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Can I Really Make Money Blogging? Part II

Posted by JC on October 21, 2006

MoneyAfter reading some more articles about blogging and advertising on websites, I came across a few more inspirational bloggers and websites.

I came across this article in Business 2.0 that was run earlier this month. The article can be found here and is entitled: “Blogging For Dollars“.

In this article, we found out about these successful bloggers and/or websites that use advertising programs like Google Adsense to make big bucks:

1) Michael Arrington

Michael Arrington runs the very popular TechCrunch blogsite. His blog reviews new technologies and companies and his site brings in enough traffic (1 – 2 million visitors monthly) to rake in about $50,000-$60,000 per month – all pure ad revenues!

2) BoingBoing

A site called BoingBoing, which is simply a blogsite about weird, wacky and wonderful things will recieve almost $1 million in ad revenues this year. That, in itself is a wacky and wonderful thing!

3) PaidContent.org

Another site called PaidContent.org is a site simply about the economics of content. This site will also bring in about $1 million in ad revenues this year.

4) Fark.com

How about this simple site called Fark.com. This site basically has readers submit articles and is really just one big site of links. Simple idea, but a big money maker! They get about 40 million pageviews a month, and they mainly run Googe ads, which makes them a healthy $600,000 – $800,000 per month! How’s that for a simple idea!

5) Markus Finch

I came across several articles about Markus Finch and his site called PlentyOfFish. Markus runs a free online dating service at his site and he mainly runs Google ads for income. And how much income are we talking about? Try $10,000 a day! He gets 600 million pageviews a month and with the revenue he gets from Google Adsense, it’s no wonder he makes his service free. Check out a video of him here when he was featured on a news show.

And so, a few more examples for all of us and more inspiration. Keep in mind that many of these sites have been in operation for several years and when Google Adsense was first introduced back in 2002, these sites were able to take full advantage of the coming advertising wave.

There are currently lots of stats that show that online advertising like Google’s Adsense has just started taking off and will continue to grow at a rapid pace through at least 2010.

So if you’re not blogging, what are you waiting for? I’m in it for the ride and I can’t wait to see how far this wave will take me!

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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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