How I Made $80 My Seventh Month Blogging

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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?

Why 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.

Google Adsense

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.

Freelancing

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.

Making Logos

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.

Traffic

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.

Email List

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!

Freebies

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.

Pinterest

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!

Comment

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 Post

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.

Happy blogging!

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Ann

I am a blogger and gardener. I love sharing my ideas about gardening in small spaces and on a budget. To learn more about me, please visit my site http://gardeninglimited.com.

32 Comments

  1. vanessa

    thanks for the tips, especially about the pinterest thing!

    27 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      You are welcome! Pinterest is great! I’m still learning how to use it best for blogging. Thanks!

      27 . Nov . 2017
  2. Bryan Carey

    Good for you! I find that I make most of my money in my beer blog, greatbeernow.com, from sponsored posts. I really need to take Pinterest more seriously and develop rich pins, like you suggested. I could be making much more money than I do, with a focused effort.

    27 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      That is great that you are able to make money with sponsored posts. I need to look into that for myself. Thanks for your comment!

      27 . Nov . 2017
  3. Sophie

    Those Pinterest figures are so impressive Ann! It’s a platform that I don’t really utilise that’s for sure! I get about 100 views a day from Stumble upon. Do you use it? It’s an awesome way to get more traffic and I’m in a stumble pod which helps.
    I have a business account on Pinterest but I don’t use Tailwinds but maybe I should. What are rich pins btw?
    Thanks!xx

    27 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      Thanks Sophie! It takes some time, but Pinterest is a great way to boost traffic. I use Stumbleupon, but only get a few views from the site. Maybe I’m using it wrong? I should try stumble pods. I stopped using Tailwinds since I used my 100 free scheduled pins. I could keep utilizing it but its time consuming to manually pin. Rich pins basically add content to your pins, which gives them more of a chance to be repinned. You can apply for rich pins through your business account. Some of the pins I made for my blog are rich pins, some are not. I’m not sure why, but I’m still learning!

      27 . Nov . 2017
  4. Kiyoko

    Congrats! I hope I can be at the $80 mark by my seventh month! However, right now I only use Google Adsense and some affiliate marketing such as Amazon. I have a hard enough time keeping up with my own blog (since I only do it part time) that I just don’t have the time to pick up guest posting or freelancing.

    I would also love to improve my Pinterest game. I have a business account, rich pins, and I consistently post to several group boards, but I’m lucky to get more than a handful of views a day from Pinterest.

    27 . Nov . 2017
    • Kiyoko

      Any additional insights would be appreciated!

      27 . Nov . 2017
      • Ann

        Are you on any Facebook groups? Those help bring traffic to my site as well.

        27 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      I tried affiliate marketing with Amazon in the past, but it didn’t work too well. I have a hard time keeping up with my blog too. I try to write a post once a week, but this is my first post in two weeks. I would keep using Pinterest and join more groups boards. Also, manually pin a few times a day. I hope that helps!

      27 . Nov . 2017
  5. Nicole

    Thank you for your tips!

    28 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      Thank you for reading them! I hope they help!

      28 . Nov . 2017
  6. Naomi Destiny

    This is very informational, thanks for all the tips! I like to be your blogger friend☺ Kindly let me know if you would be interested in guest posting for my blog.

    http://www.naomidestiny.com

    28 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      You are welcome! I will definitely check out your blog for guest posting opportunities.

      29 . Nov . 2017
  7. Gillian

    Thank you so much for sharing this. Can’t wait to start with some of these. I do struggle with Google Ad

    28 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      You are welcome! What is your struggle with Google Ad? I wish I had more traffic but hopefully will get more, which will help. Glad you want to start some of these! Try to focus on one at a time when you do. Thanks for commenting!

      29 . Nov . 2017
  8. Joanna

    Great encouragement! Guess I need to get on Pinterest for my blog!

    29 . Nov . 2017
    • Ann

      Glad you found this encouraging! I know this can be tough but keep going! I highly recommend using Pinterest. When its used correctly it can be a great way to drive traffic to your site.

      29 . Nov . 2017
  9. Natalie

    As a newer blogger, I so appreciate all this information and advice. Thanks for sharing!

    01 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      You are welcome! Stay tuned for new blogging advice!

      02 . Dec . 2017
  10. Una

    Which of these activities generated income for you? Did you reach the Google Adsense payout? I’ve had it turned on for a few months on my blog, but don’t expect to reach the minimum payout anytime soon.

    01 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      I have not yet reached the Google Adsense payout. Freelancing has made me the most money so far. I’m currently looking for multiple ways to make more of an income blogging. Hopefully, I will be able to post about this soon!

      02 . Dec . 2017
  11. Sarah

    Really great tips. It’s taken me some time to make money doing what I love also 😉

    02 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      Thank you! Good to know that others have taken time making money from blogs. Patience is a must in the blogging world!

      03 . Dec . 2017
  12. Kate

    This gives me so many ideas. We just launched our first freebie and paid product, so we’re starting to focus more on our email list. However, I’ll definitely be trying to tackle some of these other options down the road now.

    02 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      I’m glad you got ideas from this post. That is awesome that you have a paid product! That is something I have thought of but haven’t worked on yet. How are you doing building your email list? I’m still working on mine.

      03 . Dec . 2017
  13. Sarah Camille

    I would love to know more about making money from Pinterest. I’ll be on the look out for more posts from you like this because I love hearing how other bloggers make things work. 🙂

    04 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      That’s great to hear! I’m still working on refining my Pinterest strategies but will definitely share more experiences in the future. Thank you for commenting!

      04 . Dec . 2017
  14. Dee Jackson

    I am new to he blogging universe so I definitely am grateful for all your tips. I did not start blogging to make money but do hope to eventually be able to do so.
    http://www.mydeedeesdiary.com

    04 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      Thank you for reading! Congrats on starting a blog. It is a fun endeavor! That is good that you are just focused on blogging and not the money part because that can get frustrating at times. Thanks for the comment!

      04 . Dec . 2017
  15. Kurline Altes

    Very informative article. I know most people say that they write because it’s their passion but the reality is, we all want to make money. Thank you for keeping it real and sharing these great tips with the big world. I will be embracing the act of social media. It is indeed one of the best ways to get our blogs out there.
    Again, thanks for such a great read.

    08 . Dec . 2017
    • Ann

      Thank you for your in-depth comment! I definitely want to keep it real here. Its fun to write, but it’s nice when writing brings in some extra money too. Social media is a great way to bring in more readers to your blog. Just focus on one at a time and see those comments start happening!

      09 . Dec . 2017

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