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Today’s post is a very exciting one! I began blogging in July of 2015 and by the end of October 2016, I had made over $1500! I began this blog because I thought about it one day and realized that I no longer had any hobbies. I had previously been in grad school, working 50 hours per week, and buying my first house. This definitely left me no free time.
A few years after life settled down, I was working 40 hours per week and had no side obligations. I thought about creating another book but I wasn’t really in the mood for a long drawn out project. Thus, I began the blog with no idea what I was going to write about!
In November of 2015, I made my first $9 on Izea. I think I just got lucky with this one. I hadn’t been trying to make money blogging at this point but I did know if was something I wanted to look into. At this point I decided I was going to take my blog more seriously in 2016.
The first steps
The first step I took towards monitizing my blog was to become self-hosted through wordpress.org. I made this transition at the end of 2015 and in January of 2016 I added Google Adsense. Adsense has been by far my most consistent income source.
Here is a rough breakdown of my income sources.
Ads – $1020.00
Freelancing – $410.00
Affiliate – $15
Sponsored – $140.00
Product Sales – $8.00
Ads have been by far my largest income source. I use Google Adsense and Media.net but I’ve only made about $4.00 from Media.net. The rest comes from Google Adsense.
I do have a trick for Google Adsense. The more present I am on my blog and social media, the more money I make. There are quite a few Facebook Groups that I use to gain interaction through my site. As long as I’m consistently participating in these threads, I see the reward. One thing to note is that you cannot ask anyone to click on your ads!
Earlier this year, Izea had a survey for Ebyline, a company they bought that creates product descriptions for Ebay. I participated in their projects for two months and earned over $400.00. I haven’t had any freelancing work since.
I’ve heard a lot of great news about affiliate programs but honestly I haven’t been that impressed. I’ve made about $15 in affiliate programs and could list all of the ones I belong to but, I wouldn’t recommend using any of them. Plus, it just adds a bunch of unnecessary selling to a page which could turn off your readers.
Sponsored posts are something that just starting working for me! Early in the year, I had a couple of small sponsored posts through Izea (roughly $10 total). Once I hit 3000 followers, I was able to sign up for Linquia. I have now participated in two campaigns and have made about $120. Something to note here is that I also turned down two campaigns because they didn’t align with my blog or my opinions.
This area is one of my goals to improve over the next year or so. I have a couple digital products on Etsy and I have my book. Once I finish my Paycheck Series, I will compile the posts into a digi-book. At this point, I haven’t seen very much activity or income generated from Product Sales.
Something else to note is that I don’t have a large following. I get roughly 3000-4000 page views every month. This stat also just increased from the 2000-3000 range a couple months ago. Anything is possible. Best of luck to all of you bloggers! Let me know if you have any tips as well!