I began my work at home adventure about 5 years ago! It began answering questions for ChaCha and moved into call center work for LiveOps. After I had my second daughter, I found myself needing to find non-phone work I could do online at my own pace. My search quickly earned me the label as the ‘go to’ girl for information about work from home jobs which led me to starting a blog.
Here we are now.
Work at Home Adventures turned THREE years old this month!!
Now I am fortunate enough to consider blogging my primary source of income. I love sharing all the ways I find to make money online. However, I also find it difficult to share much about my current gig as a blogger.
Sharing My Blogging Income
Sharing my income as a blogger has been something I have wanted to do for a long time. I think it would be highly motivational for anyone who is considering this method of “passive” income.
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Blog Success Can Not Be Replicated
In a sense, it is completely pointless for me to share my path to blogging success.
Most of the keys to why I can call blogging my primary work at home job is because of random acts of luck, or rather the Grace of God. Every blogger has their own story, their own lucky moments, their own methods and ways of thinking- all of which make each and every successful blogger story completely unique.
I will share the details of how WAHAdventures and my blogging career began and evolved. Then you will see several other bloggers share some stats of their blogs for reference.
My Blogging Adventure
I started blogging on a free platform called blogger in June of 2010. I fumbled my way through it all, having no clue what I was doing- I just did. I shared links to my blog in a forum and on facebook. I was so excited when I started getting 100 visitors in a day!
In December of 2010 I felt ready for the big leagues and began spending $10 a month with hosting services through Hostgator so I could use the WordPress platform.
As I had been doing my online research for work at home jobs I learned more and more about the online hangouts of fellow work at home-ers. Socializing and being a part of the online work at home community became extremely important to me in growing Work at Home Adventures.
In early spring of 2011 I received my first $100 earned from ads appearing on my blog!!
I was so excited to have something to show for all my work. I had many hours in a ‘hobby’ that was beginning to pay off! I continued blogging here not because I was making money but because I enjoyed it. I loved the satisfaction of knowing I was helping other people.
There have been MANY MANY MANY times I almost quit blogging. I have always put around 10-20 hours a week into this site. It took me two whole years to really see a good return on my invested time. I am so glad I didn’t give up and am now able to reap the rewards of time well spent.
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My Current Blog Earnings
WAHAdventures.com is currently averaging $1800-2000 a month. I also run several other sites and do web design projects on the side. Blogging and web design are my primary source of income.
How I earn money at WAHAdventures:
Ads- there are several around the site in various (strategic) places.
In-Text Links- Similar to ads, companies like Infolinks turn text into advertising.
Affiliate Links- I have learned that many products and services I use myself have affiliate links that can earn me money for sharing them with friends.
Other Bloggers Share Their Earnings
I reached out to other bloggers who make at least $1000 a month to help out with this post.
Blog Subject: Product Reviews, WAH Jobs, Recipes and More
Age of Blog: 1 year 5 months
Avg Monthly Earnings: $1000-1500
Avg Monthly Expenses: Around $20
Avg Daily Page Views: 0-500
How Long it Took to Earn First $1000: 1 year 3 months
Hours Spent per Week on Blog: Around 10
Revenue Methods: In-Text Links, Ad Banners, Sponsored Posts/Reviews, Selling Services
Keys to Success: I really work hard at marketing myself and building relationships.
Blog Subject: Simple Living, Modern Homesteading, From Scratch Recipes, and More!
Age of Blog: 4 years
Avg Monthly Earnings: $2500-5000
Avg Monthly Expenses: Around $300
Avg Daily Page Views: 5,000-10,000
How Long it Took to Earn First $1000: 3 years
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Hours Spent per Week on Blog: Around 30
Revenue Methods: Selling Ad Space, Sponsored Posts/Reviews, Selling Services, Affiliate Marketing
Keys to Success: Hard work, being persistent. Taking time to learn everything there is about blogging and continuing that education daily. Being open and honest in my blogging relationships.
Blog Subject: I share free crochet patterns and inspiration for crochet art.
Age of Blog: 16 months
Avg Monthly Earnings: $1000-1500
Avg Monthly Expenses: $10
Avg Daily Page Views: 2500-5000
How Long it Took to Earn First $1000: 11 months
Hours Spent per Week on Blog: more than 40
Revenue Methods: In-Text Links, Ad Banners, Selling Ad Space, Affiliate Marketing
Keys to Success: I love crochet, I have an amazing sister who helps me with all the technical stuff, and I have the strive to stay home with my daughter.
Blog Subject: Legitimate work from home
Age of Blog: 3 years
Avg Monthly Earnings: $1500-2500
Avg Monthly Expenses: Around $30-35
Avg Daily Page Views: 2,500-5,000
How Long it Took to Earn First $1000: 2 years
Hours Spent per Week on Blog: Around 20
Revenue Methods: Banner ads and affiliates primarily. I have sold ad space but that’s rare. Sponsored posts have also happened, but are rare.
Keys to Success: I did not give up, not even when I was earning less than one dollar a month, and I had a genuine interest in my subject matter. I would have researched work from home with or without the blog since I was actively looking for it myself. Blogging was just a fun way for me to share that with people. A hobby that unexpectedly turned into my primary income stream. Also, I never stopped learning all I could about blogging. I did — and still do — try to learn all I can about how to create a great blog. It will always be a work in progress.
Blog Subject: Lifestyle: Travel, Parenting, Recipes, Crafts, Automotive
Age of Blog: 1 year
Avg Monthly Earnings: $1500-2500
Avg Monthly Expenses: $30/month for newsletter. We pay annually for the host.
Avg Daily Page Views: 20K+
How Long it Took to Earn First $1000: 4 months
Hours Spent per Week on Blog: I have 3 other permanent writers and we have several contributors. So hours… probably around 15 for me alone.
Revenue Methods: Ad Banners
Keys to Success: NETWORKING!!! Knowing the right companies to reach out to, Social Media, Attending events.
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