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How to make money blogging for beginners: Income Report [Sept-Dec 2018]

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I cannot believe I am writing my first blogger’s income report.. come one! I am FREAKING EXCITED. After all, I always wondered how to make money blogging for beginners,  how much money can you make blogging and can you make money blogging!

In the past few months, I have read everything possible that fits “how to make money blogging for beginners“, tried and tested a hundred strategies before I could make money blogging. I had no idea how demanding it is to make money blogging and just how rewarding it is to reach the small milestones.

Of course, the income is not TOO MUCH but it is there and it is growing. So, I am happy and stunned! So, if you are wondering how to make money blogging for beginners, this CAN DEFINITELY HELP.

I am writing one of these bloggers income reports for three specific purposes

  • Firstly, I want to document our journey, keep track of my goals and see how far I achieved them
  • Secondly, I want to share my progress to show my readers it is possible to make money blogging and work from home
  • Thirdly, I want these blog reports to be a series on how to make money blogging for beginners.  For my first income and expense report ever, I want to focus on what worked for me and what did not (which can answer a lot of your questions on how to make money blogging for beginners) instead of just` telling you how much I made.

I thought it was important to share this report because it shows you DON’T need a million page views and a thousand blog posts to start to make money blogging for beginners. While it is definitely not a get rich quick scheme and requires work, the possibility of spending quality time with family and buying a plane ticket to anywhere without having to worry about taking permissions keeps me going.

There are many bloggers who earn $5000+ (even $50k+) a month. So the question about how much money can you make blogging depends on your learning curve and ability to be consistent.

So, if you have been thinking to start a blog for a while, figure out what can keep you “going“.  Trust me, it is important in the times when you see no progress AT ALL! (and, yes, you will see a lot of those!).

This post may contain affiliate links to products I trust. This means if you make a purchase using the links I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Thank you for the support!

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If you are thinking about starting a blog and make money blogging, this tutorial will help you start a blog today. I have written a series on how to start a money making blog that will help you

  • Decide the name of your blog 
  • Understand different parts of the website and your choices
  • Compare price options when getting your blog (you have to spend money to get a legit blog, and I paid $70 for a year!)
  • Step by Step on how to set up your blog in under 15 minutes
  • Get a FREE domain name (that usually costs $15 a year)

Instead of thinking how much money can you make blogging or will you make money blogging, start your own blog and give yourself a time frame to work it out (at least a year!). 


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Full disclosure time! 

This used to be a travel blog. Back in 2016, I decided to give blogging a try and I quit. Pretty fast!

Why?

Because I was OVERWHELMED. I tried to do a lot of things AT ONCE and read too much on how to make money blogging for beginners. I wanted to focus on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest along with growing an email list, writing blog posts 2-3 times a week and the list goes on.

Also, the travel niche is difficult to work with. If you ask how much money can you make blogging in this niche, I would say A LOT but the competition is HIGH so it will take A LOT MORE TIME. So, decide your niche carefully!

I was tired, annoyed and I gave up. This year, I decided to revamp my blog, focus on 2-3 things at once and give blogging another try. Frankly, I gave myself 6 months. Meaning, if I did not see any monetary results in these 6 months I had decided to completely give up my dream of having a money making blog.

In July, I revamped my blog and focused it on work from home options. No side hustle ideas or get rich quick schemes, real freelance jobs that have the potential to earn more than $30000 in a year.

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Blog Page Views

September  – 4,749

October – 11,720

November – 12,938

December – 13,183

Total blog posts – 30

Things I did to boost traffic and make money blogging

I finished revamping the website by mid of the month, so July and August were slow in terms of traffic (averaging 2000 page views a month).

I know that learning from others is a good way to save time and this is the reason why we all suggest investing in good resources. If you ask anyone on how to make money blogging for beginners, they will point towards a ton of expensive ebooks and courses. But, I did not want to go into blogging by spending a ton of money (also, I did not have that kind of money to spend on expensive courses). So, I capped it at $200 for 2018. 

  • [JULY] Bought Pinteresting Strategies – Pinterest confused me 2 years back, and it did this time as well. I knew I had to learn it and the cheapest resource (with tonnes of good review) I found online was this. It is a course by Carly Cbell where she teaches how to manually pin on Pinterest. Using these strategies she quickly scaled to 300k page views to her blog! But, that was NOT the reason why I bought it. For me, it was affordable and it was the ONLY resource which did not ask you to invest in ANOTHER TOOL (Tailwind).

RESULT: I started implementing her strategies in August and doubled my traffic in August and September. I had 1k followers on Pinterest and average around 100k Pinterest pageviews. I knew her strategies were working so I stuck to it.

  • [AUGUST] By the end of August, I decided to invest in another course. Again, I did not have the resources to go for one of the expensive blogging courses at $1k. So, I searched for a few and landed a gold mine with Ready Set Blog for Traffic by Elna Cain. It was on a sale and I grabbed it at a reduced price. I was happy! This is one of the BEST resources on how to make money blogging for beginners. She shares a lot of information on how to drive traffic, SEO optimization tactics, how to write for your audience etc.

RESULT: At the beginning of October, I noticed that my blog posts were ranking on Google. When I say ranking, I mean the FIRST TWO PAGES. I was dancing with joy, literally, for the entire day! I also implemented her Pinterest strategies and saw an increase in overall Pinterest pageviews.

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  • [AUGUST] In August, I decided to invest in a page builder to ensure that the blog is mobile friendly. I also knew the blog design needed work and hiring a designer was out of the picture. I looked at Divi, Beaver, and Elementor and went with the pro version of the latter. The BEST part about Elementor is that it DOES NOT mess with your formatting and designing if you decide to stop using it (unlike DIVI which messes it up). If you do not want to use a builder, you can check out Studiopress themes or Elegant Themes. They have a great variety!

RESULT: I believe the boost in page views and ranking on Google has something to do with the change in the design and user-friendliness of my blog.

  • [SEPTEMBER] Considering I was getting a bit overwhelmed with manual pinning (requires 1 hour each day and at the same time), I decided to upgrade to Tailwind. I bought the monthly plan which is at $15 a month. Remember, I had a $200 cap! Once I upgraded to Tailwind, I scheduled 13-15 pins each day when my visitors are most active. This gave me a positive ROI and I increased my blog traffic to 400 each day (October – 11,720 and November – 12,938 page views)

 

  • [SEPTEMBER] I signed up for Google Adsense. It is an advertising network that pays you according to page views.

 

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  • [NOVEMBER] My husband gifted me an affiliate marketing course I have been eyeing for a while. I have implemented a few strategies mentioned there and have seen an increase in the number of sign-ups and click-throughs. I am excited and hoping 2019 will bring me a good affiliate income.

In these months, I was constantly on the lookout of good affiliate programs and signed up for them.

OTHER THINGS THAT HELPED ME

  • I launched a FREE 7-day email course on freelance writing – I have been working as a freelance writer for the past two years and this blog gave me an outlet to tell others how they can earn a living too. I used this course as a lead magnet to grow my email list and I am happy with its progress. As of today, I have 300 subscribers.
  • I started a Facebook Group – I wanted to be approachable to my readers so they can talk to me and ask me questions. So, I started this FB group where we talk about different work at home options and how to go about it. It has 892 members today.

 

  • I worked on my first digital product – an ebook on how to find and pitch clients your freelance writing services. In 2 years of freelancing, I have learned many ways to land clients and I have also seen my readers struggle with finding clients (they discuss this on the group, so if you aren’t a part of it, join here. In this ebook, I share the exact strategies that helped me land high paying clients along with sharing my cold emailing templates that work. You can know more about here.

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DID I ACHIEVE MY GOALS FOR 2018?

  • Write 2 blog posts every week Image result for pink tick
  • Send an email to my subscribers AT LEAST twice a month – Image result for pink wrong
  • Reach 25000 sessions by end of 2018 and apply to Mediavine Image result for pink wrong
  • Launch one digital product Image result for pink wrong [close enough, will launch it in Jan or Feb]
  • Reach $500 a month Image result for pink tick
  • Launch an FB group and reach 500 members  Image result for pink tick
  • Have a free course on freelance writing Image result for pink tick
  • Rank a few posts on Google Image result for pink tick
  • Reach 1m pageviews on Pinterest Image result for pink wrong

INCOME REPORT FOR EACH MONTH: Can you really make money blogging? YES!

The primary source of income (for now) is affiliate marketing for different work at home products and resources. 

September:

Affiliate Income: $99

Ads (Adsense): $30

October

Affiliate Income: $275

Ads (Adsense): $35

November $702

Affiliate Income: $702

Ads (Adsense): $35

December

Affiliate Income: $92

Ads (Adsense): $45

Note: I have excluded everything that has not been paid out (including AdSense). 

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BLOGGING EXPENSES

Hosting – $50

Elementor Pro – $49

Tailwind – $117 (changed to yearly plan from Jan) + $60

Courses – $175 (mentioned above)

WHAT ARE THE GOALS FOR 2019?

There you go. Now, stop looking for more and more information on how to make money blogging for beginners.

Do you have any question on how to make money blogging for beginners? Comment below and I will answer them!

Blogging tips and tricks are complicated. In the past 6 months of revamping an old blog, i was able to make $1000 in total. In this post I tell you how to make money blogging for beginners, share my income report, share tips and tricks on what worked for me and what did not.

Actionable tips

Check out “Start a blog with ease” series and get started with your blog. This has all the information related to blogging and how to make money blogging for beginners.

Join my Facebook community and post your questions, wins and get the support

Resources to help you get started working from home –

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Jumpstart your work from home career: Ready to work at home, make a sizable income, and spend MORE time with your family, but have no idea how to get started?? This is exactly what you need! It helps you with how to start freelance writing the right way!

Also, do NOT forget to check this out if you are overwhelmed with the information and starting to work from home. It is a resource that can get you from being overwhelmed to overbooked with clients! No exaggeration.

Skillshare – Skillshare is my go-to place to learn a new skill without having to splurge hundreds of dollar. It is an online learning community where you can explore thousands of classes in design, photography, business, and more. You can get started with a free trial using my link and get access to hundreds of courses. 

FlexJobs If you are a freelancer, you should sign up with Flexjobs. It will help you go through great flexible job listings from legitimate employers quickly, easily, and safely. Every single job on FlexJobs is hand-screened for legitimacy, with no ads or scams mixed in, and every single job offers work flexibility such as telecommuting, freelance, part-time or other flexible options.

Pinteresting Strategies If you are interested in making money online (either with blogging, e-commerce store, digital products or anything else like coaching or writing services), let me tell you one thing – You need Pinterest. In any course you may buy for business, they recommend investing in Tailwind app (the only permitted scheduler for Pinterest)

Many of you, on a tight budget, would not be able to (or want to) pay for it. But, Carly Campbell has figured out a way to go from 1 to 300k by manually pinning on Pinterest. She is a Pinterest strategy goddess, grab her book Pinteresting Strategies. Using her tactics, I quickly scaled from 0 to 150k views. You can also signup with my link and get a month of Tailwind plus free (if you want to try it out before investing ANY money into it).

7 Comments

  1. Thank you for this helpful info! I appreciate it is detailed and straight forward. Much Appreciated. I am hoping to follow my dreams as well with my blog. It truly is an uphill climb, so I need all the help I can get. Thank you,

  2. This was really helpful! I am a fairly new blogger and my blog is just starting to take off (in regards to page views- thanks Pinterest!). I love reading income reports and seeing what others are doing to generate their success in making money with their blog. I will have to look into the courses you mentioned above!

  3. Hi Chhavi! How exciting!

    I always love reading income reports because they’re so inspiring, especially for people who are just starting out and don’t really know just how powerful blogging can be. In just a few short months you’ve grown so much and no doubt you’ll continue to do even better this year.

    It’s also great that you showcased exactly what worked and didn’t work for you, this really helps piece together how things really came about.

    Looking forward to more and seeing how things continue to grow this year! Here’s wishing you a prosperous and exciting 2019!

    1. Hi James, thank you so much.

      I am glad this post helped you piece things together. When I started blogging, I read articles on how to make money blogging for beginners every single day hoping to find information that can help. A lot of income reports of bloggers these days do not give enough information to understand what works and what doesn’t. I kept those troubles I face in mind while writing this!

      Happy new year! 🙂

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