Did You Make It? Did You Get Your $1.00?

Remember the challenge I posted a little more than a month and a half ago? I specifically challenged the community here to see if they could make $1.00 from their blog by the end of the calendar year!

I’d love to hear your experience:

  • Were you successful?
  • What did you learn?
  • What was the most challenging aspect of it?
  • What will you do differently?
  • What’s your next goal after making that first $1.00?

Love to hear your thoughts!

  • Michael

    lol. I wasn’t really trying to make some cheddar, but I did make $0.86 with Amazon Affiliates. So it wasn’t a total failure. I’m really hoping I get some Standard Theme Affiliate love. (sorry it just felt so right saying that)

    • John Saddington

      sweet! you’re killing it! ;)

      • Michael


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  • http://www.marydemuth.com Mary DeMuth

    Here’s something that floored me. I am a full time author, but as I looked over my revenue from last year, nearly half of it came from my online presence (e books on how to write book proposals, audio retreats, selling my books directly from my site, mentoring writers at http://www.thewritingspa.com).

    This year, I’m doing more to increase that revenue stream, to be more deliberate, but that income is more reliable than writing income.

    I’ve made a lot more than a dollar, thankfully. And I’m proof that someone can LEARN to do this. I knew nothing about these things two years ago.

    • John Saddington

      that is fantastic! you could be teaching this group too then!

  • http://www.jmcartee.wordpress.com Jarrod Cartee

    Well it wasnt from my blog, but I made a few bucks from the Church IT which was awesome! :D

    • John Saddington

      sweet! that’s just the start, right?

  • http://justpurelovely.com Lori @ Just Pure Lovely

    I didn’t see your challenge (new to your blog — flew in via the Twitter bird tonight), but added my year earnings up tonight, and was so pleased it was a solid part time income. I only count cash in the bank, not earnings. Like you, I can’t believe I can make money doing this! It sure beats wearing a hair net or mining coal, right? (btw, if you’re wondering, I’m not logged in through my monetized blog. That one is FreelyEducate.com).

    • John Saddington

      that is fantastic! how long have you been blogging?

  • http://indiegamedesign.blogspot.com Patrick Thunstrom

    Well, I didn’t start reading Tentblogger until Mid-December, so I didn’t even know about the challenge, but I’m sticking with advice I believe I read here and on Problogger to build a following before monetizing.

    Working on that, thus far, though I have signed up with some affiliates so I’m ready to do so when it’s time!

    • John Saddington

      sweet! keep it going patrick! glad you’re a part of this community!

  • http://www.faithandfinance.org Tim @ Faith and Finance

    Done and Done! Made $16 so far with the ol’ blog. Just put out my blog stats report showing all the income/traffic.

    Great start to a New Year!


    • John Saddington

      congrats! only up and up!

  • http://workinginmusic.com James

    I made $200 from ad placement on one of my blogs. They actually contacted me and asked for it. Pretty cool.

    • John Saddington

      that…….. is………. awesome!!!!!!!!

  • Kyle Reed

    I did not make any money directly from an advertisement on my blog.
    But since the post that you posted a while back I have made 7 affiliate sales, made several “consulting” calls that came because of my blog and got some money from the good folks at 8BIT for post.

    So I guess I met the challenge

    • John Saddington

      you did. rock on bro.

  • Dan Smith

    I made a whopping 34 cents! I made a few bucks here and there in earlier months, but not in December, despite having more visits and more posts.

    • John Saddington

      interesting. so what can you do better?

  • bryan a

    my goal was to hit $100 in 2010 with my blog since i was getting close when you originally posted this challenge. I think i did it, let me check the stats…

    AdSense – $59.31
    Amazon Affiliate – $66.57

    yup, $125! thanks for the challenge John.

    • John Saddington

      congrats bryan! and how is the coaching going?

  • http://geekrev.com herbhalstead

    I made a few dollars in amazon.associates and google.adsense, and I got my first cold inquiry to advertise on my site – making a media kit for them now

    • John Saddington

      sweet! did you see my contract? a media kit would be great!

      • http://geekrev.com herbhalstead

        yup – I included a revised version of your contract in the media kit

        • http://geekrev.com herbhalstead

          so…. I just landed my first direct sale ad… going through the ad approval process now…

          • John Saddington


  • http://jesusgeek.info John Wilkerson

    I believe my goal was to make $500. Here’s a rundown of what I did this year-

    Google AdSense – $106.00
    Podcast Advertising – $700.26
    Affiliate Sales – $456.35
    Guest blog posts – $56 (TY 8bit!)


    This doesn’t include a Q4 payment from some affiliate sales. I suspect that will come in around $200 but since the payment wasn’t received in 2010 I’ll use it to start towards next year’s goal of $2000.00

    • John Saddington

      john, well done! thanks for sharing these numbers and your transparency (because you definitely didn’t have to)!

      you are doing great! how many subscribers does that podcast have?

      • http://thewiredhomeschool.com John Wilkerson

        That particular podcast is retired. It had about 350 subscribers.

        I have a new podcast that I’m looking to monetize a little bit differently.

        • John Saddington

          sweet! love to hear about it.

  • adam

    Challenge Completed Successful!
    Goal $100
    Made $156.80

    Posted about it on my blog today. Check it out!

    • John Saddington

      adam, well done!

  • http://www.danieldecker.net Daniel Decker

    Directly off my blog I made:

    $200 from Amazon affiliate links
    $275 from partner affiliate programs

    (rounded numbers)

    • John Saddington

      sweet! what is your goal for 2011?

  • http://agilescout.com Agile Scout

    Yep. Made it!

    • John Saddington

      wha wha.

  • Dave Anthold

    I wasn’t trying to make any money but I made $7.50 from affiliate sales with Craft & Vision. That was my first every sales of any kind & my blog isn’t a high traffic site (I will be working on that in 2011).

    • John Saddington

      well done! that’s a start, right?

      • Dave Anthold

        Starting & planning on growing. That’s the plan at least.

        • John Saddington

          starting. yum.

  • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick

    Took the challenge of $1 and added the “+”. So the results are in… *drum roll*

    Affiliate Sales (Standard Theme) = $35.65
    Direct Ad Sales $10.00

    Grand Total of $45.65 for 2010!!

    I’m sure the IRS will be looking into my sudden boost in annual income. ;-) Seriously, hoping to see this increase in 2011 as I continue to build credibility with the community.

    • John Saddington

      that is great news randy. i’m so proud of you man!

      • http://www.randykinnick.com Randy Kinnick


  • http://mattmccomas.com Matt McComas

    Sold a Standard Theme!!! Booyah.

    • John Saddington

      well done!

  • Heath

    I made $100 from a clover site referral. Transitioning into a Sr. Pastor position the last few months so hoping to pick up blogging again in 2011.

    • John Saddington

      oh, congrats!

  • Dean Saliba

    Made slightly more than $1.00. :D

    Adbrite = $5.92
    AdEngage = $0.35
    AdsDaq = $3.32
    Bidvertiser = $0.41
    Clicksor = $0.06
    Infolinks = $5.29
    Kontera = $0.29
    Passive Income = $2.31
    Private Ads = $60.00
    Reviews = $1116.49
    Smowtion = $11.26
    TLA = $114.30
    TNX = $2.27
    Triviala = $47.97
    TradeDoubler = $1.12
    Traffic Revenue = $0.07
    Twitter = $45.40
    UnderDog = $7.10

    Total = $1423.93

    • John Saddington

      congrats! what is your 2011 goal?

  • Brian Notess

    I have made $187 since august blogging. All of it has been through guest posting.

    I’m going to need to make more than that this year to justify the time I spend blogging.


    • John Saddington

      and that, sir, is a critical decision.

      • Brian Notess

        I really hope I can keep blogging. It’s lot’s o’ fun. I love it.

        • John Saddington

          haven’t gotten an update recently. have i?

  • http://peterpollock.com Peter P

    I made about $4 through amazon affiliate sales in December.

    I also made a sale or two through comments on a site called tentblogger.com (you may have heard of it).

    Today I did a video tutorial in a blog post on how to use Google Chrome to test css changes and it has generated a little income already through people asking me to do work for them.

    I really wasn’t expecting that!

    • John Saddington

      wow! that’s awesome!

  • David Norman

    I made some affiliate ca$h before you made the challenge, but alas, I earned a fat goose-egg afterwards. But, I think that I was trying to do too much with my personal blog, and have launched a new site this week with the understanding that my personal blog will probably never be monetized.

    • John Saddington

      perhaps not… but it can be!

  • http://joshnmcfadden.wordpress.com Josh McFadden


    Haven’t made anything through my blog just yet. I have dabbled over the last few months, but really want to get serious with blogging this year. Thanks so much for making yourself available to spur us on! Not sure if you remember me or not, but we met at Drive10 during the tweetup. thanks again.

    2011 goal: Make $10 dollars in the next 3 months through my blog(s).

    • John Saddington

      sweet! i do remember! that was a while ago….!

  • Jimmy King

    I realized that jimmywrit.es isn’t focused enough for me to have a clue how to monetize it.

    • John Saddington

      that’s true. great name though… if you were an author perhaps…?

      • Jimmy King

        I’m going to keep it as a personal blog for now. I’ll consider monetizing it in the future if it gets any kind of following. I’m considering moving it to Tumblr, but that depends a lot on porting the theme.

        • John Saddington

          i’m creating a tumbler-like theme for wordpress.

  • http://designsbychris.com Chris Huff

    Made $17.36 last year with google adsense on three blogs (one of which I never posted on during the year…it actually made most of that).

    • John Saddington


      sweet! great job! what’s your goal this year?

      • http://designsbychris.com Chris Huff

        My wife and I have been focusing the last couple months on a blog that she wanted to start, and we’re planning on monetizing it in about a month. By the end of the year, we’d like to see it making around $100/month. Not sure if that’s realistic or not, but we’re doing everything we know to make it there!

        • John Saddington

          i think it’s possible. definitely!