My first hilarious blog income and progress report!

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Blog income reports. Until a few weeks ago, I had no idea this was a thing. Actually, it seems to be a pretty popular thing and a way to *cough* drive traffic to a website. Have no fear, I know my loyal readers are here to generally feel better about their own home lives. I can see you over there all “well, we’re crazy…but…at least we’re not Dirt Noise Joys crazy!” It’s totally okay, that’s what I’m here for!

For real though, after my first month of blogging I quit my day job and conquered the internet –  Is what I’d like to tell you – but that my friends, is not how it works.

First of all, I can never quit my day job! I’m already getting paid in poopy diapers, slobbery kisses, and the occasional projectile vomit. What more could a girl ask for?!

I’d like to break down how this first month of blogging went for me.

Setting up the blog

Starting a blog is free, they said. You can start in less than 15 minutes, they said. Well, they lied.

You can totally start a free blog in fifteen minutes, but it probably won’t look or feel the way you imagine it, and it won’t have the capabilities you’re looking for if you want to do much more than journaling.

I started at wordpress.com, completely unaware of the completely alternate universe wordpress.org. Despite the extreme similarities in name, they operate pretty differently. WordPress.com is hosted by wordpress.com. This is fine and totally adequate if you have no need of plugins and don’t plan to monetize your blog. They do allow plugins on a business plan – it’s fairly expensive, but they are hosting the site so they take care of updates and everything for you.  Then, I thought, I could just upgrade my .com to a premium membership to fix my issues. I have so many issues people.

Cost:  domain name purchase $27, premium membership $71 for the year

Subtotal: -$98

So I started wordpressing, gained a few followers, made a facebook page and generally started having fun with the blog.

Then I made a tragic and all too common error- I kept reading.

Once I figured out that I couldn’t add plugins (additional website functionality) or the ability to monetize my website the way I wanted to (make money) I realized that I needed to switch to a self-hosted website. I still had no clue what that meant. Everyone talked about it on these blogs, but it was basically gibberish. They may as well have been speaking in martian.

After more reading, and panicking, I determined that my best course of action was to switch to Siteground for self hosting. (That’s an affiliate link, for more info see my disclosure page). They had amazing reviews for their support, were user friendly for people who are working their way to being more tech-savvy, and were recommended by wordpress.com as a great host when transferring to a wordpress.org website. It wasn’t a very difficult decision to make.

Switching over was a breeze, and the only problems I encountered were ME problems and not Siteground problems, because I’m a tech idiot.

I’m married to a tech guy, his joy about being tech support at home and at work was readily apparent. His face as he held up two random household objects to explain my website in relation to the two different servers was just overflowing with pride and excitement, and not a bit of annoyance or irritation.

Also, I was able to cancel my premium membership because it was within the first 30 days, and my siteground package cost the exact same amount, so I essentially just traded one service for the other.

Once I figured out that I had to change my DNS name servers to ‘point’ to my new website host things were finally looking up (it clearly states to do this in the welcome email that I skimmed- PS – don’t skim that stuff, actually read it so tech guys around the globe aren’t secretly laughing at you and talking with their geeky tech friends about another I.D.10.T error. Which is I’m sure exactly what my husband did after my consult with him about DNS name servers.  How his life can be fulfilling without explaining servers, I’ll never know.)

Then it was time to choose a theme. Y’all. There are a ton of themes.  Someday I might move on to a new one, but currently I’m on, how shall we say, a FREE one. Because that’s what complements my wallet.  I like how it looks so far, but it was definitely not 15 minutes. I lost hours of my life and hours of sleep deciding on the theme, setting it up to look like I wanted it, setting up a subscriber pop-up in case any cool people decide they want to follow for free stuff, coupons, and any exclusive content I happen to whip up.  I would look at the clock and think, wow, it’s been 3 hours- I’ve totally changed the background color. Go me.

So now we’re at -$98 dollars and -45 hours.  Yeah, this blogging stuff is so easy and cheap! Woo!

Setting up monetization

Now you may have noticed affiliate links if you’ve been on some of my other posts, or just above.  Affiliate links are a super cool passive way to generate some income off of a blog. They operate by giving a small commission to the affiliate partner- in this case- me- with no added cost to the purchaser, and new income for the website in question. So if you decided right now that you’ve been looking for the perfect website host- click on and follow through with siteground- I get a bit of commission and motivation to keep working on this kick-butt blog.  But the best part is, that I’m only using the affiliates when I would have already mentioned the product anyway! It’s all things I legitimately use and love. I’m not a salesperson and I’m not going to send people to click on crap to turn a quick buck.

I have affiliated with Amazon (because I use it so much, and almost everything I purchase these days is from Amazon), Siteground, and Creative Market (the artists on there are incredible!).

This month, I made 0.90 cents with my affiliate marketing. NINETY CENTS!  I did a dance, called my husband, and drank an entire bottle of wine. Effectively turning my ninety cents into a 10 percent discount on a bottle of wine.  And let’s be realistic here. That might be my last 0.90 cents, so I’m going to enjoy the thrill while it lasts dangit.

Subtotal -$97.10 and -48 hours (lost three hours drinking the wine)

There are other ways to monetize, but I’m an itty bitty baby blogger, and I’m already in way over my head, so let’s just focus on the next part for a while.

Networking

Pinterest, the dear thing that it is, has shown me that I’m clearly missing out on a big piece of the puzzle, networking.

(ok, my son just dumped out a family size bag of cheerios on the floor, I’m gonna have to take care of that before it becomes a family size bag of cheerio crumbs smashed into my bedroom floor. Awesome.)

In my enthusiasm, and overzealousness, I have started a business Pinterest account, a facebook page, began working on an Etsy store, and finally got with the real world and hopped on Instagram.

I’m not even certain I have anything worth saying yet, but you’ll hear about it if I ever do!

In the meantime there are group pinterest boards, blog link-ups, facebook support groups- you can easily get lost in the world of networking and marketing. There are great people out there though, and you know what they say – it’s not always what you know, but who you know.

Site Stats

In a month I’ve had just over 1,000 page views. That’s actually teeny by comparison to, well, everyone out there – but I think it’s absolutely AWESOME! So thank you to anyone who has taken time out of their own busy, ridiculous, crazy, sweet life to spend some time with me! I hope it leaves you with a smile on your face and maybe a new idea or two. That’s the point after all – reaching out to people.

So in total-  1000 views, -$97.10, -uncounted hours, +tons of fun and new knowledge. Worth it? Absolutely.

Ready to get started on your own blog? Check out siteground at one of the above links to get started. Have questions or need help starting? Drop me a line,  I’d  be happy to help.

Now, I really do have to get back to the Cheerios.

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  1. Hillary says:

    I swear that reading this felt like reading my life in a book that I never told anyone about. This was my EXACT process through my blogging life. Except, I haven’t had that many views and I was the fool that purchased a theme so I could “change” things- except I can’t read effin HTML code- would be helpful! I literally laughed so hard because you described my exact emotions throughout the process too. I’m a kindergarten teacher so I dedicate my weekends to household chores and blogging. I spent an entire Saturday literally hitting my work computer (shh don’t tell) because I didn’t understand blogging anymore (this my way of burning the internet to the ground). Oh and you have made way more money than I have! haha- 90 cents vs 0 cents. I dream of the day I get to do my dance with my wine. GREAT READ

    1. dirtnoisejoys says:

      Oh thank goodness, I knew I couldn’t be the only one. All these amazing manicured blogs out there, and these ladies know html too?!? I’m just happy that mine functions at all! Thank you so much for commenting, I can’t wait to check out your blog when I have a few minutes of downtime today! And don’t worry, your computer bashing secret is safe with me…though I did tell my school tech support husband- I mean, he should know teachers are potentially beating their computers, lol.

      1. Hillary says:

        As long as his people don’t contact my people we are good! Haha! Yeah, nobody shares that you need to know a totally different language before blogging.

  2. Liesel says:

    This is gold! Brittany, this could not be more SPOT ON. Thank you for calling out the “15 min, free” scheme that “starting a blog” is auctioned off as! Totally not what it is at all! I also have a one year old who likes to throw Cheerios on the floor, being a mom blogger especially in those first few months is no easy task! But keep it up! You are an amazing writer and have a beautiful writing style, you’ll make it!! 💕

  3. hidreamandachieve says:

    Hi Britany, love your post. I agree there are so much noise about your blog being up and running in 15 mins….if only. I was exactly in the same situation last year when I jumped into blogging with 2 weeks of reaserach as I was so tired of my full-time job. sick kids and other responsibilities. I for once was a big fool to give up my job and start blogging. after 6 months of blogging, crying a lot, totally frustrated and made about $35+ cash in hand. I closed it down.
    It’s not to discourage you but to let you know that may be these few months will be frustrating and you feel like giving up but if you are thinking for blogging as a long term plan then this is your learning phase and you’ll get good stuff from this. keep playing but with bit of eyes open. I took me six months to learn then I started again, and my dear, this time things are looking very different. Last time I had no idea about -target audience that they keep talking about- what the hell is it and where to find it?
    This time I am blogging with intention and purpose- to make blogging simple and less stressful for newb like myself. Believe in yourself and you’ll nail it. Good Luck 🙂

  4. Lisa says:

    Love this!!! I love when blogging and humor mix!

  5. Thank you for keeping it real!! The things you talked about are so true. I am one month in to this thing. It’s great, but it’s not free or easy. Hey at least you got .90 and a bottle of wine! I still have to make anything. But I’m also scarred to add affiliate marketing, even though I want to. Keep on keeping it real!!

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