The beautiful thing with blogging – or even just online business in general – is the relatively low startup costs. With the purchase of a domain and a hosting account you can have a business up and running in a matter of hours. Not too long ago, we talked about how to save money with […]


After posting about the fact that I was going to return my MacBook in order to save $200 through Amazon , I planned to stop by the Apple Store on my way home from work tonight. When I arrived at work this morning, I was greeted with an office complex lacking any hint of power […]


Blogging For Money :: March 2008

by derek on April 2, 2008 · 25 comments

The challenge that I set forth for myself in March was to reach a new all-time high in terms of blog earnings. While I fell short of that goal by less than $40.00, I am happy to say that I surpassed my numbers from last month. In an effort to continue working towards my goal […]


As I mentioned the other day, when you are blogging for money it is important to always be experimenting with new ways to monetize your blog. However, one thing to keep in mind while experimenting is what that will mean for you when it comes time to file your income taxes. The deadline for filing […]


Blogging For Money :: February 2008

by derek on March 5, 2008 · 15 comments

After having my previous streak of five consecutive months with record earnings come to an end, January had been a strong rebound as I notched the second highest total in earnings since I began blogging. Well, it was the second highest total. February was an exciting month and continues the trend of building upon the […]


Blogging for Money – January 2008

by derek on February 5, 2008 · 11 comments

If you remember, December saw my streak of five consecutive months of record earnings come to a close. However, the new year has brought new success with my efforts to earn money from blogging. In 2008, I have set a goal to focus more on affiliate marketing as an additional tool to make money online. […]


Win $106.34 At Derek Semmler Dot Com

by derek on February 1, 2008 · 33 comments

COLD…HARD…CASH – who wants some? How to Win It is really quite simple…refer the most traffic to this site between February 1st, 2008 and February 25th, 2008 and you win! The official measurement of referred traffic will be the numbers reported by Google Analytics. On the 25th, I will log into my Analytics account and […]


The Story Behind My First PayPal Claim

by derek on January 11, 2008 · 13 comments

Have you ever been burned on a PayPal transaction? Unfortunately, I recently found myself in the group of people that are nodding their head up and down right now. A few months back I had been struggling to keep up with writing regular content for all three of my blogs. My personal finance blog was […]


Blogging For Money – December 2007

by derek on January 2, 2008 · 27 comments

The string of consecutive months with record earnings has come to a close as I failed to deliver on the 6th consecutive month in December, which was a little disappointing given that it was the holiday season. Even though my numbers for December were down from the all-time high that I had set in November, […]


Blogging For Money – November 2007

by derek on December 4, 2007 · 18 comments

Last month I had mentioned that I would be shooting for my fifth consecutive month of record earnings in November and had set a goal to break through the $400 per month level that I approached the previous two months. However, I was not sure what would happen with the way Google has been toying […]