Each month I publish a fully transparent income report which documents my online earnings. These income reports exist to demonstrate my progress, share my experiences, and motivate others who want to make money online.

Check out my online income report for August 2013.

What I Did In August

I’ve had quite an exhausting month. I spent August moving into my new house, which was very tiring and time-consuming. I’ve basically settled in now, and have started setting up a dedicated home office complete with flat-screen TV, Xbox 360, and more. A sure-fire way to kill productivity? Probably.

Around mid-August I enjoyed a short holiday. It was nice to get away for a weekend – something I should try to make more of a habit of. I actually took a lot of time off during August. Balancing work and moving houses was more exhausting than I expected.

I didn’t manage to make any new HTML5 games this month, which was something I mentioned in my previous income report that I’d wanted to do. Instead, I shifted my focus to Aeon Chapters, the sequel to Disillusion that I’ve been making slow progress on. Whenever I find the motivation to work on a major project like Aeon Chapters, I tend to put everything else on hold and make the most of it.

Income Report

In recent months I’ve seen some unexpectedly strong earnings, and it looks like August was no different. While my plan each month is to make at least $2000 online, I have been consistently overshooting that mark for quite a while now.

There is a lot of red across the board but the drops are not as high as they usually are following a month as good as the last one. August sees another record number of book sales and increased licensing revenue. HTML5 mobile advertising has dropped due to a lack of reporting from one of my publishers, so I can’t accurately report my earnings for that category yet.

$68 (-$18) – Affiliate referrals
$150 (-$52) – Website advertisements
$183 (-$670) – HTML5 mobile advertisements
$340 (+$110) – Licensing
$960 (+$340) – Book sales
$3403 (-$1812) – HTML5 sponsorships

During August 2013 I earned a total of $5104 (-$2102) online!


What’s Next?

During September I plan to work on Aeon Chapters as much as possible, continue setting up my home office, and spend a week straight playing the new Grand Theft Auto game. A solid mix of productivity and running over pedestrians, I think.

Thank you for reading!


  • Duke iskandarX says:

    Not so hard to understand.. so I’m appriciate a very to you for this info.

  • Duke iskandarX says:

    Great post here, easier doing in your step that mine keep it up mate. thanks alot :)

  • HTML5Noobie says:

    Hi Matt, great article, looking forward to the one for september :)
    Why is there such a sharp decline in html5 mobile advertisements?

    • HTML5Noobie says:

      Will you update the info once you have it from your advertiser?

  • Kuba says:

    Is there September Report in your plans?

  • jerry says:

    Great income report! there was a noticeable rise in your html5 income compare to others

  • Hadzy Hayman says:

    Great post, Can’t wait to play Aeon Chapters *.*

  • Claggyful says:

    I love reading these! Really inspires me to make a living myself purely online – I am a full-time student (regretfully), so it’s tough to get a lot of work done in a consistent amount.

    Really great to see you helping others out, too!

    Keep up the great work, can’t wait to see next weeks report!

  • Lei says:

    Hi, Matthew,

    Your new house is really beautiful, I wish I can have a house like that someday. :P

    May I know what is the difference between “HTML5 sponsorships” and “Licensing”? Is “Licensing” refer to “non-exclusive licensing”?

  • Jesse says:

    Nice kitchen!

  • Raphael says:

    Haha, Flat Screen, Xbox 360 and more.. I would do exact same thing. :D

  • Boysano says:

    This was a nice article, I’d like to see expenses also like a cashflow sheet…or rather profit. Probably wont make sense to include living costs and food costs since that varies in all countries…but the graphics and programming and server overheads etc are international costs as is online marketing. Not sure if you feel comfortable sharing, but I’d really appreciate it.

    Keep up the good work! And thank you for taking the time to inspire us.

    You should never take a job, while you are already out of the rat race, its easier staying out of it. Took me and my wife a lot of guts and planning to just give ourselves 1year to try it, and so far its great. But living to have security in a job, makes a person feel less secure and its hard to break that habit.

    Blessings and I hope you manage to automate even more!!

    • Matthew says:

      I have considered factoring in expenses, but they are honestly very minimal. Call it less than $100 for a typical month where I don’t advertise or outsource custom art.

  • Ha, great post. Glad things are still moving along. I like that you plan vacations and help other people out. Your success is great, but being human and enjoying life is just as important. You’re doing a great job balancing everything.

  • ThigyDaze says:

    One of the reasons you work for yourself is so you can do the things you want when you want, the Hong Kong trip, moving house. Peaks and troughs are to be expected, and so long as you earn enough overall and enjoy what you do, keep doing it. Well done pal!