Make Money On The Internet – April 2007

I started John Chow dot Com almost a year and half ago. The intention was never to make money online from it. For the first nine months of the blog’s life, there was not one piece of advertising on it. I used the blog as my personal journal to do miscellaneous ramblings about stuff that I find interesting. One of those interesting topics happens to be making money on the Internet so an idea came to use this blog as a case study to show just how much money one can make by blogging.

Monetized last September, John Chow dot Com made $352.94 from Google AdSense. In October, blog income jumped to $1,361.64 as I added more revenue sources. And it continued to go up: $2,139.93 in November, $2,790.05 in December, $3,440.66 in January, $7,011.05 February and $8,545.25 last month.

April was a hard to gage month. Compared to March, I had one fewer day and I had server problems that added another lost day. However, that did not stop this blog from posting another record-breaking performance.

Total Blog Income For April 2007: $11,702.66

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In just eight month as a moneymaking site, this blog has achieved Dot Com Mogul level income. It is certainly well pass what many people would consider a full time income, which was the original goal of this case study – part time blogging, full time income. Yes, John Chow dot Com is still a part time venture for me (it’s really a hobby). Here is the income breakdown.

  • ReviewMe: $4,500.00
  • Affiliate Sales: $2,150.00
  • Text Link Ads: $1,352.81
  • Direct Ad Sales: $1,200.00
  • Google AdSese: $1,077.67
  • Kontera: $1,000.00
  • FeedBurner: $271.44
  • TTZ Media: $150.74
  • Grand Total: $11,702.66

I received a $500 gift from a sponsor in April but I did not include it in the total income because it was a gift and not cash. However, I wouldn’t have received the gift if I didn’t have the blog. Adding in the gift would bring the total April income to $12,202.66.

Blog traffic for April was 129,605 unique visitors viewing 266,300 pages. This is down from March because of the one less day and server problems. While it looks like the blog may never beat the 229,853 unique visitors and 360,967 page views posted back in October, this blog does in fact get higher traffic than back then. This is because over 4,000 people read this blog everyday from the full feed RSS. Add that into the equation and unique visitors swell to nearly 10,000 per day.

Blog advertising expenses for the month was $342.34 for SiteMatch Google ads to other bloggers and $223.74 for normal Google ads. SiteMatch ads expense went down because part way through the month, Problogger blocked my ads from showing up on his blog. Hey Darren! Don’t you love me anymore? 😥

Recommended Money Makers

As you can see from the above, this blog makes money using a bunch of different sources. You should never put all you eggs in one basket (especially Google’s). The more diverse your income streams, the better off you are. To help new bloggers out, I created my recommended moneymakers page. The page lists all the ad sources I use to make money online. I recommend you apply to all the ad networks listed.

May should be a very interesting month. We’re entering summer and that is normally low season when it comes to online advertising. Kids will be getting off school and families will be going on vacations. However, this blog is now a PageRank 6 and I’m about to raise my ReviewMe price to $400. Yes, it should be a very interesting month.


196 thoughts on “Make Money On The Internet – April 2007”

  1. Amazing.. a whopping 11 grand!! 😯

    You need to get that smiley with dollar sign as eyes!

    1. Definitely amazing. Incredible! I still guesstimate that you receive most of the ReviewMe reviews due to the big AD on the top right of your site though…

      Thanks,
      Wesley…
      http://DVDRentalForums.com

      1. Court says:

        I bet that tons of the ReviewMe reviews that John does are found by people looking at ReviewMe.com. John is one of the most valuable sites listed there, if not the most valuable. Maybe John can shed some light.

      2. Also Review me put John to the top of the list, remember him complaining about the list order?

    2. Mubin says:

      AMAZING! WILL IT EVER SLOW DOWN?!?!?

      1. Court says:

        It’s not going to slow down for a really long time. More and more advertisers will hear about John and more bloggers will read his work. I think it will just keep increasing.

        1. Marc says:

          I don’t know… At some point there will be some saturation where he won’t be able to write more ReviewMe posts due to ToS. Then he’ll only be able to increase by raising his prices (which he just did).

          I think there’s still lots of room for him to reach $25K shortly, but we’ll have to see what’s going on when he gets to that point before predicting further.

      2. santosh p says:

        Look at his graph man, and the increment.. This man will never end up low.. now it had created curiosity to know his earnings daily..

        Truly amazing John.. You not online earn money, but you earn the Good will of we readers for such motivation you give us.. 😛

    3. lol, i suppose he could

    4. i know you want to click me, well done, the thinking blog. now, that’s evil…

    5. Jason says:

      That’s simply awesome John!!!

      All the very Best!! :roll:

      Cheers!!
      Jason
      I Blog at http://jsbi.blogspot.com

  2. Court says:

    Did you decide to stay at $300 for ReviewMe John? Or I guess maybe the banner just isn’t updated yet. Well done on the earnings, wow!

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s updated now.

      1. Marc says:

        I think you should have gone to $500. But then again, you’re the one making all kinds of money 😉 Perhaps your judgment is better :)

        1. Court says:

          He’ll get there eventually. He probably just wants to do it without slowing down the amount of reviews that are ordered.

        2. Shaun Carter says:

          I was surprised as well to see the ReviewMe price only go up $100. I think it’s still a bargain at $400 and is worth at least $500 or more.

      2. Maybe John, later on time you can split into three blogs, one just for making money, the other for food, and the last one about cars,
        That way you can get money from three different sources.

  3. celsum says:

    Congrats on hitting the 10K mark and even overshooting it by more than a thousand. You are definitely the #1 blog money maker.
    Keep up the good work!

  4. vik

    says:

    wow, congrats to you John!! I’ve been an avid reader of your blog since its inception. I know you worked very hard on this blog and you deserve every penny of that $11+K.

    Vik

    1. Ali says:

      Work!

      haha, he hardly puts like 2 hours in this blog per day plus now with Michael Kwan and Harpzon writing posts as well, it’s probably like an hour a day.

      that’s what is so cool.

      1. Marc says:

        It is indeed a model to be admired. I’ve been thoroughly impressed since I started reading.

      2. Shaun Carter says:

        So 30 hours of work a month… that’s about $390/hour. Not bad for being able to work from home!

      3. And he said so himself…it’s more of a hobby than actual work. Grrrr that’s just so evil, getting paid for doing something you think is plain old fun. 😈

  5. Ali says:

    Congrats John. I didn’t make as much as you. But I’m climbing up as well.

    Though I’ve stopped posting my income on my blog.

  6. Glad I got my review in before you raised the price! Whew! Way to go John … your footsteps are one to follow in the blogging world … Keep up the great work and great information!

    Darin

  7. JosefVirek says:

    Wow! congratulations John!

  8. Merija says:

    Wow, impresive numbers, both visitors and earnings!!!

  9. JosefVirek says:

    John I have a question, i thought you were going to replace your TTZ Media ads with Auction ads? I wonder what happened?

    1. John Chow says:

      Four days into it, Auction Ads banned me for a post I made. They have since unbanned me but instead of putting them back on, I sold the spot to SendStudio.

      1. Mubin says:

        Why did they ban you?

      2. Marc says:

        Good work John. That’s a big help for the rest of us when the bigger bloggers stick it to the trigger happy banners.

  10. Cognoscente says:

    That is some amazing growth; very inspirational!

  11. SEO blog says:

    John, the growth of this blog has been pretty incredible. I’m curious though, do you think any of that has been due to TTZ’s popularity? Granted you started this blog from scratch but how many new bloggers have assistant writers and a very popular forum as a foundation?

    I want to make sure I don’t come across as critical in any way, I’m just trying to learn as much as possible (and hopefully emulate) from this blogs fantastic earning growth.

    1. John Chow says:

      TTZ is well know in tech circles but not in blogging and certainly not for making money online. There is very little overlap. Most readers of TTZ don’t read this blog. The two sites cover completely different topics.

      Your success will largely depend on your ability to create unique content and capturing the attention of your readers. Good luck.

      1. Eric says:

        Care to share how much you make from TTZ monthly?

        $999,999

        1. John Chow says:

          I don’t reveal the income from TTZ for two reason.

          1 – It may not be big enough to impress you.
          2 – It maybe so big it scares you. 😈

          1. Steve Yu says:

            i guess the reason why you don’t reveal is because of the second reason

          2. Shaun Carter says:

            My guess is low to mid six-figure income from TTZ.

            It would be really cool if JohnChow.com income surpassed that of TTZ.

  12. Congrats!! Good Going…

  13. Amanda says:

    I think I hate you a little bit on the inside. ahahaha

    1. Court says:

      Lol it’s easy to be jealous of John because he’s better than the rest of us. 👿

      1. Yes, but he seems to be a nice person, so because of that I think we all are happy for his success.

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  15. My Jaw is to the ground. Very inspiring John. 😯

    It really does inspire me that I will be able to achieve my own personal goal to retire in 5 years by earning $1 million through my own blog.

    I have a long ways to go, but I believe with some dedication and hard work My Retirement Project dot com will be as successful as yours.

    1. Can you retire with $1 million now-a-days?

      1. Exactly what I was thinking…guess it depends how you plan on living from then on!…but maybe so.

      2. Depends on what you want to do, and where you want to live! A million in Sudbury goes a lot further than a million in Vancouver.

        –c8j

        1. Marc says:

          Not to mention how far it goes on a sunny beach in Mexico 😀

        2. Yeah very true! I’m not questioning for the record I think it’s very possible and I hope he succeeds. As john says you must set goals.

      3. Court says:

        Well if he had earned $1m by then he could surely sell it for $2m or maybe $3m. He could probably retire on that.

  16. Josh Buckley says:

    Jesus christ dude! Are your earnings ever gonna stop rising??

  17. Nice chart. Congrats for that awsome performance.

  18. I bow before the dot com mogul. Its truly amazing how you managed that huge income in these few months.

  19. Congrats John. Wow. Congrats!

  20. Just Incredible! Congrats to you John once again. The growth of this blog in advertisers and users is just outstanding… :smile:

    Jeff

  21. They banned him cause of his cookie stuffing post. 😉

    It was good info tho 😈

    congrats on this!

  22. The rich get richer… and the rest of us are :mrgreen: green with envy, but also 😯 shocked at your hobby taking off. My hobbies just fill my basement with junk!

    Way to go big guy, stick to those Restaurant reviews and pictures of prototype urinals!

    c8j

  23. Good god john!…that is great…I’m on track hopefully I can make that much from my hobby of blogging.

  24. Mike says:

    Since when does google adsense pay 1,000 dollars? They usually stop your balance at 99.75 and put the rest in pending for a month. Or is that yahoo publisher?

    I made $2.04 from yahoo publisher last month, I’m catching up. I just gotta learn to work this internet marketing scam a little more effectively.

    1. I know for a fact they pay out more than 99.00 per month….they send checks as big as 100,000 a month.

      1. Shaun Carter says:

        Yeah I’ve never heard of them holding anything over $99 a month…

  25. That is simply amazing! I was wondering about your april’s income while having lunch, now I come here and as I thought you break your own record! great!
    congratulations!

  26. Marc says:

    The $4500 from Reviewme is truly astounding. That’s the one I’m most impressed with. I’m also quite surprised by the $1000 from Kontera. Granted that’s with significant pageviews, but the fact that they’re only a smidgen behind Adsense is a big surprise to me. Congrats John.

    1. because having adsense alone won’t do good if you want to earn from ads. there are a lot of advertising companies out there.

  27. Anyway, like I’ve said in another post… earning 100$ from a blog needs a lot of hardwork but once you passed that 1000$ mark, it will just keep on increasing.

    That $11k is inevitable already.

    1. I have never saw that way, but I think you are completely right about that!

  28. egon says:

    Totally jealous. Congrats.

  29. Youpedia says:

    Congratulations! What do you use to measure your unique visitors and page views? How do I prove my traffic levels to potential advertisers?

    1. John Chow says:

      I use Google Analytics and Sitemeter.

      1. Steve Yu says:

        Sitemeter? Is it safe to use?

        1. Johnny says:

          last i heard it wasn’t safe to use so i pulled it off my site. try statcounter.com if you want something else to use.

          1. Steve Yu says:

            i try statcounter too 😀

          2. John Chow says:

            What did you heard? Why is it not safe?

  30. Wow, Congrats John another milestone smashed.

  31. John, The numbers are just amazing!
    great job and wish you the best of luck in the months to come

  32. Damn you Chow!!!!! 👿

    Hahahaha, great stuff man. now, go donate 100% of that income.

    1. Shaun Carter says:

      Why would he want to donate all of his earnings?

      1. John Chow says:

        Because in order to receive, you must first give. All income on this blog goes to charities and a trust fund for my daughter.

  33. blogdinero says:

    😯 wow!, what´s your spectatives to may? 14k ?

  34. Ryan says:

    All I can say is… crazy!

  35. Dj Flush says:

    John you are the biggest evil blogger I have ever known 😈

    Honestly you are making a living out of your blog

    By the way if i am not wrong you have a child? a Girl or a boy? is he/she gonna be a blogger too heheh

    Amazing man

  36. Eric says:

    John, I was wondering if you could grace us with a chart showing your unique visitors per month, and how that number has grown since the site started! It would be interesting to see!

    I talk money… online, and off.

    1. Court says:

      I would love to see the amount of unique visitors as well as impressions. It would be really interesting.

  37. Wolf Stone says:

    Hey John
    Congratulations ! Its amazing to see the growth of your blog in 1 1/2 years, keep blogging and good luck !

  38. Dension Ice says:

    Very impressive income growth, the evil ways are paying off!

  39. I find it very interesting that Kontra is performing almost as well as Adsense.

    1. Shaun Carter says:

      I also found this very interesting. I’d be curious to know their respective CTR on this site.

  40. Very impressive! You’ll be making $150k per year in no time! 😈

    -Sam from MarketMatador.com

  41. mickno

    says:

    Well as you can see nearly 50% of the income is from Reviewme. That means John is getting paid to write posts in his blog every day. John is a true marketer as people are coming on his blog to read advertisments haha. Where as probloger is actually helpfull. There is no love John you provide no value but just advertisments on your blog and people are only coming on to see that you have made 10K and just dream it could be them from the same silly idea of “make money”.haha. Anyways congrats you have done a good job marketing paid for posts every day on your blog.

  42. JosefVirek says:

    Mickno is one jealous boy.. 😆 John’s posted alot of helpful information about how to make money online, etc.,(Be thankful he’s not charging you money for it.) and to show support I think we can tolerate a few ReviewMe posts from him. It’s a give and take relationship..That’s how the world works.

    1. mickno

      says:

      I’am not jealous. I think he his excelent at marketing!! Well as long as there are people like you who think they are going to be making money from your blogs its all good. Johns got top spot in the niche “make money” and has got you on his income side haha.

  43. Louiss says:

    Amazing….this is what I want in my account, $11,000…Boss, you must teach me more, please!

  44. kucau says:

    amazing! can u redirect johnchow to my site .hhahaahah

  45. Jose says:

    John, congratulations! 😀

    I have been following your story and I think you really deserve credit for it cause you did it with a big mob of envy geeks trying to sabotage your success! (add Google and Digg to that)

    I am having the same problem with my last project also: ourTVad.com.
    I am hopping your strength and perseverance, a huge inspiration to us all, would serve to me as guide to success.

    Regards

  46. Shaun Carter says:

    Great performance for April, John! At the rate your income from this blog is climbing you should be hitting 15,000 in May!

  47. Gdog says:

    Sweet mother of pearl!!! John…congrats on a fabulous month of April. That is just incredible… 😯

  48. David Hong says:

    All I can say s WOW 😯 I am so impressed. I never realized you could earn so much with a simple blog site. When is my Online Revenue Methods and Resources blog site going to have income like that? I am so jealous John.

    By the way, congrats on moving from PR4 to PR6 John. Your blog site is just getting better and better everyday.

  49. Kristofer says:

    Wow.. I was speechless for a minute there about the figure for one month. That is just insane for one month income. I think I would be happy with 10% of that per month. Although I think I would be happier with just more visitors actually reading what I have to say…

  50. Congrats on another solid month of revenue gain! At this rate, JohnChow.Com might hit the $20K a month level very soon. Right on, John!

  51. simon says:

    John
    I told you that you have missed something. Making money with AdSense, you cannot miss the AdSense referrals especially AdSense(a conversion of 250USD).

    My blog(http://adsense-tw.com) which has only about 500 unique visitors per day. Guess what!! I just post a post(http://adsense-tw.com/archives/354) to show you my earning from AdSense referrral. Fomr January to March, I earned 1840USD from AdSense referral. It averages about 613USD a month :mrgreen: .

    Compare to JohnChow.com’s traffic, my blog beats JohnChow.com making money with AdSense.

    As I said befere If I can do it, JohnChow can do it better! 👿

    John don’t miss the most profitable AdSense referral.

  52. Wow, you’re my hero John.

  53. How do you make so much from Kontera??

    I’m made almost $5 from Kontera last month 😳

  54. Wow, another fantastic month. The ReviewMe stuff has really turned out to be the brunt of your earnings now (around 40%). Do you find your blog more work now that this much of your income comes from paid postings? Would you be writing other stuff if your didn’t have these, or would you just post that many less postings?

    I would love to earn that much for a paid posting myself, but part of me feels that it does become more like “work” as well. Adsense and the other advertising methods are more like passive income because you can earn it from old articles and writing new articles on what you feel like.

    How many hours a day do you think your work on this site now compared to October?

    1. John Chow says:

      It’s not work. Most of the reviews are related to what I talk about. There has been a few time where I started writing about the product (Auction Ads for example) and found a ReviewMe for it after I wrote the post. Also, I don’t do all the reviews. My hours has actually being going down.

  55. Ramesh says:

    Hi John. That’s really an incredible amount. But on the other hand I think you have to show your investment too. That is the amount you spend on advertising your blog. Example I remember you ran a Google ad “Darren loves this blog. Find out why?” .

    Not only advertising but other form of investment too. The time you spend on your blog is also an investment.

    1. John Chow says:

      You need to read the full post. :) I stated my advertising cost in it. The time I spend on this blog works out to about 2 hours per day. The software that powers this blog is free. The theme is free. The blog is hosted for free. Total investment to start the blog was zero.

  56. review me is pretty big for you, it seems..

  57. review me is pretty big for you, it seems.. but most of us can’t command such huge rates for review me :(

  58. Tony

    says:

    I think what John does best is trial and error, he isn’t afraid to jump in and try something new. Take the Agloco viewbar he just jumped in and started marketing it. Everyone else was saying but its not out yet why not wait till its out.

    Some people who want John’s income from this blog aren’t willing to push it like John is. If you don’t do it you will never earn from it.

  59. Love someone who posts their earning. It gives me motivation. I know this is small earning for John compare to earning from other his site. Totally agree on diversitify on income.

    1. Who would’ve known someone could actually make that much by blogging, right? John’s a diamond in the ruff alright — his passion is evident; his techniques, impeccable.

  60. well John

    I think ur the true online money maker

  61. Dharmendra says:

    Hi John,
    You have made a great deal out of a hobby man.I give you all credits for your ever growing graphs of income. 😛 And I am sure lot like me who just have started their toddler’s steps in bloggin world,will learn lot from you.

    I liked your idea of being diverisifed rather being Google AdSense centric..

    Dharm
    My Blog on Java Interview Questions:
    http://interviewjava.blogspot.com/

  62. Daniel says:

    That’s a hell of an increase. Keep it up!

  63. swordmouth says:

    I dunno how you[thinkingblog] get it first in the comments always. Wow you are a keen follower.

    11K in a month, wow thats simply amazing, how are you making your blog famous, we all would love to know. How did you make it to this heights this month, analyze it and have a post written, that would be cool.

    SwordMouth
    [TechBlo.com]

  64. seo says:

    You say you will teach people HOW to make money online but all you do is to show how much money YOU made!

    1. John Chow says:

      You need to read the blog more. 😈

    2. Money Maker says:

      look at previous archive posts dude :smile:

  65. Jon says:

    Congrats John on your earnings! You are now making the same amount I make on a bad day! Haha, sorry man, you know I have to rub it in.. heh

    But seriously, goodluck to you, it’s more than I make off of my blog atm. Kudos to you as usual, but you should really get out of paid posts and get more into affiliate marketing on the side.

  66. Vlad

    says:

    I am sorry to say this, but while John’s blog’s income has increased, the quality and spirit has decreased. Just about every post has a financial motivation… it’s not the real deal anymore.

    Good for John, but personally, I have very little interest to read this blog’s contents.

  67. uncle sha says:

    congrats john once again!

    on my desktop is a photo of u! my idol … haha. just kidding

    oh man, your hard work really paying off now

  68. Mat says:

    John’s blog continues to be an entertaining read

    In fact, today it was the first I went to in my feed reader

    Frankly, the food posts are annoying… especially if you are fasting (I starved myself for a week a little while ago, just for the discipline value)

    Did I hear you right John in that you donate all blog income to charity?

    1. $10,000 and below go to charity, if I’m not mistaken (the rest goes to his kid’s trust fund). The mere fact that he gives to these family oriented causes is a huge reason to celebrate John’s blogging efforts. A dot com mogul AND a philanthropist…quite a unique, this guy.

  69. spiker says:

    Nice john.

    This is a good encouragement for young marketers like me :)

    -spiker
    http://www.seductioncommunitydb.com

  70. so incredible. you ara a great guy.
    i can’t say anything but congrats.

  71. Azeem says:

    thats a lot of money for one month. keep up the good stuff man !

  72. Snarfshop says:

    You beat my 92 cent profit for April! Maybe I’ll catch up to you in May. Haha.
    The Snarfshop

  73. Mehdi says:

    Very inspiring. I like the fact that your blog is transparent. Best way for us, your readers, to learn your technique.

    With the reviewme price going up to 400$, can we say 15000$ earning for May?

  74. Indeed, John’s transparency is one of the reasons why I keep coming back. He holds nothing back; meanwhile you get your information straight and you know right away what The Man is talking about…pure evil genius, like I always say.

  75. rahul says:

    very impressive 😈

    11k will be multiply by 10 soon $ :roll:

  76. Al Davies says:

    I never catch the affiliate offers on the blog. I am assuming that this is for prods/services that you’ve written about way back when but I can’t find any. Got any examples for us aspiring AMs?

      1. Al Davies says:

        Oh…. Tre Evil! 😈

  77. money says:

    You say on your Adsense ads that you will learn us how to make those money.So,how are we going to make the same money you are?
    But I think you would never say,right?

  78. Hurricain says:

    It’s a fantastic Job indeed! Very impressive.. 😀

  79. hi john,

    good to see a dot com mogul AND a philanthropist making huge money.

    still making money from internet that too thru blogs, sech engine, community is a study of alians to me.

    i run a site…can i run a money making factory too. ….tell me john.

    Rgds,
    shanker bakshi

  80. naresh nawale

    says:

    i want to earn extra income via internet
    i can spend 2-3 hrs per day

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  83. payok.com says:

    congrats! may i add this article on our site payok.com ?

    thanks.

  84. well that’s the total i wanna earn in a month from blogging each month

  85. eBusinessguy says:

    Excellant! I hope to see the same results a few months or a year down the road.

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