D2D Monthly Recap and Income Report: May 2017

Monthly Income ReportHere’s the deal:

Time for another monthly recap and income report, where I share what’s new in the world of Desk to Dirtbag and offer a bit of transparency behind the blogging.

On to this month’s report…


Visiting Ecuador

We finally made it to another country, my 18th (we are slow travelers). From what we’ve seen so far in Ecuador, it’s an incredible country with so much to see and do.

We’ve been in the mountains and the jungle.

We drove up to 14,750 feet above sea level right below Cotopaxi (a massive volcano) and then we drove to the jungle where wild monkeys roamed.


Rough Patches

We’ve had a few rough patches on this trip, from sickness to lost items, to a debit card that inexplicable broke. Things have been going wrong with a strange frequency, whereas almost nothing went wrong in Central America.

I guess it’s all part of the travel, the highs and lows, but it’s still not fun in the moment.

Most Popular Article of the Month

Surprisingly, my article about Zipolite, Mexico attracted a lot of visits last month, probably only because I mentioned the infamous nude beaches.

Most Popular Instagram Photo

This one was pretty easy. This shot of me standing among the towering wax palms while hiking through the Cocora Valley near Salento attracted far and away the most like of any post during May.

The place is just stunning, so I can see why it attracted lots of attention.

Be sure to follow me on Instagram for more photos of my adventures.

April 2017 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 Went Well

Article Writing 

I’ve managed to keep up the new articles at a breakneck pace, publishing three articles per week throughout the month.

Traffic in turn has been an a slight upswing.

Guest Posts

I landed three high profile guest posts over the past month, including one for Nomadic Matt, one of the most popular travel bloggers on the internet.

Income Report

-$439.22 – Amazon Affiliate Sales
-$14.40 – REI Affiliate Sales
-$89.73 – Big Travel, Small Budget book sales
-$21.51 – YouTube Videos
-$0 – GO OUTSIDE t-shirt

TOTAL = $564.86
GOAL = $1,200 per month
47% of goal covered

May was pretty much right in line with April, only an ever so slight increase of 4%.

Help Me Out

If you have any upcoming purchases, please shop through the D2D store at no extra cost to you.

Traveling somewhere? Book your hotel through Booking.com or grab your free travel credit for Airbnb.

Thanks! 🙂 

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That’s all I got for you this month. Are you following along on Instagram or Facebook? Be sure to do so, if you want to get the latest.

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

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Author, Writer, and Head Honcho at Desk to Dirtbag
Ryan is an author, adventurer, and wanderer. 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 living in his pickup truck and road tripping across the American West. Since then he backpacked through Colombia, drove across all of Central America, and also wrote a best selling book: Big Travel, Small Budget. Right now you can find him driving his old truck across all of South America -- support the adventures by visiting the D2D Shop. Follow the adventures on social media or read more.

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