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How I Earned My First $100 With My Blog

How I earned my first $100 with my blog

I’ve been blogging for five months now, and I’m so excited to share my very first income report. I know, you’ve probably read some crazy income reports from other bloggers announcing “How I’ve made $3,000 with my blog after 2 months with no experience”. I know this sounds amazing, but keep in mind that before you make $3,000, you need to make your first $1. While I don’t have such impressive numbers to share, you might find my more realistic income report helpful to start making money with your blog. First, I will tell you how I earned my first $100 with my blog this month. And then, I’ll explain what I did to get to this point. But before we start, let’s have a look at my traffic for the month of April.

Note: Affiliate links may be used in this post. I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you if you make a purchase through my affiliate link. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Traffic

While you don’t need tons of traffic to make affiliate sales and earn money with your blog, you still need a certain amount of visitors to your blog to be able to grow your business. 

google analytics statistics

Total page views: 3,372

My traffic numbers this month are relatively similar to last month so I’m quite happy about it. I had more than 100 organic searches (Google views) for the second month in a row which is something I’m really proud of considering it’s only my fifth month blogging. On top of that, one of my blog posts went viral on Facebook and brought me over 1,000 views in one day. I’m really hoping to get to 5,000 monthly views soon.

Pinterest – 367 clicks

Ever since I bought Tailwind, a Pinterest scheduler that every blogger wanting to turn their blog into a business should own, my Pinterest clicks average 300-400 per month. With 367 clicks this month, I did better than the last. I even had a pin that went “viral”, and got over 100 clicks on it. I’m very happy with those results, but my goal for next month is to get at least 500 clicks from Pinterest.

Facebook – 1,769 clicks

I publish quite often in Facebook groups, and I actually had a post gone viral this month. This brought a lot of traffic to my blog, and I even had over 1,000 views in one day. I’m not a big fan of Facebook, and I don’t think Facebook is the best way to get relevant traffic to your blog. However, I do think it can help a lot when you first start blogging. I don’t really have any goals with Facebook, as it is not really part of my strategy to grow my blog. 

Twitter – 48

I’m not very active on Twitter anymore, however, I still got 48 clicks from it this month, which is quite alright. Twitter is not a great source of traffic, but it is a fantastic way to connect with your audience and build relationships with other bloggers. I use it to talk to other bloggers, get inspiration and get contacts.

Organic search – 102

My main focus has always been to have my blog posts rank in Google. This month, I managed to get 102 google search views. I’m very proud of this number, as it is the second month in a row I get over 100 organic search views. I think it’s extremely important to focus on SEO and being found in search engines if you want to run a profitable blog in the long term. Next month, I’m hoping to get 150 views from search engines.

READ: How I Grew My Blog Traffic By 1,640% In One Month

So how did I make money this month?

Earnings

earn your first $100 with my blog

If you browse my blog, you’ll quickly notice it is well monetized. From ads to affiliate links and products for sale, I wanted to make sure I have several sources of income on my blog. This month I earned $106.14 and this came from two sources: ads and affiliate sales.

Ads: $6.54

I have added ads to my website on the 14th of this month. Even though they will only bring around 15-20 dollars per months because I don’t have huge traffic, this is an amount of money I can reinvest directly in my blog to keep growing my business. Adding ads to your blog can be a great way to start making money with your blog, to be honest, and many bloggers make their first $1 with ads.

Affiliate sales: 1 – $99.60

I finally made my first affiliate sale this month, and on top of that, it was a big one. I have joined several affiliate programs to monetize my blog with products I love and recommend to my readers. This month, I was lucky to have made my first affiliate sale through one of the courses I recommend in my blog. Affiliate marketing is something I really want to grow, and I actually hope to make more of those in the next few months. 

READ: How To Start A Profitable Blog In 10 Easy Steps

Now that we know that affiliate sales and ads helped me earn my first $100 with my blog, let’s talk about what I did exactly to get to these numbers.

How I earned my first $100 with my blog

I know that you are dying to make their first dollars with your blog. I know, I’ve been there too! This month was my very first month making money with my blog, and with a whopping $106.14 I’m quite happy with the results. So here, is what I did to earn my first $100 with my blog:

I invested in a blogging course

Back in February, I bought Nomadic Matt’s Superstar Blogging Course. This course is full of amazing information about the business of blogging, and you can really tell that it was done by a pro blogger. It’s perfect for beginners as it tells you exactly what to do and how to set up your blog. In fact, If I had bought the course before I started my blog, I would have saved myself tons of time.

Nomadic Matt’s blogging course is basically a very detailed step by step guide on how to build and run a profitable blog. This course covers pretty much every topic of blogging, from setting up the blog to affiliate marketing, SEO and even pitching to brands. To be honest, I do believe this course helped me get my first $100 with my blog.

To be honest, It taught me a lot about blogging and running a business. The course comes with a lot of perks, including a 30-day money back guarantee, a fantastic private Facebook group to ask questions and full and unlimited tech support for your blog. This, in itself, is worth the entire price of the course. This blogging course is definitely the best if you run a travel blog, but it can work for any niche. 

What it helped me with: setting up my blog, writing a viral post, affiliate marketing

Superstar blogging course business of travel blogging

I wrote long posts filled with keywords

Long posts with more than 2,000 words rank higher in Google. I try to write posts with at least 2,500-3,000 words. So far, I have one post on the first page of Google search and several others in the first 5 pages. I use Yoast SEO to improve my posts SEO and maximize my chances of being found in searches.

What it helped me with: getting over 100 organic views

I focused on Pinterest

I was really looking forward to making my first affiliate sale. And since I know Pinterest is the best platform to help you do just that, I decided to focus entirely on Pinterest and invested in a course from Create and Go called Pinterest Avalanche. The course is pretty expensive, but it’s by far the best course I’ve ever gotten. It teaches you how to use Pinterest, get viral pins, and bring tons of traffic to your blog. 

Within 3 weeks I got my first ever viral pin with over 1,000 clicks in a week! I was actually amazed, and I could hardly believe it! The course is $197 and also comes with tons of bonus lessons on Instagram, SEO and even how to become a six-figure blogger. Honestly, if you’re looking for the best course out there to help you get started with Pinterest, this is just the product you need. Click here to get Pinterest Avalanche. 

What it helped me with: making my first affiliate sale, having a pin go viral

Pinterest traffic avalanche

There are many ways to make money blogging and to run a profitable blog. In fact, what you need to run a profitable business is patience. As I said, it took me five months to start making money with my blog. Be patient, invest in the right tools,  learn from others, and you will start seeing results. Have you earned your first $100 with your blog yet? Let me know in the comments below!

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8 Comments

  • Reply
    Alicia
    May 1, 2019 at 4:11 am

    Congratulations on making your first $100! What an amazing milestone to achieve! I really enjoyed reading a realistic blogging income report and this will definitely help newer bloggers to feel less intimidated by the prospect of earning through their blogs! Well Done!

    • Reply
      Crafty Explorer
      May 1, 2019 at 1:38 pm

      Hi Alicia, thank you for your comment! I’m really glad I managed to earn that much this month, and I do hope it’ll help new bloggers. I guess I was really lucky that my first affiliate sale was a big one 🙂

  • Reply
    Tasha
    May 2, 2019 at 12:29 am

    This definitely inspires me!! . It’s nice and refreshing to see realistic numbers. Thanks for all the great tips.

    • Reply
      Crafty Explorer
      May 16, 2019 at 4:05 pm

      Thanks for your comment Tasha! I’m glad you liked the post 🙂

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    Katlyn Brown
    May 2, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Thanks for sharing!! I’ve been looking for ways to get the most out of my blogging exp. I’ll have to try some of these tips!

    • Reply
      Crafty Explorer
      May 16, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Katlyn, I hope these tips will help you succeed in your blogging journey! Thanks for your comment!

  • Reply
    Cedar
    May 15, 2019 at 4:40 pm

    Congrats!! That’s so exciting! I really enjoyed reading this – thank you for sharing your tips and your successes!

    • Reply
      Crafty Explorer
      May 16, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Hi Cedar, thanks for your nice comment! I’m glad you enjoyed reading the post!

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