggest income months for bloggers and affiliate marketers. Here is how you can improve your blogging income around the holidays!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. 

This question was recently asked by a student in my course and I decided to turn it into a new lesson for Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. Below is a quick summary of that (you can see the full version if you purchase the course or if you are already a student in the course).

The holidays are a big time for shopping, which means it’s also a great time for affiliate marketing!

November and December are the biggest shopping months of the year and are often the biggest income months for bloggers and affiliate marketers.

One important thing to note is that according to the 2016 Deloitte holiday shopping survey, a BIG change will occur- during this holiday season, stores will see an EQUAL amount of shopping online as well as offline. Before this, the majority of holiday shopping happened in-person at the store, but this year will be different.

This means that the 2016 holiday shopping season will be the biggest year for online shopping.

Below are various ways to promote affiliate links during the holidays.

  1. Publish holiday gift guides. Holiday gift guides are one of the most popular ways to promote affiliate links. Readers love gift guides, as it can help them decide what to purchase for their family and friends. And, trust me on this, we’ve all searched for something like “What to get mom for the holidays,” “What to get a nephew for the holidays,” or something else along those lines. Here’s an example of a holiday gift guide: 10 Frugal Gifts For The Traveler Under $20.
  2. Share sales, discounts, coupon codes, and more. The holiday season usually means that there are sales and deals everywhere, so you should be sharing them on your blog and social media accounts! By doing so, you’ll create urgency, and you’ll also get your readers more interested in a specific product since they know that they’ll be getting a deal.
  3. Share affiliate links on social media. Social media is another great place to share your affiliate links. And, for the most part, it takes less work than creating a whole gift guide or blog post about a specific product.
  4. Mention affiliate products in your newsletter. The next time you send out an email to your newsletter subscribers, you may want to think about adding a few affiliate links to it (as long as that’s allowed by the affiliate program).

Well, there you have it! I hope this holiday season is great for you.

Past featured questions:

My plans for my blog and my business.

Plans and goals can help you to run a successful business. I believe that working towards a goal can help keep a person motivated too.

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

  • Promote the blog and business better. I am doing much better at promoting my articles and I’m noticing an improvement. I recently started focusing more on improving my traffic from Facebook, and I’ve been very pleased with the results. I used to only see around 100 visits a day from Facebook, but in the past month I have been seeing anywhere from around 2,000 to 3,000 visits a day from Facebook.
  • Diversify traffic sources. A lot of my traffic comes from Pinterest, due to this, I would like to spend more time diversifying my traffic. This is why I’m starting to spend more time on Facebook and learning more about SEO.
  • Continue learning and improving. I’m currently learning about SEO.
  • Take part in more interviews.  I took part in over 10 interviews in November due to the release of my course. I have one webinar planned for December (I can’t wait to share that), as well as a few other things.
  • 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 even more on Pinterest, Facebook, and SEO. Wish me luck!

Affiliate income results.

Overall, I earned $52,324.89 in affiliate income in November of 2016, as outlined earlier in this blog income report.

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

As I always say, blogging income is not dependent on page views. Even brand new bloggers can make money through affiliate marketing. If you know the correct way to promote a product, you can succeed at affiliate marketing. This is one of the main things I teach in my Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course.

My affiliate marketing course went live in July of 2016. I’ve already had over 900 people purchase the course, and I’d love to have you as a student too!

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:

  • A quick introduction to affiliate marketing and how it works
  • The benefits of affiliate marketing
  • The exact steps I’ve taken to earn over $400,000 from a single blog post
  • How to correctly pick affiliate products to promote
  • The steps to increase your conversion rate
  • How to build trust with your readers (this is a MUST!)
  • The required disclosures you need to know about
  • The major tool you need for affiliate marketing
  • The many different strategies to promote your affiliate links

My 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, what country you live in, and so on. I wrote this course so that it would benefit everyone, and there is so much to learn from it!

How was November for you? Are you interested in earning blogging income?

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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, another six-figures this month. 🙂 I hope your total 2016 online earnings will reach $1,000,000. That would be amazing to see. But I guess we’ll have to wait another month to find out. November for me was pretty good too. I’m happy I earned $2,000 from side hustles. I plan to post an update soon.

    By the way Michelle, nice job getting verified on Twitter! Does that mean you’re officially a celebrity now? 😉

    1. Thank you! I don’t think I’ll crack the $1,000,000 mark but we will see 🙂

      1. Hi Michelle, Do you manage your own website and do you write your own blog posts? I am new to this. Thanks for the help! I wish you achieve the $1M this year! That would be so awesome! -km

        1. Yes, I write all of my own blog posts and I manage my website 🙂

  2. Another stellar income report. I hope you reach your goal of $1,000,000 for 2016! Congrats on being verified! Looking forward to amazing things from you in 2017!

  3. Zoe Brooks

    I am so excited. Thanks to you I have found a possible answer to my situation. I am in need to cut my hours at work to take care of my mother. When I read your blog I thought I could do that too. It has been quite a journey so far, bit I am pretty much set up! More hard work ahead. Thank you for the inspiration.

  4. Mrs. Picky Pincher

    I’m sure it’s super tough to be self-employed and to have to cover all kinds of crazy expenses. Hopefully you’re still raking in some good money after all of those costs. 😉

    Great job trying out Twitter! It’s my most successful social media platform for traffic (Pinterest is weirdly low for me; working on that!). I love that you can schedule tweets through Hootsuite and not have to worry about it. I like to hop on Twitter during my lunch hour every day for non-programmed tweets as well so I can have conversations with people.

    As far as holiday blogging income, I’ve had some success with Amazon affiliate promotions. People are buying a lot of stuff online right now and it’s great to plug into that. I blogged about high quality kitchen goods you can buy on Amazon, and I got some great affiliate returns there.

    1. Do you mind if I ask how much traffic you get from Twitter? I’ve never spent any real time on it except to talk to people, haha.

      1. Mrs. Picky Pincher

        I mean, my blog is way smaller than yours (you would probably see better results), but I get about 50 a month with little effort.

        1. Nice! I’m looking forward to seeing how Twitter will do for my blog. I need to work on growing that platform.

  5. *Gets email and immediately goes to makingsenseofcents.com* LOVE reading your income reports sooo much. Something I’m thinking about starting once I relaunch my site on my name. I’m also so happy for you and so inspired! I can’t wait to get there!!!

  6. WOW congrats it is been a great month well done!!!

  7. Looks like you had a heck of a November. Congrats on having another great month. My goal is to get at least one month in advance with my blog posts.

    1. Good luck! Highly recommend doing that.

  8. I’ll be cheering for you to hit that 1 million mark. That is just incredible. Next year you will be able to crush it for sure. But it would be great to hit it this year. =)

  9. Natalia Rose

    Wow, congrats! Thank you for posting these income reports. It gives me hope and inspiration that you really can earn a living blogging. I recently started my blog blessedbeautie.com as a beauty, faith, and lifestyle blog and hope that one day it will grow to be as successful as yours. Thank you for the inspiration. <3

  10. I want to be you when I grow up…I mean, yeah, you’re a few years younger, but you get what I mean. Keep on killing it!

  11. It is awesome to see you continue to grow your online income! Your reports and your course have really helped me focus on growing my blogging income, so thank you for that Michelle!

  12. Natasha

    I completed your Making Sense of Affiliates course and I’m so happy! Preparing for 2017 and looking forward to accomplishing so much. Continued success to you and kudos for sharing so much with us so we can learn and build a great life for our families as well. God bless!

    1. Glad you took the course 🙂

  13. Karina

    You’re my shero! Love what you’re doing, seriously. Without fangirl-ing too much, I can’t speak for everyone but man, you let us know its all possible.

  14. Aja @Principles of Increase

    Amazing and inspiring. I am really enjoying your affiliate course. I will have numbers like that one day! Congrats on your success!

    1. Thanks! Glad you’re enjoying it.

  15. That’s just wonderful Michelle!

    Bern following you for a while and have learned a lot, thank you.

    All the work you do is paying off big time and you so deserve it!

    Glad to read that you’ve decided to be on Twitter more. You will not believe the amazing connections and opportunities that you find there.

    I’m @travellersoul76 if you or anyone would like to add me.

    Much success today and always 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂

      I’ve always been active on Twitter when it comes to connections and opportunities – I’ve just never really shared blog posts of mine or others on there.

  16. Incredible. $1M looks to be very attainable. 🙂 Good luck!

  17. What a year you’ve had! Rooting you on to hit your goal! Know you’ll get there 🙂

  18. Incredible job, Michelle! Keep up the great work. I hope you reach your $1M goal!

  19. Lindsey

    I wish I had thought of doing a gift guide this year! I’ve seen so many out there and it is such a good idea! Well I guess I have a whole year to plan a super awesome gift guide :).

  20. Another great month, Michelle!!! Love reading your income reports:-)

  21. Penelope

    Congratulations on your income! Just curious — whatever happened to Wes’s website? Is it out there for us to see? Or did you guys decide to focus on MakingSenseofCents.com for the time being?

    Thanks for being so transparent!

    1. We decided just to focus on Makingsenseofcents for now 🙂

  22. Congrats…You can make it to the 1 million mark! I know you can! Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Vivan Chawla

    Incredible job, Michelle! Keep up the great work. This is a great source of inspiration, Congrats!!!

  24. Great job, Michelle! As always, your income reports are so encouraging:)

  25. Hi Michelle

    very inspirational. I’m impressed at how you manage to keep track of so many different sources of income each month without getting confused or deciding to stop working on some to make things simpler.

  26. Cilette Morris

    I’m so happy for you Michelle. Go make it amillion for 2016

  27. Michael

    Good luck on the million mark. Definitely an inspiration to all.

  28. Katie

    Amazing! You are an inspiration!! I know you write your own blogs and manage your site, but I was curious how much time do you spend on the average day working on your site? Did you spend more or less time in the beginning? I work full-time and I am a full-time Graduate student and I just was curious about the average day for a professional blogger and for a side blogger. Thank you again for always providing quality information! 🙂

  29. E

    I love how amazingly thorough your posts are. It really makes me feel like I could be well on my way to figuring this out for myself! Thank you for making everything so transparent and accessible. I just signed up for your free email course and can’t wait to get started!

  30. Another incredible month, Michelle!
    I was able to earn some money from blogging in the past year, and I look at that as proof of concept. Although I blog mainly for the love of writing/blogging, these type of posts are so inspiring for the blogging community. Keep it up!

  31. Congrats Michelle and good luck for the 2017.

  32. Such an inspiration girlfriend! Cheering you on! I noticed the spike in July.. I had the same thing! I wonder why? Congrats 🙂

    1. Thanks so much! Congrats to you as well 🙂

  33. Kris Walters

    Wow! That’s great! I have a blog that I put on hiatus after my divorce. I plan to get back to it this year. I started my blog to chronicle my fitness journey but when I found out I could make a side income with it I wanted to find out how to do it. I was never really able to make that connection to make my blog work like that. I’ve dabbled in the affiliate programs but I was afraid that my blog will look like more of an advertising forum rather than one to inspire. I hope that your program can help.

    1. Ye, this is exactly what my course helps with 🙂

  34. Amanda @ Timemoneyandchoices.com

    Hi Michelle, Congratulations on a great year. Fingers crossed you make that $1mm this year. As a new blogger (lifestyle and personal finance) I am really motivated by reading your posts and income reports. Very happy new year. Xo Amanda

  35. Hi Michelle,

    This is awesome. Keep smashing it.

  36. you are an inspiration in india. i have left my corporate flourishing career just to be with my son !! and this vblog has been started just to give my husband some support. but someday i wish to earn good from blogging 🙂

  37. Lina Huffman

    Can I ask how much time you spend on doing surveys to earn over 10K from it? Am I picking the wrong survey companies because I don’t see the payoff in them … Any advice is appreciated.

  38. I just felt the desire from time to time to catch up on some of your past blog posts discussing side hustles and see how far you’ve came in your blogging journey. I’m right behind you Michelle in being the next side hustle success story. I’m glad good people like you are doing this and keeping me inspired. Thank you for just being you. 🙂