Free eBook by John Chow - How I Went From Zero to Over $100,000 a Month
 

Making Money From A Blog – January 2007

written by John Chow on February 1, 2007

Download my FREE eBook!

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

incomegraph.gif

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.

Did you enjoy this post? Get John Chow Dot Com updates via email...

Stay up to date with all of John Chow’s tips for making money online and blog posts by subscribing via email. Your email will be kept private and never shared with anyone.

{ 184 comments }

Allen.H February 1, 2007 at 2:30 pm

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? :)

Allen.H

John Chow February 1, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Goal for February: Beat January. :)

Marc February 1, 2007 at 4:53 pm

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

Nomar February 1, 2007 at 11:24 pm

you will succeed in your goal !! i am sure

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 7:05 am

I bet he will!

Million Dollar BLOG February 2, 2007 at 1:14 am

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?

Allen.H February 2, 2007 at 4:09 am

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

Allen.H

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 7:06 am

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…

Barry Price February 2, 2007 at 8:40 pm

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

Raghu CS February 2, 2007 at 9:47 am

Simple and straight goal :-)

Hope you dont need to change that for a few more months at least :-)

Jane May February 1, 2007 at 8:00 pm

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

gilemon February 4, 2007 at 6:42 am

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 utyp.net engine issue. Looks like there is something on the back burner, uh…

Ryan February 1, 2007 at 2:52 pm

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?

Allen.H February 1, 2007 at 2:55 pm

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

Allen.H

Jane May February 1, 2007 at 8:02 pm

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

Allen.H February 2, 2007 at 4:12 am

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.

Allen.H

Jane May February 3, 2007 at 11:31 pm

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.

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 2:58 pm

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.

VATU February 8, 2007 at 12:52 am

Awesome Work Sir.

And Congrats.

Give some tips fro my blog

http://www.digitalworld4u.blogspot.com

Alex Becker February 1, 2007 at 2:58 pm

Amazon? I will have to look into that one.

Jeff February 1, 2007 at 4:16 pm

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

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 7:08 am

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 :(

John Chow February 1, 2007 at 4:34 pm

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

Marc February 1, 2007 at 4:57 pm

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.

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 6:06 pm

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.

Jane May February 1, 2007 at 8:04 pm

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.

Raghu CS February 2, 2007 at 9:48 am

Look forward to that one too…

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 2:55 pm

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).

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 2:57 pm

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. :)

Alex Becker February 1, 2007 at 3:06 pm

So I guess I can proudly say that I won last month. :D

John Chow February 1, 2007 at 4:36 pm

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

Jane May February 1, 2007 at 8:06 pm

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 ;)

Michael Kwan February 2, 2007 at 12:46 pm

Alphabetizing ousted you, methinks.

Jane May February 1, 2007 at 8:07 pm

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

Raghu CS February 2, 2007 at 9:50 am

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 !

Kenny February 1, 2007 at 3:16 pm

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.

Alex Becker February 1, 2007 at 3:21 pm

Sorry but thats my #1.

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 6:12 pm

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

Jeff February 1, 2007 at 4:15 pm

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

Tony February 1, 2007 at 4:25 pm

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.

Alex Becker February 1, 2007 at 5:00 pm

Yea but I like the competition.

Nomar February 1, 2007 at 11:22 pm

And I like it to :)

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

Allen.H February 2, 2007 at 4:18 am

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.

Allen.H

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 7:09 am

It is, give others like me a chance as well ;)

Alex Becker February 2, 2007 at 7:41 am

Yea this sure is a comment fest

Tony February 2, 2007 at 10:12 am

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.

Michael Kwan February 2, 2007 at 12:47 pm

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

Marc February 1, 2007 at 5:02 pm

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?

Nate W. February 2, 2007 at 12:52 am

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.

Million Dollar BLOG February 2, 2007 at 1:20 am

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

Tony February 2, 2007 at 10:19 am

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.

Alex Becker February 1, 2007 at 2:57 pm

I knew you coul beat $3000. Congratulations.

Kenny February 1, 2007 at 3:00 pm

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!

Allen.H February 1, 2007 at 3:07 pm

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.

Allen.H

Kenny February 1, 2007 at 3:18 pm

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.

Allen.H February 1, 2007 at 3:24 pm

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

Allen.H

Nomar February 2, 2007 at 12:36 am

lol, alexa really dont have value

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 7:11 am

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…

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 6:18 pm

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

Jeff February 1, 2007 at 3:35 pm

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

Ryan February 1, 2007 at 4:53 pm

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.

Alex Becker February 1, 2007 at 3:08 pm

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

Thomas February 1, 2007 at 3:12 pm

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.

Allen.H February 1, 2007 at 3:26 pm

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 :).

Allen.H

Jane May February 2, 2007 at 12:34 am

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???

Jeff February 1, 2007 at 3:36 pm

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.

Nate W. February 2, 2007 at 12:50 am

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.

Nick Witkoski February 1, 2007 at 3:26 pm

that is quite astounding john. Good job with february.

Thomas February 1, 2007 at 3:48 pm

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

MillionDollarJourney.com February 1, 2007 at 4:09 pm

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

FT
http://www.milliondollarjourney.com

Gdog February 1, 2007 at 4:22 pm

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

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 6:20 pm

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

John Chow February 1, 2007 at 7:09 pm

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

Ryan February 1, 2007 at 8:24 pm

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

Nomar February 1, 2007 at 11:21 pm

kind of financial freedom??

hehe he has all the financial freedom he wishes :D

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 7:33 am

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

Michael Kwan February 2, 2007 at 12:51 pm

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?

Marc February 1, 2007 at 4:44 pm

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.

The Probabilist February 1, 2007 at 4:55 pm

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? ;)

Michael Kwan February 1, 2007 at 6:21 pm

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

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 7:12 am

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.

John Chow February 2, 2007 at 8:49 am

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.

Michael Kwan February 2, 2007 at 12:57 pm

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

Jane May February 3, 2007 at 11:37 pm

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

Nick Witkoski February 4, 2007 at 10:10 pm

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.

Lucas McDonnell February 1, 2007 at 5:08 pm

Great post John. Very informative as usual.

Ryan February 1, 2007 at 5:13 pm

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).

URL: http://services.google.com/ads_inquiry/aff

John Chow February 2, 2007 at 8:50 am

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

Hannes Johnson February 1, 2007 at 5:24 pm

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) :)

Chris February 1, 2007 at 7:05 pm

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.

gaman February 1, 2007 at 7:31 pm

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

value investor February 1, 2007 at 7:47 pm

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

Nate W. February 1, 2007 at 7:50 pm

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

Stephen February 1, 2007 at 11:44 pm

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!

Jane May February 2, 2007 at 12:36 am

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

Allen.H February 2, 2007 at 4:15 am

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.

Allen.H

Stephen February 2, 2007 at 11:02 am

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.

Michael Kwan February 2, 2007 at 12:59 pm

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

Stephen February 2, 2007 at 3:15 pm

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

Jane May February 1, 2007 at 8:14 pm

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!

Nick Witkoski February 1, 2007 at 8:24 pm

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 :D

Jane May February 2, 2007 at 12:38 am

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

Nick Witkoski February 4, 2007 at 10:14 pm

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.

Wes February 1, 2007 at 9:20 pm

Question John:

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

-Wesley

Nate W. February 1, 2007 at 10:07 pm

I believe you need to be accepted into TLA.

Million Dollar BLOG February 2, 2007 at 2:30 am

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

Marc February 2, 2007 at 8:27 am

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.

My New Choice February 1, 2007 at 9:49 pm

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? ;)

Marc February 2, 2007 at 8:29 am

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.

My New Choice February 2, 2007 at 2:17 pm

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.

Marc February 2, 2007 at 3:48 pm

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 :)

Nomar February 1, 2007 at 11:21 pm

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

LeeTK February 1, 2007 at 11:22 pm

Wow.. that is really great…

RockyBalboa February 1, 2007 at 11:34 pm

Very Inspiring John!

Wahlau.NET February 1, 2007 at 11:51 pm

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

John Chow February 2, 2007 at 8:57 am

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

Michael Kwan February 2, 2007 at 1:01 pm

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.

Joneh February 2, 2007 at 12:46 am

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.

kristine February 2, 2007 at 4:37 am

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

http://kristinesacro.blogspot.com

Lynx February 2, 2007 at 4:50 am

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?

Alex Becker February 2, 2007 at 7:44 am

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.

My New Choice February 2, 2007 at 2:20 pm

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.

Marc February 2, 2007 at 3:52 pm

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 ;)

Marc February 2, 2007 at 8:35 am

“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.

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 11:33 am

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 ;)

Marc February 2, 2007 at 3:50 pm

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.

Allen.H February 2, 2007 at 9:11 am

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.

Allen.H

Dave Starr February 2, 2007 at 5:19 am

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?

Ryan February 2, 2007 at 6:38 am

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.

Marc February 2, 2007 at 8:41 am

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.

Ryan February 2, 2007 at 8:58 am

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.

Alex Becker February 2, 2007 at 7:45 am

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

Million Dollar BLOG February 2, 2007 at 8:08 am

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

Marc February 2, 2007 at 8:44 am

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.”

Raghu CS February 2, 2007 at 9:53 am

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

Aircraft Guy February 2, 2007 at 10:40 am

That is awesome John. Great job.

arfath February 2, 2007 at 10:49 am

any one from india

Leftblank February 2, 2007 at 11:36 am

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.

Jim Kukral February 2, 2007 at 11:00 am

This was an awesome post John, good work.

Eric (modernself.com) February 2, 2007 at 2:57 pm

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.

Andy February 2, 2007 at 3:22 pm

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.

yuga February 2, 2007 at 4:51 pm

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.

John Chow February 2, 2007 at 5:45 pm

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.

Raju Anand February 2, 2007 at 9:06 pm

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

Michael Flessas February 3, 2007 at 12:55 am

Dang John! Congratulations!

bryan February 3, 2007 at 1:35 am

this site rocks

Niranjan February 3, 2007 at 1:51 am

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

Fleur February 3, 2007 at 2:24 am

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:)

anthony February 3, 2007 at 2:43 am

Thanks for sharing your strategy John.

anthony – http://meandthecomputer.blogspot.com

Lee February 3, 2007 at 6:46 am

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! http://www.fullfeeds.com/

John Chow February 3, 2007 at 9:11 am

I had full feeds since Novemember!

"ME" February 3, 2007 at 6:55 am

You are really great sir John!
I salute you! May your tribe
increase which I maybe belong!?
lol..
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!
GodBless!

props February 3, 2007 at 9:55 am

yo John,

gotta give props where props are due.

Congrats on the blogging dough!

Aris February 3, 2007 at 12:08 pm

John,

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.

Thanks,

Aris.

Orderer February 3, 2007 at 4:15 pm

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

BillyG February 3, 2007 at 4:16 pm

Congratulations and thank you for the transparency.

Just awesome!

Sean February 3, 2007 at 4:18 pm

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!

John Chow February 3, 2007 at 5:01 pm

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.

Chris February 3, 2007 at 8:29 pm

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.

Brian Lee February 4, 2007 at 3:06 am

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

I am your newest subscriber!

cayne February 4, 2007 at 9:28 am

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

Miguel Trujillo February 4, 2007 at 7:33 pm

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.

manambin February 5, 2007 at 2:54 am

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

Nick Witkoski February 5, 2007 at 9:33 am

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.

HART (1-800-HART) February 6, 2007 at 8:34 am

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.

Sidcruise February 6, 2007 at 10:26 am

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…

Sid

Sidcruise February 6, 2007 at 10:38 am

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

lola February 7, 2007 at 3:34 pm

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

Marcel February 11, 2007 at 8:43 am

This is very inspiring. Keep it up

Monish February 12, 2007 at 7:59 pm

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

David February 12, 2007 at 9:24 pm

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

Tara Pringle February 14, 2007 at 5:12 am

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.

Dale Ng February 18, 2007 at 10:38 am

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.

babu February 14, 2007 at 6:18 am

really?

thanks for your share
i may have a try

Anton February 17, 2007 at 5:02 am

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!
Anton.

TIGGER-DAVE February 18, 2007 at 6:41 pm

FIRST LET ME START BY APPOLOGIZING FOR ALL CAPS I JUST DON’T LIKE REMEMBERING TO CAPITALIZE WHERE I NEED TO SO THAT’S WHY I ONLY TYPE IN ALL CAPS
NOW TO THE MEAT OF MY PROBLEM I FOUND YOUR LINK ON MY MYSPACE AND WAS GLAD TO FIND IT BECAUSE IT HELPS ME TO KNOW THAT THERE’S PLENTY OF MONEY TO MAKE ON THE INTERNET EVEN IF YOU ARE A PEON LIKE ME BUT MY PROBLEM IS IN KNOWING WHERE TO BEGIN I HAVE NO CLUE AND GETTING THESE MONEY MAKING THINGS FOR MY BLOG OR SITE OR WHATEVER DO THESE THINGS THAT WILL MAKE ME MONEY LIKE GOOGLEADSENSE AND SO FORTH COST MONEY I DO NOT HAVE MONEY TO INVEST AND CURRENTLY TIME IS HARD TO COME BY YOU KNOW BEING MARRIED WITH 2 KIDS AND A JOB TOO SO PLEASE HELP ME WITH SOME DIRECTIONS TO START WITH I WILL GREATLY APPRECIATE IT THANKS

TIGGER-DAVE February 18, 2007 at 6:52 pm

I MIGHT BE REPOSTING AND WASTING SPACE BUT I HAVE NO IDEA IF THIS WENT THROUGH THE FIRST TIME SORRY ‘BOUT THE CAPS WHERE SHOULD ONE BEGIN AND DOES IT COST MONEY TO HOOK UP WITH THE SITE THAT MAKE YOU MONEY?????

lipu February 19, 2007 at 4:22 am

dont think & dont miss the oppertunity.

Loretta February 19, 2007 at 8:55 am

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
http://www.venusexposed.blogspot.com

Victoria Sands February 19, 2007 at 10:31 am

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 Keen.com and search for me VICTORIA SANDS and tell me what you think…………Thanks a bunch!

Sean February 19, 2007 at 5:21 pm

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

http://dinnerpics.blogspot.com

benjamin February 28, 2007 at 1:45 am

learn a lot from your experience thanks!

Frank Wala February 28, 2007 at 8:42 pm

John

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

Frank
San Diego

Patrick LP February 28, 2007 at 6:57 pm

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.