Holy cow, I wrote a book!
Wall Street Journal reported on
America's Newest Profession: Bloggers for Hire
and included this handy little chart:
I found this number hard to believe, so I followed the
Source link to the information
from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
I found that, yup,
in a May 2007 survey, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated
that there were indeed 555,770 lawyers,
394,710 computer programmers,
299,160 chief executives,
and 289,710 fire fighters in the United States.
If you can't find the statistics you want, then just make them up
(but claim somebody else provided them).
(The comments on the article suggest that the number 452,000
was derived from a Technorati report that there were 20 million blogs,
of which only 4.7 million have been active in the past four months.
The number 20 million was then combined
with a Technorati survey of active bloggers in which
2% of them self-reported blogging as their primary source of income.)
Pre-emptive snarky comment:
"Microsoft's current advertising campaign uses made-up numbers."
The claim that "It takes about
100,000 unique visitors
a month to generate an income of $75,000 a year" is a total
misrepresentation of the Technorati report.
Technorati said that the average annual income among people with
100,000 or more unique monthly visitors is $75,000.
That's like seeing that the average salary for a professional
baseball player is
and concluding that once you reach the big leagues, you'll
be pulling down $3.1 million, when in fact—as the new guy—you'll
most likely be making the baseball minimum wage of $390,000.