How I Made Money My First Month Blogging

How I Made Money My First Month Blogging

When I started blogging in may of 2016 I had literally no idea what I was doing.

I kept seeing income reports on Pinterest being like “How I made $20,000 last month blogging” and because I was super poor and newly married I wanted more than anything to find a way to make some extra money so my husband and I could actually afford to travel.

So after a few weeks of seeing income reports regularly I convinced my husband that If I spent the $70 to start a blog I could actually make money with it.

To my surprise I started my blog and the next day someone didn’t just hand me $600 for my efforts. In fact I had literally no idea what I was doing.

For my first few weeks I was super confused and had no idea how to do anything for my website but then three weeks in I suddenly made $60, then $100, then before I knew it I made $300 my first month blogging.

The reason I was finally able to make money at the end of my first month of blogging was because when I got frustrated after starting my blog because I had no idea how to do anything I did a ton of research about blogging, and websites.

And to my surprise I came up with a blogging formula that works! So 7 months after starting my blog I was able to quit my job to blog full-time.

Here is how I made $300 my first month blogging

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 1. I Was Determined To Do It

When I started my website I had no idea what I was doing, and my only followers on Pinterest were friends and family so the thought of somehow getting people to read my website was scary.

I knew I wouldn’t actually continue to work on my blog everyday if I didn’t believe I could make money blogging so I convinced myself that If I just kept trying I would eventually start making money.

I started planning trips I would be able to go on if I made money blogging.

I started thinking about how amazing it would be to be a work-from-home mom and get to see my kids every day and still support my family.

I forced myself to think about what blogging would do for me if I was successful everyday then I became determined to succeed, failure wasn’t an option.

I think that this made me a lot more likely to actually continue working on my blog that first month.

2. I Set Goals

Because I was determined to make money blogging I decided to set a few goals for myself so I knew what I was trying to achieve that first month.

It was hard set goals about how much money I thought I could make my first month, and how many followers I wanted to get when I had absolutely nothing to compare my blog to.

So when it comes to YOU and your website here is something to think about when setting your initial goals earning 1,000,000 a month when you have nothing to sell and no followers may be impossible, but earning a few hundred dollars or even a thousand is not.

My first month blogging goals were:

  • Earn: $250

  • Twitter Followers: 500

  • Pinterest Followers: 1000

  • (I didn't plan to focus on Facebook and Instagram followers)

  • Facebook Page Likes: 70

  • Instagram Followers: 50

12 months later and now my goals look much more like this:

  • Earn: $20,000+ A month

  • Schedule 70+ pins a day (using Tailwind)

  • Write 2 Monthly Newsletters

  • Keep active in my Facebook Group

  • Create a new email opt-in every month

  • Grow my Pinterest Following 500 a month.

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  • Day 1: How to choose a name, and blog topics.

  • Day 2: How to start a blog & install the design of your choice.

  • Day 3: Planning out your content.

  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.

  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.

  • Day 6: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit

NOW LETS GET INTO THE JUICY STUFF!

3. I Wrote Quality Content

I wrote quality content blog posts my first month blogging and I think this made people think I wasn’t a complete newbie.

Quality content means the blog post contains information that a reader can actually take away and is of decent length. You basically just don’t want to waste your readers time. `

I have realized people are much more interested in content that teaches them something & is entertaining and not as interested in content that just gives them entertainment.

I recommend writing about something you have a lot of knowledge on or something you have a lot of passion for.

This makes it easier to write quality content if you want to make money from the start it makes the process much easier.

3. I Did AFFILIATE MARKETING!

Affiliate marketing is how I made all $300 I made my first month blogging. Affiliate marketing is SO important as a blogger. Because it means you don’t have to create a product, or do a bunch of work before you start making money.

The month I started blogging it took me 3 weeks of research on affiliate marketing to figure it out so it is by no means “easy” but it is simple.

After the three weeks of research I finally figured out a method of affiliate marketing that worked for me (it’s what allowed me to quit my job 7 months after starting my blog) here are a few of the things I have learned are key.

The keys to affiliate marketing are:

  • Knowing where to put affiliate links, and that you shouldn’t have more than 1-2 per blog post.

  • Knowing where to find the best affiliate programs.

  • Knowing how to drive traffic to your content with affiliate links in it.

  • Knowing who your audience is.

    • You can’t advertise $3,000 boots when your audience is full of women who only make $20,000/year.

    • You can’t advertise Walmart products to women with Gucci taste.

  • Knowing how to target your audience with what links you use.

  • Knowing the best seasons to post certain types of affiliate links.

If you want the specifics like where I put affiliate links, How I get traffic to my affiliate links, how I know what affiliate programs to use, and how I grew my affiliate income to $4,000+ per month I highly recommend taking my online course 30 Days to Blog Success which is currently available until January 20th at 11:59pm CST, before I take it down for a few months to help the people enroll start profitable blogs.

If you didn’t know 30 Days to Blog Success is a course I created to:

  • Give you my day-by-day guide to figuring out affiliate marketing and making money blogging in 30 Days.

  • Teach you where to put affiliate links.

  • Teach you where to find the best affiliate programs.

  • Teach you how to drive traffic to your content with affiliate links in it.

  • Teach you how to learn who your audience is.

    • Teach you how to find out if your audience wants $3,000 boots or $29.99 boots.

  • Teach you how to target your audience with what links you use.

  • Teach you the best times to post certain types of affiliate links.

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BONUS: You Should Offer Services

I didn’t offer services my first month blogging but I know if you are reading this post you are probably interested in starting a blog, or maybe you have one and you probably want to make more money.

So I wanted to include this to inspire you to do go above and beyond so you can make even more than the $300 I made your first month blogging.

I recommend offering services your first month blogging, because you probably won’t have enough time to develop a product and sell it services are a great way to earn money.

I see food bloggers all the time and wonder why they don't offer services bring in more money.

In 30 Days to Blog Success I suggest that food bloggers offer services like: online video cooking lessons, personal recipe creation, 30 minute meal cooking classes online, offering local prepared meal delivery in your area.

(there are many more ideas for all kinds of bloggers in 30 Days to Blog Success, like ideas for mama bloggers, travel bloggers, fashion bloggers, DIY bloggers, and others!).

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Here are a few services I have offered over the years (I definitely did not offer these in the beginning of my blogging journey though I waited to make sure I knew what I was doing):

  •  Blog Auditing: where I go do a 4+ page report of someones blog and tell them exactly how they can make money with their type of blog, what they should be doing to get more traffic, what images they can post to create more shares.

  •  Social Media Auditing: Where I create a complete a 4+ page complete review of bloggers social media to tell them, when they should be posting, what content they should be sharing more, what content they should be sharing less, what social media they should focus on growing next, what they can do to wok less on their social media.

You don’t have to blog about a specific topic to make money blogging, I have made money blogging about food, budgeting, and traveling on a budget.

Everyone has knowledge that someone else doesn't have and wants. The options are endless. Fashion bloggers could offer services helping their readers organize their clothes for that season, or for an event, or personal online shopping. There are so many ways to make money blogging with services.

5. I Didn't Use Advertisements

I didn’t use advertisements my first month blogging and I think this made my website look more credible.

When people came to my website they actually were able to read my blog posts about “how to find a better deal on shoes,” or “how I afforded to travel as a poor college student supporting herself.”

are a great way to earn extra money blogging. However ads really take away from a blog when they are all over the place. I have a few ad's on my page. These ads are enough to earn me a little extra income but they don't push readers away.

You never want your main source of income to be driving people away from your website. This will only lower quality of relationships you can build with your readers.

I recommend only having 1-3 advertisements on each page of your blog.

6. I Didn't Post Just To Post

If I couldn’t put out a good blog post that wasn’t going to actually be helpful for people I didn’t waste my time writing it. This saved me so much time and allowed me to actually focus on the stuff that matters.

Posting every single day will not make you money blogging. The way you make money blogging is posting good content that is full of information and is actually giving something to your readers.

In 30 Days to Blog Success I dive deeper into why posting too much is a bad for your blogging career, and how to make your blog better.

Here are a few of the examples on how you can write good blog posts, that make people connect with your blog more:

  • Let your personality shine through, it is the only thing that sets you apart.

    • People want to know about your old jobs, your kiddos, your husband and what makes you able to create content.

  • Make sure you are always teaching.

    • Sharing a story is what is going to build a personal connection, but teaching is what is going to make people believe in your value as a blogger.

  • Believe what you are saying.

    • If you are talking about products you don’t believe in just to make a dollar people will see it in your writing. Only talk about things you believe.

If you want to know how to make your personality shine through without boring people, or how to make sure you are always teaching I talk about it all in 30 Days to Blog Success (which is my story, and teachings of how you can be successful blogging in 30 Days.)

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7. I Educated Myself on Blogging

Blogging is something that is nearly impossible to figure out all on your own, without hours of research, months of work, and tons of confusion.

I was confused for the first 3 weeks of running my blog.

I was confused during those first 3 weeks despite spending 8+ hours a day researching blogging.

I am so glad I figured it all out.

Now a few of my favorite ways to stay educated are:

  1. Keeping notes and looking back at them often so I don’t make the same mistake twice.

  2. Using Pinterest looking at blogging tips and changes.

  3. Reading other bloggers books / courses.

If you’re interested in blogging, and you want to know:

  • How to affiliate market like a six-figure blogger.

  • What to day-to-day on social media and Pinterest in order to run a successful blog.

  • How the heck bloggers become successful.

  • What you need to do to increase your blog traffic.

  • When it comes to branding what is important, and how to do it yourself for free.

Then I highly recommend grabbing 30 Days, to Blog Success while it is on sale today.

The reason I keep preaching 30 Days to Blog Success is because I have walked blogging alone and I know blogging is better with someone in your corner. 30 Days to Blog Success is a great resource that will teach you exactly how to start a profitable blog over the next month.

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8. Final Thoughts

I see so many bloggers post about everything under the sun even though they really want to be a fashion blogger, or they really want to be a mommy blogger.

To make money blogging you need to stay true to yourself. Talking about something you don't care about to get people to click affiliate links, or get more traffic makes your blog seem more unprofessional and boring.

Talking about something you love makes it a lot easier to be dedicated to blogging. Being dedicated to blogging makes it a lot easier to make it a career.

Click here to buy it or learn even more about 30 Days to Blog Success.

>>> LAST CALL 30 Days to Blog Success is 50% off for my birthday with code: BIRTHYAY

Offer expires Tonight Sunday January 20th at 11:59PM CST.

I also want to give you ONE MORE final chance to get my SUPER FREE 6-Day email course that will teach you how to set up your blog in order to get it ready to make money. Here is what we go over in it:

  • Day 1: How to choose a name, and blog topics.

  • Day 2: How to start a blog & install the design of your choice.

  • Day 3: Planning out your content.

  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.

  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.

  • Day 6: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.

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Hey, I’m Taylor

I am your average girl, who spends as much time at Target as possible, loves getting her nails done, and would spend 364 days out of the year sitting by a pool in the Caribbean if possible. Oh, also this blog is my full-time job.  (this is my husband and me at his sisters wedding)

I am your average girl, who spends as much time at Target as possible, loves getting her nails done, and would spend 364 days out of the year sitting by a pool in the Caribbean if possible. Oh, also this blog is my full-time job.

(this is my husband and me at his sisters wedding)


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