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How to Earn About $300 a Month Blogging

Several weeks ago, a reader posted a comment, asking what ways I have used to make money blogging. Here’s my answer.

January’s earnings

I try to be transparent with my blogging, so I’m going to tell you exactly what I earned last month: $290.70. Note that this is money actually earned, not payments received.

Since I started out just trying to pay for hosting ($4 per month), I’m happily pleased. And this wouldn’t be possible without you readers. Thanks!

Income sources

One of the big keys to this income is diversification. I started out with AdSense in September. Now that the blog gets decent traffic, AdSense is actually worth displaying on the pages.

Next, I found a writing opportunity back in October. A job was posted over at the ProBlogger Job Board. I contacted the guy about it, and now I’m writing blog articles for Job Tuition.

At about the same time, I found a listing on craigslist for someone seeking help with blogs. I now work with a Florida marketer to setup blogs for her clients. Or, as I like to call it, I’m a blog consultant.

As controversial as it may be, I also write paid posts. Most of this work comes from PayPerPost, but I have written a couple posts for ReviewMe and LoudLaunch as well. I always disclose when a post is paid, and I make sure to provide my honest opinion.

Finally, Text Link Ads is coming through for me. I signed up in December, but it took a couple weeks to get some advertisers on my blog. Now I only have one spot empty, but nobody has bought my Feedvertising. We’ll see how that goes.

Earnings detail

  • PayPerPost – $56
  • AdSense – $50.61
  • TLA – $47.84

As for consulting and my writing at Job Tuition, they are both comparable to the above numbers. I decided to leave the precise numbers out, as a courtesy to my clients/employers.

Make money on your blog

The big question is how you can take this data and use it to your benefit. One word: try! I haven’t done anything spectacular here. I just try different things.

Sign up for AdSense and Text Link Ads. These are easy ways to make some money, especially when the traffic starts flowing in.

If you’re careful, paid posts can be a good route as well. Just don’t sacrifice your readers to earn $5. Be courteous to them, and they’ll understand that you’re just trying to offset the time and labor you put into writing content.

Which brings us to the most important point: write good content. You can’t monetize a blog if you don’t write good content. It doesn’t have to be award-winning. Just make it honest, to the point, and responsive to your audience.

Finally, look at blog job boards or craigslist, and see if anything peaks your interest. Don’t second-guess yourself. Just give it a try. What do you have to lose?

If you have any thoughts, questions, or concerns, please post a comment or drop me a line.

[tags]legal andrew, adsense, payperpost, reviewme, textlinkads, problogger[/tags]

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9 Responses to “How to Earn About $300 a Month Blogging”

  1. Julie
    February 2nd, 2007

    Hello, thank you very much for you insight on making money blogging. I am in the process of trying to do the same think. I appreciate your help. You have my e-mail, so I hope that you would give me info on how you can add at least one of my links to your page. Thank you, Julie

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  3. Andrew,

    The fact that you’re identifying yourself as a “law blogger” makes a massive difference to your earnings.

    All your Text Link Ads are law-related, as a consequence, and I imagine it’s not the most over-subscribed section of TLA.

    Adwords related to law also pull really well.

    Not to deflate your bubble, bucause it’s a great acheivement either way, but rather to help people in areas like mine (blogging, web development, etc) to understand why it’s not quite so easy.

    I get very good traffic to my site (over 200 uniques a day at the moment), but no TLAs sold and a tiny tiny trickle from Adsense. There is more I can do to improve adsense placement, but really, it’s more the area I’m in.

    Make sense?

    - Alister

  4. Andrew Flusche
    February 3rd, 2007


    Thanks for coming by and commenting. From what I saw of your site, it doesn’t look law related. Thus, I think your best bet for a link here is through Text Link Ads (aff).

    Good luck on your site!

  5. Andrew Flusche
    February 3rd, 2007


    I really appreciate your thoughts on this. You’re definitely right that different topics have different challenges and qualities related to them.

    One thing I constantly face is getting traffic itself. A lot of people in the legal field aren’t too into websites and blogs. Thus, I guess I’m lucky that TLA and AdWords do so well in this niche.

    Thanks for your comment, and I do wish you well.


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  8. JuliaxXx
    June 7th, 2007

    Nice post must say, I write mostly about making money :) and that is true I get about same amount of money from adsense.

    Welcome to blogsphere :)

  9. Andrew Flusche
    June 7th, 2007

    Hi Julia,

    Thanks for stopping by to comment. I’m glad you liked the post, and I wish you the best of luck with your blogging!


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