First-month Income Reports: How 8 new bloggers made money
Today I have Lia Castelvechhi here guest posting to share an insightful post about how bloggers have achieved earning money within just a short period of time.
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Looking for information on how new Bloggers started out and how much money they initially made?
I have rounded up a post on newbie Bloggers how much they made in their initial income reports and how they did it!
Ok, so How am I doing?
So far 140 page views no income as yet – I’ve spent plenty though!
Mostly on courses – if you are interested in which ones I have taken then have a look at my post and resources page for more information on which courses I have taken and what I recommend.
(If this post contains affiliate links please see our full disclosure policy although I have to say I tried really hard to make it interesting and even I struggled to write it so if you really must read it you can find it here)
I figured I need the tips from these new Bloggers that they have offered in their income reports.
Ok, so how long has it taken some of these bloggers?
I have only included bloggers who made money in their first month of starting their blog.
These are bloggers that have NOT had a blog before-As far as I can tell from their websites.
Firstly I want to thank those Bloggers who touched base with me and answered that all important question –
“What is the one thing you wish you did differently in your first month as a blogger?”
Bloggers income Reports
Sammy is a UK based blogger who started her blog in June 2017 and you can read her income reports here.
Firstly her page views were nearly 700 with a bounce rate of 65% approx in the first month.
Sammy had 10 posts up and running at the time of her income report-With her top post being a list of Ultimate freebies for bloggers.
She adds lots of additional information, for instance, she had direct traffic and social media traffic as her main source.
It was interesting to see that she was using Facebook promos as her main traffic driver for social media.
One thing that she did was to send out her information from the Ultimate freebies post to her list as well as the bloggers who she mentioned in the blog post-
TOP TIP here sending out information to big bloggers can help increase your site’s profile if they share your content.
She also ended up getting an interview for the Flourishing freelancer.
Reach out to big bloggers AS YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT WILL HAPPEN!
Add that to the list another thing to do!
Set up your email list asap she already had 62 subscribers by her first month!
Sammy also made Affiliate Income with Siteground this is who I use as a hosting company too! – Her income report is great because she actually tells you how she has done it.
How she made her Affiliate income
- from Facebook groups, she answered a question and posting a link to her post on how to set up a blog
- another one was she assumes directly through the post.
Top Take Aways from this income report :
- Reach out to bigger bloggers in your niche and send them one of your great posts which include links to their site.
- Set up an email subscriber list asap
- Consider joining facebook groups, helping out folks with any posts that may be useful ( with or without affiliate links )
What Sammy learned from her first month in blogging:
“So in terms of your question; the one thing I wish I had done differently in my first month of blogging would probably be to have invested in a comprehensive blogging course. Had I done that when I first started blogging I think I would have reached the point I’m at now about six months ago!!!
My advice would be to look for a course or membership that includes how to set up your blog, creating content that people actually want to read, email marketing, blog monetization, a good Pinterest strategy and SEO. Realistically you will probably have to buy a few other courses in some more advanced techniques but this will really help you hit the ground running and I so wish I had done this!
In terms of courses/memberships I’m part of the Billionaire Blog Club and I would definitely recommend that, but there are lots of others, just make sure they cover the points above. “
Blogger, Aroma Mama
First Income report
Stephanie started her blog in April 2017.
At the end of her first month, she had Page views up to 1117.
And she already had an opt-in going so managed to get 23 subscribers how cool is that!!
Stephanie already had an Instagram account going before she started her blog and it had the most followers she also used Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.
Her Income was $36 for April by sharing a link in one of the facebook groups she was a member of.
Top tip – Facebook groups are a nice way to get your message out and helping out folks in return.
Top Take Aways:
- Join Facebook groups help folks out and if you can add an affiliate link or link to one of your posts then go for it.
What Stephanie learned during her first-month blogging:
“I wanted to start with the best blogging tools so I wouldn’t have to change tools and learn new ones later. The only thing I tried to save money with was my email service provider, and I regret that now. I regret starting with MailChimp because it was free. I couldn’t understand how to use it without spending hours to send one email. I thought the opt-in boxes I had were so ugly that I bought a year subscription for OptinMonster to have nice opt-in boxes.”
After a few weeks of struggling with MailChimp, I switched my email service provider to ConvertKit. I wish I would have used ConvertKit and their opt-in boxes from the start. That would have saved me from buying OptinMonster. It’s been a year and I cancelled OptinMonster. Now, I’m in the process of switching over to the ConvertKit boxes.”
And to make things different it was how to lose money your first month -$128.38.
I wanted to include this because it’s not necessary that you will make money your first month and not to get discouraged!
Pageviews were 173 for the first month – wow that’s great!
Social media using includes – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram
Carl had 11 blog posts published for this month.
Top take away–
- Not everyone will make money straight off the bat so don’t get discouraged
Blogging about blogging, Jesus, Dobermans, Money saving and more.
LeeAnn managed to make $179 in her first month.
Looking at her Income report see started her site in July 2017.
Her income came from – $179.37 from Ads- using Google Adsense and Affiliate income.
Delving into her income reports – in July LeeAnn had 2255 page views. She is using Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter as social network- and also using auto schedulers for her social media.
Most of her conversions for Affiliate sales comes from Pinterest.
Top take away:
- Use more than just Pinterest for social media.
- If you want to start off with Ad networks then Google Adsense seems to be the way to go
Find her first income report here
Bria is based in South Korea.
She had an Eye watering 2194 page views wow in here first month!
With only 4 blog posts!!!!
- If your content is great and RELEVANT to solving peoples problems you will get traffic.
Two posts were about how to become an English teacher in Korea. And these were the driving force for her blog.
Top tip – great content can get great views if you know what people want the answers to!!
She also got to guest interview with FTFinancials about working in Korea.
Income was generated through her post on starting a blog using siteground.
If you are interested in finding more out about Siteground then checkout their website here.
Along with joining group boards.
Interestingly she also uses Instagram and Facebook with a few ads thrown in.
Question is should you start with one Social media platform or a few?
Top Take Aways from this income report:
If your content is great and RELEVANT to solving peoples problems you will get traffic.
First month income report link here- http://newfilleosophy.com/2018/02/01/made-140-first-month-blogging/
This blog is about a month newer than this blog and Erin managed to make $140 dollars her first month.
Her page views were approx. 1.7k.
She used Facebook groups and Pinterest to generate traffic.
How did she make her income – using GoogleAdsense and as a affiliate for bluehost.
Top take away from this post:
- Apply for affiliate programs to generate incomes
Lori started from ground zero and managed to make money which should give you a boost.
It doesn’t matter where you start you can still earn money!
First income report can be found here –http://guitarandlace.com/2017/09/11/my-first-month-blogging-income-report/
Lori’s pageviews were 823 with 13 blog posts with Pinterest followers 25.
Her income was total of $9.03 half from Ads using Google adsense and rest from Affiliate for Survey Junkie in her first month.
Lori used Pinterest to generate traffic and looking at her stats on her income report she did really well!
Top Take Aways from this post:
- You can still make money off your blog even starting from zero
Blog from Jen and Madi – mother and daughter.
You can find their first income report here-
They managed to make $38 for the month with 10,000 pageviews for the full first month of October 2017.
Social media included Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.
Its interesting that Jen works +30 hours on her blog with help from Madi her daughter and helps give a reference to how long people work on their blogs vs their results she also had 34 blog posts on the blog before she started.
Top tip from Jen- is making sure your pins are engaging and convert to page views!
As well as joining Tailwind Tribes – note Boardbooster does have tribes as well.
Joining Pinterest group boards.
Income was from you guessed it Google Adsense $37.21 – Jen mentions that if you have 1000 pageviews then this will be a good channel to start off with if you want Ad Revenue and Shareasale $0.97.
THANKS TO THE BLOGGERS FOR THEIR RESPONSES TO MY QUESTION:
What is the one thing you wish you did differently in your first month as a blogger?
For their hints and tips from their first month blogging.
APOLOGIES IN ADVANCE
To the newbie bloggers listed above if my conclusions were inaccurate.
I have tried to be as impartial as possible and any mistakes made are mine alone.
- Not everyone will earn money their first month
- The more time you can spend creating content and working on your blog will increase your pageviews although its not all about pageviews!
- You REALLY do need an opt- in even starting out
- NOT EVERYBODY’S blog is the same!!!
CONCLUSION FOR ALL THIS
- Don’t GIVE up!
- Consider more than one social media channel- at least join Facebook groups – interact in them and also use Pinterest
- Reach out to bigger bloggers in your niche and send them one of your great posts which includes links to their site.
- Apply to affiliate programs and start promoting straight away- its never too early
- If you are considering Ads on your website then Google Adsense is the one to go with
- If your content is great and RELEVANT to solving peoples problems you will get traffic from your social media channels
- You can still make money from your blog even if you are starting EVERYTHING including social media channels from zero.
Get in touch if you managed to earn income your first month blogging and what you did to achieve it!