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List of Blogger Salaries

written by John Chow on May 8, 2007

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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.

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Tyler May 8, 2007 at 5:01 pm

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 ;)

Garry Conn May 8, 2007 at 8:05 pm

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. :)

TeamTutorials May 9, 2007 at 12:34 pm

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:39 pm

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.

Eric May 9, 2007 at 3:17 pm

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

probloggermom May 8, 2007 at 5:24 pm

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. :razz:

Learn to Blog May 9, 2007 at 2:05 pm

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 :-)

Eric May 9, 2007 at 3:20 pm

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.

Entrepreneur May 8, 2007 at 5:32 pm

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

Market Matador May 8, 2007 at 5:40 pm

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

Law of Attraction May 8, 2007 at 6:24 pm

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

Cheap Custom Content May 9, 2007 at 4:44 am

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.

Eric May 9, 2007 at 3:22 pm

$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.

Tyler Ingram May 8, 2007 at 8:08 pm

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 ;)

yo May 8, 2007 at 8:16 pm

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

yo May 8, 2007 at 8:31 pm

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.

Learn to Blog May 9, 2007 at 2:07 pm

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

internet marketing blog May 11, 2007 at 9:28 am

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:41 pm

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.

Monetize Your Blog May 8, 2007 at 6:11 pm

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

Kumiko May 8, 2007 at 6:19 pm

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!

Linux operating system May 9, 2007 at 7:43 am

Congratulations! Kumiko!
best wishes.

Monetize Your Blog May 9, 2007 at 8:39 am

congrats on making the list

James May 9, 2007 at 10:39 am

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

Learn to Blog May 9, 2007 at 2:08 pm

yeah me too!!! :lol: well, a girl can wish right.

Law of Attraction May 9, 2007 at 9:18 pm

wow kumiko 3 times….nice congratulations ! :)

Law of Attraction May 8, 2007 at 6:23 pm

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 !!

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:42 pm

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

If they can do it, I can do it.

Brandon May 8, 2007 at 7:12 pm

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.

azito May 8, 2007 at 7:17 pm

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

Matthew May 9, 2007 at 6:47 am

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

Learn to Blog May 9, 2007 at 2:13 pm

I wonder what that dating site actually does???

Law of Attraction May 9, 2007 at 9:20 pm

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 :D

High Yield Investing with Dax May 8, 2007 at 7:29 pm

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.

internet marketing blog May 11, 2007 at 9:29 am

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

Moulinneuf May 8, 2007 at 7:47 pm

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 , :grin:


Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:43 pm

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.

supermom_in_ny May 8, 2007 at 8:15 pm

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?)

Best CD Rates May 8, 2007 at 8:23 pm

you’re an inspiration to us all, john

Paula Neal Mooney May 8, 2007 at 8:51 pm


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.

Linux operating system May 9, 2007 at 7:45 am

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Good work.

It’s very motiveering list.

iCatchUp May 8, 2007 at 9:58 pm

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.

Jeff Kee May 8, 2007 at 10:11 pm

6 figures from blogging eh? great!

simon May 8, 2007 at 10:20 pm

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)

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:53 pm

1840$ in 3 months from adsense is not bad.

Law of Attraction May 9, 2007 at 9:22 pm

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

internet marketing blog May 11, 2007 at 9:31 am

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!

derek May 8, 2007 at 11:16 pm

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.

Paul Short May 9, 2007 at 12:19 am

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

ricardo May 9, 2007 at 2:19 am

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

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

Mubin May 9, 2007 at 4:11 am

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

ricardo May 9, 2007 at 4:16 am

What’s your blog about, Mubin?

Malathy May 9, 2007 at 4:30 am

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)

Mubin May 9, 2007 at 4:39 am

Making Money :)

ricardo May 9, 2007 at 4:42 am

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:54 pm

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

Differentiate, differenatiate, differenatiate

Mubin May 9, 2007 at 4:47 am

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

Cheap Custom Content May 9, 2007 at 4:50 am

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).

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:55 pm

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)

Adam Dempsey May 9, 2007 at 5:19 am

I made 30th on the list :shock:

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:55 pm


ricardo May 9, 2007 at 5:27 am

Hey mates,

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

what do you think?

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:56 pm

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

Law of Attraction May 9, 2007 at 9:25 pm

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

Chicago 2016 May 9, 2007 at 6:12 am

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

Cheap Custom Content May 9, 2007 at 7:20 am

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.

ricardo May 9, 2007 at 7:23 am

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.

Linux operating system May 9, 2007 at 7:51 am

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.

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:58 pm

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.

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:57 pm

I’d say:

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

Cheap Custom Content May 9, 2007 at 7:16 pm

LOL yeah, I think you said that already, M. :wink:

internet marketing blog May 11, 2007 at 9:33 am

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.

Amanda May 9, 2007 at 7:42 am

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 12:59 pm

you must start somewhere ;-)

James May 9, 2007 at 7:45 am

I’ll be there soon! :evil: :twisted:

Linux operating system May 9, 2007 at 7:48 am

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 1:00 pm

350$ is a good start. Keep on!

Law of Attraction May 9, 2007 at 9:27 pm

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

internet marketing blog May 11, 2007 at 9:34 am

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

Ehsan May 9, 2007 at 9:44 am

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 1:01 pm

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

paul May 9, 2007 at 3:04 pm

i have same taste on it. good is good.

James May 9, 2007 at 10:48 am

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.

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 1:02 pm

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.

Tyler Cruz May 9, 2007 at 11:47 am

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.

ricdes May 9, 2007 at 1:00 pm

lol Tyler,

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

Mehdi May 9, 2007 at 1:03 pm

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

Shawn May 9, 2007 at 2:54 pm

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.

Cheap Custom Content May 9, 2007 at 7:18 pm

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.

Law of Attraction May 9, 2007 at 9:32 pm

well said :smile:

Pablo Rosales May 9, 2007 at 4:44 pm

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

Cheap Custom Content May 10, 2007 at 2:50 am

Better than $0, yeah? :wink:

Pablo Rosales May 10, 2007 at 6:13 am

yeah! I want to doble that amount today ;) LOL

green May 9, 2007 at 11:48 pm

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

Vishal $ Silver May 10, 2007 at 4:21 am

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

Paul May 10, 2007 at 10:16 am

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.

bob May 10, 2007 at 5:53 pm

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

internet marketing blog May 11, 2007 at 9:35 am

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

Eliot Dill May 10, 2007 at 6:32 pm

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


100 Movie Reviews May 11, 2007 at 11:54 am

Thanks ur post !!! :wink:

Jim May 14, 2007 at 6:23 pm

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