Make Money Blogging: Top Bloggers And How Much They Earn

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2008-08-12295

Can you make money blogging? Apparently so, as these top bloggers can attest!

These days, when I bump into other mothers on play dates, or when I see people I haven’t seen for sometime, I get asked how and what I’ve been doing lately. I pause, then tell them that I “blog”. That of course, inspires a lengthy discussion about the subject of “blogging”; I tell them why I do it and why I’ve traded my almost 20 year old career in technology and software development for this new-fangled activity.

Blogging is one of those “cheap hobbies” that turned me into an accidental entrepreneur. It’s work that I find enjoyable, that is sufficiently challenging, that allows me to keep learning and expanding my knowledge in so many ways (and not just in the area of finance). It’s something that I can actually earn money from while affording me the ability to set my own hours and work on my own terms. What more can you ask for in a “job”?

Then again, it may not be for everyone: it can make you fat (I believe) and for some people, it’s even a health hazard! But if you’re interested in giving it a go, here are the basic steps to get started:

How To Start Blogging

1. Learn the basics using a free blogging platform such as WordPress.com or Blogger.com. Now there may be limitations with how you can monetize a site if you use these platforms. More serious bloggers actually decide to get their own domains and self-host their blogs to have full control of their web properties.

2. Register your own domain and sign up with a hosting plan. As I mentioned, serious bloggers who want to monetize their sites fully will benefit from hooking up with a solid and cheap hosting provider. I initially used Dreamhost and Web Hosting Pad but then they gave me too much downtime and poor service, so I switched to Hostmonster, which has been awesome! I have since moved my larger sites to SliceHost, but keep HostMonster for my other blogs and online projects. One other good choice that I’ve heard great feedback on is Bluehost. As for domain registration, I’ve been using GoDaddy.

Tip: For more choices, I’ve prepared a list of cheap web hosting services in case you’d like additional options.

3. Download and set up the WordPress application in your hosted environment. Your web host provider may be able to assist you with this.

4. Be patient as you learn the ropes. There’s a lot to learn, but the best way to get inspired is to see how others have done it!

Here are a few enthralling details about successful bloggers that I sourced from BusinessWeek. These profiles can inspire you to pursue your online aspirations:

Top Bloggers and The Money They Earn

These bloggers did not count on making big money; they sound like they all became unexpected successes in the world of content publishing. Note that these statistics and earnings were taken sometime in the past — as a snapshot in time — so I suspect much higher traffic and MUCH healthier revenues for these bloggers today. In fact, I know very well that smaller blogs in some great niches make pretty good money along these lines.

BoingBoing.Net

Launched: January, 2000
Stats: 2.6 million unique visitors and 22 million page views in one month
Advertising Rates:

  • $350 for a small ad button for one week
  • $2,000 to $3,000 for banner ads sold through the Federated Media ad network

Posting Frequency: 20 to 40 times a day by 4 authors
Revenue: Over $1 million per year

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All I can say is WOW! Although I’m still trying to grasp what it is they write about.

I Can Has Cheezburger?

make money blogging, top bloggers, i can has cheezburger

Launched: January, 2007
Stats: 500,000 to 1.5 million page views a day
Advertising Rates:

  • $500 to $5,400 a week through BlogAds
  • Unknown earnings from Google AdSense and Adbrite

Revenue: $5,600 per month

Behind this site is Eric Nakagawa, another software developer turned accidental entrepreneur. The blog allows you to submit cute pictures of furry animals and other critters, with fun captions. For the number of page views this site has, I believe their earnings are vastly understated. Plus, according to the Wikipedia, some investors “acquired” this site for a cool $2 million around a year ago. Is that for real? Just ask their nine salaried employees.

ShoeMoney

make money blogging, top bloggers, shoemoney

Launched: October, 2005
Stats: 20,000 unique visitors a day
Revenue: $12,000 a month

Okay, Shoemoney’s blog revenue accounts for 3% of his company’s total revenue, given that he does a lot of other online ventures. How we all want to be this guy! Being such a big name in the internet realm, he’s worked on a program to help others in their quest for online success. You may be interested in checking out his ShoeMoney Internet Marketing Tools to give your internet business an edge.

Kottke.org

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Launched: March, 1998
Stats: 250,000 to 300,000 unique visitors a month
Revenue: $5,300 a month from a single, exclusive ad

Jason Kottke hasn’t monetized his site much but I read that he’s also receiving donations from “micropatrons” in order to devote himself full-time to his site. Like a few of us financial bloggers, he’s quit his real job to do the online thing.

Perez Hilton

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Launched: September, 2004
Stats: 4 million unique visitors a day
Post Frequency: 24 posts on an average day, 40 posts on a very active day
Revenue: $111,000 a month based on ad rates

Perez Hilton aka Mario Lavandeira is a celebrity in his own right — I’ve seen him featured in a number of shows (Janice Dickinson, anyone?). Some confessions: I’m attracted to the salaciousness of his site, like I am of any train wreck. I also occasionally fight the passing urge to revive my old pseudo-celebrity style blog that I shelved in favor of this PF blog. ;) .

TechCrunch

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Launched: June, 2005
Stats: 5 million page views a month
Ad Rates:

  • $300 per week, for a small text ad
  • “Thousands” for banner ads

Revenue: $200,000 to $240,000 a month

In our very own backyard is this premiere Silicon Valley blog that introduces us to new startups 24/7. When there’s a tech party with geeks around, you may find Michael Arrington making the rounds.

“When I started the blog, it was just a hobby,” says Arrington. But, after a while, “It was pretty clear that I could make more money blogging than from anything else.”

Go Fug Yourself

make money blogging, top bloggers, Go Fug Yourself

Launched: July, 2004
Stats: 3.5 million unique visitors a month

Ad Rates:

  • $60 for a simple text ad
  • $3,000 for fancier banners

Revenue: $6,240 a month

These lovely ladies are making great money with their blog, but with their traffic, they can probably make a lot more!

Problogger.Net

make money blogging, top bloggers, Darren Rowse

Launched: November, 2004
Revenue: Over $100,000 a year

The original problogger. Out of the entire list, Darren Rowse’s blog is the one I keep coming back to….for good reason. :)

~ooOoo~

As you can see, there’s a lot of opportunity in blogging… It’s the perfect type of work for creative types who can wear many hats. If you’re a jack of all trades who enjoys spending some amount of time in front of the computer, then this could be a great way to increase your income, to pick up extra income or to diversify your income streams. For more on just how profitable blogs can get, check this out!

 
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Bill August 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

Nice writeup of successful bloggers. I hadn’t even heard of some of these, which gives me hope because nearly nobody has heard of mine!

Kevin August 12, 2008 at 12:24 pm

Care to share what you make on this blog? All the above seem pretty big, but I wonder if a smaller venture such as this could still be worthwhile?

theWild1 August 12, 2008 at 12:35 pm

It is really amazing what people can do with the internet, and how many people don’t know about it.

Silicon Valley Blogger August 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm

@Kevin,

It really all depends, and I haven’t really divulged the details of my earnings yet, but I may…down the road. All I can say is that I currently earn 50% of what I used to earn as a salaried engineer in Silicon Valley through web (ad)ventures including this blog.

I earn a bit more by doing contract work such as technical projects and writing as a freelancer. So though my income still falls short of what I used to earn as an engineer in my day job, I can see the potential to meet (or as in the case of the bloggers profiled above, surpass) my past corporate income. It will probably take a long time though!

@theWild1,

Count me as one of those people who had no idea what can be done through the internet. It was all “learn as you go” for me. Two years later, I’m still amazed about what people can do on the web! Ironically, I was a “web application engineer” in IT, but all the work we do for companies have a completely different flavor since they’re all behind the firewall and we used a lot of third party application frameworks.

plonkee August 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm

Kevin, you’ll never know unless you try.

TLBrown August 12, 2008 at 4:09 pm

UNREAL….I can’t believe how much opportunity there is in blogging…I love it!!!

Online Dividends August 12, 2008 at 5:47 pm

Digerati,

Thank you very much for sharing this list with us. These success stories definitely inspire a lot of people in the blogosphere.
I don’t think it is complete however- John Chow is missing.

Best Regards,

Online Dividends

Silicon Valley Blogger August 12, 2008 at 6:06 pm

@Online Dividends,

You are right, how could I have missed John Chow? I was thinking about it but I did not have his earnings numbers available. I’ll try to check his info out and see if I can add him to this list…. we’ll see…

jim of Blueprint for Financial Prosperity August 12, 2008 at 7:20 pm

It’s a long long road to problogging, it’s not something that happens easily or quickly. :)

There are millions of blogs created every day (I just made up that stat but the reality is very close) and how many pull in big numbers?

Sam August 12, 2008 at 10:44 pm

Every time I read success stories like this, a part of me wants to shout “Now start improving your blog so that you could quit your 9 your job!”.

Nothing brings more satisfaction than spending more time with people you care and still earn LOTS of money for a few hours of work.

Sam
Fix My Personal Finance @ fixmypersonalfinance.com

Kevin August 13, 2008 at 6:55 am

Blogging is definitely intriguing to me, but honestly I have a pretty great job right now (CPA) that is very flexible and has good potential for future earnings growth – slated to become a partner in a couple years. I’ve put in 10 years to this career and I still enjoy going to work most days.

Obviously blogging can be successful, as we’ve seen with this list, but I wonder about the “middle class” bloggers and how much they really make versus the time spent. I guess it’s like starting any other business, it takes some time to get up and running.

Suppose I was to start a blog – I’m thinking start off with a free service and if I stick with it then possibly upgrade – what service would you recommend and how long is a good test period to see if it actually gets any hits?

Frugal Dad August 13, 2008 at 7:53 am

Thanks for sharing this list…now I’m officially depressed! No, seriously, it is inspiring to know that the opportunities are out there. I was most intrigued by Kottke.org, who has managed to grab a full-time income without heavy monetization with affiliates, etc. That’s a refreshing approach.

Hondo @ moneylint.com August 13, 2008 at 8:13 am

Making gobs of money from blogging is great but let me tell you from an upstart blogger like myself, it is a TON of work. Especially if you know very little about the inner workings of the interweb and blogging.

Luckily, most bloggers I’ve come in contact with in the personal finance arena have been more than helpful in answering questions. Special thanks to Jim at Blueprint.

Plan on creating a blog and then only later focus on generating money from it.

Scott @ The Passive Dad August 13, 2008 at 10:11 am

Thank you for sharing this list of bloggers with us. I think it can be both motivating and a bit overwhelming to many new bloggers. Shoemoney and Problogger have been a huge success, but how realistic is it for the average blogger? Did they both grow through organic traffic alone or did they have some investment capital? I really enjoy reading about blogs that started as a hobby and transformed into something bigger and grew as a community. That is very motivating for me.

Start-Up August 13, 2008 at 12:29 pm

Great post. Note to self: get millions of people to come to my site each month.

Doctor S August 14, 2008 at 11:03 am

Wow it seems like the sky is the limit for the potential to do things with these blogs. I never could have fathomed the revenue potential from something like this! What I really need is someone with experience and willing to mentor me! Please apply within! Money does motivate people but the true passion must be in engaging readers and inspiring them to reach their goals!

Silicon Valley Blogger August 14, 2008 at 11:31 am

There’s a lot of potential, but it’s also a lot of hard work, and it takes a loooong time to see any sort of rate of return on your efforts.

Jim is right, that the blogging landscape is littered with a lot of dead and abandoned blogs (I don’t want to be morbid, but a few bloggers have had health episodes due to the stress of blogging). I notice that there is a 6 month, then a 1 year burn out point for many bloggers.

In a way, it’s a fulfilling activity, especially if you’re creative. But I have stated before that it isn’t any easier than any other company or day job out there. It may actually be even more challenging because you aren’t compensated for a long time. But if you’re fine with that, and you’re willing to pour in the effort and be patient about the earnings, it is a very viable income source.

HelloKit August 14, 2008 at 11:57 am

Amazing to see how much some of these people make! If I can make even a fraction of that – even if I can just match what I make in my day job, I will be happy. I’ve just recently started actively working to monetize my blog, and just wrote up my progress so far at confoozled.com.

Self Employed August 14, 2008 at 6:17 pm

No doubt it’s a long road and dead end if you don’t invest the time to learn. SVB mentioned the value of the information over at ProBlogger and I couldn’t agree more. I’d reference some other excellent sources but don’t want to turn this into an advertising campaign.

If you want to expedite the process and have a fair chunk of money to throw around, you could consider some of the mentoring programs offered by these pros to fasttrack your blogging career. They probably won’t teach you anything you won’t learn over a couple years of reading, research, trial and error but they’ll help you dramatically shorten the time it takes to start seeing legitimate earnings (and traffic). It’s an option I’m considering but I’m content to learn on my own for now.

Finally, everybody keeps pointing out that it takes time and hard work. If you come to blogging thinking you’ll strike it rich in a month or two, you’ll be quickly schooled. Successful (wealthy) blogging is the exception rather than the norm. I wouldn’t be surprised to find that the upper, middle and lower level success stories match closely with the upper, middle and lower class statistics in traditional jobs.

Bottom line, if you’re motivated, a go-getter, have staying power or have a fresh or unique idea, you can succeed. Slackers need not apply. It’s hard work, folks.

DayOfTheDeal August 15, 2008 at 7:51 am

@Sam

I think “…a few hours of work” may be a misconception. Once you’re big enough, you may be able to hire enough people to get down to a few hours a day, but in order to get there, you may have to spend 12 hours a day, researching, writing, marketing, seeking advertisers, etc.

Silicon Valley Blogger August 15, 2008 at 9:07 am

@Self Employed,

Great comment there! You took the words out of my mouth :) . Another cliche here, but I found that even after almost 2 years of doing this, that I’m constantly learning. I was surprised by the amount of learning I’ve done over the last few months after I started doing this more on a full time basis. This activity can occupy your life if you let it! Well, much like any business or real job would, depending on how seriously you take it.

@DayOfTheDeal,

Just want to add that even if you hire people, the first few months can be an adjustment as well, since managing them and even perhaps mentoring or training them takes time to do. Finding the right type of people also matters and that can take time. I really believe the “few hours a day” concept is a myth — or maybe it isn’t but only for a few people? Is it the exception rather than the rule?

Sara at On Simplicity August 15, 2008 at 12:55 pm

The consensus seems to be that the longevity requirement is a bad thing. I actually don’t mind it. If I can stick it out (and continue to enjoy blogging), then the odds start working in my favor. Once a distance runner, always a distance runner, I guess…

Paula August 15, 2008 at 5:38 pm

I do like reading about people who are making money online and especially learning how much they make. It just shows the potential – it’s almost unlimited.

The Financial Blogger August 16, 2008 at 3:44 am

SVB,

John Chow is making about 30K a month now. He always post is monthly income at the beginning of every month.

I still can’t believe that he is making money by telling people how much he makes ;-)

Chandra August 16, 2008 at 5:36 am

Making money online has become harder than it was a few years ago I think. Do all feel so?

Silicon Valley Blogger August 16, 2008 at 10:48 am

I just encountered this very interesting post at the Fraud Files, about Dooce, one of the most successful (controversial?) mommy bloggers (if not the MOST successful) around.

In has been rumored that she makes $40,000 a month on her blog, but the question is, at what expense?

@Chandra,
I believe it’s always challenging to make money online. It takes blood, sweat and tears, and some luck, just like in any venture. It’s a tougher “job” than what most think: I had to give up my real job for it to maintain some semblance of a balanced life. The nice thing about it is that online work HAS afforded me a balanced life, but it’s definitely *not* easy money.

Ross August 17, 2008 at 10:16 am

It’s interesting to see what the big boys make – but I wonder how much the average blogger brings in?

Whit August 17, 2008 at 2:33 pm

I’ve been blogging professionally for over a year now, and while I’m not making enough money to get out of debt I am making double what I made at my previous job of 8 years.

I don’t make much money off of my own blog, rather I get paid per post writing for other blogs which is extremely time consuming- over 10 hours a day, seven days a week.

At least I’m able to stay home with my kids (which are the main culprits in stretching out my hours).

Cheryl Maguire August 17, 2008 at 6:34 pm

Wow–I had no idea–thanks for the interesting post!

Chris August 18, 2008 at 8:40 am

I think one of the best approaches may be to build while you have a good job. I have a great job and I really enjoy it. Part of it is maintaining and expanding the company’s website for which I earn part of the revenue that it generates. It of course offers me the opportunity to learn and apply that knowledge on my own.

I think the main thing with any job, career, or business is you must have passion for it. You must have a passion that will get you through the tough times.

It does take hard work, but if you put in the time, I believe you will be will rewarded.

Suz August 18, 2008 at 9:32 am

I’ve totally had that conversation you describe with people! No one seems to understand how I can possibly make not just a living, but a good living, by working online. People I know and love keep asking me “when are you going to get a job?” as if I don’t work… I’ll have to print this list out and give them some idea of the kind of profits available from working online.

investmentplayground August 18, 2008 at 11:20 am

Here’s to hope! Advertising revenue really goes a long way.

Jessicaw August 18, 2008 at 11:48 pm

What about StevePavlina.com

I’m sure that he fits right in with the top bloggers.

Peter Morrow August 19, 2008 at 2:18 pm

Good list. Problogger is always number one in my eyes, maybe not for earnings but for blogging quality. Can’t help but like the guy.

Yng August 22, 2008 at 11:31 am

Very cool post about the big earners out there. Didn’t know all those people, only the most famous ones lol.

ramalan bintang August 22, 2008 at 9:50 pm

So amazing, how people have awesome earnings.

Still wondering how they achieve thousand or million visitors a day :-D

Silicon Valley Blogger August 22, 2008 at 10:11 pm

@Ramalan,

I’ll venture some guesses how they achieve many thousands or millions of visitors a day:

talent? skill? hard work? and finally, smarts?

They got it all. :)

100kjob August 23, 2008 at 5:58 am

Some real incentive here for the MMO fans. Certainly more out there, like someone already mentioned John Chow. Also I’ll add The University Kid(TUK) and Yaro. It is a crowded niche, but seems people can still make something out of it.

POTPOLITICS@Best Blog in the Universe August 27, 2008 at 10:52 pm

Cool list. A lot of those guys on the top are stale and played out. Some one is in my seat and I’m coming in strong. See you on your next list.
Excellent post!
thanks

1st Class Websites August 30, 2008 at 9:46 am

That is amazing! I really should start blogging.

Kevin Thompson August 30, 2008 at 7:52 pm

Fugyourself should be making a hell of a lot more than that with their uniques and pageviews. They should hire a consultant to take a look at maximizing and diversifying their revenue opportunities.

Or just keep making peanuts. JohnChow does better than that, and he has very little to say.

Bill Eater August 31, 2008 at 11:31 am

Pretty impressive. There does seem to be a theme that to “break through”, you need some sort of product association. Just selling ads seems to have limited potential, unless you have an unusually high internet reach.
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Escape Somewhere August 31, 2008 at 4:52 pm

For me, the traffic numbers here are pretty interesting and pretty impressive. Since I don’t have ads, I am looking more to increase readership.

topsurveysites August 31, 2008 at 7:34 pm

Its amazing how much some are making online, I am a little surprised however based on the number of visitors they get, I am averaging around $0.15/visitor for my sites, just think how much that would be for these sites! Most of them are well under this mark, but I guess it depends on their income methods and niche

Monica September 2, 2008 at 9:49 am

Unbelieveable! I have been blogging for three years now, but make an av of $400 a month on mostly blogAds and adsense. Its mind-blowing to see such stats,but I guess the average blogger won’t be anything close to that.It just shows how one can actually make money from lazing about all day at home.lol

Thanks

Monica

Tracy September 19, 2008 at 10:50 pm

Astonishing figures, but yes, it does take your full energy to earn that amount. At least we can try!!

Denis September 21, 2008 at 4:01 pm

Now everyone can create passive income even at home. You can make your own website and then earn money from that. Real Estate is albo good way to making money. Just slow down with your day job and concentrate on your small business. Even 100$/month passive income is better than nothing at the beginning.

unoblogger September 24, 2008 at 12:19 am

ahem!!! makes me wonder how much I would make this year?

Ajith Edassery September 25, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Oh man! That’s quite some bucks via blogging… Let me think…I would be happy if my blog makes $2500 a month by the end of next six months.
You should have added John Chow ($40K per month) to the list… Though he’s a pathetic blogger, he is the best when it comes to monetization tricks.

Cheers,
Ajith

Silicon Valley Blogger September 25, 2008 at 11:47 pm

@Ajith,

I actually find John Chow quite amusing… he has some personality. You made me chuckle when you called him a “pathetic blogger”. Oh dear, I hope he doesn’t read that, but you’ve given him some accolades and mentions so it’s all good I guess? ;) That guy is a master promoter alright!

I was unable to add John Chow because I didn’t know what his earnings were at the time I wrote this post. So it wasn’t from oversight that I couldn’t include him…

JBarry September 30, 2008 at 8:45 am

i keep hearing how much money people are making on their blogs, how the hell do they do that lol

aniroy1986 October 6, 2008 at 11:46 am

i just want to say that blogging for money is not so easy as it seems :-)

Justin @ Bloggingzombie.com October 19, 2008 at 9:57 am

There are so many methods to blogging, I think people have no idea that there are bloggers that make more than the guys on this list that want to be anonymous. The reason for this is that they make so much money off of things they don’t want others to know about. Everyone seems to always start a make money online blog when the truth is they will usually never make it with that type of blog. Money made through blogging can be made fast, but you have to know what you are doing. In my case, I am able to make over a thousand dollars a month from a blog I started just 2 months ago, and thousands more off of other blogs that have been created in the last year. If people followed the things I teach them they would be so much better off than reading some of the top bloggers that offer nothing in the way of truly teaching how its done.

x10 October 25, 2008 at 6:21 am

Great statistics, but I wonder how they can manage posting 20 to 40 posts on an average day.
These people I think have a pile of ideas with them.

Jeremy Day October 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm

Hi SVB,

First off, I want to say thanks for commenting on my site. I do appreciate the visit. I surfed over to this page after reading your interview with Wisebread. Its really good stuff. I like the accidental entrepreneur reference. It is really cool when it happens that way. Catch ya later.

Cheers,
Jeremy

Silicon Valley Blogger October 31, 2008 at 4:41 pm

@ aniroy,

You are absolutely right! Blogging has been a full time job for me and many people do treat it like they would a business. It can get downright stressful too, especially if you encounter “writer’s block”! ;)

@Justin,

Congrats on your success! To be successful at blogging takes a combination of many factors, including marketing savvy, monetization tricks and technical know-how, beyond just having some writing skills and creativity. On top of that, it may not pay as well as some jobs, and it takes a lot of patience and hard work for sure!

@x10,

20 to 40 posts a day is incredible. I’m sure they do it as a group effort. Even a once-a-day posting schedule can be hard to keep up with (depending on your usual routine).

@Jeremy,

Thanks for the visit! I’ve been enjoying your blog as well and see that you’re interested in the “business” of blogging. I also quite appreciate your personal messages via comments :) . Hope to keep seeing you here… I’ll be checking your site often.

Kuponok November 10, 2008 at 1:42 am

I thing there are just a very few bloggers who really earns big sums… It’s a hard job, and have to be on every social network pages with a lot of friends at the beginning. Good post, and keep posting quality like this!

yngwie November 10, 2008 at 1:25 pm

Great overview of some really cool people in online marketing. I think shoemoney seems like a big jerk, but the others are nice people =) .

Andy November 23, 2008 at 9:22 am

Wow, blogging for some serious money fulltime. I wish I could be in there shoes. I recently looked at what some pf bloggers are making and sure some make a lot, but do really make it work full time, you need to be getting a few thousand visitors a day. A long way to go for me.

David Risley November 26, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Great post. FWIW, I also make six figures yearly. Made $140K last year as a full-time blogger. It is hard work, but a lot of fun and I try to do what I can to teach people how they can do it. Especially with the economy as it is.

Some tips:
(1) Get help. You’ll get burned out trying to post several times daily by yourself.
(2) Get social on social media sites. It is an important part of blogging.
(3) Use the blog to SELL. Depending on ads alone is the slowest way to blogging income.

Amaete Umanah December 19, 2008 at 3:01 am

Thanks for the post. I am new to blogging and I am yet to get my site up. Reading and looking the images makes me wonder if I can do the same thing as the bloggers you mentioned. I know making the kind of money that these guys are making is a lot of hard work and effort. How can I attract 2.2 Million people to my blog….lol

RasyidS December 22, 2008 at 11:57 pm

Your post is awesome for me…
I’m new to blogging and still confused about that…what and how well can I do for my blog?
This site has really given me inspiration and spirit to learn about making money from blogging.

Thanks a lot

Brian Elliott January 4, 2009 at 12:47 am

Can you believe it is the first time I’m hearing about 5 of them? There is indeed hope for me. Sorry I never started blogging years ago!

thea January 10, 2009 at 2:49 am

i love writing articles especially about Life and Living. How can my articles be submitted and get paid? I would sincerely accept writing jobs. I need help. Thanks.

Silicon Valley Blogger January 10, 2009 at 9:12 am

@Thea,

This article from The Smarter Wallet should be able to answer your question. It mentions sites you can submit your articles to, such as eLance, iFreelance, Dot Com Mommies. There are also sites like Helium and Associated Content that will take your content for cash.

shun2u January 11, 2009 at 2:54 am

What a handsome income! I wish one day I can be like them!

EMB January 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm

Great list. Some of those guys are generating huge amounts of income – very inspiring!

Debt Free Hispanic February 3, 2009 at 8:26 pm

Please leave some room for my picture and stats. I am just starting out but i’m starting to make some extra income. Blogging is awesome especially getting paid to blog. Thanks for posting these stats, it really pulls something out of me because I know it’s in me to prosper through blogging. Again thanks for the post.

Danny February 9, 2009 at 1:40 pm

Wow people really make that much blogging!!
I probably make about 2,000 a month with all my online ventures.

By the way this is a great and informative blog!!

Justice O. Omorodion February 20, 2009 at 7:46 pm

Wow! That’s a great insight about blogging your way to riches. There is no doubt that all these bloggers you mention here are pro bloggers. And I believe I can get ever to the top very soon as they are right now. Anyway, thanks for sharing this timeless insight here. Catch you again for your next post…

Tim March 2, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Wow! Those are some incredible numbers.

Joshua March 7, 2009 at 8:39 am

Impressive numbers. I know ShoeMoney, he makes way more than $12,000 per month ;)

Silicon Valley Blogger March 7, 2009 at 9:00 am

@Joshua,

I’m sure all these bloggers make way more than the numbers stated here. These were old numbers that represent a snapshot in time. I know many small bloggers who already make this kind of money….

blogaboutnothin March 9, 2009 at 6:35 pm

Great post here! These tips are for beginners and experts. I can always learn something new. Thank you!

Sharescity March 10, 2009 at 3:34 pm

I too think the amounts are probably underestimated, but I wonder how they have been affected by the economic crisis we are going through. Television has certainly been feeling the pinch and the drop in ad. revenue – even Google’s revenue is down I believe, I wonder how the big bloggers are doing.

Led March 13, 2009 at 7:17 pm

These guys must be using some voodoo to be making that much! (:0)

Charles West March 21, 2009 at 6:12 am

This is a very great thing to see how so many people have really taken advantage of the unbelievable opportunities in this great world of the internet. Thanks for the knowledge

BlogMoneyMania March 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm

Man, I was wondering why there was so much to learn & if it was just me.

DealLee March 23, 2009 at 1:09 pm

All it takes is that one great idea and of course, a lot of hard work!

Dave Gilliland March 26, 2009 at 4:32 am

Perseverance, faith and hard work are the keys to success! I’m pretty impressed by these blogging celebrities.

Engineer March 31, 2009 at 11:50 pm

Well, is great what we can do it with blogs, but how we can learn about it?.

I have read a lot of e-books about how to make money and now I want to recommend you a book.

If you are a beginner I recommend you to read the book Blogging to the bank by Rob Benwell, he describe step by step how to win money with your blog.

Now, if your goal is to learn how to create your own e-business, you can look into clubs that give you all the information necessary to do it. There are clubs that provide you a full range of videos that explain everything you need to do to develop your websites and earn money with them. But the best is its support. They give you support 24/7 for all your questions!

Regards.
Engineer

John Kelley April 3, 2009 at 10:49 pm

The statistics are very achievable, best thing to do is to write GOOD content. If your blog is worth reading, the word will get out.

Philip Nowak April 7, 2009 at 1:30 am

Problogger is by far my most favorite blog. Darren Rowse really puts a lot of time and effort into his blog posts. He even launched “31 Days to Build a Better Blog Challenge,” which I happily joined right away. Day #1 was today and his topic was “Write an Elevator Pitch for Your Blog.” Quality and consistency are a recurring theme in Problogger’s tips for a successful blog. It’s no surprise that Darren is able to capitalize off of his writing.

MoneyEnergy May 2, 2009 at 12:37 pm

Haven’t read an article with this many comments in a while. I love these kinds of posts. It is worrisome, though, regarding those health problems you mentioned. Thats’ no way to live! And if you’re already doing other work at your computer anyway, it’s really important to make sure you get up and get some real exercise. Sometimes blogging is stressful in a really mild way, but I can’t imagine letting it get to the point where you become injured as a result. I’ve only been blogging 11 months now, but I’m starting to see the income take off a bit. At least, getting closer to my original goal. Where I thought “well, let’s see if I can make ___”/month; then we’ll go from there.

Silicon Valley Blogger May 2, 2009 at 1:02 pm

MoneyEnergy,
Would love to hear more about details on your monetization plans. Do you post that on your blog? Do you reveal your earnings numbers? I find it extremely fascinating when bloggers reveal their earnings and income from their pursuits. This just cements the potential of blogging as a way to replace your day job. In my case, I’ve already gone ahead and done it: I’ve quit my day job over a year ago. I treat blogging as my real job — it’s a business which requires me to follow a structured schedule and set goals, and it’s proven to be very fruitful thus far.

Max May 3, 2009 at 11:06 am

Some of the revenue numbers are suspect at the very least. The power of the Internet. Making money by blogging is more than just the revenue. You really should have something important and new to say – not just regurgitate information. Too many blogs out there just repeat the same things over and over, just changing a few words.

Decathlon May 7, 2009 at 6:34 pm

Definitely great motivation, though the blogosphere is getting more and more crowded each day and carving a niche is ever more challenging. However, if you can find a good fresh idea and get the traffic coming the sky really is the limit.

KirkHatesWork May 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

Great Post! I think it is important to note that all of these successful bloggers have one thing in common, a brand. Branding will play an important role in my strategy, I think that is one of the most important distinctions to make in this crowded blogosphere… a brand gives you the opportunity to create more than a just a blog, and more opportunities equals more money.

Don May 17, 2009 at 9:08 pm

I also want to make money blogging, but my blog is not performing well enough; I haven’t earned much yet, unfortunately.

PaccM May 27, 2009 at 7:19 am

Awesome, awesome information dude.
Starting out blogging myself now, I’m looking at a pretty hard road to hit the big time, but I’ll keep trying. I think the biggest reason people fail at earning from blogs is a lack of discipline to create backlinks and content, and a lack of patience.

If you give up, you won’t succeed. Simple simple stuff.

Shelly May 29, 2009 at 3:45 pm

One of the best ways for beginners to start making a little extra money blogging is to use Hubpages. It’s a great place to start because it doesn’t require any setup or a hosting plan which makes it a good choice for those who don’t have a ton of technical know how. They let you insert your own Google Adsense, eBay, and Amazon account trackers and you can start earning money right away. It also allows rookie bloggers to take advantage of a seasoned domain name which is great for generating search engine traffic to your blog posts. The only drawback is that they do not allow you to post purely personal ramblings, you actually have to choose a topic that would be of interest to the general public. All in all though, a very good way to get started.

Silicon Valley Blogger May 29, 2009 at 4:42 pm

Shelly,
Hubpages sound fine, but I still consider blogs as my internet vehicle of choice. As you say, there is more flexibility when building blogs; I also feel that I have more of an investment in the blogs I develop and maintain by owning them in every respect (including my own domain and environment). I also have full control over what I can publish in my sites.

If you are willing to work with some limitations, you can certainly use hubpages or even blogs that run with free support and a built in community such as Blogger and Wordpress.com. I started out this way, then found out that over time, the growth of my sites were hampered in this kind of environment, so I went ahead and switched my blogs to my personal domains. This change came with a cost since it is a huge pain to port stuff over from one environment to another. But it was well worth it and allowed my sites to grow unhampered.

Lesson learned? If you are blogging for money or for business, think of the future (and the potential for long term growth) and consider a standalone environment for your blogs right off the bat in order to avoid any need to change your set up down the road. More serious internet entrepreneurs go this route also to build their brand more successfully.

I feel that I’ve been able to grow the value of my business and web properties more so by owning all the elements of my sites completely.

Wilson Usman June 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm

wow great article I’m getting really excited about blogging the more I read about it I really hope I can become a pro Yaro Starak, Shoemoney, and all those guys up there really got me pumped about it I am really trying to find my passion I think like the old saying going “do what you love” and you’ll be successful, well I hope that it works out. Wish everyone who is just getting in this business Good Luck and thanks for this article really really motivating

Craig Hitchens June 23, 2009 at 11:22 pm

Yet another article on how great and profitable blogging is. I have been blogging for ages, doing what all the “experts” reckon and I have a blog with PR3 7000 visitors a month and sweet F. all in revenue! I can get my site to number one on Google for my search terms…yet zero income!! I have tried text ads, banner ads, affiliates all in my niche of natural health and zippo! I am actually unlike some, a genuine expert in my field. I actually work on real people daily and know what I am doing and have something to offer people in the way of a genuine method of helping you, yet this is worth zero??? Like SEO, all the real secrets are kept to the lucky few…I stumbled on one by accident that all the SEO experts reckon doesn’t work!! Liars! Ever since I have been doing it I have had great search results. I suspect blogging and earning money from them is much the same…I challenge anyone one of you to make my blog profitable..show me how! Bet you can’t…more truthfully, bet you WON’T!
Believe it only when i see it!
Craig

Silicon Valley Blogger June 23, 2009 at 11:28 pm

Craig,
You won’t make much money with low traffic. If you have 7,000 visitors a month, you won’t get much out of Adsense or affiliate sales. You’ll have to have 10 times that traffic to make a dent on your online income. Now if your niche isn’t so profitable, you can always try other niches. The fact is, not all blogging niches will generate a high level of income or will be well trafficked.

I also checked your site. It seems like you only have 100 or so articles there. You’ll need a lot more than that to generate traffic and subsequent income, IMO. With 100 articles, you’re probably making at most $10 a day in Adsense if at all. That’s not very much obviously. But over time, if you develop your site to increase the content, you’ll get the proportional traffic and Adsense income.

Kirby June 30, 2009 at 12:18 pm

Quick question where do you find the site that puts words in your blog as advertising links?

bellia July 1, 2009 at 5:37 am

can a person blog about anything? I have a friend who is interested and she thought about opening a blog site based on wicca, witchcraft, folklore and legends and such.

does she just write about what she knows and can she do a repeat of information from various authors as long as she tells where she got her information. (so as not to plagiarize)

some help please?

chuckm37 July 2, 2009 at 6:32 am

I haven’t been blogging very long. I started in April. I’m a retired Software Engineer and enjoy the web work and SEO. I have also started 4 other sites that are affiliate marketing sites. My traffic sucks, because I have been busy trying to develop the sites. I have done some articles for Ezine and other sites and registered with directories. I also have traded for backlinks but that is slow going. This is definitely an investment in time if you want to make money. I tried buying traffic with AdWords, but that cost more than it earns.

negosyanteako.com July 9, 2009 at 11:34 pm

WOW! I wish we all could earn as much as what they earn …SOON… happy blogging to all

Classic Rocker July 10, 2009 at 10:13 am

I havent been blogging for long only for about a month or two but ive got a blog within a similiar niche as yours and ive taken advice from your website and many others. Hopefully with your insight and the advice from other websites I too can be successful. Hopefully earning as much as some of the “Pro” bloggers out there.

Check out my website (check the url above) and leave a comment if you would please; I welcome all kinds of advice good or bad.

Donny Salazar July 19, 2009 at 5:45 pm

It’s very inspiring. I will continue with my newly born blog.

Mandi July 25, 2009 at 8:10 pm

I look back on this article every time I need help on my blog site I just created. Very informative and detailed. I hope one day to be on that list of greatest bloggers. =]

Debt Free Hispanic July 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

Those are some big names. But you know, they started somewhere just like the rest of us. It’s possible for any of us to earn just as much money as them. It’s all about consistency and making sure your blogs are setup properly.

Puregroove_Org July 27, 2009 at 10:50 pm

This article is so inspiring. Thank you!!!

Matty @ make money online July 29, 2009 at 1:58 am

Suddenly my 20 visitors a day look slightly outdone by people who are in the millions. What is the key to getting that many unique visitors a day?

I’ve tried all sorts of SEO and backlinking but so far none of it has really improved my traffic.

MMan July 29, 2009 at 10:42 am

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kingEdward August 5, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Hey thank you so much!!! Thanks for giving us all a little inspiration and good advice. I am going to give it a try and see what happens; who knows maybe I can be a great blogger to. So from one blogger to another: where’s the best place to blog for free???

kristina August 13, 2009 at 12:21 am

thanks so much… I have been considering beginnning a blog site and incorporating some paid ads… all new to me… need to start making some cash asap… this motivates me to continue my research and find a way to begin blogging… thanks for motivation… good luck to everyone chasing a dream and making it happen…

Marmann August 22, 2009 at 4:11 am

I was fortunate enough to come across your blog and thank you for all the wonderful advice contained in it.

II’m disabled, only living on $200 per month (awaiting Social Security hearing). I formerly worked at home as a medical transcriptionist but can no longer do transcription work (which is a lot different from writing).

I’m sick and tired (literally) of trying to stomach daytime TV, and I love to write. Certainly, earning money from it would be a big PLUS at this time in my life, especially if I could tell Social Security (in my best Tony Soprano voice) to “forget about it.”

You mentioned both blogger.com and wordpress.com. I looked at both sites and am inclined to go with Wordpress. Being basically backwards in my life, I’d like to know which of these sites you find to be better.

Thanks again for such an informative piece on blogging from home. :-)

Ebizexperiment August 26, 2009 at 9:30 am

Very interesting list, thanks for posting. As I read and do more and more research about them, I see that most successful bloggers tend to post very frequently.

Red September 3, 2009 at 5:28 pm

To say this blog post is inspiring is an understatement. Kudos on a very inspiring post. I look forward to learning more in the future.

valentina September 5, 2009 at 11:36 am

I stumbled on this post through my Google Alerts for ” blogging for money” and am intrigued that this thread of comments started just over a year ago! So Digerati, you are now in three years of blogging … curious, how has your income grown? By now it must be more than 50% of your previous corporate income. Another thought … would your blogging not fall under “home based business” category and as such qualify you for tax deductions that were not available under the corporate employment … so is it safe to assume lower gross, higher take home?

best………….valentina

Silicon Valley Blogger September 5, 2009 at 11:58 am

Valentina,
Thanks for stopping by. I have to say that you just asked some very interesting questions — questions that will fill up an entire book. Maybe one day, I’ll write a book (or e-book) about making a living this way?

At 3 years of blogging, I can’t complain. I’m not at liberty to reveal what it is I earn, but suffice it to say, it is above and beyond what I expected I would earn doing something like this. I can tell you that just by going around the web, you’ll find that a lot of the numbers that are quoted in this article are actually way too low and are grossly underestimated. If done right, you could be pleasantly surprised that online entrepreneurship can indeed become a worthwhile endeavor and be the answer to a life outside of the nine to five.

I will say that making money through online activities CAN be done. Like any other endeavor, you want to ask yourself: Do you have the passion? Have you got the right temperament and interests for this kind of work? It’s also important to know if you have certain skills to make it work — I know people who would love to blog but aren’t willing to put in the time to develop skills to see it through for the long term.

And to answer your question — yes, I run a home based business, but I am very conservative with how I deal with taxes. I do get tax benefits, yes, so it does help compared to being a salaried employee.

MoneyMojo September 5, 2009 at 11:53 pm

I think it’s so cool that these guys can actually make that much money. I think Darren Rowse is the best. He deserves to earn way more than he does right now from Problogger.net. You guys might be interested in checking out my new website (click on my name please).

mightymo September 6, 2009 at 1:12 am

This is inspirational. I’m trying to break in with a solid idea on what to write about. I’m reading a lot more on the subject and will be trying a few ideas just to see what kind of traffice I get. I do have a few subjects I’m passionate about. But, will try a little harder to find that niche. Wish me luck.

mightymo September 6, 2009 at 1:12 am

traffic. . . . .

Simon September 6, 2009 at 8:18 am

It is quite informative and everyone should know what Internet gives to them. Many people who are sitting idle with great ideas should see such things and can achieve milestones.

Jason Bee September 6, 2009 at 6:49 pm

That’s a result of working hard, time and experience. But more interestingly, there are still open positions for everyone, any time, and any day.

Yaya September 8, 2009 at 9:34 pm

amazing. how can they do it? i need only $1000 per month but it seems very difficult.

love sms September 9, 2009 at 5:20 am

real tuff job to start earning money from a blog: the hardest part is to optimize your blog to get better SEO and SERP.

Harry September 10, 2009 at 6:07 am

Interesting stuff. I only got a small amount from net.

Mark Knowles September 14, 2009 at 3:01 am

I think a lot of people underestimate the amount of work required to make money blogging. It is a full time job and the learning curve is steep. It is all to easy to get sucked into non productive pursuits (like checking your visitor stats every 5 minutes).

I make a living doing this and earn 6 figures – any one can with some hard work and by looking carefully at who is giving you advice before taking it.

My main issue is I am getting fat sitting at a computer all day long. :(

Mark September 27, 2009 at 12:42 am

Just curious SVB, with all the earnings posted for the highly successful, all the earnings posted throughout this blog, yet you state on Sept. 5 “I am not at liberty to disclose”? If you really wanted to inspire those contemplating blogging, or the new up and coming bloggers, why would you do us all such a disservice as to not let us know what YOU have accomplished in three years?

SOSBlogger September 27, 2009 at 8:43 pm

What an inspiration.
I realized that if you look at the dates they’ve launched, most of them have been on them market for over two-three years. I can only guess that if you actively and regularly work on your blog every single day, you can get at least to five-figure

Roxanne Faye October 3, 2009 at 10:50 pm

You’re right when you said that blogging isn’t for everyone. In the short term, you can probably make more money delivering pizza then blogging, but as bloggers we are building a passive residual income that will pay us for years to come. That to me is worth working for!

sam October 9, 2009 at 7:13 am

I didn’t see how old this post was when I first started reading it but I think that it is amazing how well people have done from a fairly simply idea that has developed into something that they probably never thought it would turn into. I wonder if the list would be different this year.

Franz October 9, 2009 at 10:11 pm

Makes me want to make my own. Would be awesome becoming rich from this, even making just a few extra bucks would be pretty neat :)

Bloggers Payback October 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm

WOW! They all really know how to make money blogging that’s for sure!! It’s nice to see that there are successful people in the blogging world that can verify their earnings from blogging. It’s no wonder all bloggers are subjected to disclosing their earnings now.

mir October 13, 2009 at 10:41 pm

Do you need a license or registration to earn money by blogging? how does this figure when you file for taxes?

IMPush.info Social Blogs October 16, 2009 at 8:59 am

There is definitely a lot of opportunity to make a lot of money online. This is not only limited to blogging, but blogging is an avenue that has opened up the Internet Marketing field to whole new market of individuals that did not necessarily have the technical resources, nor the know-how to do so before.

There are many resources for starting a blog for free. This allows one to start to build a following and hone their blogging skills (writing, advertising, marketing, promotion, etc).
There are many of these such Free Resources for starting a blog: wordpress.com, blogger.com, myfreeblogonline.com, and so many more….

There are also some paid resources that bring forth more options for the technically impaired folks that are not able to host their own blogs can have the option for more plugins/space/etc. that is not available on the free blogging hosts. My site impush.info is one such site… We provide 5GB storage space and a plethora of plugins geared for the Internet Marketing blogger.

There are no licenses needed to make money from blogging. As for filing your taxes… it’s just like any other home based business. (In Canada) if you make under $30,000 there is no need to register your business, but there are certain tax benefits to registering or incorporating your online business.

Lara Jane October 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm

THANK YOU for re-inspiring me. For some reason I only happened to see articles vehemently dissuading potential bloggers from venturing down this path saying that there was absolutely no money to be made for simple people like ourselves. I started my own blogging website a few months ago. So far so good. Traffic is more than I expected it to be, and it has been a HUGE learning curve. But I’m happy and have hope – which is important!

Actually, after reading all the naysayers today I felt compelled to embark on my very own experiment “Is it Really Possible to Make Money Blogging”? I am going to blog about my success (or failure) in the blogging world.

Thought you may be interested – I already linked to this article as an “inspiration” on my blogging journey. Thanks!

Silicon Valley Blogger October 19, 2009 at 6:53 pm

@Lara Jane,
So glad I’m able to share with you a positive message about blogging. Yes, we must be realistic about what blogging can do for us, but I wholeheartedly believe that with hard work, dedication, passion and more experience doing this, you can do well.

As of this writing, I am finally doing much much better than I thought I ever could. I can’t be more thrilled about stumbling upon this activity and picking up on this “job”. I hope the joy in this work continues! :)

Also, as of this moment… this blog has celebrated its 3rd birthday. And progress….. much progress…. has been made. What have I gotten out of this experience? Beyond anything financial, there are many priceless things I’ve received: entrepreneurial experience, discovery of things I did not know I could do and the realization that work can be fun, wonderful and fulfilling, plus of course, awesome friends.

I have made many new friends online who have also become my friends in real life, and this has been one of the most worthwhile outcomes of this journey/exercise/experience. :)

Best of luck to all bloggers!

Mextena October 24, 2009 at 4:46 am

Hello buddy,

This article is Stunning!
Other than the usual information about few top money makers, this list is amazing.

Keep blogging and Thanks for the information.

kebun emas November 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm

These are great online marketers and bloggers. Nice to follow in their footsteps and success.

Deni

Thomas Cole November 4, 2009 at 11:23 am

Thank you for this info, I’m new to blogging And I was curious to know how you are doing now with your ventures. These comment dates are older, so if this is current info I was just curious.

Silicon Valley Blogger November 4, 2009 at 11:28 am

@Thomas,
Yes, this post was written when a lot of the bloggers I featured were still nurturing their fledgling businesses. These days, these very same bloggers are surely making much much more. I’m certain that some of them have made or are making multiple millions a year. I’ll soon do updates on these bloggers if I can get the data.

I also know that blogging as a business can be quite fruitful. In my particular case, I am currently earning about 3x to 4x more than what I was making last year (then again, I wasn’t making all that much last year). So I have been extremely surprised by the growth one can attain by maintaining an online business. It of course has its ups and downs — there is always tough competition and seasonality involved with your earnings, but overall, if you are willing to work hard and be dedicated to your craft, you stand some chance of earning something.

On the other hand, people should also be realistic about this. Not everyone can make a million by blogging. The statistics show that only a very small percentage of bloggers are earning a good living on this — but that is the case with any type of work anyway. I do believe though, that it’s quite possible to make part time income by blogging after a few years (if you do things right).

Mariano November 9, 2009 at 7:28 pm

This is a great article and encouraging to those who want to start blogging. I’d be curious if there’s any information on Chris Brogan or Steve Plavina out there (I know steve posts information about his revenue on his own site).

People should definitely understand that Blogging, by no means, is get-rich-quick. It takes a lot of work to build a following and even with great content you might never take off. I’ve worked with a couple of blogs now and it’s never been my full-time job by any means, but my primary purpose, then again, is for the posts to be a resource for my customers. I’ve found getting my knowledge out there *extremely* helpful.

Great post and thanks for the info!

make money blogging china November 9, 2009 at 8:23 pm

These guys are great bloggers, but it takes a lot of passion and hard work to get your blog to earn those types of revenues.

Online Business Cookbook November 10, 2009 at 1:22 pm

Do we really need more bloggers blogging about blogging and how blogging can make 1 out of 1,000 bloggers money if they just blog about bloggers blogging? A blog is a tool. I make 4k a month helping people online and it has nothing to do with bloggers blogging….

Silicon Valley Blogger November 10, 2009 at 1:44 pm

@Online Business Cookbook,
Bloggers who blog about blogging aren’t the only ones making good money in their respective fields/niches. Yes blogging is a tool, but for others, it’s their main business. In my opinion, you can make money if (a) you have authority in ANY space (b) you know how to monetize and market your product/content/offering.

Matt November 10, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Great post…I’m thinking about starting my own blog and this is very helpful.

Online Business Cookbook November 10, 2009 at 7:15 pm

Silicon Valley Blogger — True that. But my questions was — do we really need more bloggers blogging about bloggers blogging? The answer may be yes–

Think of how absurd engineers engineering engines for engineers would be. It’s a closed loop, nothing much actually happens except engineers engineering. That’s cool by me but it is a bit self absorbed.

Redito November 12, 2009 at 7:49 am

The pioneer has all the advantages! I should have left my day job as early as 2004. I could have earned a lot if I have made a decision.

Filipinos have a lot of potential in this industry too. Hope we could earn as high as those people featured in here. We’ll be making money online (lotsa money online) here in the Philippines, no need to go abroad to earn a living!

roland November 13, 2009 at 3:49 pm

At hostmonster I can get a free domain so why do I need GoDaddy also?

Geoff November 16, 2009 at 4:27 pm

I have just started out and this blog inspires me….. on my way to my first million visitors per month, have had 8 this week….. woohoo :)

Geoff

Eric November 19, 2009 at 10:20 am

Great list. Some of those guys are generating huge amounts of income – very inspiring!

Live for Improvement November 20, 2009 at 8:53 am

It must be nice to make that kind of money, this gives us all something to strive for.

Barbara Scopel November 22, 2009 at 9:32 am

WOW! I wish we all could earn as much as what they earn.

Benjamin Cip November 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

You didn’t add John Chow and Steve Pavlina in the list… you didn’t even include myself. Well I couldn’t blame you as there were some people I never heard about in your list.

Silicon Valley Blogger November 26, 2009 at 10:10 am

@Benjamin,
I’d put someone’s name on the list if their income numbers are available. I’ve heard of a few people who make over $15K a month doing this but I haven’t put their images up. I guess it’s because the people featured here are more “influential” or are highly recognizable. Agreed that John Chow and Steve Pavlina are big names — but if I got more info about them, I’d add them to the list. I intend to update this article at some point.

MMG Mentor November 29, 2009 at 10:14 am

Very Inspiring. I know it’s not time for me to give up.

Mladen December 1, 2009 at 3:17 am

Cool post m8!

ScaryDAve December 1, 2009 at 10:58 pm

I really enjoyed this post and I am a person who has yet to even start blogging.
I do happen to have a web server with Wordpress installed on it and a few domain names an such but have yet to write a thing or even configure it completely. Call me a perfectionist but if it isn’t just the way I want it to look I get all disappointed.

It’s the first jump I find the hardest and this post is a wonderful sphere of Yin and Yang flavored goodies which inspire my stress levels to rise like a freshly freed flock of liberated balloons over Disneyland. The more I read the more I find myself standing at the crossroads of inevitable decisions I have to make regarding content, style, insecurity and a need to grab the world by the testes an say “K lookie here peoples!”

You may have figured out already that I have absolutely no problem with sittin down an writtin up a tornado of words at the drop of a hat. So if ya make it this far down this particular pile of syllables my biggest question comes to this…

Most of what I see bloggers doing is specializing in one area. Tech, toys, gossip, Mommy ideas or how about cooking ever recipe in a cookbook in 365 days? Yet, I am a kind of, well, for lack of better words, a Renaissance man. I do multiple kinds of art, I ride, build, write, sing, do comedy, philosophy, I have done just about every job you can do behind a Hollywood camera and even a few in front, I am sought after for advise, blah blah blah.

Do you think there really room in successful blogging for someone who is all over the place like I am? For instance, I enjoy a smallish following on YouTube as thechurchofdave. I do my things which are funny songs, rants, skits, art tutorials, opinions, advice an so on.

Most people who are highly successful on youtube only do one very specific thing. I can’t say for sure that my being all over the place is hurting me there but I am no star. My followers are extremely loyal and I always get very high ratings. Still, I have yet to get views over say 100,000 an usually I am in the tens of thousands even though I am quite different from most YouTube experiences. Good ? Bad ? Who knows?

I would love to tie a blog into that so they both bounce off of each other but I just wonder if that makes it harder to get a following on a blog or if it would in fact inspire a sort of “Holy crap I wonder what the hell Dave is gonna come up with today? ” response which could really pan out.

Well I think I rambled on enough to prove I can ramble but I am really very interested in your opinion of how narrowly content needs to be focused in order to be profitable. I see you sort of do what my wife does. Write articles on various unrelated things which you probably research and then write about.

That would pretty much cause me to have to take up some kind of highly effective hard drug or just bash my head against a wall within a week or so. Please lie an tell me if I just continue to be me but in a blog I will be insanely popular so I can jump :D

Thanks
Sincerely
ScaryDave
thechurchofdave

Silicon Valley Blogger December 1, 2009 at 11:13 pm

@Scary Dave,
You seem to have the gift of gab — both written and spoken. I think you can do a great job having a blog on the side. If you brand yourself well through your blog, it’s certainly a great way to increase your visitors and readership. Monetizable blogs tend to be those in specific niches though — so if your goal is to make money, then you’ll have better luck sticking to “monetizable” topics — those that attract potential advertisers and customers.

Still, the best approach is always to blog about what you are most comfortable with. Otherwise, it would just get boring (for you) ;) .

Chris Fox December 9, 2009 at 3:21 pm

This goes straight into my bookmarks. Thanks for the info

MLM Review December 9, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Wow that is incredible how much money is made. I’ll probably try it out!

Mike December 18, 2009 at 8:01 pm

SVB,

I was just curious if you could mention which methods account for most of your blogging income. By this I don’t mean actual $ but for example what percentage comes from Google Ad Sense, Banner ads, affiliate ads, etc. I am just asking as I recently started a blog and would like to begin monetizing next year.

Thanks, Mike

Curt N December 24, 2009 at 10:45 pm

Great post! Gives alot of motivation to keep my blog going and watching my earnings increase. Hope to see my blog on here sometime!

Frank December 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm

You are correct that blogging can make you money, I know someone who said blogging made a friend of theirs rich, and I like your introductions on how to start blogging to make money. A lot of people recommend blogger or Wordpress as their first blogs to start out with, and many have become successful with them. Thanks for a good read!

Muhammad January 2, 2010 at 4:10 pm

Great post :) Blogging can make anyone alot of money because it is so easy when following the right person. Anyway, keep it up, you’ve got some very good information there.

Mrs. Ann Onymus January 2, 2010 at 11:28 pm

I just recently started a blog and had no idea that people actually made money from it! I began for the pleasure of writing and now I’m thinking, hmm… extra income sounds nice! What does it take to make money at this? I’d be happy with even a few extra bucks in the wallet! Neat-o!

Kevin Tan January 3, 2010 at 2:25 am

Thanks for sharing these top earning blog list. Before I involved in blogging and actually started earning, I never thought that internet can bring so much revenue. Well these people are the 5% of the 100% money bloggers.

kathleen January 3, 2010 at 2:52 am

It takes a lot of hard work and patience. Nice list, very encouraging. I believe in staying positive no matter what obstacles come your way.

Diago January 13, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Not everybody can make real good money online; it takes very hard work to make online money.

Misty January 19, 2010 at 1:06 am

I hear stories of budding Internet entrepreneurs jumping through hoops to make a buck. And sure, many times building a solid, long term business does take real effort. But you can also quietly pocket some decent dough online for much less worries.

Trevor Bandura January 23, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Blogging is actually something that anyone can start doing and market some affiliate programs to help them earn money now especially the instant payment ones that are around.

Making a good blog is not really that hard but for some reason, some people would rather do other marketing stuff that takes way more time, and the return is much less than blogging.

Great post.

YourNetBiz January 25, 2010 at 11:03 am

Fabulous post. Neatly put together with great content and facts. I’ve bookmarked this blog so I can revisit. I’ve really enjoyed this post. Amazing cash amounts made from blogging — very competitive now though.

reviewmylife January 30, 2010 at 9:35 am

Great post. I have one suggestion. I think it would be really interesting to see a scatter graph of page views per year vs revenue using the data from this post.

That way people could get an indication of how many page views they need to make a certain amount of money.

Silicon Valley Blogger January 30, 2010 at 9:39 am

@reviewmylife,
Great suggestion! Maybe when I get a chance, I’ll do some research and do this kind of thing. It would be a nice analysis on how much you can make given traffic levels, provided you have targeted traffic.

graham February 11, 2010 at 8:55 am

Blogging is not hard to do but people are lazy and don’t put any time and effort into it.

Rohit Tripathy February 13, 2010 at 10:31 pm

I was wondering if 10 people with 100,000 and more clicks could come together, form a syndicate, push the aggregate to more than a million mark at which the revenues become meaningful. Thereafter share the revenues in proportion in the ratio of clicks generated. Would all 10 people gain more compared to if they were to act individually?

Paypal Hack February 14, 2010 at 2:51 am

Those stats are crazy! Sounds like something to get into.

Great article, keep up the good posts.

Jay Orban February 17, 2010 at 9:04 pm

That list is an inspiration to us all who are striving for financial freedom online through a blog, or a website. There is nothing like a dream to create the future – This was a very inspirational read it shows you that hard work, and some brains pays off!

Richard Wright February 23, 2010 at 6:26 pm

Blog about something you enjoy doing: it makes writing fun and a lot easier. For instance, write about your holidays and future holiday plans.

Thomas Griffin February 27, 2010 at 11:28 pm

This is such an intense list of successful blogs. I had no clue you could make so much money from a blog! It makes me want to promote mine even more.

Bob Ho March 5, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Great article. It’s very inspiring how much money these bloggers make. It takes a huge amount of work to get to where they are today and they deserve every cent they make.

myfinancialobjectives March 11, 2010 at 6:07 am

Good inspirational post. I love reading about this topic, it’s always a great motivator!

The Penny Hoarder March 11, 2010 at 9:02 am

Boy, I have something to work towards. If only I could take Perez Hilton’s career….:)

Cheryl from thatgirlisfunny March 13, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Find a need and fill it…here’s to our blogging success! I’m encouraged and discouraged by the high traffic numbers and the variety in the dollar amounts reported. I’m thinking the numbers are the best you could find. Some of them definitely feel under-reported. Blogging is fun and I’m constantly looking for effective ways of monetizing. Looking forward to the day I see this caption above my photo “Busy Blogger Makes Massive Fortune On-Line” :D

mike jeanes March 24, 2010 at 7:02 pm

The most important aspect of creating your affiliate site boils down to this: search engines love original and unique content rich websites, be it text, images, or videos, and visitors do too. Your goal in building your website should be to over-deliver on content and offer as much as you can. If you take care of this one aspect of building your online business, you’ll be amazed how well the SERPs (search engine results pages) will love your website and more than likely will list it at the top of the results pages.

Shelby Wilson March 30, 2010 at 8:03 am

Ah, the reality check. I am fortunate enough to be able to make a living from blogging (I’m in the $5,000 to $9,999 per month range) — but I do it mostly by posting for others as a corporate blogger. But it is a good job, and I do get to set my own hours.

S Ahsan March 31, 2010 at 1:27 am

You have a great list mate! Although i feel few more sites/blogs can be added to the list such as mashable etc. Good share.

Xu Fyan April 5, 2010 at 8:08 am

they all are just great people..i wish i could be one of them..i am not even earning 0.1% of what they earn :p

Christina April 11, 2010 at 8:05 am

Wow…how long have been they doing this to earn this much, I’ve visited most of the sites mentioned and no wonder why…they really dominate the blogging arena.

Aileen April 15, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Superb list! BoingBoing.Net is so great! Over $1 million… That’s really great! Thank you for posting this. I find it very motivational.. Great inspiration for those who want to make money online.

Stitch April 16, 2010 at 9:04 am

Thanks for the info! Now, from what I’ve read, the only way you’ll make ANY kind of income is to get a domain, right? Meaning, one won’t see any revenue using a free blog hosting site like Blogger.com and the like, right?

Silicon Valley Blogger April 16, 2010 at 9:54 am

@Stitch,
It depends on the blogging platform / community and their terms, but as far as I know, you can make money regardless of where your domain is hosted. However, most serious bloggers who make big bucks have their own domains. It’s just more flexible that way and there’s much more freedom with controlling your own environment. Now, with flexibility and freedom, you can expect to deal with maintenance matters and some costs. But that’s the tradeoff.

Marc May 12, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Those are some big names. But you know, they started somewhere just like the rest of us. It’s possible for any of us to earn just as much money as them. It’s all about consistency and making sure your blogs are set up properly.

Deb Bixler May 26, 2010 at 3:21 pm

Love the stories. People ask me all the time if it really is possible to make money blogging and I say YES! I am in my 3rd year online and it is paying off! Nice stories on other bloggers, I like it! I am including it in the blog carnival.

Luis May 27, 2010 at 4:36 pm

Dear god !!! How long will it take to an ordinary webmaster to become something like those people? One thing is true, they were like us at the beginning. Inspiring examples… We shall never give up.

Jake @ Easy Money Website Creator May 31, 2010 at 2:41 pm

Creating a blog that makes money is not so easy anymore. Times have changed for sure. The best way to make money online now is developing quality content websites. I use Easy Website creator to make a niche website and break into the niche. Pretty soon I can build upon it. Its crazy what the potential is though. Its not that easy, but these guys broke through, and they’re just ordinary people.

ziv June 4, 2010 at 3:13 pm

I am not sure if I am a success blogging story, but I made my way up in less than 9 months.

As all starters, I start blogging when my big shot was my SEO knowledge.
Well, that was a great weapon I armed myself with.

From 0 I went to 20,000 readers a day in less than 9 months and it is still growing every day. + my English is not perfect so I have to get help from writers I hire.

My income is ok. I can live with that – I know I under monetize the blog but I will work on it. It is my full time work and I have many plans for the future.

Silicon Valley Blogger June 4, 2010 at 3:45 pm

@Ziv,

I am guessing that you have a network of blogs and not just one site which you use to draw that many number of readers. To have 20,000 a readers in one day is a huge number in internet terms, and is not typically done using one site. If I may ask, how many sites do you run to make this happen? 20,000 in 9 months is almost an impossibility, IMO, unless the traffic is not purely organic.

Vitaly Tennant June 15, 2010 at 11:06 am

It’s always inspiring to see great blogs that generate substantial revenues … awesome post.

CharlieB June 27, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I just started MyLifeasaGeek.com this month. I am trying to determine the best way to monetize the blog. So far I am using AdSense, Amazon and looking at Adbrite. This article and its comments have given me some useful information.

Make Money Online Free June 28, 2010 at 1:53 pm

Make room for me on that list! I’ll be there soon!

LOL .. hey, a girl can dream right?

But seriously, it’s nice to see their stats laid out like that. It gives me hope and definitely a push in the right direction. Hoping I accomplish even 1/8 of what they’ve become sometime in the future!

– TriNi

Jay Teaching How To Make Money Online July 7, 2010 at 11:59 pm

I want my picture there one day lol

mehmet July 12, 2010 at 11:15 am

I hope my blog becomes that popular (=

Paul Gurnik July 12, 2010 at 2:24 pm

Wow! That is insane to bring in 100,000 a month! Blogging like any other business takes so much time and so much tuning. But the end result is pure satisfaction.

Ryan July 23, 2010 at 12:45 pm

This posting is awesome to show the potential of blogs. However, it is extremely rare to become that popular. So for the everyday joe shmoe bloggers out there I created a website, moreviewedblogs.com, to help increase viewership of people’s blogs. It is a small blog community, nothing like the yahoo! one or the others that have over 2000 pending blogs. All you have to do is enter in your blog’s URL and we will add you. The ideal community we strive to make is one that people just go to the site and check out blogs.

Cheapskate Mate July 25, 2010 at 12:37 pm

Wow, I feel really naive, starting a blog to help people save money where I could be using it to actually make money for myself. I guess I just don’t know where the visitors would come from!

Antonio Q August 13, 2010 at 3:56 pm

This article gives new bloggers, like myself, hope that making money is possible. If I am able to make a part-time income I’d be happy. Full time even happier!

Andriansyah August 21, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Making a good blog is not really that hard but for some reason, some people would rather do other marketing stuff that takes way more time, and the return is much less than with blogging. The benefit of blogging is that it allows people some big opportunities to earn money.

Matthew August 22, 2010 at 4:43 am

Doing what you love and making money, the internet is a wonderous thing.

How To Make A Website August 27, 2010 at 8:22 am

I’m always very impressed by how the bloggers make money. It must have took a lot of sweat and hard work in order to keep the tons of valuable content coming. Aiming for $15,000 a month now! Thanks for the inspiration!

Silicon Valley Blogger August 27, 2010 at 8:54 am

I apologize if I have been remiss in answering all your questions on this thread. Nevertheless, I will give my .02 every so often to let you know how things are going and what I have learned.

Yes, it’s been a while since I’ve given my 2 cents on this thread. Okay, make that around a month or two since I piped in. Here are some things I’d like to share at this point. There is no question you can make money through blogging. But it can be harder to start off now than in the past. However, if you do it right, you have a true skill or talent in this area and you persist, you can probably do pretty well.

Granted, in the past, a lot of us lucked out and started early, learned the ropes early and are now fairly successful at this. These days, luck may not get you as far, but hard work can.

I am now successfully on my 4th year of blogging. I started in earnest in October of 2006. I quit my job to do this full time in February 2008. Since then, I have increased my revenues by 500% on average, per month. I am making much more than I was making as an engineer, working here in Silicon Valley, which I never thought possible at first. But it’s doable.

On top of that, I believe I am creating an asset I can sell sometime in the future. And in that regard, I am also thinking big. Given cash flow and the value built into a site you develop, you can be excited about what it would be like if you do decide to unload your “web property”.

Again, it all depends on how you decide to build up your online business. I toyed with the idea of developing a network of small sites vs pouring all your efforts into one or a few big sites. For now, I prefer the latter approach but I aim to try many more strategies in the future, when my schedule allows it.

I think that there’s countless of opportunities on the web. There are people making a LOT of money here, but your success depends on how you pursue and execute your dream. This work is just like any other — only a small percentage makes it big, while some do ok and others don’t do well. It’s up to you to make it work!

eileen ludwig September 8, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Thank you for sharing so many links to sites where the people have made good income from blogging. I am familiar with problogger and his 31 days to a better blog. I am working on that. Came here from a Blog carnival listing with your site on it. Need to find out more about that.

Currently planning on attending Travel Blogger convention this weekend and expect to learn lots.

Blog Angel a.k.a. Joella September 10, 2010 at 6:31 am

This is a truly inspiring collection of moneymakers online. Surely anyone who reads this will have to back down from the “It can’t be done” stance. Obviously it can be done. But it takes a lot of hard work – not instant get rich quick schemes.

Thanks for sharing this great post on the Blogs With Wings Blog Carnival. It was real treat to see all this inspiration in one place!

Jasmin September 18, 2010 at 1:32 pm

Thank you for this GREAT posting. Your article gives us wings to head for success.

zahzel September 18, 2010 at 8:44 pm

Love it! Keep up the good work!

darren September 22, 2010 at 5:03 am

Wow I never knew you could make so much money from blogging!

daz September 22, 2010 at 5:05 am

I am not sure if I am a success blogging story, but I made my way up in less than 9 months.

Vitaly Tennant October 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm

It’s good to see numbers like that to stay motivated. I make enough money, but there is always room for improvement.

Tatyana October 12, 2010 at 2:47 am

This post is an inspiration to me! There are so many times that I wanted to quit because I would get discouraged. This makes me want to keep working hard. Thanks!

Matthew Denos October 14, 2010 at 5:38 am

Hi SVB,

I enjoyed this article! I visited all blogs that you mentioned. They have done an amazing job, all these bloggers.

Mark Johnson October 29, 2010 at 8:57 am

Hi, I’ve just started monetizing my blog and the content on your site will definitely help me increase my revenue. Thanks for sharing the information. All the best, Mark

Leo Sigh October 31, 2010 at 2:48 am

I’m a full time blogger and writer and have been very happy with the money I make which, btw, increases every month on every site I run. You can’t beat working for yourself like this. Couldn’t pay me to go back to a ‘real job’ :)

Kim November 4, 2010 at 11:31 am

Amazing! Please keep it up!

Bliss November 7, 2010 at 7:08 am

Thanks a lot for this post!

I think bloggers also need to Take a quick tour: you need to take a tour of other blogs of the same niche (field) and see what they are writing about and see some of their basic blog features, remember that you are not the only one blogging or the first to blog. People are already there before you and you need to do what they are doing and do it even better. You need to remove every doubt of failing because you will see great blogs and you will be amazed at what they are doing. Rome was not built in a day!

Gemz November 9, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Wow, takes hard work, determination, inspiration and patience to be one of them. They’re good examples! Cheers!

Karla November 12, 2010 at 6:48 pm

I’m a blogger but I’n not earning much money through this job! Can you help me figure out how to earn money just like you do? Thanks for sharing this blog anyway!!!

Michael R. Douglas November 15, 2010 at 10:11 am

Hey thank you so much!! Thanks for giving us all a little inspiration and good advice.

David November 18, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Every time I read income figures like these, I am reminded with new vigor to keep working hard at gaining one visitor at a time.

Jule Rizzardo aka businessgrl November 18, 2010 at 10:47 pm

Thank you for the informative post on how successful bloggers can be. This is just what I needed to read tonight for inspiration!

Patrick McTigue December 1, 2010 at 12:25 pm

This post reinforces that anything is possible with the right “big idea” and a decent amount of effort and work ethic. When I see what kind of money can be made by solid and consistent blogging, I am even more pumped up to stay the course on my blogging journey.

Ganar Dinero December 15, 2010 at 8:28 am

It’s like any other business, you must set goals, do a lot of planning and research and dedicate full time to it. Greetings!

Todd Hollilday December 18, 2010 at 11:39 pm

Yes. I think blogging is extremely hard work. It can take a long time before any one sees any kind of results. I have been working on my site where I offer 0% introductory credit card offers from a variety of providers. It has been a long learning process. I do hope that I will one day enjoy a nice profit from the site.

sms December 24, 2010 at 7:17 am

It’s obvious that you can make easy money by blogging but it also matters what niche your website is in.

Gregoria Fieser December 31, 2010 at 5:15 pm

I’m still learning from you, as I’m trying to reach my goals. I certainly liked reading everything that is written on your site. Keep the information coming. I liked it!

ebusinessmom December 31, 2010 at 6:41 pm

great article…this article is really helpful! Many people will be inspired and will continue blogging.

John Burnside January 3, 2011 at 11:38 am

Thanks for this post. I love to hear how much pro bloggers are earning. It gives me something to aim for!

tim January 6, 2011 at 11:50 pm

This seems like a good article for making money online i also found this one too called
“Making your first buck online”.

Rob January 9, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I don’t understand how these guys are getting this traffic to make such a lump-sum. You should include dooce mummy blog here as well. In the Oprah Winfrey show she mentioned she makes 40k/month from a mommy blog.

debthelpways January 12, 2011 at 6:15 pm

These people are what keeps us going and encourages us not to give up on making money online!

Libby Kalis January 18, 2011 at 7:10 pm

Hi. This article is a great inspiration to me as a blogger. The way you layout a virtual blueprint for blogging is most appreciated. I also agree that it is crucial to learn the ropes of say WordPress and that patience is a must. Never give up – although this is a lot easier said then done, but I plan to stick in and keep on blogging!

glai February 7, 2011 at 5:07 am

Hello there!

You are a great writer. You inspire so many bloggers. This encourages them to continue blogging and make money out of it. Awesome! Continue with your deeds.

md. moshiur rahman sharif February 12, 2011 at 4:31 pm

Hi nice work. I have been thinking for 2 months about earning extra income with part time work. I tried freelancing, but it’s hard to find work as a newcomer. Then I started blogging. I wish I could be listed in a top list one day.

Denis February 15, 2011 at 1:03 pm

Blogging is a very good way to earn some money ;) Thank’s for this post — it is a great inspiration for me and my wife.

Gerald Stidham February 20, 2011 at 9:44 am

Blogging is a great way to earn an online living. I have found in my blogs, the secret is the balance between not being too monetized, but having enough to pay the bills. A good call to action helped me.

Sammy February 20, 2011 at 11:13 pm

Blogging is a great way to earn an online living!

Brady February 24, 2011 at 12:10 pm

These people seem like celebrities. I am very happy for anyone who can actually make money this way. Maybe someday you will also have my picture here. I’ll be smiling, grinning, away. Hoho!

Stu April 20, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Hi,
Great list of pro bloggers! Making money online can take some work and involves constant education, but is very rewarding!

Thank you for the read!

Stu

Mate Hegedus June 2, 2011 at 6:48 am

Some day, I will get there!

Sajal @ freelancing in Bangladesh June 15, 2011 at 1:49 pm

I am a freelance writer who is seriously thinking about getting into blogging. I have no idea about website design so I guess I will stick to free platforms that offer easy blogging options. Still a lot to learn, thank you for your article. I learned a few new things.

nowthatstrailer August 2, 2011 at 1:59 pm

This article is a great inspiration to me as a blogger.

Sam August 24, 2011 at 7:23 am

Wow. I love the fact that blogging might be so profitable. But the fact that these people are experts in SEO and very active in their blogs makes the difference between one blog and another.

Jeffery September 20, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Wow, this is really a nice compilation and a really motivating post. This post further reinforces the fact that it is possible for anyone to make it online as long as you are able to find a demand in the market and fill it. Thanks!

Curtis September 21, 2011 at 7:30 am

Blogging does take a lot of time before you can see any results. But once you have understood the complexities involved, you can certainly make a good fortune online.

Neeraj September 30, 2011 at 4:05 am

These are some of the most unrealistic amount of money anyone could have made by just blogging. I am simply amazed and baffled by it. Thanks for sharing.

Aritha October 14, 2011 at 11:54 am

OMG. Is this real? I could never imagine that blogging can give us this kind of money. It wakes up the spirit in me to get into blogging again.

Silicon Valley Blogger October 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm

I’d like to chime in on a few updates on this topic. As time goes on, it becomes more and more competitive to make a living via blogging. The key is to somehow figure out a way to stand out from the crowd while still trying to monetize effectively. This is quite a challenge to pull and won’t be easy unless you are a brand and highly recognized site. You may, of course, make a small amount of money in the short term (sure, anyone can do this), but to make it work for the long term is the challenge.

I honestly believe that you have to rely on a few strong skills (and even some personality traits) to make it work. You have to be resourceful and creative. And you’ll need to work diligently to produce quality material before you can expect to carve out a living on the web for the long term.

In the past, making money through blogging was fairly easy with Adsense and other ad networks, but the web will continue to evolve and what was favored in the past may no longer be favorable down the road. So roll up your sleeves and get ready to pour in some elbow grease if you aim to develop a site or blog that can be a compelling destination for visitors.

Mike November 10, 2011 at 7:18 am

You are correct that things have changed with regard blogging,the web is evolving ever faster and you must keep pace with the change. My tip for blogging is this: unique content is the way to go. Google has wisened up to re-hashed content and will promote good blogs with good content that readers will find interesting and useful. If you keep to this, I think you will win in the long run, but it takes time and hard work.

simone December 13, 2011 at 2:24 am

Any updates yet?

HiddenTactics.com December 20, 2011 at 4:43 am

Very informative post.

As a professional blogger, I can tell you that the most important thing is that money is to be made in the niches. So better try to pick 100 long tail keywords instead of one main keyword. You can find a lot of them via the Adwords keyword tool. Write only one article per keyword and bookmark it. That way you will see money almost immediately (less than 24 hours).

Manly Things January 5, 2012 at 9:24 pm

Awesome post I have been following Problogger, Shoemoney and Techcrunch for years but these new ones are ones to add to the list and check out, thanks!

Profit Presto January 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

This post really makes me more and more jealous. As I read it, I keep asking myself “how do they do that”. What I understand, they focus more on giving value to their readers instead of making an article that was unreadable just to rank high in their preferred keywords. This post is really meaningful.

Alex February 27, 2012 at 6:59 am

Starting a blog is easy nowadays. However it is tough to attract a lot of traffic to your blog, and thus, it’s not that easy to make a lot of money any longer.

iMarketing Review March 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

Hmm…it looks like Blogging certainly can put a hefty sum in your pocket but many like Techcrunch and Perez Hilton have a staff of writers and a team of back scene people taking care of their blogs. A few do most of the work themselves.

Jennifer March 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

WOW didn’t realize that you could make a living from blogging. I just started blogging and love it. I have an awesome job that pays well but would love to be able to blog for a living.

Nick Waddell May 16, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Interesting. I think the real winners in the future will come from niche spaces. The Simpsons was always a huge moneymaker, even though it never ranked near the top of TV shows because it pulled in an audience that wasn’t watching TV otherwise.

EasyOnPurpose.com June 2, 2012 at 2:45 pm

I have been blogging for a bit now and I know that doing your niche research first is one of the most important things; so many bloggers overlook this process. If you don’t have any idea what potential the market you are getting into have or what keywords to target, you may do a whole lot of work for nothing in return.

Miguel October 8, 2012 at 9:46 am

Howdy! I know this is kind of off-topic but I needed to ask. Does running a well-established blog like yours require a lot of work? I’m completely new to operating a blog however I do write in my diary every day. I’d like to start a blog so I can share my experience and thoughts online. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or tips for brand new aspiring blog owners.

Thank you!

Silicon Valley Blogger October 8, 2012 at 12:23 pm

It takes a few years to establish but after that, it’s easier to maintain. But these days, it’s much harder to make money this way.

William Fujii October 14, 2012 at 11:50 am

Thanks for writing this amazing blog! It was my inspiration to start making money with blogs and BlueHost is awesome! I researched several ways to make money, and there are really good “shortcuts” to make money online. I actually started a website about it.

Thank You Silicon Valley Blogger!

Silicon Valley Blogger October 15, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Forgive my skepticism but those methods don’t usually last for long William.

emmanuel uduezue November 8, 2012 at 2:41 am

Nice Post, your article serves as an inspiration to new bloggers who are still doubting whether they can make money online or not. Keep up the good work.

Roger November 30, 2012 at 8:23 am

Great post but If you are involved in internet marketing, and affiliate marketing, you should only be recommending a product or system of high quality and value. Once you get hold of this product, you are required to pre-sell the product to your customers, meaning that you have to be able to gain your prospects trust in your recommendation. However, to achieve this, you must first have lots of targeted traffic to your website. Having no traffic means that no customers will view your offer, consequently, you will not make any money.

Michael Carroll January 24, 2013 at 4:23 pm

Blogging should begin as an avenue that you enjoy. It allows you to almost write a diary of your personal or business life. The funny thing is that the more you do it and the more you write, the better you feel and grow as a writer.

I have set up a number of blog sites and blogs on my product websites as well, which is used to beef up your webpage content and to drive traffic. Traffic is the key to any blog becoming successful from a monetary standpoint. As described and shown with your successful bloggers, they were and are getting incredible amounts of traffic daily which is how you make your money.

I can tell you that it is very difficult to get noticed on the internet and it takes time usually. I think that it probably takes 3 to 5 years to get noticed, unless you have mastered some of the SEO techniques and ranking your keywords.

I have just recently joined a company that in the last year has signed up 70,000+ bloggers who receive a blog all set up for them and is monetized with excellent products which pay 100 percent commissions. It has climbed to a ranking of number 500 in just over a year and is making millionaires out of everyday people who have developed their skills in list building and follow on sales. I personally believe they have enough momentum to change the course of the way bloggers make money on the internet,

One of the newest members is an absolute master of getting traffic and marketing the right products at the right time to the right customers. He is helping many affiliates at finding success on their own by coaching and showing them all the how to’s. He earned $700,000 dollars since the 20th of December, outrageous.

Silicon Valley Blogger January 29, 2013 at 12:56 am

So Michael, who is this mysterious blogger who has made $700,000 since December 20? You’ll need to cough up some real names or we’ll just assume that this is an outrageous claim.

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