August 2016 Income Report

August 2016 Income Report

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Monthly Income ReportHere’s the deal:

Time for another one of my monthly online income reports. I set the goal of earning $1,200 per month exclusively from my website and related projects by the end of the year.

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 2016 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

Blog Posts

New blog posts have become few and far between. I even forgot to post an income report for July, whoops. I don’t know that I’ll get to it, but it was basically more of the same that’s contained here.

What Went Well

Amazon Affiliate Sales

I had a record month for Amazon affiliate sales with nearly $500 in total. Far and away my best month ever.

It has to do with, I believe, the seasonal nature of many of my search results. People tend to be looking for climbing and camping stuff during the nice summer months, not so much during the winter.

So I fully expect this to be my high water mark for the year with Amazon sales, which then will probably dip back down as the year continues on.

I told you a few months ago that I incorporated Amazon ads, one of those little square boxes on the right hand column. Part of that increase is due to those ads.

They don’t earn much, only about $1 per day, so that contributed about $30 to that total from Amazon.

It pays for a few coffees at least, and I think the ad is too intrusive. Do you?

Work on the New Book

I’ve been hard at work, writing almost every single day on the new book about my road trip through the American West and the adventures and misadventures that took place.

This will not be a how-to travel book, but is more of a travel memoir in the vein of other popular travel books you’ve probably read.

I could also REALLY use the help spreading the word, please take a minute to share the book, and consider joining the launch team (you’ll get a free advance copy).

Full Income Report

-$472.43 – Amazon Affiliate Sales
-$48.02 – Big Travel, Small Budget paperback sales
-$34.30 – Big Travel, Small Budget Kindle sales
-$29.58 – Unconventional Guides
-$24.44 – YouTube Videos
-$1.15 – REI Sales

TOTAL = $609.92
GOAL = $1,200 per month
50% of goal covered

What Else is New?

Freelance Work

I’ve picked up a bit of freelance work again as well. And we got back into Airbnb hosting after not really bothering for the past few months, which helped with this past month’s rent immensely.

Neither of those amounts are reflected in the income report here, because these are more about income based on this website. But the Airbnb hosting in particular, as I discussed in Big Travel, Small Budget, was a huge help in making ends meet here.

You can get a $50 bonus for hosting your extra room or apartment on Airbnb.


We’ve been taking care of our little foster kittens, but they’ve started to take them away now as they reach two months old and go on to their permanent homes. We’ve still got one kitten at the moment, but it always sucks when they take them away… 🙁

Medellin is Booming

Things are really booming here in Medellin lately, and I’m loving it. There’s a brand new French cafe that opened just a few blocks from my house here in Laureles and where I’ve been spending a lot of time working.

Then Starbucks just went and opened their first store here in Medellin which is pretty cool, although it’s not convenient to me whatsoever. I went there the other day and there was a line of 40 people stretching out the door.

If you’ve never considered visiting Medellin, I would highly encourage it!

That’s all I got for you this month.

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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. Good luck Ryan! You are living the dream, keep it up! When times are hard remember there are those of us who live vicariously through you ?

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      Thanks so much Rod! Yeah, it definitely isn’t always easy, but it is interesting and challenging at least, haha. Which in itself is enjoyable… Cheers!

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