How I Earned .25 cents Blogging Last Month

How I Made .25 cents Blogging Last Month

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How I Earned .25 cents Blogging Last Month

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Hi Friends!  Welcome to my income report for the month of May.

For the month of May 2017, I made .25 cents!  🙂  I had no expenses, except for my time and sanity, and am hoping to double my income for June.  (.50 cents in my goal!! :-))

Well….that was short and sweet, to the point.

I’d be happy to answer any questions that you have over my sources of income….I can confirm that for the month of May 2017, I earned:

$0 for BlueHost (although, if you want to sign up to start a blog through my link for BlueHost, I will almost triple my income in just your sign-up :-))

$0 for Ebates (If you do click the link and sign up, you get a $10 credit!)

$0 through AirBnB (Clicking the link gives $40 off a stay!)

$0 through Amazon

$0 through

.25 cents was earned through Shareaholic!

Disheartening?  Honestly….no.  I didn’t start the blog to earn money right away…although it is my ultimate goal to end all other “side hustles”, and be able to focus full-time on my blog, I know it isn’t an overnight “magic” that just happens.

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Now, I get that I’m new this the blogging world.  and trust me when I say, I love the blogging community and the amazing people who I have met so far along the journey.  I have met other bloggers, moms, friends, newbies and pros and each and every one has a different journey, a different story but most have the same goal of monetizing and being full-time.  Some have already made it, some are like me…dazed and confused. 🙂

A little bit of history of me…..I’m an easy-going, always busy personality and once I have my mind set on something, I go at that “something” 150%.  I have no middle ground, trust me..I’ve tried.  I laugh loud, love big and play hard and I love the craziness of life.  I’m in month three of my blog, and my life has absolutely changed for the better, because it has allowed me to find a voice about things I love and am passionate about.  Family, fun, frugal, positivity, creativity and the beautiful chaos of life.  I absolutely love to blog, and I love the content I’ve been able to produce the past few months.  Is my dream to monetize and stay at home or travel the world while earning thousands upon thousands each and every month?


Do I see the light at the end of the tunnel right now to make that a reality?  Not really.  Most posts that I read about those who have found success in the blogging world focus on the side hustles or money that they make while earning fistfuls of cash on their blog.  It seems it is doable, but hard to follow at times too!  How do these bloggers do it?  How do they earn more and more each and every month?

This is why I’ve written this post.  There are SO many wonderful and great blogs in the world that are super successful, but I feel that sometimes bloggers who are just starting out are often mislead or misinterpret how these bloggers reached their super success.  It is a TON  of work.  LIKE, A LOT of work….hours upon hours.

Now, I may be doing everything 100% wrong…..but, to earn my .25 cents for the month of May, I spend a lot of time on it.  I did earn a shiny quarter…but, a lot of time was spent too!

Each and every day, I spend:

1 hour in the AM on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest promoting and pinning away.

30 minutes at some point in time during the day on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest promoting and pinning away.

Anywhere from 2-4 hours each night on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter promoting and pinning away (This includes time on Canva and Tailwind creating my own images and then uploading to schedule them to post at times that I’m not doing my own pinning and promoting)

My breakdown:  I work 40 hours each week full-time, and spend anywhere from another 15-25 hours per week on my blog by researching ways to increase, pin and promote to drive traffic.

I post anywhere from 2-4 blog posts every week, and have had some amazing guest bloggers to promote as well.  (I love to collaborate and share success with other bloggers too!  We are all in this together!)

Related Post:  Happy to Introduce my First Guest Blogger..My year old daughter, Sophia!

I began blogging because I felt I had a voice that maybe others would like and also see the potential in earning an income.  A win/win, right?

My quarter income report for the month of May doesn’t truthfully discourage me…but it does paint a more realistic picture for those bloggers out there that are just starting out and are in their first few months or year of blogging.  It truly isn’t a get-rich scheme or there honestly isn’t a super quick or easy way to get follows or find people who are interested in your blog.  There are literally MILLIONS of blogs in the world, all competing for followers, likes and visits.

So, you may be asking my point of this post?  Well, it’s to tell you to not get discouraged after reading pin after pin on Pinterest about the blogs earnings thousands…Don’t assume that you are doing something wrong and please please please don’t compare yourself to other blogs or bloggers.

BE YOU.  Write content that you are happy about.  Spend time on your blog but don’t let that time control you.  Chase your passion and know that everything happens in good time.

As I stated earlier, I’m a new blogger, and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to connect with bloggers of all seasons.  We can all help each other stay positive and find humor in our lack of “overnight” success.

Looking for some other awesome up and coming blogs to check out?  I HIGHLY recommend:

Super Savvy Sarah   

Peaks and Waves

Gifter Grid

A Sprinkle of Everything

Amy Bihl

Mom Envy

Love the Benefits

Hope in the Chaos

Mama Knows Gluten Free

A Literary Feast

That Mrs. Miller

Pure Religion Is

Mrs. Savvy Saver


Maybe you are wondering how I’m going to spend my earnings for this month?  My quarter?  I’ll be headed to the mall, and buying myself a .25 cent gumball.  (Fingers crossed for a blue one!)


196 thoughts on “How I Made .25 cents Blogging Last Month

  1. Stephanie Eiler says:

    This is an AMAZING post! Thank you so much for your honesty! I also work full time as a teacher and spend SO much time on social media promoting my blog (which I just started in February). I don’t know how bloggers do it honestly! Sometimes I feel like I get so caught on on social media that I go a whole day without even writing! Yikes…thank you for this post =)

  2. Kennedy says:

    This was hilarious. I’ve made a whopping $3 but hey, that’s three candy bars! You’re writing is hilarious, and I love that so much. Keep going! 50 cents isn’t too far away!

  3. Brandyn Blaze says:

    Omg, this is the best post I have read in I don’t know how long! I’m right there with ya girl! I started blogging about 4 years ago. I managed to build up a good following with my first blog, but never made any money at it, and after a couple years I shut it down and started a new one. A year and a half in, and it’s like those old followers never existed. However, I enjoy doing what I’m doing, so the lack of income and followers is mostly a minor inconvenience lol.

    At any rate, I’ll stop before I leave a whole post in your comments and let you know you gained at least one follower from this post (me)!

  4. Kaitlin says:

    GoogleAdsense! I was two months into it at a whopping 47 cents… the third month I did away with Shareaholic and am already at $10 just for one month.

  5. Kim B Smith says:

    LOL, I love your writing style and more importantly your transparency. Comparing is a killer and don’t believe all that you read as well! 🙂 I am looking forward to reading more from you, from a new blogger! Thank you for your truth and humor.

  6. Sylvie Hanes says:

    This is a great blog, realistic and often, written with humour. Trust me, most bloggers get this – it’s not an easy market to crack, and there are millions of people doing the same thing… but you see, they are not YOU. You bring something different to the readers – hopefully we ALL do.

    I think the false expectations many have are due to the very few who are making a killing with their blogs, their associations and their affiliates. However, I also do understand how frustrating it can be after all those hours of dedicated work. I just launched my travel blog and am focused on taking it one day at a time. Will this amount to anything? It already has, and if nothing else, my travels will be documented for my children and grandchildren’s reading pleasure. Good luck and hang in there!

  7. Nichole says:

    I feel your pain. I’m struggling so hard to hit $500. It was hard at first to even hit 100. It’s aggravating at times because of how much work goes into a blog. BUT I know eventually it’ll pay off.

  8. Heather says:

    You might have to wait till next month for that gumball 😜 I think they’re more like 50 cents these days. Great post, you’re spot in, one can begin to feel like they are missing the boat when their blog isn’t making hundreds of dollars a month.

  9. MeChell says:

    I honestly feel that the only blogs who make thousands per month are the ones focused on teaching others how to make thousands per month. People will pay to get rich but then it ends up being the same rehashed material over and over because everyone is trying to promote the same things. So now we have 47392 blog posts on how to make $10,000 A month. … when I first joined shareholic I earns $4.48 the first time I promoted a link. I was stoked! ..but now, months later, every time I log in, it still says I’ve earned that same $4.48. It’s frustrating but I love to write..and I don’t want to write about how to earn money just to earn money!!

  10. Dawn says:

    I love this post! Thank you for sharing your perspective. Everyone thinks it’s a get rich quick deal but don’t understand there is so much more to blogging than making money.

  11. Jenny says:

    haha! As a new blogger, I totally relate. I haven’t even bothered to get into the affiliate marketing etc… as I don’t have enough ‘followers’ yet. Good to know I’m not alone though!

  12. Julie >>> The Savvy Blogger says:

    Love this! I have a strained relationship with income reports because I know some are falsified. I love the irreverent vibe of this post! Making ANY money online is something to celebrate and I love that you’ve shared what it’s like for most bloggers in the beginning.

    With a little luck and a LOT of hard work, you’ll reach your goal of full-time income from your blog! I say that to all bloggers starting out or struggling right now. First comes the pennies, then dollars. First you’ll make $100 in a month, then $100 a DAY.

    The only thing I would add is that you do need to educate yourself and learn how to build an business online (blogging does not equal business!) But the right niche, a clear voice, and consistently showing up for your readers can result in an amazing “career.”

  13. Charlsye says:

    I love this. I’m just getting ready to launch a blog that I’ve been wanting to do for a year now. Finally following the dream. Thanks for being real! Good luck to you!

  14. Angela @ Setting My Intention says:

    Thena – I had to click over when I saw your pin. This is hilarious and encouraging. I love that you shared the realistic side of blogging. I’ve been blogging for 2 years now and although I’m making some money now, it’s not easy. It is a long term goal versus a “get rich quick” hustle – at least it has been for me. Thanks for being honest and authentic!
    Angela @ Setting My Intention recently posted…The First Step to Finding JoyMy Profile

  15. Roshdyna says:

    I love how honest this is! I always see people posting their income reports with numbers I only dream of… only to know it’s because they waited until making that much before posting an income report at all! But I love that you chose to do this in the early months of blogging!

    Also, just out of curiosity, how did you get $0 for Bluehost?

    Thanks for sharing!

  16. Jessica | Magnets from Everywhere says:

    Great post! My blog is about 4 months old and I’ve made $0.43 through Amazon Affiliates! 😄 I’m not discouraged at all and I know I can get there, but I have to do the work first! Right now I’m focusing on generating great content and building traffic!

  17. Fenne says:

    Had to laugh a bit with this blogpost. Not with you but just the fun way it is written. It’s also nice to hear/read another side of the story. I’m blogging for years and recently had the idea of getting a bit more serious, trying to do what I had to do. First of all it didn’t really work, secondly I feel like I’m spending time on something unreal. So I’m going my own way now.

  18. Addison says:

    I feel so much better about my income of $0.36. More humor/complete disgustingness of toddler boys is that my son found and brought me dog poop while I was writing this comment causing this one comment to take 10 minutes…Definitely don’t get paid enough.

  19. Michelle says:

    Thank you! Thank you for this honest look at how hard bloggers work vs the pay out. I haven’t started monetizing in any way, and have been struggling with posting while I had some kiddos in the hospital, but I’m getting there. I LOVE what you’ve shown! I’m hoping you get that doubled next month, and I’m crossing my fingers for that blue gumball! Thanks again for keeping it REAL!
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  20. Vrithi Pushkar says:

    Thank you so much for this post. You really made my day. As a newbie blogger I totally relate with you and the constant struggle to get new followers and the amount of time we spend on social media marketing our blog. It had been four months since I started blogging, while I have enjoyed sharing my knowledge and helping people travel better through my blog , I had no idea how much time and effort goes into it. Like you say we are in this together and need to support each other. Thanks for this post again.

    Vrithi Pushkar

  21. Nicole Biery says:

    Omg, I’m dying. Thank you so much for this post. This is me, and the hustle is real, but so far the money is not. Hahaha not that I expected it to be right away. But still…enjoy your gumball!

  22. Ryan | The Blessed Mess says:

    This post is amazing! I too started my blog with the intention that hopefully (some day, in a world far far away) that I could pursue it and make a semi-full time income off of it. It’s a long road and this paints a very realistic picture for all of the newer bloggers out there!
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  23. Haute and comely says:

    Wow interesting. I like your style if writing. It’s good to be optimistic. I believe that perseverance will yield result so since I’m not brave enough to do any income report eachieve month, I do applause your transparency.

  24. Ania Travels says:

    HAHAHA this is GREAT! Welcome to the secret life of a blogger, people seriously don’t realize how much time were actually putting into our work and literally not getting anything in return. P,S. you made $.25 cents more than I did in may hahaha.

  25. Kathy @ SMART Living says:

    Hi Thena! Congratulations on your $.25 but mostly for being so very honest. After blogging for 7 years now I have seen hundreds of bloggers come and go because they have so many unrealistic dreams for what it means to be a blogger. You really must LOVE to write and do social media or you won’t make it. Fortunately I never went into blogging to make money at it so that isn’t a pressure for me–but regardless of all the other benefits it is still challenging work and requires a lot of discipline. Stay the course and may you reach your goal for next month and all the ones that come afterwards! ~Kathy
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  26. Jackie says:

    I haven’t made any this month either which is discouraging but always next month. Thanks for sharing and maybe next we will do better. I’m also going on a trip soon so I might have to use your air bnb code.

  27. Sandy says:

    Such a great post! I started a blog back in 2015 and now I am just starting to try and figure out how to monetize it. Which is an all-consuming task in and of itself!! I spend so much time trying to figure out what I should be doing that I have no time to actually write anything. But such great advice in this post!!! Thank you for keeping it real 🙂

  28. Amy White says:

    This post just made my day. I’ve been blogging for years and am lucky to make 100 a month. It is a lot harder to make money blogging then the big guys will tell you. Keep up the good work!

  29. Michelle says:

    LOL! I love your honesty and your attitude. I think it’s important and refreshing for this perspective to be “out there.” I blog because of my love of writing, and because it gives me a voice. I would love to make money through it, but I’m not making anything to crow about yet. I would rather focus on my content and quality, otherwise I probably would quit.

  30. Robin Jordan says:

    Let tailwind and boardbooster do your pinning for you. Use Pinterest A LOT, that brings in loads of clicks.

  31. Mike Smith | Sunshine Dad says:

    25¢, I feel ya! After a couple months of that, I pulled all ads off my site. I decided that being paid pennies to clutter up my blog with ads wasn’t worth it. Now I focus on sponsored content if I want a little cash. 1 sponsored post can bring in anywhere from $30-$200+ That has been the much better way for me to go. Maybe if I’m getting 100K views a month one day I will put ads back up, but for now it doesn’t seem to make sense.
    I enjoyed your writing style. Best wishes!
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  32. Cassie | says:

    Thanks so much for this post!
    I’m only in my second month of trying my hand at blogging and it is so easy to compare yourself to the bigger more established blogs.
    Thanks for your honesty and encouragement!
    I hope I can make .25 cents by my third month, I’d be so excited 🙂

  33. Blair villanueva says:

    As the Chinese proverbs say, It is okay to earn little but continous.
    You have the opportunity to do it better next time.

  34. Charlotte says:

    Oh, my goodness… I love this post so much 🙂 I actually stopped by because someone shared this in the Courage to Earn Facebook group. I always find those “How I made my first $1,000,000 blogging” posts so incredibly discouraging. I know that we all are in this for different reasons and that comparison is the thief of joy, but in the end, you hit the nail on the head with two words. BE YOU. If I can’t write what I want because I’m trying to mimic what’s worked for someone else, it’ll seem terribly inauthentic, and then what’s the point, really?

    Love your honesty here and thank you for sharing. Keep doing what you’re doing–you’re seriously killin’ it 🙂
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  35. Courtney Andrews says:

    I love this post! I also work 40 hours per week and try to find time for blogging so I understand that struggle. I remember the first time I got $8.45 from Shareasale only to look at it and realize it was something my husband bought after inadvertently using my link haha!

  36. Lianne Benning says:

    I loooove this post. I’m just like you, going for 150%, tried middle ground, didn’t work, I often wear myself out with working so much (can only do a little because of chronic illness, but I always end up addicted to pinning, checking out twitter, facebook, whatever waaaay too long). But I did make 41 cents last month :’) If you’re interested in sharing guestposts, I’m at 🙂

  37. Bree says:

    Hi Thena !

    I stopped by here, after reading your request for opinion/feedback in our fb group.

    Well, friend ! I think you did a bang-up job with this post ! Because, in crashing the waves through a sea of posts with so many revealing how they made their first 8 gazillion dollars, this post you detailed was a breath of fresh air. And whether you believe it or not, in spite of the .25 cents, a genuine encouragement for beginners. I commend you for being unafraid and courageous to say, hey this is what I made, I can only go up from here. Most would NOT have that courage. I also love how you made it a bit humorous as well, I would do the same thing, as you write similarly to me.

    And I hope anyone reading this knows with certainty, that I am heartfully thrilled for all who are earning tons of money each month, I mean that from the bottom of my heart. Though I must confess, after reading so many of those posts one’s eyes begin to glaze over, while thinking, “kell night …. I hope I can even earn $200” ….. lol

    I have not even got my blog up yet, I am that brand new ~ I’m trying to learn with trembling paws, like the pup with the wide-eyed look, so you are still ahead of me ! Yay you ! But when I reemerge from under my rock, and get my blog launched, if you would like to possibly collaborate on guest posts in the future and help each other, would be open to chat and learn together. You have a great style, and write with warmth and humor, which is always appealing. You are an encouragement to others Thena.

    Continue being you ~ you can’t go wrong 😉

    Here’s to us encouraging the world ~ one blog post at a time, and to a monster-truck full of gum balls, blue if you prefer 😉

    On my way to make someone’s day,
    ~ Bree

  38. Cassie says:

    I’m currently in the “trenches” of building my following and getting my blog to a place to be profitable. Your frank, humorous take is so well-timed and very much in line with what I have been experiencing.

  39. Cheryl says:

    This is such a great post thank you for sharing. I have made the whole of 0.51p in 2 months it is nice to read that I am not the only one as with post everywhere on how people are making thousands of pounds a month blogging it can make you disillusioned.

  40. Mala says:

    Gumballs are great and I haven’t chewed one since I was a teenager. Suddenly I want them bad 😛

    Congratulations on your earning. Every small win must be celebrated.

  41. Courtney Neiss says:

    Loved this! Those big over-inflated monthly reports drive me crazy. I mean are you lying or just trying to show off? Because you aren’t helping anyone! This is such a nice change in all that to see something that can make me feel like I am not alone in having slow growth!

  42. Kat @ Mama Choosing Joy says:

    Thank you for sharing your May earnings. I am a new blogger as well and honestly it’s just depressing sometimes to see all of the pins of bloggers making $10,000 a month. Really? I’d love to collaborate with you if you’re of the mind to do that kind of thing. I work 40 hours a week, have 4 kids and am working on building my blog into a side hustle.

  43. Michelle says:

    I love your post! You paint an honest picture of the hard work that is required in order to succeed. If it was an easy process everyone would do it. I’m still in my early months and don’t expect to make any real money because I’m realistic about the amount of time and effort it takes before there is any real pay off.

  44. Orsi says:

    Hahaha this made me laugh out loud! Great post and fantastic reminder! Hard work and don’t compare ourselves to other people. Love it! Also love the sense of humor 🙂 i would love to connect! 🙂 congratulations on the $ .25 Followed you on FB!

  45. Elizabeth says:

    This is hilarious and awesome! Thank you for sharing this income report! I’ve been blogging for a long time, but only just started monetizing and it is SO hard to know what you are doing right or wrong, especially when other blogs are sharing massive income reports. This was refreshing!

  46. Victoria with One Sharp Mama says:

    This is the best post that I have read all day! That is how I feel my income report would be for sure. You’re right, there is definitely no “magic” way to earn money. Blogging takes so much time, energy and did I mention time?!? Holy cow…. I had no idea how much time I would spend promoting, researching and reading other blogs. I started this as a creative outlet and a way to share my story with hopes that one day I would be able to turn a profit. I feel like that “one day” is far, far away. But, I’m still chugging along, hoping to get there. Thanks for your honesty 🙂 Makes my day to see someone else who is real and on the slow path, just like me!

  47. Hanna says:

    The gumball part made me laugh haha!

    I strongly agree that blogging isn’t an overnight success. It really takes time and effort, like 300% effort. Those successful bloggers today didn’t walk a smooth road to reach where they are now. But at the end of the day, it’s all worth it! Who knows probably someday, you’ll get there too. Wishing you the best on your journey to success.


  48. Kellyn says:

    Great post. Always keep it real. The problem is some bloggers fake the funk and make it seem like things happen overnight. I made $6 and change this month through Amazon links on my blog. The first I’ve made money since starting my blog 10 months ago. If you didn’t start your blog for the right reasons (your passion). All the work you put in gets old quickly. Keep doing what you do and continue to support others in your blogging community.

  49. Carrie says:

    OMG! I literally Laughed Out Loud multiple times with this. Partly because I love how it’s written and partly because it’s me! LOL. Thanks for your encouragement and it’s nice to know that there are others in the same boat!

  50. Ashley Stephenson says:

    We can’t all make the big bucks from our blog! I honestly don’t even try to make money through my blog. I only gain products through my blog. I have had my blog for about 4 years and just do it because I love writing for fun!

  51. Larissa says:

    I genuinely enjoyed this post! It literally made me laugh out loud. Thank you for being so honest, and transparent. I’m in the process of thinking about monetizing my blog, and there is so much information out there – especially a lot of income reports about how bloggers make $1,000+ a month. That can be very intimidating, but after reading your post, I was reminded that we all have to start somewhere. I hope you ended up getting that blue gumball! And here’s to doubling [or more] your income for next month!

  52. Taylor says:

    I love this post so much, I am so grateful for your honesty. I’ve just started to do more to monetize my blog, and this post helps me remember that even the ‘little’ wins are still wins! Thanks for sharing!

  53. LeeAnn | My Veteran Woman Life says:

    You have to start somewhere, right? I preferred reading these types of income reports when I first started because they are more realistic of what to expect at the beginning. I read so many that had extremely high amounts, and for a new blogger, it can be discouraging when you don’t reach those numbers (which I’m sure are over-exaggerated!).

  54. Mary Leigh says:

    Love this so much! It is so realistic – especially for new bloggers! It can be really tough. I just landed my first sponsored opportunity that I’m working on now, but it was not easy and I certainly won’t be getting rich off of it. Blogging is a great outlet and I really enjoy it though. I completely agree with your advice to be YOU. Blog because you enjoy it and learn all you can about it in the meantime! Wishing you all the best!

  55. Russell Barbour says:

    Haha awesome post! I came here from Pinterest so you must be doing something right! You reached me just fine! Have you tried Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing? I learned a lot from it! If not I promise if you implement Michelles strategies you will make atleast 5 times the $0.25 per day within a week!
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  56. Sam Jeffery says:

    Thank you for being so honest! I really struggle with my affiliate income some months, it’s always an uphill struggle!

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