Neopets, Minimum Wage Blogging, and Making Money Online

As you start reading this, you might wonder where I am going with it, just go with it – I am in a rambling mood.

I was doing my usual RSS feed-me session when I was introduced to Google Local Business Referrals by John Chow. Now, I enjoy looking into anything and everything Google so I started some due diligence on the LBR opportunity Google is trying to convince everyone to take. Through an infamous Google search I found a post over at Small Business SEM discussing the weaker points on said Google opportunity entitled “Why Google’s Local Business Referrals Will Fail” . The post and the commentors provide great quality information that I did what anyone addicted to quality information would do, I subscribed to their RSS feed (grab my Full RSS Feed if you feel I am providing you quality info).

I started looking over their RSS feed and found some Friday Night Link-o-rama about Chloe Spencer


the 16-year-old daughter of Stephan Spencer. Chloe passed on babysitting and paper routes and instead started a blog about Neopets, and is now pulling in $700-plus per month(which equates to doing 26-30 hours a week at a minimum wage job in revenue.

$700-plus per month equates to doing 26-30 hours a week at a minimum wage job, as I discussed in a previous post, getting your blog to minimum wage earning potential is a fantastic goal. This highschooler has learned that you make the web work for you, not you working for the web.

This is what I look for, information about people blogging about what they love and making money. Here is a 16 year old girl who has taken her passion and is making 20-30 dollars a day. You should head over to Stephan Spencer’s Scatterings and check out the full article on his daughter’s success. Her site is The Ultimate Neopets Cheats Site and it is nice site, with adsense and some affiliate links to neopets being the obvious dollar earners. For those of you who have not hear about Neopets, I cannot clue you in more than a solid google search can – but I have heard it is a very in thing with the young teens.

What I want blogging newbies and those who have tried to start blogging but just do not know what to blog about to take from this, is that it is not about finding the best niche. It is about taking what you love and providing others who are interested in it great information. I am curious what her RSS feed readership is, but just by demographic of the audience, I would venture to guess that most do not take advantage of the RSS feed. Another thing that stood out was the frequency of post, which appear to be 2-3 a month. Here archive goes back to February of 2006, and I would venture to guess that as long as she post 1-2 times a month with the same quality information her previous post contain, she will continue to make that $700 plus. So, all you to-be bloggers waiting on the fence, jump in to the blogosphere – you never know how much fun you will have or how much money you will make, until you hit the Publish button a few times.

I just want to give big props Chloe. It is awesome to see success like this.

Ok, you made it through the post. I just wanted to share the whole experience of finding this success story with everyone.

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11 Responses to Neopets, Minimum Wage Blogging, and Making Money Online
  1. Matt McGee
    August 10, 2007 | 1:06 am

    Hey Tyson – neat story, and thanks for the kind words about my blog. Glad you found it and I hope you’ll join the discussion when the spirit moves you. I’ll take a look around your blog, too.

  2. Tyson
    August 10, 2007 | 9:47 am

    Matt –

    I really liked your blog, especially the target audience. I have many friends that are small business owners and I will be pointing them over your way. Hope you enjoy your stroll around my site.

    Tyson

  3. Nick
    August 11, 2007 | 2:09 pm

    That was a pretty cool story and I’m sure she appreciates the link love. I don’t know how well the traffic will convert though as most of your readers probably don’t care about neopets. Thanks for the entertaining read.

  4. Tyson
    August 11, 2007 | 4:28 pm

    I think it is an interesting application of adsense and longevity. With only 8 post over the past few months, here dollar per hour from the blog has to be pretty high.

  5. Alaingonza
    August 12, 2007 | 5:39 am

    it seems to me very interesting

  6. Michael Fultz
    August 16, 2007 | 9:03 pm

    I like to see success stories of any kind- especially when blogging can be discouraging at times..

  7. Michael
    January 17, 2011 | 5:13 am

    This has always been a point close to my heart – setting an initial reasonable goal of getting a passive income that can replace a minimum wage full-time income, and that would provide your essentials at a scratch for food and a roof over your / your family’s heads (not necessarily the best roof but a roof nonetheless). Then you have fulltime sparetime to concentrate on earning more income on top of that, the way you would like to.

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