13 Online Community Success Stories [2022]

13 Online Community Success Stories [2022]
Start An Online Community

Online communities bring people who share common values together. For anyone looking to start a side hustle and earn money, you need to figure out the best online communities to participate. More important, you need to figure out on how to translate your online community membership into dollars. Ideas of how to earn through online communities include:

  • Selling your products
  • Promoting affiliate links for a commission
  • Run ads
  • Sell online community membership
  • Start your own online community and charge for sponsored content

Here are some real life success stories of starting a online community:

1. Frontend Mentor ($312K/year)

Matt Studdert (from London, UK) started Frontend Mentor over 4 years ago.

Revenue
$26K / month
Team
2 founders / 0 employees

Case Study

Hello! I’m Matt Studdert, and I’m the founder of Frontend Mentor. We are an online learning community that helps people improve their front-end coding skills by building projects. Instead of providing learning tutorials, we provide professionally designed challenges to help our community gain real-life experience building websites and web apps.

Today, we have over 200,000 members on the platform and grow at over 16,000 new members per month. Of those 200,000+ members, we have 1,500+ paid subscribers generating over $15,000 MRR.

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2. Enter Network ($18K/year)

Jochem Gerritsen (from Utrecht) started Enter Network about 4 years ago.

Revenue
$1.5K / month
Team
1 founders / 2 employees

Case Study

Hey! My name is Jochem Gerritsen and I’m the founder of Enter Network — the online community for European Early-Stage Entrepreneurs.

I started Enter Network back in 2018, but only launched the membership model this year (on 9 November 2020, to be precise). Currently, the revenue is around $1,500 MRR. This comes from founders who are regular members of our community or take part in an online mastermind group.

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3. Indie Worldwide ($24K/year)

Anthony Castrio (from Remote) started Indie Worldwide almost 4 years ago.

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

Case Study

Hello, I’m Anthony, and run a virtual community for indie founders called Indie Worldwide. Over the last couple of years, we’ve grown to over 2,000 members.

We’re about twice as active as similarly sized communities on Slack and the quality of discussion around everything indie hacking is very high.

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4. The Design Database ($60K/year)

Courtlyn Jones (from Brooklyn) started *The Design Database * over 1 year ago.

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

Case Study

My name is Courtlyn Jones and I am the CEO and the founder of The Design Database, an online platform, and community designed to be a support system for Creatives (designers, artists, writers, photographers, architects, etc.) by connecting them with clients who are looking to hire now.

Since launching in late July, over 200 Creatives and 25 companies have created accounts on our platform, we have received grant funding from the HerRise Pitch Competition by HerSuiteSpot, and we’ve raised over $10,000 crowdfunding on Kickstarter. We are off to a very exciting start!

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

Kervin Aucoin (from Washington D.C., DC, USA) started Aucoin Analytics, LLC about 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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6. MicroConf ($120K/year)

Rob co-founded MicroConf, the largest community for bootstrapped founders. They have hosted +24 in-person events and are running an online community.

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Revenue
$10K / month

Case Study

Rob co-founded MicroConf, the largest community for bootstrapped founders. They have hosted +24 in-person events and are running an online community.

7. No Code Founders ($300K/year)

Joshua started No Code Founders, a community of founders using no-code tools to build internet businesses. They're at 10k members and have reached +$3k MRR.

Revenue
$25K / month

Case Study

Joshua started No Code Founders, a community of founders using no-code tools to build internet businesses. They're at 10k members and have reached +$3k MRR.

8. Dean Bokhari ($1.44M/year)

Dean Bokhari (from Irvine, CA, USA) started Dean Bokhari almost 2 years ago.

Revenue
$120K / month
Team
1 founders / 17 employees

Case Study

Hi! My name is Dean Bokhari, and I’m the founder of DeanBokhari.com - a membership platform focused on inspiring people to improve their lives and achieve their goals.

These days, about half a million people read or listen to my work every month. It’s both fun and fulfilling to help others grow. And it’s financially rewarding, too—our revenues are over $100,000 per month.

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9. Ramen Club ($48K/year)

Charlie Ward (from London, UK) started Ramen Club about 3 years ago.

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

Case Study

We’re at $3,800 MRR as of May ‘22, with 35% MoM revenue growth between April and now. (Until recently we were known as ‘Weekend Club’, I broke the pivot down in this tweetstorm).

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10. COO Alliance ($2.16M/year)

Hiring has been a huge issue for me. And in a past interview with Cameron Herold, I brought it up because he’s the founder of the COO Alliance, the world’s leading network for the second in command. I don’t get embarrassed by a lot of stuff. If you heard my interviews, you hear me get pretty frank a…

Cameron Herold (from Scottsdale, Arizona, USA) started COO Alliance over 6 years ago.

Revenue
$180K / month
Team
1 founders / 14 employees

Case Study
  • Cameron Herold founded the COO Alliance, the premier global network for second-in-command professionals.
  • You can grow your company more quickly and intelligently with the help of this brand's COO training programs.
  • At the age of 35, Cameron contributed to the development of his first TWO $100 MILLION DOLLARS companies.
  • When Cameron was 42 years old, he was the COO of 1-800-GOT-JUNK?, which led to a remarkable increase in revenue from $2 million to $106 million in just six years.
  • During those six years, his companies secured over 5,200 media placements, including coverage on Oprah.

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11. The Holistic Enchilada ($96K/year)

Delilah Orpi (from Winter Springs) started The Holistic Enchilada over 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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12. 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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13. Merrative ($24K/year)

Harshala Chavan (from Mumbai, Maharashtra, India) started Merrative over 2 years ago.

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

Case Study

I am Harshala Chavan from Mumbai India - a maker, community-builder, and writer in the publishing and content industry.

Today, Merrative can provide on average USD 200 worth of projects to our talent. We generate on an average USD 1500 per month in marketplace transactions and are hungry to scale up!

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