how to make money blogging

How to make money blogging from the start

When I first started blogging I heard from every source that it was going to take a long time, and I was going to need hundreds of thousands of page views to start earning a real income. I loved blogging and helping bloggers. I was determined to make Smart and Simplistic successful fast to prove to myself and bloggers everywhere that you can follow your dreams without investing years of your time with no return.

The thing I get the most emails, questions, messages and comments about is making money. Everyone wants to make money following their dreams of being a blogger but feel like they can’t because they only get 1,000 page views a month or they have a strange niche they feel like no one wants to read about.

Everyone can make money blogging as long as you care about what you are doing!

In fact I recently just wrote a whole ebook about how I took my tiny little blog and started making a full time income with it. It isn’t about page views its about your target audience.

I make a full time income with about 5,000 users per month, the key is how I reach those 5,000 people and how I connect with them.

So often I see bloggers who are doing the wrong things. Often I see bloggers post every single day because they think the more often they post the easier it will be to get traffic and earn money from advertisements. Sometimes I see bloggers who take every sponsorship they get an email about because they are trying to earn money. I even see bloggers who have advertisements in every open space on their blog to try to earn more money. I see bloggers with 100 affiliate links per post to try to get more clicks and sales. None of this is going to help you make money blogging.

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Now back to the blog post, bloggers often start blogging with the wrong ideas about blogging, This happens because as bloggers we are conditioned to think the more we have out there the better of a chance we to make money blogging.

I started making hundreds of dollars my first month blogging (you can read about how I earned $300 my first month blogging here) because I broke outside of the norm, you can do this too. Everyone can do this. Every blogger can achieve their dreams if they work with motivation and passion. I am here to help you!

Here is what I did to start making hundreds of dollars my first month blogging:

1.Create Achievable Goals

When I started this blog I had no following for it on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google +. But I knew I needed to set social goals to push me hard to engage and grow a community for my blog online. It was hard set goals about how much money I thought I wanted d make, and how many followers I wanted to get when I had absolutely nothing to compare my blog to.

I realized because I didn’t have anything to compare my blog too I needed to create goals even more. This gave me something to strive towards even when they seemed impossible to meet.

However I knew I needed to create achievable goals. Earning 1,000,000 a month when you have nothing to sell and no followers may be impossible, but earning a few hundred dollars is not.

My first month blogging goals were:

  • Earn: $250
  • Twitter Followers: 500
  • Pinterest Followers: 1000
  • (I didn’t plan to focus on Facebook and Instagram followers)
  • Facebook Page Likes: 70
  • Instagram Followers: 50

2. Focus on A Few Social Media Sites Not All Of Them

I see so many bloggers spread themselves so thin on every social media network because marketing agencies want “high interaction” to sponsor them. Spreading yourself too thin as a blogger really limits how you can grow as a blogger. I decided to focus on Pinterest, and Twitter when I started my blog because I knew If I used Pinterest correctly It can bring your blog a good amount of traffic from people in your target audience. (you can click here to learn how I met my goal and got a lot of traffic from Pinterest). I also knew that Twitter was a great way to start branding myself, I could grow a large following on Twitter faster than other social media networks. This would help my blog more professional because I was connected to a large target audience.  The more professional your blog looks the easier it will be to make money.

3. Focus Hard on One Affiliate

I see posts being re-pined on Pinterest all the time with titles like, “50 Great Affiliate Marketing Programs” and “The top 20 affiliate programs” too many affiliate links take away from your content.

No one is going to want to keep coming back to a blog when every post just sounds like a sales pitch to get you to go somewhere else and buy something or sign up for a service.

Posting too many affiliate links is going to take away from your earnings because people will not take you seriously.

To make good money with affiliate programs you need to focus on one or two and push them. You should create a whole post about the great things that product or service has to offer not just include a link to it in every post.

4. Offer Services

So many bloggers are worth so much more than they know. I see food bloggers all the time and wonder why they don’t offer services bring in more money. Everyone has knowledge that someone else doesn’t have and wants. Food bloggers could be offering personal online cooking classes, or personalized recipes. The options are endless. Fashion bloggers could offer services helping their readers organize their clothes for that season, or for an event. There are so many ways to make money blogging with services.

I brought up offering services to one of my clients and she said, “I don’t have enough readers to offer services.” She was wrong, one reader is enough to offer services. All you have to do is put some extra time in your schedule and set up a landing page. You have knowledge someone else wants.

Offering services is a great way to make money blogging.

5. Don’t Overuse Advertisements

Advertisements are a great way to earn extra money blogging. However ads really take away from a blog when they are all over the place. I have a few ad’s on my page. One ad under every post and one in my side bar. These ads are enough to earn me a little extra income but they don’t push readers away.

I recommend only having 1-3 advertisements on each page of your blog.

6. Don’t Post Just To Post

I mentioned this earlier in the post, that some bloggers feel the need to have something new go up every single day. Don’t do this. Posting every single day will not make you money blogging. The way you make money blogging is posting good content that is full of information and is actually giving something to your readers.

I only post 1 to 3 times a week depending. I have found sometimes the weeks I only post once I get the most traffic and make the most money blogging.

7. Stay educated

I see clients all the time who stopped seeing growth in social media, and blog traffic. I often ask them, “Do you keep on SEO information?” “Do you use Pinterest as a learning tool to get help from other bloggers?” and I often get the response of “no”. The reason that people fail as bloggers is because they don’t stay up to date on their affiliates, good ways to advertise, and how to optimize their social medias.

To make money blogging you need to stay educated on all things blogging.

8. Build an Email List

As a blogger the only audience you own is your email list. Every person on that list is there because you did something right to make them stay. All the people on your email list want to hear what you have to say. To make money and especially a passive income as a blogger you need to build your email list so you have someone to offer a product or service to. A great way to build your email list is to put a call to action in every one of your social media bios and offer content upgrades to people who sign up.

A call to action in your social media bio could sound something like this, “Learn how I keep 3 growing toddlers going to be regularly every night (link to sign up to your email list here). Then you would set up an automation through your email service  (I recommend MailerLite they are free and offer automation) to send them an email with your tips after they sign up.

9. Stay True To Yourself

I see so many bloggers post about everything under the sun even though they really want to be a fashion blogger, or they really want to be a mommy blogger. To make money blogging you need to stay true to yourself. Talking about something you don’t care about to get people to click affiliate links, or get more traffic makes your blog seem more unprofessional and boring.

You are going to be more likely to have a good audience that sticks around if you stay true to yourself. Your audience is there for you not who you pretend to be.

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Closing Statements

If you stumbled onto this page because you want to blog, or want to switch to self hosted in hopes of making money and living your dreams I highly recommend it. Making money blogging is only as hard as you make it. I have never had a better job in my life.

If you need help starting a self hosted blog check out my easy 7 step guide to starting a blog here: How To Start A Blog

I hope that this post motivated you to follow your dreams or helped you in some way. If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them below and I will answer them ASAP!

How to make money blogging from the start. I started making money blogging my very first month online. Within four months I now have a full time income. Making money blogging is so rewarding. In this post I explain the keys to making money blogging.


  • Really helpful post! I loved that you offered suggestions for all types of bloggers – that makes this post so much more relevant than other’s I’ve read. I need to be more intentional about certain affiliate programs, definitely guilty of trying to do them all!

    • It’s hard not to want to be a part of every affiliate program when you never know what will work. I am glad you thought this was helpful! Thanks for taking the time to comment.

  • Roy Miller

    Congratulations on your success. You have provided some very helpful information in this post. Thank you.

    • Thank you so much for taking the time to comment!

      • Roy Miller

        You are very welcome.

  • Faithful Farmwife

    I am in my third month blogging and I am just starting to focus on monetization. This post has been very helpful:)

    • Thanks, glad to here I am helping someone. Monetization can be stressful.

  • Elise

    This is the second time i’ve gone back to read this! so many great tips 🙂

    • Aw I am so glad you came back. Hope it was just as enjoyable the second time.

  • I have only added ads to my blog so far. I think a lot of these tips are great for anyone who wants to monetize their blog. I also feel connecting with companies that pertain to your niche and personal style is important. Lots of affiliate links and random partnerships turn me off to bloggers. I like people who work with companies from genuine interests, and it does not take long to figure out who those bloggers are. Thank you for sharing these tips!

    • Thanks for taking your time to leave a thoughtful comment. I hate seeing blog posts that you can’t even take seriously because it sounds like a sales pitch. I feel like it is way more important to stay true to yourself and your niche. People shouldn’t be greedy they will earn less that way.

  • JeeYoung

    Great post! Lots of good info for new bloggers!! It’s hard to come by!

  • Suzanne Hines

    This is great! I have a hard time reaching out and working toward being paid. I only just recently realized that I have a much larger following and way more views that a lot of other bloggers who are making some dough! So I need to work towards that also. I also love your points about staying true to yourself. I find myself unfollowing bloggers who only do product reviews and promotions. As I get bigger, I want to make some commitments to myself to not promote certain things and to not say yes every time. It’s hard at first because it’s SO exciting to get an offer, but we need to be true to ourselves or we won’t have a target audience!

    • you make great points too. It is such a turn off to see people throwing themselves at every sponsored post opportunity and using ever affiliate program they can get their hands on. I really appreciate bloggers like you who do it because they love it and then start to monetize it and don’t just try to make money.

  • Great tips xx Well done for making money through your blog.

  • Brilliant! Will definitely be incorporating some of these.

  • Great tips. Thanks for sharing.

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  • Janelle March

    This post is great!!! I’m sharing it everywhere 🙂

  • Awesome advice! I gotta do better with my email list.

  • Such great tips! I will have to read more when I get off work lol


    Ivelisse |

    • haha thanks for taking the time to comment even when you are busy!

  • These are awesome! I never really thought about offering a service, I’ll have to keep that idea and work on it. Thanks for the tips!

    Alysha | Study Break Down

    • You’re so welcome! I am so glad that I may have motivated you to take the next step. You should definitely do it. What do you have to lose? no one signs up? at least you tried!

  • Danielle Alexandra

    Very informative! Great post!! I’m always looking for more ways to monetize my blog!

  • Bridget

    Great post and very informative! Thank you for sharing all your thoughts and insights, I needed to hear this!

  • Sarah Louise Zerbe

    These are some great tips, it took me about a year to start earning money on my blog.

  • Jill Hamilton McMeans

    These are great tips, thank you! I’m glad I found your blog!

  • Sara Oberton

    These are awesome tips Taylor! Thanks!

  • Abby Grajewski

    I haven’t started monetizing yet, but hope to soon. Thanks for the tips!

  • Jocelyne Shults

    This was absolutely helpful. I’m taking action now. Thank you girly. 🙂

  • Chantal Steele

    I love your list! I definitely think I spread myself too thin as a new blogger, and now I’m trying to focus more on just a few affiliate programs instead of every possible type of monetization. Thanks for the post!

  • This list is very helpful. I have been blogging for 3 months now, and can’t seem to build an email list. I know I need subscribers before I can really get into the affiliates. Nice to have a reference to fall back on!

  • Megan (23Pixels)

    This is such a great post! I’m currently trying to get serious and earn some money from my blog so I can give myself the freedom to travel. I really need to get a move on with my Pinterest goals, so thank you for a putting up your first set of goals and some tips on how we can get started!

    And having your own business from your blog in less than 4 months! Wow!

    Thanks again for the tips.

    Megan 🙂

  • Very helpful tips! It sounds like you’re killing it! An email list has been on my to-do forever – hopefully I’ll get it done in 2017!

  • Love these tips! I plan on making a goal checklist this year, and hoping to stick to it!

  • I have been blogging a long time, but i STILL got a lot out of this very excellent post.

  • Candy Kage

    Always stay true to yourself. Nic that you are sharing to help others earn money blogging

  • I enjoyed these tips and take them into consideration for my blog (:


    Isaly Holland

  • Solid tips. I definitely agree with your point about focusing on a few social media outlets. I simply cannot be up to date with all of those outlets and I am perfectly fine with that.

  • Love this!! Super helpful for smaller bloggers like me.

  • Desperately needed this! The Parks Department hasn’t made the switch to paid, but these tips can help me move towards it in 2017!


    LOVE that you are sharing this!! THAnk you so much.

  • ALL SO TRUE. I tell my peeps this all the time…my full time blogging income is strategic, and the strategy is not just “be the biggest out there.” It’s so possible!

    Coming Up Roses

  • Betty

    I’m a full time student and I was worried investing money in a blog was the wrong call. I started blogging last month and only my sister has read my content. It’s a little deflating and worrisome especially since I’m about to graduate. So I’m so lucky that I found your blog site, thanks so much for the awesome advice!

    • Hi! I hope that you are seeing some traffic now! I was going through the same thing when I started getting serious about my blog this year. Thanks to branding my pins and getting into some group boards on Pinterest I’ve been getting some traffic. Also, congrats on graduating soon!

  • Emily Morin

    These are great tips, thank you for this, you’ve definitely encouraged me when I finally get to start my blog. It’s almost ironic for me because a lot of these is what I actually want to do, weekly posting instead of every day, only having a few ads (I HATE sites covered in ads!). The more I read articles like this, I’m super excited that I’ve made a good choice for me to be blogging in the future. 🙂

  • Interesting tips I found. Focus on one social media or one affiliate maybe I need to do that.

  • Your are right on the money with the tip about starting your email list, I wish I had started mine way before I actually did! That is one thing I would change about starting out.

  • Jennifer

    You have some really good advice! I’ve been blogging as a hobby for a little while, but I’m starting to want to make some changes to monetize, and this post is a really great resource!

  • Kirsty Pickering Bott

    Great tips! I’m just starting out but growing quickly and you’ve given me some great tips moving forward. Thanks for sharing.

  • rein sarmiento

    great tips! helps out a lot thank you!

  • Kimberly Ann Tacheny

    Great Tips – thank you for sharing! As a newbie, Im going to read over this again.

  • I definitely needed to read this (and probably re-read it!)! Thanks for the tips!

  • Elizabeth Brico

    Great tips. Thanks for sharing. I really want to make money on my blog but it’s a niche blog that’s only been up a month

  • Great tips!

  • Chaymae Samir

    Thanks for sharing your insights! I just published my blog yesterday so definitely looking forward to getting some readers in. I am starting at 0 followers on all social media channels so I will definitely just focus on two. Really nice to have a reference to go back to! xxx