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Making Money From A Blog – February 2007

written by John Chow on March 1, 2007

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I never started John Chow dot Com to make money. This was just a place for me to post my miscellaneous ramblings about whatever was on my mind. While I cover a number of topics, from car to fine dining, the main focus of this blog is about making money on the Internet.

Back in September of last year, I began a case study to see if money can be made from a blog. Starting with just Google AdSense, John Chow dot Com made $352.94 in its first month as a monetized blog. The next month, revenue 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, and a record $3,440.66 last month.

With only 28 days, February is the shortest month of the year. However, that did not stop this blog from posting its biggest income figure ever.

Total Blog Income For February 2007: $7,011.05


In just six months, I have taken this blog from zero to well beyond what many people would consider a good full time income. How did I do this? We’ll begin by breaking down the February earnings so you can see where the income came from.

  • ReviewMe: $2,250.00
  • Text Links Ads: $1,162.50
  • Affiliate Sales: $1,005.00
  • Google AdSense: $977.60
  • Vibrant IntelliTXT: $516.98
  • Direct Ad Sales: $400.00
  • AdVolcano: $375.00
  • TTZ Media: $224.17
  • FeedBurner Ads: $99.80
  • Grand Total: $7011.05

Blog traffic for February was 266,641 page views from 127,614 unique visitors, according to Google Analytics. That’s an 11,067 page view increase from January (which had three more days) but still well off the 229,853 unique visitors and 360,967 page views posted back in October.

Blog expenses for the month was $418.94 in Google “IM” Ads to Darren Rowse and other bloggers. If you take the blog income and divide it by the page views, you get a site wide eCPM of $26.30. That is approaching NYTimes.com territory. Most blogs are happy making a buck or two per 1000 page views. How much would your blog make if you can get $26.30 per 1000 page views? Here is how I did it.

Find Your Big Moneymakers

ReviewMe (aff) has gone from last place to first place as the blog’s biggest moneymaker. Thanks to some great advertisers’ testimonials (here, here, here, and here, just to list a few), and a 50% ReviewMe coupon for February, this blog had it best ReviewMe month ever – over $1,000 of reviews orders came in on the last day.

The other big moneymakers were Text Link Ads (aff), affiliates sales and, everybody’s favorite, Google AdSense. Direct sales has gone down because I don’t really do it. All my direct advertisers came to me; I didn’t go out looking for them. As stated in my Vancouver Sun interview, I rather produce content and let the ad networks handle the ad sales. However, if an advertiser wishes to come to me directly, I’m happy to work with them.

Making money from a blog is all about experimenting and finding what revenue sources work best. You have to be constantly mixing and remixing the revenue mix to find the balance between maximum blog income and a good user experience.

Ask For A Better Deal

As your blog traffic increases, you can ask for a better deal from your ad networks. Just because the network say they’ll give you 50% or 60% doesn’t mean you have to accept it. I was able to get an increased revenue share from a few advertising networks that I deal with.

This is one of the advantage of building a big site – they get special deals that smaller site cannot get. In almost everything else, when you start producing huge numbers, the unit price gets smaller (that’s why a Ferrari cost more than a Honda). In web publishing, the higher your numbers, the higher your unit price. Read Big Sites Rules, Small Sites Drool for more information.

For The First Time Visitor/Blogger

If you’re a new blogger wondering where to go after reading all this, I recommend you read all the old posts from the Making Money From a Blog series. This way you can see step-by-step, how I got this blog from zero to hero. You should also check out the Top Posts. This is where I link to some of my best work with many articles talking about making money on the Internet.

I also recommend you read the comments left on this blog. John Chow dot Com has a very vibrant community of users with great ideas to share. Please consider joining it.

The Winner Of The Guess My Income Contest

I held a little contest yesterday asking readers to guess my February income level. There were over 200 entries. The winner had to come closest to the actual income figure without going over.

The winner is Matt608 from Successful Online Money Making. Matt’s guess of $6,829.00 came the closest. It was good to see that I beat nearly everyone’s guess. What was your guess and how much did I beat you by?

The question everyone will be asking now is, can I beat February? Well, just like last month, I don’t recommend betting against me. :twisted:

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Promotional Pens March 1, 2007 at 11:59 am

Congarts John !!

Keep up the good work!!

Mr. Stockshaker.com March 1, 2007 at 5:29 pm

John – you deserve it buddy!

But you deserve it because of the community that has been built right here.

Congrats to all of you! I love reading your comments here as much as I like reading John’s postings!

Keep up the good work all of you!

Ronald Lewis March 1, 2007 at 9:40 pm

Congrats indeed. I’m not surprised by the figure, as I came in second with my estimate of $7,325 — just $313.00 over.

Finally, congrats to Matt!

I’ll put in my bid for March: $11,068

Jonix March 2, 2007 at 4:37 pm

If the value of reviewme reviews continues to go up, i’ll say not 11, but $12,125 .
Let’s see what happens :)

Jez March 5, 2007 at 9:45 am

I think the fact reviews were half price attracted a lot of reviewMe business, I reckon he will do a similar amount next month, maybe around 8k :?:

derrich March 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm

Wow…I was way off.

ilker March 1, 2007 at 2:25 pm

That.. is amazing!! It is a great post though, I bookmarked it in case I decide to make money from my blog one day :wink:

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:35 pm

Me too! I suspected a modest increase but that was a huge jump in income!

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:02 pm

Superb jump! Exponential returns to be expected, yea? That was truely great work, John.

Matt Coddington March 1, 2007 at 12:00 pm

You rich bastard.

Ali March 1, 2007 at 12:03 pm

I second that motion!

Good for you though John. Now hire me!

ilker March 1, 2007 at 2:30 pm

Hire me too :twisted:

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:37 pm

Just goes to show how far dedication can take you!

And and evil heart :twisted:

Jez March 5, 2007 at 9:48 am

“Just goes to show how far dedication can take you!”

And the know how and network, John has been in this industry a long time. If you consider the post that got a lot of us hooked “Biggest Adsense Whores”, you cannot get that kind of material without being on the inside track, or can you???

Matthew March 2, 2007 at 11:09 am

lol hire me three!

Jonix March 2, 2007 at 4:43 pm

Hire me four, lol

Matthew Berman March 1, 2007 at 12:01 pm


James Gill March 1, 2007 at 12:01 pm

Thats impressive! :shock:

Very well done to you John.


Chris March 1, 2007 at 12:02 pm

I was about $3k off.

$10k next month is my best :cool:

Chris March 1, 2007 at 12:07 pm


Kalle March 1, 2007 at 1:35 pm

Nice way of increasing comment count(joking) :lol:

Chris March 1, 2007 at 1:39 pm

:eek: I wouldn’t do such a thing!

Jonix March 2, 2007 at 4:44 pm

of course not :mrgreen:

Jonix March 1, 2007 at 12:07 pm

congratulations john, much much way up that my thoughts about the final earnings :) The reviewMe indeed was a great importance in this money cake.

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:40 pm

I am still on the lowest rung of the ReviewMe ladder, but I don’t want to review any ‘ol site just for better opertunities. I feel like I own my readers better quality then a review of a lame site.

Jonix March 1, 2007 at 4:20 pm

I agree with that. Well for my site i don’t want any reviewMe reviews, neither is a blog that could have something like that. But i’ve other projects and new ones, were reviewME could be a great opportunity, but i must think very well first. If i don’t like to read most of the reviews in other blogs, should i do the same to the readers of my blog? I suppose not. In my country we’ve a saying that is very wise to this “don’t do to your neighbour what you don’t want them to do to you” (something like that, translated). I like some of john reviews, but the last ones, was too much, only one or two were interesting. I know that reviews give him lots of money, but is what we said yesterday, it is us (readers) that make the success of a blog. People can write the best thing in the world, but if there is no readers, that thing will be never known. John, don’t get me wrong, but please, don’t “give us” so many reviews, or at least don’t do reviews about sites that don’t give us some “adicional value”.

Josh Rives March 1, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Agreed. Yeah your income shot up, but how sustainable is it. Will people really return to read a bunch of reviews that you are getting paid for? That doesn’t seem to be the niche for this site.

Jonix March 2, 2007 at 4:46 pm

We can read reviews Josh, but they need to be more “target”. There were too many reviews that, well, doesn’t fit here at all. I hope that the next ones will be more targeted

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:04 pm

I guess that the 50% discount at Reviewme was one of the deciding factor for you this month. It formed almost 1/3 of the total income.

Download Agloco Viewbar March 1, 2007 at 12:09 pm

The key thing to notice here is that Adsense is not the only way to make money from your websites.
Congratulations. You are indeed a lucky bastard. :wink:

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:42 pm

John has said that for a while, don’t put all your eggs in one basket!

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:07 pm

Yea, and what did you get? Multiple streams of income, all comparative to one another. You proved that there is not one BUT 9 ways (and more in future) to earn money from blogging!

Jonix March 1, 2007 at 4:22 pm

there is more, like PTR or cash emails, rmx media (that john talked yesterday), and many many more :) You just need to try and see what best fit your site/blog

Ali March 1, 2007 at 12:10 pm

You didn’t post your advertising expenses.

Ali March 1, 2007 at 12:16 pm

now you did.

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:10 pm

For the traffic that came to it, I guess it was well worth the advertising expenses, yea? Comparing the expenses to the overall income generated, it is a total winner. Profit earned? Few hundred percent over.

Jonix March 1, 2007 at 5:32 pm

yes. In a good business you allways need to reinvest some money to climb another step in the stairs of success.

Leftblank March 1, 2007 at 12:11 pm

I’m shocked John, it’s simply amazing how much you’ve made. I wouldn’t expect such a huge growth compared to your previous months, but it seems like you’ve done so nice work.

You’re a true inspirer, very nice!

Gary Lee March 1, 2007 at 12:13 pm

Great Job John! I think you’re truly becoming one of the cinderella stories of the internet! Zero to Hero! Feel Good Story . . . whatever you want to call it! Keep it up!

Marc March 1, 2007 at 12:34 pm

I’d hardly call John a Cinderella story…

John’s been around the net for long enough.

Gary Lee March 1, 2007 at 12:43 pm

I know he’s been around, but in regards to starting his own blog, that’s a pretty fast pace he’s on, right?

Courtney Tuttle March 1, 2007 at 2:43 pm

That’s an unbelievably fast pace. I doubt if it’s ever been done that quickly by anyone!

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:46 pm

More like “Zero to Evil”!

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:12 pm

Yea, and I am pretty sure that this is neither the end of it, or the limit of what one can earn. I guess expectations can be running high now, but who knows how much he can earn this month as well?

Samer Bazzi March 1, 2007 at 12:19 pm

Great, congrads,

You really are a class act and it shows.

Keep up the good work.

Shawn Knight March 1, 2007 at 12:22 pm

I was “only” off by about $2200.00 lol

Congrats on yet another successful month, and I have no doubt that you will surpass this in March… granted, AGLOCO releases the Viewbar as promised :mrgreen:

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:15 pm

When and if AGLOCO does come out as promised, and the number of referrals that John has, what is stopping John from surpassing his current monthly income many times over? I can almost smell the dollars in the air.. :shock:

Blain Reinkensmeyer March 1, 2007 at 12:22 pm

John, that is totally sweet!! Mad props to you for making it happen so fast, talk about a sweet job :mrgreen:

Courtney Tuttle March 1, 2007 at 2:44 pm

Blain how does your blog do? Are you just starting out?

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:19 pm

Well, you should have seen the review on the site by Michael Kwan. I totally agree with Blain. Sweet, mad props.

Joseph.C March 1, 2007 at 12:23 pm

Wow!..thats great Johns….you give people like me hope.

Cory OBrien March 1, 2007 at 12:25 pm

Wow, that’s quite a figure. Congratulations. Is it too early to start guessing for March? I see 5 digits in your very near future.

Hannes Johnson March 1, 2007 at 12:27 pm

Wow! :shock: That is amazing… congrats. I knew you would beat January by a long shot but I was still $1600 off.

Yeah, having a big site certainly has its benefits – you rich jerk… no wait, that’s probably trademarked :)

But I don’t think you’ll double your income this month like you did between January and February – it would be quite an achievement if you would make $14,000 in March ;)

The ReviewMe discount certainly helped and I don’t think you’ll make $2,250.00 again in March – but you never know, 18 people might be willing to pay $250 for a review on John Chow…

John Chow March 1, 2007 at 3:21 pm

I don’t need 18 people. I get a much bigger share of ReviewMe revenue now. :twisted:

Hannes Johnson March 1, 2007 at 3:47 pm

hehe, oh, yeah I forgot to consider that…

So… are you allowed to disclose what ReviewMe is offering you? Are we talking 60% or more like 75-85%?

Still, if you’re getting 75% you would need 12 review requests. But I guess if people (advertisers) keep reporting good results from paid reviews on your site more people will be willing to pay $250.

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:23 pm

Haha yeaa, real ‘evil’ (laughters) comments yea? I bet with a larger market share now, people would be willing to pay a premium price to get their reviews done. And of course John, you can expect customers to come willing knocking on the door of their own accord.

Jeff Kee March 1, 2007 at 4:27 pm

Wow a bigger share eh, that’s awesome…

Roosh March 1, 2007 at 12:30 pm

is there a prize for someone who is off by the most?

Because i would win it.

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Did you say $1 as well? Because there were a number of people who guessed ‘it’ as well, so you are not the only one. That must have been the pretty furthest-off-target figure.

Marc March 1, 2007 at 12:31 pm

Well I’m quite astounded at the growth. It’s really amazing John and well deserved for the effort you put in. Unfortunately I was pretty far off on my guess, but fortunately green isn’t really my colour anyways and my watch is now back at the jeweler’s after being out for repairs :)

Paula Mooney March 1, 2007 at 12:34 pm

I’m so amazed.

Wonderful, wonderful.

I was just driving ’round in my minivan wondering to myself:

Gee I wonder if John posted his February earnings yet?

Man, oh, man, over 7 grand!

God is indeed blessing you.

Okay, so $12,500 is my guess for March.

Blog on,

John Anthony March 1, 2007 at 12:36 pm

I was sitting here wondering the same thing!

derrich March 1, 2007 at 12:38 pm

You weren’t in your minivan?

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:49 pm

No, he was ‘riving around it!

derrich March 2, 2007 at 11:26 am


John Anthony March 1, 2007 at 12:36 pm

These numbers are truly remarkable. Great work and thanks for sharing!

HMTKSteve March 1, 2007 at 12:36 pm

I guess you can afford to buy some text-link-ads from your vibrant community now!

Ryan March 1, 2007 at 1:36 pm

He already buys ads through Google at other websites… don’t feel bad… I’m sure he’ll buy one at your site soon… :mrgreen:

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:50 pm

Yeah! Share the wealth!

I love you


Courtney Tuttle March 1, 2007 at 12:37 pm

John you are my freaking hero dude. I can’t believe you doubled up January’s earnings. I under shot by over 2k

derrich March 1, 2007 at 12:39 pm

I just figured since Febraury was shorter… :???:

Gary Lee March 1, 2007 at 12:41 pm

Hey John . . you know your blog’s worth $1.3 Million now according to that one post you did back in the day – http://www.business-opportunities.biz/projects/how-much-is-your-blog-worth/?url=johnchow.com

Soultrance March 1, 2007 at 12:42 pm

Wow, basically double the previous months income, that’s amazing.

I figured ReviewMe had made for a nice jump, but I wasn’t expecting that. Awesome work John, congrats on hitting great numbers, hopefully this month will be even better.


Tyler March 1, 2007 at 12:43 pm

Holy shiet that’s impressive!

I’d be happy with just a 10th of that actually. a 10th would definately help me out from my day to day finances.

$7000 is definately a remarkable figure. If you brought in $7k, what did TTZ bring in? :shock:

I’m always looking for donations! Though I’d settle for traffic actually and see how I could improve mysite. I just want a 10th and I’d be happy.

David Au March 1, 2007 at 12:44 pm

Hi, John,
Bravo. Congratulation for the excellent result you got for Feb 2007. You are the role model for people who would like to make a living online and also for baby boomers who are eager to learn a new way to make extra income to supplement the retirement.

Leo March 1, 2007 at 12:45 pm

Thanks John! Found this post to be really informative. I too started my site as just a forum for me to post my thoughts. I always wanted it to be able to pay for itself but it seems like I may be able to turn it into a major income source. Thanks again!

Jeff Kee March 1, 2007 at 12:49 pm

Holy crap.

I was off by a lot haha…

We should have known his blog income dramatically increased, since he made a big contest out of it..

Patrix March 1, 2007 at 12:50 pm

Holy Shittake! I was off by $1.5K. Great going, John. You give hope to those who not necessarily are tech bloggers.

Although you would get a flood of offers from Review Me, I assume you don’t accept all to avoid clutter. Do you reject any?

Avinio March 1, 2007 at 1:02 pm

That’s really nice -)
I must admit that my blog growing so quickly,
and i hope in 2 months to have the same income as you.

Paul March 1, 2007 at 1:14 pm

IMFG I am very impressed indeed. And very jealous. VERY JEALOUS.

Gustav Mörtberg March 1, 2007 at 2:15 pm

There’s no need in being jelaous, dont stare at other peoples fortune, go make your own!

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:53 pm

Very true! You can do it – we all can!

It just takes dedication and a little work!

And content.

And being evil helps. :twisted:

Paul March 2, 2007 at 7:32 am

Nope, still jealous.

OK being serious, John has really worked for this and deserves this kind of success – we can all learn something from him!

lyndonmaxewell March 2, 2007 at 8:18 am

Yea, it really means that anyone who is determined can be the next ‘mogul’ in line! Just kidding.

Greg March 1, 2007 at 3:10 pm

:mrgreen: Well done John, but i agree no need to be jealous, tell me in what other industry does the person who makes money tell you not only how much he made, but how he makes it, instead of just reading start doing,

I guess John’s buying pho this week hahaha

Manthem March 1, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Excellent work John. Really gives us all hope that there is a possibility of a full time income from blogging. Impressive stuff.

Corey Stroeder March 1, 2007 at 1:15 pm

Every month is a new surprise. I am amazed how much you earned! Keep it up and you will break 10K next month!

Corey Stroeder

Gareth March 1, 2007 at 1:17 pm

The graph shows just how crazy that growth in income was last month! It completely breaks the trend that I and pretty much everyone else was betting on.

I guess the question is. Can you take it exponential?

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm

I’m sure it would top out eventually, the question is: When?!

Tyler March 1, 2007 at 1:20 pm

Does anyone know the exact requirements for Text Link Ads?

I’ve applied twice and denied each time. Probably because I don’t have the traffic. I’m just trying to figure out all the various ads companies and their requirements so that one day I might try it and see what happens.

So John with your ReviewMe stuff. You get 50% of for when someone purchases a review done by you? So you’ve done 18 reviews?? (depending on if they’ve used that 50% couponcode?

Ryan March 1, 2007 at 1:38 pm

They don’t say specifically, but from a past interview someone from TLA gave they use: Alexa data, Technorati ranking, and Yahoo SiteExplorer link numbers.

Markus March 1, 2007 at 1:23 pm

3k off.

I know a lot of people who would quit the day job with this income ( including me :grin: ).

I have about 85k uniques a month but I’m far away from making $7k. In germany all these services ( like reviewme ) are not so common. I’m getting only about $90 from TLA…

congrats from germany!

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:54 pm

Well, who wouldn’t? IF I had an income like this, I would have taken to full committement on this alone, and I am not kidding.

I guess Markus, you have yet been able to convert your high traffic into cashflow for your site yet. Perhaps you can get someone to help out in site optimization.

Markus March 2, 2007 at 9:39 am

well, just today I was able to sell some banner. Not as much as John, but it will pay for a new PS3 or similar ;)

Bryan Baker March 1, 2007 at 1:29 pm

Amazing. Utterly amazing.

Kalle March 1, 2007 at 1:33 pm

Woooooooow :shock: That is an amazing income John! Congratulations, invest the money in something good.

Al Davies March 1, 2007 at 1:52 pm

In a couple of months you’ll have to change your The Miscellaneous Ramblings of a DOUBLE Dot Com Mogul

derrich March 1, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, not.

You’re probably right…nevermind

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:56 pm

Is there a higher class than that? I foresee a mogul.mogul.com, that is what it is. Gosh, and so we wait.

Philomena Ojikutu March 1, 2007 at 1:57 pm

Congrats John,

and keep up the triumphant and entrepreneural spirit.

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:49 pm

It shows that you do not have to be the most influential or top league people in the world to do and earn the same amount of dollars.

Smart writing, advertising your writing and getting paid for it. You do the Maths, and you will get the end results – Money.

Matt608 March 1, 2007 at 1:58 pm

I was simple math really, John Chow + a run away blog = a double in earnings

So how do I get me watch then John?


John Chow March 1, 2007 at 3:29 pm

I sent you an email. Reply to it.

David March 1, 2007 at 2:11 pm

wow!! Congrats John. I was way off…I didn’t take into consideration the many ReviewMe jobs you got.

Gustav Mörtberg March 1, 2007 at 2:13 pm

That is truly incredible!

StormVideogrpaher March 1, 2007 at 2:16 pm

Yeah I’m way off too. Congrats John!

Leroy Brown March 1, 2007 at 2:26 pm

John Chow dot com is going to end up being a $100k per year site all by it’s self – that’s not too shabby in my book… Impressive numbers John – keep it up – we all want to see how high you can go!

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:44 pm

Looks like the taxman would come knocking on the door more often now, and smiling widely of course. Wow.

ilker March 1, 2007 at 2:32 pm

If it isn’t difficult for you to keep track of these statistics.. it would be a cool idea to make a post like this once in a month!

Just my $0.02!!

Oh, wait.. you earn much more than that =D

Saman Sadeghi March 1, 2007 at 2:57 pm

He pretty much does that now.

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Yea, basically he earns about $10 an hr writing (including weekends and public holidays). A much higher pay rate than most part-time jobs, don’t you say so?

Matthew March 1, 2007 at 2:36 pm

Congratulations. I wonder where it will be in 6 months time. Hopefully it can keep that same increase :)

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:46 pm

That shouldn’t be too far of, but one can be sure that there is a possibility for him to be in the league of being paid the most comfortably for writing.

Brendan March 1, 2007 at 2:45 pm

Considering I made 4,500 last year (not from a website) that is pretty damn good.

Jack March 1, 2007 at 2:49 pm

That is a stunning yet inspiring amount of cashola. Very inspiring infact.

Nik Agarwal March 1, 2007 at 2:54 pm

Congrats John. You should consider writing a memoir.

Marc March 1, 2007 at 7:05 pm

He is, you can read it at http://www.johnchow.com :grin:

Mostly Technical March 1, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Thanks for being so candid about your income and how you make it, John. Most bloggers aren’t. It is really helps people like me in the early stages of starting up, knowing how it can work, and that there is more to monetization than adsense!

Jeremy Steele March 1, 2007 at 3:31 pm

The words I would use to describe that amount are not proper for a family friendly site, so here is the censored version…

HOLY $*#@#( $(&($*&*(#$ #(*&

Keep up the good work :mrgreen:

JosefVirek March 1, 2007 at 3:34 pm

Wow! Congratulations john!

Wes Mahler March 1, 2007 at 4:05 pm


Thats more money than I’ve made in 2 years with adsense.

John Chow Dot Cash Money

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:39 pm

And many more times than what I made from writing since I started. Mixed feelings for me. Shock, awe and an added pinch of surprise.

Steve March 1, 2007 at 4:07 pm


Congrats, you blew my guess out of the water!

Gdog March 1, 2007 at 4:09 pm

Wow. This came as a surprise…a huge surprise! Well done John, considering Feb. only had 28 days. Those ReviewMe reviews are money in the bank! I feel like an idiot for only guessing $3888….DOH!!!

Jason March 1, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Wow! Congrats!! :shock:

I thought I was going to be over thinking it would be around $5800.

How soon before this becomes your full-time job? (Just kidding … with that kind of money coming in, I’d gladly stick to part-time work).

Congrats again, and keep up the good work on this fine blog.

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 4:31 pm

Well if I were earning this much for a ‘part-time ‘ job, what is stopping one from committing full-time? I daresay that the returns could possibly be more. $7K per month! That is much more that what most people can earn in a sweatshop! Gosh.

Jason March 1, 2007 at 4:39 pm

Oh I quite agree. But if John Chow can keep growing his blog’s income with his current time commitment, and still have lots of time to go out and enjoy life … that would be an ideal mix as far as I can see.

Not to sound heretical, but there’s more to life than money ;)

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 5:35 pm

Well, that would be an ideal life to possess, wouldn’t it? You time and money on your hands. Most people are usually lacking one of the other.

Marc March 1, 2007 at 7:04 pm

It’s certainly not heretical, but you probably won’t enjoy this blog as much others do if you feel that way :cool:

Geiger March 1, 2007 at 5:07 pm

Actually I won. My $5,900 was in US funds. After the conversion that equals $6,919.24.


John Chow March 1, 2007 at 5:10 pm

No you didn’t. My figures are in US dollars.

Jason March 1, 2007 at 5:27 pm

Gosh … make that wow + 15% :mrgreen:

Luke March 1, 2007 at 5:21 pm

This is great I love seeing a winner without them trying to sell me something. Keep up the good work. making money online is had, but as you have shown it can be done. Luke


Dean March 1, 2007 at 5:34 pm

Great job John, your blog is officially my favorite now because you are humble, entertaining and informative. We have to create Wikipedia article for you!

Matthew March 1, 2007 at 5:35 pm

what about money spent on other google adsense ads?/

John Chow March 1, 2007 at 6:01 pm

I lumped it all together. I will be doing a future blog post about using paid advertise effectively.

Matthew March 2, 2007 at 11:10 am

okay thanks

Adventures In Money Making March 1, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Thats pretty impressive!!!

If you have several blogs up on similar topics, is it possible to make similar amounts from all of them?

Jonix March 1, 2007 at 6:36 pm

If the niche are the same, but the content different, yes. If the content are the same, no. Just search the net and you’ll see “thousands” of this “make money online” or “get rich” or “internet marketing” blogs. Does all of that blogs make money? No, not at all! In fact very few of them make good money. If you’ve a blog/site with good content (and you do the proper advertising), you can expect with time, good results.

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 6:48 pm

I agree with you Jonix. There are many so-called money-making blogs/ sites that are overly concerned on making their own revenue only. That meaning, what they do not understand is what their target audience are looking for.

Like I would say, giving a hand to help others is akin to helping yourself, reaping financial rewards in the process. That is what John is doing. It is a selfless act.

Aniela March 1, 2007 at 6:05 pm

Wow, you really outdid yourself this month !

Michael March 1, 2007 at 6:14 pm

Congrats John!

blogcrowds March 1, 2007 at 6:34 pm

My random guess wasn’t too far off…

What I’m most impressed by is traffic did not increase dramatically but revenue did, you really know how to sell stuff John :grin:

lyndonmaxewell March 2, 2007 at 1:36 am

I guess what John possess is the ability to convert quality instead of quantity traffic into real cash. That is how small businesses make money in the real world as well. I guess it takes time to find that ‘voice’ of yours and your niche market.

baron March 1, 2007 at 7:09 pm

You never cease to amaze me! wow. :cool:

Webmaster Labor March 1, 2007 at 10:06 pm

Awesome, John! Smaller blogs would take that cash and reinvest it into advertising for the blog to maximize traffic but JohnChow.com has enough buzz. I only see your blog hitting higher and higher records. Kudos, man! Kudos!

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 11:23 pm

John’s blog has created enough buzz to for web traffic congestion. The monies can be used aside from advertising. He hardly needs it!

Sunflower March 1, 2007 at 10:16 pm

OMG, that is really incredible!

What a part time blogging full time salary!


I will Exercise for Comments!

uncle sha March 1, 2007 at 10:51 pm

Wow, congrats. I’ve been a fans since you setup your blog. Great info mate! Keep it churning!

Jennifer Lynn March 1, 2007 at 11:54 pm

Very impressive, Mr. Chow, congratulations! I have full faith in your innovation to double that figure with relative ease.

Now if only you weren’t so darn evil! :shock:

Mr.Byte March 1, 2007 at 11:56 pm

Man, that’s a lot of money!!! Good going… Congratulations…

James Britton March 2, 2007 at 1:08 am

The rich get richer and the poor get poorer (or at least stay the same) Congrats John!

The Poor Postgraduate Blogger, James Britton

lyndonmaxewell March 2, 2007 at 1:34 am

I disagree James. Remember, John was once ‘poor’ too! The rich get richer, yet the poor can also getting richer in the process.

Insider March 2, 2007 at 2:10 am

Great job, John.

It would be also nice to see what are your earnings at

kelven March 2, 2007 at 4:05 am

oh, you are great!
i am trying my best to be like you.
i’m also writing my blog. haha~ :grin:

Raghu CS March 2, 2007 at 5:02 am

Man man John great job. I did not put in a bid but I remember that I was expecting something in the range of 5000$ but looks like I would have been way off.

Are there too many more options left for you – review me added the spurt in Feb – what are you expecting in Mar

I would bid for $8900 in March

Raghu CS March 2, 2007 at 5:04 am

John – to keep your speed of growth I guess you might have to do more this month.

But with your innovative approach I am sure that you will definitely will.

Raghu CS March 2, 2007 at 5:05 am

Is this the posting with the maximum number of comments ?

lyndonmaxewell March 2, 2007 at 8:23 am

I believe the guessing on the monthly income of Feb had the max comments. Everyone wanted to have a go at guessing!

Aris March 2, 2007 at 5:27 am

I made a joke about using dice, but actually I did put some weight of each category, but my actual number came up some 10% higher.

Congratulations, John.

Planet Malaysia March 2, 2007 at 7:10 am

Tell us more secret. Unbelievable ….

James Britton March 2, 2007 at 7:47 am

Thank God for Gmail’s conversation view for this entry’s subscription. These comments are out of control!

Well done, John!

Chandraman Gurung March 2, 2007 at 8:09 am

i am still looking my online income but i have not developed well.

James Britton March 2, 2007 at 8:34 am

After reading about your backlog of ReviewMe orders, I expect your trend to stay on the same curve. I’m going to estimate your March income to be at least $11,000 using some eyeball extrapolation of your graph.

I hope you have another sale. I’m working on a new project and I’d like an inexpensive way to promote it. I expect to have it ready by mid-March.

Gregg March 2, 2007 at 8:44 am

Holy cow, That’s a huge jump. I only wish I could be at the level you are. :D Time and dedication is what you show and it’s sure paid off.

Will March 2, 2007 at 8:57 am

Yea…..we all dream of having this kind of influence and revenue.

The best thing to do is not get discouraged and keep up with the hard work.

Michael Kwan March 2, 2007 at 10:51 am

I guess that puts my $20 of Adsense to shame.

Adventures In Money Making March 2, 2007 at 10:55 am

well i make around $200 from my blog, but its been constant at that level for 6 months. time i got off my behind and starting learning from the maestro!

Jonix March 2, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Diversify, add more types of income, and integrate them with you content. You’ll see results.

derrich March 2, 2007 at 11:29 am

Hmmm…I never got a trackback link. I also didn’t make 7 grand. :(


Suzana March 3, 2007 at 7:45 am

How can i make money on my Slovenian blog?

Mardi March 3, 2007 at 3:40 pm

As always, another fabulous article and one that has given me some great ideas. My blog is not intended to make money as such, but I do use adsense earnings to help me launch my website so ideas and inspiration that I get from your articles is invaluable in helping me achieve my goal. Thank you John!

schleng March 4, 2007 at 10:55 am


How can you that?


Dio March 4, 2007 at 8:54 pm

You make it look so easy ;-)

arief March 5, 2007 at 3:17 am

well done… congrats

hire me n teach me too…

Rocky March 5, 2007 at 6:33 pm

Good job! you need to teach me couple techniques

Rocky March 5, 2007 at 6:36 pm

I love this blog

Purna Borkotoki March 6, 2007 at 12:57 am

Thanks John,

Really I am impressed with your reviews. Really Good Stuff to syndicate with my blog.


Dario Salvelli March 6, 2007 at 3:44 am

Uhm,compliments, with my blog i have 1$ per day with Adsense when i’m lucky. I have Review Me and Textadlinks but now i think that i use this system. ;)

Shirley March 6, 2007 at 7:24 am

Good site. I love it. I will sure share this discovery with my friends!

Jean Ghalo March 7, 2007 at 2:51 pm

Well i found this blog while i was doing some research for car tuning, and this article impressed me, am a new blogger and also having articles from here and there, just rambling..

good luck and keep it up


jennifer cruz March 9, 2007 at 9:40 am

i’m confident you’ll beat february john! all the best!

jennifer cruz March 9, 2007 at 9:42 am

keep it up!

Luis Maram March 19, 2007 at 5:40 pm

And I thought blogs were just for communication. Awesome!

I began a blog a year ago: http://blog.luismaram.com but it was only like a hobbie. Nevertheless I write at least once a day, but never thought that incomes could be as big as your reports. No doubt I have to open my eyes.


Joneh March 1, 2007 at 11:31 pm

Got here from Sabahan dot com. Congrats to u John. you really inspired us newbie. your making money from blog category is really useful to people like us. thanks again! :mrgreen:

lyndonmaxewell March 1, 2007 at 11:38 pm

Inspiration leapfrogging. I guess most of us newbies have unearthed new hope in writing.