Start a Blog: How I Made 40K My First Year of Blogging by Chelsea Lords

This is the twelfth part in my Start a Blog series about blogging. This post is relevant whether you’ve started your blog or not, but you might want to check out my other posts if you haven’t seen them since they lay the groundwork for starting your money-making blog journey. Also, keep in mind that some brands won’t work with you unless you have a dot com and you’re self-hosting (both easy things to do!!) so check out my post about setting up a hosted blog if you aren’t there yet. This post contains affiliate links.


I have a book you should read!

How I Made 40K My First Year Of Blogging by Chelsea Lord

I don’t usually push individual books on blogging very much because the whole act of blogging is 10% learning from other people and 90% learning as you go. That being said, I heard about this e-book a few weeks ago from a local friend (who is much more successful at blogging than I am) and she gave it a rave review. I was surprised that she had so much praise for a book that is targeted to first year bloggers since she and I started blogging around the same time (ten years ago-ish) and passed on it at the time because I was swamped with work.

The book surfaced in conversation again three days ago, this time with a different friend who has been blogging successfully about her business for years, so I decided I should probably read it. I finished it last night and it’s my turn to rave about it!

The book is incredibly straight forward and is divided into the first twelve months of Chelsea’s blogging journey, with charts to show how much income she made each month and where that income came from. For example she made $44.47 in her first month of blogging (not bad at all), $2,081.72 her fifth month of blogging, and $7,574.81 her 11th month of blogging, which is more than I have ever made during any month in the last ten-ish years of doing this. This is not just a book for new bloggers.

The parts about how she made different streams of income were the most helpful for me, since I’m terrible about diversifying income and I’m currently relying almost completely on sponsored posts to pay our bills. There were lots of other bits of information that would be great for new bloggers, though, including step-by-step instructions on setting up social media accounts, organizing your blog work, joining ad networks, hosting giveaways, etc. She also had a lot of information about gear and photography with links to some great photography books (all of which I had read and all of which I will also vouch for). I really think she nailed the whole package when it comes to tackling the art of blogging for money.

If you’ve got some time over the holidays, I encourage you to pick up this e-book and read it cover to cover. Then, make a list of blog goals for 2015 and don’t stop yourself from dreaming big. Chelsea actually had a blog flop before she succeeded at her new one and she talks about how she was the one that was getting in her own way, thinking her writing and her photography weren’t good enough and comparing herself to bigger bloggers. I really think that goal setting and then knowing that you’re doing the very best that you can do is enough. Here’s to a great new year for our blogs!

Grab the e-book here: How I Made 40K My First Year Of Blogging by Chelsea Lord

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  • Reply Mindy

    Sounds like I need to pick this one up!

    December 16, 2014 at 2:24 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      I was surprised at how helpful it was! I’m hoping she’ll keep increasing and then write a Part 2.

      December 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm
  • Reply Kimberly

    the links are to her affiliate plan, not where to buy the book.

    December 16, 2014 at 3:08 pm
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Thank you for catching that! It’s fixed now in case you had trouble finding it.

      December 16, 2014 at 3:30 pm

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