Swagbucks has always been and probably will always be my favorite revenue stream, simply because it is good. Swagbucks, for those of you who haven't heard me talk about it a million times already, is a search engine that pays you back a part of it's ad revenue. When you refer others, as I do through this blog, you get more. I refer, which means my blog readers are earning through their regular searching, and so am I. It is my favorite because I think I am doing a good thing by spreading the word about Swagbucks.
Total January Swagbucks Income: $205.00
BlogHer is the winner this month. I feel BlogHer is a great fit for my blog because I get paid based on how many people see the ads on my blog, not on how much anyone buys. For a blog with a decent amount of traffic that advocates not spending money, this is perfect. BlogHer is hard to get into, as they are not open to new bloggers right now, but if bloggers are interested, they have a waiting list.
Total January BlogHer Income: $1,044.53
Whenever I write about a book or product and it is sold on Amazon, I throw in my affiliate link. I then get a percentage of what is purchased by someone clicking on that link. I see this as being part of the inevitable, not pushing sales. We buy from Amazon, so I imagine others do as well.
Total January Amazon Income: $85.68
January Grand Total: $1,335.21
Yes, in the month of January, "Under $1000 Per Month" made over $1000. According to one survey, that is more than what 75% of income seeking bloggers are making, so these results are not typical.
What I've Learned
I get a lot of questions about making money blogging. First, my results aren't typical, or even desirable for many. I can't write anything without being attacked from one angle or another. I don't mind healthy debate, and I have learned a lot from readers who disagree with me, but some people go too far, way too far. Having said that this may not be for everyone, I have learned a few things about blogging.
First, don't blog for money. I don't blog for money, I blog because I want to share my ideas. I like my ideas, and I thought others might, too. Some do, some don't, but I think my readers in general like that I share them.
Second, don't be afraid of money. Even though I don't blog for money, I wanted to see if you could. When I started, I put up Adsense, wrote about Swagbucks and threw in some Amazon referral links. I found out that you can make money blogging. There are a ton of ways to do it, too, and I recommend ProBlogger to anyone who wants tips.
Some Personal Blogging Stuff
I missed the black and white. I'll still do color photos, but I missed my old background. For those of you without wide screen monitors, my background looks like this. It is my original background, and I'm glad to be reunited with it. I've learned my lesson and this should be the last time I change it. On another note, another "blog" has started plagiarizing my stuff, directly copying and pasting my posts on their "blog", advertised as: "so you don't have to give her a click." I read most blogs in bloglines, and I don't have a problem with people reading me through a feed. I provide a full feed for my feed reading readers. This feed is good for people who don't want me to earn money, or for people who like to read all their favorite blogs in one place, or for those who find my page loads a little slow.
As a recap, here are my past months' revenue:
Month One Blogging: $55.50
Month Two Blogging: $215.32
Month Three Blogging: $299.48
Month Four Blogging: $423.20
Month Five Blogging: $1,335.21
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