To those who think that pro-blogging is a profession that does NOT and can NEVER pay the bills, think again.
Michael Dunlop, the rich 20-year old owner of IncomeDiary.com, recently came up with a list of the 30 highest earning (READ: RICHEST) bloggers in the world based on projected monthly income from banner advertising, traditional pay per click (e.g. Google Adsense) and affiliate programs, among others.
If you love bloghopping, I'm sure you'd have no problem guessing at least 2 of the top 5 earners. Honestly, I'm not familiar with some blogs on the list especially the ones on the latter part and I bet you likewise aren't -- which only proves that a blog doesn't need to be an international smash hit to be top earner (feel free to leave your comment regarding this view below).
Without further ado, here's Michael's list:
30 Blogs That Make A Lot Of Money Online
|Rank||Website||Owner||Monthly Earnings||Main Income|
|Techcrunch||Michael Arrington||$200,000||Advertising Banners|
|Mashable||Pete Cashmore||$180,000||Advertising Banners|
|Timothy Sykes||Timothy Sykes||$150,000||Affiliate Sales|
|Perez Hilton||Mario Lavandeira||$140,000||Advertising Banners|
|Gothamist||Jake Dobkin||$80,000||Pay Per Click|
|6||Venture Beat||Matt Marshall||$62,000||Pay Per Click|
|7||Slash Gear||Ewdison Then||$60,000||Pay Per Click|
|8||Life Hacker||Nick Denton||$60,000||Advertising Banners|
|Smashing Magazine||Vitaly Friedman||$58,500||Advertising Banners|
|10||Tuts Plus||Collis Taeed||$55,000||Advertising Banners|
|11||Dooce||Heather B. Armstrong||$50,000||Pay Per Click|
|Steve Pavlina||Steve Pavlina||$45,000||Pay Per Click|
|TPM||Josh Marshall||$45,000||Pay Per Click|
|Car Advice||Alborz Fallah||$42,000||Advertising Banners|
|Problogger||Darren Rowse||$40,000||Advertising Banners|
|JohnChow||John Chow||$35,000||Affiliate Sales|
|Kotaku||Nick Denton||$32,000||Advertising Banners|
|Shoemoney||Jeremy Schoemaker||$30,000||Private Advertising|
|Coolest Gadgets||Allan Carlton||$30,000||Advertising Banners|
|21||PC Mech||David Risley||$16,000||Affiliate Sales|
|22||Freelance Switch||Collis Ta’eed||$13,000||Membership Area|
|Abduzeedo||Fabio Sasso||$11,000||Advertising Banners|
|Sizlopedia||Saad Hamid||$9,000||Pay Per Click|
|Retire at 21||Michael Dunlop||$5,000||Affiliate Sales|
|Uber Affiliate||Paul Bourque||$4,500||Second Tear Affiliates|
|Click For Nick||Nick Skeba||$3,900||Pay Per Click|
|Tyler Cruz||Tyler Cruz||$3,200||Advertising Banners|
|30||Just Creative Design||Jacob Cass||$3,000||Services|
NOTE: Figures quoted are merely MONTHLY earnings.
How many of these blogs do you visit regularly? Which ones do you thoroughly enjoy reading?
Don't you just love this list? Merely looking at it should be enough to inspire anyone to consider starting a pro-blogging career.