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How I Earned $13.23 In October 2018

So, this is going to be a little bit two steps forward, one step back.

But not really.

I feel no shame in that I made less money in October than I did in the September 2018 Income Report. That’s fine.

Because as long as I’m still blogging, I’m still making progress. The money doesn’t matter. It’s a nice perk, but what matters is the value I’m providing in my content.

Remember, your focus should be on the value that you provide, not the money you earn.

October 2018 Income Report: How I Earned What I Earned

So, where did I earn it?

Four sources this time. Like last month, more sources = more progress!

1. $7.49 came from the eBooks I sell on More on this below in the Going Big section.

2. $2.68 came from Adsense. More than last month, but still not much.

3. $3.05 came from Swagbucks referral income. As I mentioned in Maximize Your Swagbucks Earnings, Swagbucks is not passive, but is still one of my favorite ways to earn some extra cash. And everyone wants more cash, right? Get started on Swagbucks with my referral link and you’ll get a 300 Swagbuck signup bonus. And yes, that’s enough for a gift card, right at the start!

4. $0.01 from…somewhere else. Read more below in the section about Dog Walking. Until then, just remember that you never know where your money is going to come from, so don’t limit yourself. Non-traditional income earning is at the core of side hustling, so it’s important to keep an open mind.

October 2018 Income Report: What I Learned About Passive Income In October

Earning passive income is hard.


Oh wait, no it’s not.

Keep going, keep working, even when you feel like there are no rewards and there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. This is the long game, not a get rich quick.

October 2018 Income Report: Traffic Update

I’ve seen a lot of people include traffic info and social followings in their income reports and I am super into it. Mostly because I am a numbers person, and I really want to see the progress I’m making in my traffic and social accounts, as well as my income.

So, here we go:

Website Traffic: 1,144 page views, 598 users, 753 sessions (September: 1,098, 454, 602) SUBSCRIBE
Pinterest Followers: 216 FOLLOW
Facebook Page Followers: 92 FOLLOW
Instagram Followers: 25 FOLLOW
Twitter Followers: 0 (Because I didn’t start it until November 4th) FOLLOW

My website traffic went up a little in each category this month, which is progress. I’m really looking to grow my Pinterest account (which is also growing), so I can get more leads to this website and grow that traffic.

The Facebook page has also been growing, and I’m working on refining my strategy there. As for my Instagram, I have done nothing to it, but thanks to the algorithm, people (mostly people who already follow my personal account) are trickling in. I have a lot of plans for that account in the months and weeks to come. And I did just start that Twitter account. I’m…not big on Twitter at the moment, so we’ll see how this goes.

October 2018 Income Report: Going Big
(And Not Going Home)

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Adsense will not make you rich, not unless you get hundreds of thousands of views a month. For 95% of bloggers and side hustles, that’s just not going to happen.

But that doesn’t mean you can’t make money blogging.

You just can’t play the small game.

I learned that lesson from Leah, the fabulous Urban 20Something, in one of her recent webinars on how she grew her side hustle into a replacement for her full-time income. She walked us through the steps she took to go from earning a few hundred a month to a few thousand. It was so simple, but SO eye opening. And I am ready to take that leap too.

I’m done with playing small, so it’s time to focus on the ebook I’ve had simmering around my brain for the last few weeks. And that’s not even the biggest big that I’m thinking, but more on that later.

So, a question: If you were to purchase an ebook with actionable steps to take to generate passive income, what would you want to learn about? Let me know in the comments!

(And all that said, I’m still going to focus on getting as much out of my Adsense earnings as I can. And that means putting a little bit more focus back on I really let my Pinterest efforts slip up these last couple months, and I can’t do that anymore. Not only are there people out there who love the content on that website, but I have more than 18,000 followers on that account. My reach was almost at 2,000,000 before I mad the decision (read: mistake) to scale back. The more eyes I get to those pins, the more eyes I get to my website, which means more positive impressions for Adsense.)

October 2018 Income Report: The Penny I Picked Up While Dog-Sitting

Breaking down my earnings further, I want to talk about October 22nd. I made $0.03. Not much, but this was a very important day for me when it comes to understanding money and my appreciation of it.

That day, I earned $0.02 from Adsense and $0.01 from a penny I picked up on the side of the road.

Yes, you read that right.

I was dog-sitting for some friends, and the pups and I were taking our mid-afternoon walk when I noticed something shiny on the ground. While one of the pups was doing her business, I was able to take a closer look.

I realized it was a penny, acknowledged it was a penny, and then moved on with the walk.

But then I stopped.

Because I’ve been mainlining Kathrin Zenkina’s Manifestation Babe Podcast over the last few weeks, and I remembered something she said in one of the episodes. Zenkina thanks the universe for any amount of money she manifests, even if it’s a penny she finds on the ground. And she DOES stop for pennies on the ground, even if she’s with people who think she’s crazy.

I wish I remembered what episode, but I can’t recommend the podcast enough. Basically, you should listen to all of them. I am pretty sure the story where she talked about stopping for a penny on the side of the road was from one of the earliest episodes, when she was going through her 21-Day Manifesting Challenge (you can learn more about the Unleash Your Inner Moneybabe book here) with her Facebook group.

So, I remembered Zenkina’s story, grabbed that penny, and thanked the universe for sending me some money, because I know more will come.

October 2018 Income Report: What I Posted Last Month

Finished off the month with seven posts, two of which are from my brand new series, 47 Quotes For The Badass Entrepreneur. I am SO excited for the awesome content this series is going to bring in the next 45 weeks. I powered through gathering all the content in about a day and I just KNEW it was worth more than just one very, very long post.

Series are some of my favorite things to write, and I can’t wait to see what more I come up with! They’re also great ways to keep people coming back to your site.

The October Posts Include:

September 2018 Income Report
6 Reasons To Use Google Analytics To Track Your Stats
8 Ways To Maximize Your Swagbucks Earnings
47 Quotes For The Badass Entrepreneur Part 1: Kathrin Zenkina
Required Reading: Rich 20Something
47 Quotes For The Badass Entrepreneur Part 2: Brian Tracy
6 Foolproof Things To Do For Less Stress

Coming Up In Required Reading For Entrepreneurs

I’m really excited for the next edition of Required Reading. And yes, I know that I say that every.single.time. I have not yet come across a book I haven’t loved, and it’s the same for this one. This book is full of SO many valuable lessons that EVERYONE needs to know, not just your dad, who may or may not have even finished the book, but definitely owns a copy.

Yes, I’m talking about Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad. I read it in two days. If you don’t think it’s right for you, sign up for the email list, so you can get first word of when I post and I can prove to you why his lessons are CRITICAL. It doesn’t matter if you’re not getting into real estate, they’re still so, so important.

And guess what (spoiler alert!), none of the lessons are even about real estate investing in the first place.

As for what I’m going to read in November? Well, I have a TON of books in the metaphorical queue, including Fierce Optimism by Leeza Gibbons, and You Are A Badass and You Are A Badass At Making Money by Jen Sincero. But I’m thinking that Mel Robbins’ 5 Second Rule might jump to the top of the list. I’ve been following her on Instagram and she’s posting a TON of super valuable content, so I think I have to give it a read.

Have a book you think I should feature in Required Reading? Let me know in the comments!

Check Out My Other Income Reports

August 2018 – How I Earned $11.61
September 2018 – How I Earned $18.20
November 2018 – How I Earned $24.84
February 2019 – How I Earned $32.02

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