It’s crazy that it’s been almost 6 months since I’ve started blogging. Tomorrow, my blog turns 6 months old and I actually like blogging more now than I did before. Out of all the online business ideas I’ve implemented, this is the only one I see huge potential due to the ability to scale.
The reason why I’m writing this blog is primarily for transparency. I started this blog with the goal of sharing what the process of building a successful blog was like. I’ve always been curious of what bloggers thought during the early stages of the blog because that’s what’s most helpful.
Getting your thoughts after succeeding isn’t as helpful as knowing the thought process while building. I read blog income reports basically every day and there are very few bloggers who share their low points.
The keyword for this blog post doesn’t have any traffic, so this is basically like a journal entry. I’m going to go through exactly what I did in these 6 months and share what results I got. This will be fun to look back at later as my blog grows.
Yes, you read that right. After 6 months of hard work, I’ve made $0.
That’s 75 blogs and over 150,000 words.
Am I concerned? No, but if I do another report in 6 months and I’m at the same spot, I’m doing something wrong for sure.
You can’t make any money from your blog without traffic. I have not paid any attention to making money with my blog until I reach 10,000 page views each month.
It’s better to use my time to write more blogs and learn strategies than to monetize a blog post with no traffic.
Also, I changed my domain name to my personal brand name alisquared.co, so it might take several weeks until my site is back to normal.
In the 6 months since I’ve started this blog, I’ve spent close to two thousand dollars on courses and hosting/domain stuff.
Looking at that number now, it seems pretty big, but I have zero regrets. It’s a cost of doing business and I’m very committed to making my blog succeed. Let’s go through the expense categories:
Domain/themes/hosting (~$300): I place these expenses in this category because they’re costs of running your website. Many of these expenses were voluntary, you only need to pay for hosting to have your website up and running.
I paid $50 here and there for themes, transferring my domain, etc.
Yes, you read that right. I spent that much on courses on blogging, that’s like a college course or two.
The reason why I buy courses is simple: it helps me learn what works faster.
Courses are not required, everything you’ll need is free on Google and YouTube. The reason why courses are valuable is that they package the information to save you time and you get access to a community.
This alone is worth the price of the course. If I have an issue with my blog, I can ask one of several communities I’m in and get responses from successful bloggers.
Here are the courses I paid for and what value I got out of them:
Blog Growth Engine by Adam Enfroy ($797):
This was by far the most expensive course and it looks to be the most promising. Adam Enfroy is a blogger with one of the most successful blogs in recent history.
In two years, he scaled his blog from $0 to $1 million. He teaches how to scale a blog like a startup instead of a writer. He uses systems like link building, content assembly lines and more to rank on Google and earn passive income through affiliate marketing.
I’m about two weeks into the course and it’s been the best course. I work with enterprise clients as a freelance writer and what he teaches is what the big corporations I work with use.
Additionally, he emphasizes personal branding and that’s huge because it allows bloggers to pivot if content isn’t working.
Since my blog is new and has 0 domain authority, I’m excited to use his systems to establish my blog’s presence on Google and grow my organic traffic.
Income School Project 24 ($449):
Income School was the first resource that introduced to making a living with blogging. I came across Income School on YouTube when I was searching how websites made money with content.
After going through dozens of their videos I took a leap and bought their course. Their approach to blogging influenced me a lot in regards to how much content I produced and the timeline for success with blogs.
Their course is called Project 24 because it helps bloggers go from 0 to a full time income in 24 months or less.
I’ve been in the course for over 5 months and it’s been super valuable. It’s probably one of the few resources on the internet where you can see bloggers who are on the same timeline as you.
For example, in the community of Income School, you can find someone who started a blog around the same time as you and you can compare traffic and other metrics to help each other out. Income School is great for those who want to create niche sites.
Create&Go Pinterest Course ($199):
I bought this course a few months ago to help me with getting traffic from Pinterest. I’ve seen a ton of blogs that drive most of their traffic from Pinterest and they have a fraction of the amount of blogs as me.
I’m about half way through the course, I haven’t really implemented anything from there. If my organic traffic keeps taking a long time to start showing up, I’ll pivot a little more towards Pinterest just go get the ball rolling.
This is going to be part of my long-term strategy with my blog. Once I become a full-time blogger, I’ll use both SEO and Pinterest to drive traffic to my blog.
I’m still not sure exactly when I will generate my first few dollars on the blog because traffic is still low. I’m getting about 30 page views per month from Google. My articles are getting re-indexed since I changed my domain name.
In the next few months, I’m going to start increasing my domain authority with guest posts. That should really help with getting me out of the Google sandbox.
Here’s a screenshot from my Google Analytics:
I’ve had 239 visitors in the 6 months I’ve been blogging. The number is probably closer to 150 because I had a ton of bots early on.
I’m not discouraged at all, I know traffic for any new blog is very low the first 6 months to a year. I do expect my traffic to grow a ton in these next 6 months.
I’m putting in the work by publishing blogs and learning different SEO tactics to grow my traffic. It’s only a matter of time before real traffic starts to come to my site.
Overall, I’m satisfied with how my first 6 months of blogging went. I learned a lot and pivoted a few times.
The only difficult thing about blogging is patience. As long as you put in the work, you’ll reap the rewards. They just might come at a later date.
My low traffic isn’t an issue, the only issue I can have is losing discipline and not sticking to my publishing routine. I’m committed to blogging for the next 5 years at least and this is just the beginning in my journey.
I have high hopes for my blog, but they ride solely on my ability to be focused and continuing to write the best content on keywords for my audience.
I do monthly blog recaps on my income reports each month, feel free to check out my last one here.