ShoutMeLoud Monthly Income Report, May 2012

It has been nearly a year since I’ve published a monthly income report, and the last time when I went to a bloggers’ meeting, many new bloggers asked me what happened to the SML income report. Many of them told me that it serves as an inspiration, and it helps to motivate them.  Since that is the very reason I started publishing the income report, I have decided to continue the series.  Within these reports I will also present news and changes here at ShoutMeLoud.

Before we move forward with a look into SML’s recent history, you might like to read about how ShoutMeLoud makes money.

A look at the past year:

I’m not very happy with the progress of the blog over the past year, and indeed the Google update has forced some changes in my entire strategy.

Blogging in 2012 requires a far more serious approach to the profession than what has been expected in the past.  In fact, in the process of upgrading the blog I even fired a few of my regular authors.  It was a shame to have to do this, but it was necessary in order to maintain a high quality blog that is up to the recent standards of the blogging profession.  I have taken this first step, and I am working on raising the standards of my blogs, one blog at a time.

I have also changed the service offerings and I have added the services involved in blog consultancy. The reason I have started a completely new service as a blog coach, is due to my desire to help new bloggers come to understand blogging from A-to-Z in 4-5 hours of consultancy. This has worked out well for me, and you can see how it has helped my clients in their own words here.

When Panda was launched, many of my sites were hit.  As a result, I spent most of 2011 repairing the sites in my network, and improving the overall quality of my sites. I have deleted nearly 2000 pieces of low-quality content in the past year, and I have turned my focus from quantity to quality.  The result has been greater loyalty from my readership and many more page views.  You can learn about what I did to accomplish this in the sections on blogging and making money online.

Now let’s have a look at my revenue report for last month.

Income Report:

I have never used AdSense as my primary source of revenue. Instead, my major sources of revenue have been private advertising (direct advertisements, paid reviews) and affiliate sales. More recently, blog consultancy has added another lucrative source of income to my stream, and if things go as planned, we will begin offering a premium membership to bloggers in the near future.

With this income report, instead of putting all of my affiliate sales into one category, I am breaking it down into specific sections in an effort to help you to discover new affiliates. (I will ignore the affiliate networks that are not working well.) I have also sold two blogs within the past two years, and that contributed approximately $3500 in total.

Here are my results for this month!


Total: $6178.13

I did miss out on many small ad networks and affiliates that I’m using, but overall last month’s revenue is around $6500, which is less income than was noted in my last report.

One reason for this is that we have lost a fair amount of traffic on some of the major blogs (and niche blogs).  However, ShoutMeLoud is now out of penalty, and I have started working on the other sites as well. Hopefully next month’s income report will show an improved result.

I have also received gifts from various blogging and media companies worth $3000 in the past month, including a few premium packages and some gifts such as a Swatch watch and a book, (Naked Conversations by Robert Scoble and Shel Israel).

I am turning 26 this month, (22nd June), and I will set new goals and a new target for my blog network. I will continue to keep you posted, and if you have any feedback or suggestions feel free to let us know on our Google Plus page. If you are visiting ShoutMeLoud for the first time, here are various subscription options for you.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 39 )

  1. George says

    This post is quite elusive. A google search gives me the facebook, google plus and friendfeed pages where this post has been shared but doesn’t give me this post directly. The income has declined when compared to march 2011’s reports. Is it pure sml report or includes the 12 sites you run.

  2. Vikas Bhatt says

    Good to see that you’re getting decent income from your website. I hope this revenue has been doubled till now . :) Enjoy Blogging!

  3. says

    Nice income Harsh! I think i can’t touch that level but still the only thing that matters is we should enjoy when we blog not only to make money out of it. Is am right!

  4. Webshouts says

    Wow!!! $6500 congrats.this post will truly inspire all new upcoming bloggers like me.can you share few tips regarding affiliate marketing?and do we need to have hosting account for bluehost and dreamhost affiliate?also is high traffic necessary to get affiliates signup?

  5. Shashank Johri says

    Wow..Awesome achievement.. It really feels great and feels full of energy after seeing something like this..$6178..It is a huge amount.. I always want to be blogger like you.. Hope will be some day..:D

  6. jayaar says

    Splendid, Harsh!
    The output is an implication of your sincere efforts throughout.

    Congrats and best wishes! Good luck in all your ventures!


  7. says

    I think earning decreased as earlier i read in your interview that you make 8000usd per month,maybe that income is apart from shoutmeloud.I am surprised by how you managed to keep the similar figure even after panda and penguin effect.I am curious to know about number of posts you noindexed and nofollowed instead of deleting.

  8. Dean Saliba says

    Great to see your SML Income Report has made a return, it really does help inspiure many of us. :) $6178.13 is a really good acheivement, much better than my $600 a month. :P

  9. Navdeep Rana says

    Lolxxx i made $1492 in the month of May 2012 from Adsense and $328 from Infolinks from my website. What happened to you Harsh. I think i should also start publishing income report for my blog.

    • says

      You should..It will encourage your readers to try Blogging. Regarding my adsense & infolinks, you should read the article again and you will find your answer. :)

      • Navdeep rana says

        SML is no doubt one of the most biggest and popular blog. You should work hard again coz these are the signs of low traffic

      • Dhruv Bhagat says

        Improving sales in Affiliates is really a dream of every blogger.. Can you please list some of the major tips that will help me in improving my Affiliate sales ?? :)

  10. Raheel Mushtaq says

    its amazing to learn that you are earning more from other sources than adsense, because many of the Asian Bloggers have problems getting Adsense account these days ..! so if other sources can cover up that is a plus point..!

  11. Manju singh says

    in fact, your earnings came down in comparison to previous days, but this is yet a dream earning for me and other poor bloggers.
    All the best for you.

  12. Mahesh says

    Glad to see your income report once again ! It’s been a year since I saw your income report, which really had inspired me to do Blogging.

    Looking forward to see the numbers in the income increasing in the months to come !

  13. Raj says

    I agree with you on this grounds.. Adsense should never be one of the main monetization streams for blogs.. Direct Advertising & Affiliate marketing is one the best ways to monetize the maximum for achieving high base targets..

  14. annie barwick says

    Simply its the best one.You are earning huge from affiliates than google adsense which i think must be opposite :) .Thanks for sharing your affiliates networks list.

  15. Anil Agarwal says

    Good to see you sharing your blog income report again. It will be interesting if you could share the traffic report and expense report type as well at one go.

  16. says

    Wow, those are some great figures. I haven’t made much money in May because my primary blog was hit by the Penguin update, it was just around $1000, but I’m still satisfied with it. BTW, thanks for sharing with us your income, it will certainly be turned out as a big inspiration for me.

  17. Dhruv Bhagat says

    That’s great sir.. You have many of the affiliates which are paying well. Though I have recently started Hostgator Affiliates and I think that I will earn at least 1/10th of your income if I work hard.. My best wishes are always with you. You are awesome :)

  18. Nikhil Goyal says

    I guess the Google Panda update hit you real sweet. That said, SML report has surely motivated me well in the past.

    Harsh, if you would like, my team would like to profile your business on our website.

  19. says

    This is really amazing sir. I am a newbie blogger and didn’t earn anything online. This list of affiliate networks helps me a lot. Thanks for listing all your affiliate networks :)

  20. abhilash says

    after long time is see income report. this series of post i like most and always like to read. and tahnx for give detail earning report .
    hope for best .

  21. alex says

    You can get more from Adsense simply changing few things. I’m earning 4700$ with Adsense just from one blog. I can give you some placement tips if you want.

  22. CCOkoji says

    This sounds like what I see Pat of SPI do.

    It has really encourage me. There is still hope for some of us that are just starting.

    Thank you for this article.


  23. Gaurang says

    Really Harsh, was waiting for the report since long time. Your affiliate sales are really impressive, but I think adsense revenue has fallen a bit. BTW Keep up the good work and continue motivating us :) And ohh,, Happy Bday in advance… ;)

    • says

      I use very limited adsense ads on SML..and more over…We offer revenue share to guest author…and almost 50% of articles are added by guest author..So even SML is generating good adsense revenue, guest author gets the benefit.

  24. Scott Kelley says

    Nice…I have just started to make some money…you are an inspiration to the possibilities and I do share your site and articles as i feel you are an authority to blogging.

      • Ammar Ali says

        Hey harsh. :)

        I am impressed with your earnings. You are making good money with affiliate marketing.

        Can you write a article on complete guide on affiliate marketing etc :D

        Thanks you! Keep sharing your earnings reports. It will help newbies to get inspiration!

  25. Sachin says

    Thanks Harsh for this post, this really keep all Indian bloggers on there toes to keep working eespecially for newbie like me!
    It looks like you stopped using Infolinks??? I remember you previously used that but not in this report. Any special reason?

    • says

      I’m trying various other Network for example, you can see I mentioned Viglink above…So it’s mostly trying and seeing which one works best for different niche.
      I might not add any In-text ad at ShoutMeLoud, because my main focus here is content and since my revenue stream is more targeted to Affiliates and services, those few cents clicks are not so beneficial for me.

  26. Krishna Verma says

    That is really amazing and motivational. An important thing to note here is the diversification. Is this income only for SML or other blogs in your network ?