My First Month Blogging: Income & Progress Update

What I've learned and how much money I've made during my very first month as a blogger!

It’s been a month!  I did it!  I finished my first month of (live) blogging, guys!  This is my 20th post! Unless you’ve been where I am right now, you have no idea how exciting this is!

I started daydreaming about this blog about two and a half months ago.  I got the ball rolling and began building this lovely domain 2 weeks before I launched it.

The last few months have been tough!  So much harder than I expected!  With all of the how-to and tutorial articles I read leading up to my purchasing my domain name and hosting service, I thought I was prepared.  I thought I was ready.  I had this in the bag!  I’d be making money through blogging in no time!

Well, I wasn’t prepared.  I wasn’t ready.  “In the bag” this was not.  I’m not really making money yet, either, but I didn’t expect to start making money this early (although as of today, I’ve made $1.82 through Google AdSense!).

The last month has been filled with ups and downs.  The first day I received 30 unique visitors to my site was an amazing day.  The first day where only my mom visited my site was a lot less amazing (no offense, Mom!).

I haven’t fully figured out how to drive traffic to my site, although traffic from Facebook has been pretty steady lately.  Pinterest is where I struggle.  I’m really trying to figure out the whole “pin-worthy” pictures thing.

Here’s what my traffic over the last 30 days has looked like:

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408 people have visited my blog a total of 581 times.  My bounce rate is a bit high, but not as high as it could be.  I am just happy it’s under 80%!  I figured I’d share this with you so we can compare things next month.

For all you newbies out there thinking about blogging, here’s what I’ve learned:
  • You will obsess
    If you’re taking the plunge into blogging seriously, I can guarantee you that you’ll become obsessed with it.  It’s all I really think about anymore.  My daydreams revolve around possible blog post ideas.  I’m always brainstorming things that might help me get more traffic to my little blog.  When I imagine the future, I’m imagining this blog being profitable. Poor Bee and Hubby are on the back burner half the time!
  • Nothing is going to be easy
    Sure, I knew there was going to be a lot of stuff I’d have to learn.  What I didn’t expect was that I’d have to learn EVERYTHING!  All of this stuff was foreign to me!  From SEO to plugins and widgets.  Did you know there are TONS of free themes that WordPress offers?  You aren’t limited to the 5 that come pre-loaded in your dashboard.  I was so shocked and so, so excited when I learned that (after being live with a horrible theme for the first two and a half weeks).  Unless you are a total computer nerd with a bunch of experience with website building, Google is going to be your best friend.
  • Mommying & blogging is tough
    And mommying, wifing and blogging all in one day is even harder.  I’m pretty sure this is the most difficult job I’ve had.  It’s hard to juggle being a parent, a wife and a blogger every single day.  Especially when the blogging doesn’t pay anything (yet).  I’m obsessing over my blog, constantly wanting to change something or check stats, but I can’t neglect my daughter and husband, either.  I have got to give props to all you SAH mommies who blog for profit!
  • A schedule is a must have
    I’m still struggling with this one.  I post articles Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wednesdays are set aside to work on whatever needs to be worked on (and there is always something that needs to be worked on).  Fridays are for my newsletter.  I have a hard time getting all my blog stuff done when I have mom and wife stuff to do, too.  A newly implemented tactic: wake up a couple hours before Bee every morning.  That gives me real, uninterrupted time to blog.  That’s basically my schedule right now and I know life would be a lot easier if I set aside certain hours to blog and certain hours for household chores and Bee time, blog free.  I just haven’t created a schedule like that yet.
  • The embarrassment doesn’t last long
    Initially, admitting to being a blogger will be embarrassing.  When I created my blog’s Facebook page, I didn’t invite any of my friends to it.  I was scared!  I thought they would make fun of me or think it was pathetic that I started a blog.  Then one day I reached 10 views on my website and got the courage to invite a few people.  Those people accepted, so I invited a few more.  Slowly the embarrassment disappeared and now I’m not embarrassed at all.  I have a blog.  I write about crap.  I get to connect with people and talk to grown ups again (albeit not face-to-face).  I’m going to make money doing this.  This is going to be the greatest job I’ve ever had. When that day comes, nobody will think me blogging is stupid or dumb.
  • Networking is actually fun
    When I first started to network through Facebook and Pinterest (I’m not very good at keeping up with the other sites), it was daunting.  So many groups to choose from, so many people to try to connect with.  I’d never heard of a collaborative board on Pinterest before diving into this and I had no idea there were so many groups on Facebook dedicated to blogging.  It was a new, strange world.  Now I have come to really enjoy this networking thing!  There are a few fellow parent bloggers I talk to regularly and really have enjoyed getting to know.
    Don’t get me started on Linky Parties, though.  I still don’t fully understand those, even though I have participated in one.
  • Your writing style will change
    The way you write in your first few posts will be completely different from the style of writing you have by the time you reach your 20th post.  The more you write, the more you learn, and the closer you get to finding your true voice.  I don’t know if my style will continue to change or if I’ve found it, but I’m holding off on editing my first 10 or so posts until I know for sure.
  • Other bloggers are your friends
    It’s easy to view them as competition, but don’t.  They are the greatest support system you will find.  There’s no better feeling than knowing you have someone more experienced to turn to when you need help.

So there you have it.  Some of the things I have learned.

I feel like I have learned waaayyy too much about blogging in the last month, but I know I still have so much left to learn.  In the world of blogging, I’m still a newb!  But I’ve made it this far and I’m very proud of myself.

If blogging is something you are interested in, I highly recommend going through Bluehost for your hosting service and domain name.

I know a lot of people who don’t like them, but I’ve honestly had nothing other than good experiences with them since I started getting this site set up.

Are you a blogger?  How long have you been blogging?  How did it feel when you hit your one month mark or wrote your 20th post?

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24 thoughts on “My First Month Blogging: Income & Progress Update

  • July 8 at 2:29 pm
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    Great tips, and congratulations on your first month of blogging! Me too, I view fellow bloggers as friends. Have fun with blogging, carina!

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  • July 8 at 2:51 pm
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    Great post and tips and congratulations for your first month. We almost start our blogging journey together ( 8th of June was the first day that my site was officially published) so good luck to both of us and to all new bloggers ❤️

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  • July 8 at 11:22 pm
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    I am right there with you. My official start date was July 1. I am up to $2.62 or something in Adsense lol!!
    Good luck to you!

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  • July 8 at 11:23 pm
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    Wait I mean June 1! $2.62 in 8 days would be sort of impressive lol!!!!!

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    • July 10 at 5:29 am
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      Ha, yeah it would be! We’ll reach that $100 mark one day and get to cash out 🙂

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  • July 9 at 12:45 am
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    Great tips! I just started blogging July 1st.

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  • July 9 at 9:16 pm
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    Great post, I am currently in the first month of my blog too and have received the same stats as you. You’re doing a great job and if you keep working as hard as you are now, you’ll be running a profitable blog in not time. I’ll be checking in on your blog regularly to see how you’re doing.

    Jay from http://EclecticElite.com

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    • July 10 at 5:28 am
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      Always good to hear from another newbie! Good luck to both of us 🙂

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  • July 10 at 1:33 pm
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    Great post! I can certainly relate to the lessons learned. Congrats on getting a month in!

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  • July 10 at 1:35 pm
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    (Opps – hit enter too soon.) I just started using Adsense, and you are ahead of me – there’s a whopping $1.09 sitting in my account right now. 🙂

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    • July 10 at 2:44 pm
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      Baby steps! I had a good day (for me) last week after posting this and I now have almost $5 in my account! About $95 to go before I can cash out!

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  • July 10 at 3:24 pm
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    Wow, that’s actually some great figures for your first month posting and some good tips in there too. You’re managing to post really frequently too which is where I’m struggling, just can’t seem to get the balance right yet! Can’t wait to see how you do next month!

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    • July 10 at 5:10 pm
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      Thanks for stopping by! I’ve been able to plan ahead a bit, too. Right now I have all three of this weeks posts written. I just have to worry about is pictures!

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  • July 10 at 5:08 pm
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    Congrats on a month! I’m in my first month. When did you apply for Adsense? How many posts did you have?

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    • July 10 at 5:18 pm
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      When I launched my blog, I had 5 posts up. I applied a couple days later. I might have had 6 or 7 posts? It took Adsense over 2 weeks to get back to me and approve my website.

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  • July 10 at 11:48 pm
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    I’ve been blogging for a couple of years now and 1) people still don’t know that I do it 2) you will always feel a thrill – I could list a lot more but honestly congrats on blogging for a month and keep at it!!

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  • July 11 at 1:07 am
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    Oh the thrill! I miss that. Yeah, I get you when you say you were scared to invite friends, I was too. I wasn’t sure they wanted to read what I write. I wanted things to be organic. But they’re actually the ones who got the ball rolling for me.

    Anyway, have you heard of Intentional Blogging with Jeff Goins? You should try joining it. It’s a free online workshop to help blogger give direction and focus to their blogs. 🙂 Joined it twice. I’m still trying to complete it – as you say, mommying and blogging is a hard balance, but that workshop provided me with a lot of good insights.

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    • July 11 at 3:28 am
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      Never heard of it, but thank you for the info!! Definitely looking into it now!

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  • September 22 at 4:19 am
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    Great job! I’ve been “blogging” since April but didn’t actually launch the site until about two weeks ago. Not for fear or embarrassment or anything like that, but because I just couldn’t bring myself to launch it until I felt like I had enough in place. I’m going to have to learn how to get over being a bit of a perfectionist. This blogging thing is tough enough!
    Like you, I also have a little one at home, a husband, and am currently unemployed (not by choice, although that’s the goal eventually!) and you’re right, it’s incredibly difficult. I also need to start getting myself a schedule together.
    I recently started using Asana as an editorial calendar to at least get my posts organized. If you don’t use it, you should check it out!
    I’m off to check your more recent updates to see how you’ve done since this post. Keep up the good work!

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    • September 22 at 11:00 am
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      Hi, Kira!

      I’ve been needing to start using a real editorial calendar. Right now I’m just doing it all by hand on a sheet of paper in a notebook! I’ll definitely check Asana out.

      I totally understand where you’re coming from with delaying your launch. I really planned on waiting longer than I did, but I just got so excited that I went ahead and pulled the trigger way too early! I wish I had waited longer. I went live early, started trying to create content like crazy, and now here I am, almost 4 months later, and I’m still working on building a solid foundation. You live and you learn, I guess!

      Thanks for visiting!

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  • December 6 at 5:42 pm
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    I just started blogging about a month ago (well I had blogged before but this time my end goal is to actually make an income rather than just posting for fun ;-)) this was a great post to read. It’s nice seeing how you are progressing being a few months ahead of me!

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