I’ve been running this blog for 3 years now. I can’t even tell you about the day I started it, (because I really don’t remember anything about it), but I vaguely remember deciding that I needed to vent or I was going to punch people in the face. So I did what I felt like doing in that moment, and logged into WordPress and created an account. I had no idea you could make money blogging.
I knew NOTHING about blogging. Let alone that you could make money blogging.
I had a million ideas inside my brain, but NOTHING about blog promotion and marketing and I really wasn’t even interested in growing my readership.
I had some really cool peeps who’d comment on my stuff on the ONE weekly post I’d write (unless I was feeling super lazy and then I wouldn’t post for two weeks) and that was enough for me.
Then, somewhere along the way, I almost got fired from my job because of my blog. So naturally, I had to take a step back and reassess.
At about my 2 year mark, I started a new job (not because I got fired) and it took such a physical and mental toll on my body that I took a complete blogging hiatus for about 6 months or so.
I didn’t write anything. NADA. ZERO.
And then, like most writers, I started having major anxiety because I wasn’t writing.
So about two months ago, I decided I’d get back to it. But I decided that I didn’t just want this to be a hobby of mine that I’d get to once every week or two.
I wanted to be able to devote more time and energy into it.
But in order to do that, I had to find some ways for it to be profitable. (Mostly because I have career goals that will probably entail me taking a pay cut within the next year, and I need to find ways to supplement my income so I’m not totally poor.) AKA, I needed to find ways to make money blogging.
So these past two months I’ve totally immersed myself in reading about blogging and watching tutorials and reading tons of other blogging income reports. I’ve also been listening to Pat Flynn’s Smart Passive Income Podcast on my way to work and that’s been a tremendous help in keeping me motivated.
But the reason I wanted to write this post today isn’t just to tell you that it’s possible to make money blogging. You’ve probably read that about a thousand times now.
But what I DO want to let you know is that not only can you make money, you can make money without having 100k page views.
It seems like almost every other post these days is about increasing your blog page views. And yes- it’s definitely in your benefit to do that.
But I think that sometimes, these posts kind of discourage bloggers who don’t have giant amounts of page views.
Because yea, most bloggers who post income reports, they’re posting income reports and they’ve reached a level where they’ve got 100k+ page views a month and they’re making lots of money (which is awesome for them! not knocking these guys down at all- they’ve worked hard).
But you have to start somewhere, which is why I’ve decided to be totally honest with my page views and my income.
It’s not a lot! I don’t even have 50k+ page views a month!
But I’m still managing to make money off of this crazy adventure of mine, and I’m having the absolute best time growing my numbers and trying new things.
So just to give you an idea…. back in March when I really wasn’t paying much attention to my site, I reported 3,925 page views. Yep, that’s it.
And then I worked my butt off in April and google analytics reported 11,936 page views that month. Guys- that’s about a 204% increase. I’m really proud of that. What helped me get there? Well, I finally switched over to self-hosted WordPress. Definitely think that played a big part in me seeing my blog as a business I could potentially make money from.
In May, I ended up with 16,456 page views which is something I never even thought was possible.
Baby steps, people!
So now comes the fun stuff: MONAAAYY!!
Here’s a breakdown of my income for April and May.
- Miscellaneous Sponsored Posts: $100
- Pannel Contribution: $100 (I’m currently participating in a Millennial Feedback Panel for a company that sends me questions every month. I answer the questions. They pay me $100. Not a bad gig.)
- Google Adsense: $2.82
- Clever Girls Collective: $150
- Social Fabric: $150
- Izea: $10
- Tap Influence*: $15
- Pannel Contribution: $100
- Google Adsense: $9.18
So there you have it, everyone. My little baby income report. Don’t make fun of it!
Given that I never even thought I’d make a dime off of this, I’m super excited that I’m making some progress here.
At the beginning of this month, I’ve already had over $600 worth of work lined up, so it’s been a really busy month!
Can’t wait to continue sharing my success/potential huge failures with you guys!
So whatever you do, understand this…
1. You have a blog
2. You CAN make money
3. You DON’T need a million page views a month
4. It just takes a lot of work and dedication.
Don’t give up. Even if you’re making $10 a month…that’s still a whole $10 you’re making doing something that you love!
Let me know if you have any questions! Would love to help in any way that I can! 🙂
UPDATE! ——> JUNE BLOG INCOME REPORT
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