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How Many Page Views Do You Need to Make Money from Your Blog?

Simple questions deserve simple answers. I have made over $2m USD from my travel blog, you can read more about travel blogger income in my blog post here. But how Many Page Views Do You Need to Make Money from Your Blog? Let’s look quickly.

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Travel blog income

How To Make Money From A Blog:

I explain all the ways bloggers make money in this blog post. And even more in-depth in my free ebook when you sign up to my blog. But these are the ways bloggers make money:

  • Ads (This blog post focuses on this)
  • Sponsored Content
  • Affiliate Marketing
  • Brand Deals
  • Public Speaking
  • Products and Courses
  • Tours/Trips

I explain about all these in other blog posts, this post is just about ‘Ads’. 

How Much Money You Make on A Blog From Ads 

Ok, I know you want a simple answer. I’ll try to keep it simple. On this blog post you’re reading, you can see the ads right? Every couple of paragraphs there is an ad, at the bottom of the post there is an ad. Ok, I get paid for each person that is looking at this blog post. But how much do I get paid? That depends on what country the person is looking from. If the person is American, I get paid the most. Then UK/Australia etc. If the person is from Pakistan, Bangladesh etc. I get paid the least. Why? Because Western countries are much more likely to purchase something. Whether it’s a new iPhone cable, or a t-shirt. That’s the reality. 

What is RPM:

The easiest answer to How Many Page Views Do You Need to Make Money from Your Blog comes down to RPM. RPM is ‘revenue per mille’ OR in normal English, how much you get paid for every 1000 people who see the ad/read the blog post. It’s this ‘RPM’ that varies depending on the country. So if you’re writing about ‘Visiting Florida’, your RPM is high because the audience is mostly American. If you’re writing about things to do in Bangladesh (which is exactly the kind of stuff I write, and I’m interested in!) your RPM is much lower. 

Ok, but how much do people actually earn from ads on their blogs?!

Ok, Ok. Don’t hold me to this, because it varies greatly. RPMs can vary from $0.10 for every 1000 views, as seen in my income report below. To $50+ RPM for every 1000. But I write about travel which is not as lucrative in terms of revenue per 1000 views as other niches.

What is RPM in blogging
What is RPM in blogging; Countries with low RPM
What is RPM in blogging
What is RPM in blogging; Countries with high RPM

What niche pays the most in blog revenue?

I write about travel, so you can see my RPM ranges from roughly $0.10 to just less $20. Travel kind of sucks for blog income. If you write about financial services or insurance, the RPM is MUCH higher. This is because people are constantly buying online products related to blog content. 

However, I recommend you blog about what you love. Not what is lucrative. You’ll burn out. I love to travel, especially to adventurous destinations, so if blogging about traveling to Iraq, or traveling to Syria doesn’t make me much money, that’s ok. I enjoy it. That’s why I’m still blogging 10 years later. If I blog about banking, I would make more money per 1000 page views, sure, BUT I would have stopped blogging years ago. And therefore made A LOT LESS money, because I quit! So yeah, blog what you love. 

1 million page views per month revenue

For easy maths, you want to know 1 million page views per month revenue, right? Ok. Let’s look. Depending on the type of traffic you have, that could vary from $200 per month to $50,000USD per month for 1 million page views.

In my travel niche, I would make roughly $15,000USD per month for 1 million page views. $180,000USD per year.

If we think that an average RPM is $7.5 to $10 per 1000 views, that would be $7,500 to $10k per month for 1,000,000 views. 

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Final thoughts on page views and blog revenue

Now I’m sure these figures can be disputed but they give you an idea about what page rank you require, and how many unique monthly visitors you need to generate a certain amount of cash (through ads etc). So if you want to make $50k USD per year from your blog, then you roughly need 500,000 page views per month. This is all without selling ebooks, using affiliate marketing or selling your time or expertise, they all increase revenue further.

Note, I’m not selling anything here, I’m not making any money from this post, I just know that when I started out blogging I wanted to know some figures and they were difficult to come by, these are the sort of figures that I, and some of my friends, regularly turn from each website. Now imagine having 4 or 5 websites. Suddenly the money increases quickly! Good luck and happy travels!!

 

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56 thoughts on “How Many Page Views Do You Need to Make Money from Your Blog?

  1. Pingback: How Do Bloggers Make Money (and how much do bloggers make?!)
  2. What is the source of revenue? I get around 30K unique visitors per month, but I make around 200$ per month from Google Ad Sense. My site is http://www.sapyard.com.

    You wrote, with 50K unique visitors per month one can make around 50K $. Can you please specify how? What are the other things one has to do other than Google Ad Sense?

    Raju

  3. Trust me Johnny, it is easier to make money abroad than in Africa. This is because accessing those make money sites, advertising sites like Google adsense and even to accept payment online through paypal is not allowed.

  4. Okay I have a question, I am new in the blog making world . My question is how many views or comments do you need to get paid ? And like the previous comments who pays you? Can you get paid with out having to do any of that adsense and market affiliating?

  5. This can be complicated, since a few of the most effective ceramic
    flat irons could end up costing you greater than $200.

  6. I am actually quite impressed with your chart. I wish you tell us a little more if that money is from ad revenue or from selling services to your viewership. Not so much products but rather services like consulting.

  7. Hi,

    I really love your work and the site even more! Ou and thank you for this post, it explained a lot! The think is that I just recently starter researching wordpress and want to even self host(eventually) but not before I have built a good blog with a quality content. So could you just check my demo blog and give me some feed back?

    I really appreciate your time and thank you in advance

    Peace 😉

    1. Never give up. Face each new challenge with the attitude that it will bring you one step closer to your goal. You will never fail, as long as you never give up. Focus on what you want, learn the required skills, make a plan to succeed and take action. We are always happiest while pursuing something of value to us.

  8. Hello,

    Thanks for the free info. I was wondering if you could gauge something for me. If I had a website which has e learning courses and make it free, assuming around 10 k unique visitors a day, how much can I generate? And how? Do these ads pay based on just numbers or also demographics, country, etc?

    Thanks in advance. Excuse ajy typos, posting from a non responsive tablet

  9. Hi,
    Nice work, i m from India pune. i want to develop new website and earn money from addsence. but i am confused which website should i develop. should it a travel guide or small business info. do you know how to find out how many sites are present for particular keyword. suppose my website portal is xyz.com and in market there is no other site like xyz.com and suppose user search cyz then my website will come first?

  10. Hey, thanks for the information, but I’m a little confused, your chart says that the highest income (7500+) requires around 100,000 monthly users and a Google page rank of 4, surely being ranked number 1 would produce more traffic and therefore higher revenue? Not criticising, just confused 😀

    1. hey buddy, it reaches a saturation point to be honest. And if you’re figures are stronger than that, you should be selling products and raking in affiliate streams instead 🙂

  11. Hey Paul,

    I recently started a sports blog with a couple friends a few weeks ago. We have a handful of writers and have seen a slow increase in traffic throughout the past couple weeks. However we are struggling to get more traffic. I have done some research into google page ranks, analytics, adwords, PPC ads, etc. We simply don’t know what to do next to generate more viewers and fans of our site. We certainly have some marketing ideas once we have a group of followers and readers. I checked our page rank, if correct, and it claims 0 out of 10. If you have any tips, suggestions, opinions, that could help our website grow, it would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you!

    Eric Anthony

    1. Hello Eric,

      How many hits are you getting per month?

      The best advice I can offer new websites is to offer content that cannot be found elsewhere or provide information that is very useful to the visitors with the aim of becoming somewhat of an authority in your market.

      You run a sports website, so maybe doing professional analysis of the games your comment on or spending some time drawing up some in-depth statistical analysis of different teams/players.

      People also love top 10 lists, bullet point factual information. These are the king of posts people share.

      Start emailing like-minded webmasters in your area and see if there is someway you can collaborate.

      I would also recommend looking into web 2.0 sites and setting up a couple of micro-sites to build some additional traffic. You may also want to get involved with a couple of sports forums and start meeting people out there that would likely visit your site… ask them for ideas/opinions and things they would most like to see on your site.

      I hope this is of some help.

      Paul

  12. Hello, I am interested about some help. I currently have a page with 29 thousand per. I need to know how to make money from the views.

  13. Are these figures referring to the revenue you get from being with an ad network or from google ads?

      1. Thanks, Johnny, for your response! I’ve been wondering about how many pageviews a month minimum is worth trying to get into an ad network. I see that you’ve mentioned unique visitors but often unique visitors can view 20 or 30 pages, so that woud make a difference right? Somewhere I saw some figure of less than 10,000 pageviews a month is really not enough to be worrying about it! Do you agree?

        1. Hi Rachel/Johnny,

          I hope you don’t mind me butting in here… You’ll really need at least 100k pageviews before you can/should start looking into display advertising. In the beginning Google Adsense is ‘OK’ to use, but really it’s to get a flavour of how money is made from the internet.

          I somewhat agree with what Johnny said when he mentioned that they are a ‘dying a death’, often you’ll find that the more informative your site is, the better it is designed and more user friendly, the less money you’ll be able to make from Google Adsense. Poorly designed (or really cleverly designed, poor looking) websites will often benefit the most from Google Adsense as users get confused about where to click next and look for a ‘route out’ of where they currently are. This is a technique used by webmasters to build poor websites that make a good amount of money from the traffic, good for short-term goals but not something I would encourage.

          Build a good site and provide information that’s not already on the internet. If you’re a travel writer or have a travel blog, write about places no-one has ever been or things that are unique.

          When you start to get a lot of traffic you can have a look into display network advertising like buysellads.com, I use them on my larger websites with good success.

          You could also try mixing your adverts up with affiliate adverts, and PPC adverts using Google’s DFP but it’s quite an advanced system and can be quite hard to get used to if you haven’t any previous experience. I use it on my website http://www.livefreedietravelling.com if you wanted to see it in action?

          Best of luck to you and all that are embarking on setting up their own travel sites!

          Regards,
          Paul

      2. Hey Johnny, I’m a bit confused about your figures, in your table, the better ranked pages seem to earn more, while those with a page rank of 5 on google earn the most? Am I missing something? 😀

  14. Hi there,

    Nice Article, but those figures are not correct. There are just to many factors you need to explain when it comes to get a nice income each month.

    1. Make sure you get quality backlinks (backlinks gives you higer PR).
    2. Increase ur SERP!, choose your keywords wisely for your article (do not keywordspamming). (check adwords keyword tool to help you find the best keywords).
    3. Make sure your blog is interactive, setup a forum for your visitors or a chat.
    4. do not over-ad your website. Make it clear and nice to navigate.

    There are actually tons of things you need to check. I had a PR2 site with 5000 unique visitors a month, and was earning 60 Dollar a month.

    If anyone wants to have some tips. please let me know.

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  16. How does the money come? Who pays you? That’s what I don’t understand. My popular website has had over 20,000 hits in the last 30 days yet I don’t know how to generate revenue. Please let me know where the money comes from. Thanks.

  17. A friend of mine has a page rank of 2, over 1000 unique visitors a month, and he makes $0. He’s bummed. Obviously he must be doing something wrong. I’ll try to ignore his bad luck and convince myself that your chart is absolutely correct lol

    I do wonder though, why does the page rank affect the actual amount of money? Do businesses suddenly pay more when they get an ad click from a higher ranked page?

    1. post regularly mate, and actually travel – not just another travel blog about getting drunk on a 2 month stint in south east asia!

      1. “post regularly mate, and actually travel – not just another travel blog about getting drunk on a 2 month stint in south east asia!”

        – This I believe is the number one reason travel blogs fail! Well said Johnny, brilliant advice.

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