If you’ve gone and started a blog (probably after reading some Bloggers income report about how they make thousands every month), then I don’t have to tell you. It’s not get rich quick kinda gig. It’s freakin’ hard work. Without pay. For a long time.
According to ProBlogger, only 13% of Bloggers make more that $1000 a month. And this is from a survey of their readers (people actively trying to learn how to blog), so I think these stats may be even lower if you take in the whole blogosphere (no, I don’t think that is a word). I read somewhere that it’s more around the 10% mark.
Cracking the $1000 a Month Blog
In June 2018, my Blog started making just over a $1000 a month ($1014.86 if we want to get those numbers right). I had been blogging full time for about 15 months at that point. And it wasn’t until the last few months before that I actually figured out how to do it.
Traffic is EVERYTHING!
As a new Blogger (or even a Veteran Blogger) you will need to get Traffic. You can never have enough traffic. Traffic = Money. Money from Advertising or Sales. How you get is up to you, but it all starts with getting people to come to your blog. Once you do that the money will start coming in.
Related: How Lena went from 17K to 400K pageviews in 9 months – Get a Free Trial of her Traffic Transformation Strategies here
A question I get asked a lot is this:
“How many page views do I need to earn $1000 in Advertising Revenue a month”
OK, so this varies depending on the niche you blog in, but in my niche (lifestyle), you will earn around $12 – $15 per 1000 sessions.
NOTE: Sessions are not the same as Pageviews (you can see your sessions in Google Analytics).
So to make $1000 in Advertising Revenue a month you will need around 83,000 Sessions. On my blog, this equates to around 120,000 views a month. It could be more or less on yours depending on how active your readers are on your site.
These are the 5 Things I did to start making Money from my Blog
1. I Started Setting Goals
I set real blogging goals every month and I worked my ass off to achieve them. They weren’t pie in the sky kind of goals either. They were real, achievable things like:
- Earn $50 Revenue
- Join 5 Pinterest Group Boards
- Send 2 Emails to my list
- Write 4 Posts
And then every month, I upped them by a little. That constant improvement starts to add up faster than you think. You can get the exact (no, it’s not pretty) one page A3 printable I use to track my stats and goals here).
2. I Upped my Pinterest Game (A lot!)
I don’t have a massive Pinterest following (around 11,000 at the time of writing this). But my Pinterest Boards and Pins get around 2.9 million views a month. The great thing about Pinterest is that anyone – even a new blogger -can get their Pins in front of a lot of readers ( and this means increased potential for visitors to click through to your blog).
The reason I was able to get a lot of Traffic from Pinterest comes down to these things:
- I made A LOT of Pins (I average three images for every post)
- I took this course by Carly Hurt: Pinteresting Strategies. This little ebook is a game changer. Carly nailed it with this one! Her manual pinning strategy is a big reason I have doubled the amount of traffic to my site over the past couple months.
I’m pretty sure that you know by now that Pinterest is the #1 source of traffic for new Bloggers. It’s imperative that you implement a Pinterest Marketing plan from the start. Because it’s not my ideas, I can’t share too much of what I learned without violating her copyright, but Carly’s strategy is pure Pinterest gold for any new blogger.
3. I Increased my Traffic from Places other than Pinterest.
As much as I love Pinterest, there are other ways for a Blog to get Traffic. I really don’t like saying this, because it sounds like a sales pitch, but if you are serious about making money from your blog, you will need to spend some money on quality learning resources.
I have spent way too much on every blogging course I could find, but there are only a few that I would actually recommend to another new blogger. One of them is Lena Gotts book on How She Went From 17k to 400k Monthly Page Views in 9 Months – Her Traffic Transformation eBook is one of my favourite blogging resources. EVER!
It includes 21+ traffic generating strategies that are easy to implement and you can start to action immediately to dramatically increase your page views.
If your page views have plateaued, decreased, or you’re simply ready to take your blog to the next level, you need to read this eBook. There’s even a free trial for the ebook so you can test it out first. Trust me, it’s worth it! I keep a copy of it in the front of my blogging binder for easy reference.
I’m still working through them. But I started seeing massive improvement in my traffic immediately. I now get around 40% of my traffic from Google search (up from 11% a couple months ago).
4. I Created my Own Products
I started created a store and started stocking the virtual shelves with my own products and printables. The $2 and $3 purchases start to add up. The more products you have that your readers want, the more opportunity for you to make money.
I’m still working on this one and will continue to add to my store regularly, but feel free to take a look at where it’s at so far.
5. I Started sending out Emails
This is my weakness. I don’t like to send out emails. I feel as if I’m invading my readers personal space. Overcoming the fear to press ‘send’ on an email newsletter actually got me anxious.
So why do it? I get to connect with readers who have already forgotten about my blog. The internet is a busy place. I get that if a reader moves on from my post, there is a 83% chance they are not coming back. I’m working on getting that number down and email are helping me do it.
One email to a your list can generate immediate visits to your blog. And not just random visits either. These can be targeted to make you money kind of visits.
In the meantime, I am seriously focused on building up my list of email subscribers. The two tools I use to do this are:
- Leadpages – this lets me make pretty opt in pages like this one in about two minutes.
- Convertkit – I use this to send out my email sequences. I only have to write them once. (you can see this in action if you sign up to my How to Blog eCourse here).
The Magic Sauce
The Final ingredient in the whole how to make money from you blog is really simple: DO NOT GIVE UP.
I know there will be days when you don’t see the purpose. When you’re working too hard for zero reward, but scale it down if needed. Work fewer hours. Just don’t give up.
Keep tracking your stats and hitting those little goals. In the beginning, you will need to hustle and fight for those page views. We all did. We all do.
–>> The only way to get on my blogging tips list at the moment is through my 7 day Blogging email Course. I will be writing and sending out a blogging related newsletter once a month or so (remember I don’t like sending emails). I promise to pack it full of relevant, super handy content.