First Blogversary Report: My Total EarningsCategory: Personal
There are actually countless advertising and affiliate networks that you can utilize in order for your web site to earn some cash.
There’s this adage that rings true when it comes to making money online, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket”. Meaning, don’t focus on just one advertising or affiliate network. Try to experiment and see what works for you.
However, remember that you have to generate traffic to your site first before you can make money. How can you if no one is clicking on those ads right? The best way still is to do some SEO (search engine optimization) work. Check out my top 100 keywords.
Today is my first blogversary and just like what I have done with my keywords, I’m displaying here how much I made from February 12, 2009 to January 31, 2010.
In year one of this web site’s existence, I can say that I earned enough to subsidize my 8AM-5PM day job income. Yessir, it’s true. You can make money online.
Here are my earnings for each advertising / affiliate network I participated in. Figure is in US $ unless otherwise indicated:
1. Google Adsense – $2,196.23; this is my bread and butter. I registered even before this site was born. I reached the minimum payment threshold of $100 in 5 months, got my first taste of Google juice of $159.58 in 6 months and received $278.56 as my second payout on the next month. Now, I earn at least $250 every month. Payment is through check or Western Union quick cash.
2. Chitika – $206.69; unlike Adsense which requires a minimum payment threshold of $100 before they pay you, Chitika only requires $10. But mind you, getting that amount is hard to come by because their ads only appear to visitors coming from the search engines especially those from US and UK. So you have to target those audience to earn faster. I was able to receive my first payout of $47.40 four months after I registered on May 2009. Payment is through check or PayPal. You can register here.
3. Infolinks – $202.68; inserts text link advertisements on this site. I had a pitiful $0 on my first month and a total of only $18.73 for the first 4 months. But it started to catch fire on the 5th month where I earned $36.65. I reached the minimum payout threshold of $100 on the seventh month and I was finally paid through Paypal.
4. Clicksor – $71.63; I utilized it just last November 16, 2009. Payment threshold is $50 and I got my first payment of $54.07 on January 18, 2010 through Paypal. It provides a passive income for me as I just put their code on my site and I earn based on how many page impressions I got. So even though nobody clicks on their banner, I still earn something. Cool eh? You can register here.
5. Nuffnang Philippines – PhP1,722.54 ($37.45); amount is in peso because it is locally-based. However, I was not yet paid because minimum payment threshold is PhP2,000.00. You will receive a payment related to the number of unique visits and valid impressions of ads displayed on your site. Payment is via Paypal, check or bank deposit. I registered just last January 22, 2010.
6. CMFAds – $21.86; when I registered last June 2009, my intention is to advertise my ads on their network. I am still trying to gain traffic to my site so I purchase ads on other sites registered to them which only costs as low as $0.01 per MONTH. That’s great right? After a while when my site started to grow, bloggers are starting to buy ad space on my site as well which I set as $1/month. You can actually set it for a larger amount that you deem right. Some of what I earned, I used to buy additional ad space. However, when I started using Clicksor, it violated their TOS and my site was removed from their network. I immediately cashed-out the $43.72 I earned. However, only 50% of that was deposited to my Paypal account due to a 50% tax which they say is used to cover their costs.
7. Entrecard – $19; like CMFAds, I primarily used Entrecard for advertising rather than online money making. When they launched their Cashout program last April 2009 where you will get paid $1 for every 1,000 credits you sell, I decided to give it a try and transferred 10,000 credits to my Cashout balance. After 3 hours, I got an email telling me that $10 has been deposited to my PayPal account. A month later, I cashed-out again for $9. By July 2009, cashout was disabled due to negative feedback from members.
8. CPALead – $24.76; This is a cost-per-action type of advertising where you get paid when a visitor fills up a survey that converts into a successful lead before they can access your content. CPALead is particularly good for movie and TV show sites. I just registered last January 22 and this is my earnings for 9 days. Not bad I think since I’m still on the experimentation stage. I plastered it on my blog posts that contains videos. However, one thing I noticed is that my Google Adsense earnings slightly goes down for those blog posts. Hence, I conclude that I should create another web site purely for monetizing CPALead. That’s another project I’ll work on if I have the time. CPALead is very promising you know. Payment is through check or PayPal. You can register here.
9. Paypal Merchant Referral – $15.45; for every seller you have referred to PayPal, you will earn 0.5% of his revenue – for the first 12 months that the merchant has his PayPal account. I got this amount from four sellers I have referred to PayPal. You can register here.
10. PayPerPost Referral – $15; one time only because after that, they upgraded to their new version and I was lazy enough to register again.
Total earnings I made from February 12, 2009 to January 31, 2010 is US $2,810.75. If US $1 = PhP46, that’s PhP129,294.3!
My earning from February 12, 2009 to June 31, 2009 is insignificant because it’s less than $100. Taking that into consideration; from July 1, 2009 to January 31, 2010, my average per month is $401.532 ($2,810.75 / 7 months). If US $1 = PhP46, that’s PhP18,470.62 / month!
I know some bloggers would be laughing at my measly earning because some of them earns what I make in a year in less than a month. However, considering that I don’t do this full-time and I have only this one web site, I think it’s not bad at all.
For this year, my personal aim is to make at least PhP20,000 / month.
The best thing about making money online? It’s non-taxable. Well, here in the Philippines at least.If you want to receive my latest posts, please subscribe to my full feed RSS or have them delivered through email. Just enter your email address below and hit the Subscribe button.