Monthly Blog Income Report – March 2011 $$$ – Yeah I Did It

March was the well expected month for me, first time I set the 4 figures monthly income target and finally achieved it. Yes, I decided to earn my first $1000 and successfully did it.

I always like a sentence in blogging which is ‘Treat your blog like a business’, really it works for me. I have some forecasts, budgets, time managements, planning, Business (Blog) Continuity Plan and backup plans for my blogs. I’m sure this will work well if you streamline your blogs in this ‘Business Model’, always plan for long term.

When I look back the status exactly one year ago (March 2010), I feel happy and wonder about the growth of my blog and earnings. March 2010 was the month I started blogging seriously and I’m still a part time blogger.

Last year (I think February or March 2010) one of my friend asked ‘How much money you are making from this website?’ I answered ‘Around $30’ , he looked at me something differently and asked again ‘ Only this much?’, I answered ‘ Yes, only this much, but I will make more money later’.

Monthly Blog Income Report - March 2011

I did not have any plans to increase my earnings at that time, except producing valuable content and increase the traffic. Google Adsense was the only money making program I had that time.

Just remember, the more traffic you get the more money you earn.

I keep publishing my monthly earning reports and how I did it for motivate and encourage you in blogging. Though, I’m not a full time or pro blogger, but still my words will influence your blogging by knowing how a part time blogger can make some bucks from website mostly by displaying ads.

Feel boring ah..?

OK, here is the break down.

Google Adsense –                  589.78

Infolinks                –                    87.44

Contextweb CPM –                198.66

Technorati CPM –                    16.37

Google Affiliate Network –    25.00

Amazon Associate –                 59.83

Pixazza                      –                  25.26

Total                        –            1002.34


Things I wanted to Share


Google Adsense

This earning could have been better if I left it without doing some experiments. I did some A/B split testing, color changes, placement changes and even I pushed Adsense codes through Google’s DoubleClick For Publishers (DFP). It affected my adsense earning for around 10 days in mid of March 2011.

One day during the peak time (usually I get good clicks), my blog pages were not showing content or adsense ads because of the blunder I did. Next day I corrected it after one of my reader informed the issue. I checked it in Google Chrome only, but it was not working in Firefox and Internet Explorer.

So, whenever you do a major change, clear the cache in WordPress, your local browser and try in all three browsers.

Anyhow, I have learned few things with adsense and DFP, I will be sharing them here.


Contextweb CPM

I like this network very much. I have written more about Contextweb CPM under CPM Tips. Compare to last month ( $100.70) earning, this month $198.66 is great income with 97% increase.

After seeing the good fill rate, I have added one more slot to increase the earning and it worked well too.

Join Contextweb CPM now.


Amazon Associate

Little disappointed, because last month I earned $47.35 in 7 days, so I expected good income this time with full month, but it did not work how I expected. Anyhow, still it’s like a bonus income for me without adding big banners or writing recommended posts.



This is a new program I joined recently, it backed up and sponsored by Google. It shows Google Adsense ads on pictures in blog. I can tag each picture and select some of the products to sell too. Adsense will be shown in un-tagged pictures. Concept is good and worked little OK. I will keep them for some more time as long as it doesn’t affect my normal adsense earnings. I will share more information on Pixazza monetizing method here in this blog.

Monthly Blog Income Report - March 2011


At the end, I’m a happy part time blogger. Within a year my income went to $1000 from $30 with a great boost. Though its almost a 30% growth, but for the next year by March 2012, I’m targeting $ 3,000 with 3% growth. I can’t leave my full time job or spend more time to create more blogs, posts or do some promotions. So, to be in realistic side, my target should be achievable in next year.


How about your earning in March 2011? What are your targets and achievements?

Your comments always encourage me to share more, which can impact your blogging style and purpose, I guess.

Good luck friends.

62 thoughts on “Monthly Blog Income Report – March 2011 $$$ – Yeah I Did It”

  1. its good to see this much amount of income and its very inspiring,
    I want to share something.
    I have a blog on hacking and that blog is fully copycat, and so google adsense ads are disabled on that blog. It has good traffic of 1000 vis. Per day ,
    And i m thinking to transfer it to wordpress with new domain and slowly delet all copied articles , previously it was making 5 $ per day for me and now 0 penny.
    Pls give ur reply,thankyou

    • that will be good move if you remove the ‘hack’ word from your domain and other places. Google may take some to recognize the changes you made. But in long term, I’m sure this will be more useful.
      When you go to new domain, try Hostgator with GIVE25DISCOUNT or DBMDISCOUNT discount coupons to get the 25% off or start the first month with 0.01$. I will be more happy to support you if you use my coupons. 🙂

    • Set a target to increase the page views weekly or monthly, then concentrate on income.
      I think your blog is doing great job out there. I assume you are giving more importance to social networking and bookmarking sites, but I’m not whether you are benefiting from it.
      Small suggestion,
      I think by adding those several icons next to main Adsense ad unit under H1, you are not giving ‘one chance’ to do a single action in one area. Either let them click the ad or tweet.
      Hope you will not mistake the suggestion 😉

    • Thanks for the comment.
      I will be writing about it soon. Though I can’t exactly say which slot is working well (its against Google TOS), but I will good suggestion which should work in most of the blogs and themes.

      • That will be really a way ahead for Starters. If u can add to it abt tentative niche and segments to go for, the no website to manage, the suggestion for Article submission or link creation , increase traffic, we will be much more keen on these ,,, wase let me say the best discovery for anything is self discovery of course with mint of hints from Experience Blogger like You…. 🙂

  2. Hi Dinesh,

    I’ve been reading your blog (which is awesome ! 😀 ) and was hoping if you would be kind enough to share the actual CTR for the sysprobs 🙂 ? … don’t need the exact values (I understand there are few restrictions made by Google)…. some “moderate” values perhaps .

    Thank you.


    • Gayan, Thanks for being my reader.
      I’m not sure whether my CTR is good or normal in internet. CTR depends on niche and visitors also.
      For example, my blog is related to technology, so most of the visitors already know the Google and Google adsense ads.
      If you have other niche blogs, then possibly you will get good CTR.
      I think .50 to 1% will be the normal CTR and more than 1% is great.

      What do you think? or what you have heard in other places?
      You can guess what could be mine.

      • Hi Dinesh,

        Well, um.. I have two main sites. One is about home improvements and the CTR for that site actually about 3-4%. But have another site which is about Linux and other technical stuff and I added adsense yesterday (site is still a bit new)… so not quite sure how well the CTR could be… but give you an updates after sometime.

        Thanks for the answer… 😉 … oh congrats on the Cricket victory 😀

        • Gayan,
          Your first blog CTR is great, may be because of the topic you write. Other tech blog may not get same CTR, if you get then are lucky. Yes, please share with us your CTR rate later.
          Cricket!!! 🙁 Ohh….. I’m disappointed, because I’m a Srilankan 😉

  3. You have made a very good income. I think u can find ways to increase ur technorati media income. I am able to earn good from that in some of my blogs with just a low traffic level. Take technorati seriously and try to increase that revenue.

    • Fabrizio,
      Revenue from ad networks is always reliable and stable. You do not need to make money with them, except producing content. Money will follow you.

    • Shekhar,
      Checked your goals at your blog, such a big list it is. I always like to set target at beginning of each month and work according it.

      Good luck for achievement !

  4. i was loking for a cpm ad network..whic is better technorati or context based cpm ? my traffic is exclusivley indian….
    also can u help me a bit in signing up for technnorati media ads….it asks

    What is the minimum CPM required to run Technorati Media as your primary ad network?
    what do i enter here ? 🙄 do i fuix the rate for cpm 🙄

    • I replied for your earlier comment.
      Its difficult to make money from CPM networks with Indian traffic.
      If you ask whether technorati or Contextweb is better, I will say ‘ Contextweb’.

      I have not understand your other question.

  5. That is an insane amount of money. I’m just starting this blogging thing out but I’m sure I will be able to make a few bucks. Thanks for the report. It really inspires me to work harder at this.
    Seeing these numbers just makes me believe that it is possible and that I can do this.

  6. Hi Dinesh,

    Cheers your success, I thing your success is put unique content into google SE everyday. Or you have lots of blog or website right now running from your hosting.

    May be i right !!

    Cheers again. and Love your blog

  7. Thanks for reply me . How much your blog get visitor per day. I have a blog but can’t make money . Do i continue post my article or do i submit to good directories and seat back and watch the money comes into my account .

    What you recomend here .. Did your blog get listed in Yahoo or Demoz dir,

    Thanks if you provide me info .

    Cheers yaar
    Make lots of money in future . I prey

    • March 2011 traffic stats available here,
      I have not updated for April yet.

      No, my blog is not listed in yahoo or Dmoz directories.
      I don’t think getting listed by these directories will bring huge traffic. These directories will give good back links only.

      My suggestion is, if you have a blog, then always produce content which rarely available on internet. Write long and killer articles initially.
      If you have a niche website, then yes you can submit to directories and get some back links from authority sites. Now, you can sit back and watch the money.

      Good luck.

  8. Good luck for you.
    I earn $300/month from Google Adsen.
    And I do not have any additional amounts.
    I’ll learn you to join more programs you are playing.
    Thanks !

  9. Hello Dinesh! Well deserve for having an appropriate income for the month of March 2011, you really did a great job and well done! Keep going with this great success.

  10. I am a year late here, but I’d really want to congratulate you. It took me 2 years to reach that level and the journey has been too good after that. Congrats once again 🙂

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