The combination of a higher RPM in October and the continued surge in pageviews was clearly what made this earnings leap possible!
Even by my own impossibly high standards, this site has continued to amaze me with its growth and earnings. And the nearly $15K is just in ad earnings.
I’ve been applying to a number of affiliate programs over the past few months, and have been accepted to a few, which I’ve added and am now starting to see earnings from. While it’s probably too early to predict, if traffic remains at this level, I think I can add another $2k-$4k per month just from affiliates within the next few months (I already did just under $1,000 this month).
I have a few other plans to expand the monetization of this site, which is what I will be considering over the next month.
But I want to underscore an important factor: while I may have done a lot “right” on this site, so have countless other bloggers, and they were still hit by the September and October. So there is definitely some large degree of luck, timing, and the ability to implement new technology ahead of the curve (using AI writing tools like Koala at least in my case). These gains could disappear as quickly as they came. But that is the nature of a blog dependent on Google traffic.
But if you are looking for a relatively low cost business that offers remote work, asynchronous work, and relatively high financial upside, blogging is still very profitable.