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IncomeReporters.com - Keeping me motivated while blogging


#1

I’ve been addicted to reading bloggers monthly income reports but could never find a central location for me to store any of them. I know last year a member on Bootstrapped developed a similar website but it seems to be down … so I thought I’d take a couple weeks to put this together.

So far I have around 90 bloggers indexed with another 50 that I plan to have done before the end of this weekend.

What are your thoughts on this project so far?

IncomeReporters.com

Any suggestions?


#2

In one word, demorializing. :slight_smile:

I like the idea though. Great work!


#3

I felt the same way but use it as motivation now.

Even if I could get into the $x,xxx range I’d feel a little better … granted I’m in the $xx range right now.


#4

It would be interesting to see reports for non bloggers (ie saas). I know many companies do the transparency thing but seeing the numbers consolidated would be interesting (and probably a little demoralizing also).


#5

Interesting. Going to keep our focus on bloggers for this initial run and then see if we can expand out to companies such as Buffer, etc.


#6

I was thinking more along the lines of SAAS’s like ones found in these forums (by and large) ones very much in the early startup trenches.


#7

Oh. Gotcha. Will put that down as a possible future expansion.


#8

Holy shit! … lol

I am amazed at the breakdown some of them give… now, Bluehost Affiliate link bringing in 48,000$ in a month… Darn… How many fishes in that pond? … How many 2$ a month shared hosting and new wannabe millionaire bloggers does this represent… have an idea at the failure rate?

I guess what I fail to realize is how big the pond is… and how willing they are to spend money on hot air…


#9

Oh, great job on that website…


#10

@Serge … Bluehost earnings are crazy to see. Affiliates are bringing in low $xx to mid $xx,xxx per month. We have something in the works starting next month to help wrap your head around some of these earnings numbers.


#11

I had a project like this few months ago, https://web.archive.org/web/20150618051948/http://www.incomereports.co/,
I also posted about it here, it had nice graphs, charts, etc.

The thing is, I was very busy and couldn’t focus on it even though it had some traction (got front page on PH). For those who have time, a project like this is nice, but if you want to monetize it it’s pretty hard.

What are your goals with this?


#12

@Virgil … awesome job with IncomeReports.co. Found it on PH last year and was sad to see it go down :frowning:

I’ve been addicted to income reports for years now and had my own bookmarks of blogs that I checked on a monthly basis but never a way to easily look historically at the numbers … thus came Income Reporters.

Although I don’t have any solid numbers for myself, over the years of reading blogger income reports I’ve probably increased my revenue by thousands of dollars. I’ve found some affiliates I never knew about, social media marketing strategies that have grown my following, etc.

Granted I, like yourself, know that can only sustain a website for so long. I have a few monetization ideas floating around but right now my focus is growing the database.


#13

(Scratching blogging from a list of things I would ever wanted to do. So many words for so little money…)


#14

@rfctr … it gets very interesting when you dig deeper into the reports especially those makes $xx,xxx per month and only blogging 4-6 times a month.


#15

Probably you’re right. I suspect however that most of the work is behind the scene, and if they do put 100-150 hours a month, I’d rather stick with my contracting where I’m making as much as their top-5, and much more reliably.


#16

@rfctr … yeah, there is probably a lot of hours that we on the outside don’t know about.

I ended up trying to analyze some of their revenue streams and compiled it all into a blog post >> https://blog.incomereporters.com/analyzing-how-78-bloggers-earned-close-to-900-000-during-august-2016-cb51d9cc7bd0#.hdvdcb1r9

Seemed to give a better idea of at least where the majority of the revenue was coming from.


#17

A buddy of mine runs a similar site at http://www.transparentstartups.com/

I know he’s been getting lots of exposure with it recently, so it shows there’s a definite desire out there. Good luck, keep us posted!


#18

@shanelabs congrats to your buddy! Saw the website on PH today.


#19

You might find this site of interest for SaaS/online businesses in general: https://www.indiehackers.com/


#20

We just added a new report to our system breaking down the previous month’s revenue sources.

Taking a closer look at how 66 bloggers earned over $775,000 in September

There is also a link in that blog post to the full list of affiliate offers and advertising networks bloggers used.