When I started this blog, almost one month ago, I talked about how much I was hoping this would be a full time gig. You can read about when I started blogging here. After a lot of research, I’ve figured out that I have to put all my free time to this blog in order to make money from it.
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Self Hosted Websites
Last time we talked, I was going through WordPress.com as a hosting site. Although wordpress.com gave me the blog that I wanted, I didn’t have the freedom. In order to make money blogging, you need the ability to edit the code within the theme. WordPress.com does not allow you to do that.
Because of this lack of freedom, I have switched over to BlueHost. This is an individual hosting site that works with wordpress.org (yes, they are different) to host your site with all the freedom you want! For example, Google Adsense does not work on wordpress.com, you must use your own self hosted site (like BlueHost).
If you’re interested in joining BlueHost click here!
The next thing I learned was all amount how to market yourself. Most bloggers use social media. This includes Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and even Google+.
Although I’ve dipped my toes in them all, my primary focus has been on Pinterest. I actually found an ebook (which yes, I paid for), called Pinteresting Strategies by Carly from Carly On Purpose. This book covers a lot about how to set up graphics, strategies to pin, and whether manually pinning or using a scheduler is a better idea.
For those that don’t know, you can sign up for Tailwind or Boardbooster and they will help you pin to your various boards by scheduling them in advance. A lot of professional bloggers will use this system as they are WAY too busy to do it themselves. I, however, chose the manual route as there is rumors that these pins preform better on Pinterest.
Pinteresting strategies actually recommends having 25 monetizable posts (ones with graphics and affiliate links) and to pin them to 50 different group boards a day. Personally, I have stuck to only pinning each pin 3 times each.
If you’re interested in reading more about Pinteresting Strategies click here!
The last thing I learned in January was how important consistency is in your blog posts. If you choose to post 2 or 3 times a week, then you are supposed to keep doing that. This is where I have decided to make a change.
In the month of January, I was able to post 2 times a week, but I realized that I was going to run out of content pretty quickly if I continued with this schedule. I have decided to only post once a week on Tuesdays. I will, however, be sending out bi-weekly exclusive content to those on my email list in order to show appreciation for those who follow my blog consistently. This will be sent out on Thursdays to fill in the gap!
As you can tell, there have not been any dollar amounts on this post even though it’s supposed to be an income report. Well, that’s because I haven’t made anything yet. I’ve bought a couple of books and courses with the money I’ve made from other side hustles, but I was told from the beginning that money comes over time. So, for the time being, I am still working on this blog and hope that everyone will continue to follow me in my endeavor.
-Trying Not to Go Crazy,