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Superstar Bloggers Making Fortunes Online

Today I decided to research how much my favorite blog’s are earning every month and I wasn’t surprised to see some of them make over $100,000 per month.

These are blogs and success stories that have inspired me to become a blogger. These Superstar bloggers continue to inspire me to this day – and they have kept me motivated to not give up whenever it got tough, especially in the early days.

I hope this inspires you. If you think it’s time to start your own successful blog, then you absolutely must check out my post on how I create websites.

Special Notes:

1) To give you some idea of the potential available – top blogging network, Weblogs, Inc. is believed to earn about $30 million a month revenue from 13 million unique visitors.

2) And it is not just about making money monthly it is also about building a BUSINESS that can be sold, such as 22 year old Johns Wu did when he sold his blog for $15 Million.


Some of the website’s featured in this top list are only estimates and are not all 100% correct just a indication of how well they are doing regarding making money from their blog. If you would like to be featured in this list or know of any blogger’s that should, please comment below!

Check out the TOP EARNING BLOGS list below. I have already interviewed a number of these Superstar bloggers but hope to interview a lot more of them over the coming months – so watch out for that.

To Our Blogging Success,


30 Blog’s That Make A Lot Of Money Online

RankWebsiteOwnerMonthly EarningsMain Income
1The Huffington PostArianna Huffington$2,330,000Pay Per Click
2TechcrunchMichael Arrington$800,000Advertising Banners
3MashablePete Cashmore$600,000Advertising Banners
4Perez HiltonMario Lavandeira$450,000Advertising Banners
5NoupeThe Blonde Salad$200,000Private Advertising
6Smashing MagazineVitaly Friedman$190,000Advertising Banners
7SmartPassiveIncomePat Flynn$153,000Affiliate Commissions
8Timothy SykesTimothy Sykes$150,000 Affiliate Sales
9Tuts PlusCollis Ta'eed$120,000Membership Area
10Life HackerGina Trapani$110,000Advertising Banners
11GothamistJake Dobkin$110,000Pay Per Click
12Tuts PlusCollis Taeed$110,000Membership Area
13Venture BeatMatt Marshall$100,000Pay Per Click
14Slash GearEwdison Then$80,000Pay Per Click
15Car AdviceAlborz Fallah$70,000Advertising Banners
16Life HackerNick Denton$60,000Advertising Banners
17DooceHeather B. Armstrong$50,000Pay Per Click
18Steve PavlinaSteve Pavlina$45,000Pay Per Click
19Talking Point MemoJoshua Micah Marshall$45,000Advertising Banners
20ProbloggerDarren Rowse$40,000Advertising Banners
21KotakuNick Denton$32,000Advertising Banners
22Expert PhotographyJoshua Dunlop$30,000Product Sales
23ShoemoneyJeremy Schoemaker$30,000Private Advertising
24Coolest GadgetsAllan Carlton$30,000Advertising Banners
251stWebDesignerDainis Gr?veris$20,000Product Sales
26JoystiqAOL$18,000CPM Advertising
27PC MechDavid Risley$16,000Affiliate Sales
28AbduzeedoFabio Sasso$12,000Advertising Banners
29SizlopediaSaad Hamid$11,000Pay Per Click
30Overhead in New YorkMichael Malice$9,000Advertising Banners

How They Make Money From Blogging

There are over a dozen methods these top blogger’s are using to monetize their blog, different techniques for each niche. Some niche’s are easier to promote products to, some have high paying keywords and some are easy to drive millions of visitors every month! Below is a run down on some of the techniques used.

Advertising Banners

By far the most popular advertising method so far in 2009. 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 (by lawrence). Can be very lucrative if done right!

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  • Wow… Thats a lot of money.
    How about and 🙂

    • Michael

      Jonathan earns most of his income from Affiliate Marketing not from blogging and Zac Johnson hasn’t published any recent income. Will update if I hear from them though.


      • GregR

        What about people who make money from selling ebooks and other digital goods and use their blog for promotion that way?


      • Feeling good that you earn by affiliate marketing. Even I am planning to take up affiliate marketing as we have been popular with home business and make money online concepts.thanks.

    • Dinesh

      Really!! Its an awesome money

  • ozmatix

    200,000 a month that aint bad at all is it.

    • GregR

      However techcrunch has a lot of overhead. They have salaried staff. Not sure $200K goes too far with that group

  • Daniel Richard

    I see that there’s a huge trend in the advertising banners being in the top half of the list there. 🙂

    • Michael

      With services such as BuySellAd’s it lets the website owner spend less time with advertisers and monetizing and on more important things such as content! 😉


  • Melissa

    great post! Gives me great insight!!(and hope!)

  • Patrick

    Is this a “top 30” list? That would be interesting to know. What about

    • Michael

      I did check but I didn’t want to just make a educated guess, wanted some proof to each number and couldn’t find it for her website.

  • Renelda

    I can’t believe that Perez Hilton is on that list. He is obssess with celebirties. Wow that is impressive. Some of the celebrities will plea to him ot to blog about them because he tend to be factual with his information.

  • Steve SEO UK

    Need to get my finger out and get my Blog up and running.
    Thanks once again for great info.
    Have RT’d tweet.

  • Rebekah

    Wow thats looking very exciting and helpful. Will have to get my husband to read it too!!

  • I wonder if that can work for me. I have a blog through
    But I have a difficult time get others on the blog already. Any Ideas to get traffic to my blog?

  • WOW, I didn’t know advertising could be so lucrative. Definitely worth considering…

  • Great list. Thanks

  • Yannick

    Hey Michael, nice and impressive list .. 200k per month, wow! That’s crazy 🙂

  • garrett goldsmith

    this is one of the most inspirering lists i have read in a long time. i did not know how much money was in the blogging business.

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  • James Cunningham

    Very Interesting, id like to have seen them take off from the beginning instead of only hearing about them once their big.

  • Charlie Dean

    Wow thats a lot of money! Very interesting Mike.

  • Stephen Holt

    HI, Michael –
    I appreciate the list (inspiring, as several others stated), but several of my friends in the fitness industry – Alwyn Cosgrove and Craig Ballantyne, just for starters – should be on your list, too, based upon the numbers you posted.

    Even my own would squeeze in – near the bottom ;-). – Stephen

    • Michael

      Hello Stephen,

      From what I understand, Craig earns his living from his training and not directly from blog monetization. I also know their is 1000s of other sites making a lot of money online but couldn’t find any revenue numbers on the Internet. This list is just to show of those that do 😉

      Thanks again,


      • ChinnyBini

        You do know the difference between ‘their’, they’re and there right?
        and 1000s = plural= are a lot of sites
        I hope that was a typo, coz up until no you sounded really smart ;P

        – feel free to call me a biotch

  • Another list nicely done and I like the way you added a description of each way to monetize your blog.

  • Joseph

    These numbers are in American Dollars? 😮

    • Michael

      Yes Sir 🙂 Pretty impressive really!

  • Quite interesting.
    Banner advertising seem to be more lucrative.

    These web sites are also high traffic and useful content web sites…

    This gives more hope too, that one can make money online.

  • Alex

    Great list Mike.. Really like the style of how you write.. very clear cut.. I am someone who gets very frustrated with clutter and even more frustrated with what you have previously referred to as ‘information overload’. Every time I research something there always seems to be something else to read on it from another source etc. I am beginning to use your site as my ‘core’ site that answers alot of my questions particularly on blogging as I trust your information.

    Incidentally these incomes are impressive.. What I would love to know next out of curiosity is whether this money is akin to an actual salary. i.e Does Michael Arrington actually earn 200k per month? I guess thats a difficult question to find the answer to..its like when you hear that Frank Lampard gets 100k a week playing for Chelsea.. I always want to know how much ACTUALLYgoes into his bank account! I love exact numbers!

    • Michael

      Thanks Alex, glad you enjoy my websites, I was in the same spot you were, I hate over load!

      Not so sure regarding what goes into their bank but I know Michael does other things to earn a lot more from his website such as events.

  • These are just awesome to look at. I always have people ask me what the definitive way is to make money online, and really there isn’t one. If you can provide a good service or product, or a way to solve a problem, that’s where the goodness comes from! There’s hundreds of thousands of people just like this that we don’t know about who are all very successful people marketing and doing “online stuff!”

    Matt G.

    • Michael

      Great point Matt and glad you enjoyed it! I agree, I always make sure I blog about my passion and the money just seems to come.

      A quote for you 😉 Work with the end in mind and every day make sure you are working towards it!

  • Michael

    Media and personally told by the bloggers, some may be doing more or less because every month is different but its more or less right 😉

  • oscommerce

    interesting article…the best to make money is advertising can control it

  • Michael, you might want to check out these 2 for stats & income:

    ReadWriteWeb – Richard MacManus whose publication competes with Techcrunch – Maricio Freitas (or similar spelling) who is another pioneer

    Both live in NZ but have very strong international presence

  • Why is Zen Habits not on the list?

  • Blogging is a good side source of income!
    Great list, Michael!

  • Simon

    I would have thought Carl Ocab would have been on this list, or Grizzly

  • @alex Those are gross figures, so their expenses have to come off the figures. For some that will just be their hosting costs. But for many of the big bloggers expenses will include staff wages, office charges etc. Pete Cashmore’s Mashable is generating great revenue, but look at how many staff are employed there – so no, Pete isn’t pocketing over $2M a year!

  • Jack Humphrey

    Dooce reported around $40,000/month last year on TV interviews –

    Several of the above are actually low estimates – makes much more than $25k, for instance, if you count his job board, book, and related income resulting directly from the success of his blog.

    • Michael

      Thanks for the update Jack, great find! Will make sure to include it.

  • Cool list.. count me in after 6 months I’ll be there.. joking! i think carl ocab pretty does well too and might rank there

  • Hi. I was just interested as to how you obtain these values. Most sites do not share their earnings openly. I can see they are estimates but how did you obtain them? Thanks. And you should have a subscribe to comments feature because I never revisit a site to check out my comments, only if I get an email telling me 😀

  • Om Shaadi Om

    I started my blog to spread awareness about my website Om Shaadi Om, but I started generating more revenue with my blog. 😉

  • Kai Lo

    $200k? I don’t even mind 500 bucks per month right now. This list really motivates me.

  • Paul Morales

    Great list. That’s crazy. I hope to somehow reach that level. I know there are many more people who don’t display incomes who are making much more then that. I prefer to make a lot of money and not be very popular personally ;).

  • david mukonda

    Advertising seems to be something to consider in 2009. Great list by the way, very motivational.

  • Here is another blog which I am starting to love. Great work Michael. These tips are wonderful and very motivating.

  • I’ve noticed a huge gap between number 1 and number 30. What does that mean exactly? It means that there’s lots of room for new bloggers to make money. Just give it time and the gap will be minimal.

    • He couldn’t get enough data. That’s just a couple of sites he managed to get some data on.

      Michael can you please answer my comment above =)

      • Hmm I see. Yeah that would make sense because the gap was way too huge and I know many people making a living off their blog which aren’t mentioned here. Good point. And Michael should answer your question above–I’d like to know where he gets his stats too.

  • Great website and a very informative listing.
    Amazing to think people can earn so much money each month.
    Well there’s hope for me yet with my blog (ooops, I just need to monetise it,…….lucky I have some time, I am only 7 yrs old):

  • TJ

    HEY ALBERT I am not Michael but enjoy his sites but your question is in the comments. Then if you read on some others lend some additional info.

    GOOD LIST Michael Dunlop

    “Media and personally told by the bloggers, some may be doing more or less because every month is different but its more or less right “

  • Jason

    Hi there,

    I was amazed by how much these guys are earning online. By the way, thanks for the advice that goes with your articles on how much they earn.
    What an inspiration… good work!!!

  • yoogya

    Hi. I just interested as to how you obtain these values. Most websites do not share their earnings. I can see they are estimates but how did you obtain them? Thanks you

  • Enk.

    So, whose gonna get me up there at TechCrunch place?
    – Its ok in the middle too, I can manage ! 😀

  • FinancialServicesRenoNV

    Greetings all members,

    I would just like to say hello and let you know that I’m happy to be a member – been a lurker long enough 🙂

    Hope to contribute some and gain some knowledge along the way….


    This is good, I truly appreciate your efforts of finding this out and publishing it here, even though you say its not 100% accurate, but atleast we’ll get an idea of what other are doing … this is ture that if you do regular blogging and if you are dedicated towards your goal, you can be listed in the list above 🙂 …

    thanks for findings,

  • wow, this is really great information, it courage me to not giving up in this field,

    Thanks so much dude!

  • Polymer Business

    wow, i didnt know they made such a big earning from ppc !

  • scubinsinee

    Hello ! It’s been a crazy week but we got back to classes today and all went well with our return , yupiii.

  • kathz adam

    woow..i thought earning through blog only make you money worth thousand.but i never expect it’s worth million..huhuhu..

  • samuel Thao

    You’ve got a great blog here, and I love your post. Thanks, keep it up!