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 how to make money blogging.  Every post was from people who write 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?  Yes, you can make money from a blog that has nothing to do with blogging.

I am sharing this with you because I have no interest in selling you a course about blogging or anything else to do with blogging.  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.

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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.  It was never intended to make money, it was to journal my trip to live in New Zealand.

A few years ago I started to declutter my whole life and become more minimalist and 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.


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 farm house, 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

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?

December 2019 Blog Income Report

One month short of 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 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
  • Have a YouTube video with most of my posts
  • Share My Posts on Social Media
  • Keep learning

This is the planner I am using this year to keep everything organized and on track.

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.

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