How much do bloggers make? It’s a common question. And the answer?
It varies of course, but many bloggers are making well over 6 figures a year. Many more are making much less. Let me break it down…
Back in 2010 I asked the readers of this blog to share their incomes. Many did (in the comments) and I am so grateful.
Back then, it certainly wasn’t a scientific study nor was it a representative cross-section of all bloggers.
Nevertheless, a general trend emerged. Basically, the established bloggers were making about 1% of their monthly pageviews.
So for example, if a blogger had 40,000 pageviews per month, they we’re making roughly $400 a month. If they had $400,000 pageviews, it was about $4000 a month.
But that was 2010. This is 2014 and things have changed…
Changes for money-making bloggers
One of the biggest changes is that a popular income stream among my readers at the time – advertising – is no longer paying nearly what it used to. That’s been a bummer for many who have high traffic.
Another change is that people have now branched out from making money directly from their blogs.
For many blogger today, their blogs are springboards for additional forms of income. This good news for smaller bloggers because it means you can make great money with much less traffic. By the way, I list many popular income streams in my guide, How to Make Money Blogging (2014 Edition).
Another thing that has changed is that many bloggers now publicly post their income reports. I’ve compiled a small sampling of reported monthly incomes from a few bloggers around the web just to give you a rough idea. All reports are from March 2014.
- Pat from Smart Passive Income: $75,372.57
- Jeff & Mandy from Dollars & Roses: $29,576.26
- Mike at Mike From Maine: $11,407.25
- Robert from Beat the 9 to 5: $6556.36
- Jennifer from Rat Race Grad: $4230.50
- Eric from My 4-Hour Workweek: $615.96
So how do bloggers make money?
Another great question. In my post How to Make Money Blogging, I’ve done my very best to compile information from the many bloggers I’ve observed online for the last 10 years. Check it out!
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 (asked in 2010)?
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?
Pageviews per month?
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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- How to Change An Admin User and Why It's Important
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- How to Install a Theme in WordPress
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- How to Write a Killer About Page
- How to Write a Post in WordPress
- Designers I Recommend
- My Top Affiliate Marketing Tips
- How Much Do Bloggers Make?
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- 7 Tips for Commenting on Blogs
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- 7 SEO Tips
- How to Create a Call to Action
- Tips for Using Images on Your Blog
- Anatomy of a Good Blog Post
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- My Top Twitter Tips
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