How Top Bloggers Make Money Blogging [Infographic]

How Top Bloggers Make Money Blogging [Infographic]

Making money with a blog is a dream come true for many bloggers around the world. Just think about it… this is the age of blogging!

Never has it been so easy for someone to start a business or brand on the internet, while also only needing to spend a few dollars in the process. Someone with just a few dollars in their hands and a few hours a week could quickly build an empire of sites or a brand that could sell for hundreds of millions of dollars down the road. It’s happened before and it’s happened again.

This post is all about the Blogconomy and how bloggers are making money with their blogs, using content to generate attention and revenue and everything else you ever wanted to know about blog monetization.

Different Types of Bloggers

We all know that there are many different types of bloggers and many of us will start as one type and end with another. I personally like the “Full-Time Professional” and “Entrepreneur” blogger models.

  • The Part-Time Professional
  • The Hobbyist
  • The Full-Time Professional
  • The Corporate
  • The Entrepreneur

Different Types of Bloggers

How Bloggers are Making Money with their Blogs

When it comes to making money with blogging, only 14% of bloggers earn a salary through their blog. These earnings can actually be broken down even further:

  • $24,086 is the average annual earnings
  • $33,557 average annual earnings for corporate bloggers
  • $1,000/year is what the average blogger earns when they are getting paid to post content to their site.

How Much Do Bloggers Earn

When it comes to blog monetization, there are plenty of methods to choose from. The most common ways to generate revenue with a blog are through display ads, affiliate marketing links and search ads. I’ve always been a fan of direct advertising, affiliate marketing links and building my own products.

Depending on your niche, site traffic, customer value and volume… each of these monetization methods will vary on how much they can earn for you. For example, if you had a high traffic celebrity gossip blog like PerezHilton.com, you would want to go with banner advertising (possibly on a CPM basis). If you had a product niche site that people were coming to read reviews before making a purchase, an affiliate program that you would earn a commission on for each lead would work very well.

Ways to Earn Money with Blogging

Looking for new ways to make money with your blog? Be sure to check out how over 50 other bloggers are making big money in my Meet the Bloggers series over at BloggingTips.com.

Highest Earnings Blogs on the Internet

While there are a ton of blogs on the internet, some are earning more than others. There are also huge blogs that are owned by corporations and private companies that don’t release the earnings from their sites. However, there are also many blogs that do release their earnings and have enough information out there to give a good idea of how much they are making. These are some of the big money making blogs on the internet today.

  • Huffington Post $2,300,000
  • Mashable $560,000
  • Perez Hilton $450,000
  • TechCrunch $400,000
  • Smashing Magazine $190,000
  • Timothy Sykes $150,000
  • Gothamist $110,000
  • Tuts Plus $110,000
  • Car Advice $70,000
  • Venture Beat $62,000

Though John Chow ins’t on this specific list, we know he is making over $100,000 a month at times as well!Top Earning Blogs

How to Start a Successful and Profitable Blog

I’m sure after reading this post and seeing all the big money that is being made by bloggers around the world, you are probably just waiting to get started with your own blog!

Before jumping in, make sure you follow these quick tips that will set you on the right path.

  • Get a great domain name. No numbers, hyphen or weird TLDs.
  • Set yourself up with a quality web host and don’t spend too much either.
  • Choose the best advertising for your audience and don’t sacrifice their on-site experience.
  • Use affiliate programs and links when recommending products or services on your blog.
  • Create quality content that provides value to your audience. Don’t just write for SEO.

Blogging Tips and Tricks

Special thanks to ignitespot for pulling all of this detailed blogger information together. You can check out the full infographic below.

highest earning blogs

7 Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation

7 Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation

What shows up in the search results when someone searches for your personal or business name?

If it’s not your own web sites, social profiles and blogs, then your online reputation is potentially up for grabs!

Not ranking on the first page of Google for your personal or business name is not the only thing you need to look out for. Just look at the recent celebrity photos that were leaked and all the drama around Google and how they blocking content in the search results. Online reputation management isn’t just about what can be said or done, but also about what’s already out there. It’s much easier to plan ahead and secure your reputation now, then to try and remove something from the internet later on.

Who Needs Online Reputation Management?

When you think of the phrase “online reputation management“, you probably only think about big corporate businesses with high end customers and contracts that are always in the news. However, ORM has become so much more now that everything is accessible to anyone on the internet.

Here are some new ways to look at ORM and who is using it:

  • Doctors, Lawyers & Professionals – Bad user reviews, slander, false complaints
  • Local Businesses – Restaurants and local businesses in your area rely heavily on reviews
  • Celebrities & Personalities – Everything a celebrity or well known person is on the web
  • Politicians – When it comes time for the next election, everything is put out there
  • The Average Person – If your employer searches for your name online, what will they see?

As you can see, reputation management and monitoring how you look online really applies to everyone — especially with all of the personal and financial data being stolen lately! In 2012 alone, there were over 12 million victims of identity fraud!

InternetReputation.com offers a wide range of monitoring services include finding new mentions of names and addresses, negative listings in search results, removal of data from top sharing sites and reducing the risk of private information spreading online — all of which are very important.

To improve upon their list of recommended services, I’ve also compiled seven ways for any individual or brand to better monitor and manage their online reputation vs. leaving it all wide open for anyone to jeopardize.

7 Ways to Improve Your Online Reputation

Secure Your Exact Match Domain Name

One of the most simple and cost effective ways to protect your online brand and name, is simply by registering your domain name. When possible, try to secure all variation of your name such as Name.com, Name.net and Name.org. It would be in your best interest to not only register your personal name, but also any business related names as well. Another good rule of thumb is to register any domain names that could be used against your brand as well, such as NameSucks.com.

Choosing Your Domain Name

Create a Blog on Your Site

Improving how your site, brand and company looks in the search results has a lot to do with the type of content you release through your site. In most cases, the most detailed and often you post quality content, the better chances you have for ranking higher and more often in the search rankings. Be sure to create content that people find value in, but also target your content and keywords to phrases people might be looking for when researching your name (ie: name customer reviews, name complaints)

Use a Blog to Protect Your Reputation

Register Your Name on All Social Networks

With over 2 billion users spread across all of the major social networks, it’s a no brainer for you to keep your name and business active on there as well. Each social network allows you to setup a unique URL and username for your accounts. Register accounts for both your personal and business name. If the username you want is already taken, try to secure a closure alternate or possibly try contacting the person who already owns it. Social profiles are very easy to rank on the main page of the search results for personal and business names, so this simple and effective process is a must for every business and brand.

Social Networks

Establish Yourself as an Authority

Establish Yourself as an ExpertIt’s easy for anyone to create a web site, blog and a few social profiles online, but establishing yourself as a credible authority takes a lot of time and works. Some of the best ways to do is by creating high quality and valuable content on your site that other people would want to reference and share. One of the best ways to establish yourself as a trusted authority is to get quotes on news sites and also do guest blogging on top blogs within your niche. This process takes time, but it’s well worth the exposure and credibility associated with it.

Don’t Make Google Angry – Bad SEO Practices

The Google Panda UpdateA great way to lose control of your online reputation is make Google angry and have them penalize your site. Not only would this lead to your site being penalized by Google, but it would push your own site rankings down and make it easier for your competition to rank above you. To stay in good standards with Google, always be sure to look at their most recent algorithm updates and staying in line with Penguin, Panda and Hummingbird best practices.

Build Your Online and Offline Presence

Shopping at the MallEven if you are an online based business, you probably still have a local based operation or headquarters somewhere. This means you can take advantage of local advertising and site directories. If you are a local based business, this should be at the top of your list as local advertising is not only very effective, it’s also quite easy to rank for and control since your range competition is much smaller.

Monitor Online Reviews and Customer Feedback

Customer ReviewsThe final and most important way to monitor your online reputation is to always keep an eye on what people are saying about your business. This can be quite easy to setup through the use of Google Alerts and plugging in the name of your company or brand. If you are a local business or restaurant, your main focus should also be towards sites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, SuperPages, UrbanSpoon and others.

Check Your Reputation Score

Internet Reputation MonitoringIf you aren’t currently trained in how to properly monitor and manage your online reputation, then looking to an outside agency may be your best option. Many solutions such as InternetReputation.com have created easy to use backend tracking platforms for anyone to plug in their keywords of choice, set up alerts and track the progress of their data and name mentions.

You can request a free reputation analysis report through their site to see where you could better improve your rankings, reputation and security.

eCommerce Tips for Increasing Holiday Sales

eCommerce Tips for Increasing Holiday Sales

As the “most wonderful time of the year” for online shopping and spending quickly approaches, if you have an online business then you are surely at the edge of your seat and waiting for the flood gates to open.

However, just having an ecommerce site doesn’t promise riches of any kind. As much as you may be preparing for the year end sales spike, millions of other sites and etailers are doing the same thing.

With Deliotte already forecasting a 9% jump in holiday sales this year, it’s now more important than ever to make sure you have all of your planning and marketing materials in check.

To help you in this never ending journey to continually break new sales records, I’m going to list some great highlights from Prestashop’s 2014 Ecommerce Holiday Planning Guide, which will be sure to get you thinking and tweaking ad campaigns with plenty of time to spare!

Important Shopping Dates You Need to Know

If you want to succeed with bringing in more traffic, customers and sales than ever before… you simply need to prepare for the days ahead, and we aren’t just talking about Thanksgiving, Black Friday and the week before Christmas.

While October is quite a mind blowing month for any Halloween based etailers, it’s also a great time to prepare for the huge activity to come in November and December. You can see a break down of many of the important dates and events to prepare for over the last 61 days of the year.

Important Holiday Shopping Dates

It’s also important not to forget about the first week of January when you can hit your audience for “New Years Resolutions” as well! Hint: This is when weight loss, financial and self improvement campaigns do best!

It’s All About the Holiday Marketing Baby!

There’s just something warm and fuzzy about the Holidays that gets everyone so happy and cheerful — even when they are spending a ton of money that they probably can’t afford to spend in the process.

This all comes into play when you look at the different types of marketing and ad campaigns that take place throughout the year. Happy commercials with holiday music playing, kids opening gifts and of course Christmas trees and winter snow… all wrapped nicely around your best selling products and specials.

Take a look at how popular brands like Old Navy and PetSmart bring that special holiday feeling to their site design every year.

Holiday Ad Creatives

But don’t forget… it’s not just web site designs and themes you need to be paying attention to — also think about email designs, landing pages, flyers, customer segmentation (gifts for girls/guys) and so much more. Each of these tweaks and methods can bring a nice boost to your holiday conversions and sales.

SEO, AdWords and Blogging

Many of us focus our efforts on important SEO and keywords throughout the year, but we also forget the importance of how SEO plays a part in holiday shopping as well.

You might be ranking on the first page of Google for your best selling products, but what happens when people start throwing words like “christmas gifts”,  “holiday shopping” and “free shipping” into the mix? Are you still even ranking?

Holiday Shoppers Spending Money

These are just some of the key points you should be thinking about when preparing for end of the year shopping.

The same applies for your Google Adwords campaigns. Throw out the slow performing default ad copies you are using and spruce them up with holiday keywords and promotions.

As for your blog… there’s never been a better time for you to come up with some quality content that really gets your audience engaging with and sharing your product pages. Everyone loves to share content about their favorite holidays… especially any useful lists and articles on how to save money during the holidays and best gift recommendations for friends and family.

Get creative and see what happens!

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year for Ad Testing

There’s no doubt about it… running an online or offline business during the 4th quarter is extremely exciting and as a great time to really get creative with your ad campaigns. Millions of people are more willing to pull out there credit card and spend money than at any other point during the year.

I’ve only scratched the surface of the many different ways you can prepare your business for the holidays, but the free report from Prestashop goes into way more detail. At the end of the book you will also receive a holiday checklist to get your business in organized and on the right path for the massive online spending that is about to take place.