Income Report Roundup – October 2016

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) MakingSenseOfCents.com – $97,487.00 (+$10,799.00)

It’s been a great month for Michelle as she won a Plutus Blog of the Year Award and she’s reporting her second biggest month for income yet!

Having spent the month catching up on work after focusing on her course over the summer she’s now two months ahead of her posting schedule.

This month she attended FinCon which she says is her favourite conference and focused her featured question around how attending a blogging conference can help you.

With a lot of her traffic coming from Pinterest she’s also decided to spend more time diversifying traffic sources moving forwards.

#2) JustAGirlAndHerBlog.com – $27,241.00 (-$9,297.00)

It’s a slight dip in income for Abby & Donnie this month and they’ve been having a crazy month outside of the site!

This month they moved house and had to prepare for the children to go back to school. They are finally closing their introductory pricing for their ‘BookBoss’ course six months on from the launch.

Abby reflects on how blogging means that having personal tasks to take care of this month didn’t effect work too much. She loves being able to set certain tasks to autopilot to keep things running while she’s busy!

#3) AuthorityWebsiteIncome.com – $27,046.88 (+$1,641.01)

Income is on the rise for Jon this month but he’s had a tough month full of challenges. He’s been working on a lot of growth projects and adapting to the loss of his Amazon Associates account.

The impact of that was cushioned by his sites in the education niche this month but he expects more of an impact on the performance of his money sites next month.

He also shared his Amazon Associates audit process based on his experiences to help readers avoid the same problems.

Despite the challenges he’s happy to report good progress towards having his site management completely systematized and his team is working hard to provide great results for clients!

#4) MatthewWoodward.co.uk – $20,388.83 (-$1,297.26)

Despite spending two weeks with a friend in Costa Rica I still managed to achieve a lot this month, including making some big changes to address site speed.

The blog has been getting very slow recently so to change that I moved hosting, removed and updated plugins and set up Cloudflare. That decreased load time by 67% on my heaviest post.

I cleaned up the on site SEO on the blog not so long ago which has increased search traffic and that continued to grow this month. So with the site loading faster than ever I expect that to increase this month!

I’ve also been split testing layouts for user experience and going forward I plan to overhaul the graphics on the blog and make big improvements in my email marketing strategy.

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#5) BrendanMace.com – $8,457.25 (-$1,604.79)

Brendan MaceIt’s a slight dip in income for Brendan but he’s really excited about things to come. He’s been busy travelling and is writing this month’s report from Bali.

This month he visited Thailand for the second time and was unlucky enough to have another motorbike accident there, Déjà vu!

He made two new YouTube videos and is looking forward to launching his first product next month. He’ll also be exploring Facebook ads and buying traffic to test out his new lead page.

#6) IncomeBully.com – $8,316.39 (+$4,859.16)

IncomeBullyNathan has had a great month for income coming just $70 short of breaking his income record. After struggling with productivity he’s taken a step forward this month.

He spent a lot of time working on his new local SEO course which he hopes to launch in December and took on a lot of coaching work.

That’s something he says he would like to do more of and actually promote instead of having people randomly get in touch to ask for it.

Going forward his plans are to launch a dedicated coaching page, add a sub menu, continue to perfect his SEO course, finish his autoresponder series and launch a Facebook ad campaign with his new lead magnet.

#7) GetPostCookie.com – $6,256.84 (+$4,339.72)

Get Post CookieDave’s celebrating his best month for income so far after fixing a bug which was responsible for an 80% drop in income the last couple of months!

After a couple of bad months for the site’s performance Dave spent some time improving the site adding live feedback and improving the sign up page. He also launched a new version of the tool.

He took a two week holiday with his family which left him feeling energised and motivated, and going forward will be looking at Virtual Assistant options to help keep on top of emails.

He’s also looking at options to keep Cheatography free of ads and allowing others to sell their work as an alternative revenue.

#8) Untemplater.com – $5,388.00 (-$1,200.00)

untemplaterSydney has had a slight drop in income this month and has had a great time at Comic Con in San Francisco and a weekend retreat with her a cappella chorus.

This month she more than made up for not investing earlier in the year. With a goal to invest at least $5k per month, this month she put $40k into three different investments!

With her assets mainly based in the U.S she’s thinking about trying to pick things up abroad with more international exposure in case the U.S heads towards a slump.

#9) ThePracticalSaver.com – $5,243.17 (+$1,228.68)

ThePracticalSaverIt’s Allan’s best month for income for the sixth month running over at The Practical Saver and he’s had no expenses this month either!

He’s focused heavily on social media for traffic and although he’s seen a bunch of paid courses on how to grow traffic he’s decided to stick to free courses and try things out for himself first.

This month he became part of AOL’s Finance Collective and has spent time working on Pinterest collaborative boards.

Going forward he hopes to write reviews for some of the products he’s used. His goals this month are to increase his pageviews, reach 600 email subscribers and double his income!

#10) OneHourProfessor.com – $2,489.74 (-$393.09)

ohpRon’s seen a slight drop in income this month due to having less consultation work, something he’s not too worried about as he focuses on creating passive income.

He took the first half of the month off and enjoyed some time in Brazil. He’s happy to report that Udemy and One Hour Professor both brought a good income without much effort this month.

His expenses were also up a little due to Authority Hacker Membership fees, moving JFFHub to HTTPS and hitting next tier email pricing. He reminds readers of the importance of keeping your list tidy.

This month he was annoyed to find a copycat website stealing his ideas and information. In future he’ll be referring to his new authority sites by abbreviation only without sharing the URLs.

#11) PassiveIncomeTrek.com – $1,489.12 (+$570.75)

Passive Income TrekIt’s Richard’s best month for income so far for the second month in a row and he’s also celebrating his first four-figure month! He’s had a busy month and only got around to publishing two posts this month.

He also spent time tweaking his Twitter automation. Not having had much success with sticking to monthly goals he’s decided to focus solely on growing traffic for the next couple of months.

This month he was disappointed to see a drop in affiliate income and knows his side income will be decreasing a little each month, but he has plans to improve all that going forward!

#12) OnlineMoneyz.com – $1,394.15 (+$149.84)

OnlineMoneyzIlya has had a crazy month in between moving across the country twice and starting college and he’s still managed to see a slight increase in income despite a drop in traffic.

He’s been really busy hiring and teaching his first VA, buying PBN links for one of his sites, finding low competition high search volume keywords for another site and buying keywords when he didn’t have time to find them himself.

Next month he’ll be focusing on Amazon Affiliates and preparing ways to get the most income out of the holiday season, all while preparing for his midterm college exams!

#13) AliRaza.co – $700.96 (+$80.00)

AliRazaIt’s Ali’s second best month for income so far and this month he’s happy to be celebrating twelve months of income reports by sharing his five most popular posts this year!

Working hard to improve user experience as always Ali has removed his email opt in popups due to readers finding it annoying and is interested to see how signups perform without it.

He also added a last updated plugin so that readers can see how up to date his articles are and has finished his page offering his consultation services.

His featured question focuses on how to take your offline business online for more sales. Next month he hopes to improve site speed, write more than 15,000 words and get at least 2,500 unique visitors to the site!

#14) PassiveIncomeWise.com – $580.72 (+$176.28)

PassiveIncomeWiseAfter a crazy month and getting married in Spain, Francisco finally got back down to business this month. He’s also celebrating twelve consecutive months of income reports and his best month for income!

This month he visited Montpellier in France for a conference as part of his PHD and presented some of his research. He began work using forums and Q & A sites to give more exposure to his website.

Next month he plans to invest in some premium plugins for the blog and is thinking about hiring someone to create a logo. He’ll also be writing a more in depth report on his ‘Niche Site 2’ which he says is starting to get interesting.

#15) LivingOffCloud.com – $361.41 (-$822.47)

livingoffcloudThis month has seen a big drop in income for Nadya as she reports high expenses and unusually low revenue. She’s also celebrating her blog’s one year anniversary!

She had a scare this month as Adsense gave her a warning about her ‘Elephant’ website and left her with 72 hours to fix the problem. An adsense ban would have a major impact on revenue so she spent two full days fixing the issues.

Going forward she’s contemplating moving away from Kickfurther because they don’t support non-U.S users. She also hopes to increase conversion rate on her ‘Rat’ website and continue improving the PBN for her ‘Honeybee’ site.

#16) TheRestlessWorker.com – $138.12 (-$80.94)

The Restless WorkerIt’s a bit of a drop in income again for Madi this month as she decided to reject some sponsored post opportunites. She’s opted for quality over quick income.

With Pinterest still a top source of referral traffic she also started to advertise more with her Facebook page for more exposure.

She began taking a closer look at how traffic is growing in this month’s report and is continuing to work on all the same goals as they roll over from last month.

#17) MyPathToPassiveIncome.com – $81.78 (-$11.30)

mypathtopassiveincomeIt’s a slight drop in income for Esteban this month and after a nice holiday he came back more motivated than ever!

He’s feeling great after recovering from his laser eye surgery and is enjoying looking at life with 20/20 vision. Since starting his new job he has found it difficult to stay active.

After noticing how that affected his eating habits and productivity he recently took up MMA. He’s also really excited about an opportunity to invest in a new apartment.

His goals for next month include sticking to his new MMA classes, getting a mortgage and earning $1000 with his side project!

#18) TheExtraIncomeProject.com – $26.80 (+$61.68)

TheExtraIncomeProjectWhile income hasn’t been a top priority for Lloyd his attention to traffic and email list growth is starting to pay off!

He smashed his most important goals this month despite getting sick twice and spent a lot of time job hunting for a pay rise. That did take his mind away from his publishing goals though, so he only published two posts.

He was excited to get a glimpse of how the blog can keep up a passive income stream without having to focus on it every day. He’s also been testing Pinterest automation and split testing Pin designs this month.

Now that he’s becoming more comfortable with the level of growth across various traffic sources he’s thinking about turning attention more towards income in future.

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In Summary

This month we’ve had no new bloggers in the roundup and the total income has dropped $28,190.73 from last month to $213,088.17.

It’s been an exciting month for our bloggers as many take a slight hit in income in favour of planting seeds for the future.

Two bloggers are also celebrating twelve months of reporting their income and one is celebrating their one year blogiversary!

Ten blogs are reporting an increase in income this month with four celebrating their best month for income so far and another four coming in just shy of that with their second best month.

I can’t wait to see how everyone’s attention to real quality over quick income opportunities pays off in the long run!

If you feel inspired to start your own blog then why don’t you start a blog now? It only takes a few minutes!

Performance Tracking

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

I’m having a problem with the graph right now and will update the post when fixed

48 Responses

  1. ChrisCD

    I do like your round-ups, but could do without images of scantily clad women.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 27th, 2016 at 1:08 pm

      Which image is scantily clad?

  2. Ali Raza

    Thanks for including me in your roundup, these roundups are a source for motivation for everyone, including me.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 27th, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      Thanks for sharing your experiences Ali!

      • ChrisCD
        October 27th, 2016 at 2:16 pm

        One of the square ads in the Side Bar.
        cd :O)

        • Matthew Woodward
          October 28th, 2016 at 9:52 pm

          I will keep my eye out!

  3. randi

    Hai matthew,
    Really great income reports .Those are inspirational.
    Thank you for sharing

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 27th, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      No problem Randi!

  4. palo

    can anybody PLEASE explain me, how can average relativly boring and nonunique web like “MakingSenseOfCents.com” make $100k a month????

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 27th, 2016 at 1:06 pm

      You could try reading her income reports… ?

  5. Sharon

    Thanks for sharing, Matthew! I’m just getting into the blogging scene and wanted to ask you how you are able to earn income when you are just starting out and don’t really have the traffic yet?

  6. Brandon Mushlin

    Really great resources to watch these other authorities and Affiliate marketers to share their transparency. Also, great sources for me to view and learn from. Continue to enjoy the content, would enjoy some also geared around non-W.P. authority sites, wonder if you have any working within the Squarespace platform?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2016 at 9:53 pm

      Why would you use Squarespace over WordPress?

      • Brandon Mushlin
        October 28th, 2016 at 10:41 pm

        Multiple reasons:

        * Manage Multiple Sites 1 LogIn
        * Ease of use for client updating blog, faster learning curve, overall easier for those with no experience.
        * Consistently updated, no worry of plugins and themes not being updated and breaking when WP does updates.
        * SEO was designed off of WP Yoast SEO Plug-In and all Top Plugins, therefore native inside.
        * WP breaks and issues, slower load times & rendering

        (these all being my personal experiences that had me leave WP for SS few years back.)

        • Matthew Woodward
          October 29th, 2016 at 10:10 am

          What if you wanted to add something like Thrive Leads or Social Lockers?

          • Brandon Mushlin
            October 29th, 2016 at 11:13 am

            Zero on the 3rd party plugins with them. Tend to not work unless they can be coded or API in. Anything on the WP Plugin Marketplace just, not an option there… as of yet. There are minimal companies working on things like this for them, but I feel SS is probably a bit like Apple… Controlling what they want on the environment.

  7. Melissa

    Great roundup, Matthew.

    I wonder what percentage of visitors on these blogs are from mobile devices… Is there any difference between CPM for mobile ads and desktop Adsense ads?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      That assumes people are earning with Adsense, and most of them are not

  8. Bods

    Very inspiring.

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2016 at 9:51 pm

      Good luck with your journey!

  9. Rob

    Love these! Thanks for collating and sharing.. lets us know how we’re comparing.

    I’m currently making about £1500 a month through social media referred affiliate marketting, so I’m not doing to bad really looking at this list. Need to pull my finger out and sort a blog / website, so will start looking through your tutorials.

    Keep up the great work!

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Sounds like you are doing a great job and I am sure you have lots of opportunity at your feet to explore

  10. Nadya from livingoffcloud.com

    Thanks for a shoutout again Matthew :)
    yeah my income did drop but I am working hard to bring it back up. Hopefully the next month will be better :)

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 28th, 2016 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us, no such thing as hope though!

  11. Steve Jex

    What’s an “elephant” website and why do Google object to them?

    • Matthew Woodward
      October 29th, 2016 at 10:09 am

      I’m not sure what you are talking about

      • Steve Jex
        October 29th, 2016 at 10:26 am

        I’m talking about your comment; “She had a scare this month as Adsense gave her a warning about her ‘Elephant’ website and left her with 72 hours to fix the problem. An adsense ban would have a major impact on revenue so she spent two full days fixing the issues.”
        Or did someone else write that?

  12. Karim | Growcheap


    Thanks so much for the roundup. So inspiring and put me on track again after a vacation with the family.

    This is my third month blogging and I would a appreciate to be mentioned on your upcoming roundup. Ah and I got my first 100 subscribers ( technically 151 ).

    Thanks and Regards,

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 1st, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Drop me an email and I’ll see what we can do for you :)

      • Karim | Growcheap
        November 1st, 2016 at 10:28 pm

        I tried to but says I need to be published 3 income reports. I just did two. I think I will wait till I publish my third income report and will get back to you. Here is my blog if you don’t mind checking it out http;//grow.cheap

  13. john

    Great Report dude. Keep it up

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 1st, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      Thanks John!

  14. Madi | Restless Worker

    I love being apart of these roundups it really keeps me motivated to keep growing and trying new things! Thanks Matthew

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 1st, 2016 at 3:08 pm

      No problem thanks for sharing your learnings!

  15. Imran

    Thank you for the detailed post. This is such an inspirational list of people who started from scratch and built blogs that are now paying their bills.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 3rd, 2016 at 9:45 am

      Yeah, what an amazing world we live in!

  16. Vicky

    What a great post and roundup! I really enjoyed it!
    I also enjoyed your own income report, impressive number for October. Kind of curious what your special project is :)

    I do an income report/case study on an amazon site. I would for you to include it in your next list. Here’s the October income report… my best month this far for this project…


  17. Azedine

    Hey Matthew,

    Thanks for sharing this inspirational blog post.

    I was wondering why you didn’t add to your income your launch product where you made more than 100k in 6 days if I’m not mistaken?
    By the way, how can I get added to the list?


    • Matthew Woodward
      November 10th, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      I didn’t want to report on the numbers from the launch at the time of the launch

  18. Untemplater

    Thanks for including me in the roundup again! It’s always a great motivation to see how many people are doing well and sticking at what they love even when things slow down. I’ll be curious to see how others fare as we get into the holiday season. For me things tend to slow down a lot in November and December.

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 15th, 2016 at 9:43 am

      No problem :)

  19. jual geomembrane

    very useful article, i need information about pasif income tks

    • Matthew Woodward
      November 24th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

      Well you are on the right blog for that!

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