Money Manifesto January 2017 Blogging Income Report

Welcome to the January 2017 Money Manifesto blogging income report.

Thanks for checking in this month to help keep me accountable when it comes to making money online.

As I mention every month, I share my monthly blogging income numbers to keep myself accountable for earning a decent living online.

At the same time, I share to inspire you that you, too, can make money online just like I have.

What I Learned in January

January was another interesting month. My wife and I are still adjusting to being parents. To make things even more interesting my wife had to return to work toward the end of January. To say this was a challenge is an understatement.

Thankfully, I’m still able to complete all of my essential blogging duties and still watch our son while she returns to work. That was a major part of our plan when I decided to quit my full time job to work for myself.

On the business side of things, January was a relatively quiet month. I didn’t have any huge plans other than to maintain my blogging efforts while adapting to our new life as parents. Thankfully, I had an opportunity come my way thanks to my blog, which I’ll detail below.

Here’s what you’re really reading this report for, my income for the month of January 2017.

January 2017 Blogging Income – $4,730.50

January was another solid month by my minimum income standard since I ended up making $4,730.50 and my minimum income goal is $3,000 per month. Here’s how each category of income performed for me this month.

Freelance Writing

Freelance writing continues to be a solid contributor to my blogging income.

In fact, I picked up a new client this month that found me through my blog. Hopefully they’ll end up being a recurring client for me in the future. After all, recurring writing clients allow me to add a significant amount of stability into my monthly blogging income.

That said, I know freelance writing clients can also end our working relationship at any time. While I’m not currently looking for new clients, if the right person approaches me with the right opportunity, I won’t turn it down.

If I do lose a client or two though, you can bet I’d be going out to look for new writing work.

Affiliate Income

Affiliate income is in theory my favorite way to earn income blogging. The sad truth is, I’m not the best at it. I only have myself to blame. I have been telling myself I need to take Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course but haven’t carved the time out in my schedule. More on this later.

Sponsored Content

Sponsored content continues to do decent for Money Manifesto. I don’t actively seek out sponsored content opportunities at this point, but that may change in the future. For now, I take the good opportunities that come my way.

At the same time, I avoid publishing the massive amounts of awful opportunities that would make Money Manifesto unfriendly. I only take sponsored content opportunities that will benefit you, my readers. Otherwise, what’s the point?

Traditional Advertising

Traditional advertising is something that makes a small amount of money for me at this point. However, as I grow the site, I hope that the traditional advertising dollars grow with it. Once my site gets large enough, there is another ad network I want to test that may offer the improvement I’m looking for, but first I must grow.

Improving My Blogging Business

While I’m currently in maintain mode, I’m getting ready to shift into try to grow mode. To do so, there are three things I think will help me enormously. The first is Elite Blog Academy, which I’ve signed up to take. It starts soon and I’m ready to dig in to start taking Money Manifesto more seriously.

Once I get the foundation laid with Elite Blog Academy, I swear I’m going to finally go through Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing┬ácourse. This should allow me to improve upon my affiliate income once I get a good handle on Money Manifesto from Elite Blog Academy.

Finally, I need to finish going through the Earn More Writing course by Holly. I’ve already completed half of it, but need to finish going through the course.

From what I’ve seen so far, it can help people who want to get started freelance writing as well as people like me already making thousands per month from freelance writing. If you want to take Earn More Writing, you can get it here.

You Can Start Your Own Blogging Business

My online income business started with one simple step, starting my blog. It led to great things. It helped pay down my wife’s student loan debt, provide extra income for the down payment on our home and eventually turned into my full time career.

If you’re interested in starting your own blog, you can get started by setting up a self-hosted WordPress blog on bluehost. Once you’ve started blogging, make sure to send me a link to your site. I’d love to check it out!

Do you have any questions about my income report from this month? I’d be happy to answer them. Just shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

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About Lance Cothern

Lance Cothern, a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is the founder of Money Manifesto. You can read more about him here or connect with him on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ or Pinterest.


  1. Nice work in January. I’ve been thinking about signing up for Michelle’s affiliate course as well. I’m only about 6 months in on my blog, but it’s never too early to start maximizing income. Would love to hear your thoughts on it if you do use it.

    • I’ll definitely let you know once I take it. I have several blogging friends who have taken it and made thousands more than they had before, easily repaying the cost of the course. That said, their blogs were older than 6 months so they probably had a bit more traffic to work with. Will keep you updated!

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