Blogging Buck$

People are making money from blogging. Not me, but others.

The Huffington Post is now the HuffPost and it really changed blogging. Launched in 2005, by Arianna Huffington has turned personal publishing an international "news" platform. Its Monthly income: $18 million, funded mainly through advertising revenue and investment, it was bought by AOL for $315 million in 2011, and today is worth an estimated $1 billion.

Okay, that's a big company, but how about a husband-wife team home finance blog. That is ClubThrifty with a monthly income of $25K.

The Gothamist takes in more than $100K a month as a News York City news and lifestyle blog that has expanded to eight cities across the US, Canada, UK, and China. And like any big blog, it was bought, in this case by news media company DNAinfo.

A pro blogger, Darren Rowse, has done a number of profitable, blogs. Then he did his most successful one by writing about the secrets of how to blog like a pro with ProBlogger. He didn't get bought out (yet) but makes bucks with advertising banners, a jobs page for online writers, and the sale of ebooks.

Here are the ways to make the money.

  • Display ads on a web page bring in the bulk of the ad money through networks like Google AdSense and Amazon.
  • Private Ads are those bought without a middleman
  • Pay-per-click (PPC) is when advertisers pay for the number of times an ad is clicked.
  • Sponsored Content is commonly when brands and vendors pay for a post, such as when a bloggers gets paid to “unbox” a new product or review a book.
  • Affiliate Marketing uses unique affiliate links that when someone clicks and makes a purchase, the blogger earns money as a referral commission. Want to test it out? Click on my my Amazon link and but something. Anything. Thank you.
  • A blogger can make some big bucks with more work by offering Digital Product Sales which is when they sell premium digital content such as courses, ebooks, and tutorials. One reason why digital content is very profitable is that it  requires no storage space or shipping costs.
So, get into blogging and do all the things I'm NOT doing and earn some bucks.

On Campus

My four years living on campus are some of my favorite years. I loved campus life. I loved the constant motion and all the activities around me. I loved it when everyone went home and I had the campus "to myself." I liked the changing seasons.

Statue of William of Orange, known as Willie the Silent - Rutgers, New Brunswick, NJ

Later in my life, I liked teaching on college campuses. Walking the campus, even smaller and very urban campuses like NJIT and PCCC, and being among all the young people at the start of the new semester and year is a kind of fountain of youth.

Eberhardt Hall - NJIT
I have thought about retiring to a college town. Nearby Princeton is very nice (and expensive). I quite enjoyed some time that I spent in Chapel Hill (UNC) and Charlottesville (UVA).

There is a website,, that shows availability in over 400 university colleges and student residences in over 100 cities around the world. They fill rooms during the academic year and during summer vacation that would otherwise be empty. Unfortunately, I found only only two U.S. universities listed. Outside the U.S., the opportunities are better. There were 3 listed cities just for Austria.

Wake Up, Opportunity Rover

There has been a huge storm on Mars that has thrown up so much dust and darkened the skies so that NASA’s 14-year-old solar-powered Mars Exploration Rover (MER) named Opportunity has been silent since June 10. No sunlight, no charging the rover’s solar panels.

Opportunity went into low-power mode and has been asleep and waiting for enough sunlight to recharge.

We are coming up on three months and hopefully with the storm lifting, the dust will settle. NASA has been pinging Opportunity via the Deep Space Network several times a week waiting for the solar panels to do their job.

Opportunity was supposed to continue sending data for 90 days on Mars, but it has been operating for 14 years, so NASA's calculations were only off, thankfully, by about 60 times. (And this IS rocket science.)

But the blackout may have caused “faults” caused by lack of power. The rover had a low-power fault, and then a clock fault. If the clock has failed, poor Opportunity can’t tell how much time has passed, the date or when to expect check-ins from Earth or when to send out scheduled signals for engineers to receive.

But NASA says that if power returns the crafty rover it can use clues such as light levels to determine whether it’s day or night and regain some sense of time, and Opportunity will begin checking its communications equipment and scroll through a list of possible ways to re-establish communication with Earth.

The Mars Exploration Program team continues to update the mission’s official page on the team’s expectations and the conditions at the rover’s site. 

NASA’s Mars Exploration Program has set up an online postcard generator.  Of course, I have sent Opportunity an optimistic message. 

Will the Opportunity Rover Wake Up Soon? - D-brief