You can find here a real-world example of how bloggers make money and how much you can make from blogging each month, even with a small blog. I’m revealing the income reports from some small bloggers to show you how to make money and motivate you to get started.
Too many new bloggers get started after seeing monthly income reports from huge, established bloggers and then live that ultimate frustration every small blogger faces. The despair of spending hours a week writing a blog post that nobody will read and the frustration from not making as much as they thought.
I’m sharing real-life examples of how bloggers make money including how I made nearly $15,000 last month. I’ll not only reveal how four bloggers make six-figure incomes but four tips you can use to make money even on a small blog.
We’re talking how much you can make blogging today on Let’s Talk Money! Beat debt. Make money.
How Much Money Can You Make with a Small Blog?
Make your money work for you. Creating the financial future you deserve. Let’s Talk Money. And if there’s one question I get most from these new bloggers, it’s How Much Money Can You Make with a Small Blog? You see, so many bloggers get started after seeing monthly income reports from huge, established bloggers and then live that ultimate frustration every small blogger faces.
The despair of spending hours a week writing a blog post that nobody will read and the frustration from not making as much as they thought.
I was there in 2013 when I started my blogs and I’ve seen hundreds of bloggers fight through it. So I want to help get you started, just like all those others I’ve helped, by sharing four real-life examples of how bloggers are making money and then four tips to make money on even a small blog.
We’ll start with those four blogger income examples but stick around because I’ll be revealing four ways to make money blogging on any size website.
How much Blogger Can Make Money?
Kayla Sloan started her website in 2014 and but didn’t switch to full-time blogging until late 2015. She gets just 7,000 page views a month but is a great example of how bloggers can still make money on a small site. Kayla started freelance writing and then started teaching others how to write online and make money.
This is one of the most common ‘career paths’ I see with bloggers and it’s similar to how I started.
Kayla now makes over $11,000 a month and focuses mostly on her own students now instead of writing.
Freelance writing pays off immediately and as long as you have a decent command of the English language, you can easily make $30 an hour and more.
You do this while your own blog grows and eventually you’re making so much from your own site that you don’t have to freelance anymore.
The message here, get started with a blog and use some of the income sources I’ll reveal later.
Some will provide an immediate payout while others take longer to build but mean more money.
Lena of the site What Mommy Does gets a mountain of traffic with over 350,000 views a month but I wanted to highlight it here because I think her strategy works even for small blogs.
Lena reports four income sources; affiliate marketing, advertising, sponsored posts, and an eBook and she consistently makes around ten grand a month from it.
This is a pretty typical blogger income report and the core income sources you’ll use to make money.
Your first check will probably come from ads on the site but make a plan from day one to get those sponsored posts and affiliate payouts.
Now Lena didn’t start with this huge blog. She had less than 20,000 visitors in January 2015 but built it to a legit online business.
Like any business, blogging is a long-game and the ones that put in the time are the ones that build their income into that six-figure payday.
Two more examples of how much bloggers make and then those four tips to make money but I want to get your feedback. How much do you want to make each month, whether it’s from a blog or other online business?
How much do you want to make and what are some of the ideas in the post that will help you do that?
So, this one is just as much about your feedback as it is to get you thinking, how can this work for me, how can I apply this to reach that income goal? Scroll down and let me know in the comments.
How Much Small Blogger Make Money ?
Carrie Smith Nicholson of Careful Cents has a fairly small blog but she’s managed to turn it into a legit work from home business.
Carrie makes a good chunk of her blogging income from digital product sales which are things like a downloadable planner or printable that can be anything from a one-page checklist to a mini-eBook.
Now, this is three months but she didn’t include her freelancing income here so adding that means she made just over $6,700 a month for the quarter.
Look at the individual income sources though. What I like here is that you see no one income source is usually going to make a blogger rich.
Carrie made about four grand a month freelancing and a grand a month on digital products, but none of these were huge by itself. Few bloggers make enough from just one income source to focus on just the one. Put five or six of these sources together though and you’ve got a solid income.
I started tracking my blogging income in April 2015 and made an earth-shattering $60 that month. By the end of the year, I was making around two grand a month and have grown the business to five figures since.
I regularly make money through six income sources including books, Amazon affiliates, courses, ads, affiliate marketing, sponsorships and those of you in the community will notice something here.
The income from any single source can vary a lot from month-to-month.
I was making a couple thousand each month earlier this year on courses during my launches and when I was really promoting them but that dried up last month.
I was still able to reach a new record though on total income because a few of these other sources really stepped up.
That’s a big lesson here in blogging, you need to go after several of the income sources we’ll talk about next to balance out your income from month-to-month.
Tips to Start Blogging
Now, I want to share four tips that will make you more money even on a small blog.
Four rules that will work to make you money starting today.
You can’t wait for traffic to start making money.
I die a little every time I hear someone say they’re waiting to grow their blog before they worry about making money. If you have one person reading your blog or watching your YouTube channel, YOU CAN MAKE MONEY!
Have a product plan from day one, whether that means which eBooks you want to produce or maybe some quick printable you can sell through the blog. Start thinking about the digital products you can sell.
Rule #2 here is to learn the different ways
Bloggers use to make money and build as many of those as possible. In each of the blogger income examples, you saw all the reasons for using multiple income sources. From smoothing out your monthly income to just making more money; you need to be balancing as many income sources as possible.
They say the average millionaire is collecting an income of seven different sources and it’s no different for bloggers. Next here is to blend affiliate marketing and self-publishing into your content strategy.
This means every week or month, whenever you sit down to think about what you might write about on your blog, include affiliates and self-publishing in the mix.
For affiliates, this means finding the ones that work to really help your readers, then planning on doing a review post or a comparison article each month.
This is going to build up a library of content that will start getting traffic from Google every single month and start making you passive income even if you stop posting.
For self-publishing income, building the income source into your content strategy means deciding on a book you want to publish. Then you outline the chapters and write one a week to post on the blog.
This makes it so you get something posted on the blog but also get the book finished without having to spend twice the time.
Increase your blog traffic with SEO
Our fourth rule for making money is going to be more indirect but will come out over the long-run. Create a plan to increase your blog traffic with search engine optimization or SEO.
Quick guide For how to create a blog?
- Pick a blog name. Choose something descriptive& Create a brand for the blog.
- Get your blog online. Register your blog and get hosting. Recommended Bluehost
- Customize your blog. Choose a free template or many more professional themes and plugins: Recommended Themeshop.com.
- Write & publish your first post. The fun part! You can simply buy quality content as your niche, Recommended: content2fast.com
- Promote your blog. you will likely use a combination of social media and search engine optimization (SEO)
- Make money blogging. with AdSense, affiliate marketing, selling your product, and sponsor ad.
How much does it cost to start a blog?