I began 2013 with a goal of earning $5,000 online during the year. I worked hard for much of the year, and made some money each month. Some months, I earned well over $500. Others, I earned less than $200. December was pretty much in the middle. Without further ado, here are my earnings from December:
This income for December, when added to my previous online earnings for the year brings my grand total for 2013 to $4.363.93.
While this was a bit over $600 less than my initial goal, it is nonetheless a nice chunk of change that I was able to make while I was basically sitting at home, many times watching TV. I also should point out that there were some accrued earnings in a few income streams that will have to wait to be realized until 2014.
The question remains, can you earn money by blogging? Yes, you can still earn money blogging. While much of my income came from freelance writing, I was able to capitalize on my blog and actually make a bit of a profit (my estimate is around $500). I’m going to post on here what my goals for 2014 are going to be. What are your online earning goals looking like?
One of the biggest questions that is probably on the mind of those who are reading a blog about making money is whether it is still possible to make money blogging. I would argue that yes, it is still possible to make money blogging in 2014.
My First (Feeble) Attempts at Blogging
I was late to the game when it came to blogging. I actually started blogging in 2010, hoping to supplement my meager income as I transitioned into a job as a graduate assistant. Some of the leading bloggers, like Darren Rowse, who make money started five or ten years before my foray into the “business” of blogging. Yet, after reading a post on Rowse’s becoming a six-figure blogger, I decided to give it a try.
I realized that the money would not roll in automatically, so I was surprised that I got a click on Google’s AdSense worth a whopping $0.59 within a week. I expected my blog to gather steam because I had something worth saying. I got a handful of visits for each post, but soon became frustrated because I had earned a total of $0.64 by the end of the year for my efforts.
My first blog was a random, stream-of-thought type of blog that did not really draw much in the way of search traffic. I then learned about the importance of setting up a niche and trying to get search engine traffic that way. Since I was a wannabe academic, I decided to post information on my major field of study. My second blog is still up and getting much more traffic than my first effort. Yet, it has not really drawn the income that I’d hoped. I also have a third blog on saving money on travel that I’ve not updated much.
Changing to a Paid Platform
My first three blogging efforts were set up on Google’s Blogger platform. This platform is free, but has some limitations as to what you can do with it. I read up on blogging for money on sites like ProBlogger and ChristianPF. Just about every post that I read recommended that would-be bloggers set up with a paid blogging platform with WordPress through a hosting agent. ChristianPF recommended the use of HostGator. Finally, after over two years of little success at drawing traffic with a blog, I set up this blog on earning money online. I took the recommendation of ChristianPF, and set up a WordPress account through HostGator. (Continue below the image)
I paid for my domain name and my hosting through HostGator, and they allowed me to download the WordPress software that I use on this blog. You can get a good introductory deal on this service by clicking the link on the sidebar that looks like the one above. (Please note that I can get a referral if you do, but also please note that I use this hosting service myself with no complaints in a year.)
My First Post on My New Earning Money Online Blog
I set up my first post on earning money in pajamas without leaving the house via the Internet in early January last year. I posted a couple of backlinks on sites like RedGage and Twitter to attempt to draw some traffic. That first month, I averaged a grand total of four visitors per day. This was a pretty inauspicious start. The next month, my traffic grew by 25 percent to a whopping five visitors per day.
Traffic and Earnings Growth
After a few posts and a few months, my traffic really started to pick up. By the end of the year, I had over 50,000 visitors to the site. I’d also started to earn money. I estimate that I’ve profited well over $500 in 2013 on this blog alone, and I’m still earning money every day so far this year. My hope is that I’ll be able to grow the traffic and continue to earn and see an increase for 2014.
While I’ve made a few bucks here and there off of my earlier blogging attempts, I’ve really started to draw a more regular income from this site. This proves that it is still possible to make money online through blogging. What are some steps that you can use to earn money by blogging?
1. Select a niche that interests people. (earning money online from home in my spare time was my niche)
2. Set up a paid blogging account. (you can do this through HostGator by using the links on this page)
3. Treat the blog as a business. (i.e., you have to sell something–a referral program or an e-book is a good start)
4. Interact and get your blog promoted on various social media sites.
Can you still earn money by blogging in 2014? Yes, you can. However, I have to give the caveat that it is not really all that easy. Additionally, it is very competitive, and it might take some time to draw an audience. With some trial and error, it is possible to earn money with your own website. The sooner you start, the more time to learn and give yourself an opportunity to start earning money without leaving your home.