Blog Earnings: May 2008

June 2, 2008 Posted by Tyler Cruz

In my previous blog earnings update, I announced how April had performed very poorly, having brought in only $655.90. This was due to my infamous server crash which resulted in 7-days of downtime.

I was hoping for May to come back strong and show that April was indeed an anomaly by setting a new record. Unfortunately, I fell short for two main reasons. First, I’m not running Kontera anymore. Secondly, I only received 3 paid reviews. If I was still using Kontera and sold one more paid review, I would have barely set a new record.

But, I can’t complain. In the end, May did perform fairly well and did prove that April was not a new downward trend, by bringing in $1,431.37 which is my 3rd best month to date.


Ahhh… it’s nice to see a new mountain rise once again. Unfortunately, April will leave a nasty scar for a while…


The affiliate state are slightly misleading since I’ve been consistently sold out on AdToll, yet I did not include their payment. This is because AdToll does not process, or acknowledge, the earned income until the campaign ends. So, even though I have $0 from AdToll listed, I actually made around $60 from them.

The “Other” Column which adds up to $97.37 comes from $52.67 I made from WordPress Link Cloak sales and $44.70 from TheLogoCompany sales.


I expect the “Other” piece of the affiliate earnings pie to increase as time goes on until I find a new consistent affiliate source to use. For example, WordZe has consistently made me money for a long time now. Kontera did well for 3 months, but I’m not using them anymore, so they will soon be out of the pie altogether.


Private Ads are still holding strong as the dominant source of earnings.


  • WordZe has continued to prove to be a consistent source of residual affiliate income. I only wish I catered more to affiliate marketers so I could promote it more. Their referral program is really lucrative, check it out if you have the chance, or read my extensive review of them.
  • My AdToll income has been growing as more advertisers discover the value of my Peel Away Ad. I’m now booked out until July 15th! I love Peel Away Ads because they are a new and unique form of advertisement. They are also very visible yet not over intrusive. If you want to buy a Peel Away Slot on my blog, the cost is $15 per week through AdToll.
  • BannersMall has an affiliate program and since their service is awesome their conversion rate is very high. I made $85 from them in March which says a lot about their conversion rate considering I only get 10% and their banner prices are cheap…

Private Ad Shoutouts

I’d like to give some quick shoutouts to my repeat sponsors and advertisers:

  • TTZMedia – John Chow has continued to renew his ad for his TheTechZone affiliate program on my blog and has made his way up to the top of my left sidebar. Check out and try John Chow’s very own affiliate program.
  • Motive Interactive – Motive Interactive purchased both a paid review as well as the Embedded 300×250 banner, and have just renewed. Stay tuned for another paid review they purchased where I’ll be discussing new features and improvements they’re launching.
  • – This is their 5th month renewing their 125×125 Sitewide Banner with us, so if you haven’t checked them out yet, maybe you should!
  • – Another advertiser who has renewed many times. Need a custom WordPress skin? Check out their colourful designs.
  • MotiveInteractive – They’ve been my 300×250 Embedded Ad Sponsor since March and have continued to renew. They’ve also purchased a paid review as well. Check out my detailed review of them here.
  • MarketLeverage – While a relatively new advertiser on my blog, they’ve purchased 3 slots on my blog and would buy more if there were any more available. They currently hold the prominent 728×90 Leaderboard banner and are eyeing to take the 300×250 Embedded Ad away from Motive Interactive as well… MarketLeverage also sent me a fantastic gift package!

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Every single person that has ever purchased them has been extremely satisfied, with the exception of one advertiser who was angry not with the actual review, but because of the negative comments he received (he wanted me to delete them).

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June Goals and Predictions

I pride myself in usually being extremely accurate in my predictions. I had predicted that May would finish in the $1,400-$1,500 range, and it ended up coming to $1,431.37.

Unfortunately, while I’d love for June to set a new record, I think it will come close, but just a bit shy, around the $1,500-$1,600 range. The only real way that I can set a new record is if I get at least 5 orders for paid reviews.

My goal for June is to make $1,800 from my blog, but that is no small task. Stay tuned a month from now to see the results as usual!

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Posted: June 2nd, 2008 under Blog Related  

35 Responses to “Blog Earnings: May 2008”

  1. Jacob says:

    Finally some blogger with a more realistic Revenue report. Not the 6-figure checks etc.

    Nice to see.

  2. That is how I believe a revenue report should look like 🙂
    @Tylers, good luck with achieving your goals next month 😉

    • Tyler’s blog reports are always detailed which means they are harder to “make up numbers” and easier for readers to understand where he’s making the money off his blog 🙂

      • XLOR says:

        But I must draw your attention that Tyler’s income is not the highest and I’m waiting when Tyler will get thousands of $$..and it will be much more interesting to see his report))

  3. Chetan says:

    Good improvement there 🙂 Wordze is something i never looked before at, will have to check that.

  4. Gadget says:

    Congrats! I hope you continue to increase your earnings.

  5. team ray says:

    i love the honesty in you earnings breakdown

    you’ll make big bucks soon

  6. Nima says:

    Good job Tyler, I might actually buy a paid review from you this month myself 🙂

  7. Why did you remove Kontera? I don’t think this was mentioned in the last blog income report and I’m interested to see why you removed them.

    • Yes Chris, I am also interested to hear why he has removed the kontera ads.

      I will say this though… I have noticed that kontera ads are very slow to load. I have seen some websites where it takes 15-20 seconds for the kontera ads to load, thats really unacceptable in my book!

  8. Flimjo says:

    Sorry to hear about April, but May just proves that you’re on track and certainly on an upward trend.

    • The april issues was caused when the sites went down. Tyler gave advertisers free advertising to accomodate this hence the loss in earnings but still, onwards and upwards from here 🙂

  9. Flimjo says:

    By the way, it looks like you were making a good bit from Kontera. Why did you drop it?

  10. EntreBlast says:

    Congrats Tyler! Hopefully, you’ll reach your goal next month!

  11. Craig C says:


    Just wondering if you can elaborate as to why you aren’t using Kontera anymore..?

  12. brucei says:

    Congratulations, May lifted you up! Job well done.
    You’re report is concise and detailed. I wish others would do the same.
    You can do better and can even surpass you’re goals. You’re great and skilled. Many loves reading your posts. 🙂

  13. Tyler Cruz says:

    In response to everybody’s question on why I removed Kontera: Unfortunately, I’m not allowed to say why due to a non-disclosure agreement I have with them…

    Basically things weren’t performing as well as we had hoped. I may revisit the possibility of adding them again further down the road.

  14. To me blogging seems like a one man band type business. Do you have a plan to scale it where you are totally removed and a team is developing content, and producing enough revenue to have a sustained business?

  15. Nice earnings…hope the keep improving next month too!

  16. Binary Ant says:

    It is said that Kontera overloads the performance of websites, isn’t it?

    It was making you a big slice of your earnings so you had some interesting reason.

  17. Apoorv says:

    Great earnings from Commission Junction !

  18. LP Creations says:

    Nice earnings report, I will be purchasing a review from yourself shortly I think.

    Want to wait until the lpwhiz review has died down a little

  19. Apoorv says:

    I would say that these are honest earnings, some people show fake earnings that they made $65000 in a month after having a worse traffic rank than you also..

  20. XLOR says:

    “The only real way that I can set a new record is if I get at least 5 orders for paid reviews.”
    How much do you get for one paid review in average?

  21. brucei says:

    I’m looking forward to your next post… 😉

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  23. Great detailed income analysis with graphs and everything. I hope to one day make as much as you from my blog

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  25. You’re getting there. Certainly not John Chow stats yet 🙂

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