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I’ll never forget the feeling of making my first sale online (and the slightly embarrassing little dance I did because I was so excited!)

Trust me when I say if I can make money blogging, so can you.

Hitting that first milestone is easier said than done, though. So today I’m sharing with you how I made my first $100 blogging, and how you can too! This is the perfect guide to make money blogging for beginners!

HOW I MADE MY FIRST $100 BLOGGING

I made my first $100 from my old blog, Dream Creative Daily (not the best name, I know haha).

This was where I blogged about bullet journaling and other creative projects that I was interested in at the time. Which just goes to show you, you CAN make money blogging with any niche.

It didn’t happen overnight, though.

That’s why I always try to preface these types of posts with this: blogging is not a get-rich-quick scheme.

It takes time to start earning an income from your blog, but there are things that you can do to speed up the process!

One of those things is learning how other bloggers did it, so you can (hopefully) recreate their process and success (which is the whole point of this post!)

The two ways I was able to make money blogging as a beginner was:

  1. Affiliate marketing
  2. Ad revenue

Most of that money came from affiliate sales from Amazon.

And if you don’t know what affiliate marketing is, it’s when you place special links on your blog (like this one) and when someone purchases something through your link, you get a small commission from the sale.

It doesn’t cost the customer extra or anything, and it can really add up in sales for you!

The other way I earned my first $100 from my blog is through ads.

Side note with ads: you may notice that I don’t currently have ads on this blog, and part of that is because the payout is very small (like, a few cents) per view/click. And you don’t receive your earnings until you reach the threshold of $100 (for Google Adsense, anyway).

Needless to say, it takes a long time to see any of that revenue if your blog is new.

Also, it can be a big turnoff for your readers. I want a positive user experience for my readers, and I’d rather give up the money from ads right now so I can focus on creating great content for my audience.

So while I did earn a small amount of money from ads with my first blog, I don’t think it’s worth it if your blog is brand-new.

Now, if you’re getting a lot of traffic (like 25,000+ monthly page views) then ads may be worth the tradeoff, but I honestly recommend just focusing on affiliate marketing until you reach that point.

And if you’re interested in monetizing your blog by using affiliate marketing, I suggest grabbing the affiliate marketing training bundle from Ana over at The She Approach.

She’s one of the first bloggers I ever bought an e-book from, and she packs her products FULL of useful info! This is a great resource especially if you’re totally new to affiliate marketing and need help with creating a great strategy.

TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR FIRST $100 BLOGGING

These are my best tips to make money blogging for beginners! I think all of these things had the biggest impact on making money from my own blog.

FOCUS ON PRODUCING HIGH-QUALITY CONTENT

Honestly, before you even worry about trying to monetize your blog, you need to make sure you’re producing high-quality content for your readers.

Not only does this help people share your content, it helps your readers view you as an authority in your niche.

Why does that matter? Because if you point your readers to an affiliate link but you have no connection with them, you can come off as sales-y or spammy.

And most people aren’t going to buy anything from some random person on the internet.

BUT if you come off as someone who knows what you’re talking about, and you tell your audience they need *this product* to solve their problem(s), they’re much more likely to trust you.

The best way to start making money from affiliate marketing is to include affiliate links in your content!

You don’t want to add in affiliate links where they don’t make sense, though.

So, try writing articles that encourage affiliate links!

This can be posts like:

  • roundup posts
  • gift guides
  • product reviews

And more. As long as you’re producing high-quality content, people will find your posts helpful and (hopefully) buy your favorite products!

Be careful with affiliate links, because you don’t want to come off as spammy or pushy. Your affiliate links should enhance your content, not distract from it.

In other words, don’t try to put an affiliate link in every other sentence in the hopes that your readers will click on it if you put it in your post a million times.

Your posts should feel natural, and an affiliate link that seems out-of-place will throw off your readers!

ONLY PROMOTE PRODUCTS YOU’VE USED BEFORE

If you try to include affiliate links to products you don’t even use, you can come off as super inauthentic and you’re also recommending products that might be terrible.

Which gives you a bad rep with your audience and leads to further distrust.

So, just be honest! Always be authentic and if you haven’t used a product before, don’t pretend like you have!

OTHER WAYS TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING FOR BEGINNERS

Affiliate marketing is one of the best ways to make money blogging for beginners, but it’s not the only way.

Here are some other ways you can make money from your blog:

  • Selling digital products (I’ve got a whole list right here for inspo!)
  • sponsored content
  • subscription service

I hope this helps you as you begin to make money from your blog! Let me know in the comments if you’ve got any questions! 🙂

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