So what did I spend money on to start up my blog?
- $72.57 – 1 year of hosting and domain name through GoDaddy
- $25.00 – Taylor Stanford’s 30 Days to Blog Success (affiliate link)
- $127.98 – 2 years of SSL through GoDaddy
- $119.00 – 1 year of Tailwind Plus
30 Days to Blog Success
I did want to take a second to talk about Taylor’s 30 Days to Blog Success course. I feel like this has been really helpful to me! It’s talked me through starting a blog (which I’d already done), but also had a lot of tips I wouldn’t have expected and I think it will help me make even more money in May! I highly recommend it to anyone! It’s usually $50.00 but I got it for half off during a special enrollment period.
As a software developer, I definitely think that SSL certificates are a plus. It adds to your Google rankings (seriously, Google doesn’t like to rank websites without an SSL certificate, so if Google rankings are your goal, definitely do it!)
Tailwind is awesome. I love how easy it makes Pinterest, and how I don’t have to constantly be on top of my Pinterest. I have mine set to post 25 times per day, so it posts around that often on my blog Pinterest and hopefully that gets more people to see my blog! There are a lot of tutorials out there on how to get Tailwind set up for Pinterest automation.
What did I spend money on this month?
- $15.00 – Facebook Ads
I spent $15 to set up a basic Facebook ad towards my target demographic. I didn’t actually have to spend my own money, as Facebook game me an ad credit which I used to get a lot more page views than I’ve gotten any other month. This is what I attribute my growth in money to, and I think it’s a way of advertising I will continue using. I might also try out Pinterest ads.
How did I make money this month?
Well, entirely through Google AdSense – all my $0.17! Here’s a screenshot of my Google AdSense from June 30th.
How Google AdSense works is basically you insert a script into your website and Google puts all sorts of ads on the site! If you’re looking on mobile, you probably see them – I haven’t seen any Google AdSense ads on my desktop version (but I might just be blocked from seeing them because I’m logged into my Google account). I like these ads because they’re pretty unobtrusive. I think as I get more page views (I only have about 330 a month now), I will get more money from Google AdSense. It’s going to be a while before I actually get paid out, since the threshold is $100.
How will I make money next month?
I’m hoping to get more from Google AdSense, as well as some of the affiliate programs I’m a part of (there are some in this very post!). I haven’t got anything from affiliate programs yet, so I’m still waiting to see that line of income open up. I think it will as I add more posts with affiliate links and grow my page views.
Do you have anything else that would help to know about my monthly income? Do you want me to keep doing these each month?