Reality Blog: How We’re Slowly Climbing the Income Mountain


When we go on bush walks (or “walks in the woods” for you non-Aussies), we’re often faced with some fairly steep climbs. You know the ones. The track starts out as an easy walk, then you round a corner and an uphill slope confronts you… seemingly going up and up forever.

You take a few deep breaths and carry on. After all, you know the view at the top will be worth the exertion. About a third of the way up, there might be a brief plateau before you start climbing again.

You’re glad of this brief reprieve. It encourages you to continue.

This is where we are now with income from Top Wire Traveller. We’ve started climbing the mountain. We feel a sense of achievement in making it this far. It’s just that the top of the mountain still seems so far away…

But is it really?

You might recall my goal for 2019 is to generate an income stream of $3,000 per month by December 31st from our Money-Making Website. What I haven’t told you though, is how much we earned in 2018.

You see, we’ve already started on our bush walk up Mount Income, and made it to the spot where the grade eases for a while. So we’re not starting from the bottom.

In fact, we’re doing better than expected. Let’s have a closer look.

Breaking Down Last Year’s Income

2018 brought in a mix of income from my web content writing business and from our Money-Making Website. I haven’t included any income from my web content writing business here.

This is what I have included as income from Top Wire Traveller:

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Andrew Murray

Andrew Murray

Andrew has traded the daily grind for a life on the road. He loves the lure of Australia’s wide-open spaces, solitude and isolation. Andrew and his wife Peta are experienced remote travelers, living the simple life on the road. They travel, work and live in their 4x4 truck camper. Andrew plans to build his Money-Making Website Top Wire Traveller to the point where it provides a regular income... enough to sustain their lifestyle on the road.


  • Hey Andrew, I don’t have a MMW (yet!) but this info is super helpful. When did you first launch yours? Was it before 2018?

    • Hi Rebekah,
      Thanks for the feedback! I launched our MMW in April, 2017. I have consistently posted 2 articles per week (and still do), to build the content to a reasonable level. It now has 215 pages, so I could probably back off a little. More pages = more affiliate links, clicks on Google Adsense ads and so on.

      I’m considering posting one new article per week and updating one old article per week. Not sure yet. But I do see opportunities to improve SEO on some of the older posts.

      I didn’t really get serious about finding high value affiliates until 4th quarter 2018 so I’m still playing catch-up.

  • Thanks for this post, Andrew. I’ve been thinking about my affiliate linking strategy as I re-build and brand my website, so the information about your affiliate income strategy is timely. Amazon is top of the market in the US, which makes it a great possibility. There are lots of other sites to look at as well. In my niche, Amazon is tops for breadth of offering, but not nearly there for quality. I am looking at this very carefully. As for freebies, there are some possibilities there. I have done some reviews of categories but nothing in depth on particular products. I just did a piece on translation apps that I purposely skewed heavily in favor of free and breadth of use. My future plans include focusing in on hot markets, and that’s when I will be looking at paid and narrowly focused resources.
    Your candor has given me an idea of what lies ahead on this trail. The price points of our niches are vastly different, so I’m not looking at your numbers as much as trends. It’s good to get an idea of where the plateau might lie on my local Mount Income.
    And, thanks for giving me the shout outs last week. The post you were mentioned in was highly successful for me. I got lots more views, a few comments, and several direct messages or introduction requests. Cheers.

    • Hi Tona,
      Yes Amazon US and Amazon Australia are vastly different from an affiliate’s perspective. While in the US they are more or less the “default” affiliate, this is definitely not the case in Australia.

      Even though it means more work and research, in some ways this is good. We Aussies need to think a little harder about potential affiliates.

      Great news about your article, congratulations! And thanks again for the mentions, much appreciated.

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