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How I Started Making $10,000/month My First Year Blogging

I stood before the judge. He told me that I needed to get a REAL job outside the home or ELSE…

 

It was shortly after my husband of 14 years had abandoned our family when I would start this blog.

The “or else” the judge in the divorce hearing was referring to, was losing tens of thousands of dollars in the settlement. Get a job and leave your kids with a babysitter, or ELSE, suffer the consequences. Lose tens of thousands of dollars in alimony and other costs.

But, I stuck to my guns. Scared as heck, I told the judge that I would NOT get a job outside the home. That my kids were the most important to me and that I KNEW I could make money from home.

Everyone laughed at me. All my friends, my lawyers, everyone BEGGED me to get a REAL job. “Just get a real job and stop fooling yourself,” my mom said.

But, I’m a strong-willed kinda girl and I believed in myself and what God was leading me to.

When I told the judge no, he asked me calmly how soon I could make money and how much. I told him I believed I could make $1,000/month in one year’s time. Now, please excuse me while I tear up.

By the end of year one, exactly 12 months later, I was making 10 times that amount….10 THOUSAND DOLLARS. Never in my wildest dreams did I think that blogging could lead to such an enormous income and I stand here, telling you this story and living my dream life beyond what I thought was ever possible.

Who says it takes years to grow a successful blog? I hit near a million in pageviews and $10,000/month income by time I was a year blogging! Here's how I started making $10,000/month my first year blogging!

A little skeptical a blogger can make this much per month? Get my full income report here where I lay out all the details!

If you want to make a fantastic full time income blogging, you’ll need to know these top 9 tips…

How I Started Making $10,000/month My First Year Blogging

Know the plan

For me, it was God’s plan. God wanted to show the world that He could do it. That a single mom COULD stay home with her kids and it’s my highest passion to help every mom who wants to be home with her kids, to do just that. Whatever the plan is for your life, you have to know it in order to obey it. Step by step in my blogging journey, I listened and obeyed. When God led me to do this, I did it, when He led me on another path, I took it. After all, it was Him who led me to blogging in the first place.

Invest back into your business

If you have the mentality that you don’t have to invest back into your business, you will never make it until you change that philosophy.

How can I possibly be so confident as to say something like that?

Because I’ve worked the last 17 years from home and I know what it takes and what it doesn’t. I know the things you can get away with and the things you can’t. I know what the successful people are doing and what they are not. In ANY business, it’s always the same, you MUST invest back into it. Usually a good rule of thumb is 10-25%. Taxes and other legal fees, like setting up an LLC, getting blogging liability insurance, investing in more training to grow yourself and your platform, etc. is about 10-25% and then you get 50-80% for yourself.

Now, for the first year in ANY company, most likely, you will have to invest 100% back into it and not take a paycheck. That is the reality of it. Are there exceptions? Yes, when you’re making $10,000/month, you don’t really have to invest THAT much back into it, you can take a paycheck, but the point is, you need to be prepared to make $0 your first year in ANY business, whether it’s blogging, starting up a new company, anything. It’s a pretty standard rule of thumb amongst successful entrepreneurs.

That doesn’t mean you just go out and spend willy-nilly. You must be strategic and invest wisely.

Treat it like a job

My entire first year of blogging, I was working 80-120 hours a week. I was basically not sleeping. All my time went to the blog and my kids. There were times when I skipped meals out of sheer busyness. Would I recommend that? No. But, I knew what I wanted and I knew I was WAY behind all the other bloggers and I needed to catch up, so no sleep it was. Now, that things have settled down, I make more, my kids are home for the summer, I’m able to relax a bit more.

I’ve hired out some tasks and have a fantastic team, one that I couldn’t do all that I do without them, but that doesn’t mean I still don’t work 60-100 hours a week. I figure that’s about how much I will have to do until I’ve been blogging 3 years and I’m about a year and a half into this. Then, my plan is to go down even more, depending on the season. When my kids are in school, I can work more and when they are home, I’m with them more. It’s definitely a balancing act.

Focus on ONE thing at a time

It can be pretty distracting as a blogger with everything going on. There are so many things you want to do, so many ideas you can implement, but you do yourself a HUGE dis-justice when you try to do all those things at once.

Slow down and focus on ONE thing.

If you’re wanting to earn money, focus on just one aspect of monetizing your blog. My favorite is ads because they are the most passive income on a blog. Learn them and learn them well.

You can join AdThrive after you have 100,000 pageviews a month and I highly recommend going through them, but be sure you know ads placement before hand and what works best for YOUR blog. I make more money with them because I already had things set up to optimize my ads the absolute best before I went with them.

The #2 thing I focused on, monetarily speaking, was affiliate marketing and it’s something that I’m still playing around with to get it perfect. Once I get it down PERFECT and am making killer money through that avenue, I will add on more products and delve into the product world.

Related: Huge Affiliate Products Resource List for Lifestyle Bloggers

It’s all step by step, completely methodical. Don’t do something if you can’t ROCK it. If you do 3 things (ads, affiliate, and products) and don’t learn it inside and out, you make $500/month. If you really learn each revenue, you can make 10 times that for each one!

It takes longer, but it’s way more worth it in the end, and you want to have your foundation set for when you start getting into the bigger traffic numbers. I tend to take the stance, “If you build it, they will come….” …and you have to be prepared when they do!

Be firm on sponsored post pricing

For the love of Pete, seriously. When you take a lower amount, you are not only hurting yourself, but you are hurting other bloggers. Advertisers know they can rip off bloggers and get away with paying a certain amount, so then THEY are firm and all bloggers lose!

A long time ago, my dear friend Kelly from Smart School House told me that if you ask more for sponsored posts and are firm in that, you will make more money and work less hours overall. I believed her theology and took it for a test run.

Here’s how it works (these aren’t actual numbers for my blog, but they give you an idea):

You could do 3 sponsored posts per month at $200 each and make $600/month OR

You could do 1 sponsored post a month and ask $600 and make $600/month and work 1/3 of the time.

Keep in mind that a good rule of thumb is $100 for every 100,000 page views. So, if you get 200,000 pageviews a month, you can ask $200 for each sponsored post. If you are getting a million pageviews, you can ask $1,000 per sponsored post, and yes, it’s true. I know many bloggers who use this rule of thumb and several making $1,000 per sponsored post and even into $1,500.

Related: How to Start a Money Making Blog Today

Does that happen overnight?

No. It takes time and it WILL take you being patient. I usually only do one sponsored post a month, but it’s better income. But, when I first took Kelly’s advice, I did have to wait about 2-3 months in being firm and sticking to my guns. She was right and I’m so glad I stuck it out!

Here’s why…first of all, I’m not a fan of sponsored posts at all. I feel like unless the company really lines up with what you’re doing and where you are going and your readers interests AND you can really talk about the company 100% honestly, you SHOULDN’T do it. Secondly, if I’m going to “bug” my readers, it BETTER BE worth it.

I can make $30 as a VA selling content to other bloggers per hour. A sponsored post takes me about 6-7 hours to complete a quality post with all the rules and regulations and checklists and details (ugh, I hate all that). So, if the post is paying $200 and I can make $30/hour as a VA for 6-7 hours is $180-$210, why should I bother my readers and promote a company. I’d rather do VA work and no one has to be affected by it.

Sponsored posts are the biggest way to lose an audiences trust. Yes, blogging is about money, but for me, my readers trust is more important long term. EVEN THOUGH, I only do 100% honest words and they don’t pay me to say something specific, it’s all my own words, it doesn’t matter. Most readers don’t know that.

They see it like we get paid to like something. That is not the case, but it is a temptation there and bloggers CAN and DO go overboard. I personally know bloggers who never post anything EXCEPT stuff they are being paid for and it just loses trust super quick.

In blogging, you have to think long term, not a quick sale! Never post more than 30% of your content as sponsored posts. I like sticking to 5-10% myself.

DREAM BIG…SET GOALS.

 

Make goals

Making goals is extremely important and I highly encourage you to have an accountability partner in your goals. Each month, you check in with your accountability partner. It really does help.

Here’s how I make my goals attainable…

Let’s say you want to earn $10,000/month in 1 year of blogging and you’re in month 1 now.

$10,000 divided by 12 (12 months in one year) = $833. So that means that in month 1, you need to make $833. In month 2, you’ll need to make $833 more, so that’s $1,667. In month 3, you’ll need to make $2,500….and so on, until you reach your goal. Using that plan, if you successful complete each month’s goal, by month 12, you will be making $10,000/month.

Whatever goal you have, break it down by month. I do this with all my stats. Right now, I focus on Pinterest and my newsletter. So I have it broken down month by month until the end of the year for my goal. So far, I’m on track and I think this really, really helps. If around the 20th of the month, you see that you’re not going to make it, start figuring out how you can! What can you do to make more money, get more Pinterest followers.

Focus on that goal for the remainder of the month completely and see how far you can get. You will really surprise yourself!

Have a Media Kit and redesign your site

It just looks more professional and advertisers take you more seriously if you have your ducks all in a row.

GOOD BLOGGERS INSPIRE THEMSELVES.

GREAT BLOGGERS INSPIRE OTHERS.

 

Help others

Helping others is my main goal. I chose people over money every single day. I honestly make a lot less money than I could if it were the other way around, but for me, I am a girl who loves to serve and so it comes naturally to me. It is my honor to serve and help others and I believe that it does come back around. God shows me favor when I show favor to people He cares about. I don’t specifically help others for favor or to try to trick the “system.”

I do it out of genuineness and when you do, more people want to be around you, because they SEE you are genuine. If my readers do not know anything else about me, I hope they know that I am 100% transparent. I think about them more than I think about myself when it comes to this blog and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

Try different things

When I first started blogging, I thought there was a secret sauce out there and once I found it, I would know and have everything. The truth is that no two audiences are alike, same as kids.

You have two kids, even twins, and they are completely different in their personalities, even if they look the same.

Same thing with a blog. Every blog is different. Every audience is different. What works well for one blog may tank on another.

While it’s a good idea to glean principles from other blogs, it’s never a good idea to copy. You MUST do the work yourself. YOU MUST try different things.

A baseball analogy: keep swinging until you hit the ball. If you keep swinging your best swing, you WILL eventually hit the ball. Once you do, keep doing that exact same thing, but change it up a little bit, so it doesn’t get boring.

Get coaching

Last and most importantly, you need coaching. If you think you don’t, you need it more than others! It doesn’t matter if you are the CEO of Yahoo, there is SOMETHING you can improve on.

There are a couple ways you can go about this…

The first is to purchase a personalized coaching package by a top blogger. Their expertise can really help catapult you to the next level.

Just make sure it’s PERSONALIZED one-on-one coaching. Every blog is different and what works for one, may not for another. Thus, why personalized coaching is so important. Secondly, be sure whoever you go through has a low Alexa score. The lower, the better. If it’s high, you know that they are most likely not who they say they are.

The second way is to bug the heck out of another blogger. Find a blogger that you honest and genuinely, truly admire and don’t give up. Stalk them like crazy. Comment on their posts, email them once a week, follow them on social media, and make yourself known there. Try to be the first comment they get. Do what it takes to get noticed by them. After a while, they will know who you are and you might just make a friend.

Keep in mind that top bloggers get this a lot…where another blogger or a person in real life, just wants to be their friend because of what they can get out of the friendship. Top bloggers shut off a lot of communications because of this, sad to say. There are just SO many piranha out there. Don’t be one of those bloggers. Follow someone you genuinely like and want to get to know, not because you can get anything out of it, but just because you want to be their friend.

With that said, friends who have each other’s trust, usually share. Again, just be sure you’re doing it for the right reasons, you like them, not because you want something from them. Be prepared, this could even take months, and sometimes years, but making connections with other bloggers is important. There are so many things that non-bloggers don’t understand that bloggers do. It’s a whole new world and if you’re a new blogger, you want to share that world with other like-minded friends.

Related: How to Start a Blog the Easy Way

There you have it. Are you ready to start your blog?

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Click here to see a video of the process and get more information about how to go about starting up a site, and don’t forget to read this post here on all the things you’ll need to think about when starting up a blog. Still not convinced you should? Read my post on 47 Reasons to Start a Blog to see if it’s the right decision for you.

Still have more questions? Check out the Most Common Blogging Questions Answered by clicking here.

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Who says it takes years to grow a successful blog? I hit near a million in pageviews and $10,000/month income by time I was a year blogging! Here's how I started making $10,000/month my first year blogging!

Wanna see the full income report broken down with REAL numbers? Click here to see my income report.



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  1. Love this article! So informative! Thanks for sharing. I never would have thought about sponsored posts the way you broke it down, thanks!

  2. This is an amazing post! It’s so helpful for a new blogger like myself, thank you! You have worded everything so I understand it. I def have a lot of work to do on my blog, but I’m still in my beginning stages. But thanks to you, I have learned more about what needs to be done. 🙂

      • I went overboard with sponsored posts last month and have stopped applying to so many. Good for you for sticking to your guns! My goal was always to pay my mortgage with my blog and now that it can I feel I have the luxury of taking my time making decisions. Stumbling this post! And then pinning. 🙂

  3. I love this article! Especially the part where you said “Please excuse me while I tear up”. It is wonderful when we know God has led us and we see his provision! I pray for my blog a lot because I want it to be what God wants it to be-He knows the purposes for it. I also need to be reminded that working hard goes along with faith. It is obvious that you have both. Thank you for the encouragement!

    • Thank you Kristie. So glad you enjoyed it. Your blog looks great! Yes, I honestly cannot get through that story without tearing up, every. single. time!

  4. Hi Sarah! This post has SO much information! I’m going to have to come back again and again as I grow. But I really wanted to know more about your story. What did the judge say when you returned with your earning reports? I wish I could have seen the look on their face! Love the story and love how you responded with determination!

  5. This is awesome! One of the issues I am having with people is that many of them just try to collect blogging friends, and I feel the weight of being used sometimes. Once you follow them back, they stop communicating with you as much. It’s just awful. I also need to have a coach. I’m not sure if I can invest in a lot of $$ right now, because I did just start thinking about blogging seriously once we lost our business… which was just a few weeks ago :-/ Plus a baby on the way is pushing me extra hard to earn. Yikes! I’m keeping my head up high, however.Thanks for the tips!

    • Ouch, I definitely can relate. I started my blogging journey thinking everyone was like me, sincere, but some aren’t and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference. However, I can also say that there are real jewels out there and when you find them, you know and they make your life better.

      As for a coach, I can understand that too. For so long, I felt like I couldn’t afford a coach, and so I suffered for a long time because I didn’t have that information that I desperately needed. Looking back, I would have made so much more money if I would have just invested in myself and my blog in the right areas. Since then, I’ve learned to get the help I need, but when I do, I really take advantage of it, asking the RIGHT questions to get to the meat of things and really get a solid understanding of what step to take next. It’s always a learning experience and I’m not above that either. I just hired a coach myself for a specific affiliate company. Within 5 days of implementing her training, I’ve already made the sales to cover that coaching expense and now I’m on track to adding thousands of dollars to my income each month MY FIRST MONTH. But, it’s always scary to invest. The trick is knowing when to invest and what coach is the right fit for you and your brand. Someone who will take personal investment of THEMSELVES in teaching you.

  6. Sarah,
    As always, I so appreciate your honesty and vulnerability. You are such a generous and encouraging person…I’m not surprised it’s coming back to you in spades 🙂

    Thanks for another well-written and informative article!!

  7. This is really great information! I found you via Pinterest and have enjoyed reading through your journey. So impressive and I love that you aim to help others. I really appreciate your transparency!

  8. Wow Sarah this post was so inspirational! I love reading your essential oil posts so today I decided to come on and search to see if you had income reports and I’m so thankful that you do! You have worked so incredibly hard and you have really inspired me and helped me to see that my goals aren’t crazy! There is still a lot of hard work to be done but I really love blogging. I am excited to read your future blogging posts!

    • I’m sure your goals aren’t crazy! I’d love to hear a few of them. Sometimes, we have to think outside the box to reach them. Blogging is hard work, but so very rewarding in so many ways. 🙂

  9. Thank you for this article. I am just about to launch my first blog and your advice is very inspirational and informative. I look forward to reading more from you. This is the first article I have read that really breaks things down in a way I can understand. I can feel the passion for what you do through your post. Thank you!

    • Aww, that is a huge compliment. I’m glad that it’s broken down well and it’s helping! So excited about your new blog. Have you picked a name for it yet?

  10. Thank you so much for this, I have BIG plans to become a “work from home mommy”, and this is honestly one of the most helpful articles I have read in a long time (Lots of it is still Greek to me), but I am learning new things every day. Thank you!

  11. Very informative and inspirational post. Thanks for trusting in God and letting the readers know that you do! As a single mom myself and mother of an adult child with a mental illness; I am looking for a home base oppty.

    Cary

  12. Thanks for sharing all of your experiences. Your blog and story are such an inspiration! I just found your blog this week and am loving it!

    I especially love the honesty of this post – $10,000 in a month is an amazing accomplishment. Congrats!!!

  13. What a lovely (and information packed) post. I’m so glad you stuck to your guns and believed in yourself. That’s a powerful message for women.

  14. Thank you!!! You gave me back my confidence with all your blog posts, after my husband took it almost all away after our divorce!
    I can’t thank you enough!
    I as you, have this huge desire to stay at home with my kiddos, can’t imagine it any other way!
    May God guide my way 🙂

  15. I just found your site and I am addicted! You have such helpful advice! I can’t wait to spend the next few hours on your site soaking up your advice!

  16. This article is inspiring! I started writing as an outlet because of my Fibromyalgia and with the fact that I am unable to work am hoping to make a good go with my Blog! I have a lot of creative interests as well so this is something that I LOVE to do! I was a single mom for many years taking any crap job I had to. 8 years ago I met the love of my life and now husband and wouldn’t you know I started getting sick just months after we started dating! Blogging gives me so much pleasure and interacting with other people is the best!

  17. This was so helpful! I have been wanting to figure out how to work from home so that I can be with my little girl more often instead of leaving to work nights. I am currently a nurse and am in school to become a nurse practitioner. I am married and have one 15 month old daughter, I work full time, and am in school full time. I love to clean, organize, cook, teach my daughter, decorate, give medical as well as natural remedy advice, you name it! I was wondering if you have any advice on if I would be a decent candidate for starting a blog and what you would choose for my purpose of the blog?

    • Michelle, right now it seems like you have your plate full with full time work and full time school. I don’t see how you could add in something that would require 20+ hours a week to be successful without losing your sanity. 🙂 If it were me, I’d wait until one of those things was done and then begin. You don’t want to start and leave it hanging. You want to start full throttle, giving it all you’ve got. <3 Praying!

  18. Wow…Great post! I love your transparency and how you made the best of a situation that could have easily broken you. To see that you listened to God and stepped out on faith is truly inspiring. I have recently started a blog and have realized that blogging is my passion. Although I currently have a full time job, I am eager to make a career out of blogging. Thanks for the info.

  19. Hi Sarah!
    Just saw this through Pinterest and I’m so glad I did. I read everything you wrote here and I feel like you spoke to me as a mentor. I just started blogging a few weeks ago and I can’t thank you enough for letting me know that I’m not the only one who strongly believes that it is in God’ plan that I do this. You seem like a true genuine person that I can look up to. Thanks for posting this!

    tc, Lovely

    • Absolutely! I’m honored that God can use me to convict your heart and lead you the way He wants you to go. I’m also happy that my genuineness comes through. It is very important to me to be as transparent as I possibly can in a world full of fakes and liars.

  20. Wow, this has been so extremely helpful! It’s so hard getting started on a blog and feeling like you’re spinning your wheels. This has given me the push to keep going. Bookmarked for anytime I need a little reminder! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge Sarah!

  21. This is such an inspiration to me Sarah. I’m just about to wrap up my first month of blogging. I have 3 subscribers, about 1k page views, and 125 fb followers. Now, a month ago, I would have been happy to end my first month with these numbers, but after a month of sleep deprivation and working constantly, and absolutely no ad clicks, it feels like I will never get anywhere. Am I being too hard on myself? Lol I know it takes time, and I want to do things right so I can build a brand and a business, but at the same time, I need some income in a hurry because I don’t have a job other then my blog. I’m concerned about being a VA because then I’m putting my best content on someone else’s site. Am I thinking about that wrong? There are so many questions. It’s like the more research I do, the more questions I have! Hopefully all bloggers go through this! Thank you for all of the insights you provide. I’m just getting into commenting, but I’ve read almost everything on your site twice! Lol Love your little slice of the internet!

    • A couple things you mentioned makes you a leader, so you should do pretty well in blogging. 🙂 As for VA work, I would recommend doing roundups. That way, you’re not giving away your best work, and still making money. I wouldn’t recommend monetizing your site at all until you’re at 50,000 pageviews and higher. It devalues your trust level, especially when you are starting out. Making money from blogging is a sllloooowwwww process. However, it is worth it. No, you’re not being too hard on yourself. That push, that drive, will make you successful. I am like a Drill Sargent to myself! No one else will make your dreams come true. You have to go for it…full throttle.

  22. I have been tossing around the idea of starting a blog, reading through a lot of your content has tipped me in the direction of it and will give it a go! I am a mum of 4 and recently started working from home, since it was difficult working 70-80 hours a week including travel and trying to raise a family, while my other half also does rotational rosters. So the plan was made that I would start my own business and work from home and I do not regret it one bit….But that’s another story…thanks again and I will be following along. Cheers Mandi

  23. Hi Sarah, Thanks so much for this post… it’s kinda what I’ve needed to know where to start. I’ve had my blog going for 2 months now and am really trying to invest my time and energy in it while being a mum and studying a bachelor of nutrition. But it has fast become my passion… hence the reason I am up at 3:30am reseaching and editing photos. But I haven’t yet even thought about how to start monetizing and the costs are adding up. Thanks so much for the advice, I’ll start on Adsense and work my way up. You’re inspiring!! Candice xx

    • Absolutely. You want to wait until you have about 50,000 pageviews a month before starting to monetize (not sure what you’re at; just thought I’d mention it since you said it’s 2 months old), so as not to lose trust, but definitely a great goal to work up to. 🙂

  24. Ok Sarah, you officially have a new blog stalker! Lol I’m a fellow finance/frugal living mom blogger just trying to spend more time with her kid (hopefully soon to be kids). See you around.

  25. Super inspiring Sarah! I think I may be the only male that has commented so far, but I don’t care – it’s great stuff! I REALLY like how you give glory to God here and stood strong to your convictions in the courtroom. I believe God honored your faith and now you’re walking in that Blessing. So cool. We recently had our biggest month ever too, 28k gross which gave us about 15k profit (I publish my income reports too) BUT, it didn’t come from my blog, it mainly came from my online store. I want to now start shifting things to my blog (which is my passion) and start to make that into a consistent income stream like you have. I’m going to go read some more of your posts now! -Talk soon,Travis Peters

  26. Wow Sarah! I appreciate your honesty in sharing your beginning and how the Lord has led you to where you are today.

    I believe transparency in the blogging world is so crucial! Especially since hiding behind a screen and keyboard enables one to give the allure things are one way when they really aren’t.

    Your tips are practical as well as encouraging for one starting out as a blogger.

    Thank you again and keep up the good work!

    • Very true; all the more reason for bloggers to being genuinely transparent and not pretend we are something we are not. <3

      Your site looks like it's going to be a good one!

  27. Sarah, firstly thank you so much for being our Celebrity blogger this week in the Blogger’s Pit Stop. An example of your generosity. Now I am reading the posts that you submitted. Just a wealth of information and helps that I can’t stop reading. I appreciate all that you have shared and I pray that I can hear and act on your advice.

    • Aw, thanks Kathleen. I’m excited to be a part of it. I LOVE helping others and answering questions. I know that for me personally, sometimes that ONE question we ask a top blogger that we look up to, can make all the difference in our blogging careers. I want to be that for others. <3

  28. Hi, Sarah! What I love about this post is your perspective, how your reader is FIRST and everything else just flows from that. I can’t wait to read more – I think I may have to bookmark this site and make a point of reading a bit each day! Your advice to focus on one thing at a time hits home with me. That is my biggest issue, the one I know I need to work on the most, and the one that keeps coming up in everything I read and hear! Think God is trying to tell me something? 🙂 Even at this moment, I have 10 tabs open on my browser! I read through the comments and saw that you recommend no monetization efforts before 50,000 monthly viewers. Is that page views or unique users? Either way, ouch! I’m nowhere close, but I do have a few ads on my site and use affiliate links in some posts. This is bad, I guess? As for sponsored posts, too far over my head right now! I just can’t figure out how to do that without sounding “sell-y” so I’m waiting. Hey, did you catch that — does choosing NOT to work on something because I don’t have time to figure it out count as working toward working on one thing at a time?? (Just a little bit of “working” going on in that sentence!) 🙂

    • For 50,000 pageviews, it’s pageviews, not unique users. 🙂 I think it’s bad to monetize at all before then, yes. I feel like when a person is just starting, if they focus TOO soon on monetization, they end up shooting themselves in the foot and losing trust (I have a huge giveaway going on right now on my newsletter based on one of my biggest failures when I started blogging: monetizing too soon).

  29. Sarah, I had no idea where you came from.
    I have visited your site many times, but I didn’t know your background.
    Thank you so much for sharing it.
    We all hear that we should find a “real job” even though, as bloggers, we probably work way much more than some “real” workers.
    I feel energized now!

    • Glad you feel energized and it’s given you motivation. Very true about working more, but after a while, once you start making the big bucks, you can cut down quite a bit and still make the same amount. I cut my hours in half and am set to make nearly double this month. Will see, but at least I’m working a lot less now! 🙂

  30. Love this! Exact information I wanted to know, and tips on how it’s possible! Hopefully bigger things for you in the future!

  31. Hey Sarah! Thanks for the article. It was super informative! My aunt and I are planning on starting an art blog together- sort of a partnership. I’m really nervous about this endeavor- but you won’t learn how to swim unless you get in the water, right? Anyway, reading this article definitely eased my nerves a little bit. Thank you so so so much. Amanda
    PS- The way you fought for the right to raise your kids your way is incredible.

    • Thank you. 🙂 Yes, you gotta jump. The most important thing is sticking with it. Most people don’t make money before 6-12 months blogging, but once you do, look out! It can go super fast. 🙂 Praying for your and your aunt’s endeavors. 🙂

  32. Hi Sarah – I just found your blog today and have been reading post after post after post. I really appreciate how honest and open you are, and all the awesome advice you share. This post nearly had me in tears. You are so brave! Good for you for not giving up or giving in.

    For me, your first three points really underscore how I’m able to stay on track and keep things moving in a positive direction with my blogs.

    I’m so glad I found you and look forward to reading much more from you 🙂

  33. Thank you! I am pretty much brand new to the blogging world, but this was so entirely helpful! I pray my success story will be even somewhat like yours! I still have so much to learn.

  34. Thank you for this post!! I have yet to start my own blog. I’m currently in the research and strategy stages….I never take the plunge without a plan for my plans. Haha! With that said, your post has been the best one so far! It is well laid out and very easy to understand. I also find your story very relatable. God has called me to be a stay-at-home mom, even before my ex left us. At first I thought it would be impossible as a single mother. But He is continually answering my prayers and looking out for us. Blogging is my next step to financial freedom so I can be there for my little one!

    • Kelsey, it will take a little while before you earn money from your blog. There’s a lot of time and some money that goes into it like any other startup. But if you are patient and stick with it, you can make good income if you first focus on the needs of your audience above anything else. 🙂 All the best.

  35. Thank you so much for this information. I’ve been researching and looking at blogging as a way to make money when I retire in a few years. I love that you break it down step by step and acknowledge every blogger and audience is different. This is a great read.

  36. I ordered your new book. Cannot wait to read it. I believe the Lord has led me to you. I am stuck…I purchased Bluehost and in the middle of setting up my blog, feel like I really do not know what I’m doing and afraid to hit the “go live” button on my blog. I’m a recently retired (young 52) Christian High School History teacher and a brand new grandma. I would really like to see my blog become successful as I believe I have some decent stories and DIY hits and failures to share. I’m taking it one day at a time! Thank for sharing your experiences, I have and continue to learn much from you. Merry CHRISTmas.

    • Kelly, you sound like me when I started. 🙂 It’s so overwhelming, isn’t it?! I can’t tell you that you’ll never be overwhelmed again in blogging, but I can tell you, that if you’re motives are to help people and meet their needs, you will go far. It sounds like that’s true of you. Just don’t be afraid to put yourself out there. It is online, yes, but there are millions of women who desperately need to know they are not alone in this world and YOU are the only one who can show them. You are the only one with your unique voice and experience. <3

  37. This post was incredibly helpful!! Not only is your success inspiring, but you put things into terms that are easier to understand than some do. I am just starting out with my blog and am kind of rooting around still trying to figure out how to get my feet off the ground. This has given me a few more things to start researching so I can get going. Thank you 🙂

  38. This was such a great read! You are the first Christian I found writing an article like this and it’s so inspiring! I’m sure there are more, you’re just the first I came across. I’m not yet sure what avenue God is leading me down, so I am looking into different ones. I currently homeschool my kids and work part time outside of home, but my little chickadees will soon (in 3 years) be done with school and I want to have something I love and feel passionate about. I love talking to others and like you said, encouraging and inspiring, so this may very well be the answer. Thank you so much for the love you put into your blog. It certainly does show through! I have bookmarked you and look forward to reading more!

    • Awww, thank you Angi. I’m SOOO glad my love shines through written words! <3 Sounds like you'd really like blogging. Will be praying God leads you where He wants you to go and where you can be the most effective for His name's sake. 🙂

  39. Hi Sarah! I recently started a blog and I’m still figuring out the kinks, it is not online yet as I’m still prettyfying it 🙂 Thank you so much for this article, I felt God direct me to the blogging world and finally I started. I’m 20 and a medical student with a lot of opinions and creativity ready to jump out on pages 🙂

  40. Thank you Sarah for this post! It encourage me to actually press the publish button and now I posted my first blog post! Very informative as well.

  41. I’ve been seeing posts on Pinterest about blogging and am very interested in starting a blog that I feel God has laid on my heart. Thanks for sharing this information, I’m excited about researching this opportunity further.

  42. Can I just say that this is the most uplifting and helpful post I have read since I have been researching how to start blogging! I am a military wife with an 8 month old son and I have been praying that God would show me something I could do from home but use to reach other people and I keep seeing stuff and hearing people talk about making money from blogging and I feel this might just be my way to make money for my family and not have to go back to work. Can’t wait to get started! 🙂

  43. Hi Sarah!
    I am just starting into the blogging world and I have so many questions! My biggest question involves my small shop that I own. I have shopify as my platform and they offer a blog option to connect to my store as well. I worry though, should I be doing something seperate instead of having it linked to my shop? I want my blog to include my shop things but also my life, lifestyle things and concepts of trending topics. I know there is benefit in linking/making my blog with shopifys option to my shop due to the SEOs and the benefits of link clicks. But I worry it will get over looked because it is linked to my shop. Should I go with a separate platform for my blog?

    Thank you so much for this article! It gave me some confidence about my decision to start a blog, I appreciate you writing it! 🙂

    -Melisa

  44. Great information! I commend you on taking a stand and achieving your dreams of being able to earn a substantial income and be a stay at home mom. I have plans to start a blog and the information you provided has been so helpful. Thanks again!

  45. Hi, Sarah. I am new to the world of blogging and don’t know the ropes yet. Not only is your post very thorough, it’s inspiring as well! I’m in an in-between phase of graduating college and starting my career, and thought that blogging would be a fun way to showcase my hobbies (water sports and cooking, mainly going into the water to catch a fish then going home to cook it) while looking for a job. Turns out, building a blog can really feel like a job. It’s become obvious to me that there is much to learn about the blogging world, mahalo (thank you) for introducing me to it!

  46. Thank you for being honest and real in this post. I did a little happy dance for you as I read about the little tidbit you shared of God providing for you! He is a good Father to His children. It’s amazing to hear where you started and where you are now! I hope to grow as a blogger and maybe, one day, supplement income so I can be with my future children and raise them.

  47. Sarah, I have been thinking about starting blog after my daughter told me that she thought that I would do well blogging & to think about it & looking around at other bloggers & that she felt that I had so much to offer. I found you on Pinterest of which has been my go to for everything! I only use Google now when I don’t find it on Pinterest. I wanted to say that I have enjoyed your article so much that it has inspired me to get busy & serious about blogging. You bring God first & foremost in your pursuit in your blogging. You bring honesty, trust & a sincere devotion to your readers that I have not found in other bloggers & I so much appreciate that especially in today’s world. Thank you so much for your “transparency,” it is one that I hope to be able to bring to my followers someday! Thank you & be it known, you will be seeing me again!
    Respectfully, Teresa

  48. I just think it’s so wonderful what you’re doing and how in such a short time you’ve inspired me to follow my dreams as a blogger thank you for being so genuine about it all.

  49. Dear Sarah,
    Thank you for this post, you are so encouraging and make things easy to understand. I am a single momma to a most amazing little girl, and I would give anything to be able to stay home with her! I had no clue of all the opportunities out there until the last few months. By golly, I didn’t even know about Pinterest three years ago :/ I really thought if I wanted to work at home, I would have to be a phone rep or sales person. I am so grateful to have found your blog and I am now really encouraged to figure out how the heck to do this! I am SO NOT a social one, so if I could become a wee part of all this and be able to be encouraging and positive to some other mommas out there, I would be so blessed. I hope that by leaving my info, I am signing up to your email list. If not, please add me. Thank you again Sarah. God bless you and your family.

  50. Do you still do sponsored posts? I mean, is that current information? Because I have literally never had anyone agree (other than through a network) to a sponsored post for more than around $125, and I haven’t gotten any offers more than about $35 in…2 years? Am I missing some angle or something, or is this really just a change in what’s “in”?

    • Personally, it is very rare that I do them. It’s just not my overall focus of this blog or where I’m going in my life. That is not to say they are wrong or that I don’t do them when they match up 100% and are a company that I already use and trust.

      The amount they pay you is directly related to your traffic and they contact you or you pitch them your media kit with rates. If going through a middle-man company, you can still ask for more money, depending on what YOU decide your fair pay is. They usually decline though and you chose to walk away or take less.

      Of course every blog is different, but what I’ve personally seen is a pattern in rates. A blog that gets 200,000 pageviews/month, should charge $200 per sponsored post. A blog with 500,000 = $500. A blog with 1 million = $1,000. A blog with 1.5 million = $1,500-$4,000 per post.

  51. I found this post useful and motivating! I started my first blog only a few days ago and I didn’t start it to make money. I basically just want to share my journey with others and write about things I think are important and interesting. I would like to make some money off of it one day, but that isn’t the reason why I wanted my own blog. When I get better I will definitely try your strategy! I would really appreciate it if you checked out my first post and tell me what you think!
    Thanks,
    Caitlin 🙂

  52. I love that you had the courage enough to say NO to the lawyers and even to your mom and keep doing your blogging and you made it work! I’m just starting a blog, and I don’t know UMph about Umph, but I really want to!! I am on such a budget too because I just started my own business in November and that’s a long story. I gotta do one thing at a time here, and I think my next step is ads. I really could use some followers first though. LOL.
    I love your spirit and I am loving all the content I’m seeing here. This is the first post I have read but I seriously was like the ADD child with all of the links, I had ten windows open at the end of this one post. I’ll keep reading and maybe I’ll figure it out.

  53. I am still so new that I don’t know much about newsletters, media kits, and ads. I just don’t understand what more you do with ads once you have them on your site. My goal since I started has always been to do a little at a time, and learn here and there. (We don’t need a full time income for a very long time).
    My concern I have been having lately is that I am passionate about many things. I don’t know if any of my channels will be successful because I split my time doing several things and not all of one thing. I don’t want 5-10 blogs.

    • I’m not sure where the idea comes from that a blog has to be just about one or two things, but I feel like a blog is an expression of who I am. I’m not a one dimensional person, so neither is my blog. 🙂 I think that as long as you streamline it, you can talk about anything (your blog seems streamlined to me). 🙂

  54. Thank you so much Sarah for this post and all your other real, down-to-earth posts. I can tell you practice what you preach, and the fact that you genuinely care about your readers is apparent. I also really appreciate your boldness about your faith. You have an incredible story of God’s blessing and provision when you trusted him in a difficult time! I’m a brand new blogger looking to make an income from home so I can be with my baby girl, and your words give me confidence and tools… I feel like I just jumped into the ocean but don’t yet know how to swim. So, thank you! 🙂

  55. Sarah,

    You are an inspiration! These are wonderful tips. I’m working my buns off and trying to stay positive! I hope to be able to achieve what you have! Thank you so much!

  56. This was so beautifully/professionally put together. Thank you for making this so much more easier to understand and a lot less scarier for me to start my blog. I myself am looking for ways to make money from home so I can be with my babies.

  57. I enjoy your blog and the helpful information you share with all of us. I appreciate all the suggestions and helpful information you offer. It really shows that you care about your readers.

  58. WOW!!!
    What a fantastic blog post Sarah!

    I came across of your post via Pinterest (it’s no wonder to me that its went viral).

    Thank you for putting together so much valuable information in this post!

  59. Hi there

    I am completely and totally new to blogging. I’ve just had a baby, a little girl after having two boys. I’m feeling very blessed indeed, but also that I’m being urged to find a way of earning an income from home so I can be here for all three of my babies. I’d love some honest advice. My main concern is that I am not on Facebook or on Twitter (I used to be but found that they were an negative influence on my life) so I need to be on FB & Twitter to succeed? Thanks again and thank you for your very useful post.

  60. Thank you for sharing your story and this information. I have a blog and I don’t really know what to do next. I came across your site and I’m glad that I did.

  61. I was praying to God for guidance on how I should start a blog when I chanced upon your Pinterest post. I like everything I’ve been reading so far. You seem to be a very sincere person. Thank you for the inspiration. I have made the initial steps of buying a domain name and webhosting. I can’t wait to start and I have favorited your site for resource.

  62. Hello Sarah,
    I can’t say how I stumbled on your post but I’m glad I did.
    The tips are simply amazing. 80 hours per week? That’s some serious hard work.
    I’m inspired to up my game.
    Would love to connect with you more.
    Cheers and have a great day.

  63. This is such a useful post, thank you so much. You’re an inspiration and I’m so pleased you stuck to your guns.
    When my own marriage ended I was also encouraged to just get a normal job. It wasn’t for me at all. I’d spent too much time training as a coach, I wasn’t going to just give up. In 2016 my goal is to make my blog more profitable. I set the goal of £1,500 a month by the end of the year.

  64. I just wanted to take the time to tell you how inspired I am from this post. I have been thinking about writing a blog for quite sometime, but where I live it is a lot scarier for me to think that it would be possible, I live on an island in the middle of the Pacific which is a blessing and a curse. Prices here are insane so working a lot is what needs to happen. I am so happy that God helped you find your calling and I am hoping that God will one day do the same for me since I am so young. If I could make the money that you could that would be amazing and I would be able to take in more of the beauty that is my home. I believe now after reading this post that you wrote that this is something that I am supposed to be doing! Thank you.

  65. Thank you for this post. You give inspiration and take a little fear out of blogging! I’m just starting. I own my own transcription business and love being a stay-at-home work-at-home mom for the last 11 years, but I started my business because i had the trade and thankfully the connections, though much like you it was and is out of sheer need to provide. Now I’m ready to start something that helps people, but the business owner in me says “Why not make money doing what you love?” Thank you for your tips, sharing it and pinning and will reference for the future as a manual of sorts as well as scouring your site for more information!

    • Absolutely Kass. Great thoughts! I tend to think along those lines to….this is what I want to do, how can I monetize it so that I CAN do what I want. Example, obviously if I’m putting in 40 hours a week into a blog, I need to have it make me money or I’d have to get a job or earn money another way and I wouldn’t BE ABLE to blog and help others. It’s a balance for sure, but always with serving others first and foremost. 🙂

  66. Hi there Sarah!
    Loved your post! So happy for you that you exceeded your goals! I have a 9 month old baby girl, Henley, and I am working about 25 hours a week. I hope to be able to leave that job one day by blogging and also be able to save enough for school! Your post really helped me understand a bit more about things I had only briefly read about, such as sponsored posts and investing back into your blog. 🙂 I only have about 5 or 6 posts on my site so far, but I have really put my focus on it, so I hope to make it even better soon! Definitely adding your blog to my favorites. Thanks!!

  67. You are inspiring, ma’am. I only have a goal of making $2000/month. I never dreamed of making $10k. I’m very new. I have 1 post and I have no clue what the difference is between a post and a page. I may have to look into that. Thanks for all the helpful info.

  68. This is really genuine and authentic. I can’t say that about a lot of bloggers. Most even those that have a ton of success don’t share this level of detail. The real work that it takes especially in that first year. I really appreciate this post. Keep on sharing please.

    For me I can’t seem to produce enough content on a monthly basis. I don’t like to publish 500-1000 word posts. I prefer 2000-3000+ word posts and lately I’ve only been able to do 1-2 a month. I really want to increase but I’m also focusing on Instagram/Twitter where I’ve grown a good following. Any thoughts on what I can do? Should I outsource more content? Or should I keep posting at a low frequency? Also, it’s been really tough income wise.

  69. Hi! I am a 17 year old interested in starting a blog, not necessarily to make money, even though I would hope to eventually. Do you think it would be beneficial for someone so young to start one? I don’t know how much advice I could provide on my blog, it would be more about my life experiences.

    • If it’s something you are passionate about and have good writing skills, I would say try it. See what happens. Put yourself out there, but because you are a young female, take extra guards against providing certain information like what state you live in, etc. Be sure to pay extra to get your address/phone number out of the WHOIS directory. Take extra caution with the pictures you share and what you do on social media and of course, ask your parents/guardians permission and get that in writing (dated and signed) before you begin. Be sure they are completely involved and know what’s going on. I have deleted your last name on your comment so as to protect your identity. I would consider getting/using a pen name or never sharing your last name.

  70. This is one of the most thorough and motivating posts I’ve read about starting a blog. Thanks so much 🙂

  71. I came across this post in my attempt to learn more about blogging as I start to take my wedding blog more seriously. The goal is that by next year I am making money from my blog so that I can travel with my musician husband and support him and encourage him. Yours is the first post I have read in my “training myself to be a better blogger” endeavour and I am so encouraged! I love that you have unashamedly shared how you have been lead by God and I agree 100% that He shows favour to us when we show favour to those He loves. Thank you for this incredible blog post. I look forward to reading more!

  72. I really enjoyed reading your information today. I love to see the pinterest sites. As a much older woman and now a widow I would like to think I have somethings someone would like to know, maybe many some ones. Mainly because when I was younger I wanted a mentor. It took a while but a different times they presented themselves. And we can be mentored by younger gals too. Thank you for caring about others and not seeing others as be able to take away from you but you see us as someone who could add something to you and others. Very encouraging. I will continue on your site and look into this more.,

    • Absolutely Pam. 🙂 I feel like our younger generation doesn’t listen and respect our elders enough. If we did, we wouldn’t get into near as much trouble! I want to be a mentor when I get older as well and yes, look for those opportunities now to glean from older women. <3 It is HUGE on my heart!

  73. Thank you for this. I’ve been blogging about a month now because we’ve been desperately searching for a source of extra income that’s fulfilling. Blogging is definitely fulfilling, now I need to get income! I waver between excitement and all-out panic at least 20 times a day. This post gives me some hope!!

  74. I am amazed! I had no idea this was even possible. I love Pinterest and actually do make things and learn a great deal from it, but as an active person until recently, I didn’t have the time to spend much time using it. However, in October of 2015, I was in a major motor vehicle accident accident and was pretty much put to bed until my surgery to put my neck back together occurs on April 8th. We are talking major “re-invention” of who I am, what I do and while I look forward to a more typical (for me) active life I will never be able to do my job again.

    My job, which I have loved, has allowed me and my family a great deal of freedom. That is gone. I am completely dependent on someone for everything. I have an active (very) child who has Asperger’s and a husband who has no idea why I am painting beautiful rocks and chairs, etc. my old hobbies quilting are not an option because of the weight of the fabric. Pinterest has helped me use my professional knowledge in new ways, to avoid boredom, break the “do nothing but rest” rule and learn new ways to do what I love or to learn new things. But I am over the moon considering that I may be able to solve our financial problems caused by the accident as well, in a way I could enjoy and that would be safe for me.

    Sarah, for the first time in seven months you have given me hope, inspired me to look into this more seriously and explore the possibilities. You have made me feel that I can be independent, not just financially, but in thought. I am so tired of people making decisions for me. I know this will take commitment and work and time. But I have a 2-3 month recovery ahead of me, again where I can do nothing. Again, thank you for giving me hope that I can change what I do, without changing who I am, and actually have fun doing it. I have no idea yet where to begin but I will be following you blog and I may be asking some questions. If it gets annoying just shove me to “spam.”

    Regards, Donna

    • I’m sorry to hear about your physical pain and accident. I’m glad that you’re using it all in a very productive way though. Your mind is shifting and it’s such a beautiful thing! Am praying for April 8. <3

  75. Thank you for writing from your heart! I’ve recently started researching on how to improve my blog and help it grow. It can be very overwhelming with all of the information available on the internet regarding this topic. I found your blog from a pin on Pinterest and I’m so glad I did! Again, thank you for such a wonderful read.

  76. I really really really want to start earning money from my blog. I have also just started this year and you really inspire me. Unfortunately I work full time and cannot quit until I know I can make money online.. I know I can I’m just too scared!

    Please take a look at my blog and help me with what I should do first!

    Many thanks

    Charlotte xx

  77. I found this article on Pinterest, and thought it would be interesting to read since I’m looking into starting a business on Etsy. Within a few seconds of reading it, I was tearing up. Im a single soon-to-be mom who has been looking into ways that I can support myself and my daughter who is due in July. I was in an abusive relationship and as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I left. There was no way I was going to expose my daughter to the dangerous man I had been with. Because of this, I didn’t want to have any contact with the bio-dad whatsoever and choose to not receive any child support. While I know this is what I need to do to keep my daughter safe, it will also be a lot harder financially and I don’t feel good about leaving her at a daycare. This post was extremely inspirational to me, and being the stubborn person I am, I know if I work hard enough I can achieve my goal of staying home with my little girl, supporting her, and keeping her safe all at the same time. I know God is on my side and I’m trusting him to show me what his plan is for my life, as well as my daughter’s. Thank you:)

    • I’m stubborn too! And that passion for being home with my kids kept me going. Sounds like you’ll be just fine with that great attitude. 🙂

  78. Hey, just starting out my new blogging experience. What you have done on this blog really really inspires me to become the best. I’m a stay at home mom too, and I love to write. Just stuck on topics. How do you go about on how to write or what to write about??

  79. Hi Sarah
    So inspired by your blog and posts. I too am also a stay at home mom and trying to make money from blogging. I have already set up with blue host and now on WordPress trying to get started. Very overwhelming and confused. Would love a helping hand if you can..?

  80. God bless you and your family, Sarah! I’m sure He will continue to pave the way for you to have continued success. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and experience!

  81. Hi there Sarah. I’m just getting even more curious about blogging because I’ve always loved writing, helping people, and giving advice and to be honest it’s sometimes a bit off (financially) when you see a post with your interesting title, until I started reading your post. I have to say thank you for putting up this post. It’s inspiring me even more to go for blogging. Lots of happiness towards you and may the universe bless you.

  82. First off, great information and very well written. This has been the best post I’ve come across yet! I am very interested in starting my own blog but I am somewhat lost. Some of the details confuse me.

  83. G’day, I saw this post on Pinterest, and was intrigued. I recently lost my licence due to diabetes. I was driving road trains for a living. so now out of work and looking for a way to make income online. I believe that I can do the same as you. Any help getting started is much appreciated.

  84. Thank you for being REAL in what you said. I feel like blog posts like these are dead-end motivators, but you nailed so much on the dot. You gave suggestions, but encouraged the uniqueness of each blogger to come out. Thank you too, for sharing your faith in this as well, as it sounds like it is what drives you. Great post Sarah!

    • Thank you Kristin. My faith, God, and a genuine love for others is absolutely what drives me. 🙂 I’m so glad that comes through my blog! <3

  85. This is such an inspiring story! I can’t wait for more sharing from you. Maybe you’ll even double or triple your income soon! Exciting!

  86. You are such an inspiration to me! I keep coming back and reading your advice over and over because it seems so perfect for me right now. I am very new to the world of blogging, so I appreciate that you have taken the time to share your knowledge with us! Much love!!!

  87. Hello. I would like to know how to truly go about successfully starting and maintaining a blog as I am having a hard time finding a job with my degree and am currently working an ok job, but need extra income. I start and stop on my blog so much because I’m completely lost when it comes to successfully blogging. Please email me.

  88. Hey Sarah!
    I need the income to support my studies. And now I really fell hopeful about it after reading your blog.
    Thanks!

  89. I think this is a realistic look at what it takes to really make money blogging. I will definitely be sharing this with my group.

  90. This was great, thank you for your post! I have been praying for a way to stay home with my kids, but still provide for them. I know nothing about blogging and quite honestly it scares me a bit. I’ve been in the medical field my whole life, just certified not licensed, and needing a change from long hours away from home. Thanks again, you have made it not so scary to try a new avenue.

  91. Thank you for sharing!! It has really taken some of the guess work out with starting a blog! And give me some encouragement! 🙂

  92. This was just amazing to read through; thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and personal experiences! You’re an inspiration! I’m completely new to the blogging world, I finally took the leap a month ago and have been mostly focusing on interacting with people within the blogging community since it was the reason I wanted to become a blogger. But your post has given me so much to think about, bigger dreams and bigger plans 🙂 Thank you!

  93. Do you offer coaching? I’m completely lost in all this. haha. I just started my blog, but have NO idea how to get my blog out there so to speak.

  94. Thank you soo much for this post! I learned soo much today from this blog post. May God Continue to bless you for your good works!

  95. For me I would feel like I’ve made it once I made $1,000 per month regularly. In terms of sponsored posts, I’m guilty of giving in and negotiating a smaller price.

  96. Sarah, thanks so much for the information. I have read other how-to-blog Pinterest pages and stopped reading half way through due to being so confused. This was, by far, the most helpful information I have found. I may just start that blog now that I have found a site that doesn’t confuse me so much that my eyes cross. Thank you. Cari

  97. This was such a wonderful article! I’m just getting started and reading all the how to’s I can, but I highly enjoyed reading about your experience. I love your drive! What I enjoyed most was the suggestion of breaking down your financial goals each month. Thank you! Looking forward to creeping your blog further for more advice on building an awesome blog! 🙂

  98. Hi, Sarah. My name is Kris and I’ve read this post several times. It convinced me to start a blog. I’m a mother of four little ones, have a husband who doesn’t husband or father, and am in a very tricky financial situation. I don’t get much time to write, but over the past two months, I’ve written about 8 articles in the spare time I have while my husband is at work and the kids are occupied. I have no idea how I’ll get up to 100+ hours a week, and if I don’t make enough money to get us over that poverty line, we’ll have problems with medical insurance for the kids (which scares me to death). But…I’m going to try anyway. It has become apparent that it has to be me to bring in enough income to keep us afloat (on top of everything else I do as mom and wife). You are such an inspiration. Thank you for this. I’m slowly picking your site apart, piece by piece and devouring every bit of wisdom you offer. 🙂

    • Kristin, I’m so glad you are trying to help your family! That’s great! 🙂 You don’t have to spend 100+ hours on a blog a week, but it does take a lot of hours when you’re first starting out to set everything up. When I first started, I worked a lot while my kids were sleeping. I’d put them in their rooms an hour earlier than bedtime and they’d have quiet time, where they’d play, read, etc. so that would give me an extra hour to work. Not great as a long term solution, but when you’re trying to set up your family financially, and as a single mom, you have to take some shortcuts…perhaps that might help you? Or maybe an hour of quiet time during the day if they are not in school but too old for naps. 🙂

  99. Thank you for your advice. This is so logical and I need to circle up right now, as I’ve been a bit in the details now.

    I just teamed up with a local blogger/friend and we are planning to meet once every 1-2 weeks to share ideas. I think this will really help as we each have different skills.

  100. Oh my goodness! Thank you so much for this post.
    I’ve been playing with the idea of beginning my own blog but have never really taken any steps in that direction. Two nights ago I was reading my bible and talking to God I felt an overwhelming peace about finally taking those first steps and I feel like this post was just sealing the deal. I 100% feel like God has just used you Sarah, to open the door and guide my first steps into the blogging world. So thank you. Thank you for being such and obedient follower of Christ so that He can use your servant heart to the fullest.

    • Thank you Melinda. Praying that God will lead you. Keep in mind, it’ll be difficult at first, but just pray every day, every hour if necessary to get through each hurdle. If it’s His will, He will make it possible. 🙂

  101. Absolutely love this article and I commend you for believing in yourself and making it happen. It’s so important to believe in ourselves because we accomplish things that we could not have been imagined. Your hard work clearly paid off, and I am sure all of those people are quiet now. Great post!

  102. ‘If God is with us who can be against us.’ Sarah, you are such an inspiration. I firmly believe that, “What God ordain no man can take away.” I was so touched by your story. I am so happy you kept your faith and believed in the Almighty; God bless you and you didn’t keep your blessing to yourself, you shared it, and that is good. Continue to inspire us. You are awesome!!!

  103. Sarah, hi!
    This article was an inspiration to me!
    I am a mother of three, living in Greece, in a very difficult marriage which is about to end. The only obstacle to freeing my children and myself from it, is the problem you have faced when you were abandoned by your husband. Money issues. I have been a housewife by choice for several years, therefore my personal income or savings is almost nothing. I have periodically tried to make a presence online that would give me a decent income but the results so far were negligible. Of course this is totally my fault since I have not spent my efforts according to a plan. But now, I have learned my lesson and I am committed to making it work. I have already started a blog, I am trying to get some writing jobs (nothing so far but I keep trying), I took all interesting free courses – and a couple paid- in order to learn in depth as much as I can and started following some people that I find interesting.
    What I like about you the most is the fact that you reveal the struggles and the effort you had to put in before becoming successful. I know that everyone goes through the same path but some “online experts” want people to believe that everything can be done magically – or at least it did for them.
    Be sure I am gonna read every single word you have put online. I don’t know yet whether or when I will be able to get your full support through coaching, although I would be more than happy to do it one day!
    I just want to thank you for all the valuable information and knowledge you share with us.
    God bless you and your family!

    • If it is at all possible, I’d definitely encourage you to stay married. I know sometimes, it’s not always possible, but if it is, staying married is definitely better. Especially in the situation where one spouse is Christian and the other isn’t, because if you are saved and say, he isn’t, then God’s blessing and protection for you, automatically affects and protects him. It protects your whole household…same with unsaved children. One of my children is saved, the other isn’t. And it’s always a constant reminder to me to show my faith, even behind closed door, because they ARE watching. 🙂 And that testimony of how I live my life can one day lead to salvation.
      For blogging, yes, most all successful bloggers I know have a team of help. My favorite successful blogger has a team of 3, as well as a technician for the blog, besides herself and she herself works, by her own admission, 50-60 hours a week. That is a LOT of hours combined and it reflects on the site. Her site is gorgeous, it’s popular, and it’s a mainstay. This is the reason. She has time to grow and do all that is required to be successful. So, if a blogger says, well I only work 20 hours a week and make $50,000/month income, my first question is ALWAYS, how many others do you have working for you (second question is always, do you count social media time or JUST time on the actual blog). Because there’s no way, you can work 20 hours a week and do absolutely EVERYTHING yourself.

  104. Thank you for writting such a beautiful post. Lately I read many post about becoming a blogger but none of them had actually got to me like you did with this one. You or God through you hit the points I needed to make up my mind. Thank you greatly.

  105. Sarah, thank you very much for your article and your blog! I’m a Russian woman, but recently I’ve left everything in my country, sold my company and moved with my Italian husband to Ecuador! Shame to say, but I used to think that the Ecuador is in Africa (now I’m a mother of wonderful 5 month boy) and thinking to do my blog about home Italian cuisine (how to cook it with limited product, which is possible to buy at any country of the world) and my blog will be in Russian language. But is almost impossible to find an information about blogging in Russian language!! And mostly, even in English it’s a lot of “water” in text and other bloggers just trying to sell you something… Of course I still have some questions, but your article helps me to believe that everything is possible! Thank you one time more! And God bless you.

  106. Hi Sarah,

    Thank you for writing such a long and informative post!! I got a lot of ideas from it that I hope to implement in my own blogging. I love that you set goals and break down plans for year long stretches. My current goal is to make my first 50 dollars by the time my daughter is born next month! Wish me luck! 🙂

  107. I just started my blog a few days ago and I’m nearly clueless on what to do, so reading this article helped a lot! I have a long way to go, but now I have a better idea of what I need to do to make money 🙂

  108. I 100% loved this! It was very informative and at the same time you made me feel like I actually know you. It is my dream to blog for a living. I am in love with writing and being connected with people. I’m about to finish high school and the more I look into blogging as a career, the more I’m intrigued. Thanks so much!