The 10 Top Earning Bloggers In The World

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Blogging, so much a part of daily lives today, actually took a while to catch on before becoming enormously successful – practically overnight. Blogging began to rapidly spread in 1999 and shortly thereafter thanks to a few nearly-simultaneous creations of blog tools: Open Diary (1998), LiveJournal (1999), Pitas.com (1999), and Blogger.com (1999).

In 1997, John Bargerm, editor of Robot Wisdom, coined the term “web-log” while attempting to describe the daily list of sites that he “logged” onto during his web travels. A few years later Peter Merholz used the word in his sidebar but made the creative decision to split the word into two: we blog. It wasn’t long after that, that Evan Williams at Pyra Labs began using the word “blog” on its own as both a verb and a noun, before finally creating the term “blogging” in association with Pyra Labs’ Blogger product.

Today, blogging is more than a familiar term. Many of us interact with blogs on a daily basis in one way or another; whether we write our own blogs, contribute to a blog, or just enjoy reading and commenting on them, blogs are huge part of the online experience.

Many people have chosen to make blogging their lifestyle, and their livelihood. And as we delve into the earnings associated with the top ten bloggers in the world today, it becomes clear why these people decided to make the success of their blog down their career path. Blogging, as a profession, has proven to be quite lucrative but not many people realize just how lucrative a successful blogging career can be.

However, creating a wildly successful, lucrative blog is no easy feat. The blogosphere is competitive, and it takes an extreme amount of dedication, a fair amount of talent, a good amount of business sense, and a whole bunch of luck for a blog to become one of the most popular in the cyberverse.

With 33.9 million new blogs being created every month and over 60,328,496 blogs on sites like WordPress.com, the following blogging stars have truly emerged from the masses and have risen to the top of the blogosphere for a great many reasons. One thing they all have in common, though; none of these bloggers would have attained this level of influence and wealth if they didn’t have drive, passion and expertise in their respective niches.

10. Ewdison Then, ‘Slash Gear’: $60,000 – $80,000 per month
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Ewdison Then is the co-founder and executive editor of this consumer electronic and tech news site. He also works as a media publisher for his blog within the site and as CEO of R3 Media LLC.

SlashGear is “geared” towards consumers in need of tech gadgets. If you’re in need of an iPhone 5S, tablet, iPad, or looking to get your hands on the newest, coolest touch screen than you will love Then, because that’s what he does. He puts tech lovers in touch with the latest news regarding all kinds of technology and gadgets. His blog is consistent with its updates and aids readers in becoming the first to get a hold of a new fantastic gadget or app.

Most of Then’s income comes from pay-per-click advertising. His overhead has to be incredibly small as he only staffs about 13 people for this small enterprise. SlashGear is also notable for being the most successful blog to utilize the WordPress platform.

9. Matt Marshall: $50,000 – $100,000 per month

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Matt Marshall was somewhat of a presumptuous journalist prior to breaking out as a top blogger. He started blogging in 2006, covering world wide technology. He is founder of VentureBeat, a informative blog that covers a range of topics, not just technology, and has developed a network of technology specialized websites. VentureBeat’s scope encompasses tech as well as money, finance and investment topics. Marshall provides a plethora of valuable information to his readers, including different business techniques to earn money from your investments and aspects of the startup process.

8. Gina Trapani: circa $110,000 per month

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Gina Trapani takes her spot as the only woman on this list of highest earning bloggers. Trapani is not only CEO and founder of the popular blog Lifehacker, but she is highly active in the social media community. Most recently she has become a part of both Gawker Blog Empire and Gizmodo. Trapani’s focus on Lifehacker is to find ways to do things better, and improve the way in which one lives their life. Lifehacker encourages followers to share tips and new ideas to make everyday life easier. No wonder it’s so popular.

7. Collis Ta’eed: $55,000 – $120,000 per month

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Collis Ta’eed, owner of the number seven blog on this list — TutsPlus —  contributes to various famous blogs. This man just loves him some blog! TutsPlus is an informative site for building skills that compiles tutorials, lectures and many other teaching methods to inform readers about application software and numerous designing tools. Ta’eed’s tutorials can help you with anything from downloading a photo to mastering a software application. Not only is Ta’eed making money from this site but members of the site can make money too by writing articles themselves. So whether you need help with music production or have some knowledge you’d like to share and make a buck doing it, Ta’eed’s site is definitely worth a visit.

6. Jake Dobki:$80,000 – $110,000 per month

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The famous blog Gothamist.com makes Jake Dobkins a pretty handsome income. Gothamist is a newsy site. Its articles cover the genres of food, events, and art. The information spans the globe. If you are planning a trip overseas and want to know about the cuisines in a certain location, Gothamist is a good place to look. Gothamist started covering city life in New York but has expanded its reach to 13 cities worldwide: including Toronto, London and Shanghai. Prior to becoming the publisher of Gothamist, Dobkin worked as an amateur urban photographer. Quite a turn of events for the urban artist.

5.Timothy Sykes: Monthly Income: $150,000 – $180,000 per month

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If you want to learn how to make lots of money Timothy Sykes’ blog is what you should be reading. It includes inspiring articles about investment, finance, stocks, and the like. Sykes is incredibly smart when it comes to stocks. He is an expert, and makes around two million dollars a month from stock operations. This is on top of what he makes from his wildly successful blog — which is, apparently, like a side job. While some people waitress at night, Sykes writes one of the most popular, highest earning blogs in the world. Sykes’ story is inspirational in and of itself, as he started as a penny stock trader — a penny stock scam geek — and now he trains people and writes articles that help people around the world, and he makes millions doing it.

4.Vitaly Friedman: $150,000 – $190,000 per month

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Vitaly Friedman is founder of SmashingMagazine, a blog for website designers. He also started the Smashing Network in 2009 to curate the best of other design blogs. The majority of Friedman’s reported income is from advertising banners and doesn’t include affiliate revenues. SmashingMagazine is the most popular and famous blog in web design and development. If you want to master this field than SmashingMagazine can help you in achieving your goal by making sure you get the newest, latest tips, and provides guides and high quality tutorials to help you on your way.

3. Mario Lavanderia, ‘Perez Hilton’: $200,000 – $400,000 per month

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Mario Lavandeira, a.k.a. Perez Hilton, has been a powerhouse blogger since launching his site in 2005. Say what you will about his particular style of journalism, it’s making him a lot of dough. PerezHilton is a blog about celebrity news, scandals and and the like. Most likely you’ll see stuff about Lindsay Lohan and Justin Bieber on here. It doesn’t take a blog making it on a top ten list of highest earning bloggers to tell us that people love reading and talking about the latest celebrity news. So, if you have any burning questions about your favorite celebrity you may want to give PerezHilton a glance.

2.Pete Cashmore:$560,000 – $600,000 per month

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Pete Cashmore is CEO and founder of the world famous blog Mashable, which covers anything from technology and business to social media, entertainment and lifestyle. Mashable is the largest (award winning) independent site. It is the most influential, the most read and the most popular destination for digital, social media, and technology resources and news. This generation connecting site was established in Cashmore’s bedroom in Scotland when he was only 19-years-old. Cashmore is now the youngest and almost the richest blogger in the world.

1. Michael Arrington: $500,000 – $800,000 per month

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Are you a technology news and article lover? TechCrunch is a great place to be if you are. FounderMichael Arrington has created a one stop destination for tech news. Arrington has famously become know as the “prophet of Silicon Valley.” He has become the most influential personality in technology. His site updates its news so often you can get minute-to-minute tech news. So, yea, if you like technology chances are, you’ll love Arrington. That is of course, if you don’t already.

Catherine Cook – Young Entrepreneur Interview

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Young Entrepreneur, Catherine Cook of MyYearBook.com reveals the secrets of how she got 5 Million Members on Myyearbook.com. Talk to Catherine Cook for any length of time and you get the distinct feeling you don’t need to remember this girl’s name because you’ll be hearing it often in the years to come.

Catherine Cook Interview

Catherine Cook  of  MyYearBook.com reveals the secrets of
how she got 5 Million Members on Myyearbook.com

As a teen, Catherine is a self-declared “nerd” and proud of it. She’s a varsity gymnast with a boyfriend and a 4.0 GPA who, in her dwindling spare time, attends events like the National Youth Leadership Forum in Defense, Intelligence, and Diplomacy.

Catherine Cook Interview

Thank you Catherine for agreeing to an interview, we really appreciate it.

First Question – What gave you the idea to create MyYearBook.com ?

When I was 15 and Dave (David Cook – fellow founder)  was 16, we got the idea for MyYearbook while just flipping through a normal high school yearbook in March 2005. We were relatively new in our high school and we just wanted a better way to get to know our classmates.  When we first go the idea we started brainstorming a general idea of what we wanted: superlatives, profiles, classes, groups. We picked the name myYearbook, and I added smiley faces in the O’s (which is still our logo) and MyYearbook was born.

What advice would you give someone who wants to make a social networking website?

I would tell them to stay true to a certain core group.  Now that their are two giant mass market social networking sites, the easiest way to succeed is to offer users something more specific then “finding friends.”  For instance, myYearbook goes for teenagers with our specially designed core features like Battles and Quizzes. Other sites like LinkedIn, for example, have other targets like professionals.


You have over 2,000,000 members, how did you manage to grow your website so fast?

myYearbook now has more than 5 million members and we are growing by 20,000 members/day.  The way we achieved this growth is by engineering virality.  We did this by widgetizing all of our content and listening to what our users want.  Any new feature we make for myYearbook, can also be posted on a number of other sites likeFacebook, MySpace, Xanga, etc. thereby spreading the word about our site and the quality of our features.  The ideas for our features come straight from the users.  We organize what our members want and are sure to add them to the site.  One of the most popular features on the site, Battles, actually started as on of our users’ ideas.  By listening to our users and making viral features, myYearbook was able to gain the members it has today by word of mouth.

What do you spend all of your hard earned cash on?

Actually, I’m a not a big shopper or anything.  I wear mostly hand-me-downs.  Right now all my cash is going towards trains to go back home and work on the site and textbook, and I try to keep as much money as possible in the website.  Since I live at home (or now technically in a dorm), I really have no need to pay myself all that much.


Do you think that entrepreneurialism is something that is in your blood? Or is it something that can be learned?

I think it is something that can be learned, but only if you have a suitable mentor that can give you advice and help you out once in awhile.  I had my older brother, Geoff, to go to for business advice, and I know it would have been many many times harder to raise the venture capital and deal with investors without his help and experience.

Is there anyone that you look up to and model yourself on?

I guess the person I look up to the most is my brother Geoff.  He started his first company as a sophomore in college, and while I was growing up I watched him turn it into a successful business and always wanted to be an entrepreneur myself.


What is the best advice you have ever been given?

Probably to never give up.  Sometimes it was really hard to keep up with the site along with my school work and other responsibilities, and just being told that somehow I’ll get through I’ll the work I have helps.

 

What advice would you give to a Young Entrepreneur setting up their first business?

To never be scared of asking for advice and to use all available resources to find their way.  Now almost anything can be found on Google.  I think it’s important to look for answers, and if you can’t find them yourself, to get a friend to help you out.


What are your plans for the future?

I want to grow myYearbook as far as I can, and after that I guess I’ll graduate college.  I definitely want to start something else after myYearbook.  Running the site is just so exciting, and I don’t think I’ll be able to give up being an entrepreneur.

‘Gray Googlers’ strike gold

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As an independent handyman at the mercy of weather patterns near Hartford, Conn., he’d always made a decent income that rarely grew.

Then he found Google (GOOG), and his life changed. Alonzy, 57, now makes $120,000 a year from the ads Google places on his Natural Handyman website, and he couldn’t be more thrilled.

“I put in two, maybe three hours a day on the site, and the checks pour in,” he says. “What’s not to like?”

In return for placing its ads on websites and blogs, Google pays Web publishers every time one of its ads are clicked. Those clicks help keep Alonzy and his wife living comfortably and talking about moving to Hawaii. “All I need is a laptop and a high-speed Internet connection, and I can live anywhere.”

The Internet may be a young person’s medium, but the retired and those nearing retirement such as Alonzy have found that they can work the Web just as well. Sometimes, such “Gray Googlers” can live a richer, more financially rewarding life than when they were supposedly working.

“Google isn’t just for kids anymore,” says Google executive Kim Scott, who runs the company’s AdSense program, the ad platform that provides the income for Web publishers such as Alonzy and others.

Take Jerrold Foutz. The former Boeing engineer, 75, started a website a few years ago devoted to one of his passions — switching mode power supplies, which help drive, for instance, the inside of video cameras.

He put Google ads on his smpstech.com site four years ago. After just one month, the first Google check was for $800. The second check totaled $2,000.

“I thought, ‘Wow,’ ” he said. “This was the most amazing thing that ever happened to me. Something I thought would make $50 a year now equals my Boeing retirement check.”

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