Can You REALLY Make Money Blogging (Without Blogging About Blogging?)

Meet Tracy:

Simple living blogger, 2 years in, making $2000-$3000/month

Q: First, tell us a little about you and your blog income journey –

when did you start, what do you blog about, how much time do you put into it etc. I understand that you’re not blogging about blogging, so talking about your income in specific numbers is something you might not do – but IF you’re willing to share how much you earn on average in a month, we’d LOVE to know.

A: My name is Tracy Lynn and I have a little blog called Simple Living Country Gal.

I blog about all things that have to do with simple living. Homesteading, decluttering, frugal living tips, and gardening. I teach folks how to grow it, make it, raise it so they don’t have to buy it.

I began blogging in 2016 for my second attempt. That first attempt resembling a crash and burn, which basically means money was spent but not a single penny was earned. This time around I was fiercely determined to make it work. I dove in head first learning all I could working long intense hours. And I am happy to say it paid off. Within 6 months I was consistently making $500 a month. No, not a lot of money by any means but to earning any money at all writing about goats and chickens was pretty much mind blowing to me so I was thrilled to make anything!

I kept working for the next 2 years taking the absolute longest path possible (meaning I did most of the things in the wrong order. Tip: do not do this.) I slowly kept my income growing until eventually I hit my stride at about $2,000 a month with some months hitting over (gasp) $3,000.

Again, it’s not a lot, it get it. But you know for me my goal was to quit my two jobs and blog full time. And yes that is what I am doing today. No more 9-5’s for this gal. I am making money on my little farm even if it is not in the most conventional way.

3K writing about goats and cleaning a fridge?! It is simply too cool to put into words!

Q: Why do you think your blog is able to make money when so many others aren’t? What have you done differently?

A: I truly believe when I stopped looking for that magical secret ingredient that would get that income rolling in and just realized it took hard work and determination my revenue became steadier and grew. I know you read all the time, “How I grew my blog to 2 million pageview 6 months” and “How I make 100k a month blogging” and I totally fell for them too.

But there is no secret out there.

It’s hard work, it’s long hours, it’s gritty determination, it’s loving to help others live a better life and be a better person and you really need all of these things to succeed.

I am going to jump in here and tell you that yes there might be just one secret to creating a money making successful blog. Are you ready? I am going to share it with you right now….

Read what other bloggers are doing in your niche and DO IT BETTER.

Yep, that’s it. Easy peasy yet so incredibly hard. Do that and you will kill it!

Q: What was your biggest hurdle to earning an income with your blog… and how did you overcome it?

A: My hurdle was pageviews.

Ugh, I know right?! But ad revenue is not the way to make money. Not if you want to sleep at night. When you are dependent on Pinterest and Facebook to drive traffic to your blog and for that traffic to click your ads to make money… you are setting yourself up for a stressful job that is not fun at all. And hey, blogging is supposed to be fun! When you depend on pageviews to earn an income you have put yourself at the mercy of algorithms and updates and nobody wants that.

Pageviews and ad revenue should always be your plan “B” and nothing more than that.

Q: Can you share you best advice for how to make money with a blog? 

A: If you want to make money blogging. Real money. Honest to goodness money. Then you need to put your main focus into building a dedicated email list. A list of dedicated readers that want to read what you have to say and want to buy what you have to sell or at the very least what you recommend. The secret sauce to any successful blog is an email list of raving fans.

My best advice to you is to spend 1 hour every single day working on growing and nurturing your email list. Here are a few ideas.

  1. Write up an amazing welcome letter that lays everything out as to what your new reader will get from you. Be specific and direct so there are no surprises.
  2. Turn that welcome letter into a mini sequence of 2-4 emails with each letter containing some amazing advice, a killer tip, or a freebie that will knock their socks off.
  3. Work on creating opt-ins that are blog post specific. When you do this you know exactly the type of reader you are getting and you can categorize them in your email service so that you only send content specific emails. This will turn that new subscriber into a loyal fan.
  4. Visit social media outlets and put an amazing free offer there as well. This will really help to get your blog name out there in front of more eyes and we know that is a good thing. A very good thing..
  5. Work on email subject lines. These few words are usually the key to an awesome open rate. Whenever you are working keep a pad and paper close by. If a catchy phrase, helpful tip or funny quote jumps out at you… write it down! Keep a list of amazing one liners that will help you to get those emails opened.
  6. If you find something is working, a subject line, a free offer, anything at all…… I want you to do this. DUPLICATE IT! If it worked once it WILL work again. Trust me I have done the legwork. 🙂
  7. Above all never stop improving. I rewrite welcome letters constantly and create new opt-ins every single week. Keep trying new things until you find the recipe that works for your niche and your blog and the money will most definitely come rolling in – no matter what niche you are writing about.

You can read my very best email generating blog post and opt-in.

I encourage you to check it out here and see what you think!

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Listen blogging is hard I get it, but if you love what you do and you are doing what you love it no longer feels like work. And that after all is our goal. To be happy doing what we absolutely love.

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16 thoughts on “Can You REALLY Make Money Blogging (Without Blogging About Blogging?)”

  1. Hi Carly!

    Thank you so much for this massive post! I’ve read (and re-read) many of the pages.

    One thing real quick. I tried to pin from one of the pages (Paul’s page particularly) but an error occurred. It said it couldn’t find any pinnable images whatever that means. Would you like me to create pins for each page for you. I could use pins that already match your brand or you could check out my pin template designs (for free) and tell me if you like any of them.

    I’ll ask again on the facebook group just to make sure. 🙂

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    • ah, yes, i haven’t made images for all the pages yet… lol.

      Time is a bear. (pinnable images are SUPER IMPORTANT, do as I say, not as I do 😛 )

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  2. This is such an encouraging post! I am an interiors blogger and have been at it for two years, and have made peanuts. I was beginning to think there is no way to monetize this blog niche, but I just need to tweak some things and keep looking for the right formula. Thanks!!!

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    • There are LOADS of ways to monetize interior design!! It’s huge – don’t quit!

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  3. Yes! It always seems like those who make money blogging are blogging about blogging. It’s one of the reasons I really enjoy reading your income reports based off your mommy niche. You’re definitely a huge inspiration, and I can tell you’re extremely sincere and honest!

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    • <3 Thank you!!! I REALLY do try to keep it real ;) lol

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  4. Hi there,

    I really enjoyed and appreciated that you share your story in this article. There nothing like hearing people who are succeeding in there business venture.

    So again thank you so much for sharing and all the best.

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  5. This is just what I needed to read today. I honestly come back to your blog anytime I am going through a challenging task or having low page views. It’s so inspiring to see what a little creativity and tenacity is doing for other people’s lives. I hope one day I could be one someone’s list as a success story too. Thank you for writing this detailed post! It made a huge impact on me and is helping through a slower summer blogging month.

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    • I hope you prove me right too – it absolutely IS possible girl!

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  6. Hello Carly, as always I love reading your posts. Its so true if you stay focused and dedicated making money in any niche is possible.

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  7. I am about to start blogging for profit. I have seen Bluehost and Siteground mentioned in a few blogs including yours. In your opinion which is a better host and why?

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  8. Hi Carly! I’m a new mom blogger and I have to tell you, your posts and resources have really given me the confidence (and more importantly the knowledge) to be a blogger. I have zero traffic yet, But I’m working hard on implementing, and I just wanted to say thank you for everything you do. <3
    If you have a second to peek at my blog, I'd love your feedback, good or bad 🙂

    Reply

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