Blogging For Money – June 2007

by derek on July 1, 2007 · 26 comments

The month of May was my most profitable month since I had first started blogging back in August of last year so naturally I had high hopes for June. Being new to blogging, I have not yet experienced the summer slowdown as people spend more time outside and less time on the computer so I expected continued progress.
However, as I reviewed the monthly numbers for June, it appears that the summer months are having an impact on my earnings. Recently there has been much discussion across the Interweb about decreased earnings with AdSense and whether it is a result of the summer months or smart pricing and/or algorithm changes at Google.
Right now I have to think it is the latter because my AdSense impressions and clicks were almost identical to the month of May yet my earnings were about 36% lower. There are many users on forums such as DigitalPoint and WebMasterWorld that have seen an even larger drop in earnings and eCPM so I will be keeping a close eye on this in July.
Montezing Derek Semmler dot com
In previous months the earnings reports have been focused on my personal finance blog as I had not really made an effort to monetize this blog. In June I began my efforts to monetize this website, as I finally took the time to define a monetization goal.
On this site I am now experimenting with a few different tools and services, including AuctionAds, Text-Link-Ads and PayPerPost.
In addition, I have made a few modifications to the *Buy-Me-A-Beer* plugin and have been running it with the request to help me pay for the tuition to Chopper College Boot Camp. Unfortunately I haven’t had any success with that plugin yet but we’ll see how it goes. 😉
Dollars and Cents
With the progress that I had in May, I set the bar higher for the month of June with a goal of earning $175. Unfortunately my earnings went backwards for the month so I have fallen short of the goal.

With that said, here is my Blogging For Money recap for June:

  • AdSense:
  • Kontera:
  • ReviewMe:
  • TextLinkAds:
  • Amazon:
  • LinkWorth:
  • Private Ads:
  • AuctionAds:
  • PayPerPost:
  • Contests:
  • Grand Total:
  • $19.09
  • $7.54
  • $0.00
  • $44.67
  • $0.00
  • $0.00
  • $45.00
  • $0.00
  • $0.00
  • $0.00
  • $116.30

My earnings have decreased by about 18% from the month of May and that is quite disappointing. So far I have completed one PayPerPost opportunity for $10 but I did not include that above as the post is still pending approval. Speaking of which, I am a little bit surprised that PPP is so slow with the review and approval of paid postings.
One thing that did please me was that I sold my first Text-Link-Ads slot on this site, courtesy of Marc Eilbeck and his ad to make money online. In addition to that, the price for the Text-Link-Ads on my personal finance blog has increased and all of the available slots have been sold so that is exciting progress.
July will be an interesting month to see if the trend in Google and Kontera earnings continues and how traffic will be impacted as the summer continues. As a change of pace from previous months, I am not going to set a specific dollar amount goal for the month but will instead focus on simply earning more than I did in the month of June.
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Increase WebSite Traffic July 1, 2007 at 3:18 pm

not a bad total, my google adsense $ is almost non existent this month

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derek July 1, 2007 at 10:46 pm

Thanks, it was a little disappointing to see AdSense have about the same number of click but much lower earnings. This certainly demonstrates the importance of having multiple streams of income on your blog as it helps weather the ups and downs of each one individually.

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Saman Sadeghi July 8, 2007 at 12:39 pm

I’m glad to hear that you are making some money!!
My AdSense income is starting to increase – right as I was about to ditch them!

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Damien Riley July 1, 2007 at 4:10 pm

That’s more than I made blogging! That’s for sure! I like how you lay ot what you’ve learned. It’s educational for your readers and we appreciate it!

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derek July 1, 2007 at 10:47 pm

Thanks Damien. Hopefully someone else can gain something from some of the things that I have learned thus far. If you ever have specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

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ryan July 1, 2007 at 6:51 pm

Not bad, you made about $100 less than I did. However, once you get into PPP you will earn quite a bit more.

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derek July 1, 2007 at 10:48 pm

I’ve been waiting to jump on more PPP opportunities until I see whether they approve my first attempt or not. I’m still having problems on their site with my page not having an updated PageRank or Alexa Rank even though I have logged in and out multiple times.
Has anyone experienced that with PPP and now how to get your rankings updated?

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Increase WebSite Traffic July 2, 2007 at 7:45 pm

for a new blog that was approved they still dont show the alexa for it.
however if you’ve been on there a long time and no update, i would submit a support ticket they are very good at customer service. Expect a response in 1-3 days

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derek July 2, 2007 at 9:45 pm

It’s been a few weeks now and I still don’t have any rankings displayed. The crappy thing is that I am limited in the opportunities because of it.
I had read something about logging out and back in to initiate an update of the rankings but haven’t seen anything yet. If I don’t have any rankings by the end of the week, I’ll contact support.

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Stephen July 3, 2007 at 2:19 am

Don’t sweat it Derek. Traditionally, the June to Aug period is much slower than the rest of the year. Having said that, don’t decide to slow down because the market is slow. Advertisers will want to see that you weren’t slacking too.
Since you’ve done a smart thing by diversifying your revenue streams, expect those eggs to hatch when the time is right. Those that don’t hatch might not be a good fit for you, and you should look at replacing them or discarding them.
As long as you’re blogging because you love it, it’s really $116.30 bonus 🙂
PS: Did you ever get that T-Shirt I sent you?

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derek July 3, 2007 at 11:32 pm

Thanks Stephen! You can be sure that I will not be slowing down and will continue to work hard on trying to plant the seeds for future growth.
Yes, I did get the shirt you sent me and it has been sitting on my shelf waiting for me to snap a pic and pass along the thanks. I’ve got another one from Cheng Leng to post about as well, I’ve been slacking.

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Saman Sadeghi July 8, 2007 at 12:41 pm

That’s very true – I have really relied on AdSense more then anything else, but it’s finally starting to pay off!

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Financial Imbalance July 4, 2007 at 11:37 am

nice work derek, I have been seeing a steady increase month over month in online revenue but my personal blogging has been non-existant over the past month or so with personal committements tying up all my free time. I really need to get back into the swing of things.

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Baseball Investor July 4, 2007 at 1:52 pm

thanks derek,
it always helps to have real figures instead of generalized statements. as for the reduced google Ad-sense pay-out, that may be part of their long term plan – they do have a monopoly in their niche.

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cottage July 4, 2007 at 9:43 pm

congrats on the dough man.. you’re doin well!

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derek July 5, 2007 at 1:47 pm

@FI :: Thanks, there are times it is hard to balance the blogging with other commitments and that is where I have been trying to get better with writing extra posts to publish during busy times.
@BI :: I always try to provide the real deal so feel free to ask any questions you may have about anything. BTW, I really like your site and your approach to charting baseball!
@cottage :: Thanks, I’ve been pleased with the progress so far but still have a lot to learn and improve. Slow and steady.

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Russell Wagner July 9, 2007 at 9:38 pm

Wow $100 is pretty good! Soon you’ll be doubling it every month. Keep up the good and hard work!

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The Old Vic July 10, 2007 at 7:16 am

It seems pretty good to me. I suspect too that it is largely down to numbers of visitors – could be holiday season ? have your visitors declined in line with the revenue ?

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derek July 10, 2007 at 8:59 am

@Russell :: Thanks! I’m more than happy with slow and steady progress on the earnings.
@Old Vic :: I’ll hopefully be posting my monthly “anniversary” post later tonight but the number of visitors did not decline as you might expect with less earnings.

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Marc Eilbeck July 15, 2007 at 1:28 pm

hey derek
thanks for the mention 🙂

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derek July 15, 2007 at 10:21 pm

No problem at all, thank you for the ad spot! 🙂

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Vic July 30, 2007 at 1:27 pm

I am having a mixed feeling about Kontera as soon as i started running Kontera, Adsense started doing smart pricing but i do not know if it is related.
Food for though

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derek July 30, 2007 at 1:43 pm

Thanks for the info. Lately I have noticed a drop in my Kontera earnings but the AdSense have picked back up a little bit.
I’m actually giving serious thought to dropping the Kontera on my finance site for awhile.

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WillCoull December 17, 2013 at 6:53 am

Hi Derek, so if TextLinkAds, Private ads and Adsense worked best for you back in june 2007 what has been your most profitable monetization to date and in 2013?
Will

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derek December 17, 2013 at 9:06 am

Hi Will,
Great question…at this point, my most profitable monetization or revenue stream is from sales of my Amazon Kindle books. While the other avenues still generate revenue, they are not on par with the Kindle revenue.
With that said, I have recently been able to rejoin the Amazon affiliate program – I had previously been dropped due to the nexus laws introduced by the state of my residence. When I was in their program, it was a consistent earner so I suspect that will begin to return as I update all of my old links and introduce new offers.
Thanks for stopping by Will!

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