31 Niche Blog Success Stories [2022]

31 Niche Blog Success Stories [2022]
Start A Niche Blog

Growing a niche blog can be an incredible way to build an income on the Internet. You can start blogging in any niche that you find interesting with a few easy steps. You simply need a domain, hosting, and WordPress to start blogging. The hard part comes when you try to monetize your website traffic. Making income from your blog, and making a blog that actually pays you the money takes time, work, and effort.

There are more than 500 million blogs out of 1.7 billion websites. Over 409 million people view more than 20 billion pages each month. Users produce around 70 million new posts and 77 million new comments each month. Content marketing is predicted to be an industry worth $412.88B by 2021.

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

1. Starter Story ($948K/year)

Pat Walls (from New York, New York, USA) started Starter Story about 5 years ago.

Revenue
$79K / month
Team
1 founders / 6 employees
Location
New York, New York, USA

Case Study
  • The most comprehensive interview about starting: Founder Interviews: Pat Walls of Starter Story.
  • A more personal side of the story: The Best Year Of My Life: In 35 Tweets.
  • More recent: How Starter Story grew to 1.4 million monthly visitors and $500,000 in annual revenue # Read these first
  • The most comprehensive interview about starting: Founder Interviews: Pat Walls of Starter Story.
  • A more personal side of the story: The Best Year Of My Life: In 35 Tweets.
  • More recent: How Starter Story grew to 1.4 million monthly visitors and $500,000 in annual revenue

2. Buildapreneur ($960K/year)

Spencer Mecham (from Highland) started Buildapreneur about 5 years ago.

Revenue
$80K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

My name is Spencer Mecham. In 2016 I first heard about an industry called affiliate marketing and in 2017 I founded Buildapreneur, an affiliate business.

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3. SelectSoftware Reviews ($40.5K/year)

Phil Strazzulla (from Cambridge) started SelectSoftware Reviews over 3 years ago.

Revenue
$3.38K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Cambridge

Case Study

My name is Phil Strazzulla and I run SelectSoftware. We are an expert online review site for HR software - basically the NerdWallet/WireCutter for all of the different HR software categories out there.

Over the past 3 months, the organic search traffic to SelectSoftware has been growing at around 30% per month, and in August 2019 we had our first month of revenues with a little over $1k/mo.

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4. Failory ($12K/year)

Rich Clominson (from Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina) started Failory about 5 years ago.

Revenue
$1K / month
Team
3 founders / 0 employees
Location
Autonomous City of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Case Study

Until now, we haven’t made any money from Failory. But we are looking to do it in a near future. Our plans to monetize our project is with sponsorships and affiliate marketing on our email newsletter. But before starting doing this, we are trying to increase the community, launch new interviews and get more email subscribers.

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5. Leader Connecting Leaders ($72K/year)

Jodi Carlson (from Ohio City, OH, USA) started Leader Connecting Leaders over 7 years ago.

Revenue
$6K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Ohio City, OH, USA

Case Study

My name is Jodi Carlson, I am a professional web designer, wife, and mom. I also run a successful profitable blog that all started from a hobby that started when I was 6 years old and said yes I want to join Girl Scouts.

Summertime is much slower for both traffic and sales, but I am working on new camping booklets that would be great for Summer Camp and hope to release in the next few months.

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6. Content Intelligence Media ($120K/year)

Thomas Oppong (from England, United Kingdom) started Content Intelligence Media over 4 years ago.

Revenue
$10K / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees
Location
England, United Kingdom

Case Study

I’m Thomas Oppong, an entrepreneur, and a full-time blogger. I am the Founding Editor at Alltopstartups.com where I share resources for starting and growing a startup. I am the Curator at Postanly.com, a weekly digest of the best resources on wealth, health, and happiness. I have also created and maintained two courses: Thinking in Models and Kaizen Habits.

I also maintain an active Medium account where I write about life lessons, personal development, and launching meaningful projects you deeply care about. I have been featured on Forbes, Business Insider, Inc. Magazine, The New York Observer, Huffington Post, and Entrepreneur. I earn about $10K/month from all ongoing writing projects at the moment.

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7. Moneypicks ($96K/year)

Tyler M (from Remote, Oregon, USA) started Moneypicks over 3 years ago.

Revenue
$8K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Remote, Oregon, USA

Case Study

I am a 27 year old male from the South West United States. From an early age I was always fascinated with the idea of being an entrepreneur. My first business I remember making was creating a CD burning company in 2nd grade. Since then I was constantly brainstorming or thinking of ways to make a buck.

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8. Stray Curls ($54K/year)

Angela Mary Vaz (from Bengaluru, Karnataka, India) started Stray Curls ago.

Revenue
$4.5K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Case Study

Heya! My name is Angela and I’m the Creator, Illustrator, and Writer behind the blog Stray Curls. I help bright, young women build creative online businesses that stand out from the norm. My blog is unique because I use humor and hand-drawn illustrations to effectively communicate with my readers.

Currently, my favorite product is The Complete Roadmap to Building a Profitable Side Hustle. This eBook teaches people to set up an Online Business in which they can integrate their products, services and a little bit of themselves to create a profitable side hustle that brings in money on autopilot.

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9. Write.as ($34.8K/year)

Matt Baer (from Washington D.C., Washington, D.C., USA) started Write.as over 7 years ago.

Revenue
$2.9K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Washington D.C., Washington, D.C., USA

Case Study

Hi! I’m Matt Baer, founder of Write.as. We make digital tools that help creative people get their work online, from words to visual art. What we’re most after is building usable software that doesn’t kill your creative ideas (as notifications, feeds, and “likes” tend to do), to encourage free expression by giving you better privacy, and to make digital expression accessible to everyone.

Beyond our flagship tool, we’re building Snap.as, a minimal tool for sharing photos and galleries, and Submit.as, a submission management system made just for written content. Both of these products work perfectly with Write.as but are also useful on their own. Ultimately, this is what we’re building -- a suite of integrated apps that all share the same principles of simplicity, privacy, and respect for the user.

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10. Recruiterly, Inc ($12K/year)

Matthew Gibbs (from San Francisco, California, USA) started Recruiterly, Inc almost 5 years ago.

Revenue
$1K / month
Team
2 founders / 2 employees
Location
San Francisco, California, USA

Case Study

I’m Matt Gibbs, the co-founder of Recruiterly. Recruiterly is a lead-generation platform and marketplace for recruitment professionals and businesses. We help increase the discoverability of top recruiting professionals which in turn improves the lives of job seekers and employers as they now have a way to find and connect with the recruiting partner for their specific needs.

We have just emerged from a 9 month period of extensive testing and only launched a couple of weeks ago, so we are below $1,000 MRR currently. We are in the process of starting to scale the platform.

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11. Crowd Work News ($156K/year)

Sireesha Narumanchi (from Victoria, Australia) started Crowd Work News about 6 years ago.

Revenue
$13K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Victoria, Australia

Case Study

Hi, I am Sireesha Narumanchi, founder of Crowdworknews.com. I help work from home enthusiasts in finding legit online jobs, side hustles and other extra income options.

What started as a side hustle has grown into a thriving business now generating 5 figures a month. But in true terms what feels more surreal or a measure of success for me is being able to reach so many people like me and help them break out of the ‘9-5’ race.

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12. Millennial Moderator ($6K/year)

Aleksey Weyman (from Seattle, Washington, USA) started Millennial Moderator ago.

Revenue
$500 / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees
Location
Seattle, Washington, USA

Case Study

Hello! My name is Aleksey Weyman and I’m the founder of Millennial Moderator. Millennial Moderator is an online publication that shares valuable tips and best practices across a variety of topics including technology, business, lifestyle, and more.

Our mission is to be a treasure chest of valuable insights on how to get ahead in life- both personally and professionally. Today, we are averaging $500 USD/month and around 3000 monthly readers, with imminent plans to scale upward. Millennial Moderator earns revenue from affiliate advertising networks such as AWIN, sponsored editorials, and our brand new service- Coupon Book.

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13. The Diamond App ($6K/year)

Tony Florida (from Baltimore, Maryland, USA) started The Diamond App over 5 years ago.

Revenue
$500 / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Baltimore, Maryland, USA

Case Study

What’s up! My name is Tony Florida (yes my last name is Florida) and I am the founder of The Diamond App, an online diamond price tracker and search engine.

Diamonds range in value from a couple hundred dollars for something the size of a pencil tip all the way up to millions of bucks for a perfectly cut hunk of rock. That being said, the jewelry industry is a highly competitive industry. The Diamond App brings in on average $500 per month in revenue, mostly from affiliate sales.

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14. Gear Up Hiking ($16.2K/year)

Asen Stoyanchev (from Sofia, Bulgaria) started Gear Up Hiking over 3 years ago.

Revenue
$1.35K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

My name is Asen and I’m the owner and founder of Gear Up Hiking - a niche affiliate blog that offers easy and actionable tips for beginner hikers, campers, and outdoor junkies.

And a graph from Google Analytics showing the traffic for the last month:

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15. Compelling Science Press ($18K/year)

Joe Stech (from Louisville, Kentucky, USA) started Compelling Science Press over 6 years ago.

Revenue
$1.5K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees
Location
Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Case Study

Hi! My name is Joe Stech, and I'm the founder of compellingsciencefiction.com. I publish science fiction short stories, focusing on plausible science fiction.

This is a side project for me, so it doesn't have to make a profit, but it does pay for itself. I only publish two issues a year (summer/winter) and in those months we make ~$1500. All of that money goes back to paying authors.

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16. Aucoin Analytics, LLC ($166K/year)

Kervin Aucoin (from Washington D.C., DC, USA) started Aucoin Analytics, LLC almost 4 years ago.

Revenue
$13.8K / month
Team
1 founders / 1 employees

Case Study

Hello folks, my name is Kervin Aucoin and I am the founder of Aucoin Analytics, LLC, a private intelligence company that focuses on security trends by using data and predictive analysis to protect customers. Aucoin Analytics delivers highly specialized risk assessments and intelligence reports specially tailored to our customer's needs.

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17. TechJury ($360K/year)

Deyan Georgiev (from Sofia, Bulgaria) started TechJury over 2 years ago.

Revenue
$30K / month
Team
3 founders / 13 employees

Case Study

Hi there! I’m Deyan Georgiev and I’m one of the founders of Techjury.net. If you haven’t heard of it, this means I have more work to do.

Although this strategy led to a (very) slow start, we are now making $30,000/month in revenue. This was achieved by a very small team that today consists of 13 people. We help over 200,000 people a month find the best software and products for them, their families, and their business.

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18. Warrior Lodge Media ($252K/year)

Wes O'Donnell (from Grand Haven) started Warrior Lodge Media about 9 years ago.

Revenue
$21K / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

Hi, my name is Wes O’Donnell and I am the founder of Warrior Lodge Media, an all-in-one informational website for military and veterans, a film and TV production studio, and an eCommerce store.

The best part is that Warrior Lodge is almost completely “hands-off”, even the eCommerce vertical, and generates true passive income.

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19. Location Rebel ($1.2M/year)

Sean founded Location Rebel, a blog to help people build small businesses. After more than 10 years of blogging, he is making several six figures per year.

Revenue
$100K / month

Case Study

Sean founded Location Rebel, a blog to help people build small businesses. After more than 10 years of blogging, he is making several six figures per year.

20. 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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21. Joker Mag ($3K/year)

Tyler O'Shea (from Philadelphia, PA, USA) started Joker Mag almost 5 years ago.

Revenue
$250 / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hello! My name is Tyler O’Shea and I’m the founder of Joker Mag, a media platform for inspiring underdog stories in sports. Through original articles that celebrate the underdog mentality, our mission is to inspire athletes, coaches, and sports fans to conquer obstacles and overcome adversity.

In case you’re still wondering, he got his name from the black spot around his eye that’s reminiscent of the infamous Batman villain!

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22. Finsavvy Panda ($216K/year)

Ling Thich (from Toronto, ON, Canada) started Finsavvy Panda almost 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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23. Our captions ($12K/year)

Siddharth Malhotra (from Delhi, India) started Our captions over 3 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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24. 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® over 18 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 ➜

25. Schmidt Auto Brokers ($12K/year)

Mbali Schmidt (from Online) started Schmidt Auto Brokers almost 2 years ago.

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

Case Study

My business is in a very competitive industry and requires quite an amount of work on our part i.e. intensive marketing and advertising. I must say though since the launch of the business to date we are beginning to see the business coming through. We have successfully made some deals. We are currently making an average of $1,000.00 per month.

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26. 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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27. TechySex ($60K/year)

Martin Moore (from New York, NY, USA) started TechySex over 2 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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28. The Holistic Enchilada ($96K/year)

Delilah Orpi (from Winter Springs) started The Holistic Enchilada about 5 years ago.

Revenue
$8K / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

My name is Delilah Orpi and I blog about curly hair and clean beauty at The Holistic Enchilada. I help people with naturally curly and wavy hair transition to wearing their natural texture.

My website currently averages $7,000 a month in revenue, though some months can be a lot higher or lower.

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29. Adam Enfroy ($1.2M/year)

Hi, I'm Adam Enfroy from AdamEnfroy.com and this is my story. I hope it gives you an idea of who I really am.

Adam Enfroy (from Livonia, Michigan, USA) started Adam Enfroy over 3 years ago.

Revenue
$100K / month
Team
1 founders / employees

Case Study
  • Adam Enfroy is the founder of his own company named Adam Enfroy.
  • Adam helps others start and scale their businesses and blogs.
  • His website has grown to 500k monthly readers
  • This blog made over $1 million in under two years with zero dollars spent on advertising.
  • He has 50.5k subscribers on his YouTube channel.

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Read the full story on forbes.com ➜

30. 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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31. Book Club Chat ($48K/year)

Heather Caliendo (from San Diego, CA, USA) started Book Club Chat over 4 years ago.

Revenue
$4K / month
Team
1 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hi, I’m Heather Caliendo, founder, and content creator for Book Club Chat, a website dedicated to book club questions, reviews, book lists, and author Q&As.

My flagship content includes original and unbiased book club questions and book lists that provide lots of book recommendations. Since starting in 2018, Book Club Chat has grown to more than 5,000 visitors a day and it’s been an awesome way to connect with readers and authors around the world.

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