You know what I just realized? Blogging can be extremely lucrative.
Ok, I already knew that, but lately, almost every single day that message has been brought home to me time and time again as I see my earnings and offers increase.
Tuesday, the 13th of June, I became the second blogger on Pay/perp0st to hit the $10,000 mark. That’s right. I’m the second highest earner on Pay/perp0st.
I started with Pay/perp0st on October 10th 2006 and by November 26th I’d made my first $1000. By the end of December I’d made $2009.35. Odd how it turned out to be almost exactly $2000 at the end of the year, isn’t it? So that means that I’ve made a little over $8000 in the last almost five and a half months.
The funny thing is that in the last several months I’ve really slowed down. I go days without doing a Pay/perp0st post at times. The amount paid per blog has increased though so I can write fewer posts and make the same or better money. Win Win if you ask me.
I started doing paid blogging because I’ve been off work since December 4th 2005 due to Crohn’s. I still have a job as an ER nurse, but I’m unable to perform my duties because I’m simply too ill. Heck, these days I can barely get out into my garden!
I was getting sick pay, and then medical unemployment for a while, but the money ran out by July 2006. We tried taking in borders for a few months, but I couldn’t stand it. One of our borders was a real nut who lied to us all the time and we had to watch her like a hawk. The stress of having someone like that in my home did nothing towards helping me get any better.
So last October, as our situation started to become desperate I went searching for another way to make money. Something that wouldn’t be too hard for me to do. I came across Pay/perp0st and decided to try it. Don’t get me wrong – it’s not easy easy work, but it’s certainly easier than a 12 hour ER nursing shift!
I already had several blogs, but I only used two of them for Pay/perp0st at first. It wasn’t until perhaps February that I added a couple of the other blogs to the system. This allows me to spread out the blogging work that I take not only from Pay/perp0st, but from several other companies across the blogs, and also allows me to be sure that the posts I choose to take truly suit the blogs that I put them on. It’s better for me, it’s better for my blogs and most importantly it’s better for my readers.
I do work with pretty much all the companies now. Some more than others of course. I also earn income on my websites and blogs from other forms of advertising as well – Amazon, Google Adsense, Adbrite, Text L1nk Ads, Auction Ads, Glam Network, private work, and a few other sources. I’m considering experimenting with a few other advertisers – some of whom have come to me directly lately.
I guess I’ve been making money with my websites for several years now. Google Adsense and Amazon being the main sources. However it wasn’t until the past year that I got my act together and really started to work at it. This year I really can see that I could make a living off my websites.
When I first started with P in October, and then other companies, I kept a daily tally of how much I was making. I think I’d set a goal to make at least $1000 a month via all my sources of income. Now, I’m so busy that I haven’t had a chance to tally things up for quite a while – although I do still keep track of every cent I make. I’m just not adding it all up.
A few months ago I saw that I was easily able to increase my goal to $3000 per month, but I do believe that I’m making close to $4000 per month at this time. So my new goal is to make at least $5000 per month by the end of the year.
You know what? I think I will make my goal! Especially since I’m only doing half of what I could be doing and I’ve got 6 more domains to develop!
What I find kind of amusing is that in the comment section of one of the recent posts on Michael Arrington’s Blog, Techcrunch, one of the commenters stated that the majority of blogs listed in Pay/perp0st are very small, run by stay at home moms and only get 3 visitors a month. Right!
That’s totally untrue considering that Pay/perp0st’s demographics state that the majority of bloggers in their system are men and I know that there’s quite a variety of blogs, large and small, writing on a vast number of topics within the system.
This blog is the main blog on the Feverishthoughts.com domain. I’ve got 7 blogs on this domain (5 of which will move to the new domains shortly), but by far, this site, and As the Garden Grows gets more than 80% of the traffic that my Feverishthoughts.com Network brings in.
The stats for Feverishthoughts.com for May 2007 state that there were 130,141 unique visitors, and 513,524 page views. Traffic is increasing weekly! My main website, not a blog – a website, on a different domain, had 46,788 unique visitors, and 106,669 page views.
Those stats are nothing to sneeze at, and I know there’s other bloggers using Pay/perp0st and similar services that have similar stats.
Certainly with stats like that on one of my websites, and a few of my blogs (I didn’t list everything), and the sites I’m developing if I don’t make my $5000 per month target by the end of the year I’ll clearly have been doing something wrong!