Last updated on January 16th, 2019 at 08:46 pm
Wonder whether you can make money blogging? Yes, you can. And that coming from someone who thought making money blogging, online or from home was a complete scam. Here, I want to talk about how I started making money blogging, my limiting beliefs around that and my stingy-ness.
Here it is guys, my blog is not even a month old and I already made $200 with it.
Aren’t you just sick of reading posts like this?
I know I am. Because I created hundreds of articles and spent what felt like hundreds of hours pinning, before I could make any money blogging.
And those very posts made me feel like a loser.
Now, for me the reason I didn’t make money blogging was more of a mental thing than a real struggle to figure out HOW to do it.
The thing is, I was so used to not making GOOD money for my work and to always work really, really, hard to make money.
I was used to doing my best at work and still not get the recognition or monetary compensation I thought I deserved.
This is just how life works, I thought. Or that’s life for me.
I had dreams though. In my dreams I’d not worry about money, I would travel, be able to afford anything and supporting my whole family would be easy.
Then I found blogging, I read income reports from other bloggers and it sounded too good to be true.
I could work from anywhere, do my best work and make more money than I did with my job?
It sounded awesome.
But also kinda like a SCAM.
I started anyway
A part of me (and everyone around me) didn’t believe I could actually make money, like actual money, blogging.
I started a blog anyway and decided to focus on posting content before I try to ever make money OR grow an audience.
For the first year and a half I didn’t have any structure. And I’m talking NADA. Like it was just:
“Today I feel like doing that, so I do it.”
I didn’t use ANY social media, I published my blog posts and that was it. And I enjoyed it (even though it did feel discouraging when nobody came to see my blog).
Then at some point last year I thought that people might actually appreciate the things I was sharing on my blog.
So I joined Pinterest and other social media and started creating some structure to my blog.
I made some pins, joined group boards and my traffic grew pretty quickly.
However it still took a while for me to start making ANY money.
I didn’t even try.
After all, who do I think I am, how dare I get paid for blogging? #moneyissues (can’t believe I did that, I hate Instagram’s guts.)
Seriously, Who Do I Think I am?
I read all the articles about making money blogging and I was just FROZEN. (Not Elsa, moi!)
I knew I could make money with affiliate links, ads, by selling my own products or by getting sponsored. People were getting creative with that online money making thing.
But I didn’t try.
I didn’t try anything, I collected that information and just liked to keep that moment I make money somewhere in the future.
Somewhere, where I’m ready to enjoy life and just let go of things. Somewhere where I deserve to have that money. Where my work was good enough, where I was good enough.
How I Made My First $200 Blogging?
So flash forward another year.
My traffic was small – about 30.000 unique visitors per month.
But I saw other blogger’s income reports and they said that an ad network called Mediavine accepts publishers after they reach 30.000 monthly unique visitors. I applied, they accepted me and then we turned on the ads.
I didn’t check on this anytime soon and just thought I’d probably make $50 or something. Or less. To my surprise, by the end of the month I had made over $200 and it felt so so unreal. Me making money online?
Life After My First $200 Blogging
After I realized that this is REAL and you can make money blogging, even if it’s just $200, I decided that I could invest in better hosting (I switched to Siteground for their free site transfer, awesome reviews & uptime) and in a scheduling tool to help me grow my traffic more.
This was a big step for me and since then my traffic grew more and I made more money, but have by far not reached my potential. I’m constantly working on growing my blog traffic, creating content and finding new ways to make more money blogging.
I’m telling you guys, if I, with all that procrastination can do it – you can do it too! But you have to put in the work and stay consistent. Even if you just display ads, if you grow your traffic enough – you’ll be making money. People seriously make it seem more impossible than it is.
Now, how does this kinda sad story apply to you?
Well, here are 7 things I would’ve done sooner if I were just starting out, so I can make money blogging faster.
How To Make Money Blogging:
The 7 Steps To Your First $200
Just start. Don’t be afraid to start, know you deserve it and it is possible to make money blogging – even for you! Work on your blog, stay consistent and have no doubt that this will work. I created a step by step guide on how to start a blog that outlines everything you need to focus on in the beginning. You can find that guide here.
Join Pinterest ASAP. It’s the quickest way to grow your blog traffic and audience. No matter what you plan to do, you need both of these things to make money blogging. I don’t care if you’re ready or not – just go. Pinterest needs more high-quality content and you can create it! We need to see it. For now forget about other social media and focus on just one.
Be consistent. Pin and post consistently – your audience and Pinterest will like you more when you’re consistent. Create a schedule for the month and stick to it.
Don’t obsess over followers and statistics. Blogging is a numbers game, but not really. You can make more money with less traffic than me. If you’re in a niche where it’s easy to find good affiliate programs – go ahead and do it! Also don’t focus on the number of your followers. You can have 100.000 Followers and zero engagement/traffic and you can have 200 Followers and have 20.000 Page views in a month – that’s at least what happened to me using Pinterest.
Create the best content. Focus on creating USEFUL & ACTIONABLE content, not just ANY content. It’s not how much, it’s what kind of content. This will help your blog grow the most. Here’s a post that can help with this.
Invest. When it comes to spending money, I, again have issues. I only buy the things I actually need and overthink about everything.
At one point, after 1.5 years blogging, I realized, it’s time to spend some money, if I actually wanted to make money with this blog. I was getting a decent amount of traffic, BUT my problem was that my bounce rate was HUGE and my site would go down every night for 8 minutes. Go figure.
After months (!) I finally decided to switch to Siteground for hosting to keep my site safe, fast and up and running 24/7. Till this day I’m so happy I did – Siteground transferred my site for free, the customer support is awesome and my uptime for the last year is 100% and it’s really cheap.
If you wish to try them out make sure to use this link to get 60% off.
The other thing I bought was Genesis with the Divine Theme for better SEO and site speed. I had heard amazing things about Genesis that I couldn’t wrap my mind around, but it seems to be true: my bounce rate dropped, my site was faster and it started ranking higher in Google within 1 month.
So if you’re using keywords, but don’t come up in Google search results – getting an SEO-optimized WordPress theme like Genesis can definitely help from my experience.
Decide how you want to make money. There are so many options to make money with a blog, that it’s kinda overwhelming. You can:
- apply to Mediavine to display ads as soon as you have 30.000 monthly sessions,
- write helpful posts and include affiliate links, wherever it makes sense
- or if you have made one – offer your own product for sale!
You can also offer freelance services, but to me that would be more of a how to make your first $200 as a freelancer.
Alright guys, I hope this post helps you, if you do have any questions, let me know!