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Gawker traffic statistics

Nick Denton has posted the Gawker Blog Network’s traffic statistics for the past 12 months. Warning – these are serious numbers!

Another ProBlogger Public Service Announcement

Every time I talk about the potential for blogs to earn money I generally get a lot of feedback from readers. Much of it is pretty balanced but there are two other types of responses that within hours of my most recent announcement I had in my inbox:

  1. readers telling me they are going to quit their jobs to become a ProBlogger too
  2. readers telling me that I’m being irresponsible for talking up blogging as an income spinner and saying that I’m just doing it in a hype filled way to make some quick cash myself.

So let me mention three previous posts that are companion pieces to my recent announcement:

Keep these in mind when you enter into ProBlogging and you’ll have a much more realistic approach.

Update: You might also like to check out two polls I’ve run that show that the vast majority of bloggers don’t earn much money from their blogs. Once again I’m not wanting to put a downer on the potential for blogs to earn money, ask you’ll see in the polls a small number of bloggers make very good money blogging – but I just want people to have a realistic understanding of it. Check these polls out at Adsense Earnings Poll and Chitika Earnings Poll.

Also relevant on this topic is a story I wrote of my first 3 years of blogging.

Update – and for good measure – a more recent post on the topic – A Reality Check about Blogging for Money.

Six Figure Blogging – How Long?

One of the most common questions I get asked when people hear about my blogging earnings is ‘how long has it taken’ to get as far as I have?

The short answer is that it’s taken a considerable amount of time. I’ve been blogging since November 2002 and started to experiment with Adsense in September of 2003 – two years ago.

You can see from the following graph (of my monthly Adsense earnings since September 2003) that the growth has been pretty steady with a couple of blips along the way. The first ten or so months were very slow going but the growth since then become quite exponential as I’ve been able to dedicate more and more time to blogging and have learned more about how to get the most out of Adsense.

The motto of the story is that it takes time. As I often say – if you’re not in it for the long haul you’ll probably never see significant earnings.

Earnings-Graph

PS: every time I use a graph like this people ask how I made it – the answer is Keynote – an Apple Presentation tool like Powerpoint.

Spring Clean Your Blog

Spring has Sprung here in Melbourne and so it’s an appropriate time for Spring Cleaning for those of us in the Southern Hemisphere. Duncan is extending his Spring Cleaning to his blog at Quick spring cleaning tips for your blog which includes a variety of ways to freshen up a blog:

‘Its the first day of Spring here today in Australia, and although its still fairly cool, September in my neck of the woods means that the 6 months it rains here will soon come to an end, it will be warm soon, and I’ll be a whole much more happier person (mainly because I hate winter). So what better time to write a quick spring cleaning list for blogs, but don’t despair if your North of the equator, because spring cleaning your blog(s) can be done at any time of the year: indeed I find it helps me particularly if I get into a rut, and as they say sometimes a change is as good as a holiday!’

Continue reading Quick spring cleaning tips for your blog

Short Vacation

V and I will be heading up the highway this morning for a long weekend away from Melbourne. After a pretty massive month of blogging and other work the break comes at a good time for us both as we’re both pretty worn out. I’ll be leaving my laptop at home so it shall be a completely blogging free long weekend. Don’t worry if you’re relying upon ProBlogger for some reading over the weekend though – I’ve left a couple of posts to go off over the next day or two.

I’m told it is a long weekend this weekend in the US also. So those of you who are Adsense users will probably have a lower few days than normal – its on weekends like these that Adsense discussion forums go a little crazy with people thinking that Adsense has broken – it hasn’t so don’t stress too much.

It’s also weekends like these that Google often rolls out updates of page rank and backlinks. I don’t know if this will happen (I’ve not got any inside word) but you never know – I’ve got a hunch that its about due.

So have a good weekend wherever you are – I hope its a safe and restful one.

Lastly – consider visiting and supporting Red Cross or some other organization to support their work around the world on this weekend where there are so many struggling (like in the Gulf Coast and Niger to name just two).

Have a good weekend.

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?

60 Minutes to Cover The Podcasting Network

1.6million Aussies are about to hear about Podcasting. Now if only I can get Cameron to mention me in his interview!

How much Cameron?

Comparing AdSense and Yahoo’s Publisher Network

Jen has a very interesting post comparing Adsense and Yahoo’s Publisher Network ads on her Women’s Finance blog. It’s well worth a read as it reveals that both YPN and Adsense have some clear advantages over one another.

If it’s high click values that you’re after it seems that YPN is your best bet – however if it’s CTR, ePCM or ad relevancy you’ll probably lean toward Adsense. Of course it’s very early days for YPN – without a doubt they’ll be working on issues of relevancy and CTR – if they can it could be well worth the switch when they come out of beta.

Check out her full post for all the details.

In related news – I’ve noticed that in the last few days quite a few bloggers have been accepted into the YPN beta test. It looks like they’ve opened things up to a second round of testers which is a sign that it is a step closer to full release. Still no non North American testers though as far as I can see.

Engadget T-Shirt Design Contest

I thought my T-shirt competition was difficult to organise – but it’s nothing in comparison to what Engadget’s one must be like with 1000 submitted entries!