Jan 14 2008

Inactive Blogs Can Still Make Money

I first started my blog My quest to make money on the internet in September 2006, I wrote posts every day, sometimes more on the various methods for making money online.

My posts included reviews of affiliate programs, weekly progress reports, sponsored posts and blog carnivals. After 5 months I was getting 60+ visitors a day and I had made a grand total of £128 (approx. $260), almost half of that came from selling 1 link. Not a great result for 5 months worth of promoting and writing, then as quite often happens in blogging other things in my life took priority and I eventually stopped blogging altogether, that was in February 2007.

Inactive Blogging

I didn’t abandon my blog completely though, I kept an eye on what was happening, how many visitors I was getting and how my affiliate programs were doing. A few times I thought about starting the blog up again, but I just couldn’t get up the motivation to do it. Then in December 2007 I was looking at how much money I’d made in total, by this time I’d received a number of payments from Google and Friend Finder, so I added it all up.

It had been 10 months since my last post but I had made another £600 (approx. $1200), that’s almost 5 times as much as I’d made in the first 5 months. I was amazed by this, I looked at my visitor stats as well and I found that I was getting 120+ visitors a day. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that my blog is in anyway successful, 120 visitors a day is still a very small number, but considering I wasn’t even posting my number of visitors has doubled. If I had just kept the blogging up I could have been getting 200+ a day and made even more money. Looking at these results gave me the motivation to start posting again, not at the same rate as before, I just don’t have the time, but I will write the odd post now and then to keep it going. I’ve been looking for new money making opportunities for my blog, some of which I have already implemented and will write some posts about in the future.

It just goes to show how blogs can be a good source of passive income and that if you have an old inactive blog hanging around the internet, it might just be worth resurrecting it. The good thing about all this is that my interest in blogging has been renewed, enough to start a new blog as well. My latest project is Martin’s Personal Development Blog, this will be a monetized blog, but in a more subtle way than Quest, it will be all about personal development and productivity.

Resurrect those old blogs now they might make you some money.

This post was by Martin of My Quest to Make Money Online

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23 Comments on this post


  1. 365 To Freedom dot Com » Beat The Content Scrapers, Wordpress + eBay, Make Money With An Inactive Blog, and A Thank You wrote:

    [...] Your Blog (advertised here with Project Wonderful) inspires all bloggers to continue posting with an article about how Martin made $1,200 in a 10 month period…with a blog that he didn’t post to [...]

    January 26th, 2008 at 8:10 am
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    [...] Inactive Blogs Can Still Make Money [...]

    March 4th, 2008 at 6:48 am
  1. Matt Jones said:

    I have to agree, dead blogs still make money even if it is less than they used to in their prime. My old blogspot blog – where I started off on blogging just sits there and earns about $25 per month from Adsense. Not much, but nice given I do nothing at all on it.

    January 14th, 2008 at 4:37 am
  2. Sue said:

    When I initially was looking into trade show blogs, if you search.. the one in the number seed place hasn’t posted in quite some time! :)

    January 14th, 2008 at 9:30 am
  3. sir jorge said:

    I think there’s something to this. I have two blogs I killed and they are still getting traffic, but they have over 800+ pages deep of writing that people stumble on and then leave, but not without clicking an ad or viewing one making me a few cents each time.

    January 14th, 2008 at 10:58 am
  4. Matthew Henrickson said:

    great post, its amazing how much you made being inactive… however your blog is pretty ad heavy so that might of helped :)

    January 14th, 2008 at 4:14 pm
  5. Forest Parks said:

    Wow, that’s really cool. I actually recently resurrected an old blog and am shaping it up hopefully for some money making. Sadly it gets absolutely no visitors right now but I will try and rectify that.

    January 14th, 2008 at 9:26 pm
  6. Martin said:

    Thank you all for your comments, I was amazed myself how much I was making without even doing anything. It helps that I appear on the first page of google for the search “make money on internet”, and like Matthew says its a very ad heavy site. That’s the thing because its a blog about making money I thought I could get away with more ads than usual, on my other blog there aren’t as many ads.


    January 14th, 2008 at 10:08 pm
  7. Sandy said:

    Great post and respect to the author.
    Resurrection is power :)

    January 15th, 2008 at 3:47 am
  8. Roberto said:

    That aspect of a website is often overlooked Martin. The search engines really favor blogs in this aspect.

    I have a blog in a similar situation: it gets about 100 visits a day and I’ve stopped posting there for 4 months now. But it’s always nice to keep earning a bit from the blog as passive income. ;)


    January 15th, 2008 at 5:38 pm
  9. heru --"business man" said:

    really?… it’s nice to heard this post. Because my blog is still new . but maybe i don’t do it, i mean don’t lerave more than 1 month.

    January 15th, 2008 at 7:04 pm
  10. Little Guy Network Review said:

    I have still some blogs with rss feed syndicated that make some good money for me.

    January 16th, 2008 at 12:44 pm
  11. Michelle said:

    How did you all build up your blog traffic? It’s great that your traffic actually increased even though you weren’t posting anymore.
    I hsven’t done much with my blogs lately as I am helping people to make money with this new program that I am in. It doesn’t cost anything and I am helping people to advertise that need some help getting a downline. I’ve been doing pretty well with this but am very much interested in advertising that increases visitors even after you quit like what you are talking about.
    As far as Adsense? Have you actually been paid? I haven’t been and have heard of others that haven’t some are saying that if you don’t buy advertising from goofle that you don’t get paid for your Adsense that they find some way around it like invalid clicks or something. Any comments about if that is true?

    January 19th, 2008 at 5:49 pm
  12. Sabre said:

    It is encouraging to hear that inactive blog can still earn money. Will continue to work on my blog. Visit my blog if you have time

    January 31st, 2008 at 5:57 am
  13. Kelly said:

    I don’t know about this or any other blogs/sites but I do know until your site is indexed by Google, it is almost impossible to find.

    I don’t like sites with excessive advertising but like everyone else I do have advertising on my site. I don’t know about the money because I am new to blogging. I do generate some pennies with adsense. Not enough to get excited about. As far as visitors, I find it is quite difficult to impossible to get any real traffic. I just try to make my blog fun for me.

    February 2nd, 2008 at 6:09 pm
  14. Kelly said:

    I would like users of this forum to know I didn’t put the link in my above post. It is a link somewhere that connects to those two words. I don’t even know how to do that in a comment.

    February 6th, 2008 at 6:45 am
  15. Michelle said:

    Hi Kelly,
    When you put in an url for your website when you leave a comment it is automatically turned into a link from your name to your website.
    Hope this helps? :0)

    February 6th, 2008 at 12:58 pm
  16. Kelly said:

    I wasn’t aware of that but thanks. It still seems strange that the link (m-y Site) is to Deal-Time and I have never even heard of it. My blog is so lousy I generally don’t even leave the url around :)

    February 6th, 2008 at 4:05 pm
  17. Michelle said:

    Hi Kelly,
    YOur welcome! :0)
    I do not know why another site would link to your comment if you didn’t put it in as your website. Since you stated that ‘Deal-Time’ isn’t your site I wouldn’t worry about it. If you are still concerned you could try contacting the blog owner and ask if they can remove the link from your comment.
    Btw, what is your blog about?

    February 6th, 2008 at 6:59 pm
  18. Kelly said:

    Not really worried. Just wanted people to know I wasn’t trying to spam.

    How’s your Michigan site doing?

    I almost commented but I’m not from Michigan. :)

    February 6th, 2008 at 7:43 pm
  19. Michelle said:

    Hey Kelly,
    It’s a little slow as I have been busy helping my downline with Pay-Per-Play and we have had a death in the family.
    I also have found that others, like you, were seeing the site but since they weren’t from Michigan they didn’t leave any comments.
    So, I have started a new one just like mojoinmichigan but it is for anyone in the world to talk about whatever is on their mind (As long as they keep it clean). So, you can go ahead and jump over there and leave a post or 2 or 3…. :0)lol
    I am still waiting for people to post here answering about how they advertise so that they are still doing so well with their blogs after not working on them for a while.

    February 7th, 2008 at 8:29 pm
  20. Kelly said:

    If you see this post, post again and I can give you a link to my site, or post an e-mail. We might be able to share some ideas.

    This is just a hobby and I am very green. Don’t want to use this blog as my private message board. :)

    February 7th, 2008 at 8:37 pm
  21. Michelle said:

    Hey Kelly,
    I’d love to share ideas with you :0)Go over to my blog http://mojoworldblog.blogspot.com/ and look at the bottom of the last post (really it was my first post on it but it is at the bootom of the page) there you will find my email and I wouldn’t get upset if you left a post while you were there scrolling around-honest :0))
    I am adding topics and plan to add a ‘talk about advertising’ section where we can all comment on which advertising works for us. Let’s all help each other so we can all prosper and be happy! :0)

    February 8th, 2008 at 6:25 pm


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