I have just this minute finished reading an interesting post on Lisa Irby’s excellent blog. It was a post that was discussing whether displaying your income to your readers was a good idea or a bad idea. Subscribe To NewsletterSubscribe to my mailing list and gain access to the secrets that helped me earn over …

Should Bloggers Display Their Income On Their Blogs?

I have just this minute finished reading an interesting post on Lisa Irby’s excellent blog. It was a post that was discussing whether displaying your income to your readers was a good idea or a bad idea.

Persionally I’m in favour of it. As anyone who reads my blog regularly knows I do post a monthly blog report. It doesn’t just gloss over it either, it lists pretty much every network that I earn from, even if it is only a couple of Cents.

I publish my income for two main reasons:

1. By displaying my income I am showing you that it is possible to earn money online. And it will hopefully inspire people to try it themselves.

2. There are so many people in the MMO niche that lie about making money that I believe you have to reveal your earnings to gain any sort of credibility.

I know there are a lot of people who disagree with me. Lisa talks about privacy, and not wishing to brag, on her blog post. I can understand both of those views. People who post pics of their houses and cars are definitely bragging.

John Chow, Darren Rowse & Shoemoney have all long since stopped revealing their incomes on their blogs. A cynic like myself might say that they have stopped revealing their incomes because they are not earning anywhere near the amounts they were reporting and don’t wish to let their readers know.

Over the past year I have noticed a decrease in the amount of bloggers who are revealing their income on their blogs. Maybe they are opting for the privacy option, or maybe they are joining the same group as those who I have mentioned above.

What about you? Are you for or against bloggers displaying their income on their blogs? Is it pure narcissism? Or is it something that more bloggers should be encouraged to do?

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Dean Saliba is a freelance writer, music lover, professional blogger, media enthusiast, dirty football player and huge professional wrestling fan who covers a wide range of subjects and niches including, making money online, traffic generating, pro wrestling, blog reviews, football, how-to guides, music, internet marketing and more.

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  1. Disclosing one’s income on blogging may be beneficial at first, but in my analysis one is putting oneself in the expectation of others. The readers may expect a blogger to earn a good amount on a regular basis, the truth however is that income generation may really vary, even among A-list bloggers. 🙂

    • If a reader comes here and sees that my income is up and down (as it normally is) then they will realise that making money online isn’t as easy as they first thought it was. That is a good thing. 🙂

  2. Great Post Dean. I’ll tell you, there a lot more transparency as I see a movement online to disclosure. Check a ‘disclosure policy’ like on Gail Gardners’ blog here:

    http://www.growmap.com/disclosure-policy/

    Also, check out Tyrone Shum’s post ‘I’m sorry I lied’ post here:

    http://www.tyroneshum.com/i-am-sorry-i-lied/

    I don’t think he knows it yet, but he started a movement here.

    I don’t think a blog income report is wrong, as long as it’s truthful. It helps with transparency and makes people trust you. And one day, when you hit the big time, readers will know and can testify where you came from. You’re doing great!

    I’m busy with a reality video series on how and when I make money online with the goal to be a millionaire by 9 Nov 2012. I had it on another blog but I’m busy moving it to my current blog.
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    • I saw the video by Tyrone Shum when it first hit the internet and thought it was a joke. I was expecting him to say something like “I’m sorry I lied about earning 6 figures ….. I actually earn 7 figures”.

      Good luck with your reality series. Unlike the other reality shows, I would actually watch this one. 😛

  3. Quite frankly I don’t think it really makes a difference as long as the information you are providing is quality. I think a couple of years ago it may have been a more effective method to portray transparency. But today so many bloggers do it that it seems like it is more of a tactic copied from others to get people to trust them.

    The value is in the information, not in sharing your personal finances (which I’m sure not everyone is truthful about anyway).

    • The part about not everyone being truthful when showing their finances is very true. Only the other day I left a comment on a blog that was bringing in under 2,000 unique visitors a month but was claiming to earn well over $2,000 a month in Adsense from that site.

  4. Whether they reveal it or not doesn’t faze me at all though I kinda like it as it opens my eyes to possible avenues of generating cash that I’m yet to discover 😉

    It does help credibility but doesn’t weigh much as we all know that some folks fake it big time 😉
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    • Oh I know. I know of a number of bloggers who do fake how much they earn from Adsense and the traffic they are reporting is not going to earn them 1/10 of what they are claiming.

      I’m not one of them. Only someone stupid would put down they were earning $0. 32 with Adbrite if they wasn’t. 😀