Somewhat Passive Income – Blogging
Blogging isn’t very passive for me at this point. I spend 20-30 hours per week writing, networking, responding to comments, and maintaining Retire by 40. Someday, I’d like to cut it down to around 10 hours per week. That goal is many years off, though. I enjoy blogging so it’s a good way to spend time in early retirement. The blog income is a huge bonus. My goal when I started Retire by 40 in 2010 was to generate about $500/month. After 8 years, my blog income has grown to be much better than that. I’m very grateful for your support. Thank you!
You can see all of our passive income on the Passive Income page. I will update these passive income pages monthly.
2018 YTD Blog Income: $53,539
2018 is going really well so far.
- Q1 is usually the best quarter for blog income and we did very well.
- Q2 was good for us.
- Summer is usually a lot slower because everyone is going on vacation. Hopefully, the blog income won’t drop too much. It hasn’t been bad this summer. The traffic decreased a bit, but not a huge amount. The income drops a bit too, but that’s expected. I’m looking forward to generating more income in Q4.
Here is how I generated online income so far in 2018.
- Banner ads: $20,899. These are the banner ads you see on Retire by 40. I hope to make about $2,000 per month with these ads. This is going well so far in 2018.
- Affiliates: $44,682. These are referral fees from affiliate links. If a reader signs up for a service through our affiliate links, then we may receive a referral fee. Q1 is usually the best quarter for affiliate income. Affiliate income is working very well this year.
- Private ads: $1,200. Sometimes we worked with a company to advertise their products. I rarely do this anymore. This income will be very small in 2018.
- Business: -$2,357. Business equipment, internet, hosting, email service, CDN, cell phone, etc…
- Travel and meals: -$1,041
- Employee: -$1,044. This year, we hired our first part-time employee. It’s RB40Jr! I’ll pay him $25 for each blog post and $4 per image on social media. This income will go straight to his Roth IRA. I’m excited to see how this experiment will turn out.
- Estimated tax: $8,800 I’m sending the IRS about $1,000/month. This should be enough to cover our tax liability.
Here is the 2018 graph of the revenue, expense, and net income.
September – The blog income was great in September. August had lower revenue because one check arrived late. This check came in September and our income looked good again.
Incredibly, Retire by 40 generated almost $350,000 in revenue since I started blogging in 2010. That’s much more than I ever expected. It’s pretty crazy, right?
2017 was my best year yet and I made $65,388. You can see the detail here – 2017 Blog Income Wrap Up. Actually, it’s about $55,500 after taxes. 2017 was the first time that I made enough from blogging to have to pay extra taxes. 2018 is looking really good too. Our income from the first 3 quarters is almost as much as the whole year from 2017. It’s been a great year here. Thank you for your support!
Starting a blog is a great way to build your brand and generate some extra income. You can see my tutorial – How to Start A Blog and Why You Should. Check it out if you’re thinking about blogging.
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
Joe highly recommends Personal Capital for DIY investors. He logs on to Personal Capital almost daily to check his cash flow and net worth. They have many useful tools that will help every investor analyze their portfolio and plan for retirement.
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