Annual Income Report – 2011

I started blogging for money in the early 2011. Over the months, I had learned from how to generate traffic to how to make money with those traffic. There is one thing that I wanted to emphasize here is although making money from blogging is not something rocket science, but it is never easy.

I had tried many money making networking programs to make money, but eventually only few had impressed me. Those impressive programs are as below together with my earnings and I am sure you do use the same programs to make money out there through blogging.

Google Adsense

Google Adsense is a famous Pay Per Click program where I believe, many of you out there are using it. Throughout my 4 months of using Google Adsense, I learned how to blend the ads into my content, learn the type of ads which perform well and where to place the ads to get the most click of the time. I started it in August 2011 where I capped only $8 on my first month. It is disappointing there but after learning all the tricks mentioned above, I eventually hit the mark of $100 where it is the threshold which I can cash out. In total, I earned $123.44 in my first 4 months of using Google Adsense.

Income: $123.44

Resolution for 2012: Currently I am hitting an average of $20-$30 a month. My target is to hit at least $50 a month by the end of 2012. 


Affiliate Marketing

Over the year, I had used lots of Affiliate Networks but only two of them which I find they are paying me. The two Affiliate Network are Avangate and Commission Junction. Affiliate Marketing is tough. I started by putting banner as advertisement but it did not work. I then try writing some sort of review to sell but it did not work as well. My last bet is to write about how these software can help my readers and what are the cons of the software so that my readers are aware of it before purchasing it and these two method of writing works. Honesty is the best policy and I would like to advise new affiliate marketers out there to help your readers first before thinking about earning money. Back to my earning, I had earned $165.01 through Avangate where I only started to use them back in early November 2011. As for Commission Junction, not bad as well because I don’t really write reviews about software from there. I ended with $43.70  and I think it is pretty fair for the amount of effort I put in.

Income: $208.71

Resolution for 2012: Currently affiliate marketing earning is fluctuating but I am targeting at least $100 a month by the end of 2012


Direct Advertising

I sold advertisement space directly to advertiser either by engaging the advertiser personally or sold them through BuySellAds. One thing good about selling direct advertisement is you don’t have to tweak or do any further about that. Just put up their creative and URL and let it run. I didn’t spend much time in direct advertising last year but still manage to earn some.

Income: $81.50

Resolution for 2012: I aim to fill up at least 80% of my advertising space by the end of 2012 and engaging more advertiser to advertise on my site.



Total Income: $413.65

Total Expenses: $96.02 (Web Hosting & Genesis Framework)

Nett Income: $317.63



What does all these numbers mean? Well, it has nothing to do with security but pretty much something which I would like to share. I believe people who manage to read my blog are at least 70% tech savvy and probably 50% are bloggers themselves. It is also not any high figures up there as there are many out there which can earn thousands of dollars a month. But I will mark this as my starting point and improve from here.

What about your thoughts? Do you like this sort of post? If so, do you prefer it to be monthly, quarterly or annually? Let me know in the comment box below 😉

Coming up next will be the resolution of IT Security Column for 2012.

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  1. Peter Lee from Computer How To Guide

    That’s an interesting post Alan. I didn’t focus much on monetizing at this moment but I know I’ll eventually will. Looking at the numbers you’ve got now, I’m sure you’ll do even better in 2012, thanks for sharing 🙂
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  2. Tan from money currency

    Thanks for sharing. I see you also use Chitika, how is the result? As for AdSense, I start since end of July/ early of August and also wait 4 months to hit the threshold. I hit $80 last month and hope this month can break $100. I stop working on affiliate program, which use to earn me a few hundred/month a few years back. Congratulation, you have such a good result over Avangate and Commission Junction.
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    • Alan Tay says:

      Chitika is one of the things I am still trying, over a week, not even a dollar and I think is not really a good sign. Congrats on your Adsense and thanks for commentating 😉

  3. Happysurfer says:

    Hi Alan, came here from Innit. Congrats on your achievement. I like your article, simple to understand and honest. Thanks for sharing. You do have a great blog here. Keep it up!

  4. MV says:

    If you are interested in monetising your site, Infolinks is a very good option.

  5. Mani says:

    Yes..You made nice income,meanwhile it will be helpful if you share How to earn with affiliates,that i am struggling with..

    Thanks for the post.;)
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    • Alan Tay says:

      I think the first thing is to build trust between you and your readers. And then whatever you about to write about the product, has to be really honest whether it is a good thing or bad thing.

  6. Dipendra says:

    This may not be high income but what I see is you are progressing. Since the blog looks more professional and your promotional strategies are great. So, sure your income will be three times more(I guess) on 2012.
    I am one of your previous reader with my new blog.
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  7. ridu says:

    thanks for sharing.i think google AdSense is best.go ahead
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  8. Christopher from Technology Bloggers says:

    Hi Alan, I saw this article pop-up in the little ‘you might also like’ box down the bottom, so I thought it would be worth a read, and it was! I am really intrigued that you have made so much money out of your blog. I do wish you the very best in the future for making money, and I hope you hit those end of 2012 targets!

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  9. this is all nothing but your hard work.
    once again thanks for your story.
    hard work is the key to success!!!

  10. Hmm…… seems like you have done great job. I think you will earn even more with little more work.
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