How much money do I make from blogging-writing online? $50K+ in 2010, $26.8K in 2011 …and in 2012 I’m going to get rich from publishing Kindle books

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My regular readers know I love blogging and writing about how much money I actually make online — and finding out how much other people make by writing and blogging online.


I like the facts, not the hyped-up scammers just trying to scam people out of money.


So I love it when other bloggers honestly confess how much they’re making (or not making) by writing online through various venues.

So how much have I been making online and how do I do it?

All by the God of all grace, of course.


I came online in 2005 — and only made a couple of hundred bucks at first. At some point I was up to $12K per year, and by 2009, I was making more than $43K online.


In 2010, I brought home over $50K — and in 2011 I brought home $26,759.63.


Read many more details about all the places that paid me to write here…

What happened to decrease my online writing/blogging income in 2011?

I can point to a few things that affected my writing income in 2011.


Hmmm....

First and foremost was the “Google Panda” update that affected the rankings of some of the sites I write for, chiefly Examiner.com, which has been my highest income-producer the past few years.


It’s really making me want to expand my horizons beyond the places that require Google as a go-between to get traffic.


Also, my father died, and I was a lot busier in ministry than I am now — though I consider my online writings a big ministry.


Seeing as though it’s a new 2012 year, I’m looking forward towards the things that are probably going to make me a lot more money going forward — stuff that satiates the digital desires of all the Kindle Fires and tablets people are buying.


I’m taking a cue from some of the fascinating things I learned in The Day the Kindle Died, a controversial book written by a guy who was able to game Amazon.com and get his book noticed.


Just researching online money-making books on Amazon, I see that there are still plenty of scammers trying to take funds from people without giving them a quality product in exchange.

So here’s my plan to make big bucks in 2012 with Kindle books

Ty Cohen

Since I love writing so much, and Kindle books have surpassed print books in sales, I want to write more.


I already have a Kindle book on Amazon written under a pen name, but it barely gets any sales, because I didn’t give it a good SEO’d title, and I didn’t market it in many of the ways I know folks are marketing their stuff online.


One guy that inspired me and my friend when we watched and listened to his webinar is Ty Cohen — “Did you know he was a Negro?” my black techie friend asked me, making me laugh.


Even though I didn’t buy Cohen’s products, I was intrigued by his claims of making $100,000 — I think per month, if memory serves — by paying stay-at-home moms to write Kindle books for him, and he publishes them and markets them and makes the profit. (He also publishes under pen names on Amazon.com)


Since I already know the Kindle publishing process, and I know how to research hot topics through places like Google Adwords’ Keyword Tool and SEOBook.com’s Keyword Tool — plus, since Amazon has made it so easy to publish Kindle books from HTML or Word documents, that’s my next step.


I like shifting with the tides and going to the cutting edge places to make money online that aren’t saturated.


And I also plan to continue with the plan to get apps in the App Store — once I get my Macbook Air back all nice and fixed, and once I pay the 99 bucks to get into the Apple Developer program and at least I can start with the free AppMakr pulling in my RSS feeds into the Apple App Store and seeing how much mobile ads pay.

Here’s the 2011 detailed breakdown of my blogging earnings by month…

…and again, if you want more nitty-gritty details, read how I made the monies and find links to the places here…

But we’ll start off with my highest earner, Examiner.com (aka Clarity Digital Group, LLC) — and go in descending order. Let’s pray the income updates you’ll start reading soon show a lot of Kindle book sale earnings! In Jesus’ Name…

1/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $1,530.39
2/18/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $1,946.98
3/18/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $1,699.48
4/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $743.64
5/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $1,094.30
6/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $1,803.38
7/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $614.64
8/19/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $614.18
9/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $1,300.54
10/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $425.38
11/18/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $428.87
12/20/2011 Clarity Digital Group, LLC $352.58

MY TOTAL EXAMINER.COM (CLARITY) WRITER’S PAY FOR 2011: $12,554.36

1/25/2011 Google Adsense $526.58
2/25/2011 Google Adsense $452.37
3/25/2011 Google Adsense $364.18
4/27/2011 Google Adsense $522.23
5/3/2011 Google Adsense $0.38
5/25/2011 Google Adsense $571.46
6/24/2011 Google Adsense $571.53
7/26/2011 Google Adsense $199.79
7/26/2011 Google Adsense $546.37
8/24/2011 Google Adsense $246.85
8/24/2011 Google Adsense $481.46
9/26/2011 Google Adsense $272.72
9/26/2011 Google Adsense $496.38
10/26/2011 Google Adsense $387.55
10/26/2011 Google Adsense $429.17
11/25/2011 Google Adsense $257.04
11/25/2011 Google Adsense $285.16
12/23/2011 Google Adsense $159.77 0

MY TOTAL GOOGLE ADSENSE PAY FOR 2011: $6,770.99

1/27/2011 Amazon $1,144.06
2/25/2011 Amazon $705.51
3/28/2011 Amazon $768.81
4/25/2011 Amazon $391.68
5/25/2011 Amazon $157.39
6/27/2011 Amazon $264.50
7/26/2011 Amazon $424.72
8/30/2011 Amazon $258.25
9/27/2011 Amazon $96.71
10/26/2011 Amazon $120.45
11/25/2011 Amazon $179.14
12/28/2011 Amazon $157.94

MY TOTAL AMAZON PAY FOR 2011: $4,669.16

1/12/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $128.26
2/8/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $124.59
3/9/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $121.73
4/13/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $72.69
5/11/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $75.20
6/8/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $87.90
7/12/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $82.23
8/11/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $53.89
9/13/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $49.38
10/12/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $48.29
11/8/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $42.48
12/14/2011 Yahoo! Contributor Network $42.82

MY TOTAL YAHOO! CONTRIBUTOR WRITING PAY FOR 2011: $929.46

2/2/2011 Kontera $97.43
4/4/2011 Kontera $107.06
6/2/2011 Kontera $223.04
12/5/2011 Kontera $269.85

MY TOTAL KONTERA INCOME REPORT FOR 2011: $697.38

1/20/2011 CJ $69.54
3/18/2011 CJ $54.80
8/19/2011 CJ $53.00
9/20/2011 CJ $82.10
9/20/2011 CJ $64.21
12/20/2011 CJ $85.64

MY TOTAL COMMISSION JUNCTION PAY FOR 2011: $409.29

9/22/2011 IZEA, Inc. $50.00
9/29/2011 IZEA, Inc. $65.00
10/13/2011 IZEA, Inc. $75.00
10/31/2011 IZEA, Inc. $75.00

MY TOTAL IZEA PAY — NOT TO MENTION A FABULOUS VACATION FOR ME AND MY FAMILY! — IN 2011: $265.00

10/31/2011 Legal Zoom $77.55
11/30/2011 Legal Zoom $56.70

MY TOTAL LEGAL ZOOM PAY IN 2011: $134.25

11/15/2011 Infolinks, Inc. $104.42

8/25/2011 eBay Partner Network $25.67
11/23/2011 eBay Partner Network $11.70
3/25/2011 eBay Partner Network $25.22

MY TOTAL eBay PARTNER NETWORK PAY IN 2011: $62.59

1/24/2011 Linkshare $3.81
2/7/2011 Linkshare $39.38
2/28/2011 Linkshare $2.90
10/24/2011 Linkshare $2.10
5/6/2011 Linkshare $1.25
6/6/2011 Linkshare $1.25
6/27/2011 Linkshare $1.45

MY TOTAL LINKSHARE PAY IN 2011: $52.14

5/31/2011 The Company Corporation $40.00

1/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $4.25
2/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $4.25
3/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $4.25
4/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $4.25
5/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $4.25
6/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $7.65
7/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $4.67
8/1/2011 Text Link Ads, Inc $2.97
$36.54

9/8/2011 WSPC Enterprises $33.95

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  6. No, not Google Adsense — I only use that on my own blogs and websites that I own. But Amazon Associates, we can use those links anywhere we’re allowed, yes.

  7. Hey, I’m a national examiner and have been searching how to make more money with it..I was just wondering if you use Google Ad Sense on Examiner, or just the Amazon Associates? Thanks.

    Annie

  8. Hey Andrea – Yeah, don’t lose hope and stayed tuned.

    I’m still researching all these people making money online and writing up a Kindle book on how they do it and praying we can do it too!

  9. Woooowwww… thank you so much, Teri, for the inspiration, and for leading me to that The Writer’s Guide to ePublishing post.

    Yes, I definitely Amazon Kindle books are the way to go, and now I just learned about Apple coming out with a self-publishing platform too:

    http://www.paulanealmooney.com/apple-self-publishing-program-on-ibooks-how-to-submit-format-game-ranking-system-to-get-more-sales-on-new-apple-self-publishing-platform

    And in my first book that I publish under my real name on Kindle, I’ll tell about a guy who just created a website about Kindle stuff in October 2011 and made more than $8,700 from it in December 2011.

    He did it all via Google search engine traffic, and didn’t buy ads, but he did outsource his backlinking and got a lot of backlinks to get that site to the #1 position.

    So there are still ways to find niche sites to write about that may be high in demand but with little competition. I want to create plenty of avenues to get paid through — not just the Google dependent ones.

    Yes, you’re right, I am making the shift away from writing so intensively for Examiner — but I still do really like them because of their visibility.

    I love it! I’m so inspired. Thanks for taking the time to comment. It really helps.

  10. Hey Paula,

    Have you seen this blog?

    http://thewritersguidetoepublishing.com/you-can-make-a-living-by-indie-epublishing-free-and-99-cent-ebooks

    It has some information on writing e-books, as well. (The blog is not mine, but I thought it had some interesting points).

    The search engine content-writing model with Google is dead. We all knew it was coming and it’s been here for more than a year. Nothing wrong with writing for sites like Examiner just either for fun or some extra $$. But it’s safe to say it was difficult for the vast majority of people to earn real money on there even before the Panda update. Now it’s an even bigger challenge.

    You were able to capitalize on the search engine/Google model and I’m sure you’ll succeed with this, too. I’ve always admired your can-do attitude. I have also decided to plunge into the e-book world. I have a pretty good idea and one that should not take me too long to write now as I’ve already done the majority of interviews and research for it.

    PS -Love the nails!

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