I’d like to take the time to thank a few people for the opportunity to purchase this new 2008 Honda Civic Hybrid with the income I generate with blogging. I will start off with a big thanks to Rob Gale of A Welsh View, who introduced me to the world of monetizing my blog with Google AdSense. Next, I would like to thank Mike Wilson, VP Business Development of PriceGrabber.com, who took a chance by allowing a small blogger, me, the opportunity to join their affiliate program even though I did not meet the number of hits they required, (1MM+ per month). And of course I would like to thank my beautiful wife, Lisa, who allows me to spend a significant amount of time to blog.
This would not be possible without all of the readers that have stopped by one of my blogs during the past three years or so – without you guys, buying this car would NOT have happened.
Now, to the "How Much Money Are you Making By Blogging" question that I’m sure most of you are thinking. I will not get into specifics, but I will say that my car payment (60 month loan) is covered by the amount of income I generate from all of my blogs. And the good news is that each year that income continues to go up.
List of a few of my blogs and how I make money from them: (listed in order of income)
1. http://MustHaveGizmos.pgpartner.com - this is my comparison shopping website with PriceGrabber co-partner program. Best online prices you will find! Check this site out before your next purchase. It also serves as a great product resource. This is my primary income from blogging. I use product price comparison technology.
2. http://MustHaveGizmos.com – I use product price comparison banners, Google AdSense, BlogAds and I sell independent ad space/sponsorship.
3. http://OuthouseRag.com Humor site that I use Google AdSense and a little ad placement/sponsorship, and a very little price comparison banners.
Now much do I spend each month? Not much! I have a TypePad Pro account ($149 a year) and 4 domains ($19.95 every 2 years, each). In total, I spend under $200 a year. I do not advertise my blogs, so my traffic comes from search engines, links from other blogs/websites, and by word of mouth. Thanks!
Why did I choose a Honda Civic Hybrid? I worked the numbers. I know that the cost of the hybrid car will not be entirely made up by the additional gas economy any time soon. I bought the car, not just to save money, but to do my part in helping save our earth, and lower my consumption of resources. Let me explain. The cost difference between the non-hybrid Civic and the Civic Hybrid, with equal options, is around $3,090. If gas is $4.00 a gallon, the hybrid at 45+ mpg fuel economy, will save me at least 9 cents a mile. That's 9 cents less than what I was getting with my old car (23 mpg.) A non-hybrid Civic, at 35 mpg, would have still saved me, at 7 cents a mile. Therefore, I will need to drive 154,500 miles to make up the difference in the price in choosing a hybrid! Even though it could be a long time before I make up that difference, I feel real good knowing that I’m doing my part to help save a little of the earth’s resources!
Here’s few pictures: You can see more on my Flickr page
My first day driving the car I averaged 45.3 mpg which included 35 highway miles and 17 city miles. Not a bad average ;o)