June 19

Top Blogs that Make Money

Top Earning Blogs

Top Earning Blogs

You won’t believe how much star bloggers actually make!!  What if you could do the same and earn thousands of dollar per month? (not overnight of course, success takes time 😉 )

Let’s first take a look at the top 30 bloggers and then we’ll look into their main source of income and how you can duplicate what’s working for them! 

30 Top Bloggers

Website Main income Daily income Value Owner
1 The Huffigton Post  Pay Per Click  $29,896  $21.82 Million  Arianna Huffington
2  Mashable  Advertising Banners  $15,781  $11.52 Million Pete Cashmore
3 Techcrunch  Advertising Banners $14,816 $10.82 Million  Michael Arrington
4  Engadget  Advertising Banners $9,861 $7.2 Million  Peter Rojas
5  Smashing Magazine  Advertising Banners  $6,382  $4.66 Million  Vitaly Friedman

6 Tuts+ Membership Area $5,068 $3.7 Million Collis Taeed
7 Life Hacker Advertising Banners $4,821 $3.52 Million Nick Denton
8 Gizmodo Advertising Banners $3,918 $2.86 Million Attila Talos
9 Perez Hilton Advertising Banners $3,645 $2.66 Million Mario Lavandeira
10 Joystiq CPM Advertising $1,752 $1.28 Million AOL

11 Problogger
Advertising Banners 1,751 $1.28 Million Darren Rowse
12 Kotaku Advertising Banners $1,599 $1.17 Million Nick Denton
13 Six Revisions Advertising Banners $1,587 $1.16 Million Jacob Gube
14 Noupe Advertising Banners $1,400 $1.02 Million Noupe
15 Venture Beat Pay Per Click $1,251 $913,721 Matt Marshall

16 CopyBlogger Affiliate Sales $1,184 $864,861 Brian Clark
17 Abduzeedo Advertising Banners $983 $718,239 Fabio Sasso
18 Talking Points Memo Advertising Banners $887 $647,750 Joshua Marshall
19 WPBeginner Affiliate Sales $692 $505,420 Syed Balkhi
20 Matt Cutts
Twitter / $488,944 Matt Cutts

21 Steve Pavlina
Pay Per Click $664 $485,024 Steve Pavlina
22 Slash Gear Pay Per Click $621 $453,999 Ewdison Then
23 Smart Passive Income
Affiliate Sales $607 $443,406 Pat Flynn
24 John Chow Affiliate Sales $555 $405,242 John Chow
25 Freelance Switch
Membership Area $533 $389,517 Collis Ta’eed


26 Shoemoney Private Advertising $485 $354,112 Jeremy Schoemaker
27 Gothamist Pay Per Click $452 $330,022 Jake Dobkin
28 Entrepreneurs Journey Affiliate Sales $389 $284,170 Yaro Starak
29 IncomeDiary
Affiliate Sales $382 $279,505 Michael Dunlop
30 Chris Brogan Affiliate Sales $371 $271,147 Chris Brogan


Sources of Income

Advertising Banners

Using advertising banners is one of the most popular way to monetize your website. Website owners love this because they know they are guaranteed the money, other techniques such as affiliate marketing can go up and down a lot depending on what you promote.

CPM Advertising

This method is really popular for the website’s that receive a huge amount of traffic, advertisers pay you for impressions rather than sales or clicks! As long as you can predict your impressions which is usually east to do, you know how much you will earn.

Affiliate Sales

Selling on commission depending on your niche can be a huge earner and is by far my biggest earner. You promote great products and then get great commissions.

Pay Per Click

By far the easiest way to earn money online from a website or blog is from Google Adsense and being paid per click. Can be very lucrative if done right!


What’s the Best Niche to Make Money?

One of the most common question people ask when starting a blog/website is : “what is the best niche?”

The answer is simple : there is no good or bad niche. Any niche can generate money, as long as it gets sufficient traffic. 
Let’s take a look at the above websites’ niche, see how diverse they are. 
  • Global, multi-platform media & entertainment company : Cashmore, 
  • News, blogs & original content : TheHuffigtonPost, TalkingPointsMemo, 
  • Technology news & information on startups : TechCrunch, VentureBeat, 
  • Celebrity gossip : PerrezHilton, 
  • News for designers & Web developers : Noupe, SmashingMagazing, 
  • Web design & illustration – how to tutorials : TutsPlus, Abduzeedo, SixRevisions, 
  • Online Business/Blogging/Affiliate marketing : TheSmartPassiveIncome, ChrisBrogan, IncomeDiary, EntrepreneurJourney, Shoemoney, JohnChow, WPBeginners, CopyBlogger, ProBlogger
  • Trading : TimothySykes, MattCutts
  • SoftwaresLifeHacker
  • News, food, arts & events : Gothamist, 
  • Tech, cars & lifestyle : SlashGear, 
  • Cars : CarAdvice, 
  • Gadgets, consumer electronics : engadget, MattCutts
  • Personal development : Steve Pavlina
  • Video gamesKotaku, Joystiq, 


Disclaimer : the above earnings are only estimates. You should only see them as an indication of how well their owners are doing. If you own a blog that’s generating over $9000 a month and would like to be featured in the list please let me know.

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