How I Made an Extra $2905 In The First Quarter of 2018

This post may contain affiliate links. Feel free to view my disclosure here.

Hello everyone. The first quarter of the year flew by. Two out of the three months, I did pretty well income-wise. I’m setting myself up to have a great 2018 when it comes to my side hustle income.

Today’s post will be my first quarter of 2018 blog income report. I don’t share my numbers all the time. I have my reasons. I do these reports at the end of every quarter.  I started that last year to show people that if I can do this side hustle, then they can too. I made $4900 in the first quarter of 2017. This year I made $2905. It was almost $2000 less than the previous year, but I’m not worried. I’ll explain why I’m not below.

The Breakdown

eBay – $930.40

This is my highest form of side hustle income right now. It would have been over $1000, but I had one buyer purchase an item, but they never paid. I also have to refund someone. Listing more and selling things that I normally wouldn’t is paying off. In last year’s first quarter income report, I only made $281. I more than tripled that amount this quarter. I can’t wait to do even better next quarter.

Have you considered selling on eBay? If so, you should do it. It’s a great side hustle. I’m glad that I started taking it more seriously. If you’re not sure where to start, you should consider checking out my course, How to Make Money in Your Spare Time With eBay. The course has six modules that go ever topics such as how to set up an eBay account, what items to sell, how to ship your items, and more. The course also has PDF’s and videos. For more information, check it out here.

Sponsored Posts – $807.92

This was my second highest income stream in the first quarter. In last year’s report, I made $443, so I damn near doubled that amount this go round. When it comes to sponsored content, I only accept content that I know my readers will like. I get all types of emails from people asking about getting on my website. I can tell if the person has really read over my website before they sent the e-mail. If they haven’t, it’s an instant no to their sponsored article request.

Ads – $506.19

I am proud of this income stream. This one has grown because of my pageviews getting better. Last year, I combined ads and affiliates. This year they are both separate. That is a good sign. As my traffic continues to grow, it will give me the opportunity to apply for higher ad networks such as Mediavine.

Affiliates & Bonuses – $499.75

One of my goals this year was to increase this income stream. I’m starting to see some strides. I’ve been sharing products and business that I know my audience will be able to use. I know that they provide value. In the past, that wasn’t always the story. I’d just post a random link and hope that people would click on it. Affiliate marketing doesn’t work like that. Late last year I decided to learn more about affiliate marketing. Michelle from Making Sense of Cents has been documenting her side hustle journey for a while. For the last few years, she’s been a beast at affiliate marketing. She created a course titled Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.

The course goes not only goes over what affiliate marketing is, but it also goes over affiliate programs to join, how to get readers to convert, other strategies and more. I took the course earlier this year and started implementing some of the strategies as soon as possible. I made my money back within six weeks. The crazy thing is that I haven’t even updated everything yet. If you are interested in learning more about affiliate marketing, I’d suggest you check out Michelle’s course as soon as possible. It’s an investment that I’ve found to be worth it.

Other Selling Platforms – $161.13

This is the final income stream. eBay is not the only place where I sell items. I currently have items listed on Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, Offer Up and Mecari.

Check Out: What They Don’t Tell You About Selling Things Online

Having your items in more than one place increases the chances of them selling. I know that some things sell better on Craigslist than on eBay so I’m going to continue to list there too.

If you looked at my 2017 first-quarter income report, you’d notice one thing that’s not on the 2018 report. Freelancing is nowhere to be found. I have a love and hate relationship with it. Instead of wasting my time pitching or dealing with low paying clients, I decided to put my focus on the other side hustles, and it is working.

While I haven’t replaced my freelancing income all the way, I’m getting there. I recently opened an eBay store, Atlanta Mart. I can now list more items. More items equal more money.

The first quarter is just a start. One of my goals this year was to make $4000 per month in side hustle income. I have some work to do, but I know that it can happen.

How did you do in the first quarter of 2018?

Resources That Helped Me Earn This Amount

Bluehost – The Butler Journal has been hosted with Bluehost since 2013. If you are looking to take your blog to the next level, you should consider them. You can get your hosting for as little as $3.95 per month (this low price is only available through my unique link).

eBay – I love eBay. I’ve been selling on the platform for a long time. If you are interested in selling items on eBay, don’t procrastinate and start today.

Tailwind – Tailwind is a tool that I use to help schedule my pins on Pinterest. Pinterest has been a game changer for me. It is currently the platform that drives the most traffic to my website. I couldn’t make this happen without Tailwind. Grab your free trial to Tailwind when you click my link.

Grammarly – Grammarly is a program that you can download to your computer that helps with grammar. I’ve been using Grammarly for two years, and I love it. It helps you with spelling, punctuation placement, and other grammar issues.


  1. 2,095! Yes, thank you!

  2. Thank you for mentioning us in your income report, Jason.
    Mediavine is known for helping online publishers monetize their existing content through digital advertising that doesn’t slow down sites or destroy audience experience. But ads are just the beginning. Our mission is to create sustainable businesses for digital content creators. We are committed to providing education to publishers on a wide variety of topics from social media to SEO and helping them diversify their income streams with our influencer marketing department and other resources (like your post!)
    Our threshold to work with a site is 25k monthly sessions, which is where you’ll soon be if you continue making content like this. We’re here to answer any questions at [email protected].
    Thanks again!
    ~Jenny, Mediavine Marketing Associate

    1. Wow. I didn’t know that Mediavine did all that. I will be reaching out to you once I reach 25K monthly sessions.

  3. Keep up the good work! It seems like your making good progress on eBay. I tried applying for mediavine, but was rejected (even though I have 30k sessions a month). Who knows. 🙂

    1. Thanks. Try again. I’m sure you will be approved.

  4. Great read, thanks for sharing.

  5. I usually really dislike income reports because they don’t go into detail, so I appreciate how you broke everything out and provided some background. I think you could get the sponsored post bucket up even more, but it can definitely be random as far as timing.

    1. The sponsored posts opportunities are very random. As I continue to get more traffic to the site, I’ll probably get more of them.

  6. Very useful information. I was thinking of selling on eBay. Maybe now I’ll take it more seriously. Great content.

    1. Thanks for reading and good luck!

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