There are countless people that say it takes months, or even years, to start making money with your blog.
Thankfully this isn’t the case at all anymore.
I suppose back before social media when you had to rely strictly on word of mouth and search engines for people to find your blog it took a lot longer for a blog to make some money but these days it’s reasonable to say that even a complete beginner can earn enough in their first month to cover their monthly hosting cost and maybe even a bit extra.
Social media has played a big role in making it easier to make money your first month blogging and with so much information online about SEO and how to drive traffic to your blog it’s possible to start off the first month with a bang.
It actually took me more than a year to make money with my first blog but these days the different blogs and websites that I work on become profitable rather quickly thanks to the different tips and strategies I’m going to share with you in this post today.
Before you start worrying about making money there are a few things you’re going to want to already have up and running:
- Make sure you have a self-hosted blog or website
- Have a nice theme and fill out everything on your blog so that it has a more professional appearance (About page, contact info, profile photo, menu bar, etc)
- Set up all of your different social media accounts if you’re not using your personal ones (Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest)
This is the baseline that you’ll want to start from and if you don’t have all these things going for you already then spend an hour or two set everything up properly and then refer back to this post.
With that out of the way let’s just jump right into it!
How You Can Make Money in Your First Month Blogging
Once your blog is up and running the first thing you’re going to want to do is write a handful of blog posts related to your niche or whatever it is that you plan on blogging about.
It’s possible to monetize just about every niche in a variety of different ways so as long as you have some helpful and engaging content then you’re going to be able to make some money over the next few weeks.
I recommend coming up with at least five blog posts to start out with and writing at least two each week during your first month so that you have a really good base of content that you can use to promote and share with your audience.
Depending on your writing skill and creativity it’s going to take you about 1 to 3 hours per post and if you don’t have this kind of time to dedicate to your blog then you shouldn’t be worrying about making money just yet at this point in time.
Every time you write a post make sure that you include some images, links to other relevant posts both on your website and to other websites, and try to write at least 1000 words.
What should you write about?
It really depends on the topic of your blog and it’s a good idea to check out some blogs that are related to yours if you need some ideas on content that you can create.
For example, with the travel blog you might want to write some destination posts about things to do with a certain area or packing lists on what people should bring if they’re planning a trip abroad.
Basically, you want to create content that your potential audience will find helpful and that you can also use for monetizing in the future.
You don’t need to come up with something completely brand new, you just need to add your own personal touch and style your content so that it’s unique, insightful, and engaging.
After the first week is over you should have a good base of content to work with and you can get started with some promotion and also check out some of your different options available for monetization.
During this second week you’re going to want to focus on getting traffic to your blog in a variety of different ways depending on what you’re good at and how much time you want to spend promoting your content.
At this point you don’t really need to worry about SEO as it can take months for your posts to naturally rank in Google and other search engines so for now you can focus on social media, commenting on other blogs, writing some guest posts, and cruising through forums helping people out with relevant questions.
For me personally, social media is a great place to get started and in my opinion it’s the best way to get traffic to a brand new blog even if you’re a total beginner.
Facebook is where you’ll want to head to first and on this platform I recommend joining a bunch of relevant Facebook groups where you can share your content with group members that are going to find it interesting and helpful.
The key here is to join relevant Facebook groups so for example if your blog is about fashion then you’re going to want to search for fashion-related Facebook groups where you can promote and share your content with other people.
Pinterest is another social media platform you’re going to want to spend some time on and there are tons of guides online that you can use for help with setting up your Pinterest profile and creating great pins.
The trick with Pinterest is to join Pinterest group boards where you can post your pins to and take advantage of a lot more traffic than you would otherwise have access to.
To find group boards to join you can check out other users on Pinterest or just do a quick search for something like “your niche Pinterest group boards”.
Along with social media you’re going to want to visit websites like Reddit and Quora where you can participate in online discussions and post links to your blog as long as it’s relevant and helpful to the discussion.
Both Quora and Reddit can be used for driving a lot of traffic to a new blog although it really depends on your topic when it comes to how popular the different forms are and how many people are going to click through and read what you’re sharing.
Another thing you can do is to right some guest posts for other more popular bloggers and websites.
Guest posting is a great way to build your brand and increase general awareness about your blog, especially for a beginner, and it’s also going to help you build relationships with other bloggers in the community which can help you quite a bit in the long term.
Finally, head to some of your favorite blogs or websites in your niche and try to leave some comments on the different posts that you read.
This helps because other people are going to see the comment you left and might check out your blog and the owner of the blog that you comment on is going to get a notification and they might check out your site as well.
You don’t have to go too overboard here and leaving a few comments each day can really help get you some extra traffic and get you noticed on the blogging scene in your niche.
By now should notice some traffic starting to trickle in from social media, blog comments, and any of the guest posts that you have written.
At the beginning of the third week you should spend some time focusing on monetizing your content and you can even do it earlier on if you’re already getting some good traffic.
Be sure to check out my more in-depth post on monetizing your blog but some ideas for monetization includes things like:
- Affiliate marketing
- Display advertisements
- Selling your own product or service
As for choosing the right method of monetization it depends what your niche is and what your audience is looking for.
You might be better off with affiliate marketing where you recommend different products or services to your audience and earn a commission if someone buys something.
Display advertisements are good for topics like technology, cars, fashion, travel, and anything else where people tend to spend a lot of money.
One of the best ways to monetize your current traffic is by selling your own product or service although this might take you longer to develop and it’s likely you won’t have a product or service to sell in your first few weeks.
With traffic starting to grow make sure that you’re collecting emails in exchange for something like a freebie. Collecting emails is a great way to maintain your blogging audience and can really help with monetization in the long run.
For beginners I think you’re going to see the most luck with affiliate marketing and there are so many different affiliate programs out there such as Amazon Affiliate, Flex Offers, CJ, Shareasale, and countless others. Regardless of your blogging niche you’re bound to find something that you can promote.
Make sure that you have some posts that relate to whatever it is that you’re promoting. These can be things like reviews, tutorials, buying guides, or just in-depth informative articles where do you recommend different products or services in passing.
You don’t need to come off as too salesy or push anything too hard up front and as long as you’re providing value through the form of your blog posts and you’re able to drive some traffic from the different methods that I recommended above then you’ll be able to start making a few sales during this week and hopefully ramp it up in the upcoming weeks.
I hope that by now you’ve already made your first sale online and that you’re motivated to move forward into the coming months with your blog.
If not, don’t worry because as long as you follow the different strategies that I’ve covered so far you’re going to make your first sale eventually depending on how much work you’re putting in.
On this final week you want to continue creating high-quality content and promoting your blog posts online through social media, blog comments, and by helping people out on online forums related to your niche.
You’re also going to want to try to write a few more guests posts if you have the time and you should continue doing this while you grow your blog over the next few months.
Depending on how much traffic you have you should have a decent number of email subscribers and whenever you post something try to ask people that interact with your content for their feedback to get a better idea of whether or not the content that you’re creating is providing value or if you can improve on it.
In the future you should think about creating a course or an ebook that highlights your knowledge about your blogging niche and this can become a product that you can sell further down the line.
Remember that it’s important to develop a solid relationship with your audience over the long-term so you always want to focus on providing as much value as possible and keeping your readers engaged while they’re on your blog.
The same goes for social media so make sure that you’re interacting with your followers and striving to grow your different social media accounts.
Everything that I’ve shared with you today is what I would do personally if I was starting a new blog or helping someone out with their own monetization.
There might be some phrases or ideas that I’ve covered that you’re not too sure about and I recommend spending some time doing some research on Google or checking out my other posts to get a better understanding of what you need to know coming into the blogging world.
Of course, please don’t hesitate to ask me anything in the comment section down below and you can even send me an email if you need any help with anything I’ve talked about today.
The more time that you put into your blog the greater that your long-term earning potential is going to be and while you shouldn’t expect any miracles to happen overnight it’s extremely possible that you can make some decent money in your first month while learning the skills you need to set yourself up for long-term success.
For those of you that are new to blogging, definitely try out the different strategies that I’ve listed above and let me know how it works for you!