February has been off to a slow start for me, and I am feeling a little down so I wanted to find links to various earnings reports around the web for January 2012 and encourage myself and others that it simply is a matter of keeping the nose to the grindstone (or should I say fingers to the keyboard), produce good and useful content and eventually the earnings and traffic will take care of itself.
Before I get into the earnings from others, though, I would like to highlight my own earnings report which I have published at my newest blog, Grand Per Month. True to its name, I was able to earn just over $1000 with my online activities during the month of January so I am pleased about that. Here is the link to my January earnings report. Now on to the others.
Earnings from Bloggers
I am going to start with Derek from Life and My Finances since it is his monthly graphs which inspired me to pursue making money with a blog and which keep me going month to month. As a result, I have been able to pay off a business credit card and a business line of credit with my blog earnings as well as start a second blog by reinvesting the profits in order to hire writing help. You can see that Derek made over $1500 in January and had a nice rebound from December.
Next comes Andrea whose spunk I admire greatly. She recently gave up a job that wasn’t working out to work full-time online from home. She made over $2000 which was better than her goal, but spending got to her a bit so she didn’t seem too happy. Hopefully February works out better.
I don’t know where Corey gets his energy, but dang! Check out his January earnings. He has a ton of irons in the fire, but it seems to be worth it as he pulled in over $3000. No doubt that at this rate, he will be able to retire early just like he wants to.
Joe at Retire by 40 seems to be in the same boat as me currently with a fluctuation in income. He only made $707 in January which was down from over $2700. But he still has a good attitude and a great blog so I have no doubt that he will bounce back in February. The fluctuations are what kill me and drive me nuts.
Robert managed to kick butt during the month of January. He was writing like a mad man and it paid off with almost $3000 in online income. Not to mention that he is getting some dividends as passive income to boot. Way to go, Robert! Added you to my blogroll.
I could go on and on, but I have other things that I want to get done prior to the Super Bowl tonight. Hopefully, this gives you a little inspiration as it does me to keep on writing and plugging away. I really want to try and not focus on the income but rather to help people and share my story, although I must say that paying off some of these debts has been nice. Unfortunately, I have many others and will be sharing some of that later this week.
As always, thanks for reading and have a great day!
Oops, Almost Forgot!
I was in a few carnivals this week so I wanted to highlight those as well:
Yakezie Carnival – Cash Flow Mantra
Melissa from Mom’s plans helps me out with these carnival submissions since it seems tedious to me. Actually, I pay her but the cost is worth every penny. If you are interested, you can hire her too.
Several months ago, I wrote a post about bloggers making $1000 per month. I realize that is not a lofty goal working 40-50 hours per week on blogging as a full time source of income. But I was curious if a part-time blogger (such as myself) could actually achieve that level of earnings so I began to search for some who had achieved that level and also were holding down full-time jobs.
I went to many of the personal finance blogs that I read and began to search for earnings reports to see what clues I could gather. I also asked for anyone who was willing to share in the comments whether or not they made $1000 per month as a blogger while still working.
Why $1000? Because that amount seems like a fairly significant amount of money. Four figures sure sounds better than three figures. But also because it has been a goal of mine since I know that $1000 would make a big dent in college expenses that I will be helping to pay as my kids get older and start moving out and heading off to college. I had actually given myself until July 2016 to get to that number but was beginning to wonder how possible it was which was the point of the article.
Part-Timers Making $1000 Per Month
Derek at Life and My Finances is one of those bloggers who is able to make over $1000 per month as a part-timer. In fact, Derek is the one that really got me to thinking about the possibility of being able to make $1000 monthly.
Joe at Retire by 40 is another blogger who is able to make over $1000 per month using his blog. It is impressive to see the progress that these 2 bloggers have made month after month.
I wasn’t able to get many bloggers to self-identify themselves following the post, but Andy from Tight Fisted Miser did. His earnings are impressive as a part-timer. Well over $2000 per month. You can check out his latest earnings report.
Charles at Money Green Life made over $1500 in August which makes the grade.
Darwin over at Darwin’s Money also makes well over $1000 per month as a blogger. He has got plenty of projects that he works on, although I can’t confirm that he has a full-time job. I may have read it somewhere, but it can be hard to keep track without taking notes.
Another One for Your List
There is another part-time blogger who definitely works full-time (about 50 hours per week) and usually gets up about 4:30-5 each morning to write (although I will be sleeping in til 6 tomorrow since I am writing this at midnight). In addition to being a part-timer, I managed to earn just over $1000 per month online for November 2011.
Needless to say, I was quite shocked and pleased. I was able to use some of that money to pay off a credit card.
I was also convinced that if I could do it, anyone could. Maybe they couldn’t make $1000 per month blogging, but there had to be other ways of making a side income that people could use to pay off debt, help with bills, build an emergency fund, or somehow enhance their lives.
New Blog Idea
So I developed an idea for a new blog and contacted the one that I felt inspired me to step up my game and make it all happen, Derek from Life and My Finances. Together with Melissa from Mom’s Plans, the three of us will be working to provide our readers with a weekly idea for making an extra $1000 per month on a part-time basis. These will not only be online ventures but offline as well in case someone is not computer savvy or has no real interest in internet income.
The blog is called Grand Per Month and we will officially start the posts on January 2nd appropriately enough with a post by Derek on “How to Make $1000 per Month Blogging”.
Won’t you join us and make 2012 the year when you are finally able to build up that emergency fund, pay off that credit card, or take a little vacation? Won’t you make it a year when you commit to making an extra grand per month? What would you do with $1000 per month extra in your pocket? Please share in the comments below!
I had the wonderful privilege of achieving the Yakezie Challenge goal of decreasing my Alexa rank below 200,000 this week. Since I had originally started the challenge on July 1st, that means this goal was accomplished in a little over 3 months. Needless to say, I am quite excited.
I posted on the Yakezie Forums and received congratulations from many fellow personal finance bloggers. Several were new to me. I am thrilled to be able to read these new blogs and have included some of my favorite links from my new discoveries.
Links from New Friends
Shaun at Smart Family Finance compares earning power of high school and college graduates. These numbers seem to make sense to me.
Money is the Root shares the true cost of fantasy football. For me, it will be about $35 but then I am not all that serious.
Matt from Matt’s Money Blog begins to contemplate the power of money. You should go and contribute your 2 cents.
Funancials (love the blog title) describes the 5 worst “investments”. I thought it was a pretty good analysis.
Corey at 20’s Finances discusses one of my favorite topics, real estate. I think using real estate for retirement income is a great plan. It is one that I have. Imagine having mortgage free real estate providing monthly rental income. I will be enjoying the good life and traveling.
The Frugal Toad writes about easy auto maintenance tasks you can do yourself. I do several of these. I also had no idea toads were frugal.
Finally, Cents to Save outlines her financial flaws on Friday. This seems like a clever little series and one that I will be looking for.
I hope you enjoy the links. These are some great blogs that I have found. I am looking forward to reading more wonderful posts in the future.
Also, enjoy the opening Sunday of the NFL tomorrow. I will be watching a few games so my blogging time on the weekends may be cut short for the next several months.