Income Report

November 2016 Blog Income Report

December 7, 2016
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Well, it’s December y’all!

I really can’t believe how fast this year has gone by, but I’m not mad about it in any shape or form. 2016 has officially been a doozie.

I’m actually mentally and emotionally drained and each morning I wake up looking for a better day than the one before. As far as hustling goes, I’m happy but I know that things could have been a lot better.

I had some great goals for this year, but I honestly didn’t map out a good enough plan to make sure I achieved some of the goals I set to achieve.

Moving forward I can see my errors and come up with strategic ways to get where I really want to be. So, let me just go ahead and get this income report over with.

There’s only one more for 2016, and I’ve got my fingers crossed that I’ll top this one because my affiliate income has consistently grown over the last two months.

Related post on how to make extra money:




Okay, so first things first…

My online hustle update is where I divulge the income earned during the last month (for the last two months, in this case). Moving forward I will no longer be including my freelance income in these reports.

I may occasionally decide to share; however since my freelancing income goes towards debt, I feel it will be easier to just share a debt update in the future. I’ll keep you posted on that.

I will still include blog expenses paid out of my blog earnings. These reports will not include taxes I owe.  I set aside 30 percent to cover taxes owed each month in addition to taxes taken out of my full-time paycheck (You can’t be too careful when it comes to the IRS people).  If you missed the last blog income report, I made $266.94 during the month of October.

Other income reports:

Online Hustle Report: November – $54.77

Online Hustle Report: December – $171.59

Online Hustle Report: April – $942.00

Online Hustle Report: July – $1054


If you’re interested in blogging away debt and/or offering freelancing services on the internet, I’ve written a detailed guide on how you can get your own site up and running. I’ve only been writing here since October 2015 and I’m already making money online. No excuses. Read How to Start a Blog on a Budget and get started today!  You can’t make blog income without a blog, yo.

Not interested in blogging? That’s cool too. Here are all my related side-hustle posts. Find something that suits you!

Life and a Budget Blog Income Report – November 2016

Capital One 360:  $40.00

Ebates: $85.00

Swagbucks: $10.00

Offer Juice: $7.25

Flex Offers: $109.66

Commission Junction: $4.00

Share-a-Sale: $11.00

Amazon: $24.49

Google Adsense: $100.19

LendEdu: $27.00

Total Blog Income for November: $418.59


Blog Expenses November 2016

Facebook: $86.07

Photos: $39.00

Ebook: $7.99

Convertkit $29.00

BoardBooster: $3.88

Thrive Leads: $67.00

Total Blog Expenses for November:  $234

Net Blog Income: $189.59




Thoughts on November 2016 Income

I’m satisfied with my affiliate income because at least it didn’t go down!

I really can’t complain because it’s shown consistent growth since completing Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing. That was the goal. Take the course and grow the income.

However, my freelance writing work has officially dried up. I’m not crying about it, but I would like to land some recurring work so I can work on knocking down debt again.

If you or anyone you know is looking for a personal finance freelance writer or blog management services, I’m taking on clients and would be happy to talk with you about your needs. Check out the details on my hire me page.

Related Reading: 80+ Ways to Extra Money, How to Earn More Money


Goal Updates




My goals for November were to re-evaluate my social media marketing strategy, reach 1,000 page views 20 out of 30 days, and reach 500 followers on Facebook.

For my social media strategy, I decided to take a break from using a VA to see how things would go. I haven’t looked at the number of engagement on Twitter or FB yet for the month and I won’t do so until Dec 15th since November 15th was the last day working with my VA.

I do know for sure though that it has been fun using my own voice for scheduling social media posts and I feel like my audience is interacting more because I’m speaking to them (if that makes any sense).

As far as reaching 1,000 page views for 20 days last month, let’s just say I tried. It was more like 3 out of 30 days (ouch!).  This might do have more to do with my lack of attention to Pinterest last month. I didn’t schedule posts via Tailwind each night which I usually do.

For FB likes, I came pretty darn close. I went from 367 to 462 for the month of November. I’m not mad about that at all. I’m sure I’ll hit 500 before the end of the year.




December Goals

1) Focus on growing my email list.

I plan to do this by promoting my Automated Savings Challenge and How to Start a Blog E-course (read more here, or you can sign up now if you’d like!)

I really want to grow my email list and I have a pretty clear strategy on how I want to use the email list. However, in order to do it right, I need to make sure I’m marketing to the right readers.

I know some of my readers come here specifically for tips on how to save more money, budgeting, and getting out of debt. I don’t want to send emails they are not interested in; however, I am interested in talking about blogging and side hustling more.

To do so, I need to separate my lists and make sure the readers are receiving emails they are coming here for. If you’re here for blogging, I want to bring you the tea on blogging.

So, I’m going to capture readers the right way and make sure I keep my lists separate moving forward. Bare with me until the dust settles, of course.

2) Reach 30,000 pageviews

Instead of shooting for those 1,000 page views 20 out of 30 days like I did last month, I’m going to set a total number of 30,000 page views and see how that does. I was so close to this number this time and if I promote my most popular articles, I’m sure I can reach it.

3) Enjoy the Holidays

Basically, this means I only have two blogging goal this month and it’s the email list and reaching 30,000 pageviews. I want to take it easy this month and enjoy the holidays.

This way I will be able to truly reflect on some of my upcoming goals for the 2017 year. I can’t believe it will be a new year soon, but regardless of the calendar, things will keep moving.

I want to make sure I’m progressing in the right direction with LAAB and that my side hustles reflect the new goals that I will set moving forward.


Wrapping Thangs Up

I’m so excited about LAAB and I hope you are too!

Even though my blogging income isn’t in the thousands or anything, I’m still grateful because I put a lot of work into this blog and it’s exciting to see it pay off.

Regardless of whether you’re making two-cents or $50,000 per month, enjoy each stage you’re in. We all have to start somewhere and I’m positively optimistic about this site’s future.


How was your November side hustle income? Any big plans for the remainder of the year?


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Latoya Scott is a Certified Financial Education Instructor and personal finance writer with a mission to help millennials learn how to stop living paycheck to paycheck so they can become financially carefree.

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  • Deacon December 7, 2016 at 4:35 pm

    Great Job Latoya! Once you hit 30,000 pageviews you should check out MediaVine to replace Adsense. I did that recently and they payout 3 – 4 times what Adsense did. Also, that is awesome that you did so well with Ebates. I have had so many people sign up for it, but getting them to use it is a different story.
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    • Latoya Scott December 7, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Thanks, Deacon! I will definitely check out Media Vine. I was struggling with the Ebates too, but I updated one of my posts about it and re-sent it out to my email subscribers;)

  • Eva December 9, 2016 at 11:09 am

    I love this! That pageview struggle is real for me. I am trying to do better and write more consistently. I am impressed at your google ads numbers. That is awesome! Here’s to a great month!
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    • Latoya Scott December 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks, Eva! Same to you:)

  • Chante December 9, 2016 at 12:05 pm

    I’m with you this one, I need to grow my views but at the same time I need a break baddddd. Hope you have a great Dec.

    • Latoya Scott December 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Thanks, you the same, dear:)

  • Mimi Green December 9, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    For 2017 I’m working on better ways to make income from my blog. I have a few ideas I’m trying to flush out.
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    • Latoya Scott December 9, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Me too! I’m trying to get caught up on material and then I’ll be starting a course that I plan on grinding hard to!

  • Kim December 10, 2016 at 12:49 am

    Great income report. I love to see these. I need to refocus and get my blogging income back up to what it was previously.

  • KenyaRae December 10, 2016 at 1:26 am

    I love how intentional you are! Gr at job setting goals and working the plan. Here’s to smashing December!!

  • Ty December 10, 2016 at 1:29 am

    I have to get back on my grind with my blog. This year I definitely dropped the ball but I will be cal on it for the new year.
    Great job!

  • Michelle Malone December 11, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    Great post (as always), Latoya! I love the idea of blogging as a means of knocking out debt. I’m working on a few things right now with the destruction of my debt as the end goal. 🙂
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    • Latoya Scott December 11, 2016 at 10:13 pm

      Yass! I definitely understand and can relate to that end goal:)

  • Tretre Mac December 11, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    It is beautiful to be able to see your accomplishments and reflect on the progress made. I’m sure that you will continue to master your talents and I feel inspired by your drive and commitment. Congratulations!!!

  • Kirstin Fuller December 11, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    You’re pageviews are great! I struggle with mine and that is one of my goals for 2017, to increase them significantly. I know that means more scheduling on social media. My numbers rose greatly in 2016 and I’m ‘Thankful’ so my second goal is to keep up the great content along with share more…more….more. Great article!
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  • Tia @ financially fit and fab December 11, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    Awesome month again, Latoya. I understand what you mean! I have been feeling burnt out personally, so I took a big break from my site. It felt good but I do miss it some. It seems like life is all about balance. We all have to find it.

    Good luck on the month of December and finding more freelance writing gigs!

  • Kiwi December 12, 2016 at 8:07 am

    Thanks for always being candid with your reports! I enjoy them keep growing I am inspired!
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  • Kasi December 12, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Great work! I definitely need to take some of your tips so I can get my numbers up! Thanks for sharing!

  • Tanya December 13, 2016 at 12:15 am

    I love when you share this with us. Making passive income is on m,y list for 2017.
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    • Latoya Scott December 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

      Glad you find it useful, Tanya:)

  • T. Espinoza December 13, 2016 at 1:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing! This will definitely help me to define some of my own blogging goals for the new year cuz my current blog income is zilch LOL

  • Colin @ rebelwithaplan December 14, 2016 at 12:48 am

    You had a good November! I’m working on building my email list ad well. About to release a free course on investing for beginners! Pinterest is still a struggle for me, haha

  • Ashli @ The Million Dollar Mama December 16, 2016 at 11:51 pm

    My goals for the rest of the year are – nothing! We’re moving from Tennessee to North Carolina right after Christmas, so that’s where I’m focusing all my energy! As for 2017, I have some big plans for my blog/biz!
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