Blogging For Income

A novice blogger and his attempt at generating some income from blogging

Can I Really Make Money Blogging?

Posted by JC on October 19, 2006

MoneyThere are probably over 40 million blogs out there today and about 75,000 new ones being created everyday. So then comes the question: can I really make money blogging?

With so much competition out there and everyone trying to grab a piece of the profit pie, this question seems pretty obvious. However, I believe that most of the blogs out there probably don’t have anything of value – hence not many people will visit. Add to that, most blogs are probably updated infrequently, and hence not a good candidate for making money.

But what about those blogs out there that create unique and useful content and that are updated frequently? If you create one of these kind of blogs, is it possible?

Well, I’ve rounded up some of the more successful bloggers out there, all of whom actually do this full-time! You must understand that most bloggers do not really like to disclose how much they make a month (in fact, it’s one of the rules that many advertisers tell people not to disclose).

And so, below are a few of my inspirations for doing this.

1) Amit Agarwal

A professional, full-time blogger from India, his site: Digital Inspiration nets him some healthy income every month. His site reviews the latest and greatest in technology and he has over 1 million visitors a month. With those kinds of numbers, he should be able to make $30,000 – $40,000 monthly just from displaying Google Adsense (an advertiser that puts ads on your site) alone! And this is not the only thing Amit uses to generate income from his site.

In one of his posts, he briefly describes how he’s making money (though he skirts around exact monthly figures), and he shows what kind of traffic his site is generating. The post can be found on his website and is entitled: “How Much Money Do I Make From Adsense And Blogging?”.

Obviously it take a lot of work and a lot of patience to get to Amit’s status. He works hard and is constantly scouring for what’s new and he posts anywhere between 2 and 10 posts a day. The topics he posts is fairly diverse, but as long as it’s technology related, you can be sure Amit has it covered.

Here you can find a video clip of Amit when he was featured on CNN’s IBN show and basically gives you a “day-in-the-life-of” look into how Amit does it.

2) Steve Pavlina

Another full-time blogger, Steve’s site at StevePavlina.com is a personal development site. There is a wealth of articles at his site and covers everything from self-confidence, career, wealth building, and success. He even has a few posts about building a good blog site and ways to increase traffic.

At the beginning of this year, Steve had a little over 700,000 visitors in one month and he predicts he’ll make a little less than $5000 for the month just from his blogsite! Note that he runs several other fairly successful sites, so in reality, he has multiple streams of income and he makes money even when he sleeps!

In one of Steve’s post, he talks about how well his site has grown in 2005 and also shows traffic and Adsense figures. The article can be found on his site and is entitled: “2005 Traffic & Adsense Revenue Growth”.

I’d really recommend you visit his site – not only to see how’s he’s generating all that income, but to really read his articles.

In another post, he covers the basics of creating a great blog and how he did it. The article is entitled: “How To Make Money From Your Blog”.

3) Darren Rowse

Darren is another full-time blogger from down under and really started blogging as a hobby more than anything else. He currently runs ProBlogger.net, which has articles and posts designed to help bloggers make the most out of their blog (i.e. profit from it!).

Darren also runs several other blogs which helps him generate more income. You can read his story about him first being a part-time blogger, then to quitting his job to become a full time blogger here: “Becoming A ProBlogger – A Story In Many Parts”.

ProBlogger also runs advertisements on it’s site, with the bulk of his income coming from Google Adsense.

His ProBlogger site is averaging about 120,000+ visitors a month, and that, in addition to his other blogs he runs, earns him enough to make him six figures a year! In one of his articles, he talks about becoming a six figure blogger – the article is called: “I’m A Six Figure Blogger!”.

He posted up a short article with links that describes what he is using to generate this income. It is called: “How Much Do I Earn From Blogging?”.

And so – there you have it! Three bloggers that are my inspiration. As I come across more successful bloggers, I will file them under the category “Inspiration”.

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9 Responses to “Can I Really Make Money Blogging?”

  1. ~rick said

    Thanks for these links.Just getting started on blogging myself. A career in blogging seems interesting, but it takes more than a notion. It does appear the press makes “blogging for $$” seem pretty easy. It doesnt take long to realize each of these individuals highlighted in the article worked long hours to maintain and try to grow their position in the blog world, not to mention the long curve on the front end before any income is visible.

  2. JC said

    Rick,

    Thanks for your comments. It seems like the more I look into this and the successes some of these bloggers have, the more I realize that it does take a lot of hard work, patience, and unending dedication to make this work.

    It also takes a bit of web savvy to get things going (something I currently don’t have a lot of). It is my hope that through this blog, I learn enough and share it with all of you.

    Just as an aside, I started another blog back in Feb 2005 and just about a week and a half ago I started putting Google Adsense on it and so far it has netted me a little over $40. Not too bad – I just need to drive more traffic to that site (which currently has between 200 – 300 visitors a day).

    I wish you the best of luck and let’s just see how far we can take this!

  3. ~rick said

    JC,
    Your initial revenue stream is very encouraging. I just signed up today for Adsense,and still waiting for confirmation. I really have no idea what is typical for Adsense and general traffic data. In reading the Adsense FAQ, it stated that revenue is generated from click and/or placement. My question is does that mean you can derive income for just placement, regardless of click throughs?

  4. JC said

    Rick,

    Thanks for your comments. When Adsense mentions ad placement, what they really mean is that ad placement is an important part of how much income you can generate. Poorly placed ads will not generate ad clicks and hence little to no revenue.

    Statistics show that certain placements of ads have greater click potential. Check Adsense’s FAQ again and find their “heat” map of which parts of your site generates the most ad clicks.

    Unfortunately, if you get no clicks, you get no income. Keep in mind that depending on what ad visitors click, the amount you make will vary. There were some ad clicks that made me $1.81, but then there were other ad clicks that only made me $0.20.

    I wish you the best of luck to you and your blog!

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