How I Made $135,110 In August Blogging

Welcome to August 2017’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…

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner

Last Updated: May 27, 2023

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Welcome to August 2017’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 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 business income in August of 2017?

I earned $135,110.19 blogging and online in August of 2017, before expenses.

August was a great month for the business. I have been working less than 10 hours a week, and I also had a virtual assistant start in July which has made work even more enjoyable because I now have my VA completing the tasks that take up a lot of my hours each morning.

The business has been running very smoothly on its own lately with minimal work from me. It’s nice to know that the upfront work that I do helps me to earn an income later, while allowing me to enjoy what I do and have more time for other things.

As many of you know, one of the big things I’ve been working on lately is managing a better work-life balance.

And, I am doing MUCH better lately.

It’s been an odd feeling finally having a work-life balance more under control. I feel like I’m forgetting things and thinking that I must be doing something with my time that I must not be realizing.

However, this is just a better work-life balance. I’m no longer wasting time and I’m much more efficient.

Anyway, to get back to my monthly income…

This makes August my eighth consecutive month with income over $100,000. I never thought that I would ever earn over $100,000 a month, especially with a blogging business, and it’s crazy to think about how I earned over $100,000 last month alone.

While my income levels are high, I do want everyone to remember that I started at $0 a month and have grown my income to where it’s at now through a lot of hard work.

Before you think that $100 or even $1,000 is out of your league, you should remember that it is not!

I, myself, used to think that it would be great to one day earn $1,000 online and through my blog. I looked up to many bloggers who were earning over $10,000 a month, and I thought it was impossible.

Now, I’m here to show everyone that it is possible! Through hard work and dedication, you never know where life may lead you.

This great business income month, despite minimal hours worked, was due to a few different things that I’ve been working on lately:

  • I’m focusing on diversifying my income. In 2016, I finally created my first for-sale product, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. This helped me to diversify my business and try a new form of income. Now, my business income primarily consists of affiliate marketing, a product, sponsorships, and advertising, which is a mix that I’m very happy with. Also, I’m making a better effort at diversifying my affiliate income as well, so that I earn a larger share of income from different companies.
  • I’m focusing on my email list. I didn’t start taking my email list seriously until around April of 2016 when I switched to Convertkit. Convertkit makes sending an effective and efficient newsletter so much easier and better. I never really understood email marketing before, but ConvertKit makes it so easy and now I feel like I’m an expert! I now have over 60,000 email subscribers. One of my biggest blogging mistakes was waiting years to start my email list. If you don’t have one yet, you should start ASAP!
  • I’m spending more time on Facebook. I started 2016 with just around 6,500 Facebook followers and ended the year with 38,000. At the end of August of 2017, I was already at 79,000. I owe a lot of that to the ebook Facebook Strategies Worth Sharing. Growing my Facebook page has allowed me to reach new readers, improve my blogging income, grow my email list, and more.

As you can see, August was another great month. It was great on all fronts – blogging, course-wise, life, and everything else. 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.

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:

“Since taking Michelle’s course 5 months ago, my page view average has been 36,715 but my affiliate marketing income has grown from an average of $272.94 per month to $4,400.19 per month. That’s more than 1,500% growth! Within just 5 quick months, I’ve made more than $21,000 directly from the affiliate marketing tips in this course…. I made more than $10,000 in just March 2017 alone! Low page views is not an excuse for low affiliate marketing income. You don’t have to struggle to earn a few dollars a month. Invest in yourself & get educated to start building your business right away. Let Michelle show you how an expert does it!” – Saira Perl, Blogger, MomResource

And these as well:

  • 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 $2.75 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 chart only goes back to January of 2016. You can find all of my income reports here.

Breakout of August 2017 income – $135,110.19

In August of 2017, I earned $135,110.19 from my blogging business. Below is how my income breaks apart in the different blogging income categories:

Total: $135,110.19

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 $4,000 (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 $8,012.85. After expenses and fees, I earned approximately $123,097.34.

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 2017 business income total:

  • Total income in August of 2017: $135,110
  • Total income in July of 2017: $110,897
  • Difference from the previous month: +24,213
  • Total so far in 2017: $1,049,720


Blog news 

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

In August, I finally made the switch to HTTPS. Last month, I received a message from Google saying that my website would start showing a “Not Secure” warning on my blog, along with many other websites that aren’t running on HTTPS with an SSL certificate. It’s a change I’ve been just passing over and not really thinking about. However, with this new message, I knew I finally just had to get it over with.

So, I hired Grayson (I use this genius to complete all tech-related things for my business). He was able to do it quickly, and affordably. I definitely recommend hiring him to complete this very important task for you.

I switched from Shareaholic to Social Warfare Pro due to making the switch to HTTPS, so that I could keep my social media numbers. I don’t know why I didn’t make that switch sooner because I already like Social Warfare Pro 1,000 times more than what I used to have.

I’m also in the very early stages of testing out Awin. They are one of the biggest affiliate networks in the world and I recently received an email from them asking me to try them out – so I figured why not?

Overall, traffic for the month was around 400,000 page views.

Below are several business and blog-related updates:

  • My sister started as my virtual assistant in July and at the time of this writing, she has now been my assistant for almost two months. It is going very well. Some of the tasks she is in charge of are adding Pinterest photos to older blog posts here on Making Sense of Cents, helping manage the Facebook groups I run, scheduling social media posts, and more. This helps free up more of my time so that I can create more products, reach more readers, and most of all, have an even better work-life balance.
  • I am thinking about adding some sort of group coaching session to my business sometime in the future. While I used to do individual coaching, my time was limited. Group coaching would allow me to help more people and to also create a great support group for bloggers.
  • I finally started a community group for Making Sense of Cents. This is a Facebook group in which you can seek advice from other readers on all sorts of topics such as finance, blogging, travel, running a business, and so on. There are already over 7,000 members!
  • I created a new series on my blog where I interview extraordinary people who are doing interesting things in life. First, I interviewed JP, who retired at the age of 28 with a net worth over $2,000,000. Other interviews I already have in the works include a great debt payoff story, a family (including a baby!) who live in a van full-time and run a business, an interview with Kimra Luna, and more. I’m extremely excited about this new interview series! If there’s anyone you would like me to interview, please leave a comment and let me know.
  • I released my How To Start A Blog FREE Course. 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 29,000 people have already signed up. Thank you, everyone, for the kind emails about how great the course is. Glad everyone is enjoying it!
  • Due to how well my first free course went, I also 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.
  • I have plans for my third free email course and I will most likely put that together sometime in the next month or two.

Just a quick note before we continue. I recently created a time-saving cheat sheet that can help you increase your affiliate income. Sign up below!

Popular new posts on Making Sense of Cents last month:


Featured Question: How should a person come up with a blog name?

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. 

Deciding on a name for your blog is probably one of the hardest parts of starting a new website.

You may know exactly what you want your blog to be about, and you may have even already written a few articles. However, the blog name may be stopping you from actually creating your website and launching it.

Coming up with a blog name doesn’t have to be impossible, though, and it doesn’t have to lead to stress.

I still don’t know how I first came up with Making Sense of Cents, but I’m glad I did. It is still catchy to this day, and I even still receive compliments on it.

Here are my tips for deciding on a blog name:

  • Make it easy. My blog name isn’t the easiest for a person to spell, and even I sometimes jumble it when I’m spelling it to someone. So, my top tip would be to make sure that it is easy to type. I’ve seen blog names that are extremely long, contain words that are difficult to spell, and so on. Instead, you should make it as easy as possible for your reader.
  • Think about what you’ll be writing about. You should think about the topics you want to write about on your website, who your target audience is, and more, and jot down descriptive words that are related to what you want your website to be about. Brainstorming this way can help you to think of a blog name!
  • Use a thesaurus to think of similar words. Sometimes, your first choice for a blog name may not be available, or perhaps you want to see if other words catch your attention better. A thesaurus can make this task easier.
  • Make it catchy. You may want to think of something funny, use alliteration, or something else to make your blog name catchy and memorable.
  • Use your name. If you don’t want something catchy and/or if you think you’re not creative enough, then just use your name. It’s super easy that way, and more and more people are starting to do this.

Creating a name for your blog is easy, see!

I’d love to hear about how you came up with your blog name. Please share in the comments below.

Past featured questions:


My plans for my blog and my business.

Plans and goals can help you 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:

  • Earn $1,500,000 from my business in 2017. This is a new goal that I just adjusted for 2017. Many of you have asked why I didn’t increase my goal to $2,000,000 for 2017 since I was so close to $1,000,000 in 2016 already. Well, the main reason for that is because my overall goal for the year is to have a better work-life balance, and, instead, earn more passive income from my blogging business. BUT, after looking over my June income report, I have realized that I was very close to this goal for 2017 already, so I increased it. My goal for 2017 is to now earn $1,500,000. It will be a tough goal, and I look forward to beating it! I’ve changed it a few times this year now after tracking my progress – a task I recommend because it can keep you motivated to succeed with your goals.
  • Have a better work-life balance. This is my main goal for 2017 as quickly mentioned above.  This is an area that I have been doing much better with. While I have quite a nice work-life balance compared to just a few months ago, I know that there is always room for improvement.
  • Be around three months ahead on Making Sense of Cents posts. I am currently only around one month ahead in content. I fell behind due to me being lazy this summer. I would like to be around 3 months ahead in content. Being ahead in content makes life much more enjoyable because I can focus on other things knowing that the majority of my writing work is already done.
  • Grow Making Sense of Cents to 1,000,000 monthly page views. I would love to help more readers, see even more engagement, have higher traffic, and so on. I love my blog and I would love to see it grow! I’m hoping to see around 1,000,000 monthly page views by the end of 2017. I do not see this happening this year, but I have been able to significantly grow my email list which makes me very happy.
  • Do as many live interviews as I can, such as podcasts and webinars. I’m not as shy as I used to be, but living in an RV and not always having internet or a reliable schedule makes podcasts and webinars a little more difficult. I hope to find a way around that (perhaps planning out a better schedule?) and dedicate more time to this area. In the last few months I have completed several podcasts and video interviews. I am planning on taking most of September and October off though to dedicate more time to travel and living in the present.
  • Create one more product to sell. In 2016, I created Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, and that has completely changed my life and my business. I would like to think about and create another product to sell in 2017 so that I can continue to diversify my income.
  • Promote the blog and business better. I am doing much better at promoting my blog and content, and I’m noticing an improvement. I 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 recently I have been seeing, at least, 1,000+ visits a day from Facebook.
  • Continue learning and improving. I am not currently working on any ebooks or courses. What are some good ones right now that you’re taking?


Affiliate income results.

In August of 2017, I earned $46,198.19 in affiliate income, as outlined earlier in this blog income report.

August was another great month for affiliate income and I didn’t spend more than one hour on my affiliate marketing strategies for the whole month. Instead, it was nearly 100% passive affiliate income (which is my favorite form of affiliate income) and reliant on old content here on Making Sense of Cents.

I only published one affiliate-related blog post in August (and it was written months before).

I do plan on creating more affiliate-specific articles on Making Sense of Cents. Perhaps, around one a month so that I can start reviewing products and companies more closely that many of you have been asking me about.

I’m a very big 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 3,100 people purchase the course, and I’d love to have you as a student as well!

In the course 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 $500,000 from a single blog post
  • How to correctly pick affiliate products to promote
  • The steps to increase your conversion rate
  • 80+ Affiliate program ideas for different niches
  • 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 August 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. Anne from Weird Hacks

    Congratulations Michelle. Your course accounts for more than 40% of your income.

    I also made the switch to HTTPS. I am on a shared server so it was easy to install by clicking a button and redirecting links.

    August for me was great! I fell Ill few weeks back so I couldn’t post as much as I used to. I am batching my contents up now so October can be smooth sail😊

    1. Yes, course income is increasing – it’s crazy to see that!

  2. Ember @ An Intentional Lifestyle

    That’s an awesome month! Yes, very much interested in blogging income. I’ve been blogging for a couple of months, and have done pretty well so far building up traffic. But I would love to start earning some type of income from the blog too.

    Picking a name…. that was one of the hardest parts for me. Plus, I probably didn’t pick a very simple one, although it defines what I write about. I def recommend following your tips to make that process simpler!

    I keep seeing blogger switching to https, so I am thinking I need to look at that now…. may be on my blog to do list this month. Thanks for all the tips!

    1. Yes, one of the top questions I receive is about how to pick a name – I don’t know why it took me so long to finally make the blog post!

  3. Michelle, I always love reading these. You continue to be an inspiration! Thanks for sharing.

  4. Alex @ The detectorist

    I’ve been reading your blog for a while, but somehow I always missed the income reports. When I clicked the title I was like… hmm you mean $136 or $1360, like something isn’t right :)?

    I’ve been blown away about what you wrote, I didn’t believe that such numbers could be generated from a single blog. How many unique visitors are usually reading monthly? Can you share some of the users stats and bounce rate?

    1. I share the monthly page views every month in my income reports. Unique visitors are somewhere around 300,000 a month. I don’t really track my stats too well.

  5. Mrs. Picky Pincher

    Yay for making positive strides toward work-life balance. 🙂 The HTTPS thing is annoying; I just made the https switch myself. But whatever works!

  6. I always enjoy reading your income reports. Gives me inspiration. My blog is still a baby and is very slowly gaining ground. Need more subscribers. Really need your course on Affiliate Marketing. I also switched to https. Grayson helped me as well. He is really great to work with.
    Thanks for sharing and always being an inspiration to others.

  7. Jason@Simple Man Money

    Great job on the much-deserved financial success behind Making Sense of Cents!

    As for blog names, well, you may recall I just went through a rebranding effort – changed the name of my blog and created new social media channels around the name.

    My wife and I brainstormed for several days, and in the end the only thing I was confident in was I wanted something around the word “money.” I’d previously created blogs about “debt” and “frugality,” but this time I wanted a broader focus.

    We gave up on renaming the blog for a few weeks, until my birthday approached last month. My wife asked where I wanted to go to dinner and I said, “Waffle House.” Her reply (with a sigh), “Jason, you are such a simple man.”

    Aha! Simple Man Money was born.

  8. Hi Michelle,

    Congrats on your success and it’s nice to see how your blog just keeps increasing in revenue. It definitely goes to show that your hard work that you put in advance, is paying off.

    That’s definitely nice to know as a blogger. Congrats on making the switch to HTTPS. I made the switch about 3 months into starting my blog.

    I didn’t want to deal with the headaches later when I had a lot more traffic. Sounds like your transition went smoothly.

    I’m using Social Warfare Pro as well. It’s a great plugin, I love it. But it’s really the only social sharing plugin I’ve used since starting my blog.

    Thanks for sharing your income report with us, it’s definitely motivational to see where you came from.

    Have a great day 🙂


  9. Helen

    Congrats Michelle! You are such an inspiration. Thank you so much for touching my life, I’m beyond glad I found your blog. Keep shining and stay blessed!

  10. Wow, impressive numbers Michelle. Glad to see another Finance person blogging. You have provided me with plenty of tips to use and you are really my inspiration. I have probably mentioned you in ALL my blog posts so far 🙂

    Ms99to1percent recently posted about how we live on less
    than 15% of our income…

  11. Marie Jackson

    Wow you’ve already made a million dollars this year!! That is remarkable! Well done!

  12. Wow, 29,000 have already signed up for the free course. That’s great. I need to make the switch to Https. Thanks for the reminder.

  13. Melanie, Mommy Finance

    Wow so inspiring! Thanks for sharing all this! I find your reports to be so helpful as I continue to build my blog. I hope to one day be successful with it.

  14. I had to double take when I first saw the income figure!
    Huge congratulations and such an awesome and detailed post.
    Creating your own products is definitely the way to go.
    Thanks for sharing this and inspiring many thousands of bloggers.

    1. Yes, creating your own product is so important.

  15. Tegan

    I love reading your income reports. They are super inspiring! I have just purchased Social Warfare Pro, I cannot wait to try it out. I have heard so many good things about it.

  16. ANA

    Hello Michelle,
    Just found your website few weeks ago! I’ve been reading everything on your blog and the information are amazing! Two questions:
    Surveys Companies: Do you do all the surveys yourself? How many surveys do you do a month?
    About a VA: When did you decide that was time to hire a VA? Also what task does she do for you?

    Thank you so much for sharing amazing information! Definitely will apply all in my business!

    1. 1) If you look again at my income report, you’ll see that survey income is listed under affiliate income.

      2) I list out the tasks she does in this income report (or maybe it was the last one). Definitely recommend reading that as it’s a long list.

  17. I wasn’t sure about moving to https. I believe I already have one, but not sure if it’s transferable?

    I need to start reading your blog again more often, because I get really motivated and I kinda lost track of myself over the summer.

    1. I have no idea. HTTPS is over my head, haha.

    2. Good morning Lisa,

      1 thing I learned about https:// is that it does significantly help boost your long-term search engine rankings and safeguard your site from hackers. When I used to run my website in the recent past and Google Chrome, Google would tell me that my site is not secure. Like Michelle and other people, I too didn’t know what https:// was and had to look into it further on my server for installing the SSL certificate.

      Now that the SSL certificate it is uploaded and secured and https:// intact, it not only helped boost my SEO in a short time as previously mentioned, but also helped to increase my online trust score & positive reputation.

      So I guess every day is an online business learning experience, right? 🙂

  18. Congrats Michelle. I am too using shareaholic and wanted to move my site from HTTP to HTTPS and asked the sales person at social warfare if they would be able to recover FB shares. They replied that “Unfortunately Facebook has changed its share API to make recovery impossible”.

    Are you absolutely sure that you have recovered your share counts especially Facebook shares?


    1. If you look here – – it is listing the Facebook shares in the thousands so I am assuming yes.

  19. I love hearing all about your success. Keep doing what you’re doing. You’re an inspiration to us all.

    Well done!

  20. Kar

    Hi Michelle,
    I love your site and am enjoying learning from you! Thank you so much! I am at the very beginning of all of this at the age of 67! What please is HTTPS? I am not tech savvy, but I long to do what you have been doing and I will try to find my way. For someone of my age, with no background in any of this, am I better off with a WIX website or a Word with Bluehost? I want to get into affiliate marketing too. Why? Where did you find Grayson? I need a Grayson too…. desperately!

    1. I definitely recommend than Wix. Almost everyone I know who tried Wix first ends up switching to WordPress and it’s a big hassle.

  21. Daundra Becker

    You’re so inspiring!

    It’s still hard to believe that I stumbled across an income report of yours way back in Feb 2016 and it gave me to push I needed to start my own blog.

    It’s been a wild ride!

    I retired my hubby from his job twice, lost my granny, made more money per month than we have in our lives (but I was more stressed and depressed than ever), and so much has changed in my business since I started.

    Like you, I realized my work-life balance was way out of whack, and I’ve completely turned my business upside down to rebuild and recreate something that doesn’t leave me in a constant state of burnout.

    It’s not easy letting go of old habits and mindset, but how things were going for Bringing Home Becker wasn’t sustainable for us and our three little ladies.

    Thanks for sharing your journey. 🙂

  22. Paul Bodlovich

    What Laptop Model have you found to be the best platform for working on your blog, social media sites, daily work and interaction with followers, etc. How many different laptop models have you tried? Sorry if you have already stated this previously. Thanks for all the knowledge, guidance and inspiration that you freely pass along with your blog.

  23. I have been following you for a while now and it is definitely inspiring to read your reports, plus I always learn something new as well. Congratulations on another great month!

  24. Eme Stephen

    This is the kind of thing that makes me pinch myself after reading. U am not trying to compare, just that it reminds me of the opportunities that are there in blogging.
    Thanks for sharing

  25. Thomas Kim

    I am super inspired by all the work you have put in. It’s amazing how passion can really drive you to achieve unbelievable and amazing results! Thank you for being honest with us, really appreciate it!

  26. TillVarjePris

    Hi Michelle! Love your blog and it was your blog that inspired me to actually start a blog.

    I was wondering if you know the gender statistics of your followers? Are they x% woman and y% men?

    Just curious 🙂


  27. Wow!! You are so amazing! Congratulations on your 8th month of earning more than $100,000! You inspire me more every time I see your income reports! 🙂

  28. This is amazing! Hope you make much more in the future, thank you so much for sharing.