How Marissa Plans to Earn $30,000 in 2012

This is a post from Marissa over at Thirty Six Months.

I started blogging on May 16th, a few months after I started ready personal finance blogs. My original intent wasn’t to make more money from blog, but to find a place to write down my goals to pay off my debt fast. After a few months of blogging, I realized how much I enjoyed it. Around the same time I was also learning about monetizing blogs. Do I think I can make $30,000? Yes. Am I ready for all the work? Yes. Will I need help? ABSOLUTELY.

How am I getting started?

The last 3 months have been great. I am slowly learning about niche sites, seo, and starting to multiply my online land. The beauty of being a blogger is finding out that your friends have always wanted to start a blog as well, but were too shy.

#1 Thirty Six Months – existing blog. Currently PR 1- mostly because work pretty much got the best of me in the summer. Goals are to increase the stats, primarily the PR and search engine visitors. Current income is $550-600/month. Keep in mind that I did almost nothing to monetize this, except put up an advertise page. I am starting to reach out to advertisers now. This will take a lot of work, but I am confident I can make double what I had before.

Total for 2012- $8000-11000

#2 Group Site. This will be a lifestyle site focusing on everything from personal finance to careers to wardrobes etc. There are 4 of us blogging, and one of us is a public relations consultant in digital media. Therefore, a lot of the publicity will fall on her. We are 2 weeks away from launch. Once it is ready I will love to share it.

Total for 2012 – $10000/4 so $2500

#3 Finance Triggers. This will be less personal and more informational. This launched Feb 1st. There is huge potential for this, especially since I have learned a few things along the way with Thirty six months. I am extremely passionate about this one as it will have a small business finance focus. This is a joint effort with a fellow Yakezie.

Total for 2012 $5000-$6000

#4 Entrepreneurial/Startup Site. I very passionate about startups and small business and the subjects donโ€™t always fit my blog. I am working with a close friend who is just as fascinated with startup cultures as I, thus we are getting together for this project.

Total for 2012 $7000/2 $3500

#5 Niche sites. I currently have 3 sites active, which are making about $80-$100 each. I want to expand this to 8 by the summer.

Total for 2012 $4000 -$6000


Total is $29000.

I have also been doing web design on the side for clients which is bring in about $5000 to $8000 a year.

While I do recognize that this is going to be a ridiculous amount of work, I feel confident and committed to it. I’m more than happy to have a few friends helping out along the way since I work better in a team setting.

What do you think? Would you put all your eggs in one basket or would you diversify?


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16 Responses to How Marissa Plans to Earn $30,000 in 2012

  1. Cash Flow Mantra says:

    Wow, that is quite a bit of work, but I do think it is worthwhile to be diversified to figure out what is working. If something takes off, you can refocus energy at that time.

  2. Derek says:

    Sounds like a rock-solid plan Marissa! If you add up the high-end of your estimates (including the web design), you’re likely to pull in $38,000!

    Keep up the awesome work – I’m looking forward to seeing you at the finish line!

  3. Corey says:

    I think it will take off for you soon. I think it’s going to be an exciting year for you.

  4. Aaron Hung says:

    Good luck Marrisa, got a lot of work ahead but it’s gonna be worth it ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Wow, that is a lot of work but you have a lot of projects going on. Just be sure not to stretch yourself too thin!

  6. Marissa says:

    Thanks, everyone! I didn’nt realise the amount of work involved when I launched these.

    Im so excited for this challenge. It helps me keep me motivated.

  7. Sounds like you have a lot of ideas for different sites. Hope they all work out ok. Best of luck.

  8. Looking forward to watching this plan unfold for you along the way. I’m sure the work load will fall into a groove and won’t be as bad as it seems when it’s all laid out.

  9. Good luck with the challenge! I’m glad someone mentioned the “work” word. I never feel like I can get up with the rest of the blogosphere.

    I’m interested in the whole niche site thing, but really don’t feel like I have the time to explore the potential.

  10. Good luck, Marissa! Not that I think you’ll need it…I’m sure you’ll do great!

  11. Oren says:

    Good luck! I’m sure I’ll enjoy all the effort you are putting into this.

  12. nandurbar says:

    I’m a new in this field. I really impressed by reading your plan…