I recently got caught into a pintrest trap of reading all the bloggers posting about how they made so much money in such a little time. Suggestions to follow their tips and hopefully we can make some money as well.
Confession: I have not made a dime.
I am not saying there is not money to be made. I am excited for those who have found the method that works for them. However, from my social media tracking I have realized I am not alone in the frustration of not making money. Hence the reason for this parody post.
This post contains affiliate links, so if you click on them and support me, I will make a small amount at no cost to you. Find out our complete disclosure here. Then I guess I will have to update this post!
I bought very few blog related things.
I bought my domain and hosting for two years. GoDaddy provides all this easily. I also purchased SSL certificate for $59 per year. There are many blogging hosting companies out there, find the one that works for you.
After you start creating quality content, you need people to start going to your site. If you are not on Pinterest as a business account, go now. I’ll wait.
While we consider this a social media site, it is actually a visual search engine. There is room for everyone, not just your DYI or those planning their wedding.
Next, make pinable pictures for your posts! You can use Canva or PicMonkey. I paid for a subscription of PicMonkey, as I am also working on a few other projects that this will be useful for. If you want something simple and free, try PicFont. I used this resource when I first started out and you can still find some of the pictures on my blog.
OK, you are on pinterest and have pinable pictures, now what? The more regularly you post, the more likely your pins will be seen on pinterst searches.
I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAILWIND. You can start with scheduling 100 pins for free and after that pay yearly ($129). You can also join tribes that will help you find other pins in your area of interest.
Tailwind has helped me get my pins seen and I saw growth in less than 90 pins. I decided it was worth the money then. Because why write a blog if no one is going to read it? Might as well just keep a journal.
Another of my favorite blogging resources is MonsterInsights, a plugin to help with analytics. I have tried Google Analytics by itself, but found I prefer MonsterInsights for easy to read reports on one page without having to add a code into the website.
Check out MonsterInsights for yourself.
I did not have enough traffic for Adsense
The main way many bloggers get money from their blog is through Ads placed on the website.
My traffic has increased with using Tailwind, but it is not in the thousands yet. When I did not get approved by Google Adsense, I decided to check out alternatives. I found Chitka. So far this has worked for me. I have seen increase in impressions but have not made any money as of yet. I’m hopeful though!
Affiliate Marketing is another way many have made money in blogging. If you are using and promoting a product already, why wouldn’t you get paid for it?
The one I found most accepting for new bloggers looking to make money is ShareASale. This is an affiliate network. Once you are approved, you will then need to apply to each affiliate program you are interested in. There are hundreds of programs in many different categories for you to check out. I suggest searching programs and products you already use to see if they are a part of ShareASale.
I choose The Faithful Merchant accessories because they are already part of my life. I have been following them for years and also take their pieces with me on cruises. Found out more about Secrets of the Ship’s affiliation with The Faithful Merchant.
If you do decide to use affiliate marketing, make sure to stay legal and read up on what must accompany a post using these links.
Don't forget, I've made ZERO.
Take all this advice with a grain of salt, because I am not an expert in making money with blogging. I have been trying, I get frustrated. I am sure you are too if you have read this far.
It’s ok if you have been trying and not have made any money. It’s ok if you have had great success, even as a new blogger. And it is OK if you have decided not to monetize your blog now or ever. This is the truly great thing about blogging, we do not all need to be the same.