The month of April (again) saw my highest level of side income, $58,234.08. Traffic also broke a new milestone crossing 400,000 readers and 500,000 unique sessions in one month. My business has never been better—I have a lot to be grateful for which brings be to an even more exciting announcement…
SHELLY AND I GOT ENGAGED! 🎉🎉🎉
On the personal side of things last month, Shelly and I just getting engaged takes the cake! Words can’t describe the excitement—and we can’t wait to get married next summer. We’re already diving into looking at venues and all the fun that comes with planning a wedding 😉
Now, back to business. Let’s dig into the numbers… last month saw a very slight increase in side income over March, which actually far exceeded my forecast (by more than $10,000)—thanks both to a steady level of affiliate commissions from my guide about how to start a blog and increased sales of my premium blogging course, Built to Blog: How to Get Your First 10,000 Readers and Earn Six-Figures Blogging.
Overall, I generated $58,234.08 in side income revenue during April of 2019.
I kept many of my freelance writers busy last month on top of starting a couple big development projects to keep improving my website layout & page load speeds. Net profit for the month came in at $45,868.77.
The Forecast 🌤: For May, I’m expecting side income to drop a little from this new all-time high, landing somewhere right around $50,000 depending upon how a few other projects go during the month. Expenses should drop a little bit for the month too, as my content pipeline is overflowing with articles that need to be prepped and published. It’s go time.
Now, on to the details of my April side income report…
Side Income in April 2019: $58,234.08
In these monthly reports, I track my total side income every month, including each individual source of that income, and associated expenses with running my side businesses. This is the good and the bad.
Next, I break down the traffic to my blog which heavily impacts my side income, including what’s performing best and how I’m working to drive in more readers. I also cover how many email subscribers I’m at, the number of new subscribers acquired during the month, and what that growth trajectory looks like.
Then I talk about my podcast download numbers for the month, and which episodes performed best.
Finally, I cover updates on any other side projects I’m working on for the month.
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Now, let’s do this.
Side Income Breakdown for April 2019
Online Course Sales (Built to Blog)
Book Sales (Habits of Successful Bloggers)
Amazon (Business Books)
Podcast Sponsorships (Side Hustle Project)
Web Services – Hosting and Storage
Amazon Web Services
Online Tools & Subscriptions
ConvertKit (Pre-Paid Annual)
Bluehost (Test Website)
Adobe Creative Cloud
Zoom.us (Video Conferencing)
Apple (Storage & Apps)
Video Transcriptions (YouTube)
Podcast Producer (for Feb and Mar)
Quuu Promote (Pre-Paid Annual)
Travel, Office Supplies & Misc
iPhone X Payment Plan
AT&T Service Plan (iPhone)
Office Supplies (Updated Home Office)
Uber and Lyft 🚖
Net Profit Breakdown
Now, on to my blog, email and podcast-related statistics.
2. Blog Stats for April 2019: 505,471 Sessions and 100,682 Total Email Subscribers
For the fourth month in a row, I’ve hit a new all-time high in blog traffic and am crossed a major milestone of half a million monthly readers. 🎉
I was up in Sessions from March by 4%. On top of the sessions increase, I moved up to 638,943 pageviews.
All of my top articles saw increases in traffic during April—due largely to key steady organic rankings during the month, but in part due to lasting effects of a few upgrades my developer launched in February to decrease page load time on my blog.
Overall, I’m up more than 137% in growth year over year compared to April 2018. That increase is directly correlated with several of my most trafficked posts continuing to rank higher in organic search—coupled with increased activity on Pinterest that’s resulted in more traffic.
Here are my top 15 trafficked posts from April, ranked in descending order of which drove the most readers:
- business ideas
- freelance jobs
- how to start a blog (most attributable revenue for the month)
- make money online
- motivational quotes
- remote job
- business books
- how to freelance
- business advice
- freelance contract
- work from home jobs
- freelance proposals
- best remote jobs websites
- business slang
- how to sell phone cases
April saw another surge of traffic to my 24,000+ word guide, 10 Steps to Start a Blog on the Side—which was steady in the #1 ranking position in searches for competitive terms like how to start a blog, how to blog, and other related terms that get a lot of activity this time of year.
And the best part about that? As more readers land on this post, more are joining my free course, How to Build a Blog in 7 Days and will (soon) be given an offer to join my paid Built to Blog course that’ll help them level up their blogging journey even more.
Also in April, I finally published my truly epic 10,000+ word guide about how to make money blogging. It breaks down the twelve most successful, repeatable sources of income I’ve been able to generate from my blog over the past five years—including exactly how you can get started with each of these monetization channels today.
Continuing throughout 2019, my major focus remains on generating more revenue and publishing more content to diversify my passive income streams.
2. Email Subscribers.
I use ConvertKit to manage my email subscriber community and deliver my emails.
April saw the addition of 8,136 subscribers to my community with my total list size growing to 100,682 subscribers 🎉
This was a record growth month in new email subscribers. So much of my new subscriber growth continues to be fueled by my new free course, Build a Blog in 7 Days which is well-optimized for both affiliate revenue—and for offering my more advanced paid course (Built to Blog).
3. Podcast Downloads for April 2019: 18,670 Downloads
My podcast, The Side Hustle Project is remaining pretty steady with marginal monthly growth.
And with 18,670 downloads, this month was actually steady with March figures, despite a big adjustment in how my podcast analytics platform, Simplecast, calculates download numbers—a tweak they launched last month is leading to more accurate reporting moving forward.
Here are the episodes that went live last month:
- #106: The World’s First Blogger? Rob Palmer on Building an Online Business
- #107: From Dealing Drugs to Building an 8-Figure Nutrition Business with Chris Cavallini
- #108: How to Start, Grow and Sell a Productized Service Business with Alex McClafferty
- #109: How to Escape Your Cubicle and Grow Your Business with Pam Slim
April brought my total download numbers for the show to 261,115 downloads!
If you’re not a listener yet, give it a try right here 🙂
That’s it for my April side income report.
For May, I’m predicting my side income to decrease a bit down to around $50,000. A major focus of mine throughout the next few months is to grow my existing passive income streams (affiliates, course sales, book sales, and otherwise) and set my sights on having a six-figure month by March of 2020.
I have a ton to be grateful for, and I’ve never been more excited to work on growing my blog even further from here. It’s easy to forget sometimes that it’s been an arduous 5 year adventure with ups and downs in order to get here. I’ll keep sharing what I learn along the way.
If you’re looking for some additional reading to help grow your own blog (on the side), I recently launched a 24,000 word free guide to building and scaling a profitable blog right here that I’d love for you to read 😊
19 replies to “Side Income Report for April 2019: How I Earned $58,234.08 (on the Side) This Month”
Great information and inspiration. I am sure you get this question often but is the Comcast expense annual?
That’s actually my monthly expense for Internet here in San Francisco. It’s insanely expensive & the only good option for speedy Internet throughout the neighborhood we live in.
I’m wondering what benefit someone from a smaller European country might have from your course considering that most of your income comes from a US hosting company serving a huge market. I’m not sure that your business model transfers to anyone outside of the US.
Thanks for your input
Hey Petra! Great question, but I’d actually disagree with you on that point. As a primer, I think it’s important to call out the fact that there isn’t anyone else in the world that’ll have ALL of the exact same life circumstances as I do—ranging from geographic area we live in the world, down to having things like the same marketing or technical skills, job experience, relationships, etc. So my first point to you would be that if you’re *looking for* obstacles, barriers or differences that are large enough to just dismiss something as impossible without giving it a try, it’s easy to find such things. Not saying you’re in the camp at all, I just want to call that out.
Source of income—what’s actually really interesting is that up until Jan/Feb of 2019, about 75% of my income came from freelance clients, consulting/coaching gigs and sales of my other courses on freelancing and business-related topics. I’ve had freelance clients based in both the US and Europe for several years, generating an average of between $10-20k/mo in total for me when adding up all of my client gigs. Getting qualified consulting/freelance client leads from my blog has traditionally been my best way to monetize my site, so it’s only this year that the affiliate programs are beginning to take off in a more meaningful way.
A lot of the content in my Built to Blog course is also built around this view… that affiliate programs are but one of many, many, many different ways to monetize your blog—in ways that aren’t at all geographically dependent on where you live. Other monetization channels I’ve had on my blog here include things like:
• Sponsored content from advertisers that want to get their product in front of my audience
• Podcast sponsorships to reach the listeners of my show
• Digital book sales, online course sales, other downloadable mini-resources like workbooks/planners
• Dropshipping of physical products (where the business requires no physical location or inventory)
Check out more here in my guide about monetizing your blog: https://www.ryrob.com/make-money-blogging/
I agree with Ryan.
I’ve seen people from European and Asian countries make an amazing amount of money online.
I appreciate that a majority of his income came from client work. If you offer a service or have a skill that you can charge for, that’s the easiest and fastest way to earn income.
Ranking highly in Google for profitable keywords and selling affiliate products is very difficult, but offering coaching or consulting services is relatively easy.
I love it Ryan
You alluded to the ups and downs of your journey, I’d love to see a post of your biggest challenges and failures along the way (and how you solved them).
Everybody loves a turnaround story.
Awesome idea! I could tell a few of those stories from different junctures along the way. I like it, thanks Raza! Keep an eye out for something on this topic soon 🙂
Your latest income report is very impressive even though the bulk of your income comes from just one one of your partners. I’m an Accountant, and this should be of grave concern for any business. With the large amount of traffic you have, is it possible you’re not optimally monetizing your blog?
All of your income reports says “side income,” do you have a main income/main job? What is it?
Last, your blog is super hard to navigate, especially getting to other pages from the home page.
I came across your book, “Habits of Successful Bloggers.” I mistakenly left the page to do other things. Now I can’t find a logical way to get to the page I saw the book on. Even a search on “Habits of Successful Bloggers” on your website doesn’t bring it up. I don’t know if I got the name of the book wrong.
Other than that, your content seems good. I signed up for your seven days blogging course. I want to start a blog soon. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and income reports with us.
You’re ever amazing, coach. Your landmarking results are justifiable.
Keep the ball rolling, Ryan.
What thing I learn from you is that you are very persistent and consistent. I wonder how you have time to post long articles. Well done!
hey Ry – great income report as usual! assuming you manage your bookkeeping in Quickbooks, rather than having a bookkeeper/accountant handle it, yes?
keep it up!
Do you pay for hosting and storage every month?.
I do, yep! I now host this blog on Kinsta (which you can see in my monthly costs outlined above) and run a couple of other sites with Bluehost which bills annually so you’ll only see that bill hit once a year.
Impressive, Ryan and thanks for publishing to encourage us
Have a nice weekend
This content is EPIC. Thanks for giving so much in dept information about your income. For sure I will start with the affiliate program of Bluehost now! 🙂
Beautiful work my friend on increasing your side hustle millionaire income monthly revenue. between writing for Forbes magazine, your new fiancé, side hustling and holding down your day job, I have no clue how you manage to do it all. But one thing for sure is I’m certainly proud of you and in your corner rooting for you. I also included you in my new post on “side hustle millionaire blogging income reports.” Get a good read and let me know what you think about it. Your affiliate marketing friend over here from Flatbush Brooklyn is on the rise, following in your footsteps. Stay connected! 🙂
Impressive how you earned so much in a month!