June 2016 Income Report

June 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…

June 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

Work Productivity

Ever since heading back to the States I’ve been having trouble getting myself on task and productive. I’m not sure what has thrown me off so much but I’m really procrastinating on just sitting down and writing or being productive.

I mean I’ve got tons of article ideas for the site, a book that needs to be worked on, and other projects in the pipeline, but I sit down and I’ll just do anything to procrastinate and not start. Like surfing Facebook endlessly, watching YouTube videos, starting new series’ on Netflix, whatever.

I need to follow my own advice and reinstate my productivity trackers that I was using previously and had since turned off.

There’s just so much going on as well… More on that in a minute.

What Went Well

Amazon Affiliate Sales

Summer Amazon affiliate sales continue to rise, with an overall increase compared to May. That’s always nice!

Nearly $400 in income exclusively from Amazon.com affiliate sales.

I have also just instituted a new Amazon affiliate feature with paid ad sales, which is the banner ad you see on the right. That means I will earn a small amount of income per thousand views of the ad, as well as any clicks and purchases that may result.

I don’t expect this addition to add a significant amount of income, but it should help contribute to the bottom line. We shall see how things go in July!

As always, I’ll be sharing the honest truth about how well it works or doesn’t work.

Paradise Pack

The once a year Paradise Pack sale has come and gone. If you missed it, I’m so sorry. But it’s an annual sale with a bundle of amazing travel and location independent work resources that are packaged together and sold for more than 90% off retail.

I’ve been digging into a few products already and even though I’ve been at this for a while, I still find great info.

Anyways, all the sales of the package are totally affiliate driven (ie word of mouth), so I received a commission for each sale that I referred.

Honestly I expected a bit better results from my giveaway last month promoting the Paradise Pack. While I had hoped for better, I still include this in the What Went Well section, because despite shelling out $200 to promote the contest, I ended up earning $200 in positive revenue.

So that’s still a win, albeit smaller than I’d thought.

Of course, this is just a one-time source of income and will not be happen again in July.

Big Travel Book Sales

Sales of my book Big Travel, Small Budget continue to chug along at a decent pace. Nothing ground shaking, but more than $100 per month consistently and we are almost one year post-launch.

I even finally got my hands on a real life physical copy of the book for the very first time when I was back in the States!

Big Travel, Small Budget available in paperback!

So cool!

Of course, I know that my mom bought a handful of paperback copies this past month… Thanks Mom! Haha.

Reviews on Amazon.com have reached 110 now! That’s so amazing… Thanks to all of you for the support, for spreading the word, and for leaving reviews. It makes a world of difference.

Full Income Report

-$382.70 – Amazon Affiliate Sales
-$210.60 – Paradise Pack Affiliate Sales
-$66.60 – Big Travel, Small Budget paperback sales
-$65.49 – Big Travel, Small Budget Kindle sales
-$40.02 – YouTube Videos
-$13.76 – REI Sales

TOTAL = $779.17
GOAL = $1,200 per month
65% of goal covered

What Else is New?

Things have been busy on a personal front…

The Truck

I’ve been getting a lot of work done on the truck lately and taking advantage of the affordable prices here in Medellin.

I beefed up the electrical hook ups to the canopy end of truck, which now means that I can use my laptop while charging it from the secondary battery. This is HUGE.

Before I could only charge my laptop while it was off. Meaning that if my battery died while I was working at night, that I’d have to power off, do something else while it charges and then get back to work later. Now I can keep going, edit photos, watch movies, write, whatever.

I got the windows tinted with a 5% tint in the canopy meaning you basically cannot see in from the outside, done for security purposes, and a 35% tint up in the cab.

Look at that tint job...

I also got those little plastic lip things inserted over the windows so you can crack the windows while it’s raining and not have water dripping on you.

And finally I got the front headlights doubled in potency so I can see MUCH better while driving at night. It was a bit difficult before to avoid the potholes while driving at night. The current bulbs are not legal in the States though, so I’ll have to switch them out at some point.


I’ve been getting into Snapchat lately as well. You know Snapchat, right? Everybody is talking about it these days, since it is the new hot social media app.

I’d always thought it was kind of silly, but have been convinced to give it a go after hearing my friends Carlo and Florence talk about it all the time.

If you’re not on Snapchat, here’s why you should check it out: it offers amazing behind the scenes, unedited footage. If you follow travel bloggers, you get the full picture, not just the amazingly edited Instagram photos or shiny YouTube videos.

It’s a really cool and personal way to connect with people that provides an unprecedented glimpse into this lifestyle.

Of course, if you’re on Snapchat, I’d love to connect… My username is desktodirtbag, or just screenshot this Snapcode!

Follow me on Snapchat

I’ll be sharing stuff from life here in Medellin and throughout Colombia.


We are continuing to foster care for needy animals and we recently took in Thomasa, a very pregnant cat who was rescued off the streets here. She just recently gave birth to three beautiful little kittens and I’ve really been loving having them around.

They are only four days old, so they’ve still got a little bit to go before they’ll be playing around…

Three new born kittens

Aren’t they adorable?

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. What headlights did you install? I enjoy your articles. I am building a first generation Tacoma for expedition use. Thank you for all the info & insight.

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