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November Blog Income Update

Time sure flies! It seems like it was just a few days ago that I was updating you on my October blog income (partially because I was late with the post, ahem…) Anyway, we hope you all had a great Thanksgiving and didn’t spend too much during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. 😉 I myself got a pretty amazing pair of leather leggings while I was out on a walk with the Beans. Totally unlike me to shop on Black Friday but I was walking in my quiet little town and they had some serious sales. Gotta live a little. 😉

So, in case you’ve forgotten, I promised to keep all my readers up-to-date with my blog income and expenses when I first purchased this site. Also, remember that I didn’t have to “start from scratch” so that’s helped me to earn money from this blog from the get-go. I purchased this blog because it was already established, which makes it easier to monetize. I also leveraged Budget Blonde’s advertising network from the past few years which helped get this site’s income up and running much faster.

So, without further ado:

Fourth Month’s Income:


Affiliate and Direct Advertising: $2,015.00


Help With the Blog: $510.00

Guest Posts: $0 (we had no guest posts in November)

As many of you know, I have help in the form of two virtual assistants here on RDS, and I also pay Grayson to regularly update the technical side of things. Combined, their services cost me $510.00 last month.

So, Earnings – Expenses =

Total Income: $1,505.00

So obviously this month was such a big improvement from last month, where we only made $159.00!! I think this is a great example to show everyone just how volatile and unpredictable owning your own business is.

I have to say the biggest plus for me in this entire journey was hiring Kayla. I know I said it last month, but without her work ethic and organization, I wouldn’t have made nearly this much. The best part was I maybe spent only 1-2 hours tops on RDS in November + my e-mail time to forward Kayla advertisers and strategize with her.

I used to do everything myself, but by creating a seriously invaluable team and letting go a little, I’ve been able to spend more time with my children while still bringing in an income. Of course, this is just RDS income. I still have income from Budget Blonde, affiliate payments, and my freelance writing clients, which we do not share. Sharing the RDS income is for interests sake and for myself to see how I could transform a blog that was not monetized initially into one that was.

I strongly believe in investing in my own business, so I did not take my $1,505.00 profit and blow it on more leather leggings. I used a large portion if it to purchase another blog, and I have asked Kayla to manage that one too. In fact, I selected the blog with her in mind and her outside interests. When you like the people you work with, you tend to find any way you can to make them happy. 🙂 The goal is to only spend 1-2 hours on that new site too while bringing in income like this so that I can continue to add to my income without sacrificing time with my kids. I’m not sure how much of the new site we’re going to share since it will solely be for profit, but it is on its way floating through cyberspace now coming to live on its new home on my server. 🙂

So with that, we want to know how you did. How did your side hustles go for November?

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Erin Thompson

Erin Thompson spent years managing her own blog about budgeting and debt. Because of that, she has great insights not only about managing spending and borrowing but also about running websites profitably. When she's not writing articles for us, she's traveling and looking for new types of wines to try.
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