July 2016 Blogging Income Report

Welcome to my July 2016 blogging income report.

This income report is coming a bit late this month because August has been very busy for me both with blogging and in my personal life, but I’ll save that for the August report.

For now, let’s focus on what I learned in July and see how much I earned.

What I Learned In July From Self-Employment

July was a month when my main focus wasn’t my blog. Thankfully, I learned I don’t have to earn money just through blogging and other online endeavors.

July was a month where Tori and I spent a significant amount of time preparing our first home and ex-rental property for sale. This time spent was well worth it, even though it was very frustrating.

The decrease in blog income will be more than offset by the increase in the selling price of our property.

Tori and I also took some time to recharge our batteries by visiting Key West for a few days. We were able to pay for the trip mostly with credit card rewards and sign up bonuses, so the trip didn’t cost much out of pocket.

I did lose time I could have spent earning more income for the business. As a self-employed person, I don’t get paid vacation which is a bit of a bummer. However, the time off was well worth it.

July 2016 Income – $2,976

July was my worst month of income reporting so far, but I’m 100% okay with that.

The main reason I made less money this month, as I mentioned above, is the fact I took a week off for vacation and spent a significant amount of time preparing our rental property for sale. While I won’t be reporting my real estate sale information, it will more than make up for the lower income many times over.

Here’s how I made money this month.

Affiliate Income

Affiliate income had another blah month. I really need to work on my affiliate income streams, so I’m going to be taking my friend Michelle’s affiliate income course from Making Sense of Cents.

After I complete the course, I’ll report back how it has worked and put up an affiliate link if you’d like to buy it, too.

Freelance Writing

Freelance writing has been going well for me. I have some news, but it probably won’t be coming until the August or September income report.

Even though freelance writing income is going well, I always have more to learn. I’ll be taking my friend Holly’s course from Club Thrifty and will similarly report back on my experience.

Banner Advertisements

Banner ads have continued to be as profitable as normal for me. Currently, I’m using ads from Media.net.

After testing them against Google Adsense, I found I get paid better through Media.net. If you have your own blog, you can give them a shot (affiliate link) and see if they work out better for you. If you sign up through my link, you’ll get a 10% earnings bonus for the first three months.

Branded or Sponsored Content

Branded content, when I feature a certain brand in a post, has continued to pay off well for me. I don’t accept just any offer and only promote companies I can get behind. I haven’t found many new opportunities lately, but my current content continues to pay off.

You Can Start Your Own Blog

I started my own blog way back in 2012, but I’ve stuck to blogging and now make a full time income from working online! If you want to start your own blog, you can get your own self hosted WordPress blog on Bluehost (affiliate link).

Do you have any questions about blogging I can help answer? Leave a comment down 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. I’m taking Michelle’s course, too! I’m really looking forward to maximizing my affiliate marketing strategy. I was hesitant to do it for a long time, but I’ve realized I was leaving a lot of money on the table.

  2. Thank you for sharing your success. I love seeing income reports and it’s very motivational to someone that is just starting out!

    Have you gained some sense of accountability and motivation just from sharing your income? Would you recommend it for a new blogger?

    • Glad to help! I would say I am more aware of what I need to work on my business because of them. Ultimately I hope to make more money, but this year has just been insane with life and other projects. I would only recommend sharing if you are comfortable. My wife and I talked long and hard before we decided it was right for us.

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