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In this post, I go through how I made $99.87 in extra income NOT blogging from home. I know what you’re thinking. The title looks a bit different this time. That’s because November was a whirlwind of a month that required me to spend 100% of my attention on my personal life. Which meant I did not have the time to reach out to companies and create collaborations.
We returned from a vacation on November 2nd, closed escrow on a new townhome on November 5th, moved our stuff on the 6th so that we could close our escrow on our old place on the 9th. I spent the next two weeks unpacking, tidying, ordering things, and doing minor repairs. A renovation to install lighting happened at the end of week 2. I spent all of week three baking 9 pies, housing guests for a week, dogsitting, and preparing for three Thanksgiving meals, two of which we hosted in our new home. And just like that, it’s December.
So how did I make money NOT blogging in November? Well, that’s the great thing about blogs and why I continue to run one. Blogs are a source of passive income. It provides for others as it does for me. Blogs are a great side hustle because it does not require active work to make money (see all of my side hustles here). Eventually, blogs can run on their own. As long as it provides value for someone in the community, it is valid.
In November 2021, I earned $99.87 NOT blogging from home. The main way I earn extra income is through affiliate marketing. Before I go into the nitty gritty details of this month’s Extra Income Report, which you are always welcome to skip to below, here is a little summary as to how I make money blogging, as well as a few recommended posts if you want to increase your income.
- How to Monetize a Blog
- The Ever-Growing List of Ways to Earn Extra Income
- Financial Advice for Young People in their 20’s
I started blogging right after graduating from dental school without ever thinking I’d earn money from it. At the time, I turned to this blog as a place to record my daily life. Ever since teenhood, I have kept some sort of journal or diary, which has evolved over time from paper to Xanga to Melodramatic, and now onto WordPress. For almost twenty years, I’ve processed information through writing, but never once did I think I would earn money from it.
It’s been three years since owning this site but I am happy to say that it is now getting a little bit of traction and has started to earn me a little income. If I wasn’t working as a dentist during the day, I could see how this could become a steady day job. Still, even with my day job, it had turned into a fun side-hustle for me. I decided to log my earnings for my own personal tracking but also to share publicly how much one can make blogging from home.
Now that remote work seems to be in the near future for many, I do think that blogging is a good option for people who wish to work from home. Likewise, it is an opportunity to be your own boss and have your own space. Since you are writing your own content, you have the flexibility to work whenever you want to, which I know can be a good or bad thing. Of course, you can always practice habits that will separate work from home. Lastly, this is a great hobby or job for creative people. You have autonomy over how to execute your ideas and thoughts, making this a very freeing experience for those who don’t quite fall neatly into a traditional work environment or big company hierarchy.
But first, how did I start to monetize the blog?
If you are new to blogging, you may not know that you can earn income from owning such a space. I certainly didn’t. But then I took this course called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, and it changed my life.
What is Affiliate Marketing?
Affiliate Marketing is working with brands that you love in order to spread the word about their products and in return receiving commissions for any referred patrons. Sometimes these are physical products from almost any company you can think of. Other times, they are intellectual products such as courses or services that help improve other people’s lives. The best part is that you don’t have to “sell out” to do affiliate marketing. You don’t have to scheme or cheat people. For me, it’s really just promoting companies that I believe in. For example, the companies I choose to partner with are those that promote sustainably sourced products using fair trade and ethical factory conditions. I like to promote small name businesses trying to create social or environmental impact. I try to keep it to an exclusive few even though I’ve been approved for over 2,000 different companies (so far).
There are a few nuances to affiliate marketing and I didn’t know much about it prior to the course. But the course helped me to learn A LOT and it’s just another case of “you don’t know what you don’t know.” You could learn it all yourself, but it’s hard to without a guide to get you through the basics.
I highly recommend this course if you wish to monetize your blog but don’t know where to start.
Extra Income Report
Now, onto the numbers. In November 2021, I made $99.87 in extra income.
Of that, this is the breakdown:
- 100% of this month’s income comes from affiliate links. I did not do any collaborations with companies this month. All the money I earned was from referral links to products that I have found helpful. Affiliate marketing is a great way to earn money without having to do additional work.
So far, since March of 2020, I have earned $5,952.69!! Of that, $3,655.30 was earned in 2021.
I know it doesn’t seem like much, but as something I do for fun, I think it’s a nice little additional income. Over time, I hope to continue posting more income reports. Maybe it will help others looking for a side-hustle get a feel for whether blogging could become an alternative for them.
As always, my goal with this blog is to promote intentional living. Writing is a way to create a lifestyle that is in tune with what you want to do. Sure, it may not be the perfect job, but if working from home and having flexibility help allow you to live your dream life (one that includes traveling the world or becoming a stay-at-home parent), then I hope this space brings you that value.
If you are interested in starting a blog, I use WordPress. Feel free to sign up using my affiliate link.
If you already have a blog, I want to refer you to the course that helped me monetize mine. It’s a really great starting point. It’s called Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.