#14 – The Busy Budgeter – $9,000 in January of 2016 – Rosemarie’s income is pretty well split down the middle during January between ad networks and affiliates, with around $1,000 coming from sponsored posts.
#11 – Rose Atwater – $4257 in March of 2016 – Rose has a lot of different income sources (always a good idea!). About half of what she earns comes from ad networks, while the rest is a mix of affiliates and sponsored posts.
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I see that you have Building the Framework, but you also sponsor another program called Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers. I’m trying to decide which program to purchase but wanted to know what the differences where between the two.
Kristen, great job on your post! I have to admit when I scrolled down and read the numbers I laughed to myself. I am in the same boat now..I have few dollars and cents from various places but nothing to actually show on my bank statement. Thank you so much for posting this! It’s uplifting to know that my heard work will pay off like your hard work has done for you. Keep posting as I will keep reading!
That’s one hell of a promise. Just to put a dollar value on it, you could probably sell a blog with 10,000 subscribers for at least $100,000 in most markets. So, I was essentially promising them $100,000 of value in exchange for only $10,000.
Wow this is such a good idea for a post. I have been looking at many of these sites individually but now that this is bookmarked I will be checking it every month. My sites are making me a few hundred a month depending on the time I have to devote but it’s motivating to see others having success.
I tell new bloggers to allow 3-6 months to make a decent part-time income and 1-2 years to make a consistent full-time income. There are always exceptions of course, but after being active in the blogging world for almost 14 years, these are reasonable averages.
This certainly isn’t a direct form of making money blogging, but it has worked for many well-known bloggers, and it can work for you, too. If you’re looking for a direct revenue stream, popular blogs have sold for 4-7 figures (sometimes more) by selling their branding and content.
Hi Alex! I’ve been reading your posts about all of these success stories, I have decided to follow my own dreams of becoming a personal finance blogger! I’ve been so terrified of following my own dream due to potential failure but with all of these success stories (like yours) I did it! I created my blog the other day! I saw the above post about side hustles and it inspired me to write about my successful side hustle experience after I got laid off from my job (and was living paycheck to paycheck…scary!) I made a $1000 in a week with this side hustle.
But eventually you are going to get out of your depth either on that project on a project down the road, at which point who are you going to call? Are you going to call somebody randomly that you discovered on Google or are you going to call the guys who you just watched their logo in the corner of a 14-minute instructional video?
Could you explain how you monetized your blog? I currently use Word Press (the free verison) and I just started blogging. So I have no idea how to do the Adsense thing. Any direcitons would be really helpful! 🙂
Sounds easy doesn’t it! On some levels the process is simple – but you need to know up front that there’s a lot to each step and below I’m going to give you some pointers on each including some further reading.
Wow! Trying to learn all the ins and outs and do content, I never knew it was so much work! Been trying to keep up on learning the affiliates and the networks and Google Adsense and social media. Just keep pushing forward. Love to here your earning congrats to you! So awesome! Gives me hope for all my sleepless nights of hard work lol
A great post Jon. I enjoyed reading it and learn a lot. I was particularly impressed by your take the one metric that matters. I was also surprised to find that spending time on social media isn’t a great use of a blogger’s time.
You can gain readers by posting content that wasn’t previously available online, such as scans of obscure or pre-20th century books and artwork. You should still add your own commentary around this content, however.
That’s just amazing. I never thought there can be a number of options to earn from blogs. I always thought serving ads is the only way. Thanks a lot for changing my mind set. Keep sharing informative articles.
When selecting a domain name, choose an easy to remember name that includes keywords that people will search for. Test these keywords before choosing by seeing how many get the most results on a search engine.
I find this website useful however, I also find it bias towards WordPress. Like at the top of the page list the blogging pros for each then the cons NOT WORDPRESS so they suck. Am I the only one who got that vibe? Guess I will keep poking around. Thank you xx
Hey Sara! Since publishing this post I am now on (I think) my 13th blog income report? Today I am probably 50/50 in terms of income – like 50% from freelancing and 50% from affiliate income, courses and my book and ads! For affiliate income, try to find products that you use personally and see if they have a program. I use the Shareasale platform (that’s like the middle man that links you to brands) as well as focus on what my readers tent to want, which are products that save them money or make them money. Then I seek out products that fit them best, like Ibotta, Ebates, etc. You could always poll your audience in a newsletter or blog post and ask THEM what they want. Then figure out what product you can help to solve their problem, educate them about the product or course, etc. while monetizing at the same time. That seems like a fair trade off!
This will give a lot of people the confidence that it is definitely possible. I also like the fact that you mentioned it takes a lot of hard work to accomplish this and that it isn’t easy. There’s no get rich quick way to do this!
Hey Lori. You can read my post here on how I blog part time while working a full time job. It was a little bit crazy for sure, but it’s paid off. And don’t worry – I am not a writer either and you definitely don’t have to be 🙂
Choose affiliate products your readers will buy. This seems obvious, but it bears thinking about. If you write a cooking blog, recommend home kitchen tools, not expensive equipment for professional chefs. Consider what someone who is a fan of your topic would purchase, not just what active practitioners will.
Companies will often look to sponsor influential blogs within their niche. This usually includes having the brand mentioned within the header/sidebar of your website or even having cross-branding across the whole blog.
It’s taken me this long to reply…but I figure saying THANK YOU late is better than not saying it all. I’m going to look at parenting…though I am far from a perfect parent. (Self-improvement? That’s why I’m HERE.) Anyhow…thank you for the direction. (And I joined SBO. More than I bargained for that’s for sure!) Peace.
2) You should have an active blog, but you should put a lot more effort into guest blogging in the beginning and when you hit 10.000 subscribers shift the focus to your own blog. Because then the effect of social media, SEO, etc on your site outweighs the traffic you’ll get from guest blogging.
Thanks Jamie, I had the same concerns which is why I wanted to double check with someone with more expertise. One particular offer does indeed link back to a site in the same category/content as my own blog, however it all looks very stagnant and directionless (if that makes sense).
Sort and sweet: how do I know if I can monetize what I know? I’m a widower…married again with five kids…and the death of my first wife taught me more than I ever wanted to know. Can this turn into money? (I fear your answer…or lack of one.). Peace off.
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As I write this, it just so happens that I’m in the initial stages of starting a new blog (more details to be announced soon). It’s in a completely different space where I have no products, so I’ve been pondering the best way to monetize it, and here’s what I think…
Congrats on the paycheck! I’ve had my blog for about a month now. Growing enough followers to get Adsense to work for me has been a chore. Nice to know that others have a similar story, that it is work, that it didn’t come easy, but that the work paid off.
with so many businesses now running blogs their is a huge demand for competent writers and bloggers. By promoting your services on your blog rather than on a freelancing network such as Upwork you can demand a higher rate. You could also offer similar services such as proofreading and editing too.
Another thing you’ll notice is that many of these bloggers are doing a great job of diversifying their income (not putting all their eggs into one basket). This is very smart in blogging, and I can say from personal experience that the more I branched out with income streams, the more I earned overall. And it felt good to not be dependent on just one or two income sources.
It will also give you the funds you need to build a team around you. You can hire an assistant, a tech person, a billing person. The faster you get rid of stuff you suck at doing, the faster you will grow.
Took Shoutmeloud years to make over $20,000 a month in revenue on a constant basis and Harsh does not used Adesene ever on his main blog… yet he makes under $500 a month with Google AdSense on his other blogs. He focus on affiliate marketing, sponsored reviews and direct ad sales for income. Less ads on the blog helps a lot in regards to revenue.
Hi Dawood! Im glad you are inspired by these. I am also trust me! Its amazing. I like the idea of putting down when the blog was created but not all the bloggers have this info handy. I can tell you that my personal income report is from a new blogger. July 2015 was my 2nd full month of ever blogging. So far my numbers have been increasing in every category which is awesome!
I learned this lesson the hard way after having most of my income coming from one source in the early days but after a bit of a bad experience began to diversify my income streams (read about that here) – it was one of the best things I ever did!
I need some help, I see that you said that building a site that is based on a niche is much more profitable. I have one question, how about a site that isn’t based on a niche. I often blog about many things. Sometimes, they’re not related to each other at all. In terms of SEO, will it have any massive negative impact? Thanks in advance.
Thank you so much for this post! I am one of those people who decided to blog full time for a living and am loving every thing about it regardless of the lack of time, social life or sleep. I truly believe that we have an opportunity to do what we love for a living. I will definitely start guest posting more often (I’ve only done a few).
#6 – Embracing Simple – $630 in August of 2015 – I have Christina at Embracing Simple linked above as well with an older report when she wasn’t making as much. It’s inspiring and motivating to see how quickly someone can way more than double their blogging income when they try. It looks like most of this money came from affiliate links.
As you create the most useful content that you possibly can it is easy to get very insular with your focus and spend most of your time looking at building your blog. Many bloggers have a ‘build it and they will come mentality’ with their blogging but this is a bit of a trap.
These tips are awesome. Your guide for 0 to $100k is great and contains lots of great deals. All these points are pretty important for bloggers to start his journey as a professional blogger. And you are right most of the world thinks bloggers are fools? But we are fools for changing the world.
I stumbled upon your blog post through Pinterest and am so glad that I did! You seem like a blogger I would love to read and learn from! As a newbie, it’s so exciting to see other newer bloggers that are still in the earlier (but still very successful) stages of their careers because you seem so down to Earth and real! I can’t wait to hear more from you and to learn more about you and your blog!
I am combining goals 6 and 7 because I didn’t accomplish either of them. One of the top Google ranking factors is backlinks, so in 2017, I focused on trying to get as many as I could. I was pretty successful getting backlinks from the media, but didn’t take the time to connect with as many brands as I wanted. But looking back, 100 new backlinks per month was a pretty crazy goal. Also when it comes to sharing, I don’t use a social plugin that tracks the shares, but I estimate I get about 50 to 60 per post. Some posts, however, like the $50 a day early retirement strategy I know have been shared over 500 times. In reality for 2018, I’m not planning any goals for backlinks or shares and don’t have any plans to develop an active backlink building strategy. I’m going to spend my time creating quality content instead.
As far as blogging, there are many bloggers that earn a blogging income doing the same thing and there are just fine.  Competition is good, and there are so many people to reach out to one blogger could never do it all.
Absolutely not. Yes, there are way more blogs online today than there were 5 years ago when we started, but there were also fewer people reading travel blogs and fewer companies willing to work with us.