How Much Do Bloggers Make?

It’s a common question. How much do real bloggers actually make?

how much do bloggers make

The real answer is frustrating. But hopefully this will give you an idea.

The answer: it depends.

The amount one makes online is dependent on many factors like:

  • Your niche
  • How well-known you are
  • How effective your networking is
  • If you are fortunate enough to be recognized and linked to by well-known bloggers
  • If you have outstanding content that makes people keep coming back
  • If you write about topics for which there are companies willing to pay advertising
  • If you have multiple income streams
  • Your type and number of income streams
  • And more

The list goes on and on. Every blogger’s story is different.

(By the way, if after reading you decide you want to start a blog and you don’t have one yet, you can set one up in 15 minutes.)

How much time does an income-producing blog require? A lot!

I’m going to make a broad, blanket statement here just for perspective (there are exceptions to every rule, so please take that into account). I would say, your income is proportional to the amount of time you put in.

In other words, it’s not likely you’ll make a full-time income writing and networking 2-4 hours a day. You could probably make a decent part-time income doing so, but getting to that point would require a good amount of blogging knowledge and experience.

How long will it take before I start making money on my blog? It’ll be a while.

I love what Angela said:

I always tell folks that I worked for 8 months on my blog before receiving a single check! You have to make sure you are committed and passionate about what you’re blogging about. Focus first on quality content and bringing in traffic. And if you NEED the money…like NOW? Don’t start a blog. Get a day job.

I’d say give yourself at least 6 months before you start pulling in an income. And even then, it’ll most likely be coffee money.

So I’ll ask, how much do you make?

Sometimes it’s helpful to hear about someone’s actual experience. You know, “the numbers.”

So, if you currently make money from your blog, would you mind filling us in on yours? (If you’d like to answer anonymously, simply enter “Anonymous” in the “Name” field and leaving the URL field blank. A valid email address is still required to post a comment but will not be shared. If you do post anonymously, make sure you use an email address not attached to your gravatar!)

This is not a competition, but an opportunity to help others get an idea of what to expect. We’re all either there or have been there at some point.

Here are my questions:

  • How old is your blog?
  • What is your niche, or, what topics do you write about?
  • How many pageviews do you get a month?
  • What is your monthly income?
  • What is/are your main income stream/s?
  • How long did it take before you started making money?
  • How many hours per day do you spend on your blog and blog-related activites (networking, etc.)?
  • What was your turning point? Do you have a special circumstance? Did something happen which was the point at which you started seeing steady growth? Is there something about your blog that makes it not exactly “average” and therefore makes it one of the exceptions to the rule?

I’ll go first:

How old is your blog? 2 1/2 months.

Niche? Blogging tips, time-management tips, how to start a blog, how to make money blogging.

Pageviews per month? Google Analytics tells me in the last 30 days (May 15, 2010 – June 14, 2010) I’ve received 13,149 pageviews. (This number is not normal. See special circumstance below.)

Monthly income? In the same time period (mid-May to mid-June), I’ve made about $500. (Again, not a normal number. See special circumstance below.) This does not include income from design/consulting which I would say resulted from my blog but is not directly related to it.

Main income streams? Affiliate sales (i.e. getting a portion of a sale for referring someone to a product or service).

How long before you made money? I blogged almost 6 years without trying to make money, but in that time I learned a whole lot so by the time I started making money, it happened within the first month.

Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? At least 4-6.

Turning point or special circumstance? Special circumstance: I blogged for almost 6 years and I made pennies per month. Making an income wasn’t really my focus until I started BloggingWithAmy.com which is a culmination of what I’ve learned over the last 6 years and I would absolutely not have the same numbers if I had started as a new blogger. I would guesstimate that a blogger who started blogging 2 months ago would have made $0 and pageviews would be between 10 and 50 per day.

Turning point: Attending Blissdom. The networking at the conference was huge for me as was the inspiration to pursue blogging as income and to do so full steam ahead.

What do you say bloggers? Will you jump in? Here’s what to do:

If you’re game, copy this list of questions below, paste it into a comment and answer as many as you’d like. All I ask is that you keep it real.

How old is your blog?

Niche?

Pageviews per month?

Monthly income?

Main income streams?

How long before you made money?

Hours blogging (& related activities) per day?

Turning point or special circumstance?

I can’t wait to read your responses! Thank you!

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Comments

  1. says

    Gosh I am looking for something like Blissdom and I’m in Dallas too. Any suggestions on where to find that kind of event or inspiration in Dallas now that the event no longer takes place?

  2. Amanda says

    How old is your blog? 4 months

    Niche? Breastfeeding

    Pageviews per month? 2,500 in March, but 2,300 so far in April

    Monthly income? I made $0.32 in January, $0.41 in February, $2.31 in March. $23 so far in April

    Main income streams? Amazon.com affiliate

    How long before you made money? Second month if you consider 32 cents “making money”

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? Very inconsistent daily, but weekly – probably 10.

    Turning point or special circumstance? N/A

  3. says

    How old is your blog? 5 months old

    What is your niche, or, what topics do you write about? Dog/puppy related website

    How many pageviews do you get a month? 110k

    What is your monthly income? 500/month

    What is/are your main income stream/s? Adsense

    How long did it take before you started making money? Started right away because of my facebook page

    How many hours per day do you spend on your blog and blog-related activites (networking, etc.)? 1-2 hour a day

    What was your turning point? My facebook page

    Do you have a special circumstance? Again.. My facebook page

    Did something happen which was the point at which you started seeing steady growth? Not really

    Is there something about your blog that makes it not exactly “average” and therefore makes it one of the exceptions to the rule? Not really to be honest

  4. says

    I love your money making ideas. Have a question, how do you make money from this blog? Or are you running this blog just for inspiring/helping others?

  5. harry says

    It’s truely inspirational, people are really commenting their blog status . So I will give my stats here.

    How old is your blog?
    5 Months

    Niche?

    Technology

    Pageviews per month?

    analytics is showing 30k.

    Monthly income?

    I am just started with my blog. December and January I earned around $1. In feb I earned $19 and in March I earned $320 and In April it already at $112 . I kind of feel happy about my blog growth.

    Main income streams?

    Only ADSENSE

    How long before you made money?

    It took 2 months.

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day?

    I don’t spend much time to write articles. I am still trying to learn SEO and Keyword Research.

    Turning point or special circumstance?

    Feb month, I earned $19, that gave me confidence that, I can earn money through blogging.

    I will subscribe to this post, to check further comments. Thanks.

    • says

      This story of success is inspirational and not usual. I am 100% new to blogging and don’t have much time to devote to it. But I try to get at least 1 post up per week. Do you think your niche has been a big factor in the growth of your readership? Or is it your content? You didn’t say how much blogging you do. And you didn’t name your blog for me to check out. Thanks.

  6. says

    How old is your blog?
    - 2 months

    Niche?
    - fruit based nutrition and fitness

    Pageviews per month?
    - 12,500

    Monthly income?
    - $10

    Main income streams?
    - google adsense, amazon affiliate

    How long before you made money?
    - 1 month

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day?
    - 6-12 hours

    Turning point or special circumstance?
    - focused being more active on facebook and reddit

  7. says

    How old is your blog?
    - 2 months

    Niche?
    - fruit based nutrition and fitness

    Pageviews per month?
    - 12,500

    Monthly income?
    - $10

    Main income streams?
    - amazon affiliate, google adsense

    How long before you made money?
    - 1 month

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day?
    - 6-12 hours

    Turning point or special circumstance?
    - became more active on facebook and reddit

  8. says

    How old is your blog? 6 months

    Niche? fitness apparel

    Pageviews per month? 100,000-110,000

    Monthly income? – $100 Adsense + $320 free product

    Main income streams? Adsense

    How long before you made money? 2 months, but first check last month.

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? 2-3 hours…sometimes more.

    Turning point or special circumstance? Reviews with watermarked photos. Commenting on other blogs (not in a spamming way). Always revising, looking for new material….currently researching transitioning to WordPress and biting the bullet soon!

  9. says

    Hey

    So I was wondering… I’m a 16 year and I really would like to start blogging. I also wouldn’t mind making a little bit of spare change from it as well. The only thing I’m worried about is my blog and opinions not getting any views because I’m young. And if I don’t get views from an older population because I’m too young do young people even read blogs?

    Any help is appreciated!

    Thanks

  10. says

    How old is your blog? Less than 1 yr

    Niche? I release my original amateur pictures into the public domain through my photo blog

    Pageviews per month? 8,000-12,000

    Monthly income? $15-$45 (really fluctuates), I guess my niche has less advertisers so I really get a lot of clicks but really really small revenue from it.

    Main income streams? Adsense only

    How long before you made money? after 6 months (lol)

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? about 3-6 hours per weeks, usually after work

    Turning point or special circumstance? Once in a while someone features my photo blog in their blog posts and I get a spike on views and clicks which is sweet! There are also days when some of my published posts just get a lot of views for few hours then it goes down. I guess this is when another blogger uses my pictures and creates a backlink to my blog. This happens atleast once a week.

  11. Donna says

    Amy…I have been writing for many years. I do better with fiction although I have written for industry. I would like to create a blog similar to Dickens serial stories tied to daily life in Neighborhood USA. It could be anywhere. Husbands and wives live out their lives day by day, good times and bad, considering issues of health care, dought, corrupt city governments, neighbors, divorce, vacations, and gossip. My audiance will be readers who might like the adventures of Peter Mayle as he moves to a small town and buys a fixer in a foreign country, meeing all types of people and describing wonderful food along the way. It is a bit broad in scope but I have been writing for a while. I plan to write a chapter a week, possibly more often. Your thoughts? My hope is that people will be waiting for each new chapter.

  12. says

    How old is your blog? 2 years

    Niche? Family Preparedness

    Pageviews per month? about 3,000

    Monthly income? between $40-$100

    Main income streams? Amazon affiliate, other affiliate, adsense (tiny)

    How long before you made money? a year probably

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? Not very many, so busy with other plates. Probably 3 hours per week at the moment.

    Turning point or special circumstance? I’ve been to a couple conferences and read a ton, I just need to read Tell-your -time again so I can pull it together to accomplish all that I want to.

    I get hung up on the technical stuff a lot and then get discouraged and distracted and never seem to get back to what it was that I was trying to accomplish. :(

  13. Anonymous says

    How old is your blog? 3 years

    Niche? Deals

    Pageviews per month? 300,000

    Monthly income? Averaging $10,000/mo for 2014

    Main income streams? affiliates, amazon, adsense, brandcaster

    How long before you made money? 1 year

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? 8 – 16 (depends on day)

    Turning point or special circumstance? Started treating it as a business & not a hobby.

  14. says

    How old is your blog? One month old today.

    Niche? Family life/ Fatherhood

    Pageviews per month? Just checked google analytics… says I had 213 this first month.

    Monthly income? $0!

    Main income streams? Just joined adsense about a week ago.

    How long before you made money? N/A

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? So far I only have 3 or 4 posts. I’m trying to learn CSS and WordPress in general at the same time. I’ve never blogged and don’t yet know anyone who has/does. So not very much time blogging, but alot of time on youtube and google trying to figure it out.

    Turning point or special circumstance? I am a father of three young daughters. I recently left my post as Sous chef at a local restaurant, a job that required many 14-18 hour days because I didn’t want to miss my daughters’ childhoods. I decided tucking them in and having dinner at home was more important than anything i could do in a restaurant, or anywhere else. That said, after 20 years in a kitchen, I don’t know how to go to bed before 3am! The girls and my wife sleep. I read/ write. It’s nice.

    I can’t wait to read your responses! Thank you!

    • says

      That is so admirable of you! I guess after many years of working, you’re in a great position to put your ladies before work. On the contrary, my hubby and I are young and are now try to build our lives together so he works in the oilfield and is away from home and us quite often. I blog about my life as an oilfield wife over at The Oilfield Mom Survival Guide (http://www.oilfieldmomsurvivalguide.com).

  15. says

    How old is your blog? 7 months old

    Niche? Covering Indie music events and providing a media outlet for independent artists, labels, etc.

    Pageviews per month? 142

    Monthly income? $0

    Main income streams? none

    How long before you made money? N/A

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day? 2-4

    Turning point or special circumstance? Blog focuses on unique indie artists (so not every indie artist would be a good fit for the blog). I live in a sort of remote location so attending events is difficult with having a full-time, bill paying day job. Although online research can be done at anytime, traveling to the events is limited to evenings, weekends, holidays, etc.

  16. says

    Great article, and one that is very motivating for me (and others) to see where they are going and how they can set goals.

    How old is your blog?

    I have quite a few blogs. My oldest and first is about 3 years old. After I made my first blog and realized that I was making money, I started making more blogs.

    Niche? Education and Travel

    Pageviews per month? 100,000 – 200,000

    Monthly income? My main blog makes around $1,000 a month through Google Adsense alone and I see that number steadily growing. My other blogs make less, but they are catching up.

    Main income streams?

    I use Adsense and Amazon Associates. I have dabbled with creating an eBook or two as well. I also sell products through my blogs and am thinking of doing consulting.

    How long before you made money?

    I started making a few pennies right away. I found an excellent niche and ran with it. After a couple of months, the money started really coming in. After a year or two, the money grew exponentially. I have found the longer you go at it, the faster the income rolls in. In other words, keep at it!

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day?

    I spend about 2 hours or so a day blogging at least. Some days I work for eight hours.

    Turning point or special circumstance?

    I have seen my blogs jump in income the longer they sit and the more they are worked on. For example, my first and largest blog doubled its daily income overnight without stopping. The secret: work hard on your blog and don’t give up. It’s slow at first, but if you treat it as a job and really love blogging, you are going to end up making money. My blogs make enough money to let me travel the world and they allow me to spend time doing something that I truly love.

    • Tish says

      Ryan, thank you for posting your comment. My goal is the same as the goal you have already achieved: To be able to work from anywhere on the planet doing something you truly love to do.

      I am taking baby steps to set the foundation of my blog (which has not launched yet) by creating interesting and thoughtful articles that I hope will spark further discussion.

      Since writing full time is something I have always wanted to do, I will remain dedicated to my goals and enjoy every minute whether profitable or not.

      It is inspiring to see the success of others while learning the “ropes” of having a career as a blogger. It is such a unique and (for me anyway) ideal way to make a living.

      Thanks again for the inspiration!
      Tish

  17. says

    How old is your blog?
    4.5 months old – one post a day. Streak continues. No break!

    Niche?
    Science and other “Awesome” stuff

    Pageviews per month?
    5-10 thousand

    Monthly income?
    $2-$3 :D Please don’t laugh

    Main income streams?
    Adsense only

    How long before you made money?
    1 month

    Hours blogging (& related activities) per day?
    2-3 hours

    Turning point or special circumstance?
    None yet :(

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