Making Money From A Blog – January 2007

Google Is Not The Only One Posting Record Income

When I first started my blogging adventure, my goal was never to make money from it – I just wanted a place to post my ramblings. However, because one of the rambling topics I cover is about making money on the Internet, it made perfect sense to use this blog as a case study on how to take a blog and turn it into an Internet money machine.

John Chow dot Com was monetized back in September, where it made $352.94 – all of it coming from Google AdSense. In October, I added Vibrant Media IntelliTXT to the revenue mix and posted $1,361.64 in blog income. In November, blog traffic went down but income went up to $2,139.93 thanks to additional advertising options. Traffic dropped even more in December but income continued to increase as I posted a record $2,790.05 of blog income.

January is an interesting month for web publishers. Traffic is normally higher than December, but advertising rates are generally lower because Christmas is over. The end result is usually a drop in income. However, I’m happy to report that the blog posted another record breaking performance.

Total Blog Income For January 2007: $3,440.66


In five short months, I have taken this blog from zero to what many people would consider a good full time work income. How did I do this? First, let’s break down the January earnings so you can see where the money came from.

  • Direct Ad Sales: $750.00
  • Text Links Ads: $621.68
  • Affiliate Sales: $545.00
  • Google AdSense: $536.58
  • Vibrant IntelliTXT: $478.18
  • TTZ Media: $183.54
  • FeedBurner Ads: $175.68
  • ReviewMe: $150.00
  • Grand Total: $3,440.66

Blog traffic for January was 255,574 page views from 133,871 unique visitors, according to Google Analytics. This is a nice increase from December but still well off the 229,853 unique visitors and 360,967 page views posted in October. However, I was able to beat October’s results by over $2,000. Here’s how this was done.

Concentrate On Value

If you look at the income breakdown, you’ll see that my biggest revenue source for January was direct ad sales. Getting direct sales allows you to realize your blog’s full income potential because you don’t have to share revenue with any 3rd party ad networks. For January, I sold direct buys to NewToTech, BuzzBums, Net Business Blog, and Financial RealTime.

The sale to NewToTech and BuzzBums was a banner, Financial RealTime was a link, and Net Business Blog was a review. By selling the review directly, I was able to realize the full $100, instead of having ReviewMe take 50%. I sold the link to Financial RealTime for $150, which is the stated price in my advertising page. A link purchased on this blog through Text Link Ads (aff) cost $200 per month, but I only get $100 of it. I think one of the reasons why advertisers buy links on my blog via TLA is they offers a $100 coupon (aff) to new advertisers.

When I say concentrate on value, I don’t mean just trying to get direct ad buys. It also means delivering value to your advertisers. I want to make sure they feel like they got their money’s worth. Remember, under promise, over deliver. Show value to the advertisers and you will realize value to your site.

Do Not Put All Your Eggs In Google’s Basket

This blog started out with nothing but Google AdSense and if that were all it ran, I would have made only $536.58 for January. Actually, I would have made a bit more because the ads would get more clicks. However, it wouldn’t be close to $3,400.

Because Google is CPC based, its pricing is affected by seasonal changes. This is why the Google ads made more in December with less traffic – the CPC rate was a lot higher because of Christmas. This is where flat priced options like Text Link Ads come in. TLA pays one flat monthly price per link – I don’t have to worry about changes in traffic or click level.

The performance of Text Link Ads (aff) has been really remarkable and I recommend every blogger sign up with them. They have completely sold out my blog and they pay much faster than other ad networks – I already received the payment for January. Check out my Text Link Ads Review for more information.

Affiliate sales came in at $545. That was enough to edge out Google for third place in blog earnings. I think most bloggers are not taking advantage of affiliate marketing – it can be one of your blog’s biggest moneymakers if done correctly. My number one performing affiliate deal was Text Link Ads. Yep! TLA again! Text Link Ads affiliate deal gives you $25 when you refer a new client or publisher to them. In January, I referred 16 accounts to them (4 clients and 12 publishers) and made $400. Another $145 was made from three SEO Book sales.

Blog income does not begin and end with Google AdSense. In order to realize the full value of your blog, you must keep your eyes and ears open to other opportunities. One way of doing that is to keep reading my blog – my eyes and ears are always open. 🙂

For The First Time visitor/Blogger

If you’re a first time visitor or new blogger wondering where to go after reading all this, I can offer the following advice. The first is don’t quit. Many times, it can feel like an uphill battle trying to get your piece of the Internet pie, but if you want it bad enough, you’ll find a way to do it. Remember, quitters never win and winners never quit.

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 to part time blogging, full time income. You should also check out the Top Posts. This is where I link to some of my best works, many deals with making money on the Internet.

February is the shortest month of the year. It’s going to be tough to beat the results from January. However, I would not advise betting against me.

236 thoughts on “Making Money From A Blog – January 2007”

  1. Allen.H says:

    Truly phenomenal John, especially the way you’re doing it with affiliate marketing. For myself, I think that dropping TLA on my entertainment blog would be the best decision, I’m barely making $70 a month for 5 links, they are selling some of my links for $16/month! (blog details: PR4, 5K uniques/day)

    I think that if I devote sometime to do some direct sales on that blog, I’ll be able to pull a much better revenue from text sales.

    Anyway, goals for February? 🙂


    1. John Chow says:

      Goal for February: Beat January. 🙂

      1. Marc says:

        That’s a very smart goal. Attainable, keeps you moving forward and you’ve set a deadline 🙂

      2. Nomar says:

        you will succeed in your goal !! i am sure

      3. Are all the proceeds from this Blog still going to charity? I understand you donate alot around Canada but may I suggest maybe something for the people that suffered during the Tsunami or Earthquake in Pakistan?

        1. Allen.H says:

          John already said in a post that he changed his profit allocation.


        2. Leftblank says:

          I don’t think donating to the people suffering due to the tsunami would be a good idea, I often read stuff in the newspaper about it that the most of the donations are still on bank accounts of charities and organizations instead of being put to use…

          1. Barry Price says:

            I live in Thailand, which is where a lot of the tsunami relief money went, and yeah – it disappeared. Be careful.

      4. Raghu CS says:

        Simple and straight goal 🙂

        Hope you dont need to change that for a few more months at least 🙂

    2. Jane May says:

      Yeah, for 5k uniques a day, it seems like you can have some better alternatives. Good Luck!

    3. gilemon says:

      This is absolutly amazing!!! I didn’t know one could make so much sense out of this blog=money issue… I’m looking forward to here from this engine issue. Looks like there is something on the back burner, uh…

  2. Ryan says:

    That’s a very nice increase!

    I have a question, though: Do you have any advice in regards to any affiliate programs that offer products that aren’t related to making money on the internet? Obviously it’s easier for you to sell TLA or SEO Book, but I would like to hear your take on it. A big one is Amazon, but their rates aren’t all that good. 😉 Any experience with CJ or LinkShare?

    1. Allen.H says:

      If you’re inside of the U.S. take a look at AzoogleAds, they’re the “hottest” right now.


      1. Jane May says:

        Good reference. You’re the third person to mention AzoogleAds. There must be something to then huh…Worth looking into.

        1. Allen.H says:

          It is indeed. Many people were getting into it when the ringtones/MySpace promotion market was still open. Now that they have changed some of their policies regarding MySpace advertising, it is harder to do money. But that shouldn’t concern anyone who’s looking to promote affiliates through his white-hat, quality content blog.


          1. Jane May says:

            Thanks for the feedback. Interesting about MySpace. They seem to have died down a bit in noise, but they are still bringing in the memebers.

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      I’d be interested in this too. I’d like to get in on the TTZ/Shopping.comm network, but I’d imagine the requirements are pretty high.

      1. VATU says:

        Awesome Work Sir.

        And Congrats.

        Give some tips fro my blog

    3. Alex Becker says:

      Amazon? I will have to look into that one.

      1. Jeff says:

        Ya i think they’re pretty good too. And the deals are good so peple actually click it!

        1. Leftblank says:

          They surely are, I did notice though that they’re mainly aimed at the USA/Canada and not Europe, quite a shame, most of my visitors are Europeans 🙁

    4. John Chow says:

      I will make a post on affiliate marketing and the proper way to promote it.

      1. Marc says:

        That would be well appreciated. This is one segment of advertising that I haven’t delved into and don’t know much about. Can’t wait to read it.

      2. Michael Kwan says:

        Yes, that would be very much appreciated. My friend has made a couple of bucks from Chapters or Amazon (I forget) as he reviews books from time to time, but it’s far from being anything close to respectable.

      3. Jane May says:

        I think that would be a REALLY popular post since I see a lot of visitors that may not be tech related that would like to take advantage of the affiliate programs out there.

      4. Raghu CS says:

        Look forward to that one too…

  3. Michael Kwan says:

    Exceptional John! I’m happy to report that my site has recently received a PR upgrade to PR5 (PR3 for the main page, PR4 for the blog, but PR5 for most pages from the main site).

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Off topic, but it’s only the first day of February and Nomar already has 22 comments?? Looks like we have some competition for comment spam top commentators. 🙂

      1. Alex Becker says:

        So I guess I can proudly say that I won last month. 😀

        1. John Chow says:

          It was either you or Jane. I didn’t see who won.

          1. Jane May says:

            It was actually a tie when you took off the list. But Alex was on the one spot and I on the two spot with the same amount of comments…not that I was keeping track or anything 😉

          2. Michael Kwan says:

            Alphabetizing ousted you, methinks.

        2. Jane May says:

          haha…if I thought it was a competition I would have tried. 😛

          1. Raghu CS says:

            Was trying to contribute ‘effectively’ but then as I got occupied with moving my blog I got a little left behind …

            Not to mention that you and Alex ran away too fast !

      2. Kenny says:

        Showing up on the Top Commentators must be #1 on Nomar’s marketing plan for February 2007 🙂 In Nomar’s defence, it will probably have a positive effect.

        1. Alex Becker says:

          Sorry but thats my #1.

          1. Michael Kwan says:

            You currently have Nomar by 2 comments. Might be easier to just give John his $150 or whatever and buy a spot.

        2. Jeff says:

          Haha 20+ comments in less than 24 hours.. WOW>

        3. Tony says:

          Two guys with 20+ comments in 24 hours? It might be easier to just pay John his $150 and get a “featured” link, than trying to stay on top of “top commenters” for the entire month.

          1. Alex Becker says:

            Yea but I like the competition.

          2. Nomar says:

            And I like it to 🙂

            I just like to hang out over here, and comment on others thoughts

          3. Allen.H says:

            Yeah, I want to be listed as one of the top guys there too, but I wonder if it’s better than dedicating time to my own blog network. I think not after all.


          4. Leftblank says:

            It is, give others like me a chance as well 😉

          5. Alex Becker says:

            Yea this sure is a comment fest

          6. Tony says:

            Yeah, I was on that “top commenters” list for the first half of January, then figured I’m better off spending time on my own blog. Besides, Technorati is still keeping that link I had cached, and the referer traffic was minimal.

          7. Michael Kwan says:

            This is a lot of commenting about commenting. It’s meta-commenting, I guess you could say.

      3. Marc says:

        That does beg an interesting question. At what point are we all just making loud noises in a crowd rather than contributing to the discussion of a post? I’m certainly not saying that anyone is doing that yet, but I just wonder if the comment competition will eventually dilute the quality of responses… Or are responses generally fluffy enough that it really doesn’t matter?

        1. Nate W. says:

          It is obviously coveted to have a spot in Chow’s top Commentators…I think that if a reader is continuing on discussion or adding their two cents, it is good material.

        2. Seriously way too many comments. I think this competition needs to end now.

        3. Tony says:

          This is pretty redicilous, but John has incentive to encourage this level of comments..

          a) every time someone returns to check up on new comments, that is another hit towards his CPM units

          b) massive amounts of comments produce “original content”, and possibly long-tail results, attracting more SE traffic.

  4. Alex Becker says:

    I knew you coul beat $3000. Congratulations.

  5. Kenny says:

    Does anyone know how TLA values the links? I’ve seen some of the sites where they are charging $100 for links, and they are doing horrible in terms of alexa, and page rank.

    I listed my forums just to see how much they would charge for links, and it came up to $10 – $30. I e-mailed them back when I got my welcome e-mail and told them to delete my account.

    Good job on the increase in revenue John, I’m definitely betting with you in terms of February revenue even though its a shortened month!

    1. Allen.H says:

      One of the biggest flaws in TLA is the fact they are using a biased service like Alexa. I emailed them about it twice, but never got a response.


      1. Kenny says:

        Thats what I found really odd. My forums has an alexa of under 28000, and a PR of 5. Although I don’t think Alexa is a fair indicator of traffic, TLA link values are supposed to be based on these two metrics but they still only offered me $10 to $30. I’ll try again in the future to see what happens.

        1. Allen.H says:

          See what happens after you download Alexa’s toolbar and visit your site/forum 100 times a day 😛


          1. Nomar says:

            lol, alexa really dont have value

          2. Leftblank says:

            Perhaps it doesn’t to you, but it does have quite a value of TLA and ReviewMe (and a couple of other ‘smart’ sites that calculate the rates themselves), even though it’s inaccurate…

        2. Michael Kwan says:

          I probably shouldn’t even try with a PR4 and Alexa of 779,xxx

    2. Jeff says:

      i like that TLA idea. I hope to do that stuff too onedya.

    3. Ryan says:

      TLA also puts weight on Technorati rank, I believe. Some sites show terrible Alexa traffic but still charge high rates even though they’re just a PR4 or so. Oh, and I read somewhere that they use Yahoo!’s SiteExplorer to get the # of backlinks for a site.

  6. Alex Becker says:

    At least you got accepted. Then again I won’t go with them even if they decide to accept me.

  7. Thomas says:

    Exceptional progress John over the past 5 months, I am new to the blogging world; but I have been involved in web development for a few years now and am really enjoying the blogging aspect of it. Unfortunately, I am not the best writer when it comes to putting my thoughts on paper or in this case screen. Curious have you taken any writing courses or seminars in the past? I find your site a great resource, with a bundle of information, which is practical and useful.

    Any tips of improving ones writing skills.

    1. Allen.H says:

      Thomas, practice makes perfect. I blush every time I look at my archives from two years ago, and even from 2 months ago, that’s because I’m in a constant state of learning. Don’t worry, the most important thing is to start :).


      1. Jane May says:

        Hey, that’s my mentality. I know I’m going to look at my archives and either be impressed sayin…wow, I said that? OR embarrassed sayin…wow, I said that? 🙂 Atleast I’m saying something right???

    2. Jeff says:

      I’m in teh same boat as you Thomas, I just love writing though. Been doing web design for years. I startd a blog one month ago and I need to keep pumping haha.

      1. Nate W. says:

        And I am in the same boat as all of you. Writing well takes a lot of experience. If you are committed to learning to write better, you will see a significant change over time. I certainly have in my past month of blogging now.

  8. that is quite astounding john. Good job with february.

  9. Thomas says:

    Amazing stats, the way you’ve build up the amount of visitors to this site and also the income is pretty spectacular.

  10. Congrats John! Your success is an inspiration to bloggers everywhere.


  11. Gdog says:

    Nice work John. It must be nice to receive that chunk of change at the end of every month!

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      Still going to charity (and Sally’s college fund), no?

      1. John Chow says:

        Yes, still all going to charity and Sally’s trust fund.

        1. Ryan says:

          That’s really cool. Must be nice to have that kind of finacial freedom, something I think we’re all striving for.

          1. Nomar says:

            kind of financial freedom??

            hehe he has all the financial freedom he wishes 😀

          2. Leftblank says:

            No doubt indeed, you guys should check some of his posts about TTZ, pretty shocking 😉

        2. Michael Kwan says:

          I forget what you decided the split to be. Was it 50/50? It’s a little scary (and exciting) to see how quickly the revenue on this blog is growing. Can you even fathom where income will be by the end of the year? Or — not to put a negative spin on things but… — do you think you’ll encounter some sort of ceiling effect?

  12. Marc says:

    I’m working really hard to diversify my income streams but I think I’m still far short of the critical mass required to turn pennies into dimes into dollars.

    I’m still working on it though and someday it will happen. Keep feeding us the info John, we’re out there, we’re listening and you’re inspiration for us all.

  13. Note also that the amount of articles you’ve posted has increased every month (it plays a big role too). How long will you be able to keep that up? 😉

    1. Michael Kwan says:

      I’ve done the same and have seen a similar increase in both income and traffic.

    2. Leftblank says:

      I’m sure he’ll keep it up at least another month or two, plenty of headspace I’d say, especially if you look at the amount of commentators, it’s growing rapidly – when I first came here there were only a couple of em, now there are plenty.

    3. John Chow says:

      I can keep it up for a pretty long time. As a matter of fact, the only reason I’m not doing more posts is because I don’t want to overwhelm the reader.

      1. Michael Kwan says:

        I think your current pace is about right. Gives us a little time to digest between posts.

      2. Jane May says:

        haha…very kind of you John. Always looking out for the readers. It’s the “humanitarian” in you 🙂

      3. You are cranking them out at a nice pace in my opinion, although cranking is too hard of a word. You are crafting them at a nice pace. The articles are informative and well written and give the readers somthing to look forward to. Sometimes however i get bored and go to your site 3-4 times in 1 hour expecting new posts.

  14. Great post John. Very informative as usual.

  15. Ryan says:

    I saw this today and wondered if you’ve tried it: AdSense in RSS feeds. I know TLA has feedvertising, but I’m wondering what the Google product looks and/or performs like. I haven’t seen it in action anywhere, but the minimum requirements are 100 readers (you look like you’d qualify, lol).


    1. John Chow says:

      AdSense for RSS only works with a few blogging platforms. WordPress is not one of them.

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  17. Congrats John! You’re an inspiration to all of us – although you do have some leverage that newcomers don’t have 😉

    I’m glad I was able to contribute to January’s income (I joined TLA) 🙂

  18. Chris says:

    Nice job! You show direct ad sales as your largest percentage of income. I’d love to see an article about pricing and selling direct ads.

  19. gaman says:

    This is inspiring and I am going to recommend this post to my readers.

  20. TLA is really on to something. I like monthly fee versus per click.

  21. Nate W. says:

    Excellent work, John. I am still working towards my 1000 page views/day so I can begin to monetize my blog.

    1. Stephen says:

      That’s the same as saying “Someday” I will do something 😉

      Just because you aren’t getting John’s traffic, doesn’t mean you can’t monetize. Decide that you have to wait to do something and you will. Do it now and end the cycle!

      1. Jane May says:

        Kudos…well said! I agree, you have to take action for things to change.

      2. Allen.H says:

        I still think Nick has a point though. Monetizing a page that receives less than 100 page views isn’t going to bring in any significant income unless these 100 visits come from a very narrow and targeted audience.


        1. Stephen says:

          It all starts with the first dollar in the register. If you never open for business, you never get paid. Sometimes, that’s all the motivation one needs.

          1. Michael Kwan says:

            Yup, I’m still not making much on Beyond the Rhetoric, but it’s better than zero.

          2. Stephen says:

            Well, at least you’re open for business Michael. A lot of people close shop before even putting the float in the register 😉

  22. Jane May says:

    I love to see actual figures in your gains John. I think that’s one thing that not too many people are willing to do and it gives the little people hope. Great post!

  23. Hopefully now that some of my eggs are out of google i can start making more moolah, I already sold 1 spot via advolcano…plenty of spots left guys 😀

    1. Jane May says:

      I just went over to see your ad…good stuff Nick, keep um coming!

      1. Thanks Jane, Im trying to keep up on the posts and reviews, I just need to start networking better and getting more backlinks and getting higher PRs…Im guessing the more content I write, the more chances for backlinks and traffic.

  24. Wes says:

    Question John:

    Is Text Links Ads, compatiable with adSense? for the ‘normal’ user, who doesn’t have the relationship such as you of course.


    1. Nate W. says:

      I believe you need to be accepted into TLA.

    2. Since TLA is not contexual you should have no problem siging up. Getting accepted is a different story though.

    3. Marc says:

      They are definitely compatible for the average users with no connections. Actually with the recent changes to Google’s policies you can run contextual advertising alongside Google’s Adsense provided that you don’t make the look like Adsense ads.

  25. John, I just wanted to say that I love these updates. While I haven’t been accepted to TLA, I did read about AdVolcano here and tried it out. Shortly after putting it up I sold one link, granted it was only for 1 week but it was my first income outside of Adsense for my little site. Any other takers? 😉

    1. Marc says:

      That’s great to hear. I signed up for AdVolcano and have yet to get a nibble. I think my prices are just too high and should probably drop them a little.

      1. I set my prices fairly low but my site is still unproven so I felt it was best to start with reasonable prices and try to build from there.

        I started with $7 for a 1-week ad and $25 for a month. Interested? Lol.

        1. Marc says:

          That’s a good plan. I have dropped mine a bit. I get a bit more traffic than yours, but mine is equally unproven. Here’s hoping 🙂

  26. Nomar says:

    That is a great amount of money you earned here, and I agree when you are saying this is a good monthly full income

  27. LeeTK says:

    Wow.. that is really great…

  28. RockyBalboa says:

    Very Inspiring John!

  29. Wahlau.NET says:

    wow…impressive….anyway, can you post your adsense earning?

    1. John Chow says:

      Yes, you are allowed to reveal what Google pays you. However, you are not allowed to reveal other information like click rate, eCPM, etc.

    2. Michael Kwan says:

      When I showed this post to Fabrizio at Mobile Mag, he was wondering the same thing. Good to know that you’re in the clear.

  30. Joneh says:

    Sent by Gaman of Sabahan Dot Com. This is really useful to me. Thanks there John Chow. For a newbie like me, any great infos like this sure gives me the inspiration to not quit, start monetizing the blog and updates more. Thanks again. I think, my blog is the only one different from you all.

  31. kristine says:

    wow. i want to earn also. help me pls. i only have this:

  32. Lynx says:

    I think the amount of spam comments in here purely to get in the top commentors list is ruining the real discussion that would have happened.

    I think the top commentors list is a great idea to encourage comments from users. However, unless you go through most of these comments deleting the ones that are obvious ‘padding’ just to get another comment +1 it could get out of hand.

    At the moment theres 4-5 people doing it so they’re all happy as they’re in the top 10 – what happens when there’s 30 people all fighting for the top 10??? 400 comments under every post that are all pointless jibba jabber? Makes the blog look very popular, but people will soon switch off to reading comments if they have to read 5 pointless spam for every genuine comment.

    Oh and congrats on breaking the 3k barrier – one thing i’d like to know is how much time and expense went into the blog so you can work out a kind of hourly wage for the month? That would be good to put into real terms as at the moment the 3k might have taken 10 hours per day every day for 31 days working out arond $10 an hour, or it may have only taken 1 hour a day for 31 days meaning it was $100 per hour?

    1. Alex Becker says:

      I would have to disagree with you Lynx. I would be spam if people would just be putting “gfgafdgjdfgdf” without actually reading the post or other comments. I do both. It’s not spam or padding its just a friendly competition.

      1. The reason I agree with Lynx is that many people seem to be breaking a two-three sentence comment into two or three separate comments. In my opinion, while the content is still true, that falls into spamming the post.

        1. Marc says:

          While I can see some things that would match your description of spam, I find them to be few and far between. The interesting things is that pretty much everybody in the top list has been contributing substantially.

          I tend to lean with Alex. It’s a friendly competition 😉

    2. Marc says:

      “Makes the blog look very popular”

      In the end that’s a great reason in and of itself. While it’s great to have absolutely nothing but core substance, making the leaps that John appears to be trying to make as he further monetizes his blog requires some tradeoffs. Obviously if things degrade, then we’ll have to see how John re-balances the tradeoffs.

      1. Leftblank says:

        Might be a great goal indeed, but as Lynx wrote, theres also a big chance of scaring new (potential) readers away by it, which would be a direct drawback of it; difficult to choose I suppose 😉

        1. Marc says:

          That’s the fun in it all 🙂

          John’s pushing envelops, a lot of them by my count. That means a lot of risk and potential problems. But at the end of the day, nothing ventured, nothing gained.

    3. Allen.H says:

      Despite being one of the people in the top commentators list, I have got to agree with Lynx.

      People are just going completely off-topic, adding comments that aren’t contributing anything to the conversation or the post, which is pretty annoying.

      Yes, I am commenting like crazy too, and it might seem trashy, but in every comment I write here I try to be as productive as possible, either answering other’s questions or joining the fray by staying on topic.


  33. Dave Starr says:

    Another post that might be off topic, but not really when you wade through 80 plus comments to see if anyone actually said anything … I’ve seen this mentioned in your comments before, John, but haven’t seen an answer. Something in your theme or perhaps one of your plug ins shows massive quantities of lines through text (like a strike through) or even sometimes in blank areas of the comments. very disconcerting and not professional looking … are you looking into this?

    1. Ryan says:

      This is a FireFox issue that crops up all over the place on the ‘net. I do, however, think there is a common bond in that something in the HTML does it, as I typically see it on blogs.

      1. Marc says:

        It’s definitely a Firefox thing. I’ve never really seen it elsewhere myself though.

        It is quite irritating though and I’d love to see a fix, be it a Firefox fix or an HTML fix.

        1. Ryan says:

          I searched Google a bit and the only confirmation I saw of this issue had to do with an iframe’s positioning. In the case of AdSense there’s nothing that we can do to control that, so I hope this bug is squashed soon. It’s been around way too long.

          On another note, I’ve got a site that always has border issues in Firefox. It’s been this way forever. I think I just might have to redesign my site if I ever want to get rid of it.

  34. Alex Becker says:

    Yes I noticed the same thing. I do believe its probably a browser issue, but I just learned to ignore it.

  35. John has the traffic gone up or down this month? Usually when you do the moentizing post you also show us the traffic screenshots.

    1. Marc says:

      John posted that in his post.

      “Blog traffic for January was 255,574 page views from 133,871 unique visitors, according to Google Analytics. This is a nice increase from December but still well off the 229,853 unique visitors and 360,967 page views posted in October.”

  36. Raghu CS says:

    Good to see that you have quite a few options – but any new threads coming up as revenue generating options ?

  37. Aircraft Guy says:

    That is awesome John. Great job.

  38. arfath says:

    any one from india

    1. Leftblank says:

      Now that sir, is a wonderful question 😉 Sadly I’ll answer with no, but you got me curious wondering why you’re asking it in the first place.

  39. Jim Kukral says:

    This was an awesome post John, good work.

  40. I think the biggest key that I learned from this article is that I will never be able to be a full time blogger from adsense alone. John Chow only made $536.58 from google adsense. That seems pretty crappy for the amount of traffic he gets.

    I am a small time blogger and I make about $30 from adsense each month. All the other programs that John Chow talks about won’t ever get me close to full time income, and most of them wouldn’t even accept me anyways.

    What I am starting to realize is that if you are a small blogger and you want to make money, you have to sell your blog to companies within your niche and convince them to take out ads. (Or I think this is what I should be doing.)

    I have just put together a “media kit” that I send out to companies that I think fit my market niche and we will see if I get any takers, but I still think I will have more luck seeking out the advertisers myself that going with a program like AdVolcano or anything else.

    John, you provide valuable information to bloggers, but your blog is the exception to the rule. You show everyone how a BIG blog makes money. I really wish you would write articles on the basics of how a small niche blog can increase their money to something respectable. I know you have showed us things like AdVolcano and others that can help people make money but I dont even think that will take someone from making $30 a month on their blog to anything worth talking about.

    Small bloggers are your audience. Maybe small bloggers could benefit more by putting together media kits that include traffic infomation, ad pricing, reasons why advertisers should choose their blog and then how to get them into the hands of the right people.

  41. Andy says:

    Nice post John. I’m big enough to admit that I might have been a little hasty when I said that AdSense was a waste of space. Making money with a blog is possible, your a shinning example, but it takes a lot of work.

  42. yuga says:

    Hi John. Nice figures for a 5-month old revenue graph. However, I think you missed on the part where you also need to show how much you spent on advertising. I’ve seen some of your Adwords ads esp. on Darren. By putting than into factor as well as other ad campaigns you’ve spent on, we can see the net and not the gross revenue of your blog. Cheers.

    1. John Chow says:

      I spent about $200 on those ads. They’re mostly done in fun more than to get news readers. Chances are if you read my blog, you already read Darren’s blog. I doubt the reason he purchased a Google ad on my blog was to get more readers. he he 🙂

      However, you have given me an idea. I’ll talk about in a future post.

  43. Raju Anand says:

    if you have some time for spare..?
    are you a luckey person..?
    ready for a gold rush..?

  44. Dang John! Congratulations!

  45. bryan says:

    this site rocks

  46. Niranjan says:

    Wow… congratulations! you’ve done a remarkable job, and after this post, I think Feb. will be another record breaker for you 😉

  47. Fleur says:

    I’ve just started blogging and still learning the ropes. John is right. You need to know how to monetize your blog in order to earn from it. I’ve just started monetizing mine using ads but I am still far from the $300+/month earnings.

    What I would like to know is how do you get customers to buy links from your blog? Do you openly advertise it? That could give readers and newbies to blogging like me an idea on how to go about it:)

  48. anthony says:

    Thanks for sharing your strategy John.

    anthony –

  49. Lee says:

    I would have clicked a few more links, and sent a few more friends here if you had provided full feeds all that time ago. As it stands, I didn’t subscribe to your partial feeds, but you did very well anyway.

    Hope you have fullfeeds now!

    1. John Chow says:

      I had full feeds since Novemember!

  50. "ME" says:

    You are really great sir John!
    I salute you! May your tribe
    increase which I maybe belong!?
    thanks for your blog.
    Hope I can make it!
    I have 8 blogs created
    last May 2006 and todate
    my earning from adsense
    is only $3.oo.

    I already quit blogging.
    But when I became member of Agloco
    I become loco again!
    and thanks to agloco because I met
    your blog!
    Your blog rekindles again my enthusiasm
    to blog again..

    More Power to you sir JOhn!

  51. props says:

    yo John,

    gotta give props where props are due.

    Congrats on the blogging dough!

  52. Aris says:


    Last night I reviewed your blog, but until this morning I didn’t see any ping back from your site. It turned out that even though this post was the trigger point for me to write that ‘old fart’ review, the ping back went to the dot com mogul posting. I was trying to provide a definition and let people check your dot com mogul definition page, but it then became the first link to your site.

    I have modified the title and add the code to link to this posting first. I don’t know if that would generate a new ping back or not, and I just want to let you know about the existence of my review. Looking at 165 comments alone in this posting, I’m afraid that you may receive too many comments and forget mine. 🙂

    For me this is another ‘Lesson Learned’ on how to get a ping back from other site.



  53. Orderer says:

    Is there a venue to directly sell text link ads without the middleman?

  54. BillyG says:

    Congratulations and thank you for the transparency.

    Just awesome!

  55. Sean says:

    Hi John,

    I was wondering if you could give me a little quick advice. I run a decent size forum and my current ads are a banner in the header and 3 text ads in the footer. I run this all direct via phpadsnew (now called openads). I have 32 advertisers and 20 on a waiting list. All up it generates around 200,000 impressions a day and rising but maybe only $50 per day in revenue which is quite low I think for the amount of traffic I have. trying to manage all the advertisers and ones on the waiting list is a big annoying chore so I am contemplating switching the ads to adsense with the “advertise on this site” link. Then I can let google handle it and get back to working on my community. I figure it would pull in way more than $50 a day? Any suggestions? Thanks and congrats on your blog’s success!

    1. John Chow says:

      That fact that you’re only making $50 a day from 200K impressions and you have advertisers lining up tells me you are charging way too little for your ads! Either jack those prices up heavily or try switching to AdSense for a while. I’m positivee you’ll make more than $50 from 200K google ads.

  56. Chris says:

    I bet just writing this article will increase revenues. That’s how I found this blog, seems to be a buzz. Keep up the good work.

  57. Brian Lee says:

    John, thanks for all the great information! You have opened my eyes to a new world outside Adsense.

    I am your newest subscriber!

  58. cayne says:

    Nice sum for that amount of traffic, I wish I would make the same ratio with my traffic…I’d be a millionaire soon! 😀

  59. I just wanted to thank you for being so open about your income sources. As a beginning blogger I really appreciate it. It tells me that I am on the right track. Thank you for the validation. This kind of information just motivates me more to keep on blogging. Again thanks. You are the greatest.

  60. manambin says:

    hiii Jhon, after i read this site i have a motivation again. thank’s

    1. Sure the money is a nice motivator, but the ultimate motivator should be for enjoyment. That is the basis behinds john’s blog and site. He never made it for the money but for the enjoyment.

  61. Congrats on the earnings, although it’s the traffic levels that should be congratulated (but, that’s due to your content and popularity!)

    If there’s one thing that I am quite familiar in my business .. it’s not how much gross you make – it’s how much net you keep.

  62. Sidcruise says:

    Hello John,

    Well I must admit I tried to leverage incoming traffic to monetary gain, But unfortunately I made 75 $ in 2 years? So when I read your numbers
    (OH MY GOD!) then I see hey I am not making that much ? Can you advise what can be wrong?
    Will look forwad to a reply…


  63. Sidcruise says:

    Please bless my Blog, it needs a blessing of a Mogul ;)….

  64. lola says:

    lola’s the only one 2 give a #1 shout out 2 every 1 on dis joint 4show so give 1 back 2 her (halla) 4 erreal keep it pimpin understand or undstoud

  65. Marcel says:

    This is very inspiring. Keep it up

  66. Monish says:

    You’re a super inspiration man! I’m subscribing to your blog now! Keep the awesome posts coming.

  67. David says:

    Great read, very informative, and inspirational. Maybe my blog will earn money one day!!

    1. Patrick LP says:

      Hi There,
      Sorry i didn’t get your name.
      Yes it can be said to be true of what you read.
      These days with the internet many things are possible despite the fact that there are pros and cons where the internet is concerned, ’cause whatever you view and read is just on the screen, you don’t get to feel, touch or smell. Many have experienced progress and changes in one’s life has also occured likewise.
      Well these are some of my comments. If you need to clarify any poinys you could always reply me on this site.

  68. Tara Pringle says:

    Thanks for the tips. I’ll have to read more so I can learn how I can apply some of this to my site. Would you mind taking a look at my blog to see what I could do to improve? I’m sure you’d have a few suggestions for me.

    1. Dale Ng says:

      Same here. I would like to thank John for his tips. So there is much more to it than Google Adsense. I’ll be keeping in touch with John’s blog.

  69. babu says:


    thanks for your share
    i may have a try

  70. Anton says:

    Если нет денег и опыта,можно ли заработать на этом.Если я понял вы заработали на своем сайте.Я не очень хорошо знаю английский.Вы можете связаться со мной и так сказать взять под свой контроль и помощь в создании приличного дохода!
    Антон.If there is no money and experience, whether it is possible to earn on it. If I have understood you have earned on the site. I not so well know English. You can communicate with me and so to say take under the control and the help in creation of the decent income!

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  73. lipu says:

    dont think & dont miss the oppertunity.

  74. Loretta says:

    This is truly fascinating. I’e made starts and stops setting up a blog since November and I’m learning as I go. I keep reading about making money and would love to have some of it, but as slow as I’m learning just to get my blog going, I’m afraid money will be obsolete by the time I get it right. If anyone is interested in providing some useful tips, my blogsite is

  75. Victoria Sands says:

    I know nothing about promoting myself but definitely have something to promote and maybe creating a blog could do just that. I would love anyone that thinks they can help to take a look at me. Go to and search for me VICTORIA SANDS and tell me what you think…………Thanks a bunch!

  76. Sean says:

    Another aweosme article! I’m going to have to check out some of the sites you suggested. Thanks!

  77. benjamin says:

    learn a lot from your experience thanks!

  78. Frank Wala says:


    My guess is $ 6250

    You tell to guess your revenues, but there is no place to click to write a note. Am I missing something … or it will be helpfull

    I am going to start my own blog, and am reading up the basics.

    What do you use as your blog software.
    I read your friends note on Blooging

    San Diego

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