You Need A Ton Of Pageviews To Make Any Money Blogging

September 28, 2006 – 1:30 pm

by Darren

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Every day I see thousands of fresh-faced newbies steaming into the blogosphere. They’re eager to please, with big old smiles the size of watermelons. That’s for a month or so. Then they start to take on a distant, faraway look. Within six months, most veteran bloggers start to have what Vietnam Vets called “The Thousand Yard Stare”. They look hungry, like wolves. Hey, it’s not hard to imagine why.

Depending on your niche, it might be very realistic that you’ll garner 10 cents per click. If that’s the case, your job is simple.

If you have 5,000 pageviews a day (a really high number for many niches) and you have a CTR of 5%, you will send 250 people back to Google for 10 cents each, or a total of $25. You won’t make a living doing this. If you’re in a niche which pays a dime a click, you’ll easily need to exceed 20,000 pageviews a day to have an income approaching what a job will pay you.

You can see why most bloggers won’t become fulltime: traffic. It’s tough to get traffic on the internet, and it’s even tougher to get traffic in significant enough volume to make a full-time living from the internet.

If you decide to take on a blog now, then you need to seriously consider leading your niche, if you plan on deriving significant income from it. Jack Welch, of GE fame, was noted for his business philosophy, which rested heavily on him having GE only compete in industries where they could be number one or number two.

I really think you should take the Jack Welch approach to your next blog. Only start it if you can be first or second in your industry. If not, you may not have the sufficient pageviews to generate revenue.

How are your pageviews doing?

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    1. 5 Responses to “You Need A Ton Of Pageviews To Make Any Money Blogging”

    2. I have NO idea how many pageviews I get a day. Know of any Wordpress Plugins that would give me my site stats?

      By gina on Sep 28, 2006

    3. Gina,

      You can always try Sitemeter for a very easy way. I’m sure there are Wordpress plugins, too.

      Google Analytics is very nice, but I think you need an Adwords account.

      By Darren on Sep 28, 2006

    4. It’s interesting that you mention 20,000 pageviews, 5%, dime a click, or $100 per day .. is that what it takes to go “Pro”? I guess $3000 per month is decent enough to quit your day job - if you can earn that part time keeping your day job. Hmm. // just talking to myself - don’t mind me!

      By HART (1-800-HART) on Sep 28, 2006

    5. For me, $3,000 is nowhere enough, because I have a number of fixed business expenses. But for some people it might be enough.

      I would also say, if you have a blog that’s doing $3,000 on Adsense, you can easily add a second and third revenue stream and add another $2,000 or so. Now you’re started to talk.

      This gives me an idea for another blog post. This time I’ll talk about why selling some sort of product or service is the real key :)

      By Darren on Sep 28, 2006

    6. I use two ways to check page views, Google Analytics and my site host provides me Webalizer, I don’t think with my current hits/day I should leave my job ;)

      By TechZ on Sep 30, 2006

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