Sunday, 23 September 2007 at 16:57, mcrilf wrote...

Find out who makes $40k per month blogging

So you're trying to earn a crust with your blog, right?'s some inspiration for you!

I just stumbled across Paula Mooney's list of blogger (and webmasters and affiliates) earnings. The figures reported for annual earnings range from the multi-millions at the top to a few tens of dollars at the bottom.

Notable entries are:

  • Kevin Ham. $300,000,000 empire with multiple sites including Interesting this one in that it ( is a keyword-rich site around a niche with pretty much all links being AdSense links. The content draws people in...and the AdSense sends them elsewhere with Mr Ham making a few cents (or more!) in the middle. Also interesting from an SEO perspective is that the title tag of the home page is just 'Homepage'. And there are no META keywords! So he builds sites like that and still makes $300,000,000!?!?! Sheesh.

  • Steve Pavlina who says he makes about $40k per month from his blogging activities

  • The inspirational Darren Rowse of clocking in at around $360,000 per year.

  • Grant from Million Dollar Project who is on his way to reaching the goal implied by his blog's title...reporting annualised income of $981. Go Grant!! Actually, he reports that part of his income has been generated by commenting on Paula's list. (So, yes, I commented too!)

So...even the small guys can get on her list! Of course, the key to earnings is content and targeted traffic through lots of exposure. And as Paula quotes Yaro Starak..."All I can say about this is that it pays to talk about how much money you make online if you want exposure."

In which case, you'll be wondering what I earn from this blog. That's not something that I've calculated yet. No, honestly. But when I have, you'll be the first to know!

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On 23 September 2007 at 23:58, Paula Neal Mooney said...

Thanks for the link love!

Yeah, I don't know when or if I'll create a new list of blogger salaries, but you should see all the updates in the comments section.

That Ashley Qualls teenager who runs makes $70,000 per month in Google Adsense -- and she's a millionaire whose mom works for her now after she dropped out of high school.

And Ashley will be on The View sometime soon.

Take care,

On 24 September 2007 at 07:06, mcrilf said...

$70k per month?! Amazing. Her Adsense is pretty well integrated into her site. Some of it even looks like primary navigation.

Thanks for dropping by :)

On 24 September 2007 at 16:58, D.C. said...

Wow. I started blogging more as a way to have a place to put my thoughts, then added adsense as an afterthought I think I need to work harder at the second part of my blog. Thanks for the inspiration!

On 24 September 2007 at 20:48, internet_income_business_opportunity_guy said...

They may or may not be making the amounts they claim blogging. Anyone can claim anything on the internet and even produce authentic looking fake documents to back it up.
I believe it is more important studying these guys' blogs to see what they are doing right that you can learn than to worry about their income claims.
Blogging income

On 25 September 2007 at 17:40, Deron Sizemore said...

Some of those income numbers are just crazy. Although a lot of people like to act like they blog and publish sites for the fun of it and the networking part of it, honestly, those guys at the top of that list is what we all strive for.

On 25 September 2007 at 22:41, mcrilf said...

@dc - I think it's key to understand the main purpose of one's blog. Using it as a place to store your thoughts is just as valid as building it up as part of your income stream. Good luck with it & thanks for stopping by.

@iibog - there's so much to learn from reading other blogs. And you're right, best not to believe everything you read straight away, but it gives us all something to aim for! ;o)

@deron - being honest about it is the main thing. I think people respect that. Transparency is important when you're blogging - and disclosure on paid reviews etc etc By the way - love your blog. You're in my RSS reader.

On 26 September 2007 at 14:10, Jorge said...

$70k per month is impressive! WoW

On 1 October 2007 at 18:28, Deron Sizemore said...

Yeah, you're right. Being honest is the main thing. I always hate coming across a site that talks about how they're in it for the networking/learning aspect of running a blog yet they plaster tons of adsense everywhere all over the site. I got nothing at all with people trying to make money online, but I hate that a lot try to act like they're not yet their site says otherwise. I feel like it's really not a big deal, if you're in it to make money, who cares, right? Just be honest. :)

On 1 October 2007 at 18:29, Deron Sizemore said...

Ohh...and thank you very much for subscribing to my blog. :) I appreciate that.

On 1 October 2007 at 19:38, mcrilf said...

@deron - you're welcome :)