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How I Made Money in my First Week of Blogging

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I started my blog on a whim.  I did not have months of planning involved, I just kind of did it.  I knew there were certain subjects I was interested in, but it was kind of just a matter of doing it.  So, I started doing my research to try and find perfect ways to get my blog rolling from the start.  Within my first week, I made money.  Now, it might not have been a lot of money, but it was a small victory in getting my blog going.  I went in with no expectations, and came out with success.

Now I am a normal, 21 year old, college student.  I major in Early Childhood Education with a concentration in Special Education, so when it came to blogging, I had minimal experience.  I had fooled around with a free WordPress blog I had created for fun, but that was about it.

So where does a girl like me get started?

1. Self Hosting
Web Hosting
The single most important tip to get started is to invest in a self hosted site.  For this, I suggest siteground.  I have had no issues whatsoever with using them for hosting.  The best part is, there are different options to get started.  If you want to spend less money, start with their most basic plan.  If you want more flexibility with controlling your site, premium would definitely be a better option.  No matter what, you are controlling your site.

Siteground also has a simple 1 click installation for WordPress which is so easy to use!  You have the power to create your own site, and self hosting also gives you so many different options to drive traffic to your site.

2. Creating a niche you enjoy and creating rich content.

In order to write good content, you have to enjoy your niche.  Making your niche something you have a personal interest in will hopefully allow you to create better content, and also drive more viewers to your site who have an interest in your niche.

I decided to focus on three different topics which all overlap with each other.  Food, my dog, and lifestyle are three of my favorite topics to talk about, on and off the blog.  So I post recipes for humans and dogs, dog tips, and lifestyle tips for in and out of the kitchen.  Many people choose to focus on one niche, but finding that mine all overlapped, I felt as though this would make my blog more unique…and who doesn’t love hundreds of pictures of my adorable pup! Here’s one just for your enjoyment:)

3. Creating Social Media accounts.

Driving traffic to your blog is extremely important.  Over the past few days, my page views have skyrocketed, much to the help of my social media.  You want to start with the main ones, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.  Make sure you have you accounts set to business accounts on Instagram and Pinterest, this helps you promote your content more.

There are a lot of Facebook groups you can join to help drive traffic to your site.  Interacting with other bloggers is EXTREMELY important.  They understand what you are doing and can also be a great resource if you need any help.  There are also a lot of opportunities for promoting your blog.

Three groups I prefer are:

Blog + Biz BFFs

Blog Engagement/Promotion Mastermind Group 2.0

Bloggers Supporting Bloggers

Pinterest is also a great way to drive traffic to your site.  Pinterest has become one of the best social media platforms for bloggers.  There are a lot of different ways to enhance your Pinterest, but one way to get off and running with your account is to join group boards.  Group boards work just like one of your personal boards that you pin to, but it has other collaborators as well.  This means a lot of people are looking at these boards, driving easy traffic to your site.

To find popular boards for your niche, I suggest checking out Pingroupie.  It lists pretty much all of the group boards you could possibly need to know about.

Or, if you love recipes, feel free to check out my personal group board Blogger’s Best Recipes. Just follow the directions in the description to join!

4. Affiliate Marketing.

This is how I have made money so far, and it is so easy to do.  The above steps should be done prior to see success in this area, but once you do, you will be motivated to keep going.

I got started with Amazon Affiliates.  This was a great place for me to get started, because they do not require you to have a certain amount of traffic coming to your blog as some other affiliate program do.  This means you can get started right away, which I think helped me make money within one week.

Making sure you are promoting content that is relevant is important.  For example, in my post Five Dog Toys for Big Chewers, I provide the links to the products I suggest, but all of the products are relevant to the topic of my post.

 

I am still getting started.  My blog has not been live long.  But I want others thinking about getting started in blogging to know that you can have success pretty fast.  Don’t get down if it does not take off as fast as you want to, this stuff does take time.  But just know, it IS possible.  Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone.  Go for it! You will not regret it!

90 Comment

  1. These are great steps! I’ve done a little of everything. I’ve made very little with Amazon, but I won’t quit trying 🙂

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      I’ve made little too, but I won’t give up! It has only been a little over a week for me so a little bit is something!

  2. This is a really great post. I’ve been blogging for a about a year now and still haven’t made anything through affiliate marketing. Hopefully I can change some things and make a profit in 2017

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Hopefully! I’ll be cheering for you!

  3. Alli says: Reply

    I also started out blogging on WordPress. So glad I did something right and didn’t have to switch over later. My blog was started as a hobby blog and at the time I didn’t realize how much money I could make doing something I love.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      It really is great! I love sharing my thoughts with others and this is the perfect way to do so!

  4. Corey says: Reply

    Great ideas – and thanks for the Facebook group suggestions!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      No problem! I’m glad they were helpful!

  5. This is a great post for anyone who’s been looking to get into the blogging game. Everything you did was on point.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  6. Ashley says: Reply

    Great post! I really need to focus more on Amazon Affiliates. I have used them a handful of times but need to do more with them. Thanks for the reminder!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you! I wish you luck with it!

  7. candy says: Reply

    Congratulations on your success. I haven’t tried to make money on blogging yet and your tips help.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      I’m glad they were helpful! And thank you!

  8. I haven’t made anything with affiliate marketing but i’m hoping for the best. The fact that you made money on your first week is incredible. Its been 3 weeks and I havent made a cent.

    Palesa | http://beingpalesa.com

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      You got this! It’ll come!

  9. Sounds like you have become a pro overnight. I only hope to get there one day. Yoiu seem to do a great job. My sister is an expert at this like you.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! It has been countless hours of research and I am not slowing down soon!

  10. Lovely post!
    Definitely an inspiration for the ones who are looking ahead to start with blogging.
    Sharing it across to spread the words of inspiration.
    Keep writing!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I definitely hope to help others!

  11. Ariel says: Reply

    Thanks for the tips! Ill definitely look into that affiliate thing.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Definitely do! Let me know if you need any help!:)

  12. Great tips for starting a blog! And congrats on the income in your first week of blogging – that’s awesome! 🙂

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you! It was only a tiny bit but that is a small victory to me!

  13. lisa says: Reply

    Good luck with your blog! Sounds like you are off to a great start!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  14. This is great! I am a born again blogger lol. My first go around felt to time consuming.. but this time around I planned better for it! I haven’t made any money yet, but I don’t care 🙂 I really love blogging! Thank you for sharing your success!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      That’s the best part is I love doing it! The small income is just a bonus!

  15. It sounds like you have got off to a great start, making money in your first week is absolutely fantastic!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! It was a very exciting moment!

  16. Pam Wattenbarger says: Reply

    I really need to get into affiliate marketing. I have a few affiliate links but I know I am not using them to their best potential.

  17. Blogging is a lot of work, but it’s definitely possible to make some decent money blogging. Thanks for sharing your tips and experiences.

  18. I’ll be blogging for 6 years next month, and I don’t make a lot of money at it. It was never a priority, really. I think I should start to take steps toward this, but I’m kind of wary – but this post works as a guide for me to get started. Thanks!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      No problem! Let me know if you have any questions about it!

  19. Beth says: Reply

    I blogged over ten years ago for one of my businesses I co owned and it was such a chore that I gave up. I resurfaced again and think i will do something I am passionate about. Whether it creates income or not at least it will keep my head out of the gutter.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      It has really helped me stay focused. Writing about something I enjoy makes it so much easier!

  20. I think you had some good strategies. I wish I would have self-hosted when I first started my blog.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I researched it a lot and am so happy I decided to do so!

  21. These are great tips! I know what you mean about starting your blog without planning. I did the same thing. I edited and came up with content then a week later I had a blog lol.

    xoxo
    Isaly Holland
    http://www.memoriesbyisaly.com

  22. Good on you for your success! That is definitely something to be very proud of. I want to hop on board with affiliate marketing and your tips are really helpful.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you! I hope you are able to find success as well!

  23. megan says: Reply

    This is great and super helpful. I am going to add this pin to my Tailwind Tribe. I am still working on the monetary part of my blog still, but I’m hopeful!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      If you have any questions let me know! I have done extensive research on the topic and am still doing more because I want to know as much as I can about it! I would love to collaborate!

  24. Laura says: Reply

    Welcome to the blogging community! I have to tell you your puppy is adorable <3 This was a great blogging info post for newbies. It's really neat to hear how everyone starts their blogging businesses differently.I have been blogging for about 6 years – ack, 7 years (can't believe we're entering 2017 so soon!) now and I started my path a little differently. I am just now starting to get into the monetizing side of it so the tips for Amazon is great! I agree with you so much that socializing your blog is a top priority – you have to get yourself out there to be seen. Good Luck to you in all you do, this is a great start!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I love my pup more than anything so I had to fit her into the blog somewhere! Thank you! And good luck to you as well!

  25. Rebecca Swenor says: Reply

    These are all great ways to make money the first year of blogging. The affiliate programs are a great way to make money. Join the social media sites are also a good way to get people to your site. Thanks for sharing the information.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! glad I could help!!

  26. I cosign everything here! These are great tips for beginners!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  27. Echo says: Reply

    This is great advice! I can totally tell that you did your research before you started your blog and that definitely makes a difference!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      So much research I think my head might explode!!! I have learned so much! Thank you so much!

  28. Nice post! Very helpful! I’m definitely joining the above mentioned groups. Thanks! 🙂

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      The groups are great! I highly suggest!

  29. Great Advice thank you…already getting some success with the Facebook groups.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      That is so good to hear! They are really helpful and supportive!

  30. Garf says: Reply

    Great tips. Congratulations! I started my blog as a hobby then turn into money making.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      That is awesome! I love doing it so its the best of both worlds!

  31. Congratulations on your early success! I think that is so awesome. You offer so many great tips. I, too, have found that joining Facebook and Pinterest groups has been key in growing my blog. I wish you all the best continued success!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      thank you so much! I really appreciate it!:)

  32. Emily says: Reply

    Congratulations on your success so early in the game! With a name like yummy eats dot com I can’t imagine you failing at blogging. 🙂 So creative and fun! Congrats and cheers to 2017!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much! I am loving blogging and all of the support, much appreciated!

  33. Petra says: Reply

    Great tips and thank you for recommending those FB groups!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      No problem! Glad you liked them!

  34. These are great steps! I wish I had found facebook groups to join sooner!!
    xo
    Sami
    http://www.theclassicbrunette.com

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      They are so helpful! Definitely check them out!

  35. That’s awesome that you made money so quickly!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you! It wasn’t much but it was still so exciting!

  36. Kimberly @ Berly's Kitchen says: Reply

    Isn’t Siteground great?! I LOVE them! Affiliate marketing can also be a good way to make money IF you can meet the required thresholds. Sounds like you off to a great start. 🙂

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Yes! So much better than where I started! And exactly!

  37. Lee says: Reply

    Where have you learned the most when it comes to affiliate marketing?

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      I read a lot of other blogs. I feel that learning from others who have found success is one of the best ways to learn!

  38. Way to go on getting your monetization strategy up and running so quickly! Wishing you continued success in 2017!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  39. This is excellent! Well done on making some income from your blog. I am still yet to work on my monotising strategy. I hope I will soon!

    Foirell | http://www.citygirlrell.com

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Don’t be afraid to refer back here when you do:) Thank you so much!

  40. Wow! Great tips. Thank you!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  41. Greate Tips!!!!

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you!

  42. kelly says: Reply

    Girl thanks! This is so encouraging. I also started my blog on a whim but im having so much fun and ready to start seeing some $$ from it! Thx for the advice.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      No problem! I am glad I could help!

  43. Love how you simplified everything! and great blog too! I also majored in Early Childhood Education – way to go!!! Hugs, Kristie

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      That is so awesome! It is such a rewarding major!

  44. Niki says: Reply

    Wow! Great post for everyone getting started in the blogging world.

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      Thank you so much!

  45. Neha kumari says: Reply

    Great tips. Really helpful for a upcoming blogger like me.

  46. Great Tips. Congratulation on your success. Can someone please explain why setting instagram pinterest to business account helps with traffic? Because my blog and photos are all personal it feels weird to set it as business account with contact…Also, when I post pictures on instagram I want to share with my friends also, I find that when I set it to a facebook page, I am not able to share it to my personal FB page…

    ~~~ clueless newbie lol

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      The business accounts allow you to advertise your posts and also see certain analytics. If you are trying to get your brand out there, this can all be really helpful! Also with pinterest, make sure you have rich pins enabled, they are easier for viewers to find and also helps lead them to your site easier!

  47. Great post and thanks for the tips. I’m going to have a read through more 😊xxx

    1. yummyyeats2@gmail.com says: Reply

      No problem:) hope they help!

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