Can A Blog Make Money on Auto-Pilot : 1 Month Experiment

The true independence in life is achieved when you are earning money on auto-pilot. Money is not everything, but it’s quintessential to get on with your day-to-day life activity. Six years back, when I started blogging, I never knew that blogging can be one such profession that can give financial independence.

On an average I earn about $7000/month from my blogs and this was the first time in last 6 years, from 1st December 2014 to 28th December 2014 ( almost one month) that I was away from blogging and any online work.

I Made Money on Auto Pilot Blog
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I was busy with some personal event, and I comprehended that this is a good time to evaluate if an idle blog can make money for me.

Most of the profession/business I know of, requires your presence in one form or another.

In most of the jobs, you can take leave for a limited number of days but after that it’s always an unpaid leave.

Full-time blogging is same as a business and one month of blogging vacation gave me enough data to evaluate blogging in the terms of making money on auto-pilot.

Do consider the fact that this blog  (ShoutMeLoud) is a six years old blog and with a community of more than half a million users.

In this article, I will share about how much money I earned in the month of December 2014 without any work and how it affected the blog traffic. I will also share my observations and learning in the appropriate section below.

Traffic effect on the blog after one month of inactivity:

I stopped working on ShoutMeLoud from 30th November 2014, and I was getting decent traffic back then due to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. What I was really interested to see, how traffic will go down after the Cyber-Monday as there will be typically no action ( including no comment moderation) on the blog.

Note: 83% of ShoutMeLoud content is evergreen content.

Here is the traffic chart from last month (1st December till the date):

December traffic stats for blog
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Here is the breakage on the Weekly Traffic:

  • Week 1: 138,478 views
  • Week 2: 133,035 views
  • Week 3: 129,781 views
  • Week 4: 123,322 views

As you can notice, traffic decreased over the time but it was not as high as I expected. On 29th December, I had published this post and traffic again went back to normal.

The major reason for the change in traffic was due to the loss in social media and returning visitors traffic.

Overall one thing that is clear now that traffic drop will not be so high for an inactive blog with evergreen content.

Now, let’s look at the income report for December 2014.

Blog income report after one month of inactivity:

Unlike my other income report, here I’m reporting how much total sales, ad revenue I generated into my account in the month of December. The final figure may change, and I will get an exact report in the month of March 2015 (When I will be paid for all affiliate sales).

The majority of ShoutMeLoud revenue comes from Affiliate Sales , Direct advertisement and a chunk is from Google AdSense or other ad networks revenue. Here is what my December income looks like:

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Total: $8602.93

In Indian currency that’s about five lack 43 thousand. I ignored few other small affiliate transactions in the above report.

This month I missed out mostly on services such as Blog consultancy, WordPress SEO service and few more due to my inactivity. If I have to compare this income with other businesses, I’m satisfied with the income my blog generated without being active.

There is no denying the fact that income will drop if I keep the blog inactive for a couple of months. Overall, taking one-month complete break hardly affected the blog revenue (October income report was $7788).

For me, this data is valuable as I feel it would encourage you and others to jump into blogging and take it as a serious career options.

Do you have any blog that is also generating revenue on auto-pilot? Let me know your experience and insights on the same. If you enjoyed reading this case-study, do share it with others on FB, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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A Blogger, Author and a speaker! Harsh Agrawal is recognized as a leader in digital marketing and FinTech space. Fountainhead of ShoutMeLoud, and a Speaker at ASW, Hero Mindmine, Inorbit, IBM, India blockchain summit. Also, an award-winning blogger.

44 thoughts on “Can A Blog Make Money on Auto-Pilot : 1 Month Experiment”

  1. Congratulations on your marriage, wishing you the very best and a very happy new year. Any ideas on how non technical bloggers can also make some money by blogging ?

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Prasad
      The key is to pick a niche which last for long (Prefer evergreen niche like food, health, personal finance tips) and create an epic blog with great content. Money will flow if you are doing everything right.

  2. Wow this is interesting to say the least and really defines ‘autopilot’. Congratulations on your wedding, my greetings to your wife.

  3. Don’t about the future of my blog. Even I am not aware of these earnings…only one thing I know is I just love writing for my blog… It is my passion.
    Anyways Thanks for sharing. On your footsteps.
    Happy married life ahead. Enjoy…

    1. avinash kumar

      Yes NicKK,
      Really harsh is motivating in context of blogging by giving several example of his own experience. As he explains that means,achieved a lot in the blogging.

  4. Rahul Krishnan

    Hi Harsh sir,
    Happy to see you active again. You are the perfect inspiration for every bloggers.
    You married?? Happy news sir. Wishing you a happy married life.
    I felt amazed to see your income. It seems your absense didn’t affect your bucks.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    Regards,
    Rahul

  5. Harsh, You are really amazing and inspiration to all upcoming bloggers like me. Good to see this post after a long gap from you. I too started a blog with your inspiration, hope to see it as good income source with in next couple of months. Congratulations on your marriage.Wish you a Happy Married Life.

  6. Siraj Mahmood

    It is surely true that inactive duration fall your traffic into ditch because same this things made with me and build my experience. I’m glad to know about your experience and site stamina. Hope your journey will be the best.
    Today my opinions regard ShoutmeLoud is Awesome because Admin share every single thing with his community as he can.
    Thank You Bro 🙂

  7. Hi Harsh,

    First of all, congrats for your wedding life. 🙂

    Making about 8000$ without doing any thing is really awesome, but it clearly explain that how much hard works you have done in past 6 years.

    You have mentioned that you have earned 550$ from Adsense, but I can’t find any Adsense ad on this blog.

  8. This article is a good motivator for an young blogger like me. Keep doing good work. Thank you for sharing your income data.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      Thanks for your comment Sreekanth and glad that you get motivated with this. Wish you a great year ahead!

  9. Hi Harsh,

    First of all congratulation on your marriage.

    No matter whether you write or not, people like me keep on visiting your blog to get helpful content.

    And yes your income report is too impressive. Thank you

    ~Ashutosh

  10. Dear Harsh,

    Glad to hear about your wedding. Congrats!

    The revenue you generated while on autopilot is awesome. You are an inspiration to us bloggers.

  11. Wow Harsh !! Truly Inspiring!
    You are the only one who keeps me inspired for Blogging more and more.
    5 lacks by doing nothing ! that’s great ! This is the true power of Blogging.
    Also: I have mailed u one query regarding guest posting. Please check on that !

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Kaushik
      Thanks for your comment and it’s not exactly “Doing nothing” as it’s outcome of 6 years of work, but the results are satisfactory. Wish you luck with your blog for 2015.

  12. sangeetha menon

    Harsh,

    Great to see such case studies pertaining to the income streams and trends even if there is an inactivity for a short period.

    I was talking to my friend on this aspect too , in any other jobs there is a period after which we would be on unpaid leave.

    Blogging is one of the blessed fields in that case too.

    Again thanks for sharing this post.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Sangeetha
      Thanks for your comment and you are right with your thoughts. The major difference which I noted here in compare to other business: Blogging business can be done by one person and earning is hardly affected if everything is done the right way from beginning.

  13. Dear Harsh Sir,
    Above Post is a good motivator for me and other young blogger as well. Keep doing good work. You are bombaster blogger! Thank you for sharing your income stats!

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Shabaz
      I’m flattered with your words and thanks for dropping by. Glad you find it useful and motivating.

  14. Hi Harsh,

    Its really wonderful news that you just got married! 🙂

    And for them who told that this is Auto-Pilot Earning; i want to told them that “There is a 8 years of non stop hard work behind the above Revenue”.

    Thanks
    Akash.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Akash
      Thanks for your comment and just a little correction it’s 6 years of work.
      The idea behind calling this as Auto-piot is to show how anyone can earn even when he/she is away from work for a little while.

  15. Yes, the beauty of blogging lies in the “Passive Income” that it generates. Making about $8000 a month is indeed a great achievement for a blogger, eespecially if you are an Indian blogger.

    A small query about your income report: At once place you mentioned “Affiliate income: 5822.30”, then you wrote “Dreamhost affiliate Program”, “Aweber affiliate program” etc. Are these different from the Affiliate Income you mentioned earlier? I cannot understand.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Chang
      Thanks for your comment and let me answer your query:

      Affiliate income: This consist of various affiliate programs.
      Dreamhost Aff. program, Aweber affiliate program earning are not added in the above one, and listed separately.

  16. Jaidayal Saraswat

    Nice to see you earn enough on autopilot mode. i have a low traffic blog and want to earn like you please guide me !!!

  17. Istiak Rayhan

    Make money on auto-pilot is awesome. And you’ve done it nicely.

    Though I was never away from blogging for complete one month, but I saw auto-pilot income during my exam time. It feels good when money is coming without any work!

    Thanks for sharing the case study and Congrats on your wedding life.

  18. Anchit Shethia

    I missed out on wishing you Happy Married life because I thought too many emails and inboxes and my wish would have been plunged down. So wishing you now – Have a Happy Married Life 🙂
    Secondly, I get 30-40% dip in traffic during my semester exams and I cannot think of being inactive for more than 2 weeks.
    I am thinking of starting a top notch micro niche site like cydiaguide, but on different topic, for my auto-pilot earning program. Still having trouble finding good keyword and niche.

    1. Harsh Agrawal

      @Anchit
      Thanks for your wishes and regarding your micro-niche site, the biggest challenge is to find the right niche and Keywords. Since you are into tech niche, I would recommend look into emerging technology. Cloud hosting/services, online security, VPN are few niche which will last for long and have ample amount of content to write about.

  19. Hey Harsh i am also back after many months. not due to marriage like you. 🙂 but due to other professional engagements. With a career of 6 Years online. This income is really sufficient to lead a happy life. And you are an example for other Indians to really follow you and to learn how to make best of your time while being online.

    Congratulations on this big event of life. And enjoy your time and yes welcome to married world.

    Cheers with lots of wishes,
    Mohit

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