These days, especially with the advent of the Internet, money can be made doing just about anything. In recent years, blogging has become yet another outlet through which cold, hard cash can be acquired.
No, I’m not talking about the kind of money that’ll have you and your parents splurging on pizza in the basement every other weekend, but the stuff that can provide you with a comfortable lifestyle.
You know, the kind of money traditional journalists will never see. Pretty crazy stuff, huh?
Obviously, this isn’t a reality for most blogger, yet to deny that its’ a real possibility would be completely false. Looking for a bit of inspiration? The following bloggers are a few of the wealthiest in the world:
1) Vitaly Friedman, $150,000 - $190,000 per month
Ever heard of SmashingMagazine? If you have, you have Vitaly Friedman to thank.
Largely built to provide website designers with the the latest of industry trends, groundbreaking news and helpful tips, SmashingMagazine has made Friedman an extremely wealthy man.
Reportedly, the majority of Friedman’s money comes from banner ads and has little to do with affiliate revenues. In its own right, that’s an impressive feat.
2) Mario Lavanderia, $200,000 - $400,000 per month
More commonly known as “Perez Hilton,” Mario quickly managed to become one of the Internet’s most powerful bloggers since launching PerezHilton in 2005.
Though many respected writers absolutely loathe Lavanderia’s loose journalistic tactics, there’s no denying the fact that it’s brought him some serious coin.
From Kim Kardashian to the actual Paris Hilton, if your guilty pleasure involves knowing far too much about the lives of Hollywood’s rich and famous, PerezHilton might be just for you.
3) Pete Cashmore, $560,000 - $600,000 per month
Not only does Pete Cashmore have a great beard, but he’s the sole founder of one of the world’s most famous blogs: Mashable. Seriously, what more could a guy ask for?
Mashable’s a bit of a hybrid blog of sorts. Covering anything from tech and social media to lifestyle and entertainment, Mashable’s network of readers is a fairly extensive one.
If you hope to make Mashable-esque money through your blog, Cashmore’s story should serve as a point of inspiration. Basically, he started Mashable as a 19-year-old punk in his bedroom in Scotland. Currently, he’s one of the richest bloggers in the world.
4) Michael Arrington, $500,000 - $800,000 per month
Generally speaking, if you work in PR, you’re more than familiar with Arrington’s blog. Yup, he’s the guy who started Tech Crunch.
So in-tune with the tech industry is TechCrunch that the site publishes minute-by-minute updates on what’s taking place in the global tech industry.
Simply put, there’s a reason he’s widely known as the “Prophet of Silicon Valley.” It’s a fitting title.
Needless to say, keep writing. Whatever your blogging goals may be, with the help of a wide variety of digital marketing tactics, you too can make a name for yourself out on the World Wide Web. Oh, and there’s also that whole money thing. That’s an added bonus.
The time is now yours to pipe up and have your thoughts and feelings heard by an ever-expanding body of readers. Is there a deserving blogger who’s wrongfully been left off of the aforementioned list? If so, drop a name or two in the comments section below.
Lucas Miller is the Founder of Echelon Copy. When not writing, editing or running, he's working tirelessly to perfect what he claims is the "World's Greatest Pompadour." Additionally, for what it's worth, his editorial works have been featured on Social Media Today, Business2Community, Ragan's PR Daily, Spin Sucks and many other top-tier PR publications.