How I Made my First Dollar from Blogging

For many of us, making a dollar online from blogging doesn’t seem like a big win. But to the millions out there starting new blogs and online businesses, the idea of earning that first buck is a very hot topic. I will never forget the feeling of making my first dollar online and how it changed my life forever.

If you are just starting out blogging or been blogging for months but aren’t sure how to generate your first £100 from your blog…I am here to let you know that it’s possible.

Many bloggers make money in different ways so really think about how you want to earn your money from your blog. I made my first £1 from blogging through Google AdSense.

Even though its not a big amount, I was so happy because I knew that I was on the right track with my blogging. And hopefully one day I can make a full-time living right from my blog. So, you can totally make great money from blogging and doing what you love!

In this post, I will share the knowledge I’ve gained and the steps I took in order to make my first £1 from blogging!

Figured out my Blog Niche

I would say that this is the most important step when starting out a blog. To avoid the risk of blogging conceptually and without a purpose, the best thing you could do is to find yourself a niche. I knew when I was starting my blog what niche I was passionate about writing. But I first began studying what readers in my niche struggled with and began focusing on those areas. When I first started ‘The Money Tip’, I began to write posts such as; ways to save money and how to manage your income successfully.

A great place to begin is to find a subject you are passionate about. What really interests you? Which subject totally takes over your life? What makes you wake up in the small hours with a fantastic new post idea?

A niche will only thrive if its’ fueled by the inspiration and enthusiasm of its owner. Always keep your fire fueled and try not to let it go out!

Picked a Blog Name

This was one of the hardest things I had to for the blog, as your blog name is going to be first thing people will see in search results. And today’s recent blogging statistics show that your name does matter. Your blog’s name will tell people something about you and your blog, so you want to make a strong first impression.

I did a lot of research on the kinds of blogs I would be competing against, to help give me an idea of what type of name will work for my blog. You won’t be copying anyone, yet it may just be the perfect push to get those creative juices flowing!

To help fuel additional inspiration, I flicked through a good thesaurus that beats almost any other method I know for coming up with interesting new words. The thesaurus can be a treasure-trove of inspiration, especially if you want to say something in a slightly different way.

There are also several blog name generator websites to help come up with fun word combinations. They are simple to use and allows you to set your own limits on the kind of words you want to create.

Thought about my Future Audience

Having a niche will help you write for your ideal reader. And your ideal reader will be more likely to read your blog if it’s of interest to them. However, it is advisable to do adequate research into who your ideal reader is. What subjects would attract them, what makes them live and breathe, what makes them wake up at night and what would they talk to their friends about?

I have learnt that a blog will flourish much better if you are able to write purely for your readers, rather than for yourself. I put up a story on my Instagram for ideas on topics my followers would be interested in reading on my blog, and I got a ton of inspiration which helped me write my first few blog content.

When I first launched my blog, I only had about two blog posts ready to go before I launched The Money Tip. But recommend to new bloggers to have at least 10 to 15 blog posts ready before launching.

Wrote about What I Love and Offered Value

I really started to focus on giving my readers more value in my posts. So as a result, I started writing longer posts filled with lots of examples and detailed information that would help my audience solve their problems. Not only does Google like it when you write more detailed posts, but your readers love it too!

I also found it important that I write about something I love. Otherwise I will show no passion in my writing and will see this whole blog thing simply as a chore than a hobby. This is important, as if your content isn’t valuable people won’t read it or return to read more. Really think about what you’re putting out there and give people what they want.

Writing longer posts and going the extra mile may take more time. But it’s totally worth your time, as readers will gain a ton of knowledge and value from reading your posts.

Also, when thinking about things to blog about, write articles that have punchy titles: ones that people search for through search engines and titles that are appealing and catchy. You want to draw people in and inspire their curiosity!

Took SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) Seriously

Another area I focused on was SEO! I stepped up my SEO game and started putting relevant keywords in my post titles and pictures used in my blog posts. To help with this, I started using the WordPress plugin Yoast SEO and it has been nothing short of AMAZING.

The better you optimise your blog posts for SEO, the higher your webpages will be listed on search engine results pages, so more people can find your website and get to know your business. In fact, companies that blog typically gain at least twice as much web traffic as those that don’t blog. So do take SEO lightly and really step it up on that area!

Focused on Marketing

One thing I learnt when launching the blog, is that you won’t get anywhere if you just launch a blog and hope that people will come without making any marketing effort. You must actively market your blog and you can do that through a variety of ways.

Using Pinterest and Instagram together has seriously been a game changer for me! Pinterest has helped rapidly grow my website traffic and using Instagram has boosted my engagement a ton! On Pinterest, I focused on pinning more often throughout the week. On Instagram, I focused on being more active within the personal finance communities and reaching out to other bloggers.

I also started chatting with other bloggers by leaving valuable comments on other people’s blog posts – this in turn helped draw people back to my site.

Whatever you choose to do, just get out there and market yourself like mad. There’s really no excuse not to!

Kept it Regular and Consistent

A blog is almost like an online journal and suggests a ‘regular’ focus. Being consistent played a huge part in making my first £100 with my blog.

I set up a posting schedule for my blog and social media posts and made sure to stick to the schedule each month. If a blogger isn’t consistent, their readers might forget about their blog. Your audience should expect to see something from you daily. Even if it’s an Instagram post, a Twitter tweet…. Something to keep them up to date with what’s going on and where you put new content out!

And if you go on holiday, make best use of scheduling tools on your blog so you can post articles automatically while you’re away from your desk!

I looked at Ways to Monetise the Blog

Once I finally had my blog up and running, I was finally able to start looking into ways to make a profit from it. These are some of the best and easiest ways to make money:

Advertising

The main way to make money from blogging. As your blog becomes popular, advertisers will want you to place adverts near your content. I currently use Google AdSense to manage this, they act as a ‘middleman’ between you and the advertiser and you can choose what adverts you want on your blog.

Affiliate Links

Where you can promote other people’s products and services through your content. You can partner with brands and receive a commission every time a reader clicks on a link.

Guest Blogging

If you are an expert in your subject, get paid to guest on other blogs for a fee.

Promote Your Business and Yourself!

Blogging is a great way to promote your product or service you are offering. It builds up your profile and adds a personal touch to your business. It’s also a great way to prepare yourself for job applications, self-starters who promote themselves online are always attractive employers.

 

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Final Note

Blogging is a terrific side hustle. You can make serious money in a space you’re passionate about – all while working from home. Although it takes time and work to build your site’s traffic, getting started is easy.

Remember, you can only make money from your blog when you have traffic and following, so concentrate on the content and adding value to your readers before the money. It won’t happen immediately but get it right and blogging can be one of the easiest ways to make money online.

Over to you – have you set up a blog and made money from it? Share your blogging stories and tips with us, we’d love to hear from you!

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