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.
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 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.