In recent years, blogging has taken off quite a bit. Nowadays, it seems like you can hit a blogger somewhere if you were to randomly throw a stone in the distance. Maybe this is why many more aspire to be bloggers. Therefore, it is only natural that we bring the story of the top 10 rich bloggers to you so you can learn from their ways and make it big.
So, without further ado, here are the top 10 rich bloggers that you should know about.
10. Collis Ta’eed, Cyan Claire, Jun Rung and Vahid Ta’eed. (Envato)
Collis Ta’eed, Cyan Ta’eed, and Jun Rung started their journey towards being a rich blogger in 2006 when they founded Envato. Their first product was FlashDen. FlashDen served stock flash files to its user base. In 2007, Vahid Ta’eed joined them as the fourth owner. Shortly after, PsdTuts+ and FreelanceSwitch was launched. Both of these products were educational.
Then, In 2008 the company launched ThemeForest and Audiojungle. Out of the two, ThemeForest became their most visited marketplace in 2018. They also launched ventures like AudioJungle, VideoHive, GraphicRiver, CodeCanyon, and PhotoDune. All of which contributed in one way or another to their goal of being a rich blogger.
Everything paid off as by October of 2010 their little venture was bringing in $1 million in revenue without the aid of any VC funding.
Currently, these rich bloggers boast a customer base of 1.5 million active buyers and sellers. Their community has over 8 million people as of now and with more than 5 million items to sell these guys won’t be going away from this list any time soon.
As of now, these rich bloggers earn about $175,000 per month from a user-base of 18.5 million.
9. Vitaly Friedman (Smashing Magazine)
This rich blogger founded Smashing Magazine in 2006. It started off as a part of the German-based Smashing Media AG. Since its beginning, it has focused on helping web developers and web designers. They have done so by offering editorial content and professional resources related to the field.
This rich blogger was not content with just this though. Six years after its conception, he has also started to conduct web design conferences. For now, the conferences are held only in Europe and North America. But, the best part about the conference is its name; Smashing Conference.
Rachel Andrew was named the editor-in-chief of the magazine in the October of 2017. As of May 2017, the rich blogger was drawing in 3 million page-views every month. Smashing Magazine also has 1,000,000 Twitter followers worldwide, 295,000 on Facebook, 252,000 on Feedly, and over 250,000 newsletter subscribers. It is easily one of the most preferred and one of the largest web development resource provider.
Even The Huffington Post has ranked this rich blogger’s blog as one of the best places for web developers to look for jobs. Even their conference features notable speakers like Stefan Sagmeister and Jon Burgerman. As well as Peter Sunde, and Daniel Burka.
The rich blogger even launched an e-Library of e-books and videos on web development and design. They also provide the latest curated content on design best practices and coding techniques.
Finally, in 2010, the blog received an award for notable contribution in the field of design. Right now, the rich blogger makes more than $215,000 every month.
8. Peter Rojas (Gizmodo)
Peter Rojas co-founded Gizmodo in 2002. At the time, the rich blogger focused on subjects like design and technology. It also dabbled with science and politics as well occasionally. Gizmodo didn’t take long to become popular and even used that to launch international versions of its website. Most of which were made possible through partnerships with international firms.
The rich blogger makes most of his earnings through advertisements. Even then, the home page of the website is not a rainbow barf of advertisements. Instead, they often repeat ads from the same company on the banner and the sides as one scrolls. The estimated earnings are in the range of $325,000 per month.
7. Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. (PerezHilton)
Not every rich blogger runs a tech blog though. Some prefer to fan the flame of controversies instead. One such blogger is Mr. Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr.
Launched as PageSixSixSix.com, his page specializes in covering celebrity gossip. Mr. Mario didn’t start out as a blogger though. His first passion was acting. He tried to become a successful actor after graduating from New York University in 2000. Alas! He had to settle for the post of media relations assistant for GLAAD. GLAAD is an organization focused solely on LGBT rights.
This rich blogger also worked as a freelance writer for gay publications and also worked as a receptionist for a gay events club Urban Outings. He was also briefly appointed as the managing editor of Instinct, a gay men’s magazine. He stated that he became a blogger because it seemed easier.
His celebrity gossip usually exudes an unapologetic desire to associate with celebrity culture. This rich blogger also doesn’t hold back when it comes to his favorite and not so favorite celebs. He is also rumored to personally know Paris Hilton. Hmmmm… Perez Hilton, Paris Hilton… Coincidence? I think not!
This notorious rich blogger makes $500,000 in monthly revenue. Most of which primarily comes from paid banner advertisements on his website.
6. Brian Clark (CopyBlogger)
This rich blogger started his journey in the online marketing field in 1998. This guy is so awesome that he was the pioneer of a field before it even existed. How many people can do that huh? The field here is content marketing and Mr. Clark is undoubtedly the Superman of it.
He is so awesome that he started his blog with only a couple thousand dollars of seed fund. With that kind of initial investment no one expected this rich blogger to make it big but boy did he exceed expectations. Since 2006, he has been providing banging advice on online marketing via CopyBlogger.
Nowadays, Rainmaker Digital, the parent company of CopyBlogger makes over a million dollars per month. It also boasts a customer base of more than 200,000.
5. Pete Cashmore (Mashable)
In July of 2005, Aberdeen, Scotland witnessed the birth of Mashable. The rich blogger initially created it as a simple WordPress blog, with he himself being the sole author. Despite that, Mr. Cashmore managed to become one of the best blogs as rated by Time magazine a mere four years later.
In November of 2015, the rich blogger had an audience base of 6,000,000 on Twitter and over 3,20,000 on Facebook. In 2016, CineFix, a YouTube channel was acquired to further their online presence.
Things don’t go well all the time for this rich blogger though. After failing to meet its advertising targets in the September of 2017 it was purchased by Ziff Davis for $50 million. The value drop even made the stocks previously issued to the employees worthless. Though, in the end, it all worked out since Mashable now brings in 2 million dollars every month. Most of that revenue is thanks to direct advertising of multiple types that are employed throughout the website.
4. Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
Here comes another rich blogger hailing from the world of tech. Mr. Michael is the founder of popular tech blog TechCrunch. The blog primarily covers news related to the tech industry. Michael founded the blog alongside Keith Teare in 2005 which was then acquired by AOL in 2010. At that time, AOL paid a handsome 25 million for the acquisition.
Nowadays, the website has grown to become one of the largest tech blogs in the world. It also has many notable columnists in the startup and Venture Capitalist fields. The rich blogger is also known for TechCrunch Disrupt. TechCrunch Disrupt is a sort of competition where founders can participate and compete. The prizes are handsome enough to enable many people to get their companies up and running.
As for the estimated earnings, this rich blogger makes lose to 2.5 million dollars every month. All of which comes from the 31 million people that visit the place every month.
3. Rand Fishkin (Moz)
Not everything went well for this rich blogger. Not even in his wildest dreams would Mr. Rand have thought in 2004 that his venture would end in such a manner. His journey has been a wild one. Three years after creating his blog, the company raised $1.1 million and in 2012, raised another $18 million in funding.
In June 2012, the rich blogger acquired Followerwonk. It was a tool for searching, filtering and managing Twitter Bios with other functions as well. In December of 2012, he acquired GetListed for $3 million and finally in 2013 he re-branded his company to Moz from SEOMoz.
By 2011 the company was bringing in revenue close to $11.4 million. In 2016, the rich blogger secured another investment of $10 million from the Foundry Group. In August of 2016, Moz laid off 28% of its employees to focus on earning profitable revenue.
However, the rich blogger had to part ways with his company in February of 2018. The parting was full of sorrow and left a bad taste in his mouth. His earnings hovered around $4.25 million at the time.
2. Peter Rojas (Engadget)
Now, you must be wondering. Is it the same guy from before or is it someone else? Worry not! This Peter is the same rich blogger who established Gizmodo. Engadget is another tech blog that covers all things tech extensively. It started off as a part of Weblogs, Inc. and was one of their largest blogs.
AOL purchased this blog as well in 2005. Since then, it has shuffled through quite a bit of Editor-in-chief(s). One of which went ahead and established The Verge. This blog now makes over 5.5 million USD every month for the rich blogger while providing sound advice on every consumer electronic possible.
1. Arriana Huffington (Huffington Post)
This rich blogger is undoubtedly the richest of the bunch. In 2005, the Huffington Post started out with a very liberal view of life and politics. In 2011, Huffington sold her soon to be a wildly successful blog to AOL for $315 million. She was also retained as the Editor in Chief.
Investing in this rich blogger was quite savvy of AOL as nowadays the website makes about $14,000,000 monthly. Most of it comes through sponsored adverts, banners, and other digital ads. Some estimates even say that Huffington Post itself is worth well over $1 billion now.