How I Made $246 In The First Month With A Brand New Blog

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Hey, darling! I’m so super excited you are here because it means you are ready to make a living doing what you love.

Maybe you’ve been blogging for a few months but you are still trying to figure out the ropes. Or you are about to start your own blog to make money and finally quit your soul-sucking job (btw, my tutorial makes it super easy to start your own blog for only $3.95 per month + I prepared an awesome bonus just for you).

My mission with this blog is to help women get past the overwhelm of starting a blogging biz and make a living pursuing their dreams. And below I’m going to tell you how this blog turned a profit in the first month of its existence so you can do it too.

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Full disclosure ahead, this is not my first blogging biz.

I come from humble beginnings as a very inconsistent hobby blogger who knew nothing about making money online.

When I FINALLY figured out blogging, I pulled the plug on my hobby blog, started from scratch and quickly worked my way towards a full-time income.

I know what it’s like to be a creative, ambitious, and passionate woman who feels that she is supposed to do something bigger and amazing with her life.

But I also know the challenges of starting and running a business, including the fears, overwhelm, confusion, and blocks that entrepreneurs face.

I started this blog last month because I want to share my freshly squeezed yet tried and tested strategies with you. I know you are busy and want a blueprint that WORKS and SAVES you time.

If you don’t have a blog yet and you are interested in starting one, I wrote a step-by-step tutorial to help you create a blog quickly and cheaply, starting at only $3.95 per month. In addition to the low pricing, you will receive a free domain (a $15 value) when you purchase at least 12 months of blog hosting. Plus, I’ll send you my 20+ pages blog planner (a $20 value) as a bonus for using my tutorial to start your blog and setting up your hosting via any of the Bluehost links in the article.

Let me make it crystal clear though. Blogging is not a get rich quick scheme.

But if your goal is to spend quality time with your kids after school every day or be able to buy a plane ticket without having to ask your boss for permission, oh, that is SO doable!

To be honest, I am tired of hearing about $400K product launches and bloggers making $60K per month from affiliate sales.

Those bloggers have been around for years and they are few and far in between.

Reading those income reports might give you a spike in motivation. But if you are just starting, it won’t be long until you plunge into the abyss of misery and self-doubt.

I know for a fact that for most of you blogging isn’t about 6-figure launches. It’s about making a full-time income so you can spend more time with your family.

I want you to take the what if I don’t have what it takes attitude and stomp on it real hard.

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The truth is, publishing $100 income reports is not that much fun. Most bloggers wait until they become more established and their blogs take off before they publish their first income report.

But how did they make the first few bucks? What strategies did they use? And how did they go from writing their first post to their first $1K?

This is exactly what I want to cover here.

Because following the advice of all those mammoth bloggers that have 500,000 page views per month, an email list of 250,000 people they’ve built over the past 10 years and a team of 10, doesn’t apply to you. And I’m not one of them either.

We all start somewhere.

But why not set a reasonable and achievable goal?

What about reaching $1K in the first six months and a full-time income in twelve?

You CAN be making a full-time income in less than a year with your blogging biz if you put in the work and use the right strategies.

That’s realistic.

And that’s exactly my GOAL for this blog.

So let’s take a look at the numbers. I officially launched this blog on the 1st of May.

MAY 2017 BLOG STATS:

Number of blog posts: 5

Pageviews: 2,010

Email subscribers: 152

Facebook group: 948 members

Pinterest: 2,679 followers

MAY INCOME REPORT:

Bluehost: $200 (check out my tutorial on how to start a blog for only $3.95/month + bonuses)

Creative Market: $25.96

Blog productivity bundle: $20

MAY EXPENSES:

Bluehost: $142.20 (domain name + 3-year hosting)

Mailerlite: $0 (Mailerlite is free up to 1,000 subscribers)

Kadence Themes: $0 (I’ve been using the free version so far, although I see myself going premium in the future. I just love them!)

Profit: $103.76

As you can see from my own expenses, starting a blog is SUPER affordable. To be honest, all you really need to start is a domain and web hosting. And when you start your blog with Bluehost, your domain is free for the first year, which means even lower start-up costs. Hooray!

On the other hand, if you’ve been blogging on WordPress.com and want to get serious about earning a living online, I encourage you to read my article about all the reasons why you should change to self-hosted WordPress.org and how to do it.

The only numbers I care about (and so should you)

I used to be a SAC (Serial Analytics Checker, lol). But the truth is unless you want to make money using some kind of pay-per-view advertising, those numbers are irrelevant.

I know bloggers who get 150,000 page views per month and make less than $150 and bloggers who get 30,000 page views per month and make $3,000. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be the latter.

When it comes to blogging for profit, there are only two types of numbers that matter:

  • Conversion from traffic to subscribers
  • Conversion from subscribers to customers

Don’t get me wrong. Traffic is great, but ONLY if it’s high-quality targeted traffic. Somebody who makes a quick 2-second pit stop on your blog is NOT getting you any closer to your dream lifestyle and goals.

I’m done chasing the wrong numbers. Even with 2,000 page views, I still managed to cover my hosting expenses for the next 3 years and turn a profit in my first month of blogging.

Successful blogging is not about what you can ADD to grow your business and being ALL over the place. It’s about figuring out what you can strip away so you can do more of what actually WORKS.

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How I got 152 email subscribers in one month

Can you believe how MUCH pressure there is to GROW? Grow your traffic, grow your email list, grow your following.

What about CONNECTION?

There’s a HUGE difference between building a list of random subscribers and building an email list of soon-to-be buyers.

It’s FAR better to have a list of 100 people who are GENUINELY interested in you and your products than to have 10,000 emails from people who don’t even know who you are.

I signed up for a MailerLite free account because I really wanted to keep the costs of starting this blog to a minimum. I love MailerLite and they are free up to 1,000 subscribers. Plus they give you access to all their features right from the very beginning.

MailerLite is probably the best email marketing platform to start on because they are so easy to use.

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Lead magnets that work

This month I launched 2 lead magnets.

  • A 3-page blog planner. The pages are actually samples from the paid version of my planner. I also created a landing page that is converting at a crazy 68% rate.
  • From Fog to Blog – a 6-day free email course that walks you through the first steps of blogging. The landing page for the course converts at 19% and this is a pretty good conversion rate as well.

I also added a popup form and an embed form, but those convert at under 8%.

Why is growing a list so darn important?

I got a few questions from people asking when it’s the best time to start an email list. Honestly? Yesterday! But seriously now, I cannot stress enough on the importance of starting an email list from day ONE and here’s why:

  • Your list is yours. Google can (and will) change their algorithm anytime. Social networks come and go. Remember MySpace? Facebook and Instagram constantly change their algorithm as the companies grow and move into paid content. But when someone gives you access to their inbox, you have their undivided attention.
  • It’s the easiest way to build trust. A gazillion page views per month and a million followers on Instagram are nothing but numbers. And you can’t build a relationship with a number.
  • Email is the most affordable marketing option. Selling to your email subscribers has a learning curve of its own, but it comes at a fraction of the cost of running a Facebook ad campaign.

My social media strategy

I’m so tired of this you have to be ALL and do it ALL if you want to be successful online mentality. In fact, I’ve found the opposite to be true.

I’m creating a strategy that aims for maximum impact without spreading myself too thin. A strategy that doesn’t require me to run in circles like a headless chicken EVERY WAKING MOMENT.

Again, social media is not about the number of followers you have but, ding, ding, about making meaningful connections (it’s called social media, hello!?).

So for the time being, I’ll only be active on Pinterest and in a select number of Facebook groups.

Pinterest

I started the month with about 2,400 Pinterest followers and this is the only help I brought from my old blogging life.

However, being successful on Pinterest is less related to the number of followers you have and more to the quality of the Pinterest group boards you are a part of.

That’s why I highly recommend you find group boards in your niche and start joining them asap. Pinterest is maybe the only social network where you can get amazing results without having a large following of your own.

I joined several new group boards this month, but I cannot say I spent much time on Pinterest.

Blog + Biz Babes Facebook group

Instead, I poured all my energy into growing my Facebook group and getting to know everybody.

At the end of April, Blog + Biz Babes was a tiny group of about 100 members. I actually started this group last year but soon abandoned it.

When I revived it and renamed it in April, I inevitably lost a few members.

However, the group has been growing lightning fast and I am incredibly proud and grateful to be the mother duck of this community of fabulous women and entrepreneurs.

I run a tight ship when it comes to spam and I think this is one of the reasons I get engagement rates WAY above average.

If you want to join the group, click here.

Slow blogging

By now it must be obvious to you that I believe less is more. Gone are the days when bloggers updated their blogs daily. Slow blogging is all about posting BETTER content, LESS often.

I don’t have the TIME to write crappy content that doesn’t convert. And I KNOW that neither have you.

I only plan to post 2 new blog posts per month.

I launched this blog with 4 articles:

During the month of May, I only published one article about the top things new bloggers should take care of before they launch their blog.

I like to write 2,000+ word articles that serve a PURPOSE and help solve a problem.

But I also have a life and I intend to live it. 

Okay, that kind of covers the first month and my blogging philosophy…

Next month’s goals

I’ve already started working on a paid affiliate marketing course and hope to launch it in June.

The only two ways I plan to monetize this blog is by selling my own products/services and promoting a select few affiliate partners.

I don’t believe plastering blogs with cheap ads is a lucrative business. Unless you have 10 million page views per month. Which let’s be honest. NOT. GONNA. HAPPEN.

A big chunk of my first-month income actually came from affiliate marketing ($225,96 to be precise). Affiliate marketing is one of the easiest ways to monetize a blog, especially when you are just beginning and don’t have your own products.

If you are new to blogging and affiliate marketing, I highly recommend you read my article on affiliate marketing for beginners. There I talk more about my favorite affiliate programs and how to track everything so you’ll never feel overwhelmed ever again.

Next month, I also want to step up my Pinterest game.

And of course, top May’s income.

That’s pretty much it.

Happy blogging, darlings!

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26 Responses

  1. Karla Garcia
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    Great tips and very truthful! Thanks

  2. Shannon Wong
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    How motivating! I hope I can follow your lead and start making money with my blog.

  3. Nicole
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    I actually love every post I’ve read so far, and this one is amazing. I’ve been so hesitant to put more time into my blog but now I’m obsessed with it and this really helps me think about how to build my email list! Thank you!

  4. Thanks for your candid thoughts on what it takes to be a successful blogger. I do think a common thought is that the more content you churn out, the better. I tend to agree with you though, quality always beats out quantity.
    I used to have a blog planner, but now I write whenever someone interesting inspires me. I’ve found that my content is of higher quality when that happens.

    Thx again for a great post!

  5. Stephanie Douglas
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    You are doing awesome! I can’t wait to use these tips and be able to say the same:)

  6. Merlinda
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    Wow.. I am quite impressed. I launched in May and I have 13 subscribers. My numbers are so low. I really need help in growing my email list.

  7. Krystal
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    Great tips! Trying to monetize your blog can be daunting but it’s good to know that people do start from humble beginnings.

  8. Jennifer
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    I’m so encouraged after reading this post! I have been a “hobby mommy blogger” on and off for several years now. I’ve spent the past year converting my blog (updating posts, reorganizing, etc.) and it’s starting to get a little discouraging! I’ll have to look into all the things you’ve done and implement what I can to get the results I want! Thank you for looking out for us little guys!

  9. Keithra
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    I absolutely loved your transparency about your blog income report and so grateful a fellow blogger finally showed how they began. Please keep posting these reports so we can grow together.

  10. Atim at EffiFit
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    Great tips! I appreciate your transparency about having blogged before. Wish more people were honest like that.

  11. Pooja
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    Awesome tips! Thanks! 😊 I am looking forward to starting earning from my blog and am sure that your tips will help!

  12. Envelle
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    I loove this post! The idea of slow blogging is speaking to me. I’ve always wondered how people could post daily. Most of the time, it takes me a few days (several hours) to write and publish a post . Defo going to follow you, keep it up!

  13. Mary Leigh
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    I really enjoyed this post. I’m following along on bloglovin now to keep up with your blog! I, too, had a hobby blog previously and did the same thing as you. My blog was on blogger and I decided to move over to self-hosted on WordPress. I would like to become a lot more serious about blogging and I have found that there are so many things to juggle! One of my goals is really to identify & narrow down the things that work and focus more on those. I would love to be able to monetize and earn from my blog as I stay at home and really enjoy blogging.

    I appreciate your transparency in this post. I think your goals are perfect and I look forward to following along!

    • Laura
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      Thank you, Mary. I started on Blogger too and although I loved the platform, I don’t think I could ever go back.

      Identifying what works and narrowing down your focus is a great start if you want to make money with your blog.

  14. Beth Davidson
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    I’ll be honest, I clicked on this to see what kind of nonsense you were going to feed me. I don’t understand how anyone could just start out and have that many subscribers. I’m glad to hear that you had a different blog before! I think sometimes all these numbers can be really discouraging for new bloggers like myself, so I only want to take advice from people who actually know what they’re doing and not people who got lucky with a random viral post or something. Keep up the good work!

    • Laura
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      Hahaha, thanks for your honesty, Beth 🙂 I completely understand. Luck can only take you this far when it comes to blogging. Without a strategic plan, it’s very difficult to succeed.

  15. Elizabeth
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    I like your point about less is more. I’m a new blogger – just made it to a month and a half. My target has been to post twice a week, but if I feel like I need more time to get a post up to my quality standards I sometimes end up posting just once. I’m relieved to see someone else endorse my strategy 🙂
    Elizabeth

    • Laura
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      Posting twice a week is way too much. I believe the 20/80 rules applies here – dedicate 20% of your time to writing new content, and 80% of your time to promoting it.

  16. Nikki Corneils
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    How exciting! I just signed up for your email course From Fog to Blog. I can’t wait to absorb all of your knowledge, and watch how well you progress next month as well!

    • Laura
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      Thank you, Nikki. Enjoy the course!

  17. Jenna
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    It’s crazy how much “stuff” goes into blogging! I’ve been at it since January and still have far to come. You have done a great job so far!

    • Laura
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      Thank you, Jenna! Keep it up and you will see results in no time 🙂

  18. Dominique
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    I like your advice about “less is more”. I used to aim for 1 blog post per week and then I would always post it on the same day at the same time each week. Since then, I decided to blog whenever I have something interesting to say. More often than not, it is a couple of times a month now, but I find I get a lot more traffic this way 🙂

    • Laura
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      That’s awesome! While I believe having structures in place is very important, blogging is soooo much more than writing.

  19. Tembel Prenses
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    Hope I will make money like you ☺

    • Laura
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      I hope so too. Good luck 🙂

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