How I Made Money My First Month Blogging

Thats right.. I made money my first month blogging. It took all my fear out of my blog failing. You can earn money blogging too! It is easier than I ever imagined and more rewarding than any job. I hope my success in the first month motivates you to create a blog.

If you want to earn money online like I do here. Here is my easy 5 step tutorial on how to start a blog for as little as $2.95 a month including your website name! Go create your website now! You will love it.

hey, it’s worth it to start a blog if you even just earn $300 one time!

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I turned my blog into a money making business in less than a month, and I turned it into a full time business within 4 months. With my strategies you can do that too! Interested in making money blogging so you can live your dreams? grab my ebook, “30 Days to Blog Success” by clicking here. Plus now I am offering 65% off, just for being a blog reader just use coupon code:  goingpro at checkout. Because I am thankful for you guys and I want you to grab my book before its gone.

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Before I started Smart and Simplistic I did my research and I got every helpful workbook, e-book, and course. I wanted to launch my blog and make it a success from the start. I always saw on Pinterest that It took people months, or years before their blog starting making them any money. I did not wan’t that. I knew I had the knowledge and determination to turn my blog into a business from the start. My first month blogging I made a little over $300 which may not seem like much to some, but it was the start to something great.

Here Is How I Made Money My First Month Blogging:

  1. Good Solid Content

By good solid content I mean content like my How To Start A Blog or How To Increase Your Blog Traffic posts. These posts contain information that a reader can actually take away. They learn something. I have realized people are much more  interested in content that teaches them something other than just content that gives them something to read. I spent so much time before I started Smart and Simplistic researching. The information I learned along the way has made it easier for me to create solid content and attract readers. I recommend writing about something you have a lot of knowledge on if you want to make money from the start it makes the process much easier.

2. A Few Affiliates

Before I monetized my own blog I read income report after income report. You can find all the income reports I get my inspiration from here on my income report Pinterest board. I used these income reports and researched tons of Affiliates like ShareASale, Amazon Affiliates, Themisle, hosting companies, and more. This research lead me to learn affiliate marketing is touchy.  A few good affiliates is better than trying to whore yourself out to them all to make more money. If your readers come to your blog time after time it is because they like you. You want to earn that trust. That trust = money. You know what doesn’t = money? A constant sales pitch. While reading income reports I realized that bloggers who work with a few core affiliates make more money than those who spread themselves thin and work with 5-10. I also noticed that bloggers who post about 5-10 affiliates regularly have a higher bounce rate and less return users than those bloggers who only work with a few. I applied this to my blog I only signed up for two affiliates that I thought would work with my blog that being my hosting company, and Amazon Affiliates. This is where I made all but $15 dollars this month.

3. A Few Ads

Now this month I did not make much from advertising but that is okay. I do not plan to make ads my main source of income. I am going to offer services, and write about what I am doing here on this blog. I do not want ads to take away from that so I only have two. Whatever those bring in they bring in. I will eventually even remove them. If your blog is full of advertisements it takes away from what you are saying and your products or content. You are getting paid because people are leaving your blog to go somewhere else. I don’t want that

4. Opt-In Freebies

I found that offering an opt-in freebie gets people to join your email list. The people who join your email list will return to your website time after time. Every time I sent out a newsletter people would click through and come back to my blog. That builds trust. those are the same people who bought things through my Amazon links or signed up for hosting through Bluehost.

However, you want to give away a freebie that is actually helpful and on topic. You do not want to giveaway just useless bull poop. You want to help your readers so that they want to keep coming back.

If I motivated you to get started following your dreams like I did and  If you want to earn money online like I do here. Here is my easy 5 step tutorial on how to start a blog for as little as $3.95 a month including your website name! Go create your website now! It will change your life.

5. Learning

If you want to get the complete story on how I turned my blog into a full time business grab my ebook, “30 Days to Blog Success” which is currently 65% off to my blog readers when they use coupon code: goingpro at checkout. It covers my complete story of what I did to take my small blog into a full time business while being in college, and working.

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I talk about everything from managing social media, to what monetization is right for any type of blog. Plus how you can make a full time income with less than 5,000 monthly views.

It is a quarter of the cost of most online courses, and ebooks and let me tell you that is not because it doesn’t lack the information. I just don’t like to charge my readers an arm and a leg when they are just trying to follow their dreams.

To grab the ebook click here and don’t forget to use coupon code: goingpro at checkout.

Here Is Your Free Checklist!

Free Blog Monetization Checklist

Closing Statements

Alright guys, here is the end of another post! I hope that this is super helpful.

Like I said If you want to earn money online like I do here. Here is my easy 5 step tutorial on how to start a blog for as little as $3.95 a month including your website name! Go create your website now! You won’t regret it.

- Taylor


  • Things about stuff Sunny Olbri

    I found this post very helpful. Thanks!

  • Candy Kage

    Wow. That is awesome. You must really be doing some right.

    • I hope that I am doing something right. I believe that anyone can turn their blog into something successful with a little motivation and time.

  • Jenine Isa

    Great tips! Currently working on my opt-in 🙂 Thnx.

  • I love that you have a blogging income Pinterest board! I’ve followed of course!

    • Income reports are so helpful, it tells you exactly where and how other bloggers are finding success. Thank you so much for the follow!

  • Congratulations!

  • Chantal Steele

    Great job!

  • I’m a huge fan of income reports, but I love how you used them to do research. I think they are a great resource for wanting to make money.

    • It is such a good resource. I am glad I am not the only one who thinks so.

  • This is great! What’s the $300 broken down? Can I be cheeky and ask how you did that graphic for the downloadable please? 🙂

    • I made about 200 through my “how to start a blog post” and about 100 through Amazon, and then just 15 through ad services. I made the graphic on Canva. I just used the email header template and changed the colors to match my blog graphics. I added a square and changed it to fit the text, “Grab Yours Now” and copied the color numbers to match the graphic. After that I took a screen shot of the pdf I created in google docs for the checklist and added it to the canva document then I added a black square and reduced the transparency to like 30% and put it behind the screen shot. I then downloaded it, uploaded it to this post and just inserted a link to open the sign up page in another tab when the image is clicked. Sorry this is a long reply. I tried to simplify things but I hope this still answers your question.

      • Thank you – that is super helpful! What do you mean by the email header template?

        • In Canva they have a design template called email header it is 600 x 200 pixels. That is the size I use to create the graphic for the download.

  • Thanks for sharing!

  • Great tips!

  • Great info, thank you!

  • Extremely interesting. Thank you for the post! <3

    • You are so welcome! Hope this along with those Pinterest tips help your blog to grow!

  • Jocelyne Shults

    So helpful. I needed this because I’ve been blogging for 9 months and nothing yet lol:-)

    • Hopefully this helps!

      • Jocelyne Shults

        Ong it sure did.!:-)

      • Jocelyne Shults

        It sure did. Thank you. I want to know how you’re growing your Facebook group lol 🙂

  • Adaleta Avdic

    This is such a cool post, and good for you on making a profit for the month! xx

  • Sarah Louise Zerbe

    Hope you continue to make money girl!

  • Beth Shankle Anderson

    This is a solid post about making money with blog, even right from the beginning. Thank you for sharing some fantastic tips!


  • Krysti Jaims

    Thanks for sharing- great tips! Saving for reference. Need all the help I can get :p

  • Great Information! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Thank you for taking the time to comment! Glad you enjoyed the post.

  • Thank you for sharing!

  • Nazrin Miah

    Some really useful tips I could have really done reading a long time ago! thank you for sharing!

  • Elise

    Great post! So much to learn. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  • Melanie Schmidt

    This post was very helpful, thank you! I am new to the blogging world and it so nice that y’all help us navigate it all! Thank!

    • Aw I am so glad to here that I helped you. That is the whole reason I started this blog I wanted it to be a guide for bloggers who wanted to create successful blogs.

  • Mrs Fancy-Pants

    I’m glad to hear that you had some luck with ads. My blog is mostly entertainment rather than services, and a recent post is getting some more enduring popularity on stumbleupon, which unfortunately goes with a high bounce rate. I have hoped that I could soon use ads to get a little extra income as I have never expected to live off this blog, and am looking into how to do this without annoying visitors to my site. I have seen posts about blogging which were very anti-ad, insisting that they chase visitors away, but I suspect most site visitors are like me – don’t mind ads as long as they aren’t too overwhelming.

    • You are totally right, most people are like us and will not be scared away by a few ads. I recommend they are run through yahoo / bing and they aren’t really invasive and the ad units themselves are highly customizable. I have seen bloggers who have 2-3 advertisements on their page and still have thousands to millions of monthly page views. As long as you don’t sell yourself out and put them between every line of text people will continue stopping by your blog.

      • Mrs Fancy-Pants

        Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Lots of great tips here! Thanks for sharing! 🙂 This is very inspirational.

  • Great tips. I’ve been blogging for about eight months now and I think I’ve made $15 bucks total so I definitely needed this.

  • Jen Enoch

    I’m new to blogging, so this kind of information for me is so needed. Very inspired, and happy that you decided to share what’s worked for you. Pinning this, thanks!

  • Ivetnny

    Love it!!! I have been blogging for almost one year… I was not much into the monetized my blog type… but a few months ago I started to research about it.. This is a great addition. Thanks for sharing

  • Erin Nichols

    Congrats on such quick success! I think it takes a lot of dedication to what you love and being humble to do that, and you obviously nailed the rest. You have to be willing to ask questions and learn from others. I’m sure this will help a lot of new bloggers get off on the right foot.

  • Ahu Shahrabani

    Wow, great job!!! Each of these tips is critically important (and not easy!) but you’re right. If you remember these important pillars the rest will come.

  • Rachelle Rosenblit

    Thank you for these great tips, I definitely didn’t make anything my first month!

  • Congrats! Love these tips – bookmarking them 🙂

    x Kathryn |

  • Catherine Treme

    This is so awesome! I have been reading post after post about bloggers who are making actual money with their blogs that they are passionate about as opposed to the regular 9-5 grind! I started it too!

  • Brett Marie

    I was interested in the e-book, but the offer code on the page didn’t work 🙁

    • I am so sorry, try this code: brettmarie I added an extra 5% off for the hassle.

  • Eva Ron | Happy Blogging Mom

    Wow! GREAT post dear!
    I just created my blog 😃
    Thank you so much for sharing this post with us.
    I thought that I need to post everyday at least one post….dang….fell on that one! Hahahhahaha….
    I jumped into your offer.
    Where do I join your private facebook?

  • Hapinesswherever

    Thanks for sharing 🙂 My goal for 2017 is to monetise my creative living blog and hopefully go full time 🙂

  • Monica Koo

    Great tips! I’m so gonna follow this. Since I am also new to blogging. This will be a great guide for me. Thank you for sharing this