August 2015 Income Report

August 2015 Income Report

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Monthly Income ReportHere’s the deal:

Time for another one of my monthly online income reports. I’ve set the goal of earning $600 per month exclusively from my website and related projects in the coming months.

You might be wondering why I share this:

These monthly income reports are meant to hold me accountable to both myself and my readers. They offer a glimpse into the nature of making money through a blog and other online endeavors, as well as my efforts to cover my expenses while traveling in the pursuit of becoming location independent.

On to this month’s report…

August 2015 Income Report

Each month I report on what I did well as well as what I could stand to improve on from a financial perspective, as well as a blogging strategy perspective.

What Did NOT Go Well

1. No Real Complaints

Things went as well or as expected for the month… If I had to pick some things it would be that my YouTube earnings took another dip, when I was expecting them to bump up a little (not down). And that only sold two Go Outside t-shirts for the month of August.

What Went Well

1. My book launch!

My book launch was a resounding success! Thanks so much to all of you for the help spreading the word, and leaving reviews. I had more than 13,000 free downloads, I’ve sold more than 500 copies since going to paid, and I’ve reached #1 in the Budget Travel category on Amazon.

My book soared into the Top 100 non-fiction books in the entire paid Amazon store… Beyond the Budget Travel category, I reached as high as #3 in General Travel where I was right behind Cheryl Strayed’s book Wild, and Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods, and actually popped ahead of Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild and Into Thin Air (two of my favorite books of all-time)!

Budget Travel Best Seller

My humble little book right up there with the top dogs in General Travel.

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the book at

2. Podcast Interview

Following the launch of my book I also had the opportunity to do my first ever podcast interview with Mariza from the Abroad Podcast where we discussed life on the road here in Mexico, living in Colombia, and more general travel stories.

It was a lot of fun! You’ll hear more about my story, as well.

Full Income Report

$518.41 – Sales, affiliate sales, and advertising from D2D
-$343.46 – Amazon Affiliate sales
-$38.64 – YouTube Videos
-$8.40 – D2D T-Shirt Sales
-$127.91 – Big Travel book sales

TOTAL = $518.41
GOAL = $600 per month
86% of goal covered

August was a great month, and I was just shy of my goal. I’m pretty confident I will meet or exceed my goal for September if things keep going well with the book.

It’s important to remember that the book was only for sale for four days in total for August, and for sale at the rock bottom price of 99 cents (of which I only earn 35% commission). It just went up to a more normal price of $2.99, of which I earn 70%.

Time to take another look at the draft book I wrote last year while living in Medellin, and never ended up releasing…

What Else is New?

For the majority of August, we’ve been here at our amazing house sit in Mexico City. Mexico City has exceeded my expectations tremendously… This city has so much to offer, and I’m shocked we don’t hear more good things about it in the States.

Chapultepec Park in Mexico City

Chapultepec Park in Mexico City

Since the book launch, we’ve been getting out on the regular to explore all the museums and culture on offer here in this booming metropolis and doing a number of the touristy things as well. It’s been a lot of fun!

Museo Soumaya in Nuevo Polanco, a free art museum.

Museo Soumaya in Nuevo Polanco, a free art museum.

Sadly, our time in the city will be coming to an end on Sunday and then we’ll be back on the road, truck camping once again. So it’s not all bad!

Metropolitan Cathedral beside the Zocalo in Mexico City.

Metropolitan Cathedral beside the Zocalo in Mexico City.

That’s all I got for you this month for August 2015.

Angel of Independence in the middle of the Paseo de la Reforma.

Angel of Independence in the middle of the Paseo de la Reforma.

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As always questions, comments, and feedback are extremely welcome.

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Head Writer and Adventurer at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, perpetual wanderer, and self-proclaimed dirtbag (but that might not mean what you think). Originally from Seattle, he headed to Washington D.C. where he spent five years working for Congress before heeding the call of the wild. He set out truck camping to road trip across the American West, and then across all of Central America and South America. When he isn't on the move, you can find him living as an expat in Colombia. He is also the author of the best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget that will help you travel more for less. Follow the adventures on social media or read more.

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  1. Nice form of article Ryan.
    I’m trying to earn money from my website like you. But my website is commercial while your ‘desk to dirtbag’ is combination of earning and your passion – travelling. I will check your new post for sure! Regards Ryan 🙂

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