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.
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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.
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.
So how did I make money this month?
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.
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.
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
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 Elise’s course called Paid by Pinterest. The course is pretty affordable and teaches you how to make affiliate sales using Pinterest. Elise, the creator of the course, made her first affiliate sale in 24 hours using Pinterest, and she’s now a full-time blogger.
Well, I bought the course around mid-April and made my first affiliate sale 2 weeks later. I was actually amazed, and I could hardly believe it! The course is only $39 and also comes with a bonus workshop that teaches you how to increase your traffic, subscribers, and sales. Honestly, if you’re looking for an affordable e-book to help you get started with affiliate marketing on Pinterest, this is just the product you need.
What it helped me with: making my first affiliate sale, having a pin go viral
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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