Darren Rowse, everyone who is familiar with the word ‘blogging’ knows him — there are only few people who knows how to blog but don’t know who Darren Rowse is.
If you fall under that ‘few’ people—he is a full-time professional (really!) blogger making a living from his blogs like ProBlogger. How he make money blogging? What does it take to start making money from a blog? That is what we’re going to discuss about.
Darren has mentioned on this Google+ profile — he accidentally stumbled upon the blogging media while he was researching a project.
Blogging was a medium that Darren Rowse stumbled upon by accident in 2002 as he was researching a new project – little did he know that just 18 months later he’d be one of the world’s first professional bloggers and making a living from his blogs.
Well, an accidentally discovered thing just changed his life and it turned into his gold career — and now people consider him as brand blogger who makes a living from blogs.
How Darren Make Money Blogging
Here I collected the main income source of ProBlogger:
Text Link Affiliate Ads
Update: Darren has told that he don’t use Text Link Ds as affiliate (read his comment below!).
Does that still works? If you go to ProBlogger homepage you’ll see the affiliate ads on the right sidebar — he would have removed that ad if it don’t work. You’ll see the banner of Text-Link-Ads — that’s probably is affiliate ad.
They will pay 10% of all revenue earned by publishers that you refer to them.
Darren stopped to use text links in 2007 as it Google has started penalizing the sites who sell links. Therefore, now it seems he only use affiliate option and not selling links.
But you can sell links in your site if you have ‘trick’ to hide from Google for being penalized. If you don’t want to take the risk then just signup for Text-Link-Ads affiliate account.
If the person you referred earn over $1000 in a month then you’ll get 11% of his total earnings – that’s $110 for you or more!
Who doesn’t like to get unique information and techniques? ProBlogger has its own forum powered by vBulletin and charges $5.96 per month.
Forum includes the varieties of discussion about the topics like blogging, making money with blogs, blog design and so on.
More people signup to the forum the more will be the earnings. One amazing thing is that it has recurring payment system. This feature helps to earn money through blog in auto pilot. However, the forum must have genuine contents and members – and that’s why ProBlogger forum is clean and have awesome members and posts.
31 Days to Build a Better Blog – Seriously, can I?
Darren came up with great idea in late 2005 that he could give challenges to his readers and help them to build better blog.
Actually, he first implemented the idea to reach readers in form of post, giving his readers to complete some few tasks as a home work focused on helping them to build better blog.
Later then, his readers demanded the challenges in simple written form so he just wrote the eBook collecting all tips, challenges and daily task to do to build better blog.
The eBook sold out great and it is updated few times to keep readers up to date of current challenges to complete.
I purchased eBook 9 months ago and I was really impressed with the tricks and tips that he shared in the eBook. You’ll be given some simple daily tasks up to 31 days that you’ll have to complete in order to make your blog better and get tricks to know what it takes to become a successful blogger.
According to Darren over 13,000+ copies has been sold and still he is getting lots of money by just promoting the eBook in his blog.
When you use something it becomes easy to recommend and promote service or product to someone since you know well if it well worth to buy or not.
Same thing goes for ProBlogger. Darren recommends genesis theme to his readers as you can notice there is a short information about it below every ProBlogger posts. Anyone who reads the post easily notice that information while reading through the article and makes them to check it out and apparently buy it.
ProBlogger has a great feature Job Board, where people can post and find jobs. It costs $50 per month to post job on the board.
$50/month is quite good as Job Board gets many posts daily. Most bloggers like to hire people on ProBlogger job board to find blog designers and web professionals to setup blog for them.
Beside these, Darren uses some other monetizing techniques to get maximum income through Problogger. Simply he recommend his users to use Chitika, Amazon associates and other similar networks using his affiliate link. He have also some other tools and books for bloggers that receive a decent amount of sales.
Things you should learn
- Darren actually didn’t expect to reach this level with his blog when he accidentally started blogging — but you may have started blogging with some good information and knowledge which can lead you to the top level. And yes, he didn’t may have thought he would start blogging for money.
- You can see that he only shares his experience about blogging through posts and he have over 100K active readers. If you can also share higher quality of information, you can grow the readership and expose your blog in the internet and become famous icon.
- Darren is up with ProBlogger blog since long time and has earned passive income. You might not have expected to earn more than what he earns but if you aim the goal to cross it then definitely you can! Just simple formula is don’t give up — keep working until you feel that you’ve started to get something what you’ve aimed. For that, lower you aim so you can cross certain milestone.
- ProBlogger didn’t got hundreds and thousands of readers in just one night. It took several years to reach that level. So, you better don’t expect to become ‘reach’ with your blog in just one night, day or month.
I haven’t mentioned that Darren has other blogs that earns him fat amount of money online. ProBlogger is just part of his blog to make money blogging.
I may have missed many other ‘hidden’ income source of Darren. Share it via comment!