July 2017 Income Report: How I Earned $1,664.40 as a Blogger & Digital Nomad

The days blur together when you work for yourself. It doesn't matter if it's a Saturday or Tuesday. It reminds me of school days when we had summers off. You could do anything or you could do nothing. You had blissful freedom for the summer, but eventually you had to go back to school.

But not this time. I graduated from university years ago. It took years to find my path, but that's the truth about life after university. There's no corporate job to go back to; I quit in June! I'm working to build this for the long-term. Sorry, Mom!

At first glance I looked at my July Income Report & was disappointed. For the first time in six months, my income did not increase compared to the previous month. I beat myself up about it. I was bummed out & disappointed. 

But then I truly looked at the numbers. I took out my income spreadsheet & compared everything. Every detail. Income. Expenses. Taxes. Net income. Income stream trends by month. You know what I realized? Because I paid over $300 in product purchases for June, I actually ended up earning more net income in July.

Moral of the story: Look at your results over time, not day to day. Look for trends. Diversify your income. Find both passive & active means of income. Don't beat yourself up. Learn & reflect. Move forward. 

* Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links.

Income

Blogging + Social Media Coaching - $1,015
Linqia Sponsored Posts - $361.80
Social Fabric Sponsored Posts - $225
Linqia Referrals - $43
Amazon Associates - $19.60
Total - $1,664.40

Expenses

Facebook Ads - $24.39
PayPal Fees - $8.46
Total - $32.85

Net

Net Total - $1,631.55

Note: I base my income report on earnings that were deposited into my bank account during that month. I did a couple projects in July that have yet to be paid out, therefore I will take that into account for my August Income Report.

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Blogging + Social Media Coaching

I had an epic month for coaching. My absolute best. As a coach, I teach, listen, & empower people one-on-one to enhance their blogs, their social media presence, & their brands. I'm strategizing how I can make coaching a bigger part of my income. Learn more about my coaching & how it could help you!

Linqia Sponsored Posts

Linqia was an enormous part of my income in June, the biggest to date, but July didn't see the same numbers. I received payment for Beauty, Health, & Makeup: New Products I'm Excited About, my second campaign with Grocery Outlet. I worked with Grocery Outlet in March for this post.

Social Fabric Sponsored Posts

I got paid for How to Create Your Own Wine Spritzer Bar, a sponsored post I did with Clos du Bois! I had so much fun with this campaign. I also got final payout from my Things To Do in Torrance, California: A 24 Hour Travel Guide post, which was shared by the mayor of Torrance on his Facebook Page!

Linqia Referrals

Linqia has been a consistent part of my blogging income over the course of multiple months. I've included it on my Income Reports, so some people sign up. I receive $5 for anyone who's accepted into the Linqia network.

Amazon Associates

July was the first month earning anything from Amazon Associates. Amazon Associates is an affiliate network with Amazon. I can include links on my blog/social media to think I'm talking about; if someone buys from I can make a small commission. I earned $19 dollars in 30 days, & it takes 60 days to pay out. Not super lucrative but income is income. Everything counts & this is definitely something I'd like to finesse over time. There is potential to earn more.

Facebook Ads

I haven't done any advertising in quite a while, so I decided to boost a couple posts on my Facebook Page for an additional reach & engagement.

Sooo, that was my July. How do you earn income online? Was this income report useful? Please let me know the comments! :]

* Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. As always, all opinions are 100% mine aka Carmen's. Learn more about my disclosure. :]

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25 comments

  1. I need for to check out Linqia! Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer
    Effortlessly Sophisticated

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  2. This is fabulous, congrats girl! It's an impressive leap quitting corporate, and it's so liberating and exciting! Best of luck xx

    http://hollyhabeck.com

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  3. I tried out Amazon Associates a while ago I think, but it was not good timing at all, as I ended up falling off the wagon with blogging, lol. I've never heard of Linqia, I'll check it out!

    Sam / My Beauty Cloud

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  4. You go girl! I love reading people's income reports.

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  5. It's always so cool to see things like this - we're building our travel blog right now, and are hoping to turn it into a more legit side-hustle. Thank you for sharing!!
    - Meagan
    www.tworestlesshomebodies.com

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  6. Great job on the blog coaching and keeping costs low!

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  7. this is amazing and helps us so much! thanks for being so transparent and sharing this with us!
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  8. Great! Thank you for sharing, I can only see you doing even better, well done Carmen xxx

    ALittleKiran | Bloglovin

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  9. It's so fun to see your blogging income increasing from your May income report! Love the way you're monetizing your blog with a mix of ads and sponsored posts. And congratulations on your blog coaching - what an income earner. :-)

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  10. Woah you did a great job coaching this month! Well done! I also did that campaign with Clos du Bois!I l loooove that wine

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  11. Kelly Tiny Trips and TipsAugust 24, 2017 at 3:18 AM

    This is a great post - would love to start earning like this!

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  12. You can't beat yourself because your numbers didn't increase from one month to the next. We're approaching our busy blogging season. That will make up for the loss. Besides, you're doing great!

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  13. Great job, awesome to see other bloggers doing well!

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  14. I have yet to jump on the Facebook Ads because I don't want to start gaining inorganic traffic. I know that it puts my blog out there, but I'm not exactly sure how their algorithm works so I'm a little skeptical. I have had huge success with Google Adsense. It has always been at the top. I use InfoLinks, but have slowly moved away from them. A lot of their links are spammy. I have made some money with affiliates such as Amazon, but I've never been good at it. I really need to focus here! I also have had very little luck with companies like Linqua and Activate although my Etsy shop has seen a few purchases recently ::cyber high-five::
    Great post. These types give a lot of insight!
    Kate | TheOrganizedDream.com

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  15. this is such a great post!! You do awesome!

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  16. Congrats on a good month. I'm going to have to check out Linqia. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. This is so awesome! I just transferred over to wordpress paid premium and it is supposed to help me with more opportunities to make money off of my blog-I have not made any money yet but I have had a brand let me pick out items that I blogged about which is really cool. You are inspiring me to go above and beyond! *thegoodthingscomin.wordpress.com

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  18. Yay, you had a great month! Was August just as great for coaching? I hope it gets better and better from here :)

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  19. My Veteran Woman LifeSeptember 7, 2017 at 2:23 PM

    Great job! I'm working on my income report as well. Gotta hustle! :)

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  20. Great job - love being a digital nomad. I love reading your income reports -- keep up the good work!

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  21. Love your breakdown and success! Helps me to stay focused and keep on working. Congrats on the great job

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  22. I go all my accounting in Wave so it shows me YTD totals so I don't get too caught up in the timing of stuff. Like you, I could spend a lot of money one month for recipes but then spend very little in the next month. Congrats on a great month!

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  23. Brown Sugar Food Blog (NicoleSeptember 9, 2017 at 6:31 AM

    Thank you for sharing the different ways you make an income. it helps me to think outside the box as well.

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