Income Report Roundup – April 2015


One of the most popular posts I publish are my income reports.

So I decided to round up as many income reports as possible and rank them based on earnings to see how I stack up against the rest.

If you publish an income report on your blog and would like it included in next month’s post then please let me know in the comments!

Here we go-

#1) – $25,364.51 (-$881.07)

PinchOfYumAs usual the PinchOfYum team secure the number 1 spot but also celebrate their 5 year anniversary!

Congrtualtions to the team not only for being so succesful in an ‘impossible to monetize’ niche but also the consistency and perseverance shown in those years – pay attention to that.

I love watching the RPM metric of their blog (earnings per 1,000 visitors) which is sitting at $10.94 this month. It’s a metric I started tracking recently with a high of $597 in November 2014 but currently sits at $115 for this blog.

#2) – $15,151.00 (-$8,607.00)

MakingSenseofCentsMichelle’s income has dropped to normal levels again this month.

This was expected though as she sold a website last month in order to gain focus on key projects like her blog.

Although her income dropped overall, she did have her biggest month ever for affiliate income which is in essence, free money for no extra work!

#3) – $12,215.22 (-$4,560.68)

Matthew WoodwardFor the second month running the blog has seen a big drop in income.

On the surface it looks pretty rough but I have spent my focus working away behind the scenes to pave the way for much bigger things throughout 2015 such as negotiating exclusive deals.

All of that means I’m spending less time chasing numbers and more time doing what I love to do, which will in turn – reflect in the numbers!

#4) – $4,925.00 (+$2,138.00)

AuthorityWebsiteIncomeJon is the first person to post a positive increase this month so far!

This success comes from a number of reasons including Jon identifying his own mistakes and acting quickly to fix them.

That is a great talent to have as people often send themselves up sh*ts creek without a paddle while being stubborn in their decisions instead of adapting as they go.

#5) – $4,820.00 (-$364.00)

TrueValhallaMatt got caught up with tax season this month which absorbed a lot of his time.

Dealing with taxes and filing your accounts can be a time consuming process but with the right process and accountant shouldn’t take more than an hour or two each month.

However Matt did reach an important milestone this month, finally breaking through the $200,000 barrier – even if most of it got paid to the tax man!

#6) – $4,451.87 (+$2,053.05)

MyTanFeetWhen I look back to my first conversation with Yeison nearly 2 years ago, it’s great to see how far the team have come.

This month is their best month to date and they are paving the way for huge successes in the future. Cutting out the middleman by becoming the middleman has seen commisions increases from 18 cents to $15 for the same sale.

As I have a personal relationship with the team I also know they are working on something the travel blogging niche desperatly needs but it’s not my place to reveal it here! Keep an eye (or two) on these pair!

#7) – $1,704.00 (-$605.00)

digitalnomadSharon has had a bit of a drop this month but its nothing to worry about.

She managed to triple her commissions from hotels (have a word with Yeison above they increased theirs by over 8,000%) and saw an increase in affiliate commision but a drop off in ads.

Sharon seems to be struggling with monetising Amazon traffic outside of Australia, but perhaps this plugin could help.

#8) – $1,538.56 (-$705.82)

DumbPassiveIncomeWhile Matt has seen income drop this month, he spent a lot of time on his newly found addiction.

Playing Minecraft with his kids. While many people might not be impressed with a $1,500 income – the passive income allows him to spend time where it truly matters.

Interesintgly he introduced a start here page to introduce new readers to the blog (something I should probably do) but it has placed it at the end of the navigation bar rather than the start.

#9) – $1,500.22 (-$162.74)

willWill was new to the roundup last month and maintains income levels this month.

He has just introduced private advertising to the site to try and build on that next month. He should look at who is advertising on similar sites and approach them to accelerate that.

He has identified Bali, Shanghai and Hong Kong content as the most popular and is going to produce more content around that to take advantage of the traffic further.

#10) – $1,199.15 (+$1,054.22)

freeyounowPaul Piotrowski is new to the roundup and posts a huge increase month on month.

He managed to crank out an impressive 31 blog posts in 31 days although I tend to find that leads to much lower quality writing throughout.

I’m not entirely sure what the blogs focus is as he has published content about blogging, books, exercise, cars, mixing music & gardening.

#11) – $902.89 (+$810.81)

ohpFor the second month in a row Ron has posted a nice bump in earnings after hitting a huge negative.

He has officially quit his full time job and most of his income is made up from consulting work at $100/hr.

It also looks like he introduced a range of lead magnets to the blog although they lack consistency and relevance with mixed messaging about a marketing course and free images to use on a blog.

#12) – $619.12 (+$232.51)

lifestyleutmAndrea continues to focus on client work but took 18 days off this month with his friends and family.

He is also running some interesting experiments on his income reports to see which layout engages people the most & makes the most money.

Although traffic dropped because he hasn’t worked on the blog, earnings actually went up! The blogging world is a strange one :)

#13) – $177.74 (+$612.92)

bizziKaitlin was new to the roundup last month but has made a great recovery after a heavy loss.

Although she feels like she isn’t gaining traction quick enough she is starting to realise that every piece of content she creates is a long term business asset.

There are not many businesses in the world where you can create unlimited amounts of business assets with no investment other than your own time.

#14) – $93.06 (-$299.50)

incomemeshDrazen Prastalo is another newcomer this month but unfortunately posts a loss on last month.

But that comes with good reason. First of all this is a part time project for Drazen and he took most of the month off to recharge.

With that said, he has quit his full time job to gain focus on his online ventures so watch this space!

#15) – $44.56 (+$233.50)

myrecipeCharlotte posted a loss last month but has bounced back this time around!

She saw a huge boost in traffic last month that has continued to grow at a similar rate this month as she works to improve on all fronts.

However I see she is worried that she is running on a domain rather than a .com – I was in the same boat but I rank in Google USA just as easily as I rank in Google UK.

#16) – -$67.24 (+$34.50)

PhilipPhilip’s blog is in it’s early stages and even though he posted a loss, things are improving.

Although he only posted 2 blog posts this month, he has published his first Udemy course while working on a Kindle book.

He is certainly turning all of the cogs in his direction for future success so keep an eye on this one in the coming months!

In Summary

With 3 new blogs added to the roundup last month and 2 more new blogs this month the roundup is starting to get busy!

I love watching the new blogs more than any others because this is where the magic really happens as people work to establish themselves – there are a lot of lessons to be learnt.

Last month all of the blogs featured earned a combined total of $83,210.97, but this month that has dropped heavily to $74,639.66!

This is due to some of the bigger blogs having heavy hits this month including my own so let’s see what damage we can do this around collectively :)

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Performance Tracking

I only include the earnings history of the top 10 blogs each month to make the graphs easy to read.

26 Responses

  1. Harsh

    Hi Matt,

    For more than 2 months now I have been following your blog. I believe I should start my own blog now. Frankly speaking I wanted to started a blog 6 months back but due to almost zero budget I am unable to proceed with it but now I think slowly I can make the move. Whatever has to happen will happen.

    I hope if I could get any word of assistance from your end, any special advice then I shall really be obliged.


  2. Harsh

    Also Matt,

    I am unable to see any video as mentioned by you in this page: .

    Can you show me the video?

    I shall be waiting for your response.


    • April 28th, 2015 at 7:07 am

      Working fine here unless YouTube is banned in your country?

  3. The link for MyRecipeBook isn’t working… just brings you back to this page.. I think?

  4. prince ellis

    im first haha

  5. 4.27.2015

    Does the Amazon plugin make much difference?

    About 60% of my traffic comes from the UK and 15% from the US. I have been considering such a plugin for a while now.

  6. 4.27.2015

    Hi Matthew, awesome content here, lots of useful information inside all of the links.

    One minor thing I thought you might like to know, the first link in #7 isn’t pointing to the DigitalNomadWannabe site, but to this very article! ;-)

    I subscribed recently to your newsletter and I’ve gotta say you’re sending top notch stuff everyday, so thank you so much for that! :-)

  7. 4.28.2015

    Hi Matt. Thanks for another great roundup. I haven’t had a chance to go through them all yet but will do a bit later.

    I just wanted to let you know that the link through to my site doesn’t appear to be working, it links back around to the income report.

  8. 4.28.2015

    It’s great to see so many people doing well with their online business efforts. These income reports are very inspiring!

  9. 4.28.2015

    Hey Matthew,

    Thanks, as always, for including me. And thanks for pointing out what you thought to be strange about me placing my Start Here link in my header menu at the end of the nav bar instead of the beginning. I honestly didn’t even think about the placement. I’m going to move it now and see if it makes a difference in click thrus.

    • April 28th, 2015 at 6:53 am

      No problem thanks for letting us in on your journey!

  10. Leigh

    Loving your blog and especially this page.

    I have a site that gets more unique visitors than some of these blogs but makes way less money.

    It is designed on the Moonfruit platform which is a bit restrictive when it comes to HTML. Are most of these sites on WordPress?

    I have thought about transferring my site content to a WordPress site (obvs using your “Start a Blog” guide) but am worried that it will take me an age to rank well again in the SERPs.

    • April 30th, 2015 at 4:01 am

      Yes moving to a new platform does introduce a lot of risk, but at the same time moving from Moonfruit (which is awful) to WordPress opens a lot of doors, especially from an onsite SEO perspective.

  11. 4.29.2015

    Thanks for t his inspiring posts Matthew! I’ve started my blog a few months ago with not idea on what I was doing.

    I’ve learned a lot and got inspired on all the people who’s making a full time income from blogging! I would say it got me fired up to work continuously make my income grow!

  12. 4.29.2015

    Another fantastic roundup! March was a good month for me and I came out above February. I’ll be running numbers for April this weekend, which I’m estimating should also look pretty good. With summer coming, things could slow down though, so we gotta hustle while times are good!

  13. 5.1.2015

    Hi Matt, Thanks for including me in your roundup!


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