Dropped But Not As Expected – May 2011 Blog Income Report

May 2011 was the tough month for me, my family and my self felt sick of chicken-pox and took few days to recover. It affected by blogging, I could not publish articles, increase my traffic and monitor some changes in my blog. This monthly blog income report is completely for my main tech blog www.sysprobs.com

The net May 2011 income was 1304.81 $ with 13% drop compared to my previous month (April 2011) earning 1496 $. In fact, 1304.81$ is OK for me when I look back my blogging activities and the time I spent on online, because really I did not do much on internet during May 2011. There was a time I thought my earning will not cross 1000$ in May, but luckily it crossed that mark- thanks to Technorati CPM, Infolinks and Amazon Associate programs for considerable increase.

May 2011 Blog Income Report

What I Learned?

  • We are just human and not sure what will happen tomorrow. If you are very serious about blogging and taking care of readers, then I advice you to keep articles ready for next one week. Upload to WordPress, finish the proof read, complete all SEO steps and schedule them for one week. This helps in stay one week ahead in your blogging activities and reduce the tension. If you fell sick or you can’t access Internet or computer for some reasons then this method will be helpful.
  • Do not depend on specific money making way or program. Whenever you get chance, try few methods and ad networks to make extra money. So, when one program could not perform well in a specific month, the other program will work better and help you to archive the target.
  • Still blogs can work as an automated money making source. Now I got a rough estimate amount that my blog will make monthly without my interaction. Lets say, even if I don’t do anything for next three months, I’m sure my blog will make some decent income monthly. Anyhow, I will not leave like that, but I’m just sharing my experience with you. So, always try your hard to take your blog to this level, then enjoy the additional income.

OK, Here is the breakdown,

Google Adsense – 675.20

Infolinks –                 99.42

Contextweb CPM – 189.20

Technorati CPM –   108.91

Google Affiliate Network – 00

Amazon Associate – 142.72

Pixazza –                     89.36

Total –                    1304.81


Things I Wanted to Share


Google Adsense and Contextweb CPM

These two networks did not perform well for me as expected or how it worked in previous month. Google adsense dropped by 187$ (last month was 862.54$) and Contextweb CPM dropped by 100$ (last month was 288.99$). Anyhow, the total lose of these two networks was slightly covered by other ad networks.

Just for testing purpose I removed one adsense ad slot from side bar last month. I did this to see the performance of other two slots and avoid some conflicts with Technorati CPM network which started showing Google ads. Though, Technorati CPM confirmed to me that showing more than three Adsense ads ( 3 adsense slots + Technorati CPM slots with Google adsense) will not violate Adsense TOS, but to be in safe side I did this change.

I kept only two adsense slots and one Technorati slot, so in any case maximum 3 Google ads will be appeared in my blog. But this change affected my Adsense earnings considerably. I lost a good income from side bar ad slot. Due to my sickness I could not monitor this decrease and act accordingly. From June 1st I put back my third adsense slot in sidebar and I can see the good increase.

Also, I think generally there could be a slight drop in Adsense earning for everyone in May 2011 based on the ads I saw in my blogs and CPC I got. I expect your feed back and experience in this !!!!

Contextweb fill rate dropped with big percentage in May 2011, this could be due to some of the ad campaigns got over by April end in my category.

My April and May 2011 traffic is almost same, so I can’t blame the traffic for this drop. Also, when there are less advertisers or ad campaigns in specific ad network such as Adsense, Contextweb and Technorati …etc, as a blogger we can’t do much about it. We should digest the period and hope for the best in next month.

I have reduced my ask price for one ad slot in Contextweb to increase my fill rate and earnings, waiting for the result in June.


Infolinks and Technorati CPM

First time I almost touched 100$ in Infolinks. As I said earlier that PayPal started supporting to receive money in Oman, I changed my payment method to PayPal in Infolinks and I was happy to see the two months pending payment and today they sent the payment for April 2011. Their eCPM for May 2011 is slightly better than ever.

Technorait CPM also crossed 100$ mark first time now. In fact, I reduced their ad slot numbers and currently having only one slot, but it paid me good CPM rate for May. I’m thinking to increase one more slot and see the performance.


Amazon Associate Program

This is one of the cool program I like very much. This is an affiliate program but I never wrote any recommendation or promote any products. I just left two links to amazon products in my top posts and this time it helped to earn 142.72$.

I’m planning to write my working experience and how to make money with Amazon Associate program in a different article in future. Subscribe to this blog and stay tuned with me.


Finally, this is the first drop for me in 2011 but it was not as expected. At the end, I’m happy with the earnings because I didn’t do anything much on my blogs. I have some targets for June in my mind, I will share them once I archive them.

I just want to know about your May earning, traffic stats and the difficulties you face in blogging. Especially, can some one share about your Adsense earnings?

A part-time blogger who makes enough money to leave the full-time job, but still enjoying both jobs :) . Sharing the knowledge here to help everyone to build better blog and make money online.

  • Hello Dinesh , there is a slight dropping in your earnings but it does not matter . Ok , Amazon associates has been also included in your earning sources . I am thinking to give it a shot .

    • Priyangshu,
      Thanks for the comment. Yes, Amazon will work nicely if you have good selling products at Amazon for your topic and your readers are located at countries where they can receive items from Amazon.
      Good luck.

  • Still really good earings mate even if it did dip again but still way up from were you were, thanks also to your guidance I was able to make over $160 this month from my website. Thanks again dude.

  • I am sorry about your sickness. Those are impressive earnings especially when you don’t have time to publish new posts. It proves you have a consistent traffic from search engines. Congrats, mate.

  • thatz too nice income mah friend. You will sure blast out in upcoming month

  • Good to see you recovering from sickness. 🙂

    Congrats for topping up the mental fig in continuity.
    This is the beauty of passive income, it flows even when you are fully active.Need to learn this Automate Posting WordPress stuff.
    Best of luck for next month.

    • Shekhar,
      Thanks for the message, Automate posting (Scheduling) is very simple in WordPress. I’m sure it will be helpful.
      Once you established quite OK in blogging, then money will follow you.

  • Your Articles & Your Blogs is awesome. I hope next month your Revenue will be UP & your always on fit healthness. I have problem & I need your help, I’ve just found Tricks To Increase The CPC, Official From Google on Google Adsense Support. To see the trick you can follow steps below =
    1. Open Google.com/adsense/support
    2. Select the “Optimization Lab “which is at the somewhat lower.
    3. Continue to select the menu “Lift the CPC”
    4. Continue to select the menu “B. First Ad Unit counts”


    B. First Ad Unit Counts

    Make sure that the best performing ad unit (highest CTR) is the first in your HTML code to improve your revenue.

    * First, you will need to place a DIV tag right below the BODY tag in order to let the browsers know which ad unit goes first in the source code HTML. Note that it doesn’t mean that this ad unit will show up first on the page. Here is the code:

    Insert your ad code here

    * Next, insert the CSS code below into the style sheet of your website. Since all sites are different, we recommend that you test attributes (left, right, top, bottom) in order to place your ad unit correctly. Make sure to adjust height/width depending on the ad format.

    #ad1 {
    width: 468px;
    height: 60px;
    position: absolute;
    left: 140px;
    right: 0px;
    bottom: 0px;
    top: 350px;
    * If you don’t use style sheets, you will need to insert the above code into DIV tags between the HEAD tags in the HTML source code.

    Insert above css code here

    For Code Below I put it on blogger.com in the Edit HTML Menu

    Insert your ad code here

    For Code Below I put it on the template designer menu -> Add CSS
    #ad1 {
    width: 468px;
    height: 60px;
    position: absolute;
    left: 140px;
    right: 0px;
    bottom: 0px;
    top: 350px;

    To measure the pixel left, right, bottom & top of the ad unit I use the Add-on “MeasureIt” in Firefox.
    For too long pixel, I use 0px .
    But the problem while in the Edit HTML blogger.com because it always appear error message = “Open quote is expected for attribute” {1} “associated with an element type” id “”
    I’am Not yet tried it in wordpress.

    My Question is = What should i do to use this trick successfully on blogger.com ???

    I’am very interesting to use this trick because my Ads Unit 3 have highest CPC than other, and my Ads Unit 1 have highest CTR than other. Place of my Ads Unit 3 is on the bottom. Place of my Ads Unit 1 on the top. So i will use this trick to change my Ads Unit 1 become Third in the eyes of a robot adsense. So My Ads Unit 1 will have highest CTR & CPC. See my ads place on = 2.bp.blogspot.com/-Rlg_waNhZ-c/Te7Vkz-nlkI/AAAAAAAAAWk/lH_vih2J-XA/s1600/123.png

    If any body have been tried & success, please share here…
    Thanks …

    • Rahma,
      Thanks for the comment and information from Google site.
      I already suggested this idea on how to increase adsense CPC here,


      To be honest, I don’t have much knowledge in blogspot. If blogspot allows you to paste the adsense code, then you can add it “div style=”display:block;float:left;margin: 5px;”” (which I”m using). No harm in testing the changes.

      If you need any help, send me an email.
      You or I can’t post the exact code here in comments area.

    • Hi,
      Your text and link ads are too blended with your theme. I can suggest to change the text color to link color of your theme and monitor the performance for 2 to 4 weeks.
      I never used adbrite, but I’m sure adsense is better. At the same time adbrite also works good for some sites.

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