“The Secret to Success is to Get Started” – Mark Twain
I wanted to make a blog post on how to make more money in 2019 because I just made my first $100 from blogging! Boo-
After countless hours of devoting time to my blog, I was finally able to make some sort of income. $100 is not a lot, but it feels great to finally get the ball rolling.
This blog post is not meant to brag, but more to open up to you all about my blogging journey.
I hope this blog post will be able to help all of you new bloggers and you soon-to-be bloggers on what you can expect from your blogging journey. Definitely, it won’t exactly turn out like mine (it will probably turn out better), but hopefully, with the details I am about to share with you, you can use this to help
In this blog post I will talk about:
- How I earned my first $100 from blogging.
- The mistakes that I’ve made and what you can do to avoid them
- Some tips on how you can make your blogging journey go a lot smoother
Hopefully by reading this blog post, you will be able to make more money in 2019 with your blog!
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My Blogging Experience To Help You Make More Money in 2019
How Did I Make $100 From My Blog?
I’m going to skip through the chitter chatter and get right into it; How did I make $100 from my blog? Through ad placements with Media.net.
I officially got my first payment from Media.net at $115.32 (USD) on Feb 16, 2019. I also made $71.59 (CAD) from Google Adsense, but I didn’t meet the threshold to get paid at the time so I don’t count it.
My Experience with Media.net
I started blogging in July 2018 and started placing Media.net ads at the beginning of Oct 2018. The sign-up and approval process was quite easy in my opinion. I was accepted after the first application whereas Google Adsense took me about 10 tries at the beginning of December 2018.
Although Media.net is a lot easier to be approved, I honestly prefer Google Adsense:
- Google Adsense has more appealing ads, whereas Media.net looks like a list of text links.
- Google Adsense updates quite frequently on how much you earn, whereas Media.net updates once every day.
- Media.net doesn’t always update on time. Sometimes it will refresh at
8pm, 12am(new day), or even 3am.
- Media.net doesn’t always update on time. Sometimes it will refresh at
- Although how much you get paid for each click is based on many variables, I’ve had many days where I was getting nada (0) from Media.net. So the earnings really fluctuate from day to day.
The only bright side to Media.net is that you have your own account manager who is willing to assist you if you have any issues. They are really friendly and helpful and you will feel like you can always ask someone for help!
Tips On How You Can Make Your Blogging Journey A Lot Smoother
Based on my 6 months of blogging I’ve made a lot of mistakes and hopefully, you can avoid these to make your blogging journey a lot easier!
Mistake #1. Trying To Master Everything
When I first started blogging, I was trying to learn how to become familiar with WordPress, Instagram, Pinterest
Goddamn, I was overwhelmed!
Tip: Take a look at your analytics and see where most of your traffic is coming from. I decided to stop using Facebook and Instagram because
Mistake #2. Spending Too Much Time On The Design Of My Blog
I’ll admit it! I am a perfectionist! When I see a picture frame that is not straight or symmetrically positioned on both sides, it annoys the hell out of me!
As a new blogger, you should focus on content and marketing your blog rather than wasting your time on the insignificant things. If your content and values are there then no one will care about what your page looks like, but
Mistake #3. Placing Too Much Junk On My Page
Having too much junk on your blog can seriously slow down your loading speed, which in return will cause your ranking on Google to be lowered.
If that wasn’t bad enough, let’s not forget the impatient readers who will click away before your blog page even finishes loading, which will increase your bounce rate.
You can get away with a bunch of widgets on your page if you use the premium hosting. But if you’re like me, who bought the most basic hosting, then you can’t really add much without it being detrimental.
My blog page looked amazing but at the cost of an 80-90% bounce rate and 8-9 second load time! I decided to remove all the fancy stuff and stick to the barebone designs. Now my load time is around 3 seconds with a lower bounce rate.
Tip #1. Learn How To Use Pinterest To Drive Traffic To Your Blog
You can check out my blog post on how to drive traffic to your blog. I used to use Facebook and Instagram to drive traffic because those were the social media platforms that I was the most familiar with, but Pinterest ended up being the breadwinner.
Don’t depend on Google to bring you traffic with
Tip #2. Post Consistently and Separate it into Chunks
Working a full-time job with a bunch of other things on the side (aka life) can make it very difficult to find time to blog, especially when you need to do keyword research, optimize your post for SEO, find nice stock photos, brainstorm good content, etc.
Don’t force yourself to push out three to five blog posts a week, but instead find the perfect schedule and intervals that best suits your life. Blogging is a long journey and you can’t expect to quit your full-time job right away and rely on
Like many people will say, blogging is a marathon, not a sprint. If you hustle and push strictly for five posts a week, you’ll quickly burn yourself out and maybe even run out of content.
What I found that helped was to break up your blog posts into days. With my current busy life, I am only able to post about twice a week, so my blog creation process would usually go like:
- Day 1= Keyword research, title, good cover photo, organize headers from H1, H2, H3, etc, in-content photo, add internal and external links, and type down key ideas (rough version).
- Day 2= Add more details and juice into the blog post
- Day 3 = Add more details, proof-read, finalize. Create Pinterest photo with Canva, and optimize pin for Pinterest traffic.
You don’t always have to split your blog creation into days, but for me, it is easier to manage and make small progress every day rather than to push it off and never get around to it.
Tip #3. Create a template
I found creating a template of your blog post to be really efficient when it comes to getting everything set up. Over time, you start to develop a style and blogging format that you tend to use for every single one of your blog post.
Rather than setting up and formatting the whole post every single time, I decided to create a “draft post” that I never publish and just copy and paste whenever I make a new blog post.
Based on your style, you can add headers, internal links, and affiliate links where ever you usually put them.
I’m not too sure if any other bloggers do this, but I found this to make my blogging creationg process a lot smoother and less tedious!
How I made $100 From Blogging Conclusion
This wraps up on my blog post on how I was finally able to earn $100 from blogging! Like I said, this is meant to help you potential new bloggers make your blogging journey a lot easier and less bumpy!
I hope you found this helpful and let me know down in the comment section below if you have any questions!