OK. I’m a little late with the blog income report. I completely under estimated the amount time the Top Affiliate Challenge would require. Anyway, I finally got around to adding up all the numbers and they look pretty good.
For those few who don’t know, way back in September of 2006, I started a case study to see if money can be made by blogging. John Chow dot Com made a bit over $350 during its first month as a monetized blog and just continued to grow from there. Last month, the blog set a new income record of $32,529.40. I’m happy to report that I broke that record for June.
Total Blog Income for June 2008: $40,125.99
The month of June goes down as the first time the blog broke the $40K per month mark. This is a significant milestone. It works out to an annual income of nearly half a million dollar. Here’s the income break down.
- Private Ad Sales: $15,140.00
- Pay It Forward Post: $10,000.00
- Affiliate Commissions: $8,779.52
- ReviewMe: $3,000.00
- Text Link Ads: $1,883.68
- Kontera: $1,000.00
- TTZ Media: $298.50
- Subscription: $20.00
- FeedBurner: $4.29
- Grand Total: $40,125.99
So far this year, the blog’s lowest income month was $29,569.05 (posted back in April). Since then income has gone up nicely. The biggest boost came from a pay it forward blog post that made me $10,000.
Blog expenses for the month was $242.90 for contextual advertising on Google AdWords and Bidvertiser. The cost of hosting the John Chow dot Com blog is sponsored by BlueFur Web Hosting. I highly recommend them. Use coupon code JohnChowRocks to get 15% off any BlueFur hosting packages.
How To Be a Six Figure Blogger
The key to making money online is to drive a lot of traffic and then maximize the income from that traffic. Most bloggers don’t do this. I can’t keep count on the number of blogs I’ve seen running Google AdSense and nothing else. If you’ve been reading John Chow dot Com for even a short time, then you know that Google is not the only game in town. Never put your eggs in one basket. It’s a message I’ve been saying for over two years. Check out my recommended money makers to see what ad networks I used to produce my blog income.
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This maybe my last income report for a while. The original goal of the case study was to make full time income with part time blogger. That goal was exceeded a long time ago. I also don’t think the blog income can go much higher without a redesign and addition of new income streams. I will be working on those items over the next few months.