I’ve read so many blog posts that chronicle this epiphany moment in the blogger’s life, in which he or she quits a full time job to pursue blogging. This sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it? They make it look seamless, working their way up from earning nothing while blogging to earning thousands per month, sharing monthly income reports on how they do it.
Well, it looks like I’m almost at that point. This month, I earned a whopping $0.18 on my blog! Hold the applause, ladies and gents! I’d like to thank the Academy, my parents, my dogs…
In case you’re wondering how I went from $0.00 to $0.18 in a matter of 30 days, I’ve shared this month’s riveting income report — we all know just how riveting income reports are… — so maybe you can learn a thing or two and be as successful as me.
Just as a side note: I don’t want to become one of those bloggers that blogs about blogging — that was a mouthful. I want to simply share some information on my own blogging situation to fellow bloggers and my friends and family who have supported and read all my blog posts (you guys are the best!). Also, in case you’re new here or quite frankly an idiot, this post is a little thing called sarcasm. 18 cents a month is nothing! Let’s have a laugh about it!
I’ve made $0.00 through Affiliate Income, AKA brand deals and sponsorships. This isn’t a shocker; most of the bloggers that work with brands are bringing in lots of followers on social media or have thousands of daily views on their blog. Maybe someday, I’ll be able to post something on Instagram with #ad.
A Brief Anecdote
I was turned down by a brand, in case you were wondering. A new app was looking for ten bloggers to promote it before its launch this fall, writing full blog posts documenting their experiences with the app. The pay? $10. With such a low pay, I figured I had a chance. I saw it as: 1. A blog post I’d have no trouble brainstorming, 2. The opportunity to say, I’ve worked with a brand, if I ever approach another brand, and 3. Enough cash to buy myself a solid lunch. I reached out through my blogging network and was connecting with a girl who initially seemed interested. After I sent my social media links along, she replied (very kindly, might I add) that the brand was only looking for bloggers with over 10,000 followers on Instagram. My initial thought was: What blogger with that large of a following would write an entire blog post for $10?! Then I got annoyed. A blogger I’ve come across openly buys Instagram followers, yet receives brand deals on a daily basis; this is her full-time career. It’s hard not to be frustrated when you’ve worked for months to write solid content and share consistent and honest posts on social media, while others receive brand deals and sponsorships for buying followers and receiving bot-generated likes and comments.
I’ve learned not to be annoyed by this popular trend in blogging. Instead, I’m going to do my own thing, knowing it won’t gain me astronomical amounts of followers or income: I’m going to continue to write and post with integrity.
Here’s the real money-maker! Media.net is where I’ve been getting that bank. You see those ads at the tops, bottoms, and sides of my site? Those were created through Media.net. That means whenever your mouse slips and you accidentally press on one of the ads, I’ll make cold hard cash. Sound kinda scummy? Welcome to the internet.
I set up Media.net at the beginning of the month, partially because my traffic was starting to increase and partially because I just wanted to try it out. For now, this is the only advertising source I’ve used so far. I don’t mind it; the ads are pretty grey-toned, so they don’t distract from the blog content itself.
I have yet to be accepted by Google AdSense, which a lot of bloggers do well with. Patiently waiting for the letter to come in the mail, telling me I can start making money with ads generated by Google. Until then, I’m going to take my 18 cents to the bank.
What Does This All Mean?
When it all comes down to it, I’m losing money blogging. With my annual domain costs — around $20, I believe — and the amount of time I spend writing and promoting my blog — 1-4 hours per day, approximately — it’s not economically sound. And you know what? I’m perfectly fine with that.
Would my earnings multiply if I posted 2-3 blogs per week? Absolutely. Do I want to sacrifice quality for quantity? Hell no.
I’m not blogging to make money. I’m blogging because I enjoy it. Not only have I learned a lot through blogging — all about SEO (which has helped me immensely in my job), social media marketing, photo editing, etc. — I get to do what I love: write about whatever the hell I want to write about. Whether I’m writing about foodgasm-worthy meals on the cheap, Netflix shows worth binging, or my travels, I’m proud of the content I’m creating and I enjoy
almost every second of it. But you know what? I also enjoy my full time job. 9-to-5 life isn’t so bad when you’re in a career path you enjoy and work at a company that understands its employees’ needs. At this point and in the foreseeable future, I don’t want to be a blogger that quits her job to pursue blogging full time. It’s not about money to me, it’s about people reading and enjoying what I have to say. If you’re blogging to make money, you’re in it for the wrong reasons. Like a contestant on The Bachelor who signs up for the show just to be Instagram-famous enough to sell Flat Tummy Tea.
If you have any advice on money-making on a blog or social media channel, let me know in the comments! Maybe your help could help me reach $0.19 for next month!
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