I recently saw a blogger with more than 42 MILLION followers. I didn’t know there were even 42 million people who know how to read.

I’m not one who reads many books, but I do like reading blogs online.

Most of the content I see is written by “average” people, but every once in a while I come across a “super hero” of the literary world and I can’t help but wonder how they got their huge number of followers.

This person with 42 million followers wasn’t a celebrity, nor a well known person (at least not to me). He was just some guy who blogged and had tons of followers. I was intrigued, because I want 42 million followers.

It would be fun to know 42 million people care about what you have to say, but more so, the monetization aspect of this is mind boggling.

I, like many other bloggers, would love to do nothing more than write as a primary source of income. With 42 million followers, that would be VERY easy to do.

Here’s why:

Ad revenue is based on page views. The more unique page views you have, the more ads will be shown. More ads shown equals more money.

The research I’ve done shows an average of a few cents (US) revenue per 500 page views. This isn’t an absolute as it varies slightly, but for purposes of this article, let’s just use the minimum amount of one cent ($0.01 US) per 500 views (even though it IS higher).

If 42 million people looked at whatever was posted, that would be roughly $840.00 (US) in revenue. Again, we’re using one cent as the low end, so if it was two or three cents higher, or even 5 cents, do the math on that. If only half or a quarter of that number looked at it, it’s still quite a bit of money.

Now multiply those numbers by multiple articles posted in a month. Don’t forget to also throw in revenue if someone actually clicks on the ads shown. Oh, and there are also the multiple page views if anyone comes back to read the article again.

You of course have to have good content to draw people in, but with that many followers you could write crap and still make a ton of money.

My blog is slowly growing, but I can’t even imagine 42 million followers. That’s a lot of page views, but where do these readers come from?

In theory, it’s simple. You just need to find people to read what you write.

I just proved this is possible, because you’re here reading this right now…

I just need to do it 41,999,999 more times.

While it seems crazy, as I researched found MANY more bloggers with 5 million, 10 million, 20 million, and even 30 million followers. It was far more common than I would’ve thought. It CAN be done, but how do we do it?

You just have to work your butt off for it.

What’s fun about blogging is we can all share in the wealth that’s out there. It’s like the old time California gold rush, but finding the gold is only part of the equation. You have to have the right tools, the motivation and the stamina to keep looking when you don’t find it where you thought you would.

The most important thing is to just write.

Don’t worry about the money.

Write because you want to write. Write because you have something to say and write because that’s what blogging is about.

Most importantly as a reader, help a writer out. Don’t just read an article and move on. Hit that “like” button and follow the blogger. If you’re a writer, you know how it feels, so share the love.

Please do your part to help me get to 42 million views.

I’m tired of working for a living.