Bloggers share their secrets. Sometimes, they publish their income reports for their readers. I consider myself a blogger; therefore, it’s time I started doing my part informing my readers of how I do it. I’m going to share with you today how I made $0.41 in six months just by blogging, and you can, too!
(#1) I started a blog… in 2006
That’s right. I’ve blogged for 9 years. The first blog was on iWeb and is no history, along with iWeb. It was after iWeb went away when I moved over to Blogger. At the time, I believe it was still Blogspot.
Blogger was a great platform. It was easy to set up and it was completely free. The more I learned about blogging, though, the more I realized WordPress was the best platform. Last summer I officially made the move and it was a challenge.
WordPress.org is not free; however, unlike Blogger, my WordPress blog is completely mine. Google doesn’t own it. I do. In addition to all the start-up and initial fees/purchases, I have a small yearly fee I have to pay for web hosting.
(#2) I learned about SEO…and some other stuff
There’s a bunch of technical stuff that goes into blogging. Before you’re ready to make your first $0.41, you have some homework to do. I wish I kept track of how much coffee I chugged while reading articles on Search Engine Optimization, Google Analytics, the difference between categories and tags. It felt like one article led to another link, and then a video, and then another article. It was overwhelming and I still don’t know even a quarter of what I need to.
This is my polite way of informing you that if you’re going to be a blogger, it will be overwhelming. Lucky for you, I have Pinterest. Here’s my Pinterest board just for you: Blogging: SEO
(#3) I wrote some content and modified old content
Luckily, I was able to bring my blogger posts over to WordPress. Unfortunately, I had no clue about SEO before WordPress and much of the content needed editing. (A process I am still working on.) The way I begin blog posts is much different now. I start in Google’s Keyword Planner to see what keyword is going to drive traffic to my blog.
Blogging success doesn’t happen overnight. For some, blogging success doesn’t happen. This is why my $0.41 is a huge victory. This means my site has traffic. Most of the traffic reaches me by mistake since I share my name with a famous Hollywood actress. I’ll pretend I’m unaware of this, though.
(#4) I slapped an advertisement on my blog
I connected my blog with Google Adsense several months ago. There’s a small ad on the front page of my blog. When someone clicks on that ad, I hear cha-ching!
I’ve just been sitting back watching the money flow in like chunky peanut butter flows down a molasses river.
(#5) I didn’t quit my day job
From what I’ve read on Pinterest, there are highly successful bloggers who also work full-time in their careers. I’m assuming these bloggers never sleep and have severe caffeine addictions. Now, I’m not greedy, but living on $0.07 each month is not going to work very well for me. While I would like to do much more with my writing and blog, I would never dream of leaving my job to do it. At least not at this point in my life.
(#6) I do what I want
I have spent hours and hours browsing Pinterest for blogging advice, tips, and secrets to success. I’ve come across blogs that generate thousands of dollars each month. My blog looks a lot different. There are no annoying pop-ups of my face begging readers to subscribe to my newsletter I don’t have. There are no flashing advertisements, no product promotions, or ridiculous giveaways. I know what I should be doing, but I’m going to do what I want to make sure my blog isn’t as annoying as the site that won’t stop flashing things in my face that I don’t care about.
Now, I have $0.41 to add to my retirement. I’m guessing my retirement will be somewhere around the year 2168.