Bloggers Can Make Money, But Most Keep Their Day Jobs

Posted on 6th February, 2007

Undoubtedly, Google AdSense has been helping many bloggers to make extra money from their blogs.

The truth is there’s a majority making nothing. A sizable minority making at least $100 a month and a few like Darren Rowse of ProBlogger.net are making serious money.

The Christian Science Monitor is running an article about how contextual adverting or Google AdSense in particular, helps the average bloggers makes some extra cash.

While a USD100 per month may not be worth the trouble to a blogger in the US, I think publishers in developing countries such as India and China can reap the greatest benefit from AdSense.

I am making a couple of hundreds dollars per month from blogging and it translates to over a thousands Ringgit. While blogging is not my main source of income, I still find the extra income helpful in paying my bills.

Two Malaysian bloggers that I know of, Menj.org and LiewCF.com, are doing at it full time making a living from their blogs.

If done right, blogging can be financially and emotionally rewarding. Just that, you do not have to depend on Google AdSense alone if you are planning to make money from it. May be you can learn a thing or two from John Chow.

Are you planning or are making extra income from your blog? Please share your experience.


An engineer by training, Victor has been working full-time online as an Internet marketer, a programmer and an app developer since 2001. He has been blogging at Sabahan.com since 2006 sharing his experience and teaching people how to make money online. Click here to join his private Facebook Group for bloggers.

  • ZeMMs says:

    Nobody’s saying about “depending” on employer.. most of us who do part time blogging while also being employed at the same time are making decently nice amount of income on the net as well. In most cases, the income that we get online are even more than our salary pay each month. No, we’re not depending on employer. The only difference is we get to socialize and ripe skills if we go to work… get out and get some fresh air baby. Even if one can make huge money online but sacrifice their social life, that i don’t respect. I respect those people who can make huge amount of money but at the same time are well-balanced in their daily lives. I’m not opposing one to become a problogger. If you can manage to do that while keeping your social well-being (a.k.a not turning urself into a weirdo)..then by all means do it. Just make sure you don’t stop playing sports or go out to parties. And remember that as a fulltime blogger, it won’t be easy on your part, say, if you go to banks to make a car loan / apply credit card and tell them “hey.. my main income is from blogging, can i apply this?”. I would suggest though, that instead of becoming a full time blogger, it is better to be a full-time internet entrepreneur that explores e-commerce, web applications, and other types of “real” internet ventures, while only using a “blog” as a tool… not as the “main thing”.

  • Freeze says:

    If you’re getting the same income or more from your current salary, why not full time then…agree with jibone that might as well we blog full time rather than facing your office PC from 8 – 5. You could blog and learn lots of stuff, such as internet marketing, during that period.

  • jibone says:

    I wish I could blog full time. As I’m already sitting infront of my computer screen all the time, thus making me a weirdo, I may as well gain some income from it.

    • Joneh says:

      correct, might as well get some money. same case with me. home or in the office, near 20 hrs facing computer. any income during that period is a bonus indeed.

  • JACQ says:

    I agree with Joneh. Why not become a pro blogger? A part-time blogger like myself earn quite a good income, and I could only imagine how much more I could earn if I go full time! So, yes, I’d do it too, someday..

  • I actually respect those that make a living off blogs ONLY, however since they are basically on the PC most of the time i feel most bloggers should concentrate diversifying their income by managing sites, selling sites, affiliate marketing, etc.
    quite dangerous to place all eggs in a single basket.

  • Ahsoon says:

    When you are doing it with passion, those “sit all day in front of the comp and make 4-5 posts a day” is just nothing. I am enjoying it at the moment. I am stil having my social life, while my sites Work for me. Of course that when you are well established.

    Full time!?? wait til i am earning 2-3 times of my pay first la.

  • Katana says:

    I’ll say it depends on how good your day job is and also how much u earn from blogs. If you are earning 2-3 times your job, I’m sure the next time the boss scolds u or gives u a hell of tasks, you would definitely readily resign your job.

    Working full time blogging does have its benefits too where you can work as hard as you can and see results while if you work for others it might not be the case.

    Then there’s this socializing issue. Well one can readily go and join communities or clubs and if you work long enough, workplace ethics(pointed out by pablopabla) are more or less the same everywhere. As long as you still have friends to drink kopi with, this should not be a problem hehe.

    My two cents though ๐Ÿ˜›

  • mr_ombak says:

    you just wake me up.
    i just post a new entry just because of this post.

    read it at my blog here:

  • Wahlau.NET says:

    I don’t hope to do full time but as a income from my hobby…hehe

  • Joneh says:

    For me, the answer is “YES”, why not. Thats the planning, my planning at least. For now its only extra income. When it get big and definitely rather be stuck at home, call what you may introvert or weirdo, at least you making your own money and not depended on your employer. thats the main reason for LiewCF for going solo and Gobala into internet marketing. and to answer that you have to be in front of the screen all the time and have to make 4-5 posts a day… you don’t have to, if you know how to “enjoy yourself first while others working in the office” and only using your spare time. you the boss and you set the time. if that call weirdo… well im weirdo. i don’t mind as long as the money comes in while im blogging from cyber cafe. Now thats cool. and thats living life baby. im not againts anyone. Just go read Gobala lifestyle and liewcf. no harm done. all friends again. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • ZeMMs says:

    Agree with Alex & pablopabla there.. Making money from blogs should remain side incomes. It is just not a feasible business model. Besides, you can’t just sit all day in front of the comp and make 4-5 posts a day in ur blog without turning urself into an introverted geek. I believe in balance. While blogging can make real money, u still need life babeh..

  • Alex says:

    full time bloggging? no mate. never know when the bubble’s goin to burst. rather stick to a REAL job. blogging and all tat, staying at home and u face the screen everyday kinda turns a person into a weirdo i reckon. go out and socialise. ๐Ÿ™‚ and learn some workplace ethics. muahahha

  • pablopabla says:

    Extra money – yes
    Full time blogging for income – nope. Too risky, I think.

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