People Who Actually Make Money on the Web

Posted by: Rea Maor In: Making Money Online - Thursday, May 17th, 2007

“The Bubble”: walk up to any Silicon Valley entrepreneur and say these words, and watch them shiver. The Internet draws the start-ups and investors in droves, and for every success story there are hundreds of failures. Some of you with your own site with an ad or two up, watching it grind out pennies per day at best, may wonder sometimes: does anybody really make money at this stuff? Well, yes, it does happen.

Although “GetItInWriting”‘s post on the top web earners is a few months old, it just made the rounds on Reddit again. Look at that top earner – $300,000 per month, running to 3.6 million per year! For running a dating site – a shoestring budget one at that.

But the amounts scale down quickly – number 7 on their list makes $10,000 per month, which is still nice for sitting at home watching the checks pour in your mailbox, but $120,000/year is about what several big-shot positions in the IT field make for a secure day’s work. And remember, that’s just the top seven! It scales down much faster than that for pure ad-driven revenue. Basically, anybody else claiming huge revenues from ad-supported content is using the trick to make a six-figure income from blogging in two easy steps. Ha!

Then there’s the “sneaky start-up” strategy. “Sneaky” because you have a sly idea that just might work, so you put it in action and get lucky. The famous “Million-Dollar Home Page” is one such example, but ideas like this have a problem: they only work once. The guys who started YouTube made a big gamble and won when Google bought them, but there’s a hundred more video-sharing sites out there that will never see that kind of glory.

Then, of course, there’s the obvious: mad IT skills! If you’re a skilled professional, it goes without saying that you can eventually kick up your heels and quit the office world to be a consultant or freelancer. Of course, this goes right back to boring old working for a living. You can do that as easily away from the web as on it. What fun is that?

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3 Responses to “People Who Actually Make Money on the Web”

  1. Tinu Says:

    Loved the post. Speaking as someone who started out as an independent IT consultant, yeah, it was still work for a living, but it was a- for more money b – just the part I liked, I outsourced the rest, c- fewer hours, d- no commute, e- the lifestyle was fantastic, which was even better than the money.

  2. Leo Dimilo Says:

    The top earners are probably right but there are a ton of affiliate bloggers that make that kind of money per year that aren’t as vocal about what they earn. In one of my niches I made 80k last year although most of that was through affiliates and not google.

  3. Rea Maor Says:

    Wow, thats amazing..
    i guestt it’s all depens on the Niche itself…

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