My Journey To Become A Six Figure Blogger

My Journey To Become A Six Figure Blogger

My journey as a blogger has taken me from failure all the way to a six figure income. While everybody's journey will be different, don't let anyone tell you it's not possible to make money blogging.

Here's how I got started.

getting started

I was looking for a way to make money online so I could stay at home and help raise my daughter. Blogging sounded like the perfect fit. The freedom that blogging gives you is amazing and it's something I've always dreamed of.

I started with no blogging experience and only a dream of making money online. I didn't know much about blogging but I knew it could take a while before I made any money with it. Yet I was so convinced I would make it work that I went ALL IN.

I sold our house to raise some money and gave myself one year to make it happen. I left myself with no backup plan if this didn't work out.

mistakes i made with my first blog

I started with a personal finance blog because of the many different ways I could monetize it. I got that part right. Everything else? Not so much. I made mistake after mistake (after mistake).

  • My content quality sucked. I thought I had to keep up with a blogging schedule so I wrote lots of short blog posts at the expense of quality.
  • My content lacked emotion. My content was beyond basic. I never mentioned the pain and the struggle of having to go through financial issues. Because of that, I didn't build up an audience.
  • I wrote content nobody wanted. Rather than listen to specific questions my ideal reader was having, I wrote whatever I wanted to write.
  • I outsourced my content. This was an even worse idea than when I was writing it. I went to Fiverr.com and purchased content at $5 a pop. Boy I thought I was bad, this content was barely readable.
  • I didn't grow an email list. I never built an audience or had any way to reach someone after they landed on my blog. When I finally did, it was a box that just said "subscribe for updates".
  • I filled up my blog with ads. I wasn't interested in building an audience. I just wanted to make a quick buck so I plastered ads all over my blog. But with no traffic, that was beyond pointless.
  • I kept redesigning my blog. I can't tell you the number of wasted hours (weeks!) as I kept "upgrading" the look of my blog. What a waste of time that was.
  • I thought I didn't need help. I thought I could make it work on my own. It wasn't until I had clearly failed that I realized I didn't know wtf I was doing.
  • I used "free" everything. All of my different blog themes I went through were free (I recommend using Divi). I used Mailchimp to send emails for free (I recommend using ConvertKit). My optin form was just a plain one in the sidebar (I recommend using Thrive Leads).
  • I didn't invest in myself. I learned about blogging via YouTube, blogs, podcasts and free ebooks. Most of the stuff I was learning was outdated or just plain didn't work (I should have taken a paid blogging course).

MAKING MY FIRST $1,000

My first year of blogging was an absolute disaster. I made NOTHING for a whole year and just lived off of the savings I had (which was quickly running out).

I took the money I had left and bought blogging and marketing courses and developed a business blogging plan. I then developed a content marketing strategy. I implemented the strategies I learned and BAM! It started to work and my traffic began to grow.

My first dollar I earned blogging came from a company who sent me an email out of the blue. They wanted to pay me $125 to place an article on my blog.

I was like, uh, you want to pay me AND give me free content? I said sure why not!

The money was barely trickling in, but it felt so good to make a few bucks. I then made sure to put up a contact page so other advertisers could contact me.

I started listing my blog in advertiser marketplaces so other companies could also contact me.

Soon enough, I had a banner ad on the homepage sold, a few text links and some sponsored posts too.

After growing my traffic on Pinterest (thanks to using Tailwind) I placed some Google Adsense ads on my blog too and a few months later was making a consistent $1,000 per month.

BECOMING A SIX FIGURE BLOGGER

Okay so now you know how I made my first few bucks with a blog. But how did I manage to earn a full time income blogging?

I realized that $1,000 per month wasn't going to get me anywhere. Don't get me wrong, I was THRILLED, but you can't live on that kind of money.

I needed to GROW. I thought it would take too long to try and turn my first blog into a six figure blog. I imagined at the time that I'd need to hire some more help or start investing in paid ads.

And... yeah I wasn't about to spend money I barely had on ads. So I came up with an idea.

If I could build ONE successful blog and have it earning a consistent $1,000 per month, I could do this again, right?

So that's exactly what I did. I built a second blog and followed the exact same process.

Guess what happened? Yup, it was making money the FIRST month!

So naturally, I just did it again, and again, and again.

Before I was done, I had a blog network that consisted of 20 blogs!

I would go on Flippa.com and look for established blogs that were neglected and buy those.

I would then build them up with a better design (yeah I used Divi!). I loaded them up with fresh content. I created pins and started getting organic traffic flowing. Then what did I do? I went right back to Flippa.com and sold them!

Yeah I was flipping blogs faster than I can flip a veggie burger! I could buy a blog for $250 and sell it for $2,500 within a few months.

By 2018 I was making $8,000+ per month!

Then what happened? Blogger burnout time! I started selling off my blogs and reducing my portfolio to only my best ones. But by now I had everything running on auto-pilot. So It was time to try something new...

STARTING EDWINDOLLARS.COM

Blogging has totally changed my life. But see, I was not fulfilled. I didn't feel like I was actually helping anybody.

Sure, the money was nice, but it didn't give me real satisfaction. See, blogging about saving money wasn't my passion. My real passion is helping people make money.

So in late July 2018 I started EdwinDollars.com with the aim of helping people start their first blog and make money online.

I have zero interest in helping successful bloggers build an empire and dominate the world. Nope, I want to help people start their first blog. I'm so laser focused on just that type of person because that's where I get real satisfaction.

You might be wondering whether YOU can replicate my success and make money blogging. I created a blogging course where I dive DEEP and go through the exact steps to take to build a money-making blogging business. You can look at the Launch Your Blog course here.

is blogging still the best way to make money online?

There are countless ways to earn money online.

  • You can fill out surveys for a few bucks at SurveyJunkie.
  • You can earn cash back on your purchases with Swagbucks and ibotta.
  • You can teach an online course at Udemy.
  • You can become a freelancer on Fiverr.

You can try them all. But what is it going to get you? Lots of hard work and not too much money.

You stand a way better chance of making money by starting a blog.

But don't get it twisted, I don't really mean an online diary where you share your thoughts. A blog is just a website where you post awesome content.

There is no better way of making money online than through starting a blog!

I've been able to generate a six figure income blogging from the comfort of my own home.

WHAT CAN YOU LEARN FROM MY JOURNEY?

What you can learn from my journey to a 100k blogging income.

Here are the key takeaways from my journey to a six figure income online.

  1. 1
    evolve

You must evolve your strategies through the years. When I started Facebook pages were hot and Pinterest was nothing more than recipes and gardening. Nothing lasts forever. Keep changing and adapting with the times. You don't want to be the last person at the video rental store turning off the lights.

  1. 2
    There are no shortcuts

There is no shortcut to success. In my blogging course I don't provide any gimmicks to making money. You've got to put in the work if you want to see results.

  1. 3
    it's not too late

It's never too late. In fact, this very blog you're reading right now started in late July 2018.

  1. 4
    hard work beats talent

Perseverance is a pretty cool thing in my opinion. Because even if you're not that talented as others, you can win if you just keep working hard.

  1. 5
    FAIling doesn't make you a loser, quitting does

I've lost a lot. In fact, I'm fairly certain I'll lose again! But you've got to go head-first anyway and believe in yourself. Failing, after all, isn't really failing. It's just learning the wrong way to do things.

If you haven't started a blog yet, see the newbies guide to starting a blog here.

How Edwin became a six figure blogger. Went from failure after failure to finally figuring out how to make money blogging and earn a six figure income as a full time blogger. #blogging #blogincome #incomereport #sixfigures #blog #bloglifestyle #blogging #sixfigurebloggers
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  • Rebecca says:

    Thank you for writing such an honest post. My friend owns a social media company and wrote down my to-do list when I started blogging just a few months ago. He said plan on not making a dime for one year. I have made income on my writing (hired guest post) from a company I used to work for and I’m focusing on learning my audience.

    • Edwin says:

      Yeah I agree that making income directly from a blog is hard. Offering services is a bit of a shortcut to making money online.

      You can offer services via a Services link in the main menu and by posting your writing gigs on Fiverr & UpWork.

  • Winnie Xu says:

    I never realized flipping blogs existed but that was so interesting to read about. It sounds like you learned a ton from your first year so thanks for sharing your tips. Hopefully it can help prevent other beginner bloggers from making the same mistakes.

  • Very interesting post!! Some great tips!! Thank you for sharing!!

  • Jass says:

    You have a nice blog. I started blogging in 2006 but did things the wrong way. I was blinded by the “adsense gold rush” way back then and did BAD SEO to rank my sites. I raked a lot of adsense coins but everything was short-lived.

    My sites were all wiped out during the penguin update and gave up blogging. But recently I started blogging again and here I am surfing the web for useful information.
    Great article by the way, thanks.

  • Is true nothing last forever, I started my blogging journey in 2012 then went hidding for sometime, but now I’m back I want to make this work

    • Edwin Dollars says:

      I wish you the best of luck! Let me know if you need any help in your blogging journey, I’m always here to help.

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