More Malaysian Have Made It Into Paula Neal’s List of Blogger Salaries

Posted on 25th June, 2007

Paula Neal has updated the list of blogger salaries over at her blog. This time around, more Malaysian have made into the list. As I’ve pointed out previously, her first list – the title in particular – was a little misleading because the list includes non-bloggers who made money from other non-blogging sources.

It looks like Paula has addressed this point by mentioning that the list also includes webmasters, affiliate marketers, content scrappers, domainers and any other title you can think of.

While the list is by no means definitive, I am sure it took Paula quite an effort to compile it. Whether it’s intentional or not, the list has become an effective link baiting article that has directly catapulted Paula’s blog into the Top 2000 of Technorati ranking.

How I wish I’ve came up with such list first. LOL.

Here are the Malaysian bloggers that have been included. They are

Position Blogger, Webmaster, Domainer, Affiliate Marketer, Dot Com Mogul…or some of all of the above Quote of Reported Income/Revenue Estimated Annual Income/Site Revenue My comment
10 Samsul "Alang" Zamzuri Abu Bakar of 15 or more sites "Samsul Zamzuri Abu Bakar, who works up to 12 hours a day on his laptop, has a monthly five-figure salary…By 2005, while earning about RM2,000 from his day job, Samsul Zamzuri was already chalking up between RM7,000 ($2,000 US) and RM8,000 ($2,2385 US) in advertising fees from his stable of websites and blogs." source $35,000 – $339,000 US (assuming the "monthly five-figures" are Malaysian ringgit per unit of foreign currency and a 3.5 exchange rate to US dollars)

The income stated by Paula is inaccurate.

Alang has explained that while he mentioned in NST he’s making a five figure income monthly, converting the range directly into USD which could be anywhere between RM10,000 to RM99,999 would produce an incorrect estimation over his real income which exactly what Paula has done.

Alang claimed that he’s actually making between US$50,000 – US$70,000. Not bad eh?

34 Gobala Krishnan "He claimed to be making RM20,000 to RM30,000 per month…" source $68,571.43 – $102,857.14 US assuming 3.5 exchange rate from RM Gobala’s continuous effort has paid off. Though keep in mind that this is just an estimation.
47 Gaman "I would have made it into the list with a five figure monthly income RM…" "Hi Gaman u earn more than Rm10K a mth!" Comment response from Garman: "Yupe" source $35,000 or more (assuming a 3.5 exchange rate to convert 10K of Malaysian ringgit monthly to US dollars)

Like Alang, I earn a 5 figure income. If you should know, it’s more than RMxx,xxx monthly but less than RMxx,xxx. Oh man I am getting closer to revealing my real income. Hm, lets just say it’s over RM10,000 shall we?

I am slacking here so lets see if I’m on target to achieve my goal of earning USD10,000 per month by the end of this year. Before anyone asks – yes I do pay my income tax.

49 Paul Tan "Paul Tan, an automotive blogger with $70/day in Google AdSense…" source $25,550 I think that’s better than a ballpark figure.
59 LiewCF.com According to HongKiat: "During the Malaysia Together Gather few months back, he told me he makes more than $50/day in Google AdSense." (I emailed LiewW to ask if he posts his income and he replied, "Paula: I do not reveal my income. Thank you.") source $18,250 or much more, assuming $50/day is US I believe Liew is making more than that. Just look at his blog and you’ll notice how he tries to monetize it to the fullest using other advertising methods besides AdSense.
64 Chan Lilian $932.07 earnings on PayPerPost from June 1 – 21 source $16,200

I also believe she earns more than that. Pay per post is not her only source of income. Probably a more accurate estimation can be found here. I’ve copied and pasted her comment below for your convenience.

"Wuah…I takut to reveal on my site, takut nanti site kena sabo. But mine is also very good, blessings from God. I got USD240 just from ReviewMe, USD500 from TLA. USD1K from PPP and Adsense, that one I prefer to remain a mystery but I do get 2 digit daily. I hope to hit 5 digit in RM by year end.

67 MenJ Total amount would be $1170.57 for January 2007 source $14,046 That’s his income for January, I think the amount is already outdated.


Now let me know if I’ve missed any Malaysian bloggers that’s in the list.

As you can see, Paula tends to under-estimated or over-estimated a blogger’s income. I doubt John Chow is making more money than ShoeMoney if you consider Shoe’s other revenue sources. But that’s not her fault considering that most bloggers prefer not to post their online income nor discuss it at all.

Talking about discussing your online income, Yaro Starak once wrote

All I can say about this is that it pays to talk about how much money you make online if you want exposure.

I agree, such topic tends to draw people’s attention and encourages other bloggers to link to you. When Markus Frind of Plenty of Fish ‘announced’ that he’s making USD10,000 per day from AdSense, many were sceptical about his achievements. Whether he was telling the truth or not, I believe the publicity he received from it has helped him get where he is today.

I recalled a post where ShoeMoney said Marcus was faking it until he made it. Now ShoeMoney is interviewing Markus to share his story.

I won’t be suprise to see if some of those who choose to reveal their income – not necessarily the Malaysian bloggers – actually reported a higher income level than what they are actually earning. One reason for this is that it’s always a good publicity to do so. So did I over estimated my income on purpose? Well, it’s up to you what you want to believe. But I’ll only consider myself really successful when I’m consistently making over USD10,000 per month and I am not quite there yet.

Another thing to keep in mind is that Paula’s figures are likely to be gross income not net income. I am personally spending over RM25,000 annually on AdWords alone so my real net income will be lower. In addition I’ve to put aside expenses for my server, the salary for my assistant, contract programmers etc.

OK, head over to Paula’s blog to see the full list.



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.

  • Eh, I’m sure Paul Tan makes more than that. He gets invites to motorshows all over the world so if you also take into account the “perks”… hehe $$$

    In my case, the reported income was the average for the last 4 months only. Hopefully I can continue and even improve on it!

    • Gaman says:

      I don’t know he got invited to motorshows overseas. He is that famous is he? hehe Good for him. Where can I read about it?

  • […] article at Gaman about some serious Malaysian bloggers lead me to another interesting statistic there by Paula Neal […]

  • ben says:

    this post motivate me to become a serious blogger ahahah

  • khairul says:

    haha..but hey,no matter what the skill that he’s using for his adsense..he already made up hundred thousand ringgit from it.

    there is a lot more malaysian net earner that not mention on Paula’s list.to name one = tuahemas.com

  • khairul says:

    ermm…from what I know he’s not bad at PPC advertising.
    If someone mastered a PPC I dont think he would focus on spamming to attract traffic.

    • Gaman says:

      I don’t know if you’ve heard about Google banning arbitage sites. Yupe PPC in this case doesn’t work.

      There’s a thing called AdSense smart pricing that prevents you from making money from high priced keywords easily.

      Anyway all I am saying is that his sales letter doesn’t mention anything about making money from AdSense besides teaching you how to spam.

      Besides his secret discussion members forum is EMPTY. His blog contains copy & paste, spammy posts linking to sites generated using automated website generator software with the purpose of gaming the search engine. (I think he’s banned from AdSense because I don’t see a single AdSense ad anywhere)

      Besides his sales letter needs a lot of work. Hey we are giving too much publicity to this guy hehe.

  • khairul says:

    about spamming yes,its very dangerous.But I think most of his adsense earning not come from jemput site..sure he got some niche high paying keyword secret site in-order to get $400+ usd figure daily.

    • Gaman says:

      I can tell he’s not making it from jemput.com.

      The sales letter isn’t very convincing though. Looks to me he attracts traffic to his AdSense sites via spamming.

  • khairul says:

    wah..sure a lot of malaysian already rich with just online earning.

    Hey,I think I know few malaysian who got quite a lot of earning from online advertising program ect.
    one of them is the owner of jemput.com,he at one time had shown a 400usd for his adsense daily earning.
    and another one is the owner of videodragonball.blogspot.com

    • Gaman says:

      The jemput.com looks interesting. However, I can’t help but think it looks a little fishy. The AdSense part is just to tease potential customers – he makes money when someone buys his product.

      Notice how the product looks like a spamming tool that utilises hidden links in the email to attract traffic? That’s a dangerous method that can get you banned from AdSense in no time.

  • Thanks for all the link love.

    You guys are a real inspiration.


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