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How I Made Over $2,300 Blogging in July! Money Nomad Income Report

Well, it’s hard to believe – but I can finally call myself a paid blogger! This month I decided to make an effort to transition my blog from a hobby to a business and it actual worked.

I earned over $2,300 from my blog in July (in both money and services received). And from the look of things, August should be even better!

So, whether you’re a friend curious about what I’m mysteriously doing on my laptop in Costa Rica, or a new blogger eager to monetize your own site, I’ve decided to follow in the footsteps of many other bloggers and share my monthly earnings report.

Why share my income reports? My hope is that this will inspire others who would love to have the flexibility that comes with a digital nomad lifestyle – and show that it’s absolutely possible to make money blogging if you’re willing to put in the time and energy. It’s not fast and easy, but it’s a great way to develop a business that scales.

As you can see from a quick glance around my site, I make typos, don’t fully understand good design, and have many other “flaws”. But I’m learning, and earning! If you’re at all interested in making a living blogging, I recommend checking out my article on how to start a blog and give it a shot. You may be surprised with the results!

 Now, here’s how Money Nomad made money this month.

How Money Nomad Makes Money

Although I currently earn most of my income by helping businesses with online marketing, monetizing a blog has been a dream for years. I’ve launched, and taken down, at least half a dozen blogs over the years. However, with Money Nomad I decided to stick with one concept and develop a degree of consistency — and it’s starting to pay off!

Because I make money from this blog, I certainly want to be transparent about that with you. It’s exciting to earn money writing about topics I enjoy, but my primary focus will remain on offering value to my readers. Fortunately, as a blogger you can talk about what you want and make money in the process. Here’s how it works…

As I’ve made an effort to increase the value that Money Nomad offers for free (such as the 13 week series on How to Quit Your Job and Become a Digital Nomad in 90 Days), I’ve been able to grow a committed following that appreciates and supports what I do. And I’m finally able to start earning an income from that following!

“But Rob, how do you make money without actually selling anything?” Great question.

Currently, about 50% of my blog income comes from affiliate advertising. Throughout my articles I occasionally mention products or services that I use and value. If you decide to make a purchase through those links, I receive a commission (at no extra cost to you).

What’s great about affiliate advertising is that it allows readers to support bloggers without actually having to pay them directly. Instead, I’m able to share tools, resources, and products that I believe are valuable, and you are able to support my writing by using and buying these items when/if they benefit you!

The other 50% comes from sponsors – who pay me to review or mention their service on Money Nomad. I’m very cautious about what businesses I discuss on Money Nomad, as I want this site to remain beneficial to readers and not a massive billboard. But finding high quality sponsors helps me invest more time and energy into improving Money Nomad – and introduces me to some awesome brands.

Money Nomad Income for July, 2016

For the month of July I’m including the money I earned from affiliates and sponsors, along with the retail value of any services or products I received to review and/or giveaway. I’ll break each of these down so that you can see what I made in detail.

I’ve done some revamping of Money Nomad over the last few months and traffic has fluctuated up/down because of that – but my traffic for July was just over 20,000 page views. Considering I made just over $2,000, that results in $0.10 per view!  If this ratio remains consistent, then it will be very easy to calculate the worth of driving more traffic to Money Nomad – as there is an amount associated with each visit. However, I do not get paid per page view and this number may fluctuate in future months.

Over this month my largest affiliate commissions came from three products that I use and enjoy myself:

  • Bluehost Website Hosting – which keeps Money Nomad up and running (Use the link to save 50% and get WordPress installed for free)
  • Fundrise eREIT for real estate investing – currently my favorite investing tool and one I wrote a review about that’s ranked on Google’s first page.
  • Motif Investing – which is a stock investing platform with a twist that currently offers a $150 sign up bonus and allows you to purchase up to 30 stocks for a single price.

Now, onto the full report.

Money Nomad Income by Category

Here’s the Money Nomad blog income by category for the month of July (based on payments received – some of which were from previous months).

From affiliate programs:

From sponsorships:

  • Sponsored posts and links (monetary) – $525
  • Giveaways (you can win this gift card here) – $150
  • Free travel RSV (Yes, I accidentally became a travel blogger this month! I’ll share more soon) – $642.86

In total, Money Nomad received $2,372.10 in July! Once we discount the giveaway and free travel, the actual monetary income is $1,579.24.

That’s not too shabby for a side project!

Money Nomad Expenses for July, 2016

We all know that it takes money to make money – and the same holds true with blogging. Although you can get by spending relatively little, it’s worth calculating the tradeoff of using a tool or freelancer rather than doing something yourself.

For example, I’ve discovered that it’s far more cost effective for me to pay someone to create my title images than it is for me to fumble through creating them myself. The saved time allows me to focus on other activities on my blog or working for clients.

Money Nomad expenses for July

During the month of July I used the following tools and products to keep my site going (annual costs are split out by month):

My total expenses for July came out to $339.85 – with the likelihood of these increasing next month as I transition from free trials to paid subscriptions. However, the Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing course was a one time purchase – and a worthwhile one at that! I can attribute much of my success with affiliate revenue to what I learned from Michelle, the creator of the course.

When it’s all send and done, I netted $1,239.39 cash in July! Of course, 30% of this will go to taxes, but that’s still more than enough to cover a good chunk of our living expenses this last month in Costa Rica. Pretty awesome!

What’s Next for Money Nomad?

Now that the site is actually starting to make a bit of money, I can invest a more time and money into making it better! And I’m incredibly excited about this.

I’m currently trying to figure out how to make this site more of a holistic resource rather than a personal blog. In other words, I plan on seeking out additional team members as the site grows to add further value to the Money Nomad community. I’m still not sure what that will look like, but I’m excited to see what Money Nomad will morph into.

Meanwhile, if you’re enthusiastic about business, travel, self-employment, and investing, Money Nomad should only increase in value and benefit to you – so join our email list and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest. As a side note, I’ve used for a long time to find emails, but they recently created the Hunter MailTracker tool to track emails which I’ve found extremely helpful. 

Finally, if you’re ready to start blogging you can make the most of the current Bluehost hosting deal and setup your blog for $3.95/month (50% off) and get WordPress installed for free. Who knows, in six months you may be earning more from blogging than I am!

Thanks so much for being a valuable member of the Money Nomad community and I look forward to further interactions with you on and off this blog. As always, reach out if you have any questions or if I can assist you in growing your next business venture. Stay inspired!


Rob is enthusiastic about everything related to money and investing. A financial analyst and instructor, he enjoys using what he’s learned from 10 years of studying business and money to help others achieve financial stability. He founded Money Nomad in 2014!

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    1. Thanks Francesca, it’s definitely exciting to see some progress. The hourly rate for my work on Money Nomad may be up to about $1/hr in total now! lol. But the ability for things to scale quickly certainly offers a lot of additional opportunities. We’ll see how things progress!

  1. Great month and I love the transparency! You are doing some incredible things that should really help drive continued growth. Living the dream, right!? Keep up the good work!

    1. Working towards it for sure! It’s definitely awesome to see a hobby start paying for itself (and then some). Thanks for stopping by and your great content as well.

  2. Congrats on this past month. And good to know that this isn’t your first blog. My wife and I have launched a total of 5 sites within the past year, we are only keeping two of them going. It’s been a learning experience as blogging newbies and learned one or two sites were too narrow & others simply were not worth the time given everything else we are doing.

    Also interested to hear how you like Aweber. I still use MailChimp since I have a small e-mail list and tossed between Aweber & ConvertKit when the time comes to upgrade. I know a lot of bloggers (including Pat Flynn) have recently switched to the latter option.

    1. You’re right — a lot of it is a trial and error process (along with learning from others). So I look forward to seeing your blogs continue to grow and excel as well.

      And I’ve heard good things about ConvertKit as well, I may need to look into it more. I was using MailChimp but then when I switched over a lost a portion of my email list because Aweber required everyone to reconfirm their subscription. I suppose it’s good to filter out people who aren’t active, but it’s a bit of a bummer to discover that your email list is far smaller than you first thought!

      I’ll let you know what I think as I continue on, and we’ll see what happens! Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to reading more of your great content.

    1. Awesome Emma! Glad to offer a bit of inspiration. A large part of it really is just a shift in mindset. Although providing value to others should still be your #1 goal, if you start viewing your blog for the value that it actually provides, you may discover yourself able to make a decent bit of income from it. 🙂

      I look forward to seeing your continued success!

  3. So inspiring! I know you’ve put a lot of work into this blog. Plus you are helping so many others in the process. I love seeing the multiple affiliate income streams, plus your detailed expense report.

    1. Thanks Deidre! I appreciate your help with getting these great title images setup — you’ve certainly been incredibly helpful in making this happen.

  4. Thanks for sharing this! I’m glad I came across your blog! I wish I could become a digital nomad but alas, for now I have to raise my kids where they want to be. In a decade from now, for sure. Hopefully, we’ll be retired digital nomads 😉
    I also post my own traffic and revenue reports for six blogs that I’m trying to revive. I’ll be sure to keep an eye on your future reports as well. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Thanks for sharing Anne — and raising kids is certainly an important task and noble reason for not traveling extensively. 🙂 Good luck as you continue expanding your own blog presence.

  5. Nice report! Cool to read other folk’s ways of monetizing their site…gives me motivation.

    Enjoyed your first Spanish article too! Do you know if you get many views from Mexico to that specific page? Trying to do the same here but going with adding country specific after my top level domain /es/ for example.

    Did you monetize with Uber via a review as well or placed ad?

    Keep up the good work!

    1. Thanks Jacob! It’s a start for sure. And hopefully we can definitely grow a few of these. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and good luck with your own blogging.

  7. Good article. My goal is $500 per week from product sales (working on a book) and client work. Keep hustling. I quit my job last year and have had a great time building my brand online while meeting great people.

    1. Thanks a great goal! Keep me posted on your way to reaching that — it’s definitely possible with a bit of consistent work.

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