If you’ve ever wondered how I make money, then this is for you – it’s dedicated to my blog income reports!

Plus, I have been able to earn a great income doing something I truly love to do!

One of the things I started doing in the early days of Making Sense of Cents was to publish personal finance blog income reports. They were a monthly breakdown of how much money I made and where it came from, such as affiliate income, sponsored posts, etc. I also answered FAQs and talked about different things happening in my life and business.

If you’re interested in blogging or simply want to learn more about my site, my income reports include a ton of information.

I’ll explain more shortly, but I no longer publish my income. However, I still have a lot of people asking where they can find my old income reports. That’s why I decided to put together this page. 

Eventually, I quit all of my side jobs and focused solely on Making Sense of Cents. That’s when my reports really changed, and they became blogging income reports and showed the many different ways that I earned money from this site.

My Making Sense of Cents income reports have sparked a lot of questions and comments over the years!

Many thought I was crazy for publicly sharing my income, but there were a lot of people who really appreciated how transparent I was about my business. 

However, I had three main reasons for writing my income reports each month:

Honestly, I really enjoyed writing my income reports too!

The reason I quit publishing my income reports is because they put a lot of unnecessary pressure on myself to keep earning more and more money every month. What I realized was that my income was just a number, and it couldn’t quantify my quality of life. I also felt like I was repeating the same thing month after month about my income. 

Having more privacy became more important to me too. People can be really weird about money, and sharing such personal details about my financial life started making me feel unsafe.

I would love to find a way to bring back some form of my income reports, but I’m still trying to figure out the best way to do that. Let me know in the comments below – what would you like to see?

Before I share links to my income reports, here’s a little more information about my blogging journey:


Here’s a quick summary of some of my income years:


Here’s a quick outline of what you will learn in this free course:

I’m a little biased (obviously, haha!), but this is one of the best free blogging courses you can take. It’s delivered directly to your email inbox, and you will learn how to grow a blog from scratch.


I created my blog on a whim after reading about a personal finance website in a magazine. At first, it was just a hobby to track my own personal finance progress. When I started in 2011, I honestly didn’t even know that people could make money blogging!

My interest in blogging quickly grew, but like I said it was all just a hobby. I wanted a space to write about my personal finance situation, have a support group, keep track of how I was doing, and more. I did not create Making Sense of Cents with the intention of earning an income, but after only six months, I began to make money blogging.

A friend I met through the blogging community connected me with an advertiser, and I earned $100 from that first advertisement deal.

That one deal sparked everything. It made me want to learn more about monetizing my blog and to take my blog more seriously.

I now earn a great living from my blog, and it all started on a whim and not even knowing that blogs could make money.


I created Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, my first online course, in July of 2016. Since then, I have helped over 8,000 students and have earned over $1,000,000 from it.

This was without any webinars, Facebook Lives, any guest posts, a “launch” period, or anything else. It’s an evergreen course that has mainly spread through word of mouth.

In that blog post, I share exactly how I’ve earned income through my course.


As I said earlier, I have published many, many income reports over the years.

In my monthly income reports, I wrote about what I worked on that month, exactly how I earned money (and the sources), what my business goals were, answered common questions, and more.

I started publishing blog income reports back in 2012, all the way through 2019. You can find them below:


While I have learned a lot about blogging through trial and error, I have also taken many blogging courses over the years.

The best courses helped me grow my blog’s income and page views by learning specific strategies that have worked for other bloggers.

Many of you have wondered about the tools and resources I use to improve my blog. I believe that in order to be a successful blogger and to learn new ways to make money blogging, you will need to invest in learning new strategies, such as through ebooks, webinars, courses, and more.

Blogging courses can help you save a lot of time. Instead of guessing what your next step and strategy would be, use one of the resources below to learn more.

Some of my favorite blogging courses include:


And more.


I am so glad that I published so many of my income reports over the years. It allowed me to see exactly what I was working on each month and reflect on the previous month’s work.

I definitely believe that it helped me to grow significantly over the years and helped to keep me motivated.

Plus, I know that my blog income reports have helped so many people over the years. I have received countless emails from readers who personally benefited from my income reports and found them helpful.

Do you want to make money blogging? What do you think of blog income reports?

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