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Coming Clean: How Much Have I REALLY Earned?

Blog RevenueI’m coming clean.  I claim I am a WAHM but, really, the bottom line is how much have I earned?

I am embarrassed.  Ashamed.  And even sad.

I was told that most bloggers make nothing their first year or two.  I am finding out that this is true.  We all believe we could defy the odds and I bet I could have.

I’m coming up on my 6 month mark of serious blogging.  Sure, I started back in September 2010, but I didn’t get my “stuff” together until January 2011.

Six months of research and writing.  Six months of Twitter, Facebook and commenting. Six months of trying hard.  Six months worth of coffee and Twitter butt.  Thank God I have another part time job!

Are you ready? I made a whopping $38.07 as of May 31, 2011. Wow!

I like to look at it as, “It’s Better Than Nothing.” LOL.  Actually it is nothing.  I pay monthly fees for hosting so that hard earned money is not so much an income or revenue but is a learning experience.

So how does my “income” break down?

This break down is from January 1, 2010 to May 31, 2010

*These are affiliate links, just FYI. :-) A girl’s gotta make a buck.

There it is.  Sales are not easy.

The bottom line: I need to work harder. I need to work smarter. I need more traffic.  I need better SEO.  I need to let my readers know what I sell.

The next 6 months will be different, definitely.  I believe I have learned enough through trial and error to make a difference in my bank account now.

I want to thank all of you who have supported my blog, bought the eBooks and clicked my ads.  Without you I would just be a substitute teacher.  But I am a blogger also and I will get better.  And as I get better so will you.

Update June 2012: I have made huge strides in the affiliate department.  To see what resources I have used to help me gain some WAHM income check out my Resource Page.

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Allie owns and writes Ramblings of a WAHM. She has blogged and been online working her way up since 2010. She loves to help WAHMs find balance between work and family.  Thanks for reading! Check out her awesome Resource Page! Sign up for updates and WAHM Newsletter.

63 Responses to Coming Clean: How Much Have I REALLY Earned?

  1. Hi, Allie:
    This is what I see with many nascent businessfolks. They have goals, but sometimes miss designing (or properly designing) the steps necessary to achieve those goals. Your decision to review at 6 months is perfect- but you should continue to do so monthly.
    Re-evaluate everything you offer. Monitor them monthly. If something is not working- I don’t care what it’s invested in it, discard it and replace it with something that WILL work (which means you should ask some potential customers who looked at the wares and didn’t bite, why they didn’t).
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    • Allie says:

      Roy,

      Great idea. I did get a few hits for sales but do sales. I wonder if they lost interest in the product, decided it was too pricey or just browsing. Who knows. I should try to find out ho to ask.

      Thx for the help.

      ~Allie

  2. Hang in there… it gets better. :) I bumbled around for years before I started earning… now I earn more than when I used to work in the profession I went to college for. :) Traffic is key… and more than just traffic, community ~ it’s all about letting people get to know, like and trust you. But that means you have to put yourself out there so people can find you to get to know you. I found you through twitter from the #sitsgirls31dbbb list… and I’m going to follow your blog now… so that’s a start. :)
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    • Allie says:

      Hey Jackie,

      Thanks for coming by! I will definitely be coming by your blog too!

      I am finding the more I put myself out there, the more people come by my blog.

      I really loved the Sits Girls Challenge with ProBlogger. I met some really great bloggers!

      Thanks for the encouragement. I am slowly growing and the best part is I really love blogging and social media. I plan to keep going and hopefully get bigger.

      ~Allie

  3. Diana Simon says:

    Hi Allie,

    I thank you for being so honest and upfront about how difficult it is to make money online. It’s about giving a real picture to those who think they can do it in one month.

    I am not saying it’s not possible but it’s not easy either!

    You mentioned that you have learned a lot in 6 months. I am curious to hear what you have learned and what you will do differently.

    Hang in there!!
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    • Allie says:

      Hi Diana,

      Everything I write here and place on my blog is what I have learned. Such as, How to Create a FB Page or how important online socializing is. But I should write more about my blogging journey. I’ll be working in that soon, this post was a start.

      I feel like the first 6 months was an experiment to see what would work for me and hopefully I can write more about what to do and not to do.

      THX.

      ~Allie

  4. Hi Allie,

    Working for yourself may be such a fun and exciting concept because you are your own boss and having an online business of your own sounds like a cool idea but you are right, it really requires a lot of work especially when you’re just starting. But with such a persistent attitude that you have, I know it’s only a matter of time that you will be earning more. Keep blogging as it is not the monetary compensation that matters – it’s the community and legacy you get to build :-)
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    • Allie says:

      Jonha,

      Isn’t that the truth? The LEGACY you leave behind. The big bloggers do leave a trusted history we can all model and enjoy.

      So many times I find myself getting caught up in socializing and having fun online that I forget I really am here to try to earn an income. I like that. It means I enjoy what I am doing. I guess I am not just here to earn but to learn and make create relationships with people like me.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Allie

  5. amber says:

    I’m not trying to make money with my actual blog, and I’m glad, because you’re right – it’s super hard. But I have found that blogging has opened up other doors – I’ve gotten freelance blogging/social media opportunities out of it.

    So don’t give up! You’ll get there!
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    • Allie says:

      Amber,

      You are right. Blogging usually (hopefully) leads to more opportunities. Isn’t that amazing? It’s almost like your really big business card. Ha ha.

      As I move along my journey I do hope to expand. Honestly, that scares me because I am a newbie and still unsure of many things. Yet 6 months ago I wouldn’t not have done some things I do now.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

      ~Allie

  6. Great, honest post. I appreciate seeing how it really is. (I came here from SITS31DBBB.) It’s great that you’ve learned a lot. (I’d love to hear what all you plan to change.) Also, with your determination, I am sure that you will eventually see your earnings increase.
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    • Allie says:

      Laura,

      There are days it is very hard to be determined, like days I get low visitor amounts or I may be ill. But I know if I keep going some day I will “make it”. It really helps that I love what I do.

      I don’t know how much I will change just yet. But if and when I do I will keep everyone posted. So far, I am not too happy with Google ads BUT they are free and easy. YET take up valuable property on my blog. I’ll research more and change what is needed.

      Thanks for the encouragement. :-)

      ~Allie

  7. I think for most bloggers who make money blogging, the money does NOT comes from ads or affiliates. It comes from the opportunities you get by blogging. For example, working with brands on campaigns, selling products (like ebooks) and sometimes even consulting! Unless you have MAJOR traffic (which I sure don’t), THAT is where the money is! Have you signed up with groups like Clever Girls? They bring bloggers opps to work with brands. Pay for this sort of thing can be hundreds of dollars for a campaign at times.
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    • Allie says:

      Melissa,

      Sales are hard, I knew that. I figured I bought these items and want my readers to know these great resources too. I am finding that many people do the consulting rather than sales for better income.

      Thanks for the tip on Clever Girls, I will be checking them out for sure.

      ~Allie

  8. The money I’ve made has been from consulting gigs in RL that I have got through demonstrating my writing skills via my blog. Over time I want to transfer to 100% passive income but for now it’s the reverse. I agree with Roy above, keep changing it up, trying different approaches, keeping what works and ditching what doesn’t. Refine, refine, refine. Eventually we will hit the target.
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    • Allie says:

      Alison,

      Wouldn’t passive income be great. What is funny is that people will work toward that goal but never stop working when they get there because they enjoy what they do or like the challenges that come along. I don’t know if I would do that. I really love blogging so if I start to earn more passive income I always wonder if I would stop blogging. ??? Hmmm?

      I will keep working on refining. Thanks.

      ~Allie

  9. Hi Allie,

    Thanks for sharing and being transparent. Many of us read about the 1% of bloggers who were earning $1000 a month after six months of blogging and believe that we could do the same.

    One thing that I do know is that staying consistent and focusing on ways of earning income will eventually show results. I have been focusing on one area to earn money at a time now instead of trying to do so many at once.
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    • Allie says:

      Justin,

      When I was writing this I realized how thin I stretched myself. I think it would be better to concentrate on what really works well and do it better; give it more of my time. I knew that but got too involved in the opposite. I will be making changes, hopefully for the better.

      Consistency can be a challenge at times but I know my readers deserve it so I try hard to stay the route.

      ~Allie

  10. Ally Loprete says:

    I applaud you for so many things right now- working hard, hanging in there, being a brilliant blogger (I mean, only a great blogger would have written this very blog about coming clean and being most authentic!) But what I am ABSOLUTELY looking forward to is the blog you write in 3 years from now that tells us you are actually bringing in a decent income from your blog. You’ll tell us how you struggled, but you’ll remind us that good things do come to those who have patience and diligence. And then we’ll all ponder together if 3 years was really all that long of a time to wait to make several thousand dollars a month. The truth is, you ARE earning income for yourself. You have to believe it. It’s just not HERE yet. It will be. In the grand scheme of things, 6 months is a blip on the radar. You won’t even remember these 6 months. But in 3 years? Everyone will be saying “Look at that Mom Blogger. She is totally supporting her family, quit her day job and is living the high life- all from blogging. AND it only took her 3 years.”
    Keep it up, sister! You are too good not to keep going.

    • Allie says:

      Ally,

      Wow! Thanks for those encouraging words. I hope that story comes true. I do look to the future every time I write a post or tweet or make biz decisions and wonder whether or not I will make it.

      Oh! A few thousand dollars a month!!! What a great goal! 3 years seems so long but it actually is not. The last 6 months flew! I’m sure the next 6 will too.

      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~Allie

      • Ally Loprete says:

        Allie, I have a weekly radio show and I’d live to feature ths blog with your permission. It is a topic I am passionate about. Let me know if that would be okay with you.

        • Allie says:

          OMG! Ally, i would love that. Lmk if there is anything I need to do or when this will happen.

          BIG GIANT THANK YOU!

  11. MamaRuns26 says:

    Allie,
    I love that you’re being honest about how much you’re earning. I’m trying to decide it I want to try to “invest” in my own domain and actually get down and dirty with blog writing. I appreciate having your numbers to help me decide whether or not I’m ready to do that. I’ll keep coming back because even though you might not have the income yet, you still have awesome info!
    Thanks!
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    • Allie says:

      MamaRuns,

      Thank you so much! Next round I hope to have an income. But I know for sure I will keep writing informational posts. I write about what confuses me or what I have learned. I figure there are more out there like me that want to know.

      Everyone is different. If you feel your own domain is what you need, then go for it. They are taken more serious at first glance BUT I have seen horrid self hosted blogs and amazing free blogs. It is all about your goals.

      Good luck and let me know your outcome.

      ~Allie

      PS sorry for the delayed reply, I was on vacation.

  12. Steven says:

    Hey Allie, unfortunately this is the case for most bloggers who are just starting out. I just completed my 2nd year blogging and I am just beginning to make some money ($250 a month), but it’s still nothing I could make a living off of. I know Steve Pavlina took 3 years before he started generating revenue. This stuff takes a lot of TIME, EFFORT, DEDICATION, FAILURE, and PATIENCE before you start learning how to get things right.

    I’ve learned a lot over the past 2 years, and I still have a lot more to learn. You may be interested in Pat Flyn’s Smart Passive Income Blog (google it). He also has a good podcast on iTunes. There’s another podcast I listen to called Internet Business Mastery. Maybe these resources can help get you on the right track.

    Hope it helps!
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    • Allie says:

      Hey Steven,

      Thanks for the info. Pat Flynn is my passive income hero. I listen to his podcast as soon as it comes out and read his blog religiously.

      As for the other info, they are new to me. I will have to check out Steve Pavlina and Internet Business Mastery.

      I am always looking for that magic formula for online revenue and I think you are right- time, effort, failure etc are all part of it. I won’t give up.

      Sorry my reply was delayed so much, I went on a family vacation.

      ~Allie

  13. Thank you so much for your honestly, Allie! It’s so helpful to see a breakdown. I’ve never monetized my blog before, but it’s really interesting to see how the numbers come out.

    I’m especially impressed with you resolve at the end of your post. You can count on me to continue supporting you and your blog! =)
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    • Allie says:

      Hey Samantha,

      Thank you for the ongoing support, I really appreciate it.

      As for the resolve at the end. I try to solve my problems out in the open. I have learned that when you are open and honest more people will come back and they will also help you. It’s almost like a group study session. So if I can I will always show how I want to solve something or how I already did.

      THX!
      ~Allie

  14. Katrina says:

    I appreciate the honesty. I’ve only been seriously blogging for a few months now and am constantly trying to re-consider what my goals are.

    I didn’t start writing my blog as a way to earn money, and I really don’t know that it’s the route I want to go. But I keep thinking it would be a nice way to help with the bills.

    I’ve been more interested in making connections and trying to publish quality posts, picking up a few guest blogging bits here and there. I’ve considered offering an e-book or two, but why would anyone listen to little ‘ol me? *laughs*

    Kudos to you for taking a hard look at what you’re doing and reassessing your goals. I think I’ll join you on the journey – maybe I can learn from you as well!
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    • Allie says:

      Katrina,

      Thank you so much for stopping by and commenting.

      I honestly started this blog as a springboard for making money online. But the funniest thing has happened: when I concentrate on making money I don’t but when I concentrate on writing great posts and socializing, I start to make money. Weird?? But the bottom line is that I love blogging and the interaction that comes along with it. If I did not, I would not use blogging as my income avenue. That is it. I needed to love what I do. I hope to make money, if I don’t I think I will still continue but at the same time looking for another avenue somewhere else.

      Good luck with whatever you decide. Guest blogging is definitely on my agenda and so is an ebook. But like you I think, “who would listen to me?” I am still searching for my angle.

      Thx!
      ~Allie

      PS Sorry for the comment delay, I was on vacation.

  15. Todd Morris says:

    Hi Allie,

    It appears (to me anyway) that you may have fallen into the very common “blog about blogging” trap. This happens to a lot of new bloggers. We spend so much time reading blogs (such as Darren’s) about how to make money blogging, that we unconsciously assume that’s the model that successful bloggers *must* use. Here’s the the thing though … even the “probloggers” usually don’t make the majority of their income from their “about blogging” blogs. Most of them first built a successful blog around a topic which they were knowledgeable of, and/or had a passion for. After they made money blogging, is when they started writing about making money blogging.

    Definitely stick with blogging. You obviously do have a passion for it. And really, struggling, and even “failing” is pretty much always the first step on the road to success. My advice though, would be to maybe explore some other niches that you have an interest in .. ones that maybe aren’t quite so saturated (for lack of a better word). You might have an easier time finding a small(er) pond, and growing yourself into one of the bigger fish … as opposed to jumping right in the ocean and swimming with the “sharks”.

    Hope this helps,
    Todd :-)
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    • Allie says:

      Hey Todd,

      I hear ya! I had a blog once about being green, that is over-saturated. I honestly have done a lot of brainstorming and, frankly, I couldn’t think of anything else that interested me more. As I move along my journey I do plan to concentrate more on being a WAHM (work at home mom) but first I need an income to be a “work at home” mom. And then concentrate more on what has earned me that money. I hope that works.

      But you are completely right. One should try to narrow down the field. I love how you stated it “small pond into big fish” as oppose to “swimming with sharks”. Perfect analogy! I may still attempt that but one step at a time.

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Sorry for my delay, we went on vacation and I have a strict policy of no electronics for myself.

      ~Allie

  16. Joey says:

    Hi Allie!

    I just came across your blog and it seems as if you have a true passion for what you are doing. For being a blogger for 6 months (with you saying you just got serious in January) I think you are doing a phenomenal job! The money will come soon enough if you continue the path your on :)
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    • Allie says:

      Joey,

      Thank you so much for the support and kind words! I absolutely love blogging! I find it the key to success. Not that I have success (yet) but you can tell which bloggers out there are passionate and which are not. A passionate blogger is one that will succeed.

      THX.
      ~Allie

  17. Angela R says:

    Hi there – don’t give up! In the first 8 months of blogging, I earned $100. Presently, I’m earning a pretty decent P/T income, and hope to replace my F/T income within a year! It really did take some persistence, thinking outside the box, and an unwavering commitment to offer my readers value through quality content and interaction.

    I am amazed at how my income has grown since I started. Hang in there, and thanks for your honesty!!
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    • Allie says:

      Hey Angela,

      Thank you so much for the encouragement. After I wrote that post I changed a few of my plans and goals. Actually, I adjusted them. I hope that works.

      It is hard to think outside the box. That seems to be the biggest challenge for me and many bloggers. But I know I have persistence and commitment.

      Thanks again. I like seeing that others are successful at what they do, it gives me hope.

      ~Allie

  18. Melody says:

    Allie, I really appreciate this. You know so many blogs out there are just people trying to make money only, but you’re being so honest, and you have a passion for your blog – you don’t appear to be just in this for money. I thought you had been blogging a lot longer than 8 months! I would love to know your secrets to big traffic and community.
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    • Allie says:

      Hey Melody,

      If they are in it to just make money, they will quit. This is not “get rich quick”, hell it’s not get rich. So after 3-6 months of working at it and they make even a couple 100 dollars, they will quit because they don’t care about the writing or the people. I love blogging, more and more each day. My fellow bloggers are some of the most awesome people I have ever known. And hopefully I can meet some of them.

      Thanks for the compliment. I can only say, I had a blog in the past that I stopped writing for. So back then I learned a lot. I guess I have been blogging for over 2 years total. I never thought of it that way. But this blog is brand new. So thanks again.

      Secret? Just like any other business- hard work, research, persistence, and consistency. And magic fairy dust can help too. I am here everyday. (Ok, a little less on the weekends for my sanity and family.)

      Your blog is awesome! I am at SB a lot so I debated a SB blog but I don’t know nearly as much as you do. And just FYI, because I am so happy about it, I got a HI cup and gift card when we went on vacation! I collect the cards. I know silly cheap girl. But I like them. :-)

      ~Allie

  19. Paul Wolfe says:

    Allie

    Personally I’m not a great fan of the affiliate model. IF you’re going down this route there’s a guy called Steve Scott (at SteveScottSite.com) that you should check out. He has an affiliate course coming out on July 4th – for the first week it’s gonna be around $37. He posted today what’s included – and I think he’s undercharging by at least $60. There will one module available for free download too, so you can check it out without risk.

    I’ve not really tried to generate revenue from One Spoon yet – but I did run a webinar course earlier in the year and made around $1000 from that.

    And I really think that creating your own products is the way forward. I saw – either here or in one of your other posts – that you plan to have a Niche Site. I would think that this is a more profitable way to move forward – and learn how to create products for that niche site. Don’t rely on the affiliate model. (Did I say already that I didn’t like it?)

    I also saw that you’re planning an eBook for later in the year – HOORAH! I LIKE that. If you need some help, I’m creating a 10 Module freebie Opt-IN bonus course on creating and publishing eBooks. The easiest way to get the 3 modules I’ve done so far is to hop over to my website and sign up – if you don’t want to sign up then drop me an email and I’ll email you the modules!

    Creating your own products is the way forward! There’s a million folk trying the affiliate model – and maybe less than 1% of that number creating products. You’ve shown you can write and you’ve got stickability – transfer that to product creation would be my advice.

    Feel free to email me if you want any clarification.

    Paul
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    • Allie says:

      Paul,

      Wow! I need to swallow all the info, but that is good! I like to hear what people have had success with and what they prefer. It definitely helps me make my decisions. I like your recommendations and will follow up on every point to see what works for me time and business wise.

      Thanks for the encouraging words. I just came up with the idea for my eBook last night while watching TV, ideas can come at the most odd times. I’m gonna start researching and putting it together soon. What do you think of a free, smaller “teaser” ebook for newsletter sign ups and then a “real” ebook for sale?

      Thx Again!

      ~Allie

  20. Paul Wolfe says:

    Allie

    Newsletter sign ups varies from niche to niche. In my bass guitar site I get 15 to 20 a day – and they get a series of 4 video/pdf lessons as a thank you for signing up.

    For One Spoon I started with an eBook – sign ups were painfully slow. Since I changed to a 10 Module detailed course, the sign ups have speeded up a bit. But they’re still slow.

    So the answer is it totally depends on what market area you’re going into – and what those folk are used to. You have to give something that’s high value to entice the sign ups. (And sign ups is a must! You HAVE to build a mailing list).

    And you’ll probably have to test – and be prepared to create something and if it fails, then take it down and create something else. Getting sign ups is not that easy.

    Though to then be contrary with what I’ve said – a route a fried of mine has taken is to launch a detailed training course (on video) – and his second launch was via a JV partner who had a large list and he got 1000 subscribers just about overnight. (I think he did a free teleconference or webinar – gave away high value, and then pitched his course. So leveraging someone else’s audience might be a good way to start building your own list).

    There are lots of ways forward – set some goals and then try and align a path that takes you there.

    Feel free to email me if you need….

    Paul
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    • Allie says:

      Paul,

      Right now I need quick and painless BUT I admit that is the lazy route. After reading what you said I should research further into my target group, see what they like.

      thx again!

      ~Alllie

  21. Keith Davis says:

    Hi Allie
    “I like to look at it as, “It’s Better Than Nothing.” LOL”

    How brave you are to share that… knowing it will help us all.

    No easy way to make cash, most of us know that but actually seeing it in figures, brings it home.

    Thanks fopr sharing.

    BTW – hope it pays for the hosting.
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  22. Keith Davis says:

    Hey Allie
    That’s good news – hope all goes well.
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  23. Kirk says:

    Allie,

    Stoping by as a participate the Million Dollar Blog Project, I think the transparency that you show builds trust. The first thing is always to build your tribe/following and then ask them what they want. Many times (and I am bad about this) we think we know what they want and build it and throw it in front of them. This is wasteful. People buy what they want not even always what they need. They use need to justify the emotional decision. I think you are on the right path. First add lots of value to your tribe and then when you have a large enough tribe with enough trust, ask them what they want.

    Regards and great job,

    Kirk
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  24. Mary says:

    I noticed you said “I honestly started this blog as a springboard for making money online. But the funniest thing has happened: when I concentrate on making money I don’t but when I concentrate on writing great posts and socializing, I start to make money. Weird?? But the bottom line is that I love blogging and the interaction that comes along with it.”

    I think you nailed it; it inspired me anyway!!
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    • Allie says:

      Mary,

      It is true. I have been enjoying all the relationships I am creating. So much that I forget why I am online: to pay some bills, lol. My husband keeps asking when I’ll make some serious money and I avoid the question. I better not tell him I’m having fun, he’ll make me get a real job. (I do sub teacher so that keeps me “honest”, ha ha.)

      THX for coming by!

      ~Allie
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  25. Mary says:

    Yeah it’s fun but it’s hard to balance especially starting out when you really do feel need to respond to every comment, create backlinks, etc. I understand! It’s easy to see that people like you and want to support your efforts. Have you done an ebook that you could offer for sale on your site?
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  26. Anke says:

    thanks for being so transparent! I hope it is more by now? I think it is great that you are open about it, and it looks like you have a fantastic following here, so I think you will make much more going forward. the content on your site is great!
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  27. Zach N. says:

    The true grind of a blogger. Sadly, too many people make blogging seem like a overnight success. With so many people online now, it is very difficult to make as much money as people make it seem you can.
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  28. Michael Belk says:

    Allie, You are doing better than I am. I have made a little than that after 6 months. Thanks for sharing.
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  29. Ajnabii says:

    Hi Allie, you are lucky you earned atleast $30 in 5 months LOL, but no luck for me in last 6 month i’m paying my hosting fees and earned $0 no matter i did not earned any single $$ but i’m happy i’m learning blogging :)

    Cheers!
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  30. Val Adams says:

    Hi Allie, thanks for sharing your experience with this blog. Your experience will become a great info for us.

    Best regards to you and your blog,
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  31. Allie you are doing truly well you are very well ranked in Alexa.com for the time that you have put into your Blog. I have just stumbled upon it for the first time today and I too have made roughly about the same as You. My site is a jumbled mess compared to yours, but believe it or not I designed it this way. Earning and blogging are two different passions of mine as well.

    And traffic is not always the problem. You must offer a variety and you must develop a few of your own Internal links and external links that lead to your list building capture pages and offers that are separate from the blog its self. So that you can track what it is that your followers are seeking and clicking on. I have just begun to do this. I have had so many set backs in my two years of My Attempts at blogging and website building that I am severely disorganized. Four moves in this time and some Illnesses along with the same old drag me downs. My Site was a personal Web-page that just grew and grew. It has six external Blogs and only one of them is Monetized currently. My website is heavily Monetize. Plus I do Adsense by Google and Click Back and I have affiliates with my web Hosting company and Amazon and Linkshare and etc etc. On top of this I have my own adspaces on my Blog and website That I set the Pricing for. as well My sites is Very searchable and very active in the Social Net-works Such as FaceBook, LinkedIn, Manta, Myspace, Twitter, Tumbler, etc etc and I write for Three Pay Per click Publishers as well which are Monetized.

    So you are doing very well with your traffic If you are only doing this one Blog. Keep up the Fantastic work you are doing something right! Donnie/ Sinbad the Sailor Man http://www.sinbadthesailorman.com
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    • Allie says:

      Sinbad,

      Thank you for your comment.

      My traffic grows with me being social but I just did an analysis for SEO on my blog and it is bleak, it is definitely something I am going to work on heavily. I need more traffic from searches.

      I wish the best of luck. Stick with it and focus. I find when I am not focused I lose what I really need to concentrate on and my goals.

      ~Allie
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  32. Shalu Sharma says:

    What can I say Alie, you have put everything down on the table. It is hard work no doubt. When I built my social network, I wanted to make money straight away, then it dawned at me that, perhaps I will not make anything at all. Nonetheless, I continued to promote it and write on it, then write more, write even more. Then daydream that, it will be a hit and I will become the next online millionaire. Nothing of that sort happened (I hope I will). But the site did become a hit (not making lots of money though).

    One thing is clear, you have great style, you have managed to attract visitors, your videos are pretty good; so all in all you are doing good. I never used to comment on blogs and you changed all that, remember the gravatar thing. You said you will allow only those who has an image, so I got one..remember.

    Anyway, I hope you did well in year 2011 and who knows what will happen in 2012. This year might change everything. God bless.
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  33. Kate Redwine says:

    Hello Allie,

    I actually saw one of your posts on the Mompreneurs Online forum. I am so glad to check out your blog. It is very informational and you are consistent. That’s the key! Consistency. I think you’ll do just fine. Maybe you need to be a little more aggressive in your marketing strategy. I look forward to hearing more from you. Thanks for sharing!
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  34. Life is a hardwork. If we want to get success we must do all the best we can. If there is a will there will be a way. Thank you for sharing this nice experience.
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  35. sonesh says:

    Really blogger’s like you inspire other blogger to do their best

    Thanks :)
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