In my previous post on “The New Age Career Options for Mature Professionals”, I mentioned blogging is one of the excellent career opportunities for mature professionals. However, not many people believe that starting an online business from home just by blogging has any career prospect, let’s alone any financial security and stability.
So in this post, I’m going to highlight some of the successful bloggers who have not only made a full-time living just by blogging but also achieved great career prospect and financial success from doing so. They are truly a testament of creating your own successful career with your own hands.
The list of bloggers highlighted come from different background and industries, they all have different reasons of starting a blog but all of them are passionate about blogging. After all, one of the most attractive aspects of blogging is that it gives writers the opportunity to speak on the things which they are most knowledgeable or passionate about. This could range from personal hobby, interests to software development, game or even specific technical product reviews. Their humble little blogs might be an incidental passion, hobby or learning but have grown exponentially and now generating six-figure income for them annually. Their blogs have not only brought them massive income but also lead to other career opportunities like speaking in conferences, publishing their own books, setting up new business and others.
These bloggers may have different expertise but they have one thing in common, they all started from home and even till today they are still operating at home despite their tremendous success. Below is a list of them and they are not listed in any particular order.
#1. Darren Rowse
Year Started Blogging: 2002
Blog Topic: Problogger.net focuses on tips to help bloggers how to blog and earn money from their blogs.
Darren is a full-time blogger making a living from this new and dynamic medium from blogs like Digital Photography School, TwiTip and ProBlogger. He was interested in blogging when he saw an article about “Blogging” in 2002. Within 24 hours after reading that article, Darren started his own blog – a personal one which dealt with various topics like Pop Culture, Spirituality and Blogging. Gaining much knowledge from that initial blog, he decided to start other blogs, which grew in popularity through the years, and have begun to generate income. From a mere hobby, to a part time job, to a fully fledged business in recent times, Darren had established himself as credible blogger in blogging arena.
In 2005, he embarked on three of the biggest blogging projects he’s ever managed – the b5media, a blog network of hundreds of blogs written by individuals from all over the world on a wide variety of channels/verticals. He is the VP of Blogger training at b5media. His site, ProBlogger was started in September 2004. His main reason for doing so is merely to keep a record of what he was learning about blogging for money. He has added over 3500 articles, tips, tutorials, and case studies to his archives ever since.
Main Income Streams:
AdSense, Affiliate Programs, E-Book Sales, Continuity Programs, Private Ad Sales/Sponsorships, Chitika, Amazon Associates, ProBlogger Job Boards, Speaking Fees.
Annual Earnings: $120K – $1.20 Million
Blog Traffic per Month: 2,117 (from Alexa Rank) / 589,513 (Unique Visitors per month from Compete Online Traffic Estimator)
#2. David Risley
Year Started Blogging: 2001
Topic of the Blog: Mainly deals with computers and tech on PCMech. Started the blog in order to talk about his passions on lifestyle design (which, according to David Risley, includes the things he wants to do that is empowered by his Internet biz) through the use of the Internet.
David Risley is a professional blogger and Internet entrepreneur. He makes a comfortable living doing this, bringing in a healthy six figures yearly. He shows bloggers how to generate a full time income online and turn their passion into a solid, profitable business.
He is the founder and president of PC Media Inc. His most popular web project is PCMech.Com, a large technology blog visited by around 250,000 people monthly.
DavidRisley.com is properly entitled “Confessions of a Six Figure Blogger“. He has been making his living entirely on the Internet for many years now – starting straight out of college.
Main Income Streams:
Blog marketing, affiliate marketing, blog setup, social media, social media marketing, Online Membership site.
Annual Earnings: $204,173.56.
Blog Traffic per Month = 23,808 (from Alexa Rank) / 57,104 (Unique Visitors per month from Compete Online Traffic Estimator)
#3. Gary Vaynerchuk
Year Started Blogging: 1998
Blog Topic: Videos on TV appearances and keynotes on his talks about social media, business startups, and the future of advertising.
Gary Vaynerchuk is a New York Times bestselling author and American businessman who was born in Belarus and immigrated to the United States as a young child. Gary’s entrepreneurial instincts took over at a young age, when he owned a franchise of neighborhood lemonade stands and made $1,000 a weekend selling baseball cards. Much to his dismay, his father Sasha pulled Gary into the family business, a local liquor store called Shopper’s Discount Liquors. Before long, Gary recognized that consumers collected rare wines just like people collected baseball cards, and he was off to the races. Gary transformed himself into a wine expert, rebranded the store as Wine, launched a retail website in 1997, and by 2008 he had raised annual revenue from $4 million to $60 million. In 2006 Gary achieved one of his life-long goals when he was caricatured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in an article about online wine sales.
As Gary’s career as a speaker and writer continued to soar, companies of varying sizes approached him for consulting advice. The consulting role agreed with him, and in 2009 Gary and his brother AJ co-founded VaynerMedia – a boutique agency that works with personal brands, consumer brands, and startups. Now, he is also an angel investor in various startups, offering sweat equity to the projects he supports in addition to financial investments.
Gary’s ultimate goal is to one day own a New York Jets. In spite of his ambitious goal and various business responsibilities, he always puts his family first.
Main Income Streams:
Blogging, Entrepreneur, Consulting, Online retail sales
Annual Earnings: $27,000
Blog Traffic per Month: 21,448 (from Alexa Rank) / 123,632 (Unique Visitors per month from Compete Online Traffic Estimator)
4. Jeff Walker
Year Started Blogging: 1994
Blog Topic: Blogs mainly about the methods used for product launches and case studies of how his students used his product.
Jeff Walker has been engaged in helping interested individuals who are interested to launch his or her own products but do not have experience to do so. His “Product Launch Formula” is one of its kind in the internet industry. He was able to simplify complicated theory into easy to understand concept and many people had already benefited from his training. It has become a de facto standard for everyone who wish to launch their own products in the online market. He is also a great mentor for many big name marketers like John Reese, Frank Kern, and Mike Filsaime and had helped them with their major products launches.
Jeff used to have tons of excellent customers’ case studies in his blog but due to the FTC regulations initiated last year, he had to take down the case studies to comply with the FTC guidelines.
Main Income Streams:
Online marketing, product launching, workshops, content marketing, stock market publishing, information marketing.
Annual Earnings: $250,000 and higher
Blog Traffic per Month: 56,944 (from Alexa Rank) / 22,666 (Unique Visitors per month from Compete Online Traffic Estimator)
#5. Rosalind Gardner
Year Started Blogging: 1998
Blog Topic: Rosalind Gardner publishes content on her blog about affiliate marketing, blogging, business strategy, traffic generation, and the blogging development.
After working for twenty years as an air traffic controller, Rosalind was sick of working long and shift hours so she decided to find an alternative as she knew she would have to make enough money to live comfortably and pay for her retirement.
In 1997, while she was still working her day job in air traffic control, she slowly got together enough knowledge to launch her first website. It was devoted to gardening. When she was approached by a banner ad company that wanted her to advertise a dating site, she realized the opportunity available for profits with affiliate marketing. In her first month, she earned a whopping $10.99, but by the end of her first year, she was making $5000 each month. By the time she started clearing $10,000 a month in 2000, she was ready to bid farewell to her day job.
The title of her most famous marketing manual, “The Super Affiliate Handbook: How I Made $436,797 in One Year Selling Other People’s Stuff Online,” says it all. That was her annual income in 2002 and great breakthrough in her life. In a short time, Rosalind learned how to make online marketing work for her.
Today, she is the CEO of Webvista, Inc., as well as an acclaimed author, public speaker and business consultant. She is very sought after for her wisdom and knowledge about affiliate marketing. Her column, “Affiliates’ Corner” is published in Revenue magazine, and she often speaks at industry conferences like the Affiliate Summit and the Affiliate Convention, AdTech and more, despite her initial fear of public speaking which she learned to overcome. Her internet marketing blog is available at www.netprofitstoday.com. It is down to earth and informative.
Rosalind has other personal blog too like www.roamsters.com as she is also passionate about travel, and she also enjoys hiking, yoga, fine dining and top-notch beer.
Main Income Streams:
Affiliate marketing, online sales, eBook marketing and publishing, online auctions, online dropshipping, product and software creation, merchant and manager coaching, online membership site.
Annual Earnings: $436,797
Blog Traffic per Month: 27,893 (from Alexa Rank) / 46,293 (Unique Visitors per month from Compete Online Traffic Estimator)
Hopefully by now, you are convinced that blogging has a great career prospect if you could put in enough hard work, patience and persistence. Some bloggers mentioned above had to struggle with no or limited income for a period of time before they see their blog career flourish. The “no pain no gain” theory still applicable to every careers regardless of where you are working.
I will be covering the other 5 six-figure bloggers next week so please stay tune for the next post.