How do you make money blogging?
And more specifically, how do you make that first $100?
We’ve all seen the enormous monthly paychecks of bloggers such as Pat Flynn (over $150,000 per month), Michelle (over $70,000 per month) or Abby (over $30,000 a month). But how did they start? How does an every day mommy blogger make money while staying at home with her little ones?
Don’t we all want to contribute financially to our family, even just a bit. An extra $200 a month would definitely help with the groceries. And an extra $500, well that puts a dent in that monthly mortgage payment!
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Mom Bloggers & How They Made Their First $100
Below are real life examples of moms who blog and how they made that first $100. You can do this too if you are thinking about starting a blog to make money from home.
It takes a bit of time and creativity. And I know you have a ton of creative ideas just waiting to be discovered. Why not use baby’s nap time to start your own business from home?
I know blogging has given me a great outlet to not just ‘be a mom’ but to also create my own business on the side. It’s been very fulfilling!
I want to make money blogging!
Start blogging for $3.95 a month. What other business has such a low cost to entry?
Blogs by moms who make around $100 a month.
I made my first $100 with affiliate marketing. Writing informative blog posts and sharing what products I have used to homeschool, organize, and run my business with affiliate links placed within my content has worked well for me.
The banner ads for affiliates tend to not work as well in earning revenue as much as just casually mentioning a product within a helpful blog post. Although, I must say that Amazon native advertising ads have worked well also. Also, it is important to be consistent with posting regularly. It doesn’t have to be every day, but at least one to two times a week is a must to help with sales.
My blog was one year old in February and I didn’t do much with it for about six months and the money stopped as well. Once I picked up my posting routine again, I have seen the sales pick up as well.
I made my first $100 with my blog through Amazon.com’s affiliate program. I was able to tailor my affiliate links to my blog’s niche. I also installed Google Ads and include them on my home page as well as in very popular posts.
Blogs by moms who make $100 – $500 a month.
My first $100 came from a few companies that reached out to me. One was a coupon site that wanted a review done, and the other is a pretty well-known food brand.
Looking back, and being a new blogger, I realize now how much more I could have done, if I KNEW what I was doing at the time and the relationship that I could have created. My first $100 in one lump sum came when I joined the Social Fabric Network.
I actually started my blog because I maxed out on the number of people I could refer to Stitch Fix, a monthly clothing subscription box. I made my first $100 by referring more people to their service.
I made my first $100 that I actually got paid on from a sponsored post for Portrait Innovations. I had money accumulated in different accounts for ads and affiliate sales, but hadn’t met the payment threshold!!
Blogs by moms who make around $500 – $1,000 a month.
Honestly, my first $100 came from retail. I promoted and displayed wedding items in pictures on my blog which I connected to Pinterest.
I displayed my items like a catalogue, took great pictures and linked the blog posts to my Etsy Listings. From Pinterest to my Blog, to my Etsy Listings. One little I Spy Camera Game was repinned so many times and flooded me with orders.
Retail is still my biggest income contributor through that same chain. I now make digital download products so I don’t even have to create and ship anything!
My first $100 from my “mom blog” after I started focusing my blogging was due to sponsored links. I sold a few sidebar links and started doing sponsored social media sharing, so it was a combination of those.
Blogs by moms who make over $1,000 a month.
I started in 2010, and would promote my blog and links in forums like craaazzzy. I would also post on Facebook, but it was really because I was able to network and use my links in forums that I earned my first $100.