When I started my first blog in August 2016, I set a goal for myself - I wanted to be making $1000/month by August 2017.
I achieved (and surpassed that goal) and now have a portfolio of sites that I earn a full-time income from.
When I was a brand-new blogger, I used to devour blog posts from experienced bloggers where they would reveal how they made their first $1000 online.
You might've heard the quote "success leaves clues." When it comes to blogging, those "clues" are blog posts like this one, where bloggers share the details behind their success.
Now that I'm a few years into my blogging journey, I thought it might be interesting/helpful/inspiring (plus fun for me!) to write a post sharing how I made my first $1000 blogging.
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How I Made My First $1000 Blogging
As I mentioned above, I started my first blog in August 2016. (I had blogged before that, but it was just a hobby. I used a free Tumblr account and blogged as a way to keep my family updated on my adventures when I was living in Paris during university.)
My Blogging Income Progression
My first month or so of blogging, I didn't make any money. I was a new mom and spent every spare moment working on my blog. If you're a mom, you'll know that you don't really have many "spare moments." That meant that every nap time I worked on my blog. Every day I would strap my son into his stroller, take him for a walk and work on my blog from my iPhone. And most nights, I would stay up late blogging.
In my 3rd month of blogging, I made $276.
In my 5th month of blogging, I reached the $1000 mark, making $1255 that month.
Since then, my income has grown to the point where I now make more money blogging than I ever made working for an employer.
Blogging also allows me the freedom to work from anywhere in the world and spend my days with my son (who is now 3 years old) instead of putting him in childcare.
My Blog Monetization Method
There are lots of ways you can make money blogging, but the two most popular methods are affiliate marketing and display ads.
This is exactly where I started, and affiliate marketing and display ads are still the primary methods of monetization I use.
I've since added my own products to the mix (like my Pinterest Marketing Secrets course on Udemy.) While creating your own products can be a nice additional income stream, it's not necessary to make a full-time income.
How to Make Your First $1000 Blogging
It's common for new bloggers to waste a ton of time on things like perfecting their logo or choosing the perfect theme. There's nothing wrong with wanting your blog to look "perfect" (and I'd argue that with the amount of blogging competition there is today, you should spend some time making your blog look attractive and professional.)
However, don't fall into the trap of wasting weeks on perfecting your logo or not launching your blog because you think your theme doesn't look perfect.
Instead, you need to focus on two things:
1) Creating great content
2) Attracting readers
It doesn't matter how beautiful your homepage and logo look if you've only got 1 blog post published and you have 3 readers.
The more content you have, the more chances you have to attract readers so focus on writing lots of great content.
Attracting readers is the second part of the puzzle - without readers you're not going to make a dime.
I attracted almost ALL of my readers for free using Pinterest. In fact, having a strong Pinterest strategy was the key to me getting accepted into Mediavine (a premium ad network) when my site was only 5 months old.
If you're not using Pinterest to attract readers to your blog, then I recommend enrolling in Pinterest Marketing Secrets to learn my exact strategy (use the code PMSDISC to enroll for just $12.99)
Affiliate marketing is the method I used to make the majority of my first $1000.
A common question I see asked by new bloggers is "when should I start putting affiliate links on my blog?"
The answer is NOW.
You never know when one of your posts is going to go viral and attract thousands of readers. Additionally, you never know WHO is going to click on your affiliate link and make a purchase.
A perfect example of this is illustrated below:
I wrote that Facebook post only a couple months after starting my blog. I had written a post that included an affiliate link to a product on Amazon (NOT business books!)
Someone clicked on my affiliate link and ordered $1200 worth of business books which earned me a nice commission, and marked the start of my affiliate marketing journey.
If I'd have waited until my blog was "older" until I started including affiliate links, I would have missed out on this commission.
Some bloggers don't like putting display ads on their blog, for various reasons.
That's completely fine (it's your blog, you can do what you want with it 🙂 ) but personally, I always use display ads.
When you've only got a small amount of traffic, your option is Google Adsense. And it's true - you won't earn much with Google Adsense.
But in my opinion, earning $50/month (for example) is better than earning nothing. That $50/month can be the little boost of motivation that keeps you going when things are feeling overwhelming.
Once you reach 25k sessions in a 30 day period, you can apply to Mediavine, a premium ad network. This is a huge milestone, and you'll notice a substantial increase in income when this happens (I'm talking $50 to $500 for the same amount of pageviews, for example.)
I'd recommend all new bloggers set qualifying for Mediavine as one of their first monetization goals.
To achieve this, you'll need to focus on those two golden keys again:
- Creating great content
- Attracting readers (Pinterest Marketing Secrets will teach you how to do that fast)
It's Really That Simple
Making $1000 from your blog isn't rocket science. It's really as simple as creating great content, attracting readers and using relevant affiliate links.
I like to think of blogging as having a snowball effect. If you can make $10 blogging, you can make $100. If you can make $100, you can make $1000, and so on.
For more in-depth advice, read this post where I share my top 15 tips for beginner bloggers.
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