While the data is certainly impressive, I would maintain that the best two ways for any influencer is to concentrate on affiliate income and sales of their own products. The reality is, we give recommendations all the time and that is worth money. At the same time, it doesn’t take as many subscribers to hit certain income levels if you put out quality content, have eyes on your content, and offer a product or service that solves a core problem for your audience. It’s really that simple.
Look at blogs like Smart Passive Income by Pay Flynn or Create and Go.
The article was well written but I think it was focused too much on ads/sponsorships/subscribers than the business this really is and the fact that businesses solve problems.