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How Much Do I Earn from Blogging?

Posted By Darren Rowse 4th of April 2005 ProBlogger Site News 0 Comments

This is a question that I get asked more than any other. I was brought up not to really talk about money and what you earn so I’m always hesitant to do so – but due to the large interest in the subject I’ve from time to time given some indication (it can be vague) of what kind of money blogging brings me.

Keep in mind that I have numerous blogs and these figures are not just for ProBlogger (in fact this blog is one of my smaller earners). I also use a variety of income streams including AdSense, Chitika, Text Link Ads and Amazon Associates (to name just four of the main ones).

update: here are my top earning income streams from my blogging..

Here are a few of the more recent posts I’ve done on the topic:

Earning a Six Figure Income from Blogging
Look what Blogging Bought Me – the house that Google Bought
Network Blogging vs Individual Blogging
I’m a Six Figure Blogger
Chitika eMiniMalls – How much do they Earn? – the day eMiniMalls became my number 1 earner!

I should clarify (as its a misconception that I often come across) that my earnings do NOT just come from this blog – rather I have 20 or so that I work on plus am now involved in various others through b5media which I am a co-director in.

I also earn my income via a number of courses including the Adsense program and especially Chitika’s MiniMalls.

I also always like to emphasise that blogging is NOT a get rich quick thing. To balance the links above (and before you run out and quit your job to become a Pro Blogger) I also STRONGLY recommend you take a look at some of the links and information that I mention in my ProBlogger Public Announcement Post.

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 think besides blogging , become affiliates of some hot products or services also contribute you a big money, am I right ? do you plan to list out some affiliates programs that you recommended ?

  2. I’m interested in selling links on my site @ $10/ month and $110 per year if any one is interestd in buying contact : [email protected]

  3. […] John Chow joins Steve Pavlina and Darren Rowse in an elite I make insane cash on my computer club. These guys are like financial planets. The more money they make, the easier it is for them to make more. Everyone (including me) wants to know how they did it, gets sucked in to the gravity of their blog (like I am), and throws links at them (like I just did). […]

  4. There seems to be loads of people writing blogs about making cash from blogging and the net now, do you think the niche is a bit saturated?

  5. I would have to agree that you need to set up numerous blogs on numerous different niches. This ma take a bit of effort to do but when it is done the money just rolls in.

  6. Hi Darren, there are more and more blogger now , and there are more and more of them earning money from adsense…. just curios, do you think it will be a threat to you ? ( mean your visitors will go else way) would you mind to tell us, almost 2 year from this post, you income from blogger growing rate ?


  7. This is an inspiration to me.

    I am currently using this awesome blog to make alot of money online myself.

    I am currently running a test campaign starting from scratch and working to $4,500 per month. I am on day 12 and am well on track. I love this blog

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  9. Great stuff…

    I have 3 blogs now which make me money, but the thing is, videos are all the rage now. In fact I make more money now with http://www.plentyofvids.com than all my blogs together.
    Did you ever experiment with non-blog sites?

  10. While I agree with most of the comments made here… I have exprienced a growing income from blogging with other like minded blog sites. Traditional websites tend to be one sided with getting there story out, mainly because their purpose is to sell a product or service.

    Whereas with blogging you get to give the information away outright and allow your reading audience to respond with added information that relates to the topic at hand. Blogging for me is leaps ahead of its time, and soon will replace the traditional way in which we market our products and services through traditional websites.

    One website that is staying ahead of the game is created by a company called AdCalls. It allows its customers an opportunity to download an online, on-screen dailer… Which offers totally FREE LONG DISTANCE phone service to any home, business, and cell phone in the USA or Canada.

    And you’ll be able to view advertisements from all of it advertisers who participate in this growing trend. There are many individuals who’s blog sites are now popping up on the dailer’s screen. And seeing as how this is being seen by millions of new online visitors daily, it offers the perfect opportunity for those of us new to blogging to get a real live viewing audience a chance to visit our site without doing much work at all.

    You can download the dailer FREE at this site http://www.MyAdCalls.com/8608 And simply enter your email address to retrive one now. This site offers those new to blogging like myself the perfect vehicle for getting the word out without the cost. I hope this helps everyone. If I come across something new… you will be the first to know.

    May Good Fortune find You All! Keep up the good Work!


  11. it would be more easy to earn money in the philippines if there would only be a paypal.

    yehp there is paypal but only used for paying not for paying to. too bad

  12. I spent a lot of time to build a website to earn some money like you did. But it seems still bad luck for me now. I will to read all ur blog maybe I will find a way to get rich like you.Thanks for all ur advices!

  13. Blogging for a living definitely is not easy. If it was easy everyone would do it. Just like everything good lin life it takes time and passion to get it right. It can be done though jut keep on trying.

  14. 15 Year Mortgage Conneticut says: 03/17/2007 at 1:05 pm

    Got here and seen your stuff – way to go!

  15. Hello Darren,
    Can i ask you where I can setup a blog like you have? One I can use my own domain and run everything on my servers? Good blog and been reading for awhile now. Thanks and best of luck to you. Kris

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  17. Here is an example of what a good Internet management system can do for you along with old fashioned hard work and dedication to excellent content.
    If your site can generate traffic, you can make money with advertising or affiliate programs. There are a lot of good examples of commercially successful websites over the Net. And if Darren Rowse is a king of blog income generation then the queen of web monetizing is Rosalind Gardner. Her sites generate at least $437K annually. She is successful because she has great content and implements cunning internet marketing technics. You can learn more about Rosalind’s success over here: http://www.affiliated-business.com/make_money/Success_Stories.html .
    If you are looking for a fast track to financial independence, all you have to do is to follow the formula of decent experts. Stick with them for a year or two, and you’re sure to make it big.

  18. Sigh — All I make is a little less than a $100 a month

  19. You should write some articles about applying your affiliate techniques to normal websites.

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  21. After approx. 20 months, I’m currently doing US$2,000 to US$2,500 a month consistently. I’m yet to do other stuff like paid reviews or actively selling banners because the websites are more of a reference for my online marketing consulting service.

  22. I don’t know about how to earn. I have recently started a blog.
    I found your site very helpful.
    I will apply for “accounts” from your site.
    thank you

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  24. How long does the low-page-rank web or blog get revenue from selling pages to advertiser?

  25. Thanks for the guide. It is very useful to me. Can’t wait to sign up all the advertising package from your site…

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  27. Truly inspiring! I hope to see some milestones like that myself…


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  32. I tried a lot to increase revenue with adsense by putting unique content. But not seems to be working. It never adds to traffic.

  33. Fahad: I have been making a living from my websites since 2005 – not just from blogs but websites too. There are 3 things that you should be concerned with to make good money from Adsense:

    1. Find a profitable niche. Some websites pay as low as $0.01/click (e.g. wallpaper) and there are those that pay $1.50/click (e.g. credit cards) and higher.

    2. Try different ways of integrating your ads, i.e. by blending in or making them stand out. Also, ad units perform better than link units and images. Keep in mind that having more ad units doesn’t necessarily mean that you’ll earn more but guarantees that your readers will be distracted/irritated.

    3. Make sure that you market your website/blog well. On average, expect 2-3% CTR for content websites/blogs, and less than 1% for wallpaper websites and forums for example. Optimizing your ad placement can bring your CTR to 7-8% – I have experienced 12% CTR on a particular website.

    Hope that helps. I blog about SEO, online marketing and making money from the Internet at http://www.larrylim.net/seo-online-marketing/

  34. While I’m not a full time blogger, but I still got good income (5 figure) from the Net on monthly basis. Mostly it comes from my affiliates, Google Adsense, TLA and other venture.

    I just happen to became a paid reviews using one of my blogs. Right now I have about 10 website and blogs managed entirely by myself.

  35. I think google adsense program is the best way to make money online. All other ad program are not that much important.

  36. […] he’s never given his true earnings for reasons that I respect, nestled right at the bottom of the six-figure blogger Darren Rowse’s site Problogger is a […]

  37. I have not recieved my First cheque From Adsense till now.. I have been running a website from 2 years

  38. I liked your blogposts. I have started Oracle apps blog where I post interview questions, faqs etc. How more I can help the users to read my blog?



  39. I also have about 5 blogs. I have even followed advice from famous AdSense gurus (even bought their ebook). But I still haven’t earned a $100. I dream about earning atleast $500 a month. Do you have any tips except the fact that Ad placement is important??

  40. Being a starter blogger I haven’t made any serious money to this day. (13 cents and counting)

    I just wanna say thanx for the enormous amount of usefull tips and info you have put up here, which for starter bloggers are a valuable guideline on the road to blogging succesfully.


  41. michael says: 07/14/2007 at 3:27 pm

    so you earn money from blogging? now how do you receive your earnings? by mail? or thru your bank account? do they give it to you cash or check? How?

  42. I was going to buy blog but decide to buy file hositng site. http://www.bigfilez.com. My question is which is better?
    Run an ads yourself or adsense. I know it is easier to run google adsense but do you make more money running your own ads in the long run?

    Unless you are doing serious traffic, adsense is like nickel and dime

    Check out my site:

  43. I enjoy reading your blog and I am getting a lot of inspiration from it.
    Thanks for a great blog I will try and see what I can do with mine

  44. i tried using adsense too in a blog. its great. see my website abt poems!
    but i love problogger. hope to earn like him one day!

  45. There are many people interested to know how much money a blogger can make, but they neglect how much a blogger to put the effort in . Darren, may be next time you should make a post ” how much time/resouce I spend in blogging” :P

    just my 2 cent

  46. Thanks Darren for all the helpful tips. I started a blog on funny contents 2 months back, now i do see some traffic building up but not the adsense revenue.

    Only time I get good adsense revenue is when I publish my content it on various social networking sites – some times it get to homepage for some resulting in some revenue. Otherwise no revenue from people coming from google. Hope it improves in future.

  47. Great set of links. A lot of money is to be made from AdSense however I think that their payouts have gone down substantially since its inception.

  48. Google adsense still my favorite program to generate income

  49. hi. im a blogger too. but my blog does not earn so well.i only have 5 dollars. and i still dont have a page rank. and yet i have a nice blog.so pls help me how to earn….

  50. I just made 10$ in 1month from Google Adsense.

    My blog is at:


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