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Blog Income Report January 2009

Blog Income Report – January 2009

by Roman on February 4, 2009

I am only making baby steps with Financial Jesus and its capacity to earn money – but here are the income stats for January 2009.

Google Adsense Income –$15.25

Income – $4.12

Direct Links – $3

Total Earnings for January 2009 – $22.37

The kind of money I am making with is little at most but I am still seeing potential for it to become my main income source.

In January I joined as my first advertising program besides Google Adsense. I have to say that  Google has not being delivering the best results for me but until last month I didn’t have the motivation to try other programs – BIG MISTAKE!

While  only made me a bit over 4 dollars I started using it in the end of the month – so it will make me a lot more in February – in just 3 days it has already made me over 18 dollars – that’s about as much as I made in January combined.

January was also the first month that I made my first direct sale – selling a finance related link for 3 dollars. I had no idea how much a link in my blog should be worth but after finding out that the text link service I also joined asks $15 for a link I will probably raise the price to 10 dollars.

My blog income goal for February is $77.63

Achieving it means I have made $100 in blogging this year in just 2 months (vs the 8 months it got me to get the first 100 dollars).

What to expect in February

New theme

I am going to shop around for a premium WordPress theme. While the one I currently have is fairly good, it lacks the ability to generate more page views and has a lot of other small shortcomings that together have a tremendous impact on the usability of Financial Jesus. I intend to fix this!

More content

My blogging goal for February will be 1 post per day – which makes out a total of 28 posts. While I intend to only write about the things that are interesting to myself I also have the SEO fact in mind. Managing to get 10 new visits from organic search results for every article I write will give me an extra 240 visitors per day. While it will be a challenge I have been using a simple trick that helps me better target my posts to search engines. Don’t bother asking – I will keep it a secret! 👿

More marketing

I have done a little research and made a list of personal finance websites that Financial Jesus has to compete with. Some of these sites have more visitors and some have less – I have prioritized them and intend to write some guest articles and use an aggressive commenting strategy to get new RSS subscribers. My goal is 300 RSS subscribers by March. It’s difficult , but achievable.

More monetization

I will try some new advertising programs to try and make some money. It seems that all the famous bloggers are right after all – the key to making money is having a lot of income sources (it’s the same in real world). If anyone has some good ideas on advertising programs to try – please let me know and I might become your affiliate if I decide to join! I am also hoping for miracles from my future theme – hopefully it will be one of the answers to making more money online.

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March 8, 2009 at 3:29 am


Roman-J February 4, 2009 at 3:21 am


Besides our names (first time I had to use last enitial in my name) we have very similar blog concepts. I guess I am one of your competitors. 🙂

I really like your tag line, “Some people are rich before they have money”

Great content. You can consider yourself 1 feed closer to your goal.

Roman G February 4, 2009 at 6:58 am

Yes, this is just funny – it is on very rare occasions that I manage to meet someone else, whose name is Roman.

My full name is Roman German – I guess this makes it even funnier.
I have a lot of fun when traveling and nobody really believes it 🙂

do good February 4, 2009 at 7:31 am

I would discourage you from trying too many different ways to monetise the blog. Bigger blogs can do it because they already have a lot of readers, but too much on a smaller blog turns readers away. It took me 2 years before I started to make even a little money blogging and I have managed to make it into a full time income since then. The important factor is to concentrate on getting more readers and more people who know about your writing.

Roman February 4, 2009 at 8:50 am

It seems that is a place where you give money away. Do you have other websites that you make an income from?
I would like to follow them and learn what I can from your success 🙂

do good February 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

Yes, it is my do good blog. There are too many sites to list here (most are small niche sites), but is my main site and blog — then I have others writing for me such as bloggingawaydebt, financialhack and debtreduction101 (I found your site through a comment you left on one of them)

These may may be of interest (or not), but is some of the writing I did about blogging before I ran out of time:

Roman February 5, 2009 at 4:11 pm

I read all of the articles over there! Some of them are truly great – thanks!
I even wrote 1 idea down, cause I had never heard of it 🙂
I’m wondering about your other sites – how do you find the people that write articles to you?
I have always thought that if someone is willing to write articles he/she would want to start their own website – not write the articles for someone else…

do good February 5, 2009 at 6:40 pm

“I have always thought that if someone is willing to write articles he/she would want to start their own website – not write the articles for someone else…”

You want to get beyond the assumption that everyone thinks like you do. People have a variety of reasons for wanting to write and understanding this can get you to have people help you write. I do pay some of the people to write for me (this allows them to simply write and not have to deal with all the promotion and layout issues), but there are also a lot of people that write blogs on my site that don’t get paid (

Making a living from a single blog is tough to do these days (not impossible, but tough) – I always advice to go the niche website route using the content that you have already created. February 4, 2009 at 1:21 pm

Thanks for sharing, Roman! I’m using Typepad and they don’t currently support textlink so that stinks for me. I look forward to “running” with you as we both grow readership and income!

Roman February 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

If I remember correctly they also have an option where they give you a code and you just insert it on your website. If you understand HTML you should be able to figure it out almost any website.

MoneyEnergy February 6, 2009 at 12:34 am

I’d be interested to hear about your success with other forms of monetization – and I’m also about to implement a new theme from WordPress to help reorganize my site. I’ve been planning it for a while.

Roman February 6, 2009 at 12:47 am

I think a right WordPress theme can go a long way!
Also, I will let everyone know in the blog after I try out new monetization methods… I’d like to read from your own experience as well!

Themondey February 6, 2009 at 1:51 am

Great post and good stuff!
That’s all I would like say here !

Daniil February 12, 2009 at 10:39 am

Clicked on ads few times, so that You can be closer to Your goals 🙂

Btw we have mutial frield Mihkel Tiidus

Roman February 12, 2009 at 6:55 pm

Yeah, Mihkel is a good friend of mine – we were schoolmates for about 7 seven years or so! How do you know him?
Clicking on the ads probably doesn’t make a large difference. Unfortunetly Google Adsense ads aren’t performing on this blog 🙂

Paul Morales March 8, 2009 at 3:15 am

awesome job! big increase. I’m still not at $100 per month but on my way. congrats on the success! wish you luck for this next month. Keep it up.

FinancialServicesRenoNV March 28, 2009 at 5:32 pm

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….

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