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How I Make Money Blogging: Income Split for May 2010

Posted By Darren Rowse 26th of June 2010 Blogging for Dollars 0 Comments

Last month I produced a video in which I walked readers through the split of my income over the month of April to show what different income streams brought in different percentages of my income.

In the video I shared how the split between income streams can vary a lot from month to month.

The feedback from the video was so positive that I’ve decided to keep producing monthly breakdowns. I’m not interested in getting into totals of income for the different areas but want to share the breakdown as a way of showing the variety of ways that a blogger can make money.

Here’s the breakdown for May 2010:


In comparing the previous month (April) with May you’ll notice that there were not that many differences. The two months were remarkably similar in the order of the top 4 earners and then a bit different in the lower ones.

Next month you’ll notice a big difference in the eBook sales. I’m yet to do the calculations but I expect it to hit #1 as a result of the release of the Travel Photography eBook that we launched.

The only other main difference in May was the decrease in Direct Ad Sales as I had a couple of campaigns end and I’m transitioning my sales approach. It’s not a major area of income but I’ll be working to see that segment increase in the month or two ahead.

About Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
  1. I never really thought of blogging as a money maker, but I guess I need to rethink it. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Congrats! I just made my first 100 on Adsense a few weeks back myself. Thanks for sharing. Don’t do affiliates yet. guess its a long way to go for me… ;)

  3. I am a freelance information broker. Its my job to find a portfolio of information meeting the expectations of my contract. Usually this involves reviewing countless websites to locate specific subject matter and packaging this for the customer. I cant begin to tell you how much I appreciate the quality and usefulnes of your site. I have been through many hundreds in the last five years and there are fewer like yours than otherwise. Thank you for providing not only useful information but a well ordered and presented web presence!

  4. Wow that’s truly amazing, the ebooks are doing very well

  5. Funny how I said my mom last week that I’m envisioning online blogging as an equivalent to blue collar jobs in the future.
    At least, I’m not wrong in thinking that there’s really profit from blogging… Thanks!

  6. Darren,

    Thanks for the Great Info!! You are definitely correct that diversity is the key to staying afloat financially especially in these tough financial times. And I believe that whatever content we create video, blogs . . . etc It must create Value for those who see our info. And by doing so, people will want to stay connected with you to receive whatever you’re offering because they benefit from it. Thanks again!!

    Excited About Changing Lives,
    Ivan Harris, Sr. “The Value Creator”

  7. Really glad to see your going to be publishing an article dedicated to the break down of your earnings on a monthly basis.

    Regardless, we should all test our own routes, but this will help in general for anyone looking for ideas, and as well, the motivation and knowledge alone.

  8. Very Recently, I’m always finding threads here about people wanting to create 100’s micro niche sites that make a couple bucks a day and therefore 100’s of $$ a day. Then I find posts that say micro niche websites are useless right now and are on the downfall. Can anyone clear this up for me?

  9. Alice Tyling says: 07/20/2010 at 3:00 am

    Yeah, I think Adsense and Affiliate Programs are the way forward. If you’re not getting much traffic then focus on promoting Affiliate Programs and eBooks. Once Traffic picks up, try to focus on ad placement.

    There’s a really good newbie course called ‘Dude I Hate My Job’. It’s what I used when I very first started. There’s like 25 step videos on how to create and make money off your blog, would defo recommend if your struggling. Here’s a pretty good review: http://hubpages.com/hub/Dude-I-Hate-My-Job-Scam

    I really need to start promoting Amazon products on my blog, I still haven’t got around to that. Might only be 8% according to your chart but it all helps!


  10. Good that most of you are earning through blogging. I have been blogging since 2006 , until now, but I have not received any amount.

  11. Thank you again for sharing your progress with us – what it means to me – he taught me really to have realistic goals for income and that I should not rely on a source of revenue earning. It also highlights some areas that I have been neglecting that maybe I could grow something. Hmmm … Thank you to stretch my mind.

  12. Did you mention your actual monthly earning figures anywhere recently? I am very curious to know the amount (like 100k a month??)

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