My mission with this blog has always been to do what I love and to ultimately develop an income stream and work from home.
My main role is an intense one, so it has meant devoting all the spare time I can to this blog.
I have also had to be realistic – when I have seen other bloggers making money quicker than me, or able to spend more time figuring things out. This part hasn't been easy. But here I am - I have achieved income this month, and my figures for May are already more than I could ever imagine!
The other thing I had to do, to prevent me from wasting my precious time further, was to make investments in courses. Blog courses by people who knew what they were doing and had proven that they were making $1000s every month themselves.
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How to Make Money Blogging - What I Did
Set up your blog with my guide to Bluehost and WordPress
Write 5 blog posts relevant to your niche
Buy Ell's Pinterest course to help you get page views quick.
Publish blog posts at least weekly.
Buy an SEO course, when you are confident with Pinterest.
Stupid Simple SEO is the best online SEO course for bloggers.
(in my humble opinion)
Buy an affiliate marketing course.
Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing is the best online course.
(again - my opinion)
The courses will pay themselves back many times!
Be consistent with writing, posting and SEO strategies and you
will make money every month like me.
How long does it take to make money blogging?
This question will vary for everyone.
It depends on:
- How much time you have to dedicate to your blog and learning new things every week.
- How much spare cash you have to buy superb courses.
- How you learn - are you quick or do you need to soak things up for a while?
But, even with my job, crazy as it is, I am on the way to making my dream a success.
Now I am not going to sugar coat this:
Blogging is not easy – it takes time and you have to be consistent, even when you feel you are not making any progress.
Blog Income - April 2020
Affiliate Sales - $238.80
If you look closely at the commissions, you will see the figures also due for May 2020! Eek - I'm so excited!
Why do you publish your blog income reports Helen?
You may now be wondering why I am going to publish these reports.
Part of my site is dedicated to side hustles, and how anyone, on a normal level of income, can increase their income.
I want you to realise that you too can change your life and finances by side hustling.
Money and finance is a struggle for so many people, so along with my budgeting story, I want to help you achieve the things that are starting to happen to me.
This shows you that it is so possible in 2020 to make money blogging.
The income reports are a true reflection of my journey and how long it has taken me to master content writing.
How do bloggers make money?
Bear in mind that when I started, I was a complete beginner, with no formal writing experience, no SEO knowledge and I knew what Pinterest was but not how to even use it.
My thoughts were.. well it’s within my budget starting this blog so why not.
I am a blogger now making money. The yellow highlight box above is my step by step advice to successfully making money from a blog as a beginner.
You must remember that it requires a lot of hard work and consistency. Sometimes it can feel like it's just not happening, but that's when it's crucial to carry on!
It has taken me almost exactly 20 months to make money.
For a long time, I had to survive through thoughts such as:
- I am doing everything that established, successful bloggers told me to do! Why am I not seeing any kind of decent results?
- I am working what seems like hours for no returns.
- I am putting this content out – is it rubbish? Why is no-one reading it?
- I have tried so many things – why on earth is Google and Pinterest not giving me any love at all?
- Why is really unrelated content or poorly written stuff ranking on Google?
Make money blogging - my routine
Most evenings, for 2 hours if I was lucky, I worked in coffee shops creating my content, not having a clue what I was doing really.
The courses came later – I wish I had had the money for them earlier, as they completely changed the way I worked and I saw massive improvements in page views very quickly.
My philosophy is to save for what you need and not go into debt, so as you can imagine, it took a while to save, but I managed it.
If you can, it is better to invest in the courses in the first 6 months of blogging, so you have less content to edit later on!
Blogging for money - exact steps to success
So here are my recommended steps to success, from all my trial and error.
Blog setup with Bluehost and WordPress.
You need hosting because your site will be viewed as better on Google.
Write at least one blog post a week. It needs to be strictly in the niche of your site, so Google understands your site as a whole.
Learn Pinterest first
Pinterest is a search engine and is key to increasing your blog traffic. The cool thing about Pinterest is that it likes new content. It rewards new bloggers with putting your Pins in front of more eyes.
In your first three months, learn all there is to know about Pinterest.
Pinterest with El has given my blog a massive increase in traffic. The way she explains things is so relatable and easy.
Monetize your blog - Learn SEO
After 5 months or so you will be ready for learning about SEO or Search Engine Optimization.
This is basically how you get Google to put your blog posts onto page 1.
Say someone searches for the best wax at home kit - you want your post to appear on page 1 because people don't tend to view past this page.
My best earning affiliate posts are on page one. (Earnings for my May blog income report are already at $2088 so far!)
I honestly don't know where I would be with Stupid Simple SEO - probably still trying to figure out how to earn more than $0!
Treat your blog like a business
View your blog as a business – promote products and things that you believe your audience will benefit from. You have to truly believe in these products yourself because otherwise people will see through your writing.
I didn’t quite understand the power of this sentence when I started blogging. Now I think of it as –
Would you recommend it to your mother or your close family?
If not, don’t promote it.
Learn about Affiliate Marketing
Affiliate marketing is basically recommending a product or service to your audience. In return, the company gives you a percentage of the sale price.
You will have your own personal affiliate links that your audience can click through. If they click through your link, you will receive the commission.
Michelle’s course, Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, has been inspirational in this respect.
She helps you write your posts so they are not too salesy and you come across as helpful to your audience.
Michelle has made over $500,000 with just one blog post, so it's a brilliant buy in my opinion.
I might not be earning over $10,000 a month yet, like some of the very successful bloggers out there. But I am so happy to be making money!
To think that I am on course to make more than $2000 in May is just so exciting.
I set out to challenge myself – with a dream that sometimes I doubted and my husband challenged quite regularly.
The self doubt now is still there, but fainter and I am feeling more determined than ever that I can make this work!
Being realistic, I don’t want to really fully on one stream of income so..
To fully achieve my dreams of working at home, I am pairing up writing content for my blog, and monetizing my blog, with learning how to become a freelance copywriter.
It’s so exciting right now – I want to realise my dream of writing content and writing copy from wherever in the world I am.
Some dream – but I intend to achieve it. What are your dreams? Has this helped to spur you on? Get in touch if you have any questions about making money blogging or freelance writing.
I’m always happy to help.
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