Some good info here.
Hi Erik, interesting that your international following doesn't make you money, mine doesn't either. However there is one in my niche that does and she suggested we use her model, and yes we're going to give it a go.
Sites that have a universal topic, like Social Media Examiner, make money, I just don't think we are being creative enough in order to convert the blog into cash.
My recent post Social Media Marketing: Why Targeting Your Market Is Crucial