Today I want to share with you some things about my crazy journey blogging so far. Many bloggers, somewhere on their journey, decide to try to monetize their blog they worked so hard on. I want to tell you how I made $80 my seventh month blogging.
I’ve learned so much since I started this blogging journey. I have more tips you can read about in 6 Lessons from 6 Months of Blogging.
I have a confession to make. When I decided to try my hand at blogging, I learned by watching and reading tutorials on a site designed to blog for money. I learned later on that one of the big no-nos of blogging was to not blog to make money.
Well, I initially started a blog to make money, but as you can see from this post, that did not happen until awhile later. Yes, I confess to starting a blog to make money. And yes, I’m telling you to NOT start a blog to make money.
This makes me a hypocrite, but thats okay. I’m sure you are wondering why I’m still blogging, since those that blog to make money can burn out and quit since they aren’t reaching their goals as they like to. So, why do I blog?
I love it! I love the challenge of finding time to blog, think of what to blog, and everything else that goes into making a blog work. I love helping people and love reading comments I get that tell me I’m helping others solve problems.
Am I great at making money from my blog? Of course not! Its taken me so long and I’m making a tiny fraction of what other bloggers make. Blogging has also opened some unexpected doors of opportunity for me, which I will explain further below.
How Do I Make Money Blogging?
There are so many ways to make money blogging that at times it can be overwhelming choosing which ones to try. I know it has been for me. I usually take a short breather when this happens, then pick up where I left off.
Today, I want to tell you what has worked for me, when it comes to making money with my blog, as well as techniques you can use to help you make money in the future.
I heard about Google Adsense at the beginning of my blogging journey, but didn’t sign up for it until last month. I was just starting my blog and wanted a more established website before tackling this. Once I requested Google Adsense I was approved shortly after.
Google Adsense is a great way to earn passive income, especially if you have a bunch of traffic on your blog, which I’ll talk about further down. Once approved, Adsense gives you an html code you can add to your blog, which places ads that people can click on. You get paid per click, which is where having traffic gets important.
Another way I have been able to make money blogging is by offering freelancing services to others. I already had years of success doing this as a tutor, so this is not an exactly new venture for me.
Check out my work with me page to see what I can do for you. You can also send me an email about your specific needs and I can get back to you to work out some sort of collaboration!
Blogging for Others
I’ve taught writing for 14 years. I have also been writing posts for about eight months at this point, so I think both of these facts makes me pretty qualified to write for others. You can read more about what else I do besides blogging here.
About two months ago I started posting ads on Craigslist, offering my blogging services to others. After some hits and misses, I landed my first freelance blogging gig!
Don’t sell yourself out on blogging for others at a rock-bottom price, just to get some work. Find a price that is your worth. There are many articles on this topic, and I’m planning on writing my own about how to offer your blogging services to others and what prices to ask for.
A few months into blogging and joining blogging groups, I discovered a wonderful site called Canva, where you can make graphics for social media for free. I also created some of my own logos on Canva.
At the same time I offered my blogging services to others, I also started offering logo and image services. Not only have I taught writing for years, but I have been an artist for over twice as long. Creating images and logos is second nature to me.
If you choose to make images and logos for clients, again, don’t underprice yourself. Some bloggers charge per image while others offer package deals. I do both, which I will explain in a future post.
To earn money passively on your blog, you must have traffic. There are several ways to gain traffic. Gaining traffic, like making money blogging, can take time, so be patient when trying to attract readers to your site.
You can gain traffic by advertising new blog posts on your social media platforms, which I will discuss in further detail below. There are also many sites where you can advertise your blog for free.
Having an email list is key to holding onto that traffic of people that visit your site. If something were to happen to social media, you still have followers on your email list you can communicate with, which is so important. These followers can also help you gain traffic by telling their friends and family about your awesome blog!
Offering freebies is another great way to gain traffic so that you can monetize your blog. People love free stuff. I know I do!
One way to attract followers to your site and on your email list is to offer some sort of free gift. I currently provide a free checklist of supplies needed to start a garden, although I’m thinking of adding or replacing it with something bigger.
I not only advertise my freebie here on my blog, but also on all social media platforms. I mention my freebie in the about me part of my social media and made a pin about it as well. I should also start creating images and posting them on my social media platforms about my freebie, just to keep my followers informed about it.
Utilize Social Media
If you write a great blog post but don’t get the word out about it, no one will read it. Social media is a great way to advertise your blog, as well as engage your audience and hopefully gain some followers on your blog.
Right now I’m on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Pinterest and Google Plus. Those are a lot of platforms to keep up with! I advise just to start with a few and focus on one at a time, or you will get overwhelmed and burnt out.
I started off using all five social media platforms, but only focused on a few until I built up a small but noticeable audience. Each platform works a little differently, so make sure you study how people interact with each other before jumping in and joining in on the fun.
I want to write a post about how to use all these great social media platforms, but for a moment I want to briefly talk about Pinterest. I recently started focusing on using Pinterest more, and boy has it been beneficial!
About a month ago I switched to a business account, applied for rich pins, started using Boardbooster and Tailwinds, as well as organically repinning a few times a day. Since making all these changes, my views on Pinterest have shot up to over 260,000 per month! Most of the views on my blog are currently from Pinterest, too.
Need I say more about getting on Pinterest? If you haven’t already, join me on Pinterest by following my boards here!
Forming relationships with other bloggers and commenting on their blogs is also important for follower growth on your own blog. I have formed friendships with other bloggers and learned so much from my peers in this short amount of time, just by reaching out to them.
Make sure to reach out to those in your niche. You can help each other out this way, as well as attract each other’s traffic. You might also make a new friend or two!
Guest posting is also a great way to attract followers to your blog and help you monetize it. If you are able to write a guest post on a blog with a large following, that traffic will visit your site and hopefully join your email list.
What Are You Waiting For?
If you are still reading then congratulations! You read my entire post! I hope you found it informational and not too overwhelming.
I’m still trying to balance time to write blogs, talk to other bloggers and interact with my followers on social media. If you have any suggestions of your own to make this journey easier, please post them below.
I am currently in month eight of blogging and still have a long way to go. Remember, even if you are taking baby steps on this journey, those are still steps forward and a little closer to reaching your goals.