Hello fellow bloggers! One of the questions I hear a lot (from bloggers AND non-bloggers) is…”how much do bloggers make?” Well, the truth is that if varies greatly! Some bloggers earn absolutely nothing. Others earn a modest living blogging. A few earn seven-figures blogging. Others, like me, earn six-figures blogging. I don't want you to think there are a ton of bloggers out there earning six-figures, but I can tell you that there are a whole lot more than you may thing. Everyone's journey is different, but today I thought I would share with you how I became a six-figure blogger.
Now, before we dive in let me tell you that I have never been someone who openly talks about my salary. EVER. So sharing information with you about how to make money blogging and my exact blog earnings is extremely uncomfortable (in fact, I only share my monthly blogging income reports via my blogging newsletter for just this reason). But when I was working hard to build my blog, I often asked myself, “how much do bloggers make?” and frequently searched for information like this. So, I am putting it out there because I truly hope it will be inspiring to other bloggers out there. I feel like I am living the dream (#CheesyButTrue) and I would love nothing more than for others to be able to do the same!
How I Became a Blogger
I always planned to become a lawyer (like my dad) and that's exactly what I did. I graduated from law school in 2002 and became a litigation attorney. For the first 3 years, I practiced commercial litigation in Florida. For the next 11 years, I practiced mostly professional malpractice defense litigation in North Carolina. I liked the work and was good at it. But, it was STRESSFUL, especially after having our twin girls. Scheduling was tricky because my husband is a firefighter who works shifts and we have no family in town to help us.
My job as an attorney also didn't satisfy my desperate need to create pretty things (hence my blog name), so in late October 2013, I started this “little” blog as a creative outlet and so that my friends and family could easily follow our progress as we renovated our home one room at a time. At that point, I didn't know that you could earn money blogging. I thought my friends and family would read my blog and that it would basically be like a home renovation journal. That's all I thought this “little” blog would ever be. Boy, was I wrong?! This post contains affiliate links for your convenience. Click here for my full disclosure policy.
When I Monetized My Blog
In Spring 2014, I started hearing people talk about monetizing their blogs. Wait, what?! You could make money blogging?! I was seriously shocked, but I was VERY interested to learn how to make money blogging and I started Googling “how much do bloggers make?” It seemed like I had a shot at earning $1,000 to $2,000 per month and I was so excited about that prospect! I figured it would be a great way to earn extra money to help fund our renovations.
So, I read Ruth Soukup's book, How to Blog for Profit Without Selling Your Soul, and monetized my blog. I worked on some sponsored posts and began running ads on my site. I even started adding some affiliate links to my posts, though I honestly had no clue what I was doing with affiliate marketing until much later (it's since become a HUGE money maker for me and I've written an eBook about it–you can check out Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers here). So initially, I made very little money, but it was enough to cover my expenses and I was happy.
How I Became Completely Overwhelmed
Y'all, by September 2014, my blog wasn't so little anymore! It had grown to over 200,000 monthly page views by that time. I was doing the best I could to promote my blog posts through link parties and social media but I knew I could be doing more. That said, as my traffic grew, my income grew a bit more, but I still didn't totally understand how to make money blogging. And at that point, I was BUSY and STRESSED OUT. After all, I was working full-time in a very demanding career, and Joe and I were very busy raising our sweet twin girls. Oh yeah, and I was blogging regularly.
As busy as I was, I was really starting to believe that my blog had a lot more earning potential, but I just didn't have time to do the research necessary to figure out how to really take my blog to the next level. I felt really stuck. I was feeling overwhelmed by keeping up practicing law full-time, being a good wife and mom, and blogging! I needed some guidance. I needed a more experienced blogger to guide me through the process of a successful blog and show me step-by- step, exactly how to grow your traffic and generate a sustainable income.
The Discovery that Changed My Life
That's when, by pure dumb luck, I saw something on Facebook about Elite Blog Academy. It was created by Ruth Soukup who had written the blog monetization book I had read, and I knew she was well respected in the blogging world and had grown her blog beyond anyone's wildest expectations.
Elite Blog Academy seemed like the answer to my prayers. A highly successful and respected blogger had taken everything she had learned and put it into a course that I could work through at my own pace. All the information I needed to succeed as a blogger would be at my fingertips in an online course. It was exactly what I needed.
Since I wasn't earning much money from my blog at the time, I was super skeptical about investing hundreds of dollars in a course, but since there was a 100% money back guarantee, I figured I had nothing to lose. So, I enrolled in the first ever Elite Blog Academy in September 2014, when I had been blogging a little less than a year. Turns out it is the best decision I ever made.
My Elite Blog Academy journey…
I jumped into the course right away when I purchased it in September 2014. I immediately learned about creating awesome content, perfect pins and going back to optimize old content. Y'all, it was A TON OF WORK. Truly, I have never worked harder in my life, especially since I was still working full-time as a lawyer! Blogging is HARD WORK. Results do not come for free and Elite Blog Academy is not magic. It will not do anything for you if you don't put the work in. But I put in the work in and this is what happened.
Effect on Page Views
My Elite Blog Academy journey and the impact it made on my page views is more easily summed up with a graphic, so here it is.
If you don't believe me, here's a screenshot of my Google Analytics from the date I purchased Elite Blog Academy to the December 2016.
CRAZY, right?! Certainly, some of the growth can be attributed organic growth that would have occurred anyway. But MOST of my blog growth following my purchase of Elite Blog Academy can be attributed to my hard work coupled with the strategies and information I have learned through the course.
Effect on Earnings
That sums up what a HUGE impact Elite Blog Academy had on my page views. But it still begs the question… “how much do bloggers make?” Well, more importantly, Elite Blog Academy finally taught me exactly how to make money blogging! So, let's let's take a look at what an impact it has had on my blog earnings.
Despite fairly high page views before beginning Elite Blog Academy, I was barely earning any money after monetizing my blog in the first quarter of 2014. After I began Elite Blog Academy, things started to change because I learned exactly what to do to improve my content, promote my content and optimize my earnings. Again, I prepared a graphic for you :)
In 2015, my gross income for my blog was $73,794.96. My gross blogging income for 2016 more than doubled, partly because I joined the Elite Blog Academy VIP program (which you can only join if you have taken Elite Blog Academy). My gross blogging income in 2016 was a whopping $195,509.27. I still can't believe it.
Do you see how my earnings kept climbing after I enrolled in Elite Blog Academy in September 2014? That is not a coincidence! Elite Blog Academy taught me how to really earn money through my blog and I am so, so grateful for that.
In fact, Elite Blog Academy has not only transformed me into a 6-figure blogger, it has enabled me to retire from the practice of law. That's right! I gave up my partnership at my law firm on January 1, 2016 and have been blogging full-time since then. It's a lot of hard work, but it's a total dream come true. Now I look forward to working every day (which isn't something I could say before)!
So, how much do bloggers make?
As far as I'm concerned, the sky is the limit! If my blog earnings continue on the path that they have been on, I hope to double my gross income in 2017. Does that seem like a crazy goal? I used it to think it was! I used to think earning $2,000.00 per month from blogging sounded crazy. But Elite Blog Academy changed that for me.
And you know what? You could be one of those bloggers that earns $30,000.00, or you could be another 6-figure blogger. Heck, you could even be a 7-figure blogger! Stop shaking your head and thinking, “no way!” I thought that, too! Your journey may be shorter or longer than mine, but it can be done if you have the passion, great content and you put in the work. I am proof of that. You just need the tools to help all the pieces of the puzzle fit together and Elite Blog Academy includes all the tools you need, so grab it while you can.
Enrollment for Elite Blog Academy opens only ONCE A YEAR! Make sure you are ready by joining the waiting list now!
The good news is that before the doors open, Elite Blog Academy always offers awesome FREE training, eBooks and guides. All you have to do is sign-up to join the waiting list and tons of FREE valuable blogging info will be sent to your inbox. EBA opens for enrollment again on February 27, 2017 with the all new EBA 3.0 (which I am super, super excited about)! If you are on the waiting list, you'll get an email when enrollment opens so you don't miss your chance.
There aren’t a lot of blogging resources I can recommend wholeheartedly, but I can say without a doubt that Elite Blog Academy is the BEST investment I have ever made into my blog and my life. I invested $400 in a course that has since earned me over $300,000. That's the best return on investment I have ever seen! The price of EBA has since increased to $897 and it's still worth at least 10 times that amount!
Now, if you are interested in Elite Blog Academy but have more questions about whether it's right for you, be sure to check out this post of mine. In it, I share my blunt opinion about who Elite Blog Academy is and isn't for!
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