How I made $12.42 in my first month Blogging (a brutally honest tell-all)

How I made $12.42 in my first month Blogging (a brutally honest tell-all)

So, first thing’s first.

I did not start blogging to make money.  Yes I made the small investment to be self-hosted with iPage  – but that was only because I knew that if I made a small financial commitment to this, I’d have at least some drive to keep it up.


I started blogging to put my focus and energy towards something positive and self growth.  I terribly suffer from Major Depression, and am always looking for new outlets to live a better life.


(A few people have reached out for help to start their own blog, so I’ve made a super simple guide!  If you’re interested in starting a blog, you can check out my post: The Ultimate Guide to Starting your Blog from Scratch)



I knew nothing about starting a blog when I wanted to start this journey.




I also have a bit of OCD – so I tend to hyper-focus and research the heck out of anything and everything.  You know, how to get started, what do I need to do, how to get readers, how to reach more people, etc etc.

So I tried what everyone recommended (which was A  LOT)

Now don’t get me wrong, it was all great advice.  But overwhelming for someone brand spankin’ new.


A big thing in the blogging community is that a lot of established bloggers have began to monetize their blogs, even without trying!  (And a lot with, well, a lot of trying) Many of them publish a monthly income report and show you step by step how they do it. I’ve then researched and read about a few of these bloggers; Alex and Lauren at Avocadu/Create and Go, and Lindsay and Bjork at Pinch of Yum.  They are amazing, detailed bloggers, that are very much an inspiration to the blogging community.

They all post their income reports.


This isn’t one of them.


Well, if it isn’t an income report, then why am I telling you all of this?  I’ve just had plenty of newer bloggers ask how many views I get a month and how much money I’ve been able to make.  Because it’s not all unicorns and hearts and rainbows and stacks of money that other ‘seasoned’ bloggers will make you feel like like will happen instantly and easily.  




It takes:

  • Hard work
  • Focus
  • Determination
  • Time
  • Investment
  • Patience


I’ve researched a lot more about this monetization thing.  All the bloggers posts seemed like they were screaming at me:

“Make sure you monetize your blog ASAP like I did! You don’t know what you’re missing! Learn from MEEEEE”


So I added a few affiliate programs to things I was already wanting to write about.

Tried to spread the word of my blog the best I could and kept checking my “earnings“.



And I realized, I made no affiliate sales.


I didn’t really focus on selling anything, even though I had links for that very possibility.



So where did I make this AWESOME huge amount of money?


My big whopping $12.42 was from Google Adsense.





I slapped a couple of ads here and there on my blog and with the amount of traffic I slowly built up, and made a couple cents and dollars along the way.  Google Adsense wasn’t all that easy to join in the beginning unfortunately.  You really had to have an established blog with content that they approved.  When I first started my blog I applied right away (because that’s what another blogger suggested I do),  I was denied almost immediately.





It’s okay.  It wasn’t my main intention anyway.  I turned my focus more towards my content, reaching out, and getting all over social media to get my blog out there.  Also of course, if you’ve read some of my posts – my own mental health.


Obviously I’m no where near Avocadu and Pinch of Yum, as they’ve been blogging for years and created themselves an amazing following – but it’s definitely inspiring to know that it’s possible to get your voice heard and reach so many more people than you thought you ever could!


I think that’s all I’ve ever wanted.  I wanted to have my voice heard, and have others along for the ride.


Which, hey, AWESOME NEWS!  My blog post +10 things your Depressed friend wants you to Know  has made it in the queue to be published on The Mighty  AND Thought Catalog!! (YOU DON’T KNOW HOW EXCITED I AM ABOUT THAT)


Making money at the same time is just a nice (awesome) bonus!


Also, I’ll be sure not to spend my whopping $12 all in one place. But just think of all the candy I can buy!


(…but, another sad reality is that GoogleAdsense has a minimum payout threshold of $100, so no candy for me. …Yet)




**I’m not writing this to deter you or put you down.  Rather than to provide you a more realistic look at starting a blog and the money-making part of it.  You CAN DO IT!  Making money with your blog is possible!  Just round back up to the top and remember, it takes a lot of hard work, time, investment, determination, and patience.



***UPDATE: It’s now 3 months later and I’ve done a little better!  Check out my update here: How I made $426.90 after 3 months of blogging – a follow-up to the Tell-All



How did you make your first dollar blogging? Was it something you were aiming for or did it just happen?

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35 thoughts on “How I made $12.42 in my first month Blogging (a brutally honest tell-all)”

  • Thank you for this. I’m in my third week blogging, and I feel like I’m doing relatively well for being new, but it’s so easy to get discouraged with some of the “success stories” out there. I get super frustrated that I keep seeing clicks on my affiliate links, but no one is buying. I’m just so scared of falling flat on my face, and this is a great reminder that Rome wasn’t built in a day.

    That being said Im getting frustrated trying to get approved for Adsense. I’m working so hard and would be so nice to see a return on that. Hopefully once my courses are complete and launched that will help!

    • Hi Jaimie! It really is easy to get discouraged! I go through those motions at least a few times a week but I just know if we work hard, it will come 🙂
      Also, Adsense gets a bit finicky to get approved – sometimes you think you understand what they’re looking for but then they surprise you! I’d say just keep up with what you’re doing, work hard, create amazing content, bring in quality traffic and you should be golden!

  • For starters I totally gave you an animated voice in my mind as I read this. Made it fun! Lol your truth has been even better! Finally a blog about reality. I have researched for over a year to start a blog. I got one going was learning the ropes, I ended up not adding anything to it and did not pay to keep it! Why? Because its what I do! But I thank you for being real. I actually look forward to starting a vlog/blog this time around with a few friends. Maybe I will go further and actually publish the site and get it going. Good to know I wasn’t the only one getting a mental overload with all the DO THIS NOW BEFORE YOU REGRET IT!

    • Omgosh Dina haha I totally try to write the way I walk so being animated is such a compliment!
      Yes! It’s all so overwhelming at times, but it doesn’t have to be! You’re not alone 🙂
      Have the best time starting your new journey! I am always here if you need help 🙂


  • I really loved this post. I just started blogging a week ago (I’m so new at this lol) and I just realized it takes a lot lot lot of effort. For how long have you been blogging?

  • I love the amount of honesty it takes to post about what probably feels like a small about of earnings, because I too recently started a blog and it feels so good seeing others grow as creators. Thank you.

  • Congratulations! I have tried applying for Adsense and I get turned down everytime. Wait three months. Apply again. Denied again. Oh well. I think I am the only blog on the planet without any ads of any kind! I focus on my writing instead. I get paid guest posts and writing opps, but that’s just as far as I go. Hopefully, I can take this blogging business to greater heights.

    • Thanks so much for your kind words!
      That’s fantastic that you’re able to get paid for guest posts though! I haven’t gotten to that yet.
      Adsense gets a bit finicky in what they want, but I think as long as you have a decent amount of good content and some views, you should be approved eventually.

      Thanks for reading!

  • wow congrats on having your post accepted to those websites so early on in the game! $12.42 is definitely great for the first month with Adsense. I’ve had my blog for a few months now, and just got approved for adsense after 3 times of applying. I still have to set everything up, hopefully this weekend. Great job!!

  • I LOVE THIS. I love it when people offer honest looks into the blogging life because so many make it look so easy to just make thousands every month without trying…people don’t realize that the months of making $12 per month usually happen first! Congrats on making even that small amount – no doubt it will increase soon!

  • Thank you thank you for this!! I, too, am new to this blogging journey and I swear if I see one more pin about how much money seasoned bloggers are rolling in, I’ll just snap!! This is very hard work but, like you, I am bound and determined. Just needed to be reminded that I’m not alone, so thank you!!! 🙂

    • Ha ha I know how you feel girl, you are definitely not alone and I think we just need to remind ourselves that we have to start somewhere! 🙂

      Thanks for reading!

  • Blogging is HARD work. I’ve been blogging 6 years and recently started doing it full time two years ago. You mentioned a bunch of great points! It can be very overwhelming. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and breathe.

  • It’s definitely a lot to take in as a new blogger but I recommend taking on one thing at a time and not consuming too much content because that can be a deterrent haha.

  • I’m actually glad that I started my blog out of pure enjoyment before starting to think about monetizing. I think I would have been overwhelmed. Even though $12 may not seem like a lot I think you’re off to a great start!

  • I LOVE THIS POST!!!! As a new blogger, I am so overwhelmed with doing that large list you first wrote (pinterest, instagram, commenting, etc.) that I can’t even imagine trying to worry about making any money with my blog right now! Feels good to read that I’m not the only person who just wants to create and be heard, and not make a fortune immediately. It’s like what every pinterest pin is about, I swear! lol!

    • Yassss girl! Whenever I search “blogging” on Pinterest it’s definitely all the same types of posts and it just gets overwhelming lol

      Glad we’re in this together haha

      Thanks for reading!

  • Thanks for sharing from your heart. I am brand spanking new to blogging and haven’t had a chance to look at monetizing my blog. Thanks for letting us see the other side too.

    • Yes! It’s a side I had no idea REALLY existed until I went through it myself. No one really shows the humble beginnings ha ha

      Thanks for reading! If you need help with your blog, let me know 🙂


  • I just wanted to say thank you for writing this. As another newbie blogger, all I see are a million posts about how you’ll make thousands per month, and I have yet to see a single cent. I just got google adsense approved for my account, so here’s hoping I see my $12.42 soon!

  • Oh my goodness… I laughed all the way through this post, because I know how this feels! I was so overwhelmed by all of this as well, and I actually wrote about it as one of my first blog posts (see 7 Facts You Will Realize as a Rookie Blogger), of how everyone giving their two cents on how to start a blog and it’s so overwhelming as a newbie. We can only do so much as one person, so it’s always one step at a time.

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