For a long time I ran my small niche blog with the modest goal of making $500 per month.
As much as I loved blogging as a hobby, this was an amount I felt would justify the time and energy I was putting into it each week.
Certainly nothing to retire on, but enough to help put a dent into our ever-growing mountain of debt (you can read our full story here).
BUT…I just couldn’t get there.
After struggling for over 5 years with a combination of Adsense, Amazon CPM and various affiliate programs I was still only making $100-$200 per month.
And it made me want to quit (can you relate?).
My traffic was teetering around the 20,000 sessions per month range when I came across an income report from a blogger with Mediavine. It was clearly working well for them, but I was skeptical….would my equestrian niche blog fit the bill?
I decided to buckle down and focus on traffic growth to increase my monthly sessions. Not only did this get me to 25,000 (the minimum requirement) in just 2 months, but it was also a great lesson in goal setting!
Getting accepted and set up with Mediavine was an easy process, even with my lack of tech skills, and then I anxiously sat back to see the results.
And here they are!
Mediavine Income Report (2018-2020)
August 2018 – $323 – 25,502 Sessions
September 2018 – $488 – 27,552 Sessions
October 2018 – $629 – 33,830 Sessions (Goal Reached!)
November 2018 – $686 – 34,342 Sessions
December 2018 – $525 – 23,485 Sessions
January 2019 – $364 – 27,282 Sessions
February 2019 – $431 – 24,080 Sessions
March 2019 – $762 – 35,601 Sessions
April 2019 – $764 – 38,204 Sessions
May 2019 – $830 – 39,481 Sessions
June 2019 – $922 – 43,381 Sessions (Goal almost doubled!)
July 2019 – $905 – 48,999 Sessions
August 2019 – $735 – 38,727 Sessions
September 2019 – $696 – 32,132 Sessions
October 2019 – $681 – 30,250 Sessions
November 2019 – $838 – 30,480 Sessions
December 2019 – $893 – 32,083 Sessions
January 2020 – $704 – 37,888 Sessions
February 2020 – $668 – 32,879 Sessions
March 2020 – $834 – 46,667 Sessions
April 2020 – $720 – 59,955 Sessions
As you can see, with Mediavine I was able to reach my earning goal within the first 3 months, and have almost doubled that during the busy summer months.
Combined with additional affiliate income, and my Etsy Shop, I’m now making a steady part-time income (you can read more income reports here).
So do I recommend signing up with Mediavine? YES!
If you’d like to know more, here’s a few commonly asked questions:
How many pageviews do I need for Mediavine?
Mediavine requires 25,000 sessions a month (usually around 30,000 pageviews), based on your Google Analytics. You can get a detailed explanation of why they focus on sessions vs. pageviews here.
How do I get approved for Mediavine?
I highly recommended checking out the Requirements page before you apply. There’s a big emphasis on unique content and audience engagement so be sure to build your blog with that in mind. Traffic volume is only part if the equation.
How do I get my blog to 25,000 sessions per month?
Content, content, and more content! While some have “gone viral” with just a few posts, most blogs in that traffic range have 100+ high quality posts. My best advice is to set goals, research SEO, and listen to Theory of Content!
How can I grow a profitable blog on a limited time schedule?
Most bloggers I know started with either a full-time job or kids at home, so it can definitely be done without putting in 40 hours a week. Check out my post How to Build a Profitable Blog in 10 Hours a Week (or less) for tips on prioritizing your time.
How can I make money before I’m approved with Mediavine?
There are a lot of great income options for small blogs, and sponsored posts are one of my favorites! See Niche Blogging Income – 5 Steps to Sponsored Posts for helpful strategies.
How much can you make from Mediavine?
Every site is different, and depending on the traffic and audience, results will vary. Here’s some more examples of bloggers making an income from Mediavine:
Mediavine Income Reports
Income Report – September 2019
August 2019 Monthly Recap and Income Report
September 2019 Income Report – My Last Report on How I Earned $9K Blogging!
Travel Blog Income Report - November 2019 - $9,653
Blog Income Report: How I Made $7,498.94 Blogging in February 2019
How we made $17,811 in 1 Month on our Travel Blog
And if you’re worried that only the BIG blogs are earning a decent profit, check out my post 20 Small Niche Blogs That Make Real Money for inspiration.
Curious about a particular niche? Read these for more examples:
How Much Do Travel Bloggers Make?
How Much Do Food Bloggers Make?
How Much Do Fashion Blogger Make?
Is your blog ready to grow? Share your goals below!
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By looking at online income reports from successful bloggers like you, it inspires us and encourages us to work harder even though it’s hard to rank number one in google search.
I also know that it’s very difficult to get to your level because competition is so high right now. But at least we try our best. If you have any suggestion or advise to me, do reply to my comment below.
Great, in other words mediavine pays better than other networks
how long will they take to approve my application, i submitted my application on 4 april 2020. when can i possibly get a reply, i usually have 90,000 – 180,000 sessions a month.
I’d recommend sending Mediavine an email to follow up. They’ve always been very quick responding to my questions. Good luck!
Nice post,…what’s the minimum RPM that Mediavine has for websites they accept?