My Passive Income Report [June 2013]

There’s one word I can use to describe June: consistency.  As you’ll see with my bottom line, it really wasn’t any better or worse than May.

In some ways, I view a month with no growth as a poor month – after all, who wants things to remain steady, especially when you’re not at a high level?

Anyway, let’s get right to the report (and you’ll see below why the header image for this income report is different than usual).

A Brief Overview of June

June was a reasonably productive month, as I put some work into my new niche site and even saw it achieve its first earnings.  It’s barely 1.5 months old, so I haven’t expected much yet.  I’ll discuss this site more below.

Although my social lending investments are showing steady growth, my article writing earnings are on the decline (as expected).  These are two areas where I no longer invest any time, so wherever I can see some net gains or profit, I’m happy.

I still can’t help but feel like I’m a bit lost on where I’m going to find my next successful project online.  I’m trying to take things slow and take a more focused approach, which I hope will pay off in the long run.

Eventually, I’d like to create a “real” business online – by real, I mean active (as opposed to passive).  I think well-built “active” businesses have the potential of eventually becoming passive, once you’ve put in a ton of hard work on the front end.

And in other, personal news (that technically didn’t happen until the beginning of July):  I’m engaged to be married to my girlfriend of 9+ years! It was a long time coming, but the timing is right and I couldn’t be happier.

June Income Report

Article Writing

Not a lot of movement here – I’m done writing articles for the time being, so everything from this point forward is truly passive income.

Here’s a summary of all my article-related income for June:


  • Amazon: $0.77
  • Revenue Sharing: $2.56


  • Revenue Sharing: $5.03

Total Article Writing Income: $8.36

Social Lending

Lending Club

Lending Club, as I mention each month, is one of my favorite online passive income sources, because I believe it’s my only truly passive income source. What I mean by this is, once you select your investments (which doesn’t take more than a few minutes), you can simply sit back and collect the monthly payments which include a repayment of your initial investment + interest.

If you are unfamiliar with Lending Club, however, you should read my post that explains exactly how I make money with Lending Club (including my investment strategy) that I posted a few months ago.

For the fourth straight month, my net annualized return (interest %) grew, and it continues to grow at a fast pace.  As I mentioned last month, I’m mixing some riskier loans into my portfolio, which is one of the reasons my return is accelerating.

I’m now invested in 175 loans (+5 from May) and my net annualized return is 5.75% (+.17% from May).

If you’ve got some extra cash laying around that you’re willing to invest, I honestly feel that Lending Club is a great investment platform to try.  It really isn’t that difficult to pick good loans (because they filter out most of the poor borrowers with their application process), and it’s an easy way to earn a decent return on cash that otherwise wouldn’t be earning you anything.

If you’re interested in trying Lending Club, you can sign up with this link and get a free account. I am an affiliate for Lending Club, so if you have any questions about it, I’d be more than happy to answer them in the comments (or feel free to contact me by e-mail).

If you’re unsure whether this type of investing is right for you, you can start with $25 and build from there.  I do want to emphasize that to really benefit from this form of passive income, you need to make several $25 investments not only to earn more interest, but to diversify as well.  One or two $25 investments won’t really get you anywhere.


A couple months ago, I also began investing with, which is another social lending platform very similar to Lending Club.

Now that my loans are funded, I’m finally starting to receive interest payments.  As of right now (and it’s still very early!), my rate of return is 8.01%.

Here’s a preview of the loans I’m invested in so far, which I posted last month too (and you can see the interest rate of each):

So far, I’m not sure if I like Prosper more than Lending Club.  Their loan selection process doesn’t provide you with as much detail, but it’s obviously still possible to earn as much as (or more than) what you can earn with Lending Club.  if you’re interested, you can create a Prosper account here.

Niche Sites

My new niche site is fully built, and it’s finally earning money!  Unfortunately, the rankings in Google for my target keywords are still not where I’d like them to be (nowhere near page 1), but I did quite a bit of link building during June that will hopefully help.

I won’t write much about the link building I did do (hint: it was outsourced) until enough time has passed for me to fully evaluate it.

(Note:  All of the earnings below are from the new niche site.)

Here’s a summary of June’s Niche site earnings:
  • Amazon: $8.19
  • $0.00
  • Chitika: $0.00
  • InfoLinks: $0.00
  • Commission Junction: $0.00
  • Total: $8.19

Authority Sites

Authority Site #1 (Not Revealed)

This site is still inactive (in terms of me working on it), but continues to earn a little bit of money.

June Earnings:

  • $1.43
  • $0.93
  • Total: $2.36

Authority Site #2 (Slow Carb Diet Experiments)

This site still receives regular traffic and is continuously shared on social media sites (especially Pinterest), however the traffic just isn’t high enough to generate solid earnings.

I’ll need to step it up if I want to make any money from this site (food blogs are not easy!).

June Earnings:

  • Amazon: $0.00
  • $0.19
  • Total: $0.19

Total Authority Site Earnings: $2.55

Affiliate/Other Income

Here’s the breakdown for affiliate and other income earned during June.  [Note: This income comes from other sites not discussed/listed above, including affiliate sales generated through this blog.]

Total Misc. Affiliate Earnings for June: $520.94

Income Summary

Here’s a summary of June’s earnings, organized by project/challenge:

  • Article Writing: $8.36
  • Amazon & “AdSense” Niche Sites: $8.19
  • Authority Websites: $2.55
  • Misc. Affiliate Income: $520.94

Grand Total for June: $540.04 (+$22.96 from May)

Finally, after two straight months of large income declines, I saw an increase in June.  I’m definitely not at a point yet where I’m comfortable predicting another increase in July, but we’ll see how it goes.

Popular Blog Posts

These were my top 5 most popular blog posts in June based on number of views:

1) 142+ Ways to Make Money Online

2) Is CashCrate Legit? Here’s My CashCrate Review

3) My Passive Income Report [May 2013]

4) How to Make $2,000 Per Month Writing for InfoBarrel

5) A Sneak Peek at My New Niche Site

How did June go for you?  Leave a comment below!

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43 Responses to “My Passive Income Report [June 2013]”

  1. Hi Eric,
    Its obvious that this report for June 2013 doesn’t have much to inspire users. However, it is still important to know that if something is not done, nothing can be achieved. A good example is your lack of commitment to article writing.
    That said, its still good to have this report!

    The comment was left in where this post was shared.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Hi Sunday,

    I’m sorry that the report wasn’t inspiring for you. Although inspiration is a nice byproduct of income reports, I’m just being as transparent as possible, writing about what actually happened. I wish I could write something more inspirational, such a $50,000 month! 😛

    From my perspective, inspiration doesn’t only have to come from the wildly successful reports. While I didn’t achieve much, I think it goes to show people that success online isn’t a given, as some bloggers make it seem. It’s a lot of hard work, and sometimes it’s hard to motivate yourself just to get started. Although I’ve struggled for awhile to “make it”, I’m only a few months removed from a $2,000+ earning month.

    As for the lack of commitment to article writing, I’ve made a conscious decision to NOT write articles for the time being. I feel my time is better spent elsewhere (including my personal life and my “9 to 5” job). I think article writing is a great way to get started making money online, but it’s not the path to super-success for most people.

    Thanks for the comment, and again I’m sorry that this report wasn’t what you were hoping for.


  2. Hi Eric,

    I have been following your blog for a while now, and I love the monthly income reports where you share what’s working and what’s not in your business.

    I just started my own personal blog not too long ago, and your blog has been a big inspiration for me so far along my journey. My ultimate goal is to be able to quit my day job and escape the 9-to-5 so I can live a life of freedom, fun and adventure. If I work hard and take the right action I know I can achieve that and let go and create the lifestyle I want for myself :)

    Keep up the good work,
    Navid Moazzez recently posted… Interview with Jesse Krieger: Become a Lifestyle Entrepreneur


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks David, I really appreciate it. Best of luck to you – if you stick with it, you WILL eventually achieve your goal.


  3. Eric, congrats on your engagement! Have you set a date yet?

    Regarding your report, I totally understand where you’re coming from when you say you’re a bit lost on where to find the next successful project. I go through that all the time. I’m always trying new things but the problem is finding something I want to stick with. However, for me, self-publishing is definitely something I’m going to pursue long-term.

    Keep at it! I’m at the same level you’re at so I’m going through all the same challenges!
    Harlan Yee recently posted… My June 2013 Income Report


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Harlan! We haven’t set a date yet, but it’ll likely be toward the end of 2014.

    Good to see that self-publishing is working for you. I hope you find massive success with it. :)


  4. Hi Eric,
    I am following your blog for a time.
    Thank for your detail report.
    I had learned much from you.
    Hope your passive income will increase more in Jul.
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment Nicolai!


  5. Nice to see your income going to the $500 range. Slowly but surely, you’re hitting that $1000 mark, the magical mark in internet marketing. Good luck for your efforts!


    Eric G. Reply:

    I hope to get back over the $1,000 mark soon! Thanks!


  6. Congrats on your engagement! I’m also wondering, since you are writing for content mills like Squidoo, why you don’t take up better-paying freelance writing gigs with private clients? Those clients won’t pay you pennies on the dollar like Squidoo or Infobarrel (both of which I used to write for). Also, I don’t see your Prosper earnings report here, nor the LendingClub report….am I missing something here?
    Halina recently posted… Women in Science: New stereotypes, new challenges


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Halina! I’ve actually stopped writing for Squidoo and Infobarrel, and I’m focusing more on writing content for my own sites. Freelance writing is not a bad idea – unfortunately, I don’t consider myself much of a writer. For me, writing is more of a means to an end.

    As for Prosper and Lending Club, both reports are in the post above… check again! :)


  7. Congratulations on the marriage :-)

    On the income news I had to say I found this post a little odd.

    You went into lots of details about the areas that made you a grand total of $19.10, and then as an aside added in the ones that make you the other $500!

    I imagine the vast bulk of that comes from this one website here. Which is fine. But doesn’t it make you think you should change course a little?

    If over 95% of your passive income comes from this one site. Then why do any of the others?

    Wouldn’t it be more realistic to ditch ALL of the others, and only work on this site?

    I would seriously look at the 80/20 principle with this.

    Rather then looking for your “next project”, instead ditch everything, apart from the stuff that make you at least 80% of the income, and then totally focus on that.

    Congratulations again :-)


    AJ Reply:

    I like the fact that Eric has other projects, I’m hesitant to listen to anyone who only makes money online by telling others how to make money online. Eric actually gets out there and does some stuff and gives us legitimate feedback.
    AJ recently posted… The Ultimate Bubblews Review – The Good, Bad & Ugly


  8. Hi Eric,
    I’ve been following the blog for some time now and thank you for your reports.

    I finally took the plunge to start taking passive income seriously and creating detailed income reports. I’m happy to report that my June was higher than my May but the figures are still tiny and not worth talking about much. I guess we all start from somewhere.

    Congrats on your engagement and I hope July is better for you.
    Alexandria Ingham recently posted… Is Niche Writing a Good Decision for Your Freelance Writing Career?


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Alexandria. You’re right in that everyone starts off small, and it grows from there. Your $10 today could be $100 next month, and $1,000 shortly after that. You just need to keep at it.


  9. Eric, a huge congratulations on your engagement! The income report was nice too but seriously…passive income is about supporting your life and it’s awesome you’ve found the person to share yours with.
    AJ recently posted… The Ultimate Bubblews Review – The Good, Bad & Ugly


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks a lot AJ! I guess now that I’ve got the hard part done with, I should be able to focus more on passive income? 😛


  10. This is very good i am also folowing.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Chikkanna!


  11. Hi Eric,
    I just started following this blog and I’ve got to say, a BIG thank you for your transparency. It’s about time someone told it like it really is (or can be for most of us) and I greatly appreciate it. It’s very refreshing to see an honest internet marketer showing us the other side of the IM space.
    Thanks again!


    Eric G. Reply:

    No problem, Bryan. Sometimes I feel a bit guilty for the months where I don’t have much income growth or new activity to report. It’s boring, and maybe not as motivating to readers.

    Unfortunately, this is the reality for many of us who have a full time job and other life obligations, and we have to make the best of it.


  12. Congrats on the engagement! Have you ever thought about writing an ebook? Perhaps you could even take your articles/blog posts and turn them into a book. My online income outside of self publishing is similar to yours but the sales from my books triples my monthly income.


    Eric G. Reply:

    I’ve thought about writing eBooks before, but never really pulled the trigger on it. It’s definitely something I should look into once I feel like I have a niche I want to write about (in that much depth).


  13. This is really inspiring Eric! I just subscribed to your site…. Im looking forward to following!!!!
    Chris recently posted… My Authentic Life


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Chris!


  14. Hello

    I just wonder, such a nice blog with lots of useful information and good traffic, earns under $1k?
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    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s a good observation, Kamil. The truth is, I could earn a lot more from this blog if I wanted to (by writing more posts with affiliate links and sending offers to my e-mail list), but I’ve made the decision that I don’t want this blog to be my main source of online income.

    With that said, it currently IS my main source of online income. This is a byproduct of all the traffic more than anything. I’d still like to focus on earning elsewhere, so that this blogs stays focused on documenting my journey (instead of just making a quick buck).


    Kamil Reply:

    Thanks for the prompt reply, Eric. Appreciate your decision. Good Luck
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  15. I dismissed the whole idea of passive income over a year ago, as none of the suggested “strategies” worked for me (especially niche sites and blogging, which clash with my idea of “job well done”), but I would like to congratulate with you for your engagement. That’s the most important news of all, it’s great to find someone to walk with you in the path of life!
    Diego recently posted… Currency Switcher for WooCommerce – GeoIP feature to be rewritten


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Diego! Sorry to hear that you’ve given up on passive income, but the truth is, it’s not for everyone. Hell, maybe it’s not even for me. Nevertheless, I’m going to keep at it. :)


    Diego Reply:

    For what I’m concerned, passive income, as many people understand it, doesn’t exist. Income must be earned, every cent, every day, the trick is finding something one would like to do to earn it.

    Since blogging and niche sites, in my opinion, are dying as possible income sources, and since many investment sites aren’t available outside of the US, I moved to something else. I now sell small software components that I develop, maintain and support myself, and the results are quite good.

    I moved away from the 4 hour work week idea and focused on a rewarding work week. :)


  16. I made $40 yesterday by writing online. I have been trying as hard as I can to make money online. Right now, it is my only income! It can be tough, but luckily, I make enough to pay some bills, between Amazon, ebay, and writing.
    Erlinda Shen recently posted… What’s Stopping You From Blogging: Lack of Time


    Eric G. Reply:

    That’s great, Erlinda. Freelance writing is a great way to make some money online – if I had more free time, and more of a “knack” for writing, I’d definitely do some freelance writing.


  17. Report your income really inspired me! thanks for sharing..
    Gisela recently posted… Be your own boss with a home based business


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the comment, Gisela!


  18. Hi Eric, Been a while since i swung by. What you said about trying out a regular business as opposed to chasing the elusive passive income, hit home for me.

    I spent the last 3 years trying my hand at many passive income methods such as niche sites, writing ebooks to sell on amazon and clickbank, outsourcing SEO and the list goes on.

    Every time i started to make some real progress A Google update came along and crushed me. This happened 3 times and everything i was doing was white hat. F U Google!

    finally about 5 months ago i decided to try a regular online business that would require my time to manage, deal with customers,make sales, etc. And finally i am seeing something solid that i feel i can build and grow, and most importantly i don’t have to be Google dependent. One of the key things is i found a partner who had a separate set of skills that complimented my strengths.

    So my advice for what its worth, is try a real online business. you’ll probably find that success that this so called passive income doesn’t give, especially with everything you have learned online to this point.

    Anyhow good luck


    Diego Reply:

    This is by far one of the best comments I’ve ever read on a site related to passive income. It goes beyond hype and naive enthusiasm, but real, down to earth experience which resulted in starting a good business with a solid foundation and, most important of all, continue and active participation from its founder. That’s my idea as well, and the foundation of my small online business. I would like to shake your hand, well done.
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    Chris Reply:

    Great entry, I am very new to the SEO world and I’m going to sound very much like the noob that I am. But I always thought niche sites should sell a product that’s either connected to amazon or they have suppliers. I’m shocked that people are appalled that they need more content from the blogs I’ve read, I’m from the school of thinking that quality is key regardless. In saying that, do you still think a proper Niche site is a good way to start a business?


    Diego Reply:

    In my opinion, niche sites are dead (and good riddance). The so called authority sites are on their way too. Only sites which offer something REALLY excellent, without being created as a “passive income machine” will succeed. If you would like to start a business, start a real one, providing good value to the market. Or do like Facebook, create a whim in your audience and provide a way to satisfy it. :)
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    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks for the thoughtful comment and advice, Moe. I tend to agree that the “real business” model is the way to go. Many will argue that building niche sites can be a “real” business. They can be, however with the way that most people approach them (myself included), it really doesn’t work out that way.


  19. I enjoy reading your income reports as they are a real under the skin look at how you are getting on. I’ve only just started out on this path but have already realised that nothing will come without hard work! The last couple of months may not have been your best but be sure to keep going! Your blog has been an inspiration for me and I look forward to following your next project.

    Best of luck.


    Eric G. Reply:

    Thanks Martin, I really appreciate the support!


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