Okay, so it wasn’t quite $1,000 I rounded it off. But close! $997.87 to be exact. I posted a post recently about the Blog Posts That Will Always Make Money The number one question I’m asked by people is how I make money through blogging. I always want to say I write my a** off! And this is true. Some folks say you can post too much. I don’t believe this. Let me digress, if you post a lot of mundane content that your readers don’t give a crap about…then true. Post worthy relevant content that your audience wants and can’t get enough of, the dollars will roll in. This post outlines exactly what I did to earn my first $1,000 blogging, how I did it and how long it took.
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How I Made $1,000 Blogging in 6 months
My first $1,000 (round up #) was 70% due to affiliate marketing, the remaining 30% freelance writing. Boom! I started my blog in Feb. of 2018. and by mid July I earned $997.87. It took me about 6 months to make this money.
When I first started blogging I immediately signed on for Google AdSense but I wasn’t pleased by how spammy the ads looks. Some of them were not too bad but some were downright cheesy looking.
I didn’t feel the couple of cents I was making for them was worth compromising the look of my blog.
So I switched over to choosing only affiliate products and programs that I liked and chose myself. Here are some of the ones that helped me earn the money:
- ShareASale: Is a popular affiliate network. It includes popular merchants such as Tailwind, Gymboree, Stella and Dot and thousands of others.
- Skimlinks – Another very popular affiliate network. Over 48,000 Global merchants like Ulta, Target, Expedia, Priceline, Sam’s Club and more!
- Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing: I know practically every blogging site pushes this course but it is a very practical and simple way to learn affiliate marketing. However if you’re looking for a FREE affiliate marketing course I’d recommend this one from the SheApproach.
- Bluehost: This is the host I am using for my blog and I’ve had no issues with it since I’ve begun. I wrote a post about how to start a blog in 5 simple steps that can help you get started.
- Clickbank – Another highly popular Global affiliate network filled with merchants in every niche. Affiliate marketers have made thousands of dollars with Clickbank. I wrote a post containing a tutorial on Clickbank and how to get started.
- How To Make Money As An Amazon Affiliate – This eBook helped me to learn all the little secrets about how to get started making money from Amazon. I always wondered how people seemed to be making money so easily from Amazon and now I know! I also promoted it on Pinterest and on my blog. It’s a great resource by Laura Iancu, and I recommend it highly.
The Exact Steps I Took To Earn My First $1,000 Blogging
- I picked a blog niche and chose a name (took forever)
- I registered for a self hosting blog
- I read Jon Morrow’s Smart Blogger, Blog Tyrant and Make Money Blogging At Any Level
- I went from 200 to 80K viewers on Pinterest with the help of this amazing strategy book
- I read the Copybloggers tips on how to write magnetic headlines
- I started an email list and developed Freebies for my list.
- I made my first affiliate sale by recommending Victoria Pruett’s Make Money Blogging At Any Level – Even If You Have Low Page Views. Extremely helpful even if you have low traffic! A common problem.
- I took the FREE Wealthy Affiliate course and Michelle’s Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing Course.
- I sent out broadcast emails whenever I thought of a great solution that would help my readers
- I wrote consistent blog posts every week. Approximately 3-4.
- I created 3 new pins with Canva for each of my blog posts and kept scheduling them to Pinterest using Tailwind.
- I stopped looking at Google Analytics every single day! But I did take note of which posts were the most popular to know what my audience likes to read.
- I revised and pushed out these posts more and embedded more affiliate marketing links in the posts so that the article could be monetized as much as possible.
- I wrote more content related to my most popular posts.
- I obtained Freelance writing jobs due to my blog – people were contacting me!
- I tried to be patient, stay positive, did not compare, and did not let self doubt get to me!
Income Made Through Affiliate Marketing
Google AdSense: $19.00
Freelance Writing: $300.00
What I Learned About Blog Money
1. Getting rich from ad income takes a ton of traffic
Unless you get a hundred thousand page views per month, like Buzzfeed or another Viral type blog you can’t make big bucks from Ads. I’m not saying it’s impossible though. The guy who started Viral Nova did it and then sold it for a huge profit. It just takes a huge amount of content generated on a daily.i
In my case I only earned a measly $19 one month from my ads when I was on Google Adsense.
2. Affiliate marketing takes longer but is far more lucrative
I knew right away I wasn’t going to get the traffic from Google Adsense so I switched gears to affiliate marketing. Thank goodness I did.
It takes a little longer to implement the links into your site but if you use something called ThirstyAffiliates plug in – once it’s set up it’s automatic. You just click and your link is embedded in your post wherever you want it.
I promote several companies I really like and believe in, and most importantly believe will help my audience and I get a small commission from them.
The company makes a sale, my reader gets a great product for no extra cost from clicking my link. It’s a win/win situation.
Now, I don’t worry about traffic as much, I focus more on attracting more readers in my target audience and solving problems they have. If I can recommend products or services that will help them along the way and help me as well, now that’s a good thing!
3. It’s tough to get sponsored posts as a newbie blogger
I have not even tried to get a sponsored post because the companies that handle them like Izea and others require that bloggers have a certain number of followers or traffic. Which sucks because it takes time and that is where the big moola is!