Many of you have seen our $10,000+ income reports. But what about the beginning? What does that look like?
How much can someone really make when they first start blogging?
To help answer those questions I thought I’d share with you what it looked like when I first started (two and a half years ago) and how much I made those first few months.
3 years ago….
- I never would have guessed I’d be a full-time blogger.
- I would have laughed if you’d told me I’d be making 10K a month, working from home with part time hours.
Thank goodness Corey convinced me to start. I had been talking and talking about it and going back and forth, that’s when he told me, “Just try it.” Those 3 little words totally changed my life.
Celebrate the Small Victories
I still remember that first day with over 30 pageviews.
I still have screen shots on my phone from my first ad earnings, which was just pennies.
Celebrate the small victories, they lead to the big ones.
How much can you really make?
Let’s take a look at my income when I first started.
Beginning Blog Income
I focused on creating my blog, content and traffic and it wasn’t till the end of April I decided to start playing with monetizing. Looking back it would have been easy to incorporate Google Adsense ads from the beginning even if it would have only earned a couple of bucks to begin with.
April – $6
The very end of April we started playing with selling ad space to small local businesses. That $6 was significant because it made me realize that there really was money to be made through a blog. In that moment I knew if I put in the work it would pay of.
May – $131.46
In May we continued to sell adspace and were approved for Google Adsense. We also wrote our first sponsored post for $50.
June – $307.38
This increase in income was largely due to an increase in pageviews (readers). We spent a lot of time over on Pinterest and our pageviews doubled because of it. We joined some big group boards and started taking better photos. We invested our blog income back into the blog and bought a nice camera, better photos = more click throughs to posts.
July – $467.24
The increase this month was also related to an increase in pageviews. This time from Facebook.
August – $856.41
This month is pretty cool because it actually had less pageviews than July but a significant increase in income. A great reminder that income does not have to be directly related to pageviews.
2 Years Later
As you can see the income fluctuates a little but I’m still really happy with the directions it’s headed.
You’ll notice the slump October to March, we were moving in October, November and December I was 8 & 9 months pregnant (and super tired), January through April I was enjoying “maternity leave” and baby snuggles. A large portion of those months was passive income, which is one of my favorite forms on income!
Hopefully after looking at the chart you can agree that…
Blogging can be a real job!
And there is totally room in the blog world for you!
You Can Do it Too
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