I get paid to write this

My streak of not monetizing this blog has ended. Interest.com (Owned by BankRate, Inc.) is now the official sponsor of NevBlog. This means I get paid to do what I already do….update this website.

Of course in return they want something: Advertisements. This works out perfectly because I hate managing advertisements, and they love it.

They pay is pretty good, but I could easily make more by handling my own advertisements (Doing the whole Adsense, text link and affiliate stuff)….however, BankRate and Interest.com bring something else to the table: Giving me exposure.

NevBlog is part personal journal, part fun, part SEO tool and mainly a NETWORKING TOOL. Believe it or not I’ve met some of the most influential people in my life through this blog. Sounds stupid, but very true.

It’s rather obvious there are now ads all over the place, including two visible above the fold:

I get paid $????.?? per month for allowing these advertisements to be placed on my site, plus I get the additional exposure. Since I’ve already met some very influential people solely through this site, I figured additional exposure couldn’t hurt. The money brought in through this arrangement will be divided up into different accounts just like any other income I make.

Thanks to Interest.com and BankRate.com for the arrangement!


Current Asset Update (11-01-2006)

General Account – $ 4,631
Spending Account – $ 293
Spending Account 2 – $ 363
Investment Account – $ 2,741
Bill Account – $ 1,039
Permanent Savings – $ 4,770
Charity Account – $ 318
Stock Portfolio Value – $ 11,107
Roth IRA – $ 6,912
Emigrant Direct – $ 5,020
Total Liquid Assets – $ 37,194

Credit Card Balance – $ 0
Business Holding – $ 13,651
Total On Hand – $ 50,845

Blog posted on: November 1, 2006

23 comments on “I get paid to write this

  1. Dan

    Awesome, now you should start updating more! I really enjoy your blog but unfortunately you write very little compared to other PF Bloggers!

  2. Anonymous

    You should have started putting ads on your site a long time ago Neville.

    Think of how much money you could have made by now. Although from your past posts it seems your piece of mind about the site is more valuable than the money, at least to you. That is noble in its own sense, although I still don’t understand it :)

    Anyhow, it’s good you’re making money from the blog now, and they ads aren’t all that intrusive. A far cry from your previous template layout, but not so bad.

    I agree with previous commenters, the blog is extremely enjoyable, but you update very infrequently compared to other pf bloggers. I guess good content takes time :)


  3. Anonymous

    Nev, I’ve always enjoyed the content you put onto this site. Don’t take what I’m about to write as criticism, think of it as useful business advice.

    Alot of sites lose my interest when they don’t know waht to write and begin to “blog about blogging”

    Don’t be that site.


  4. Neville


    Don’t worry, I hate those blogs too. I thought this post was more of a financial post as they pay me, adding to my income.

    I guess it wasn’t that financial sounding because I didn’t reveal exact numbers.

  5. personal finance advice

    Congrats on getting a ad deal that you like. Could you explain a bit how you get additional exposure from using these ads rather than others (do they promote your blog?) or am I misunderstanding something?

  6. Anonymous

    I’m no self-proclaimed financial guru, but your blatant lack of knowledge of finance is evident. Even my little 6 yo knows that once she gives away her toys to charity they are no longer hers. You count your charity account among your net liquid assets. This follows your penny jar fiasco and your confusion about who was the rightfull owner of the car you leased. And many , many more….
    Any goofball should be able to save money when he lives at home and drives his parents van.
    Your accounting of expenses is no doubt in my mind less than accurate.
    Your blog is nothing more than an account of your partying, crashing any big boys’ meet to get free food and to take lousy pictures of the real entrepreneurs. Nice to see that all your so-called contacts have worked out so well you moved in with your parents.

  7. Neville

    I haven’t lived with my parents since high school…

    However I love my parents and don’t see why living at home would be such an insult.

    I find it funny you have a little six year old girl at home, but you spend your time anonymously berating me over the internet…now THAT’S good parenting!

    I’m sure your wife and daughter must be VERY PROUD of your accomplishments!


  8. Harrison

    Congratulation Neville. An income at $****.** is quite impressive. Although I don’t know what is the agreement between you and bankrate but I think this is quite a good deal.

  9. Andy

    Nice work on the sponsorship! How did you line that up? Any advice for fellow PF bloggers looking for a similar arrangement?

  10. Tiredbuthappy

    Hmm, you’re getting paid $????.?? by interest.com, and your income for November shows $1000 paid to you by “other”.

    Have I solved the mystery?

  11. Anonymous

    Just for reference, Nev once wrote:

    “For some odd reason, I am very strongly compelled to leave this site free of advertisements because this is my personal financial journal. It is NOT a money making venture.

    FancyBlog.com was a money making venture, and I couldn’t imagine taking the ads off that particular site. I however will leave NevBlog unscathed.”


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