So, do you think that is impossible to make tons of money blogging? You must think again.
You read the title correctly, there are top bloggers making over $50,000 per month (in fact some making over $100k/month), and no, I’m not talking about those big sites like Buzzfeed with hundreds of employees.
If you plan to start a blog and earn 4 or even 5 figures per month like these top bloggers, this is the job that can make this goal possible.
Although I’m not making $50k per month, for now, I feel that with a lot of dedication, hard work and patience it’s totally possible to make half a million dollars per year working from home with your blog and with no employees (and headaches).
The fact is that that are many “normal people” with little knowledge starting their blogs and going to make a lot of money online. In the end, to be a top paid blogger it’s almost like any other business – it will require hard work, persistence and a solid plan to succeed.
Blogging is not a get rich-overnight scheme, however, it is a business like any other, but with the huge benefit of not requiring a big budget to get started (you can start your own blog with less than $100.)
Most of these bloggers are run by individuals with 1 or 2 virtual assistants. This is the beauty and freedom that only bloggers can have.
For me, this was the main reason to start blogging, If I could earn a fraction of those bloggers, working from home, with no boss, this was enough for me. And this is the point I’m now (working hard to increase my earnings).
In this article, you’ll discover 12 of the highest-paid bloggers and how these guys make their money.
Just a few bloggers will share their income
For security and privacy reasons, just a few bloggers will share their income, so obviously I’ll only list those that have an “Income page” in their sites or that at any time announced their earnings.
And how they make money blogging?
You’ll notice that there are only a few ways to make money blogging, so there’s nothing magical to hit 5 or 6 figures per month online:
- Selling their own services or courses: When you create your own products or services and earn money selling to your readers.
- Advertising: Ads placed on your site, and you make money when people click on these links.
- Affiliate marketing: you earn a commission just by promoting someone’s else product, one of the best and simplest ways to make money.
As you can see there aren’t many ways to make money with a blog, and this is a good thing because it helps you get focused on creating new content and working on tasks that bring the profits.
Bloggers on the list below have no employees
You can find many big blogs like TechCrunch or Forbes and these blogs make millions per year, but they have a big staff or dozens or hundreds of writers.
So it’s not a surprise that these companies are making so much money. But below you’ll see a list with blogs that are run from one person and in some cases with one or maybe two employees – and they still are able to make a small fortune every month.
#1. Tim Sykes – $1,000.000/month
Tim Sykes is a penny stock trader that after some time become a famous blogger. He does reveal exactly how much money he makes, but from his blog and audience size, we believe that he makes around $1 million dollars per month. From what I know is one of the highest-paid bloggers in the world with no big staff.
How he makes money blogging?
Probably by selling online courses that teach people how to trade penny stocks and how to profit from this.
It’s interesting the tactic he uses to sell his products. He first sells the lifestyle trading penny stocks to sell their courses. Instead of showing photos of him crunching numbers, nobody would work from him. Instead, he shows his lifestyle using his plan (trading penny stocks) and he’s making fortunes.
#2. Jon Morrow – $100,000+/month
Jon Morrow is the founder of SmartBlogger, and I consider this guy a super-hero, because of his superpowers. xD
Why I consider him a superhero?
Because we all have limitations, but this guy was born with a serious muscular disease and can only move his eyes and lips. It’s so much fascinating that using only speech recognition technology he wrote hundreds of articles and made over four million dollars with his skills.
Yep, a guy with super limited conditions become rich blogging, while most of us new bloggers are complaining because we have “limited” time to blog. With no doubts, he’s one of the top bloggers in his niche.
How he makes money?
SmartBlogger, as the name suggests, is a business dedicated to helping new bloggers improve their writing skills, how to increase traffic and sales with your blog.
It’s a super inspirational story from a very smart guy with advanced knowledge to share for new bloggers.
#3. Melyssa Griffin – $100,000+/month
Accordingly to her about page, Melyssa Griffin was an English teacher living in Japan that turned into a professional blogger. She blogs about how to make money blogging, getting traffic and sales and also about productivity hacks.
Most of her income is from online courses she sells to her readers.
#4. Michelle Schroeder-Gardner – $100,000+/month
Michelle Schroeder-Gardner runs a blog about finance and blogging tips called MakingSenseofCents.com.
How she monetizes her blog?
Most of her income comes from affiliate marketing, recommending services like BlueHost and by displaying advertisements in her blog. Only recently she created her first course that teaches people how to make money with affiliate marketing.
The impressive fact is how she makes so much money just recommending other’s people services and products in a natural and “easy” way.
#5. Pat Flynn – $100,000+/month
Pat Flynn runs a blog called SmartPassiveIncome.com. Pat Flynn is a guy with an interesting story: he was an architect until 2008 when the financial crisis kicked him from his job and he decided to start his blogging journey.
It was one of my favorite bloggers and the first one that started sharing his income from blogging.
How he makes money?
At least 50% of his revenue comes from affiliate marketing and the rest from coaching and selling high-ticket products.
#6. Sarah Titus – $100,000+/month
Sarah Titus is a mom blogger that has a blog focused on helping other moms with advice about how to make money blogging with kids.
How she monetizes her blog?
She makes most of her money with affiliate programs and by selling printables on her own online store.
An interesting fact about Sarah: she’s a very religious person, inside her posts, she talks a lot about God and her family struggles.
Put emotion and interesting stories in your posts and you’ll create a solid connection with your readers – this is what she does, and it works very well.
#7. John Chow
John Chow is a famous blogger that was born in China, moved with his family to Canada when he was young and now is living in California.
If you read his blog headline you’ll find his saying that makes money by telling people how to make money online.
This is a tactic used by many bloggers that include selling courses about how to make money with a blog, although it’s a strange strategy, it works extremely well.
#8. Steve and Jennifer Chou – $80,000+/month
This couple runs the site MyWifeQuitherJob.com, this blog teaches people how to make start an eCommerce store and make money with it, you also can find content with general tips to earn money online.
Basically, their story is about Jennifer that wanted financial freedom to quit her job and work from home to take care of her kids. And as you can see, they did it.
Where their money comes?
Most of their income comes from selling their digital products and courses about how to start a successful eCommerce store and the rest comes from ads and affiliate marketing.
#9. Ryan Robinson – $50,000+/month
Ryan Robinson is the blogger behind ryrob.com, a blog in the personal finance niche. He talks about financial advice to save money, plus how to make an extra income online working from home.
And how he makes money?
Almost all of his income comes from his affiliate earnings and the rest from his online course sales.
#10. Trevor and Jennifer Debth – $40,000/month
They run a blog called ShowMeTheYummy.com, which is a very famous blog about food and recipes.
An interesting fact is that monetizing a blog in this niche is very hard and you need tons of traffic to make it possible. But this blog proves that is possible to make a lot of money on several types of blog topics.
How do they make money?
Around 50% of their income is from advertising, sponsored posts and the rest from their workout programs. Less than 10% is from affiliate programs.
#11. Yaro Starak
Yaro Starak is the owner of EntrepreneursJourney.com, it’s a blog dedicated to helping bloggers and online entrepreneurs succeed on this journey.
This is one of my old and favorite blogs, from what I remember, this blog is online for around 10 years. What I really love is that his content is very focused. Just a few blogs you’ll find similar useful content like Yaro’s blog.
How he makes money with this blog?
From what I know, the majority of his income comes from his online courses and personal coaching.
#12. Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse is the guy behind Problogger, a famous site that teaches newbies and even advanced bloggers, how to skyrocket their blogs with very useful tips.
How he’s making money?
Selling his own courses and coaching programs, and a small portion is from ads.
Darren Rowse presents his blog posts in a super professional way, much probably this is one of the various reasons, that makes him a very talented and rich blogger.
As you can see, top bloggers can earn a lot of money and even make millions.
Do you want to start your blog and earn thousands per month?
Read this article and discover how to start a profitable blog, even if you are not an expert.