You've seen those posts, right? "How I make $10,000 a month blogging" and "$3,182, September's Income Report". You read them and you think, wow! Those bloggers make it look so easy! I'm gonna do what they do and get rich too! We'll, you probably had the sense not to think it'd be so easy, but I didn't.
Three months ago, I blindly went into the blogging-for-profit game. I had no idea what I was doing or what I was getting myself into. I thought that if I put some ads on my blog I would become a millionaire overnight- as if some magic Fairy Ad-Mother would come along, click on an ad and buy a bazillion products from whatever company I'm promoting. Needless to say, that just doesn't happen.
This is no Fairy Ad-Mother.
Only hard work.
So with all that being said, I'm going to show you:
What money makers I've signed up with so far, how much I've made from them and how it's working for me.
If you just wanna see numbers here's a brief report but I highly encourage you to check out the detailed report as these low numbers might seem discouraging to a new blogger:
Share-A-Sale, 3 months......................... $47.40
Mom's Affiliate, 1 month...................... $12.00
BoostInsider, 1 week............................... $2.14
Media.net, 1 month..................................$2.90
Top Ten Hen 1 week.................................$0.85
Amazon, 1 week.............................................$0
The Full Report:
So far my money has come form paid posts for Mod Cloth, Zulily, Little Passports, Aloha, Groop Dealz, ad placement for Grammarly and commission from Abe's Market sales.... um from stuff I bought.
When I first joined the Share-A-Sale, I only joined a few programs that were one-hundred percent relevant to children's product. I later decided to branch out and joined several more programs and the blogging bonuses began come flood my inbox!
I really like Mom's Affiliate because it's so easy to use and I think it's pretty ideal for noobs like me.
So far I've been approached by one company to write a post for them for $10.
After adding the referral link for Mom's Affiliate, I earned $2 for one referral.
This program is a little tricky. It think it'll be good for others but not for me. Boost Insider gives you certain products to promote via any social media form including your blog and you get paid per click.
This is actually a pretty easy program but the products are (so far) pretty irrelevant to my theme of parenting and frugality. I am, however, going to stick with this program for a little while longer in hopes that maybe they will give me more relevant products to promote in the near future.
This is a good pay-per-click/contextual ad program. The ads are always very relevant and are for companies that I would surely buy from. I'm sure my earnings would be a little higher if my blog were a little better established.
Top Ten Hen is one of my fave pay-per-click's so far. With Top Ten Hen you share very interesting articles that are often time offbeat and humorous just how I like it! The content is right up my ally! This program would work better for me if I had a higher following thought but I'm definitely going to stick with them because I'm sure my audience will increase with time.
I saw that Amazon works great for other bloggers so I immediately joined their affiliate program as soon as I heard about it. My mistake has been not promoting any items. Can't make commission if you don't pimp the products, right?
So that's my earnings over the course of three months. There are SO many good programs to join that have more earning opportunities but they require you to have x-amount of monthly page views that I'm nowhere close to.
Please keep in mind, I didn't really find my niche until the second month of blogging and I was only promoting posts on Facebook and Twitter to very few followers. So, if I had gotten off to a better and more organized start, I'm sure these numbers would be much higher.
So there you have it. An open and honest "income report" of three month old blog. Now I'm going to go take my $65.29, retire and live a long rich full life on the shores of Cali.
Please check out my other "Newbie Share" posts: