18 Blog Success Stories [2022]

18 Blog Success Stories [2022]
Start A Blog

Starting your own blog can be an exciting, rewarding, and challenging experience. Blogs provide a great way to connect with your readers, grow your brand and develop an audience of people interested in the topics you cover.

There are over 600 million blogs on the internet. The average person spends 37 seconds reading a blog post. 2/3 of people’s main reason for blogging is income. The average time spent on writing a post is increasing by the year and The average length of a blog post is now 1,269 words.

Here are some real life success stories of starting a blog:

1. Sustainably Chic ($72K/year)

Natalie Kay Smith (from Jacksonville, FL, USA) started Sustainably Chic over 8 years ago.

Revenue
$6K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hi! My name is Natalie, and I help people build conscious wardrobes through my blog Sustainably Chic. It’s the ultimate destination for everything in a sustainable fashion. From learning what it is to brands who produce it, you can find all of that information on my blog. Sustainably Chic is here to show you fashion can exist responsibly.

I make $6,000 per month, and Sustainably Chic receives around 60k monthly visitors.

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2. On Your Mark ($24K/year)

Mark St. James (from Vancouver, BC) started On Your Mark almost 14 years ago.

Revenue
$2K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

My name is Mark St. James and I started On Your Mark, a men’s travel, style, and skincare blog in 2008. The premise was vastly different in its infancy than what it is now, but the concept of providing honest, satirical writing and product reviews has remained the same.

My unique writing style and honest criticism of fashion have landed me on a slew of news outlets including CNN, CBC’s The National, Global News, and ET Canada to name a few. With 140,000+ fans, friends, views, and followers, I’ve managed to generate a monthly income of around $2,000 with peaks and valleys.

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3. The Modest Man ($48K/year)

Brock McGoff (from Tucson, Arizona, USA) started The Modest Man over 10 years ago.

Revenue
$4K / month
Team
1 founders / 8 employees
Location
Tucson, Arizona, USA

Case Study

My name is Brock McGoff, and I run The Modest Man (TMM), a digital media brand dedicated to helping guys dress better and feel more confident, with an emphasis on the man of modest height.

In a given month, TMM generates $10-15k revenue from advertising brand partnerships, digital products (an e-book) and affiliate programs. Since there isn’t any inventory or “cost of goods” profit margins are very high.

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4. Katie Did What ($180K/year)

Katie Reyes (from Sacramento, California, USA) started Katie Did What almost 11 years ago.

Revenue
$15K / month
Team
2 founders / 2 employees
Location
Sacramento, California, USA

Case Study

Hi! My name is Katie and I am the person behind the lifestyle blog and personal brand, Katie Did What. Together, my husband and I operate a blog that averages 75,000 unique monthly visitors in addition to social profiles totaling over 125k aggregate followers.

I guess now the “proper” term for what I am is an “influencer” although I started this before that was even a word! Whatever it is, my husband and I have been able to do this, and only this, for the past few years and have been able to spend as much time as we want with our 3 kids. We’ve had 3 consecutive 6-figure net profit years and are well on pace again for 2020!

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5. Made Urban ($60K/year)

Erin Mooney (from Edmonton) started Made Urban almost 11 years ago.

Revenue
$5K / month
Team
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

My name is Erin Mooney and I run MadeUrban, a blog for small business owners selling handmade products. My audience sells their crafts through craft shows, Etsy, a website, and/or retailers. I provide them with advice for each step they must take along the way. And I like to do so in an easy-to-understand and easy-to-follow way, with outside-the-box concepts they haven’t already read about on hundreds of other blogs.

As events start to open back up in 2021, and with a slight pivot to my strategy, I’m almost back to what my average monthly revenue was pre-Covid, and I currently earn between $5000 - $8000 per month.

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6. FailTell ($16.8K/year)

Swagat Mohanty (from Bhubaneswar, Odisha, India) started FailTell over 2 years ago.

Revenue
$1.4K / month
Team
2 founders / 6 employees

Case Study

Hello everyone! I am Swagat Mohanty. And I co-founded FailTell with Rahul Mohanty. Our online platform FailTell offers a wide range of services to help everyone overcome failures, conquer mental health & emotional challenges, strategize career and deal with everyday concerns for personal, emotional, and professional growth. Be it mental health support, uncertain career decisions, or just someone you want to talk to who could help you lead a more meaningful and happier life, FailTell offers a one-stop solution to redesign one’s personal and professional growth, with its wide range of services.

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7. Grandmas House DIY ($24K/year)

Tarah Wolff (from Park Rapids, MN, USA) started Grandmas House DIY over 7 years ago.

Revenue
$2K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

My name is Tarah Wolff and I am the founder of the blog called Grandma's House DIY. We give inspiration and motivation for Do It Yourself projects outside and inside the home. Our readership follows us as we renovate and restore the grounds inside and around our 100-year-old farmhouse and, of course, of all the shenanigans we get up to along the way!

We prove every day that if we can do it, so can our readers! With total transparency on our failures and how we fix the places we “mess” up our readers really seem to appreciate one of our favorites slogans of, “Everything is fixable!” In a social media world of “perfect,” our candid blog is a breath of fresh air. Currently, our website is bringing in around $2,000 a month.

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8. CarSpiritPK ($4.8K/year)

Usman Ansari (from Karachi, Pakistan) started CarSpiritPK over 6 years ago.

Revenue
$400 / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

I am Usman Ansari, the founder of CarSpiritPK — a dedicated automobile blog. I am a Computer Animation professional with over 21 years of industry experience in Pakistan but always had a strong affection towards automobiles.

Currently, the website attracts 65-85k visitors each month and generates ad revenues of around $250-400 USD a month, including the ‘promotional content’ which is approved strictly based on the quality.

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9. Finsavvy Panda ($216K/year)

Ling Thich (from Toronto, ON, Canada) started Finsavvy Panda about 5 years ago.

Revenue
$18K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

With both my blogs, I earn anywhere between $13,000 to $25,000 per month in net profit depending on the season, traffic, and how much or little time I choose to work on them.

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10. Our captions ($12K/year)

Siddharth Malhotra (from Delhi, India) started Our captions almost 4 years ago.

Revenue
$1K / month
Team
1 founders / 3 employees

Case Study

Hello, my name is Siddharth Malhotra, and I am the founder of OurCaptions.

Presently, we are having approx 200k visitors per month to our website.

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11. Swim University® ($600K/year)

Side Hustle Show listener Raffaele Di Lallo has built a successful house plant website, earning $10k a month — on the side from his day job. Still, he explained that 90% of that income was from advertising, and he wanted to diversify his revenue sources and earn more from affiliate marketing. To h…

Matt Giovanisci (from Boulder, CO, USA) started Swim University® almost 19 years ago.

Revenue
$50K / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study
  • Matt Giovanisci started working in the pool industry at age 13.
  • He used to work as a stock boy and water tester for a local pool store on the weekends.
  • Matt continued working in the same industry and later moved to other bigger pool and spa companies.

Every year, Matt was helping out thousands of pool and hot tub owners every year. This has made him a pro in the pool and spa maintenance field and he wanted to share everything he knew about pools with the world.

That is how the idea to launch Swim University was born in 2004 - where shares his knowledge through informative articles with a larger scale of audience.

He also offers interactive video courses about pool and hot tub care.

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Read the full story on nichepursuits.com ➜

12. Cybernium Inc. ($12K/year)

Itai Danan (from ) started Cybernium Inc. over 17 years ago.

Revenue
$1K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hello! This is Itai Danan founder of Cybernium Inc. This tech company builds desktop and server software, including performing full-stack web-development. We publish several of our own websites too. Cybernium was created in 1995, registered as a company, and fully incorporated in 2016.

Neocamera alone makes around $1,000 per month, making it a positive contribution to our bottom line. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, revenues certainly will be much lower but this global downturn is expected to be temporary.

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13. CSS Animation ($6K/year)

Donovan Hutchinson (from Dublin, Ireland) started CSS Animation ago.

Revenue
$500 / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

My name is Donovan Hutchinson and I’m a website developer. I’ve been building for the web since the late ’90s, and I enjoy building side projects. My most recent project is a website, book, and course that helps people learn how to create beautiful and engaging web animations.

The core of the business is the website, CSSAnimation.rocks, which features in-depth tutorials that show people how to make fun and engaging animation using HTML and CSS. It also includes a weekly newsletter, an introductory (free) ebook, and a 4-hour in-depth video course.

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14. CopySmiths ($480K/year)

Katrina McKinnon (from Sydney) started CopySmiths over 2 years ago.

Revenue
$40K / month
Team
1 founders / 7 employees

Case Study

It wouldn’t have been possible if I hadn’t read a particular book that utterly changed my business life.

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15. TechySex ($60K/year)

Martin Moore (from New York, NY, USA) started TechySex almost 3 years ago.

Revenue
$5K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hey everyone, my name is Martin Moore and I’m the founder of TechySex. This website is all about sexual wellness and sex toy reviews. My goal is to help people find answers to questions about their sexuality they may have been too shy to ask.

Currently, we’re making around $5K per month on average. It’s a young business with a lot of growth potential, so the fun is just getting started.

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16. Medium ($34.8M/year)

This is my story of how I stumbled into making money on Airbnb without owning, renting or investing my own money.

Evan Clark Williams (from San Francisco, California, United States) started Medium over 10 years ago.

Revenue
$2.9M / month
Team
1 founders / 5288 employees

Case Study
  • Medium.com was founded by Evan Clark Williams in August 15, 2012.
  • Medium.com combines elements of blogging services and social networking.
  • After the company was founded, it managed to raise more than $130M in just 5 years.
  • They have grown their team to 5000 employees.
  • Medium relies on Amazon’s Virtual Private Cloud for its production environment.

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Read the full story on wiredelta.com ➜

17. OneHourProfessor.com ($360K/year)

Ron runs One Hour Professor, a blog about how are things going on with his 6 other projects. He is making $10k/month by learning from his mistakes.

Ron Stefanski (from Las Vegas, NV, USA) started OneHourProfessor.com about 8 years ago.

Revenue
$30K / month
Team
1 founders / 3 employees

Case Study

Read the full story on Failory ➜

18. Crypto Fireside ($2.4K/year)

Andrei Rotariu (from Melbourne VIC, Australia) started Crypto Fireside over 1 year ago.

Revenue
$200 / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hey, my name is Andrei Rotariu and I started Crypto Fireside, a crypto-related publication that focuses on crypto education through guides, reviews, interviews, and even satire.

You can view this interview with Pat and Starter Story as somewhat of a ride-along, seeing as I am right at the very beginning of this journey.

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