They say you will start earning money if you have reached 1000 page views a day
I beg to differ, I made money with a dead blog
It was completely shut, like really shut
Are you wondering why my blog was dead at the first place?
No worries I am going to tell you everything
A lot was going on:
- I thought I was doing everything wrong and my blog wasn’t generating income as sooner as I expected
- My former host was expensive
- Pinterest suspended my account
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My Blog Wasn’t Generating Income As Sooner As I Expected
As I said earlier a lot was going on and as a new blogger I didn’t understand anything
I started blogging aiming to earn money instantly,
My site was hosted on Wealthy Affiliate and I was paying $49 every month
That was expensive to me but I was hoping that in two months time my blog will be making approximately $500-$1000
Crazy right? It’s not my fault, that’s what I read on other blogs
I also read income reports of those who testified that they made a thousand dollars on their first month
I even bought some courses that were guaranteed to help me earn a huge amount of money on my first month
But all those were just misleading and were created by scammers who wanted to steal innocent folks’ hard earned money
I only made 40c in my second month but I was so excited, at least I made something
It was an indication that I can actually make money from my blog
Since I was desperate, I expected to earn more than $40 the following month but I only earned $1.
How was I going to pay for hosting?
Lesson learnt: Don’t expect a thousand dollars on your first month rather focus on publishing fresh content frequently to build a solid relationship with your readers
Pinterest Suspended My Account
I wanted money to pay for hosting and my hosting subscription was due
I had to work on driving more traffic to my blog hoping that my readers will convert and make some purchases
Pinterest was my main source of traffic so I started spending lots of time pinning
My following grew so was my viewers and I created more boards but to my surprise, I got suspended
Imagine how I felt, after all, I didn’t violet any of their rules
Remember I was so desperate, my hosting account was due and Pinterest was my only hope
The same day that Pinterest suspended my account is the same day that wealthy affiliate suspended my premium membership as well
If your payment is due on Wealthy Affiliate they give you a few extra days and then cancel your membership.
But you will still have access to your WordPress dashboard for 30 days that is if you have your WordPress password
Back To My Pinterest Account
I contacted their support team asking why they suspended my account and they didn’t reply
On the other side, I was searching for a new host and I found a cheaper host
I moved to Siteground and paid $47 for the whole year!
But I couldn’t move my content to my new host because my premium membership was already cancelled
Lesson learnt: If you are hosted on Wealthy Affiliate don’t cancel your membership before moving your site to another host
So I lost all my posts, I was frustrated and decided to start over again on a different niche using a different domain name
Whilst I was working on a new niche Pinterest sent me the following message
My account was reactivated again but Blogger’s Jungle was no more
I wanted to delete my Pinterest account after it was reactivated but then decided to keep it and maybe sell it later
I Didn’t Have A Passion On My New Niche
When big bloggers say, “you should choose a niche you are passionate about”, they really mean it and you should definitely focus on a niche you are passionate for
I didn’t enjoy the niche and I didn’t know how to promote it
I tried Pinterest but nothing worked, I even spent the whole month with just a single post.
And no one read it, the only comment I got was spam probably from a bot which commented on my about page, hahaha the comment didn’t make sense
After all this, I then decided to quit blogging FOR GOOD
How I Made Money With A Dead Blog
I made up my mind and was ready to quit blogging
Since I was approved as a ShareAsale affiliate with Blogger’s Jungle I wanted to delete my ShareAsale account
I logged in and BOOM there was a surprise!
A transaction was made the day before, it was a $20 commission from Grammarly
That was unbelievable! my dead blog made money!
But how was it possible? That’s the magic of affiliate marketing
I used to mention Grammarly a LOT in my previous posts on Blogger’s Jungle since I personally use it. It’s very helpful because I am not an English native
I know some non-natives are excellent English writers but I wasn’t, I was and am still learning English so Grammarly is my best buddy.
It’s always there to correct my grammar and spelling errors
Also, Grammarly proved to be my best buddy by being the #1 merchant to give me my first 40c and again my unexpected $20
Their cookie lasts for 90 days, so one of my referrals decided to upgrade to a Grammarly pro version and I earned a commission
Great right? That’s the power of Affiliate Marketing, all you have to do is promote the product insert links and wait for your commission
Do you want to become a Grammarly affiliate? If yes, you have to become a ShareAsale affiliate first to be able to promote Grammarly. Follow this guide: How To Be Approved As A ShareAsale Affiliate
- If done well, Affiliate Marketing is guaranteed to generate income for your blog
- You don’t need a thousand page views to make your first sale, what’s essential is to recommend products that you have personally used. In that way, folks will trust you and make a purchase
- Patience is the key to a successful business, if you are not making money now trust yourself and wait patiently, you will definitely make money soon. Keep working on your blog
I Relaunched Blogger’s Jungle
Luckily Siteground allows you to change your primary domain so I did and started Blogger’s Jungle over again
And now I am here to stay, come what may, I won’t give up blogging again
I now know what to focus on before stressing about the income
What matters is having you here reading and benefiting from this blog, which means I am focusing on publishing more content for you.
You are my first priority, your satisfaction is the root of my success
UPDATE: I re-branded my blog from Blogger’s Jungle to Another Successful Mama
No matter how many page views you have you can still earn money with your blog
I made money with a dead blog! and it never had anything close to 500 page views
What matters is how you promote your products and the folks you are promoting it to.
So know your audience and make sure they are perfect for what you are promoting.
Focus on your audience first and the money comes in naturally
Blogging is like any other business you don’t earn six-figure income overnight
Be patient and NEVER give up
If you have any question(s) feel free to ask me, I am always ready to help you
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Sharon Zayacy is a mom of 3 who is on a mission to simplify blogging to new bloggers and help women build and grow their blogs. When she’s not blogging she is busy watching cartoons with her kids or reading kindle books. Check out her latest posts