June 2016 Money Manifesto Blogging Income Report

Welcome to the June 2016 Money Manifesto blogging income report.

June was another month where my main focus wasn’t my business.

However, I still needed to make sure I was making enough money to support my family.

What I Learned About Self-Employment In June

We still have a lot going on in our personal lives so my business hasn’t been in growth mode. However, I realized that I need to make sure I’m sustaining my business.

I’ve managed to continue meeting all of my freelance deadlines, which is one of my highest priorities. Unfortunately, I haven’t had as much time to focus on my own project, this blog.

I know earning a living is the most important part when my time is constrained. Once I have a bit more bandwidth, I should focus using that extra time to grow my projects rather than look for more freelance work.

I have some brainstorming to do to figure out how to grow my income from this blog rather than growing my freelance income in the coming months.

I might make a product, a course or focus on growing my traffic to increase my advertising income. If you have an idea ofย a particular product or course you’d like to see me make, let me know!

June 2016 Blogging Income – $4,480

In June, I made $4,480. This is well above my $3,000 per month minimum, but the downward trend in income is frustrating.

Fortunately, the main reason income has been decreasing is because I haven’t had a ton of time to devote to growing my business.

Hopefully the trend turns around in a couple of months once many major life changes are complete.

My most stable income has been my freelance writing income. In fact, in June my freelance writing income was higher than usual as I took on a unique project. I actually wrote scripts for TV commercials for a major brand, so that was pretty neat.

I also made money in my traditional categories. I earned a little bit of money through affiliate income, but that income has been decreasing. I need to work on growing this income and will be taking a course on it soon. I’ll keep you updated and let you know what I think as well as how it goes.

I also earned money through traditional advertising and sponsored content. I will definitely be looking to grow these income streams in future months, as well.

You Can Earn Money Blogging, Too

Earning money blogging isn’t easy, but it is super rewarding. I’m able to share my experiences and help other people with their money and make money doing it. It’s pretty sweet.

If you want to start making money blogging, the first step is to actually start a blog. Personally I started with a self-hosted WordPress blog andย I recommend you do the same.

In fact, you can get started today on Bluehost.

I started a free blog once and quit within a week or two. However, once I invested and started a self-hosted WordPress blog a couple years later I stuck with it and am now a self-employed blogger!

I actually made my first big sale with an advertising spot that I wouldn’t have been able to sell on a free blogging platform. After that, being self-hosted helped me look professional and helped me land my first freelance writing client.

If you’ve been considering starting a blog and have any questions, feel free to email me. I’m so glad I got started and would love to help you if you have any questions.

Have you been thinking about starting a blog? What is holding you back?

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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 know the feeling of needing to meet freelance deadlines, but also wanting to grow my own projects. I’ve stopped taking on new clients for a while for this reason. But I’m also working full-time still, and trying to take CFP classes. So my time is especially limited!

  2. I started my blog just two months ago and have been absolutely loving it. Taking a course on affiliate income.. Are you talking about makingsenseofcent’s affiliate income course? ๐Ÿ™‚ If so, I would love to hear your review on it!

  3. That’s really cool you got to do writing for commercials! Do they just get your contact information through your blog or are you using a writing platform to advertise your services?

    Great job ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Sucks that the income went down a bit, but it’s still awesome to see you’re making a nice chunk of change online! Keep up the awesome work.

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