Oh my goodness – it’s my first blog income report! In October of 2019, I finally monetized my blog. I still have a long way to go, but in just 2 months, I have made $2,007 which to me is awesome!
Today I am sharing my first blog income report to show you everything I have done so far, which has helped me make my first $2k with LovelyRefinement.com.
Before, this blog was not making any money, nor ranking for any good keywords. I changed that, implementing the strategies in this blogging course. It covers exactly how to make a blog rank, convert subscribers, and make sales.
It is actually 6 courses rolled into a bundle, covering blogging, SEO, Pinterest marketing, email marketing, blog monetization, affiliate marketing, creating your own products and more.
How I Made $2,000 Blogging – My First Blog Income Report
In October I began my test to see if I could monetize LovelyRefinement and turn a profit.
Here’s what I did to earn $2000 blogging in the mental wellness niche with a small niche lifestyle blog. Plus, what I am continuing to do to grow it.
My first blog income report!
- Ads & affiliate income – $1,693
- Amazon affiliate – $19
- Digital Products – $300
My blog expenses are pretty simple.
- Tailwind – $9/mo (for Pinterest)
- Podia – $29/mo (where I sell my course + ebooks)
- WordPress theme $129/one time fee
Here’s how I made my first $2,000 blogging in less than 3 months.
1. I launched My Own Course & Digital Products Store
This is really exciting for me. In October I launched the LovelyRefinement shop and created a course, and a couple of ebooks and put them up for sale.
It has been bringing in sales already, and I got a product into the Ultimate Productivity Bundle which is incredible!
My course is a mental wellness program that helps women overcome anxiety and self-doubt, to step into their abilities with confidence. Learn more about it here!
2. I Monetized My Blog With Affiliate Marketing
In addition to offering my own products for sale, I am now also promoting affiliate products, where I earn a commission.
Affiliate marketing is something that I always just assumed was really difficult to do, but I was wrong. It’s not difficult!
If you aren’t making good money from your blog yet, I would recommend that you take a blogging course that teaches all sorts of different monetization strategies.
Be Your Own Blog Boss by HerPaperRoute is the 6-course bundle that covers everything.
It’s taught in a fun way that even a complete newbie can make sense of affiliate marketing.
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3. I Am Creating New Pins Daily
Adding fresh pins to Pinterest each day is something that is a bit tedious, but it REALLY helps to bring in new visitors to my blog.
And it’s completely free advertising, so worth the effort I think.
I am making new pins for old blog posts a few times a week right now, and I intend to make it a daily thing, now that the Holidays are over and I have more time.
Come and follow my progress over on Pinterest @LovelyRefinement
4. I Am Focusing On SEO
SEO (search engine optimization) is so important. I’ve been lucky that the Pinterest marketing strategies that I’ve learned are helping to bring in 50k monthly page views from Pinterest now.
And I have over 1.7 million monthly page views on Pinterest now too. Tailwind is really great for boosting Pinterest traffic – fyi!
But I know that I shouldn’t depend on one source of traffic. I need to diversify my traffic and focus on Google organic specifically.
And that means improving my on-page SEO of old articles. As well as working on off-page SEO to get more backlinks.
Many of my old blog posts had no focus keywords, no meta descriptions, and no real thought about using them to rank for search terms.
So, I am currently editing all of my old blog posts and:
- cleaning them up
- doing keyword research for each
- writing meta descriptions
- and improving them with good SEO practices in mind.
SEO is something that takes a while to see results from, but when done right, it will make a big difference in organic traffic.
5. I Am Focusing On Connecting With My Audience
Something that is really important to me is the relationship that I have with you, my reader.
Some of my loyal readers struggle with depression and tell me that they come here to LovelyRefinement because the articles offer them a supportive and uplifting space when they are facing their darkest days.
It means a lot to me that my writing is being received this way, and that it can offer some support when you need it most.
So with this in mind, I have expanded my personalized resources. Including a private membership where members can get additional resources from me (all for free!) which also includes access to a private Facebook support group.
As well, I am sending a weekly motivational email to all members to further grow our relationship – which I am loving!
My First Blog Income Report – Conclusion
I feel like I have reached a big milestone in LovelyRefinement’s blogging journey, now that my first blog income report has happened!
As things progress, I will add more income reports in the future. Blogging really is the best, and it offers so much possibility for making money.
Hopefully, you found this blog income report helpful, and you are inspired to start your own blog today.
If you want to start your own blog, enroll in HerPaperRoute’s free blogging course.
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