10,000 downloads = $250-400 (if you get the sponsorship). That's not easy. Plus, who can live off of $400 a month?!
However, downloads alone don't have to be the only way to generate revenue from your podcast.
After 4 years of running Feisworld Podcast, I've noticed Three Unusual Ways to make a sustainable profit.
Today I run a 6-figure marketing business while working half-time.