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Our First Blogiversary and Income Report. Come check out how we did in our first year as a newbie blogger and see our income and expenses for the year.

Our First Blogiversary and Income Report

It’s amazing how time can zip by. A little over a year ago I decided to take on a new challenge. With no knowledge of the internet (seriously before this past year my internet surfing consisted of Google and a few other sites), I bought a course on how to build an internet website/business. With the help of this course I was able to find my strengths and figure out what I was truly passionate about.


Personal finance


There is really only one thing that I am passionate about, and that is figuring out the puzzle. Personal finance is the puzzle that keeps changing and unravelling as you learn more about it.


As soon as you figure out how to budget. Boom! You get to figure out investing.


When you figure investing. Shazaam! You can move on to optimizing your spending to not be as wasteful with your money.


The chances to improve are always there. It’s a never ending journey.


Then all of a sudden a year passed. It was just a year ago that I published my first post. How to pay off your mortgage in as quickly as 5 years.


A Year’s Worth Of Numbers


I was looking back on my 6 months of blogging report and I’m happy I did that post.  Having the numbers somewhere was great to refer back to. So here are some more numbers for you at the one year mark.

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Facebook Likes 178

Pinterest  806

Instagram 111

Twitter  6365

Posts 120

Comments 433 (Thank you to everyone who comments, I love the interaction) One of my goals is to comment more on blogs out there. There are so many good ones it’s hard to know where to start.


My Alexa ranking today is 233,000 in the US and 15,944 in Canada, it changes everyday but the stats are good motivation to keep writing daily.


This site has been viewed in 128 countries and 3,433 cities, which was a reach I never could have anticipated in my first year.


It feels like there is a number I am missing. Oh yeah!


First Year Income Report


The income for this blog in the first year was:




This income came from a variety of sources including adsense, affiliate income, book sales and guest posts. This next year is shaping up to be even better with the acquiring of several clients for freelance writing, social media, website strategy and a variety of other online business aspects. I’m very optimistic and excited about the year to come.


All of these things wouldn’t have been possible a year ago .


To get started with the course that gave me a start in the online income world you can check it out here

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If you are wanting to learn more about starting a website you can check out my post here.


Already have a site and are wanting to start earning money on it? I would highly recommend Michelle’s course on Affiliate Marketing.  Check out the course here.


Costs Of Running This Site


Of course it wouldn’t be fair to just give my online income earrings and not give you my costs.


Hosting: I use BlueHost for hosting this site. I pay $2.95 a month


Domain: $14.95 a year, I use 1 & 1, they have a great special where you get your first one free for the first year.


Email: For sending out emails I use Aweber. It is a great service but it comes at a cost of $19.99 a month. This price is pretty steep, but it’s the most expensive of my costs and there are free services like MailChimp  that you can use.


Tailwind:  $89.99/ year. I just started using Tailwind. It is a service for automating the times you post to Pinterest. It has been very very useful so far. Since using Tailwind at the beginning of October I have seen my traffic soar to the point where Pinterest accounts for 25% of my traffic. Last month it barely registered. They have a free program that will suit most people. Check out the free version of Tailwind here.


I am also going to the Canadian Personal Finance Conference next month so those costs are in this year but they were completely optional.


Really you could start a site with hosting and a domain name and be fine, but the email list is just as important.


Our First Blogiversary and Income Report

The Great


The best part of this whole year has been getting to know you the reader, and getting to know the personal finance community. I feel like I have only met a handful of people, something I would love to improve on, as everyone is so helpful and genuine.


We are all trying to figure out this money thing together. It doesn’t matter where you are on your journey, what matters is that you are on it and moving forward. Read lots of sites, the new guy may have a lifestyle  just doesn’t gel with you, but that is what makes personal finance so amazing! The difference of opinions and ideas


Some people will make you smile and even laugh out loud. Others will make you shake your head and think “Nope”. That is all a part of finding your financial self.


It’s a journey, as the saying goes, and you need to enjoy it.


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The Greater


There have been some amazing moments that have come from sharing my story, the biggest one was being in MoneySense Magazine.


One thing about that I’d like to clear up, if you have seen the picture from that article I find it to be a little embarrassing.  That picture took 2 hours, and I swear I have never made that face before or again.  I’m actually very humble with this stuff and the photographer didn’t have much to work with.


Sadly, me looking like a scored the game winning goal in the Olympics was the best I could give him.


A  Surprising Moment


One of the biggest moment for me this year is when an old student reached out to me and told me of her success from following the money system I had shared with her 5 years ago.


This system  completely transformed her families’ finances and I am deeply touched to have played a part. If you are looking for more information about this system you should absolutely sign up for our mini our mini course that will walk you through the details of this simple, yet powerful system.


The Greatest – Thank You!


There are so many wonderful people to thank. First my wife and kids. They are the only ones in my family that really know what I am doing. I don’t share with my friends and family about this site since taking about money isn’t for everyone.  It’s been great to have them say “go to work” on those days where all I want to do is sit on the couch and veg.


Thank You To My Masterminds

A very special thanks to my Mastermind member, Domenica at Easy Sewing for Beginners. Domenica and I met through Internet Business Mastery. She’s a veteran in her industry and has been very supportive of my naiveness of all things web related (she has explained Pinterest to me at least 5 times before I “got it”)

Dom, thank you our weekly mastermind meetings are what keep me on track.


I also want to thank my newest mastermind group, I like to be in a few at once, they are sooooo good for your improvement,Des from Half Banked  and Alyssa from Mixed up Money, thank you for being willing to meet with every month, it’s been great getting feedback and helping each other.


Thank You to These Awesome People


In no particular order I want to thank the following people for their help, encouragement, and support.


J Money from Budgets are Sexy and Rockstar Finance, Jessica Moorhouse,  Jim from Wallet Hacks, Cait from Cait Flanders and Rockstar Finance, Melanie from Dear DebtMichelle from Making Sense of Cents, Carl from 1500 Days, Julie from Money Sense, Joe from Retire by 40,  Michael from Stretch a Dime, Vic from Dad is Cheap, Thias from It Pays Dividends, Michael from Financially AlertBola from Clever Girl Finance, Jeremy from Modest Money, Pamela from My Money CountsMel from brokeGirlRich,  David from Finance SuperheroJaymee from Smart WomanKristin from The Wild WongPhysician on FireGarrett and Claudia from Two Cup HouseJW from The Green SwanPenny from She Picks Up PenniesBritt from Britt and the BenjaminsSteve from Think Save RetireJen from Frugal Millennial, Kate from Kate Saves and everyone who participated in the Behind the Screen Interview.

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When I reached out you not only replied, to my shock, but gave me sincere advice and I truly appreciated the advice, and put what you said into action.


I’m sure I have missed people, over a year there are so many interactions and I have enjoyed all of them. To me there is nothing better than getting to know new people and learning about how they do things.


The Greatest Of All – Thank You For Reading


I’m so happy I have started this path. It’s been a surprising year. There is no way this time last year that I could ever have imagined any of the things that have happened from starting this site. If you are on the fence about starting your own site I strongly recommend that you do it. (You can get started here)


Thank you for being the amazing reader you are and for lending me your eyes and your time. My promise to you is that I will keep improving this site and helping you along in your financial journey.


If you could do me a favour and leave a comment to help celebrate, it would be the best thing ever! Thank you!

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  1. Reply

    Aww, Andrew – so so proud of you! Your numbers look awesome, and I’m sure they will only skyrocket from here. I have loved seeing your style and site evolve (much like our finances do). Thanks for the shout out, you’ve helped me tons too!

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    Great work, Andrew, and thanks for the tips! I’m going to check out Tailwind – I have done very little with Pinterest, but I hear it can drive some serious traffic. Does that mean I have to start creating cute vertical pictures to go with every post? Lord, I hope not. I just want to write!


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      I admit it has taken some time for me to “get” Pinterest. Luckily Michelle’s course helped out a lot with that. Within a month Pinterest is accounting for over 30% of my traffic. I can’t believe I left it this long.

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    Congratulations!! You have so much awesome content to share and you’ve kept us motivated to pay off our mortgage, which is days away. I love the interviews with bloggers. 🙂

    Looking forward to any other feedback you have on Tailwind, especially tips! I’m using it and Buffer right now…

  4. Joe


    Congratulations! Looking good. Tailwind sounds like a good tool. I will check it out. I need a ton of help with Pinterest…

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    Thanks for the mention. Congratulations Andrew on a great blog!! It has been great watching your journey as a PF blogger.

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    Happy Blogiversary, Andrew! And congrats! You’ve got an excellent blog and I really appreciate all of your support.

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    Congratulations Andrew!! As a newbie blogger myself, I have to say, I was surprised to see you’d only been at this a year – you definitely seem like a pro who’s been at this for a long time! I’m looking forward to what year 2 brings from Family Money Plan!: )

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    Congrats Andrew! You’re doing awesome!

    While I am currently on a hiatus – you’ve been a great example of how to be a new blogger and succeed! I don’t even consider you a “blog friend” or “internet friend”, I see you as a friend. In our few interactions I’ve shared with you a lot of stuff that a lot of my close friends and family don’t even know. It’s hard to relate sometimes to non financial geeks as our worlds revolve around money, and how we use it to live a better life for our families.

    I only see great things with Family Money Plan! 🙂

    I’ll keep in touch!

    • Reply

      Thanks Vic! It’s been great getting to chat with you and we still need to get that Skype in when our schedules link up. I see you as a friend too. I’m sure you will be back from your hiatus stronger than ever!

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