It feels like I just did the one and two month anniversary posts, and now it's month three. Happy Anniversary to me!
I've heard that most bloggers quit before three months. I've thought of quitting a few times, but I knew I'd regret it and I'm glad I didn't. Overall, this has been a lot of fun to me. I've hit some big mile stones this month, too. I got to hold my first giveaway and I topped 200 Google followers, $200 in Adsense, and 200,000 page views.
I thought I would slow down blogging when Thomas came, and I've cut out some Sundays, but for as long as I write more posts in a week than there are days in the week, I will continue to publish at least six times a week.
I do wonder if I can go on forever. I mean, will I have something new to say about life on a little budget every day for the rest of my life? Probably not. At some point, I'm sure I'll be writing just a few times a week.
Okay, so what have I made this month?
Swagbucks: 2310 swagbucks, or roughly $210 in Amazon.com gift cards
These are my totals for all three months combined:
Swagbucks: 3415 swagbucks, or roughly $310 in Amazon.com gift cards
According to problogger.net, most of the bloggers who earn money from their blogs earn less than $100 per month.
I've got to say, I'm pretty impressed with my earnings, but we haven't seen most of this money yet. My first Adsense payout will be mailed at the end of November. Some Amazon gift cards have been spent. We got a book for our upcoming anniversary, When Sinners Say "I Do", chosen by my romantic husband and we've gotten a few Christmas presents. There are many gift cards sitting in my swagbucks account, taunting me, trying to entice me into spending them on something I don't want or need. Yes, money does that to me, too.
Seriously, swagbucks is something I promote not just because I make a killing off of it, but because my readers do, too. For the 3415 swagbucks that I have made, my readers have won that same amount of swagbucks. Swagbucks is simply a search engine, powered by Google, that pays you back a part of their advertising revenue. They have a good thing going, and a generous referral program.
So that's my monthly earnings. It hasn't really effected our monthly spending. As long as our spending stays "Under $1000 Per Month," I don't feel like I need to change the blog's title. Is that fair? This blog has kind of become a catch-22 for me. Ooops. Why didn't I anticipate that this would be an abnormally popular blog before I named it?
Also, now that I'm over 90 days old, I qualify for BlogHer advertising, but they're not looking for new bloggers right now. I'm on the notification list for when they are, though. They are quite different from Adsense, and I think they would be a better fit for my blog, since Adsense hasn't figured out what it is I am blogging about. If I got in with BlogHer, which has colored advertisements, you may see more colored pictures, too. I even found this background from Shabby Blogs that is so pretty, I am considering going to part color anyway. Seriously, looking at this background may make my eyes happier than looking at my current background.
So, how do you make money blogging?
The concept is simple: write an interesting blog that others want to read, then tell others it exists. The execution can be a little trickier. I outlined how I did it in this post and this post.