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I’m a Six Figure Blogger

It just hit me – like a truck – that I’ve just become six figure blogger.

When Andy and I selected that name for our course on entrepreneurial blogging – earning over $100k from blogging in a 12 month period was more of a catchy name and a dream than an achievable thing – but sometime in the last month or so it actually became a reality.

August is over and my monthly Adsense figures were a new record – the daily average was $511.27 with the monthly total coming in at just a stones throw from $16,000 (USD). The following picture is a screen capture (with my personal details blocked out) of the monthly total. It actually ended up being 0.36 cents higher than the total you see there (it all counts I guess).

Earnings-August

As you’d expect, I’m pretty happy with that total – but what made me even happier (and made my heart skip a beat) was to look at the total for the past 12 month period and realize that this month’s total took me over the magical $100,000 since 1 September last year. In fact it took me over that mark considerably.

I wasn’t planning on an announcement of earnings this month – but I guess in the lead up to a course on six figure blogging it might be a good thing to actually let people know that it’s possible for a one person show to hit that kind of mark with enough time, luck and honest hard work.

Also read this companion piece to this post
Six Figure Blogging – How Long?

About Darren Rowse

Darren Rowse is the founder and editor of ProBlogger Blog Tips and Digital Photography School. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn.

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Comments

  1. David says:

    $15,xxx+ for the month, but $0.00 so far today. How does that work?

  2. Darren Rowse says:

    David – from memory I took the sceen cap at just after 5pm Melbourne time (which is when my daily stats end/start). ie it was too early in the day to have a record of the days earnings.

  3. You’re an inspiration, my friend. A true inspiration.

  4. Yankee says:

    Its great. My way is 99 Cent taler. But i will make it better.

  5. sisyavisya says:

    Whoa!! I’m jealous. But reaching this height does take a lot of hardwork and dedication i’m sure.

  6. Hi,
    You are my inspiration!

    One day I will also be like you–>My Dream.

  7. Harvey says:

    Nice! My goal is to make somewhere $100 a day at FreeSubject.com and my other sites. You’re really an inspiration Darren! Good luck and keep it up! :)

  8. J2EE Guide says:

    Congrats Darren!!!

    Sure it requires a hell lot of time and committment to earn that figure.

    But i always wonder, Is adsense (for that matter any ad program) a long term cash cow. Or we wasting time for short term gains.

  9. thatSEOguy says:

    Wow…I’m always happy to read about other people’s success stories. As you pointed out, the six-figure income is from 20 sites, you must be a hard worker, too. This is important to know because blogging, like any other line work, requires time and dedication, to succeed.

    Congratulations. I wish you continued success!

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  11. knuddel says:

    respect man! congratulations!

  12. ProBlogger says:

    Oh well I think ill make more then that this year with my blogs, ps I just open new one lol http://www.bontb.com

  13. Binit says:

    Nice to see that google check. I’m receiving something similar piece of paper for 18 months of my blogging career, but never those digits. wish I had started to reah Problogger much earlier. But no regrets, I’m here and wishing good luck for you future dreams, Darren.

  14. Joseph says:

    Great Check, keeps me motivated.

  15. Mindaugas says:

    $16k may sound great, but… not less important thing, is how much $ did you spent for achieving that? (advertising / promotion cost, in other words)

  16. Harsha says:

    6 Figure.. Its Just a dream for me.. But you are really Great… Just Great

  17. mycuterose says:

    This article is fine and teaching many money making ideas

  18. Desenie says:

    That is simply amazing. I wish I have found your post before and I had no idea that Adsence can bring a profit like that… Congratulations!

  19. I am surprised that bloggers are making such a huge amount of money out of their blogging and this may attract others to join this bloggers trend. But it is not simple as it sounds. I, myself has started my little effort to enter into new venture to share and enhance my knowledge. Only time will tell the effect is useful or not. But what can I say this point, is that it is not a simple as it sound.

  20. John says:

    Wow–Amazing! You are an inspiration to everyone to keep working hard in hopes of earning that kind of money! Great job & keep up the great work!

  21. Michael says:

    This is a great blog for bloggers. I keep seeing advertisements that tries to sell something that is suppose to increase Adsense revenue a lot. I didn’t think it would be possible to earn that much with Adsense, but probably is for most people. You are one of those top dogs out there with a thousand+ traffic per day. I didn’t realize this was a post from 2 years ago. I bet you are making a lot more now. Keep up the fantastic work.

  22. Christine says:

    I have no doubt that you know what your talking about so please don’t be offended when I ask this.

    I was disturbed at your snapshot of your Google earnings. So you earn 15,000 or more dollars however in the top left corner it said you earned 0. How do you get to the point of 15,000 dollars when you have earned nothing that day? Is this a real snapshot?

    Thanks

  23. Darren Rowse says:

    not offended Christine.

    The screen shot was taken right at the start of the day when Google changed from one day to the next with their tracking. So there had not been any earnings for that day yet.

  24. Graham says:

    Excellent! Mabye one day we will all be like that!

  25. redbox says:

    wow, that’s awesome!!!!!!!!! congrates for yr nice earning. I hope i could get such ammount too :(

  26. Hey Darren,

    I have been a big fan of yours for some time. Those adsense earnings are fantastic. I would scream if I ever saw earnings like that on my acocunt. Just seeing results like this onyl gives bloggers like us out there the drive to work even harder. Keep up the great work!

  27. digin says:

    i just want to say, that is not a “honest” work, you are filling the internet with stupid webpages just to put ads without have a really useful site, making lose to the surfers valued time watching spammed sites with google adsense, here and anywhere is not a honest work, dont say it.

  28. Darren Rowse says:

    have you read my blogs digin? I spend hours and hours every day writing useful and quality content.

  29. Albanos says:

    Awesome..I wish I had the same earnings ;) Hm.. I earn only about 100$ on month. Not much but more than nothing, for my 16 years. Maybe you can help my Pagerank comming higher and maybe I will earn more xD

    Greez…

  30. Michael says:

    An amazing story that motivates all of us. Keep up the good work!

  31. Glenn says:

    Great content for motivation and something to aspire too. I just started blogging. If anyone has any other tips I’m all ears.

  32. Every says:

    I think you are right, but it is not good solution for me :)

  33. What a great inspiration!

    I will have to check out your problogger course!

  34. Justin says:

    That is normal you’ve worked to achieve that success, congratulation.

  35. MG says:

    Congrats, this are some high earnings!

  36. VoyeurSport says:

    The screencap was taken a long time ago and there have been many AdSense changes since then so how about some more recent months?

  37. prasanna says:

    Hi Darren,
    Your all posts are very much informative and useful for the blogger who has just started blogging.I have read your many posts from last six months,which will help me a lot.thank you for the same.Your earning will definitly inspire to many blogger to achieve this much success.
    Thank you once again.

  38. Ben Leonard says:

    Wow this really is something that will inspire me

    Iam still struggling to get my earnings over $10-15 a day, its a tough business but iam slowly noticing that putting in the hard work = results :)

  39. Huey says:

    This is photoshopped. Why do I think that?

    If you are getting $500 a day in clicks.. thats a massive amount of clicks. So at any given time of day your “Today’s earnings” should be something more than zero. Unless They waited till midnight to take this screen shot but even then… i dunno.

    Anyhoo… if its true congrats, if its not, shame on you.

  40. Darren Rowse says:

    Huey – you got it in one. I waited until the end of the day and then took the screen shot. At the time that this happened AdSense only updated once every 30-60 minutes so it wasn’t hard to get it at $0.00 – that was actually my intention as I didn’t want the daily earnings to be a distraction from the monthly ones. Of course it ended up backfiring as so many people got distracted by the $0.00. Oh well – that’s life!

  41. woow! amazing! hope i can be like you sir!

  42. Oce says:

    Amazing! I just began blogging to get information out so that people can make informed consumer choices. I wonder if AdSense would have ads for environmentally and human-friendly products on my blog, once I have more content. If it was that, and not just random products, then I might consider it, at least for a trial period. How interesting.

  43. Mobisop says:

    what a great earnings! incredible. i couldn’t believe it!

  44. Parantar says:

    wow. its so amazing! we’re so inspired with this post. you’re so great!

  45. Adarsh says:

    Sometimes i envy you, sometimes i adore you. Humans!!!! Great job you are doing. Wish i could be as consistent as you. I am planning my website as a free blog to users. I will be providing free review services, free seo services, rss submission etc. I dont want to charge people for my services. However a few extra bucks like adsense earnings wouldnt hurt

  46. my2cents says:

    Thats just awesome, I would love to make that, right now I’m at 57.00 for the year, and it’s only December!
    I know wow right!

    So what’s the trick, how do you get people to click ads, I click peoples ads just to help them out :)

    http://www.pennyroll.com

  47. I consider that amount as spectacular income. Congratulations! I hope that I could make it one day.

  48. Congrats Gents, please share us your success story step by step so I also can learn from it.Thanks a lot

  49. wow man that is great. I only wish I could have such success with my online marketing

  50. Darren thank you for letting us know that is it possible.
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