Keyword, earn, not ‘make’. Blogging has been quite a journey. Maybe some of you remember, Franknez.com went live on the 1st of January, 2020. I’ll never forget my younger brother’s initial thoughts, “I never expected you to become a blogger”. Yeah, well neither did I.
I was working full-time for my parents business and had a rather secure and stable income. I was privileged to have a base salary and on top of that earn a commission for every sale I made.
By the time I left the company, I had built a 6-figure clientele over a span of 5 and half years. I went from earning $32k per year to $55k per year within that timeframe. And that’s when I said I NEED OUT.
There was just so much more I could give. I am beyond grateful for the opportunity and believe me I took as much of it as I could. I learned so much from project management and sales. So, how much am I earning now as a blogger?
Welcome to Franknez.com – today’s topic will be blogging and money. I will discuss a little bit about my blogging journey and how I was able to make it work full-time.
Lets get started.
No One Starts At The Top
Seriously – check out my LinkedIn experience history. I graduated high school and got into debt like most of you just to receive an associates degree in Business Administration.
If I knew then what I know now, I would have never gone to college because unless you want to become a niche specialist, it’s a debt trap. My fiancé went into the Medical Assistant Program, trained extensively in Los Angeles after graduating and become one of the youngest and most successful RMA’s of our time. She’s worked with an incredible amount of specialists, cared for ‘patients’ at a women’s prison, and became the lead MA instructor for a private college.
Enough boasting but you get my point. In this scenario it makes sense to get a degree.
In my case, I didn’t need a degree to work for the family business. Although my father did require it of me if I wanted to learn the ropes (know when to not take advice from family). Nor did I need it for my first two failed startups, or my current businesses.
After I graduated high school I worked as a machine operator for my parents business earning $9/hr. During college I worked for a bottle producing company which was the most labor intense thing I’ve ever done. Once I graduated college I worked as an accounting clerk for the family business. The rest you can find in my eBook “Reaching The $10K Mark: How Perseverance Overrides Adversity“, where I talk about the start of my sales journey leading up to the end of the family business chapter.
My point is, I didn’t get where I am today without taking the steps first. It was my ambition and hunger for more that ultimately started reshaping my mindset towards newer successes. All mine, from scratch. If you’re finding yourself in a position where you want to try something new, just remember this; you’re not starting from zero but rather from experience.
Why Did I Start A Blog ?
Before I get to the money part, I want to explain why I started blogging in the first place. Financial literacy had become a very important part of my life prior to starting my blog and I’ve always loved writing.
For me to attain the financial goals I was setting for myself and my family, I had to understand the basics of financial literacy to make it happen.
Once I learned how easy it was to invest in the stock market I felt like I had a secret I just needed to share. My finance professors in college didn’t teach us this so I wanted to provide this information to the public.
I learned that I had an ability to take in information and present it in a way that my readers found it easy to digest. On top of that, I knew that a blog could provide me with passive income while I continued to grow in my intrapreneurial (then) and entrepreneurial journey.
Monetizing My Blog
There are many ways to earn money from a blog – there’s affiliate marketing, paid sponsors, advertising, online services, and even the selling of a product.
I knew I could blog for the rest of my life after publishing my very first blog post. I enjoyed it and wanted to help people improve their lives financially.
If I could monetize my blog with ads then I would have figured out a way to earn passive income! I monetized Franknez.com with ads from Google AdSense around the last week of January, about 3 and half weeks after going live.
What most people don’t know is that my blog was rejected 6 times. “You don’t have enough content, you don’t have an audience, YOUR BLOG HAS NO VALUE”. Every time my blog was rejected, I rushed to figure out the issue and make the changes immediately. That’s how dedicated I was to monetizing my knowledge online.
I wanted ads to be one of the primary ways the blog earned money because it meant the more the website scaled, the more it earned.
2020 Earnings Report
After working every day, January 1st – December 31st for 5 hours after work, I earned over 8K blog hits. How much money did this earn me? It earned me $29.37.
No, really. Here’s the proof.
I probably earned an additional $5 from an affiliate program. So why would I keep going if that’s all I earned after a year of blogging? Most people would have been discouraged and quit blogging for good. And that’s what most bloggers do.
I didn’t stop because:
- I love writing, &
- My conviction was strong
I knew that for me to succeed it would require me to learn and learn, and learn. Though we were in a lockdown at the time, I wasn’t part of the create a tik-tok video or binge Netflix crew.
I was putting in the work and learning as much as I could so that I could change my worldview. Everyone has a why, a reason for doing the things they do. My why is so important to me, that nothing will ever stop me from attaining what I desire.
This is why I didn’t quit blogging. In fact, I started blogging full-time by May of 2021 when a community of growing new retail investors had discovered me earlier this year. Prior to leaving Google AdSense, I earned $2,327.98 up to around May.
What happened next changed my world. Not just mine, but my family’s too. Franknez.com signed to Mediavine Finance, this partnership would pay big buck for displaying high quality advertisement on my blog.
The requirements? Your blog had to be receiving more than 50,000 visitors per month to be eligible. The community that discovered me put me on the radar and the rest is history.
Franknez.com has provided value to a little over 1.4 million people as of the date of this publication. If you’ve read my homepage you’ll know my mission has been to provide millions of readers with immense value through my platform.
The amount of work and trial and error, the setbacks and pushback has been immense as well. This journey has not been easy and I am still learning to-date. Scaling this online business has been a massive challenge and I’m excited for what my readers have in store.
How Much Money Is My Blog Earning Right Now?
Earnings highly depend on a few things. The season is one of them because advertisers tend to spend more on advertising during certain seasons and less during others.
The second is on the type of content I produce. Content like the one I’m writing about now doesn’t have as high return as my personal finance articles do. At least to advertisers they don’t.
Blog posts where I get to talk to my readers like this one tend to be my personal favorite though. It’s easy to speak from within. The year is not over so I can’t reveal how much I’ve made since I’ve signed with Mediavine.
However, I can show you how much Franknez.com made during one of my busiest traffic months back in June. My blog provided value to over 500K visitors and earned a whopping $18,239.43 in revenue that month alone.
Get your brand marketing right, your community right, your content right, and you too can make this happen. I don’t know how many of you reading this article also want to blog but I wrote an article on how you can start your very own blog (step by step) and also provide you with blogging ideas that may fit your worldview.
Bookmark: Blog like a champ in 2021: Easy beginners guide
Can Anyone Blog?
I’m not publishing this article to brag, far from it. I’m publishing this article because maybe it can help someone create something that can change their lives and the lives of others.
I tell my brothers, I tell my father, my fiancé – anyone can blog. One of my brother is a Pharm Tech and plays video games when he’s not working. He built an amazing gaming setup. He can easily blog about that niche in the video game world and provide value to the right community. Possibly even leave his career if he scales it!
My father’s business can easily be monetized with a blog. It’s a niche industry so he could easily write and break down everything there is to know about the business. He could help small businesses understand the ropes and earn passive income from it.
How Does This Apply To You?
Say you’re a single mom who loves to work out. You can blog about your lifestyle and schedule around your interest/hobby. With proper branding and a niche target audience, your articles will be seen.
Maybe you work with a spouse. You can write about the challenges, pros and cons, and perhaps even advice to other people with the same lifestyle.
Are you an Uber driver or a Dasher? Create a blog about your experiences, people would love to know strange encounters, weird people, and things of that nature. People are curious about how much these freelancers earn as well. You can get deep about your lifestyle and how it correlates with this industry.
There’s no shortage of people who can read your blog, and there’s no limitation to the amount of money you can earn from blogging.
If there’s anything you should take from this article it’s that anything is possible when you set your intentions and put in the work. Maybe you don’t want to start a blog but are intrigued with the idea of starting an online business.
I published an article on trending online business ideas and different business models that might be for you. You can read the article here.
But before you go
You must know that Franknez.com never tries to sell you anything. This online business does not sell you a product or service. The value I provide is absolutely FREE. It only costs you your time and for that I want to say thank you.
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