I’ve been running this blog for 3 years now. I can’t tell you much about the day I started 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 started a blog. I had no idea you it was something you could do to make money.
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 the ONE weekly post I’d write, and that was it.
At about my 2 year mark, blogging began to take a physical and mental toll on my body, so I took a complete blogging hiatus for 6 months.
I didn’t write anything. NADA. ZERO.
And then, like most writers, I started having major anxiety because I wasn’t writing.
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.
I wanted to be able to devote more time and energy into it.
For the past two months I’ve totally immersed myself in reading about blogging, watching tutorials, and reading tons of other blog 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, but you can do it without having 100k+ page views.
It seems like almost every other post these days is about increasing your page views. And yes- it’s definitely in your benefit to do that.
But I think that these posts sometimes discourage bloggers who don’t have tons of traffic.
Truth is, you have to start somewhere, which is why I’ve decided to be totally honest about 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.
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 bumped that number up to 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 through Bluehost. Definitely think that played a big part in me taking my blog seriously and treating it like a business.
In May, I ended up with 16,456 page views which is something I never 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. These guys approached me via e-mail after coming across my blog)
- 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.
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! 🙂
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I published this blog post about 3 years ago. Since then, I’ve more than tripled my page views, and I’m now making money a few additional ways:
- Affiliate Marketing through Ultimate Bundles – a super good way to bring in revenue from promoting awesome products (feel free to sign up here)
- Affiliate Marketing through Share A Sale
- Affiliate Marketing through RewardStyle (send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like a referral)
Anyway, if you’re thinking about starting a blog of your own, check out my step-by-step guide to starting a blog (with screenshots) and I’ll walk you through the whole process.
Other Income Reports:
- 2016 Year End
- Q2 2016
- Q1 2016
- December 2015
- October/November 2015
- September 2015
- August 2015
- July 2015
- June 2015