Can You Make Money Blogging in 2020 (without blogging about blogging?)


When I first tried to make this blog profitable my number one question was, can you really make money blogging?  About a year ago I took a blogging course and got serious about it.  I would search on Pinterest on how to make money blogging.

Every post was from a person who blogged about how to blog. 

I started to wonder if I could make money without talking about blogging.  Can you make money blogging in 2020 without blogging about blogging? 

It turns out that Yes, you can make money from a blog that has nothing to do with blogging.

I am sharing this with you because I want to encourage you to keep working on your blog.  Even if you don’t make a lot of money, every cent can count for most people. 

This is for the person who is truly wondering if they should keep trying with their blog.  The person who is wondering if they will ever make money.

(This post includes affiliate links)


My blog is all about simple living, minimalism, and decluttering.  I am sharing these income reports to show you that it can be done.  Some articles I read state that they made thousands in their first month of blogging. 

I am here to share a different story.  My blog started a long time ago back in 2008.  I never intended to make money, it was a journal for my trip to live in New Zealand.

A few years ago I started to declutter my whole life and become more minimalist.  I just happened to start a YouTube channel to document the process. 

That is when it dawned on me that I could also share all of my simple living tips and tricks on my blog.


Courses For The Best Blog

I was always under the impression that courses were just a waste of money.  Thinking I could figure everything out on my own.

Well, you probably could figure everything out through google, but that is a long road to travel.  I decided to take the Farm House on Boone blog course back in October 2018.  Why that course?  She blogs about a farmhouse, nothing to do with blogging!  She also makes a full living through her blog and if she can do it so can I.


Making Money Blogging

I took the course in October 2018 and a year later in September 2019 I finally qualified to get ads on my blog!  Views equal money and popular blog posts equal views.  Please read that sentence twice. 

I am not sure why, but it took me a long time to figure out that equation. 

If you want to make money do something very very simple.  Go to google and search under your blog topic or niche.  Now write a post about the most popular topic. 

Make a very enticing Pin and share it on Pinterest and you will get views. 

It is now January 2020 and I have made the most so far on my blog.  This is not an earth-shattering amount of money, but it proves to me that if I can make $1,  I can make $1000, and then what is stopping me from making $10,000?


UPDATE August 1, 2020

About a month ago I switched hosting from Godaddy (possibly the worst hosting ever as far as customer service and speed is concerned) to BigScoots!  Switching to BigScoots was possibly the easiest thing I have ever done.  I contacted them through the chat option and they did all of the work for me.  The whole domain switch took less than 8 hours. 

BigScoots also offered to analyze my blog to make sure it was going as fast as possible.

The most interesting thing of all is I started to get a lot more traffic and my site speed got better immediately!  I wish I had started with them!  Since, as I mentioned traffic = views, it is super important to have a fast site that google likes.  Click here to find out all the hosting options that BigScoots offers.

December 2019 Blog Income Report

  • YouTube Ad Sense $588 ( I am including this because I use my videos in my blog post, but this channel is separate from the blog)
  • Amazon Affiliate Links $17
  • Grove Collaborative Credit $10
  • Media Vine $1043 

11 months after taking the blog course and getting serious about my blog I started making money.  If I had more time to write more posts I think this would have happened sooner.

Blogging Growth Plan

Nothing changes without a plan!

  • Work on SEO – Learn Everything!
  • Use Tailwind to Schedule my Posts.  Click here to Learn about Tailwind.
  • Start working on a Decluttering Course I intend to sell.
  • Double my views
  • My master plan is to write as many “awesome” posts as possible.  The more QUALITY posts you have the more you can share!
  • Consistency is KEY!  I will write 2 or more posts per week to build my blog readership.
  • Make 2 to 5 Pinterest Pins per post.
  • Pin all day long LOL
  • Link my blog posts on all of my YouTube videos!
  • Share My Posts on Social Media
  • Keep learning – This is super important! Every course I have taken so far has helped me in ways I never thought possible.

Read My Other Income Reports

October 2019

August 2019

I hope this can help encourage you to keep trying!  Also, check out Income School on YouTube, this channel has a ton of free tips on how to improve your blog.

Pin Can You Make Money Blogging in 2020 (without blogging about blogging?)


2 thoughts on “Can You Make Money Blogging in 2020 (without blogging about blogging?)”

  1. Hello Shannon,
    I am so happy to have stumbled into your blog. I have been a silent reader for months now.:) It’s here in this post that I learned about Income School, thank you for mentioning them, their videos have helped me a lot in improving my small blog.
    And thank you for this affirmation that blogs that are not about blogging can still make money. I really hope that my blog will also be able to earn soon.
    Your story resonates so well with me because I was also an au pair in Denmark and Norway, and a nanny in Spain, before I got married to the love of my life. And we have 2 boys, too. I am not pregnant, though.:) We want to have more kids, but I had complications on both pregnancies that gave trauma to the husband. And I am also into simplifying our family life and home! That’s why I love coming back to your blog and love watching your videos.

    Have a safe pregnancy. Excited for you. God bless you more.

    1. SHANNON

      It is great to hear your story! I am so happy that income school has helped, I love all their advice.
      It sounds like we have lived a similar path. I wish you luck on your blog, it can be lots of fun!
      talk to you soon Shannon

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Scroll to Top