How much money can I make? Before you give up on affiliate marketing, you just must read this article. Is affiliate income blogging still profitable in 2020 and which bloggers are making $100,000 every year? That must be one of the questions you keep asking yourself as you check and refresh on affiliate dashboards and see no money coming in.

Well the proof is in the pudding! And here is the proof! The question that has been burning and hanging over our heads as we blog on our websites is whether there is still any money to be made through blogging. A few years ago, people considered blogging as just another hobby that people did on the side, during their downtime or as a side hustle. In addition, these bloggers worked on full-time jobs. Blogging has changed today. There are people who earn from it, probably started a few years back. Then there is you and us, who are starting out now in this extremely crowded field. Make no mistake, it is crowded but you can distinguish yourself and run your own race. In this article, we thought we would do a motivational speech and include one man or one woman shows, who are hitting the right goals and making the money.

In a different article we featured all the biggest guns in the blogging industry, blogs that make millions because they have the resources, the manpower and have grown into huge organizations. Today we want to focus on mom and pop blogs who have made it big and demonstrate that blogging still pays… Here is a list of top earners and what they blog on:

The information below may not be entirely accurate to the exact dollar that these bloggers make but people have studied them and made guesstimates which they have not denied. Now that’s out of the way, we want to dream… Here’s the dream… Lay me dream out loud… Say I start today, and work extremely hard, like not half ass it, just give it every ounce of energy from my low carb diet, in ten years I could be making $2,000,000 a month!! It’s completely mind boggling but as you can see, it’s doable! It isn’t as if you were trying to go to the moon!

Here is the list of 30 top earners in the blogosphere… BE LIKE THEM!

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$150,000Affiliate 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 Grāveris$20,000Product Sales
26JoystiqAOL$18,000CPM Advertising
27PC MechDavid Risley$16,000Affiliate Sales
28AbduzeedoFabio Sasso$12,000Advertising Banners
29SizlopediaSaad Hamid$11,000Pay Per Click
30HowJediPortia Jedi$7,000Pay Per Click

There are several reasons why we decided to publish this list

  1. To show you that there is a lot of money to be made in blogging. The blogs listed above have been around for a long time and have resources to continue to grow bigger but once upon a time, they too started somewhere, at the bottom where you are today
  2. To give you resources that you can either learn from or try to stay ahead of by being better. Perhaps you are a great content producer. Perhaps you know the best web designer who can put you on the map. Either way, you always want to look at the best people in the field. So we encourage you to study those websites.

Now for those of you who haven’t started your websites yet, we want you to start today. Head over to Siteground and buy your domain name and hosting. Install WordPress, they will help you out and write your very first blog.

As usual we look forward to your comments in the section below. It would be great if you tell us what you learned or what you were able to improve upon from those worthy competitors. Hey don’t be disheartened. At least you have started.