Yes, you read that right, in my first 45 days of blogging! It is possible to make money blogging right off the git-go and I will outline how I did it. Now, I will say this right now, I am no master at blogging and have A LOT to learn. I am in the process of prettying up my blog and creating a better schedule that fits my busy family.
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Why did I start my Blog?
Why did I start my blog? I want financial freedom, first and foremost. My blog is an avenue to help others on their journey to financial freedom, while creating my own financial freedom. There are a lot of financial blogs out there with millennials in mind. I am not a millennial, but considered part of Generation X. I have 20 years on many of the popular financial bloggers out there. I am looking at having an empty nest in the next 5-6 years. My husband and I are on a mission to create passive income; we are chasing FIRE – Financially Independent/Retire Early. We have plans, big plans. I have a lot of financial wisdom to share, including successes and I have certainly had my share of failures. My hope is that even if one person learns from me, I will consider this blog successful.
So let’s take a look at the numbers:
- Ads – $172.20
- Affiliates – $23.80
Total Income for April/May: $196.00
Net Income: $196.00
I am not including my start up fees of $118.15 for Siteground hosting.
I use a variety of income sources in order to eventually expand my income and to make sure that if something happens to one, there are other income streams in place.
Currently I am only using Google Adsense, but I will be expanding that in the next month to add another ad network to see which one works better for my blog. Adsense is run by Google and is terrific for a beginning blogger. It is easy to set up and and you do not need a minimum amount of monthly visitors.
Being an affiliate means that when a person is referred through your own unique link and they click through and make a purchase, you will receive a percentage of that sale. There is no extra cost to the purchaser. There are amazing opportunities out there to add to your income through affiliates.
Amazon Associates is by my biggest earner for affiliate income right now. If you are struggling with increasing your income through Amazon, I highly recommend How to Make Money with Amazon Affiliates by Carolina King. Carolina made over $1,000 per month when her blog was traffic was under 10,000 views per month.
I am also a part of the affiliate network for multiple e-books and e-courses, as well as Share-a-sale. Join shareasale.com, there are many merchants available through the Share-a-sale network.
Siteground is the hosting company that I use. I highly recommend them for beginning bloggers. Keep reading below to see why you should be self-hosted and why Siteground is the best option.
This is all with less than 10,000 visits during that 45 day period. I am still learning how to increase my traffic.
How to start a Blog
What are you waiting for? I waited for years and years to start this blog and I now kick myself that I did not start 10 years ago. Don’t wait for the perfect name (you can change it down the road) or the perfect time or the perfect niche. Just do it!
I have a self-hosted blog using Siteground and WordPress.org.
Why do you need to be self-hosted? You own your website and your blog. Your site can never be shut down, unlike other blog platforms. You are able to monetize your blog. You can place income producing banners and ads on your blog and the biggest reason, you can customize your blog if you are self-hosted.
Why Siteground? Siteground has amazingly fast customer service, their downtime is next to none, super fast speed and great pricing.
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I could give you step by step instructions on how to set everything up, but no one does it better than Suzi Whitford in her Blog by Number book and e-course. I cannot say enough about this book, it has taught me so much about blogging. Don’t just grab the book though, be sure to get the course as well. Suzi has a ton of step by step video tutorials that I found to be perfect for a newbie blogger like myself. I would have been lost without it in the beginning, it is absolutely essential for a beginning blogger! Suzi shares a ton of knowledge and a step by step guide that is perfect for anyone to understand and follow along to. She always includes amazing bonuses, Suzi is the best when it comes to teaching a newbie blogger and she is so down to earth! See my review of the Blog By Number course and e-book here. There are a lot of bonuses as well, including a list of over 400 Pinterest group boards to join (that are still accepting contributors).
Increasing blog traffic is tricky in the beginning. Pinteresting Strategies by Carly Campbell is the first e-book I purchased to understand Pinterest and how to use Pinterest to drive traffic. Pinterest is my main source of traffic to date. There is a science to Pinterest and if you follow Carly’s strategies, you will see your traffic grow, and therefore your income will grow as well. You can read my review of Pinteresting Strategies here.
I do pin manually on Pinterest, but I also use Tailwind to automate my pins to most of the group boards that I belong to. It saves so much time and pins to group boards at optimal times.
Another essential guide to increase your traffic is the Traffic Transformation Guide by Lena Gott. In this guide, Lena goes into detail about the 21 strategies she used to increase her monthly page views from 17k to more than 400k in just 10 months. I still have not gotten all of the way through this guide, it is packed full of essential information.
There is a lot of information out there about how to increase your affiliate sales. The most concise e-book that I have read is How to Make your First Affiliate sale by Elise McDowell. Elise teaches you all of the pertinent information that not only goes into making your first affiliate sale, but how to create share-worthy pins for Pinterest and how to use Pinterest to make your sales.
Goals for July:
Increase traffic to 15,000 visitors.
Increase blog income to $300
10 blog posts (if there is anything that you would like to read about, please let me know!)
Add 300 words to my first 10 blog posts
Add more share-worthy pictures
I am so excited to continue sharing my journey with all of you! I will be expanding the blog a little during the summer months to cover a few more topics, including some mid-life posts. There are just not enough of us out there blogging and we have so much wisdom to share with the younger generation.