List of Blogger Salaries

Paula Mooney has compile a list of blogger and webmaster salaries. There are 60 bloggers and webmasters on the list. I’m ranked number 12 with a yearly income of $140,431.92. It’s pretty easy to figure out that Paula took my April blog income and multiply it by 12.

I assumed no growth rate for the annualized salaries, even though some dot com moguls like John Chow are reporting huge growth rates in blogging revenue from March to April 2007.

Since others reported a dip from prior months, I figured assuming a growth rate of 0% would even things out overall. (I did take Intermediate Accounting I and II in college…)

I also took the numbers at face value — some webmasters list their gross revenue, some net. Others include swag, pay for services, etc. — all the perks that they wouldn’t have gotten if not for blogging.

The list must have taken a long time to compile and, as with all lists, it’s probably wildly inaccurate. For example, she list Woot! income as $54,750. While that maybe what Woot! makes from Google ads, Paula seem to have forgotten that Woot! sells $50 million of products on their site. Paula used my blog income for her list and ignore my main moneymaker because I have never released financial data on that. That’s a good thing really.

If you want to get on the blogger money list it shouldn’t be that hard. You would need to make more than $479.88 from you blog this year. If that is you, then send your proof to Paula and I’m sure she’ll add you the next time she updates the list.


109 thoughts on “List of Blogger Salaries”

  1. Tyler says:

    If she took your April income and multiplied it by 12, that would give you a rough estimate if the rest of your months were similar. What if they aren’t what if you keep doubling the month next?

    It is nice to see that you’re blog alone could bring you in a nice 140k though huh?

    That sure beats my estimated annual blog income of: $50 😉

    1. Garry Conn says:

      No doubt! Regardless of variance… 12 solid months like the one would be fine with me! But I think with my nature I would still want more and continue to work my butt off to achieve more. :)

    2. If you have to make $479.88 a year I would never make it on there.

    3. Mehdi says:

      It will be more than the 140000$ by the end of this year. John has been improving his monthly earnings month after month. These will only continue to increase.

      The rich get richer.

      1. Eric says:

        True… to a certain extent. However, the number of people interested in reading the content presented on John’s page is limited… and the amount of money he makes from this site will reach an end at some point. Not saying he’s reached it yet… but maybe soon?

        Ch-Ch-Ch-Check it out

  2. Thanks for sharing! This kind of thing gives me inspiration as a new blogger, that it can be done and done well. So many folks look at me like I am insane when I mention that you can earn money blogging. I love to have “evidence” as you provide in your monthly updates and lists such as these. 😛

    1. I still get those looks too PBM! I hope they’ll go away soon, but they can not understand all they want while I earn money online :-)

      1. Eric says:

        If you look at the number of people blogging (probably millions) compared to the number of people on that list making a decent salary (about 25)… there would appear (unfortunately) to be some pretty strong evidence that blogging is not a very promising way to make a living.

        Doesn’t stop me from trying though.

  3. Entrepreneur says:

    In interesting distraction, but not really factual for reasons you covered in your post :)

  4. I love how you’re ahead of Darren Rowse’s ProBlogger.net

    He has some 22000+ subscribers, while JohnChow.com only has 4400+

    -Sam from MarketMatador.com

    1. good point but I am sure darren makes way more money through his other sources…as well as shoe money..

      1. I read on his site that he makes somewhere between $120,000 and $1.2M — how very precise LOL. I can imagine him making more than John though.

        1. Eric says:

          $120,000… $1.2 mil… no big deal, just a factor of 10. haha

          I make between $1.00 and $1,000,000,000 online. You be the judge.

    2. Tyler Ingram says:

      that just means that 22000 people read his feed the other day. Doesn’t nessesarily mean that 22,000 people visited his blog to generate click/add traffic 😉

      John also does the ReviewMe reviews where he gets like $200 from each review he does. I don’t see ProBlogger doing reviews 😉

      1. yo

        says:

        Well Darren does not do reveiws beacause most reviews on this site are just about some copy cat starting a blog about “making money” and if Darren done these reviews his blog would seem low.
        Also shoemoney’s blog is more of a journal for him. If you want to read good blog that add value read these blogs.

        http://www.pronetadvertising.com
        http://www.aojon.com – this is good to
        http://www.quicksprout.com/ – Neil patel is doing really

        1. yo

          says:

          i would like to say some reviews have been good like dealighted or the site where there are jobs for people wanting to work from home.

        2. I read aojon pretty often…I like his style…very in your face…rich jerkish actually.

        3. I read pronet often, but Ill check out the other two now. Thanks.

    3. Mehdi says:

      Darren Rowse makes more from blogging. He’s been longer in the blogging business. And he has more than 1 blog. I thought he wrote somewhere he earned mid 6 figures.

  5. it’s time that someone does a list, just give bloggers some target to look forward to….
    140,000 a year, wow….

  6. Kumiko says:

    It’s obviously a nice but of fun but I agree it’s not very factual! My blog has grown exponentially recently and I predict to make 3 times what Paula predicted. It’s a cool list to read!

    1. Congratulations! Kumiko!
      best wishes.

    2. congrats on making the list

    3. James says:

      I think you will do even better than that. Congratulations also.

    4. yeah me too!!! 😆 well, a girl can wish right.

    5. wow kumiko 3 times….nice congratulations ! :)

  7. Thats a cool list and I see Kumiko is on the list also. I would like to congratuale each person on the list for showing the rest of us that it is possible. I was definitely impressed by jane may’s performance. Him and john are doing a great job at career ramblings. John ofcourse you are a super star and need no list to tell you that. Keep up the great work people !!

    1. Mehdi says:

      It’s indeed very motivating to see other people succeed in blogging.

      If they can do it, I can do it.

  8. Brandon says:

    I was surprised to find my blog in the list! Paula has definitely done her homework. :smile:

    Like everyone said, the income figures are definitely an estimate… but I’m sure Paula will be doing follow-up posts to this. It will be interesting to see how the numbers change over time.

  9. azito says:

    Oh my, I did not know that Markus Frind makes about 3M+ per year as a blogger :)
    Man, now I know the limit 😎

    1. Matthew says:

      He doesnt make 3M as a blogger. He runs a large dating site in Canada.

      1. I wonder what that dating site actually does???

    2. no actually that income of markus is from his plentyoffish.com website, but in the case the guys at hotornot should also be included…they make(or used to make acc. to tech crunch) $500K/mont …wow top that 😀

  10. There should be a list of the fastest growing bloggers. I’m sure you’d be the top of the list every year. In fact they’d just take you off the list and name it the JohnChow list.

    1. I agree, a fastest growing bloggers / blogs list would be a pretty cool list to see.

  11. Moulinneuf

    says:

    There is one constant I can see , they all worked hard in their niche and got rewarded for there hard work.

    Otherwise normally I would not compare JohnChow.com to Plentyoffish , 😀

    :mrgreen:

    1. Mehdi says:

      Blogging is working. It looks easy, but it’s working.

      If you like the topic you write about, it won’t be perceived as working. But don’t think it’s easy. You’ll need to do something.

  12. Darn, Paula forgot me and I have several totals on my sidebar! I”ll have to email her…

    I haven’t made money like John, but it’s more than I earned at my 9-5. (Although, I made less last month due to an experiment. I took the Adsense off my biggest moneymaker??? What was I thinking?)

  13. you’re an inspiration to us all, john

  14. Yay!

    A link from John Chow and Darren Rowse in one day? I can seriously sleep well tonight.

    And thanks for the Woot correction. That kept nagging me a bit before I posted it.

    And I also figured you made a lot more than what I have listed, but I’m hoping your estimated blogging salary listed inspires folks like it did me.

    But it’s beyond that really, I can tell you have a love for blogging.

    1. Yes you are right you could sleep well for a week! :)

    2. Mehdi says:

      Good work.

      It’s very motiveering list.

  15. iCatchUp says:

    Wow..that’s a good effort to compile that list. It must have taken lot of effort and hard work for the guys in the list to be there. Thumbs up to them.

  16. Jeff Kee says:

    6 figures from blogging eh? great!

  17. simon says:

    I just posted my earning from Google AdSense.

    The page is in Chinese but I would like to tell you that I have earned $1840 from Jan. to March.

    How I earn this much? Compare to John Chow’s traffic I can say I earn more than John with AdSense.

    Want to know what John chow almost missed making money with AdSense, read this (If you can read Chinese)
    http://adsense-tw.com/archives/343

    1. Mehdi says:

      1840$ in 3 months from adsense is not bad.

    2. ya maybe i should learn chinese :D…as the chinese internet market grows the bigger that pocket will become

    3. Congrats man that is pretty good. Combine that with multiple revenue streams and you’re well on your way to becoming a full time webmaster / blogger!

  18. derek says:

    I’m one that made the list, although I am down near the bottom. But after kicking off my blogging late last year, I’m very happy that I’ve been able to take the tips I’ve learned from some of the top bloggers to begin making a little bit of money.

    While I’m nowhere near the levels of John or the other top blogs, you can make money from your blog. Just be prepared for hard work and have a lot of patience.

  19. Paul Short says:

    Wow, wildly inaccurate is right. Like 95% inaccurate. I’m glad my name stayed off that list 😆

  20. ricardo says:

    wawaweewa… nice. if you know how to do it, you’ll ending doing it pretty good huh?

    jane may @ 120’000+? 😯 Jane, could u confirm that?

  21. Mubin says:

    Dammit I made the list but my blog is down at the moment.

  22. ricardo says:

    What’s your blog about, Mubin?

  23. Malathy says:

    I have earned more than $2000 from May 2006 to April 2007. But six blogs were used to earn it.

    Do I pass your test?(smile)

  24. Mubin says:

    Making Money :)

  25. ricardo says:

    hehe, seems like there’s a new boom in the blogosphere – money making blogs … making money :)

    1. Mehdi says:

      Yep, there are too many money making blogs at this moment.

      Differentiate, differenatiate, differenatiate

  26. Mubin says:

    Writing reviews about another blog about making money on YOUR money making blog is the best though.

  27. If more people could just read that list, I’m pretty sure they’d be more receptive and open to the fact that people HAVE been making money off blogs — tons of it, if I might add — and it’s just as rewarding as working anywhere else (maybe even more fun than other day jobs out there).

    1. Mehdi says:

      Not everybody likes writing. You also need a topic to write about. Who reads 10 blogs about making money online? I don’t have time, I read the best one’s (darren’s & John’s)

  28. Adam Dempsey says:

    I made 30th on the list 😯

  29. ricardo says:

    Hey mates,

    I’m about to make a blog project: Paying me a car through blog earnings 😀

    what do you think?

    1. Mehdi says:

      Why not. It’s original, could work. Go for it, inspire us!

    2. ya go for it bro….honestly if guy kawasaki could launch something like trumours….anything can be tried…who knows it might fly as the internet boom is back:D

  30. Chicago 2016 says:

    Great post. I have a question, though. How will I know when to start posting ads on my blog?

    1. Personally, I think the best time would be when you think you have enough traffic/readers. Now “enough” is debatable, but basically that should be your primary barometer.

      1. ricardo says:

        I would ask some of your usual readers if they would still visit the blog with ads. If they agree and answer positive – why not?
        Just dont overdrive the blog with ad’s. Its ugly. But well, I dont care. I use AdblockPlus.

        1. I think that if you have valuable info, and the ads are not pop-up, and the info is easily found in your page, you will still be getting lots of traffic.

        2. Mehdi says:

          Readers should accept the fact that you want to monetize the blog. As long as you have great & unique content, they will want to read it.

          As you say: just don’t overdo the ads. Diversify incomes.

    2. Mehdi says:

      I’d say:

      1) content
      2) branding
      3) traffic
      4) monetize

      1. LOL yeah, I think you said that already, M. 😉

      2. I agree. Earnings should come after everything else. Im tried of visiting an unknown blog only to get beat down with popups and all that only because they are trying to make an extra $1 month.

  31. Amanda says:

    I finally posted my income from april-may. it wasn’t BAD but it wasn’t a johnchow moment

    1. Mehdi says:

      you must start somewhere 😉

  32. James says:

    I’ll be there soon! 👿 😈

  33. I have started making money from blogging one month ago, and have made 350 $us in my first moth, still learning :).

    1. Mehdi says:

      350$ is a good start. Keep on!

    2. 😯 $350 in a month thats amazing…! You definitely know what you are doing..keep it up !!

    3. Thats not bad at all and a full time income in a lot of countries. Keep up the work man!

  34. Ehsan says:

    WoW you guys are earning some big bucks $$$ i have just started blogging a few months back still learning from guys like John Chow

    1. Mehdi says:

      John Chow’s blog is the perfect place to learn earning “big bucks”!

      1. paul says:

        i have same taste on it. good is good.

  35. James says:

    I do not think the list is real accurate, but it is interesting. Nearly everyone on it seems to say it is at least a bit off. I think it does give an idea of what can be made and I do not think that is an exaggeration of any type.
    I is a cool list and it has really gotten some really great links to the site. The time spent creating it was probably worth it.

    1. Mehdi says:

      accuracy is not important. what’s important is that people are earning money by blogging. this list is the prove of it.

      great inspiration for all of us.

  36. Tyler Cruz says:

    I’m on it and it’s wayyyyy off, lol. That cheque picture is mine, and is from something totally unrelated to blogging. I probably make around $2500 a year from my blog.

    1. ricdes says:

      lol Tyler,

      how did you achieve it then?
      anyway, nice one.

    2. Mehdi says:

      2500$ is a start. Grow, grow, grow!

  37. Shawn says:

    I both love and hate lists like this: while they can inspire me to keep blogging because it IS possible to make money for myself blogging, I also get pretty jealous. Oh well.

    1. You know what they say, jealousy can push you to get what you want. I don’t necessarily think it’s the best approach, but it does motivate you to become better.

  38. Well my blog is just two days old so I earn $0.04 lol

    1. Better than $0, yeah? 😉

      1. yeah! I want to doble that amount today 😉 LOL

  39. green says:

    The list is not correct i guess, your next month income may be doubled or 1/2

  40. Hey thats great your are among the top 15’s. Congratulations.

  41. Paul says:

    I thought that Paula’s list looked pretty inaccurate as well but it was still very interesting to see the potential in blogging to say the least.

  42. bob

    says:

    A lot of bullshitters out there. I would only go by tax returns (not photoshop ones). People like to lie through their teeth.

    1. Very true, however it is more for fun and doesnt need to be taken that seriously.

  43. Eliot Dill says:

    Thanks for the post. It is very interesting even though it is only an estimate. I’ll be sure to link to it.

    http://selfmade.eliotdill.com

  44. Thanks ur post !!! 😉

  45. Jim says:

    Wow, grats on the salary, that is very very nice and impressive.

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