How To Make Money Blogging For Beginners In 2021 | How I Made my First $1000 With a Blog

How To Make Money Blogging For Beginners | How I Made my First $1000 With a Blog.


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What are the best ways for beginners to make money blogging? You’ll get the answers to these questions but not only that. I will share with you my story and tell you how I made my first $1000 a month as a blogger and how long it took me to get to that number.

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So this was my reality in 2017. I was working full time in an office and was secretly planning my escape from the 9-5. I was trying to focus on my blog after working hours, and on weekends. It was quite exhaustive but I was positive that this extra effort was a temporary thing and will allow me to change my lifestyle completely once the blog will start getting traction.

I promised to tell you how I made my first $1000 / mo with my blog, and when this happened. So it was actually at 11th months blogging when my blog was accepted to a premium ad management company.

I’ll talk more about that in a few moments but let me just show you this graph because you’ll see here that I didn’t jump from 0 to $1000/ mo overnight. There was a steady growth of blogging income, I was first making less than $100 a month, then I was making several hundred dollars which was a really nice addition to my day job income.

So I was slowly growing my blogging income and what worked for me initially at a few hundred dollars level was Google Adsense and affiliate links. But you know what was the real breakthrough in terms of blogging income?

I crossed that first $1000 mark only when I was able to join a premium ad management company. And display ads on the blog started bringing me consistent income from that moment.

So let me explain what I am talking about. You know you can apply to Google Adsense with a pretty new website and little traffic but with Adsense you usually will get paid very little and I encourage you as soon as they reach higher traffic volume, try to apply for premium ad management companies.

So that was about display ads. I want to just add here that in order to make a decent income from display ads, you do need that traffic volume. And what helped me as a beginner blogger get the minimum required traffic within the first year of blogging, was Pinterest platform.

You maybe heard a lot about Google SEO and how it’s important for any website. And it is important indeed. I will give you a link below this video to a free training from a guy who is doing really great with Google SEO. But the problem with it is time. Google SEO is really slow when your website is new. So what I used for my blog to drive my first traffic much faster was Pinterest.

And you know on this channel I talk about Pinterest a lot, so if there is any place you can go and learn about Pinterest, it’s in my videos and I also can invite you to a free Masterclass that goes into more details on how this platform can drive you free traffic. Check the links in the top right corner and in the description below this video.

Now, I hope you now understand what is your next goal after Google Adsense. And if you ask me, honestly, I wouldn’t even bother trying to join Google Adsense when your traffic volume is very low. Adsense is paying so little that I think with a small traffic volume, you can focus first on other monetization strategies that can bring you more income per visitor.

What are the other strategies?

Well, the easiest to start with is affiliate marketing.

What kind of products you will promote as an affiliate and how much you’ll get paid for it in commissions, really depends on your niche. And you will definitely need to check some of your established competitors to see what are the affiliate products they promote.

But I can mention here several large affiliate networks that you might want to join because they work with a ton of product and could fit many different niches.


00:00 Intro
01:02 My Story
02:16 Display Ads
06:05 Affiliate Marketing
08:40 Monetization method #3