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Killer SEO Tips to Get 500k+ Page Views a Month w/ Debbie Gartner

Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) is one of those topics that most bloggers cringe at. 

It can oftentimes feel like this huge burden with algorithm changes to keep up with and such a complicated sounding traffic strategy. 

However, it doesn't need to be like this. 

There are things that anybody with a website can do to see quick results from SEO that can help them get free monthly long term traffic. 

And this helps to create that mysterious passive income that online business owners seem to crave!

Debbie Gartner from The Flooring Girl joins the Make Time Online podcast to explain exactly what you can do to quickly up your SEO game. 

Killer SEO Tips to get Over 500k Page Views a Month


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We chat about:

  • How she went from no income and $238k in debt to making over $20k a month from her website
  • How she gets more than 500,000 pageviews a month to her website
  • The top tips for any blogger to improve their "off-page" (backlinks) and "on-page" (on your site) SEO
  • The importance of diversifying traffic sources (eventually)

Listen to the full Debbie Gartner podcast episode

Useful tips and tools mentioned in the podcast 

There really was so much to take in from this podcast. 

To get ALL of the wisdom and value you will have to listen to the chat. But here are some of the key tools & tricks mentioned by Debbie in the podcast...

On page SEO tips:

  • Improve your website SPEED! The best way to do that is to improve your hosting - Debbie recommends BigScoots for bigger blogs. But she also recommends Siteground or Namehero as better alternatives to Bluehost. 
  • Learn more about how to improve your site speed on Debbie's new website Healthy Savvy and Wise
  • Focus on 1 or maybe 2 areas and write a lot of content for that (as in 50+ posts) i.e. Debbie focuses on writing about flooring
  • Check your old content. Does it help Google understand your main topic? Consider "de-indexing" it using the Yoast plugin. Check out this post to help with that.

Off page SEO tips:

  • Use Help a Reporter to get good backlinks. You may need to respond to a lot to get any good backlinks but it's an easy way for anyone to get links with a bit of "elbow grease".
  • Guest post on other bloggers sites to get backlinks. Join great blogging FB groups like Tracey Fobes one here to connect with other bloggers.

Other tips or tools:

As you can see Debbie has a lot of wisdom when it comes to SEO.

She even has 2 books to help beginners or anyone looking to up their SEO game:

  • Easy on page SEO ($37)
  • Easy backlinks for SEO ($67)

If you want to learn more about SEO I would highly recommend taking her free SEO course and checking out this wealth of knowledge here

*Note these are not affiliate links, just helpful tips from someone who clearly knows what she's talking about!*

Full Debbie Gartner Podcast Transcript

Debbie Gartner Podcast Summary

So if you want to get in touch with Debbie I would recommend taking her free SEO course here (and then you'll be able to email her).

These are my 5 key takeaways from this chat:

  1. Keep learning
  2. Improve your site speed... now 
  3. Focus on ONLY 1 or maybe 2 topics to write about
  4. Get backlinks from Help a Reporter
  5. Guest post and connect with other bloggers to get backlinks

But I'd love to know what were yours?

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Make Money Blogging Podcast Series Summary [October]

The best time to start a blog was 15 years ago… the second-best time is right now.

If you’ve followed Make Time Online for any length of time, you’ve probably heard me shout the benefits of starting a blog before…

  • It’s possible to create passive income (do work once and get paid over and over again… there are loads of ways to monetise a blog)
  • You can promote any business you currently have (see my chat with Riaz for more on this)
  • It’s possible to create a business around something you enjoy doing
  • Start making money in a way that suits the life you want to live, rather than the other way around
  • There’s no limit to the income you can achieve (check out my chat with Jeff and Ben from Dollarsprout… they make $240k a month!)
  • It’s fun!

This podcast sums up the “make money blogging” podcast series. Particularly, my chats with Alex from Create and Go (Part 1, Part 2) and Paul “Scrivs” Scrivens from Dare to Conquer (Part 1, Part 2).

In case you don’t know these guys, they make over $1 million a year from their blogs and help others learn how to make money blogging. #theyknowwhattheyaredoing

Listen on Apple Podcasts/ Google Podcasts

Make Money Blogging Podcast Series Summary

You can get the nitty-gritty by clicking the links to the chats with these guys at the top of these show notes.

But to sum up the main 5 takeaways from this make money blogging podcast series:

  1. Find what people are already searching for online (and write about that)
  2. Solve one problem for your audience. Can you help take them on a transformation i.e. lose 10 pounds in 21 days
  3. FOCUS! Learn one thing at a time and avoid those shiny objects.
  4. Get traffic to your blog. Use one tool to help and do it better than others
  5. Track key data once you have traffic (what do people look at most)

But remember, don’t overcomplicate things!

Get started & take small actions every day.

What Was Your Main Takeaway From the Make Money Blogging Podcast Series?

Drop a comment below with your main takeaway from the chats with Alex or Scrivs. Was there something else you picked up on? Is there something you’d like to know more about? Have you started a blog?

Feel free to drop a link below and share your own blog!

Keep changing for the better


P.S. Check out the Blog Income Reports Study- How the 7 Best Niches Make Money. Some of the stats in there will blow your mind!

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How to Make Money From a Blog Quickly: Blog Income Reports Study in 7 Niches

This Blog Income Reports Study on how to make money from a blog quickly has no affiliate links on it. It was made with the sole purpose of helping new bloggers go from 0 to 4 figures a month quickly by using the proven path already laid out for you.

How to Make Money From a Blog

You probably already know that it’s possible to make money blogging.

But for most people, it is hard to know how to monetise your blog at the start. Every “guru” you turn to tells you something different… you should do more freelancing, or use adverts, or affiliate marketing or write an ebook.

Here’s the truth…

Every niche has a slightly different trend in making money within the first year or so.

I’d like to tell you that hard work and dedication will make you money online in the end. But the fact is if you don’t see results quickly, you’re more likely to give up.

This blog income reports study will show you how to make money from a blog quickly in 7 different niches. It is a proven road map for you to take a blog from zero to 4 figures a month… and beyond!

This has the proven path to make 4 figures a month so it is split up into 3 parts:

  1. The Income Distribution of 7 Niches
  2. The Blueprint to Make $1000+ Per Month
  3. The Key Findings


How to Make Money From a Blog- New Blog's Income Report Study in 7 Niches. How new blogs start making money using ads, affiliate marketing, their own courses and freelancing or services

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How is This Blog Income Report Study Different?

Brandon Gaille produced a lot of amazing facts in his 2018 blog income report study.

However, one important thing was missing…

How does each niche make money?

More importantly, how does each blog niche make money in the early days?

The generic advice doesn’t work for every niche, as you are about to find out.

For example, if you have a food blog is there any point in looking for affiliate programs to promote? Or if you have a marketing blog, should you bother using adverts?

The more you read this study, the more you will see the proven path that is laid out for how to make money from a blog in your niche.

The 7 Niches in This Blog Income Reports Study

There are 7 niches researched in this blog income reports study:

  1. Food
  2. Health and Fitness
  3. Lifestyle
  4. Mommy
  5. Marketing
  6. Personal Finance
  7. Travel

And if you look into the majority of successful blog niches they will normally fit under one of these categories.

The lifestyle niche includes blogs that write about a variety of interests but could have an emphasis on DIY crafts, home decor, journaling etc.

The health & fitness or Mommy niches are closely linked to lifestyle but there was a clear focus on these blogs.

The Blog Income Reports Study Criteria

This study had a few criteria that had to be met:

  • At least 5 blog income reports in each niche
  • All income reports also need to be over $1,700 per month (most reports below this amount are just “a bit of this and that”)
  • All income reports are below 6 figures a month (51 out of 57 were under 5 figures per month with the highest at $19,889)
  • Income reports must also have a break down of where the income was from

Why use these criteria?

We wanted to find blogs that are making money from their own niche. Not just making money “blogging about blogging”.

Just think about it… have you seen those headlines on how to make money blogging like this?…

How I Made $1.5 Million Blogging Last Year... With my Eyes Closed on a Beach

Disclaimer- the “eyes closed and beach” part is totally made up!

These are great for motivation but when you see a Mommy blog with these numbers it’s almost always because of one thing…

It has expanded into blogging about blogging.

Therefore, it’s not an accurate representation of how that niche makes money anymore…

It’s really just another marketing blog.

For this reason, many of the income reports used were not the blogger’s most recent income report.

The farther back you look, the farther forward you are likely to see.

Winston Churchill

By finding the income reports towards the start of the blogger’s journey we are able to see how to blog for money in the early stages.

Key Terms for the Study

So here are some key terms that you will need to be aware of for this study to make sense:

  • Ads: The amount of income from ad networks.
  • Affiliate: Affiliate marketing income (being paid a commission if someone buys something through a link on your website for someone else’s product).
  • Own Products: Any products that the owner creates and sells. This includes ebooks, courses, physical products and apps.
  • Other: Any other income. This includes freelance work, sponsored posts, sponsorship for their website or podcast, coaching or other services they provide.
  • Start Year: The year the website was created.

Important Disclaimers

There are also some things to take into consideration with this study.

1. Some blogs overlap 2 or more different niches i.e. Fit Mom Journey is part Mommy and part Fitness.

However, the main niche that is written about is the one recorded in this study (hence, Fit Mom Journey is more about health and fitness).

2. Mommy bloggers often fall under the lifestyle niche but there were enough blogs that clearly had a focus on Moms and parenting.

3. It’s hard to find blog income reports from websites that are not blogging about blogging!!

And there is a big reason why people make income reports…

Most income reports promote more affiliate links.

Yes, they can be educational, motivating and helpful. I’m grateful for them just doing this- research! But, 99 times out of 100, they are used to recommend more affiliate products.

But the truth is, many successful blogs will never produce a detailed income report.

This makes finding income reports that fit the purpose of this study quite challenging!

Part 1- How to Make Money From a Blog: The Income Distribution of 7 Niches

You can find all of the blog income reports used in this study towards the bottom of this page.

But if you’re like me, you’ll be pretty excited to see the difference between each niche.

How to Make Money From a Food Blog- Income Distribution

There is a clear monetisation method for food bloggers.

How to Make Money From a Blog. How Food Bloggers Make Money Quickly From Blogging

Ads for food blogs are crucial.

This is why getting onto the best ad networks and understanding what the requirements are to do this is so important for them. You can learn more about this on The Best 5 Ad Networks for Blogs.

Food Blogs Focus on Ads

Well duh!

But let’s think about why and what this means…

The obvious reason for this is that food blogs tend to get a lot of traffic because everyone needs to cook.

When the typical “house chef” (AKA Mom… please don’t shoot me for the stereotype!) struggles for ideas they do one of two things, in 2019:

  • Google recipe ideas
  • Search Pinterest for recipes

This means that new blogs can get hundreds of thousands of page views from Pinterest alone if they use it right.

Pinterest still has a high majority of active users that are aged between 25-45 and female. Hootsuite shows there has been an increase in male sign-ups since 2018, but they are still not as active on the platform.

Therefore, Pinterest is crucial for how to make money blogging about food. If you have a new food blog, all of your efforts should be spent on Pinterest promotion at the start.

Check out “5 Pinterest Hacks to Explode Your Traffic” if you want to get more pinning traffic tips.

How to Make Money From a Health & Fitness Blog- Income Distribution

There is again a clear method that health and fitness blogs use…

Advertising networks.

How Health & Fitness Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

However, it’s important to note this doesn’t have to be the case.

For example, Avocadu didn’t use any ads on the website at the start and focused much more on affiliate marketing and selling their own products quickly.

Health & Fitness Bloggers Get the Least Income from “Other” Means

Out of the 5 blogs in this study, Only Root and Revel started making any money from sponsored content.

None of these websites reported income from freelance or coaching work.

So how did health & fitness blogs make money from a blog?

Common Affiliate Opportunities for Health and Fitness Blogs

In a moment you’ll notice there are a range of products promoted on each website without any real common trends.

Here are the main money earners for health and fitness websites (excluding ads):

  • Xukkhini- Weight loss products on Clickbank
  • Avocadu- Yoga products on Amazon Associates (note they even admit you won’t be able to make much from here) plus Clickbank and their own products.
  • Root and Revel- Affiliate for Butcher box (organic meat products)
  • Fit Mom Journey- Affiliate for Perfect Keto
  • Organize Yourself Skinny- Own products i.e. ebook and meal plans

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs.

Using Pinterest is again where the majority of your time should be spent if you have a new Health and Fitness blog.

Once you see what articles your readers are interested in, then you can look for appropriate affiliate products to promote.

How to Make Money From a Lifestyle Blog- Income Distribution

So how do lifestyle websites make money from a blog?

As you can see below, ads are also super important to lifestyle blogs when they first start to make money blogging.

How Lifestyle Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

However, due to the large range of topics lifestyle blogs cover there really is no right or wrong way to monetise these types of websites.

Lifestyle Blogs Use Different Income Streams

You can see from Chasing Foxes that it’s possible to get an insane amount of traffic quickly to your blog. Silas and Grace pumped out 50 posts before they even launched their website and had over 2 million page views in a single month… within their first year!

This is obviously going to bring in some great income from ads. They relied heavily on Pinterest for this again.

Whereas Let’s Reach Success focused on freelance work and sponsored posts in the early days.

Lifestyle Blog Formula

Despite there being many ways lifestyle blogs can earn money there is a general theme across the blogs in this study.

The main focus was on making money from a blog with ads and affiliate marketing:

  1. Typically the websites built up traffic to monetise with some ads.
  2. They used Amazon Associates to place links for products they were writing about.
  3. This way they could test out what their audience was interested in.
  4. Eventually, they could create their own product tailored to their readers wants.

To be honest this is not just a lifestyle blog formula.

It’s also really the trend across the majority of these successful blogs as you are about to find out.

How to Make Money From a Mommy Blog- Income Distribution

Mommy’s make money blogging in a very similar way to lifestyle blogs.

How Mommy Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

But again ads stand out as the main way to make money from a Mommy blog at the start.

There was an interesting finding from this study…

Mommy Blogs Quickly Blog About Blogging

Maybe this isn’t always the case.


Every one of the Mommy blogs (with Easy Baby Life less so) in this study started “blogging about blogging” or promoting some of their favourite blogging tools.

This kind of makes sense as a lot of Mom’s will be interested in making some money from home so they can spend more time with their kids.

However, these income reports prove it is possible to make money without doing that as none of them had really monetised in this way… yet!

Common Mommy Blog Affiliate Ideas

There was one platform which dominated in all of these reports:

Amazon Associates.

That’s a bit vague, so here are some common ideas they promoted:

  • Baby gifts
  • Baby gear- buggies/ prams/ car seat etc.
  • Breastfeeding stuff
  • Nursery ideas- cribs/ lamps etc.

There tend to be lots of different items promoted. But the “comparisons”, “reviews” or “how to use” posts did well.

How to Make Money From a Marketing Blog- Income Distribution

This niche is where you see the biggest difference to every other niche!

How Marketing Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

This is why you need to take “blogging about blogging” websites with a. pinch of salt.

Have you noticed yet that the things that work for these blogs may not work in your niche?

There are 2 key findings from this blog income reports study….

#1 Marketing Blogs Rely Less on Pinterest- They Do Not Focus on Ads

Readers on marketing websites (i.e. blogging about blogging or podcasting or how to use affiliate marketing etc.) do not want to see a load of pop-ups or ads everywhere.

There are two main reasons for this:

  1. They want readers to click on their products and affiliate links, not the ads!
  2. It slows the website down.

Simply put:

  • Ads are annoying and readers on marketing websites are more aware of them, unlike the typical readers in other niches.

Therefore, the last thing the readers on marketing websites want is to be interrupted every two seconds.

…Or struggle to scroll down without the website glitching.

#2 Marketing Blogs Make Money From Their Own Products Quickly

This was another interesting finding.

Even when I put in Pat Flynn, Melyssa Griffin and JLD’s super high incomes ($150,000 a month+) the income distribution hardly changes…

How to Make Money From a Marketing Blog- High Income Distribution ($150k/ Month+)

This just shows that it is possible to make money from your own products even with a new website.

However, you are about to find out that the income distribution changes a lot for other niches.

This is why it’s good not to include these kinds of blog income reports in this study.

The Best Marketing Blogs Have Less Traffic and a Smaller Audience… But Build Better Relationships

Just take Pete McPherson’s Do You Even Blog as an example.

With a relatively new website, Pete generates 60% of his income from his own courses. You can listen to my chat with Pete on the Make Time Online podcast about what he sees as the “Future of Digital Marketing“.

Also, Ana from The She Approach has already had a lot of success from her own ebooks and courses, with 47% of her income coming from them.

Common Affiliate Networks for Marketing Blogs

There are some common networks for marketing blogs:

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs.

Every marketing website promotes individual affiliate programs too.

Ranging from Pinterest ebooks to full-on 6 Figure Blogging courses.

Click here to see my personal favourite blogging tools and courses.

How to Make Money From a Personal Finance Blog- Income Distribution

Another different looking graph!

How Personal Finance Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

As you can see personal finance bloggers make a higher percentage of their income from affiliate marketing than any other monetisation method.

So if you’re a personal finance blogger, chances are you should be looking at affiliate programs to make money blogging.

Personal Finance Blogs Focus More on Affiliate Income Than Any Other Niche

Even in the early days, you can see personal finance websites focussing on affiliate marketing.

Affiliate programs such as survey sites (i.e. Survey Junkie) or reward sites (i.e. Ebates, now Rakuten) will make up a large portion of this income.

You can even see what Jeff and Ben from Dollarsprout recommend…

Example Affiliate Setup

These type of affiliate links are easiest to convert (AKA low cost, free or even provide a sign-up bonus for people to join).

Are you beginning to see how getting someone to pay $10 to join is not as easy as paying someone $10 to join?

This is much easier to sell in the early days compared to $1,000+ courses that marketing websites may be offering, where trust is key.

Common Affiliate Programs for Personal Finance Blogs

Here are some of the common programs that personal finance bloggers use to make money from a blog at the start:

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs.

There are also loads of different affiliates depending on your specific focus i.e. credit card sign-ups or stock trading programs etc.

Plus, here’s a little bonus look inside Jeff’s income-generating platforms (this is super useful if you’ve never seen the backend of affiliate programs before)…

This was from their October 2018 Income report at $61,915, after Dollarsprout was more established.

You can check out our chat on the podcast if you’d like to hear how these guys created a $240k/ month online business in 3 years.

How to Make Money From a Travel Blog- Income Distribution

Again another different looking graph.

How Travel Bloggers Make Money From a Blog Quickly

This time you can see that travel blogs typically get their income in a variety of ways.

Some sites such as Once in a Lifetime Journey make money blogging mainly from consulting. Others, such as External Expat do quite a bit of freelance work.

The fact is, travel blogs will have to hustle more to find these opportunities.

Travel Blogs Make Money With Sponsors and Freelance Income

If you’re like me you may find this really helpful to know.

If you were starting a travel website the majority of them make money from other monetisation methods, such as sponsors and freelance writing.

In fact, 6 out of 8 of the travel websites in this study has some income from sponsored posts or freelance work.

So if you are trying to make money blogging with a travel blog by creating your own course, you may find it’s an uphill battle.

Remember, don’t reinvent the wheel!

Use the map that others have left you to copy their success.

Some Useful Marketplaces for Travel Blogs

Here are some of the places for how to make money from a travel blog:

Remember these are not affiliate links, but the links for you to join the affiliate programs or use the platform.

Freelancing and sponsored income comes in such a variety.

However, the best opportunities tend to not actually come from sites like Fiverr and Upwork.

This makes it harder to set out a blueprint for the best ways to do it.

For example, Will from Travel Blog Breakthrough got a big chunk of his income from a Trekking company after they saw his work on the Inca Trail Guide.

He jumped on a skype call to make that happen.

Make sure you check out the income reports below to find other ways of how blogger’s make money from a travel blog.

Part 2- The Blueprint to Make $1,000+

Now, I bet you’re looking at all of these pretty charts thinking…

So what?

Well, let’s summarise the key takeaways and more importantly…

Let’s work out an action plan moving forward.

#1 Every Blog Needs Traffic

First of all, let’s start with the obvious.

If you want to make money from your website you have to get traffic.


5 out of 7 niches have a large chunk of their initial income from using ad networks.

Yes, Google Adsense is easy enough to get onto and start the ball rolling.

But the majority of these bloggers were getting most joy by using Mediavine or AdThrive.

Ad Income For New Blog's to Monetise. 88% of Total ad revenue comes from MediaVine and AdThrive.
Note only 34 out of 57 bloggers used AdThrive or MediaVine, but they earnt the vast majority of the ad income.

So it would be wise to aim for this.


Now, I can almost hear your mind saying…

But How do I Get This Traffic?

If you’re like me, this is THE question you want to be answered!

This short video will explain exactly how many of the bloggers in this study have made sure they are writing content that people are actively searching for.

AKA how they get more traffic…

So if you use these techniques rather than just guessing, you will notice your articles will start getting much more attention quickly.

Click these links to try it out right now:

  1. Pinterest
  2. Ubersuggest

#2 Aim for 25,000 Sessions a Month (Unless You Have a Marketing Blog)

I know what you’re thinking!

That sounds like a lot, right?

But there are 57 blog income reports that show you this is 100% possible for you to do.

Why 25,000 monthly sessions?

Simple because Mediavine requires 25,000 monthly sessions to allow a blog to use their network.

Therefore, aim for that!

AdThrive, which tends to pay a bit better on average requires 100,000 monthly page views.

(Note 100k page views means if 25,000 people click on 4 pages each you’d achieve that!)

This means to make some good money from ads on your blog, you need to focus on getting 25,000 monthly sessions…


Check out “The 5 Best Ad Networks for Blogs” to see more details about the ad networks.

Even the bloggers that did not focus on ads still needed the traffic to work out what affiliate programs or products their audience wants.

If you aren’t getting 5,000 monthly sessions yet then check out “How to Use Pinterest for Beginners“. As many of these income reports prove… Pinterest is still the fastest free way to get traffic to your website.

The most successful niches on Pinterest are still:

  • Recipes
  • Home decor
  • Fashion
  • DIY (crafts, decor etc.)

Followed closely by:

  • Kids and Parenting
  • Travel
  • Health & Fitness

Many other niches can be successful, but these are still the most widely pinned and active niches.

#3 Use Affiliate Products to Match Your Readers Interests

Once you get traffic from Pinterest (at least 5,000 page views a month) you can use Google Analytics to see what posts most of your readers are reading.

How to Find Your Most Popular Blog Posts

This proves exactly what the people reading your blog are most interested in. And are you beginning to notice you don’t need to guess?

Use the data!

Once you know this, you can start to recommend great products that fit with these articles.

Plus, you can write more posts on these topics to get even more traffic!

There are plenty of niche-specific affiliate marketplaces in the sections above if you want some ideas of where to find these affiliate products.

#4 Create Your Own Product (Optional)

If you really want to start making a big income then this is the next step to take.

As you can see from this study already, it is possible to make well over $1,000 per month blogging without even thinking about this stage. (*Cough cough Chasing Foxes with $15k/ month from ads alone!*)

But if you make a better version of the affiliate product that you are promoting, you will get to keep all the profit instead of a per cent of the sale.

Hence, instead of making $5 commission on a $30 ebook, you can make the full $30 (or whatever you choose to charge for it).

This is the proven path that has already been laid out for how to make money from a blog.

Part 3- The Key Findings

There were some important and some unexpected findings from doing this blog income reports research.

#1 It is Possible to Make Money Blogging… Without Writing About Blogging

This could well be the biggest takeaway from this blog income reports study.

It is possible to make money in other niches than marketing.

All of the income reports below will show you how these blogs made money without talking about blogging.

You can tell that some of them (i.e. The Busy Budgeter) have clearly started to blog about blogging. But there was very little money made from “blogging about blogging” in these income reports.

#2 Some Niches Tend to Reach an Upper Limit

For example, Mommy & lifestyle blogs only have so many affiliates they can promote and only so many pageviews they can get in a month.

At this stage, it’s hard for them to create a specific “Mommy product” so many of these blogs tend to start “blogging about blogging”.

This opens up many more affiliate programs and provides an opportunity to create their own courses.

Just as I eluded (ooo posh word from me!) to earlier, most blog income reports will exist to provide motivation for others. But they also promote more affiliate links i.e. Bluehost hosting or an autoresponder or favourite theme to use etc.

Therefore, it is hard to find income reports that are based solely on a “non-blogging” niche. Many of the websites featured in this blog income reports study will eventually have affiliate links to blogging tools or courses.

#3 Income Distribution Changes Over Time

The graph below shows the average income distribution of 7 blogs, one from each niche.

The second graph is from the same 7 blogs. But they have since kicked on and made at least $40,000 a month.

How Successful Bloggers Income Distribution Changes Once They Make More Money

As you can see there is a much heavier reliance from their own products and affiliate marketing.

All 7 of these websites now have a focus on blogging about blogging (Show Me The Yummy has a course on how to make videos for food bloggers, which is sort of related).

Simply put…

Once you start making good money from your blog, focus on automating with affiliate marketing and funnels selling your own products.

The most successful blogs tend to have affiliate opportunities for their own products meaning it becomes even more passive.

The 7 Blogs Used For This

Blog NameNicheFirst Income ReportMonthly IncomeSecond Income ReportMonthly Income
Just a Girl and her BlogLifestyleFeb 2014$2,446Dec 2016$41,700
Show me the YummyFoodJun 2016$4,781Dec 2016$46,366
The Realistic MamaMommyMar 2016$5,891Aug 2018$48,162
Avocadu*Health & FitnessApr 2016$4,244Aug 2019$111,929
Making Sense of CentsPersonal FinanceJan 2015$15,396May 2018$136,808
It’s a Lovely LifeTravelMar 2017$37,810Dec 2018$147,833
Melyssa GriffinMarketingJul 2015$9,226Dec 2016$283,680

The Most Important Finding of All

Every single blogger that has started making $2,000 per month or more has done this one thing.

There are ZERO exceptions.

I bet you want to know what it is, don’t you?

But you won’t like it…

Seriously though you won’t…


I told you, you weren’t going to like it.

There’s no magic sauce that made these blogs earn money.

They all hustled at the start.

They all found “other” ways to make money or put in an incredible amount of effort to make money through the more “passive” ads, affiliate marketing and own products.

As you can see… content creation is key!

But you don’t need to reinvent the wheel (in fact, it’s better that you don’t because if it hasn’t been written about before, there is probably a reason!)

Find what works for others and make better versions of them.

57 Blog Income Reports in 7 Different Niches

So here are the blog income reports that were used in this study.

Feel free to click on the blog name and look into any of the reports in more detail.

Food Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Yup Its VeganFoodFeb 20172013$1,708
Pinch of YumFoodMay 20122010$2,970
The Endless MealFoodNov 20162011$4,118
Pickled PlumFoodNov 20162013$4,330
Show me the YummyFoodJun 20162013$4,781
Butternut BakeryFoodMay 20192018$5,041
Piping Pot CurryFoodAug 20182017$5,110
The Bewitchin Kitchen FoodJan 20172010$5,362

Health & Fitness Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
XukkhiniHealth & FitnessMar 20182017$1,732
Avocadu*Health & FitnessApr 20162015$4,244
Root and RevelHealth & FitnessJan 20182015$7,534
Organize Yourself SkinnyHealth & Fitness20152013$8,726
Fit Mom JourneyHealth & FitnessDec 20182016$10,123

*Income report was taken from Alex and Lauren’s book “How to Make Money Blogging”. Their income on Create & Go is updated every month.

Lifestyle Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Vigor It OutLifestyleMay 20182017$1,907
Anastasia BloggerLifestyleJan 20182017$2,085
Just a Girl and her BlogLifestyleFeb 20142013$2,446
Jessicas LaughterLifestyleJul 20162016$2,569
Gathering DreamsLifestyleJan 20182017$3,836
Chasing a Better LifeLifestyleJun 20182017$4,274
Let’s Reach SuccessLifestyleJun 20192013$4,305
SewrellaLifestyleMay 20182016$10,180
Chasing FoxesLifestyleAug 20172016$19,889

Mommy Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Moms Make MoneyMommyAug 20132011$2,147
What Mommy DoesMommyJul 20152012$3,391
Single Moms IncomeMommyAug 20152012$3,754
Mommy on PurposeMommyDec 20162010$3,976
Easy Baby LifeMommyApr 20172015$4,310
Rose AtwaterMommyMar 20162013$4,886
The Intentional MomMommyApr 20172008$5,481
The Realistic MamaMommyMar 20162014$5,891
Pulling Curls MommyMay 20172014$6,621

Marketing Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Blogging Her WayMarketingMay 20182017$1,704
Moms Make CentsMarketingOct 20162016$2,127
Do You Even BlogMarketingMar 20192017$2,883
Inspired Blogger University***MarketingMay 20162014$3,738
The She Approach**MarketingJan 20192016$4,230
House of BrazenMarketingMar 20172013$5,219
Her Paper RouteMarketingMar 20182017$8,426
Melyssa GriffinMarketingJul 20152015$9,226

**This is Ana’s first $50,000 income report. The total has been divided by 12 even though it took 2 and a half years to get there because the income has sped up more recently.

***Only the income from Inspired BU was used for this study (not the income from Meet Penny)

Personal Finance Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Millennial BossPersonal FinanceApr 20182016$1,950
The Frugal Millionaire BlogPersonal FinanceJan 20172014$2,171
The Savvy CouplePersonal FinanceJan 20182016$2,412
Retired by 40Personal FinanceDec 20162013$3,328
FitnancialsPersonal FinanceNov 20182013$4,612
Inspired BudgetPersonal FinanceJun 20182017$7,296
Unconventional Prosperity Personal FinanceFeb 20182017$8,221
DollarsproutPersonal FinanceJan 20182016$12,372
Busy BudgeterPersonal FinanceMar 20162014$12,484
Making Sense of CentsPersonal FinanceJan 20152011$15,396

Travel Blog Income Reports

Blog NameNicheIncome Report MonthStart YearTotal Income
Wherever Writer*****TravelFeb 20182012$1,973
External ExpatTravelJan 20182016$2,502
Ali’s AdventuresTravelJun20172007$2,868
Get Away CoupleTravelSep 20182017$3,027
Travel Blog BreakthroughTravelOct 20162014$3,431
Practical WanderlustTravelApr 20182016$5,882
Living the Dream RTW****TravelAug 20192010$8,113
Once in a Lifetime Journey TravelNov 20182014$9,682

***** Only travel related income was reported in this study- not the “blogging about blogging” income.

**** This income report gets updated every month but was used with the figures from August 2019

One Final Note on How to Make Money From a Blog

Remember this…

It is possible to make money in any way in any niche.

Of course, it is possible for food bloggers to create their own course or “monthly meal plans” and sell them in the early days.

Of course, you can make money from ads in any niche.

But what you have above is a proven path that successful blogs have taken to start making good money in different niches.

Use what they have left behind to your advantage.

Once you get that regular income, it then becomes possible to put more time into automating things and generating passive income from affiliate marketing funnels and sales of your own products.

How to Make Money From a Blog Quickly Summary

You can see a clear roadmap that successful blogs have taken to make money blogging in 7 different niches:

  • Food, Lifestyle & Mommy blogs should focus on Pinterest. Ideally creating list posts that people want to read & aim to get on Mediavine or AdThrive ad networks.
  • Health & Fitness blogs should do the same but quickly find affiliate products for their most popular articles.
  • Personal finance should also use Pinterest, noting that budgeting does better on Pinterest closely followed by ways to make money (use low cost or free affiliate products such as survey or cashback sites).
  • Marketing blogs should have an idea of a product they can create i.e. an eBook or Teachable course. The focus is on creating high-quality articles and really connect with the readers.
  • Travel blogs should still use Pinterest to drive traffic. Hustle to find sponsorships and freelance work to make up the income initially.

It doesn’t mean that you have to stick to this, but it does give you an idea of the quickest and proven ways for your niche to start making money.

Feel free to use any of the charts and graphs from this study. All I ask is that you kindly link back to this study from your blog post.

Keep changing for the better,


P.S. Check out “The Most Profitable Niche” and “The 5 Best Ad Networks for Bloggers“.

How to Use Pinterest for Beginners

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As you start reading the beginning of this article you find yourself wondering what it would be like to receive regular free traffic from Pinterest.

You’re intelligent enough to know that some people use Pinterest to drive most of their traffic to their blog.

The further on you read you’ll begin to understand how this is possible.

Welcome to how to use Pinterest for beginners…

Firstly, Why Use Pinterest? 

If you’re anything like me you’ve probably not used Pinterest much.

The little time you have spent on it has been wasted by pretty pictures of barn weddings and girly stuff.

So why bother to use Pinterest?

Because it’s business model is designed to connect users to content. No other BIG social media platform is designed for this.

Now, read that again.

Simply put, the best way to get NEW visitors to your site are:

  • Pinterest = user to content (awesome)
  • Google = user to content (awesome)
  • Facebook = user to user (good)
  • Twitter = user to user (good)
  • Instagram = user to user (average at best- it is good for creating “followers” and a brand though!)

Any social media can be a great way to drive traffic to your website, especially if you already have a “presence” on there.

However, Pinterest really takes the biscuit for getting new visitors to your website.

A pin that is months or years old can still bring traffic to your website.

This is not the case for most other social media platforms (especially Twitter… imagine!)

As you pay close attention to this page you will find out how this is all possible…

Related content:

5 Steps to Get Traffic to Your Blog Using Pinterest

So there are loads of little tips and tricks to automate this traffic and to turn your blog into an online business.

But let’s keep it simple to get your account set up in the best way possible.

If you are interested in seeing some of these automation tips then check out how Jeff and Ben created a $240k/ month online business using Pinterest.

Let’s find out how to use Pinterest for beginners…

#1 Set up Your Account- Understanding How Pinterest Works

Step one is to have your account set up in a way to help Pinterest know who you are and what you are sharing.

Just like other social media platforms, Pinterest uses fancy algorithms that decide what content is shown to which people.

It’s your job to make sure your account is set up to tell Pinterest what your blog is about and people that are interested in it can find it.


Here are a few things you need to make sure you have done for your account to be set up in the best way:

It doesn’t sound too bad but if you do this stage right it can take some time. Click any of the links above to find out more about each step.

I will leave this little nugget with you to help find your Pinterest keywords…

  1. Click ads in the top left corner on Pinterest (only available to those with a business account).
  2. Click “create ad” (don’t worry you won’t actually do this)
  3. Hit continue
  4. Scroll down to Keywords
  5. Type in your keywords and it will show you the number of people that search for variations of your keywords every month
How to use pinterest for begginers

Top tip- target keywords with the highest searches as Pinterest doesn’t care (as much) how old your account is unlike Google.

That stage alone is enough to make your Pinterest game way better than a lot of pinners!

If you’re worried about doing all of that or not understanding you can sign up to the free course at the bottom of this page. It has all the information there that you need to get started with much more detail and help than in this post.

#2 How to Create a Board on Pinterest

I’m not going to waste your time here… but this is an important step for how to use Pinterest for beginners!

  • Click your profile, click boards, click add board.
how to use Pinterest for beginners

The bit I do want to mention is what you should have on your board.

  1. Specific title (“blogging” is bad “blogging tips for beginners” is better)
  2. Keyword-rich descriptions (put in keywords i.e. “get more traffic” “SEO tips for beginners” “Affiliate marketing tips” etc.)
  3. Design a brand cover photo using colours and fonts that you usually use (see below)
How to Use Pinterest for beginners

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Re-arrange Pins on Pinterest Boards

This can cause some confusion!

It’s easy enough to repin your own pin to a different board but a lot of people seem to struggle with rearranging pins WITHIN a board.

Let me ask you this… Do you have certain posts that you want more people to find?

Of course, you do!

So make sure you rearrange your pins on occasion so that your best pins are at the front of your board!

There has been a couple of changes to Pinterest recently so check out this video to see how to rearrange pins on Pinterest.

#3 How to Make a Pin for Pinterest 

So you’ve had your appetiser, now let’s just jump into a few plates of meat…

There are 2 main graphic designers you can use to create your pins:

  1. Canva
  2. Snappa

Canva is free

Snappa costs $10 a month (or you get 5 downloads for free each month).

Canva is great for starting out, so here are my top tips:

  • Bookmark different designs you use so you can quickly find the layout you like.
  • Use Pexels.com to get all the FREE stock photo’s you need
  • If you want a transparent background (especially for logo designs) use this website for free.
  • Use a png compressor to make sure your pins are a smaller storage size (which improves the SEO of your website)

Snappa basically can do all the above (minus the png compressor) in one place.

Here’s why you may choose Snappa:

  • You pay for convenience!
  • It’s much more user-friendly to use
  • You can save unlimited pin designs (to save you time rather than recreating them EVERY time)
  • The stock photos are better than pexels.com

UPDATE- Since trying Jeff and Ben’s (yeah you know the guys who make $240k/ month) “The Perfect Pin” course, I actually now use PowerPoint for a few reasons:

  1. Your pins stand out compared to most people
  2. I like the shading on letters which makes your words POP off the page
  3. Using colour boxes with gradients behind words can help your words look much clearer & more professional
  4. You have more control over how your pin looks
  5. They really know their stuff!

Now, I can almost hear your mind saying…

But What Should Your Pins Look Like?

There’s really only one rule…

Make them “Pinterest Pretty”

But what does that mean?

Just look at the best pins for “affiliate marketing for beginners”:

How to use Pinterest for beginners

Top tips for how to use Pinterest for beginners:

  • Don’t make them ugly
  • Make Writing BIG and clear to read
  • Use LOTS of white space
  • Don’t make them ugly
  • Use COLOURFUL text
  • Use a 2:3 ratio (typically 600 x 900px… don’t go over 1,260 px tall but I’m currently trying out 735 x 1,105 px to make it stand out a bit more)
  • Don’t make them UGLY!!

Here’s an example (be sure to Pin this so you can come back to it later!)

Learn how to use Pinterest and how to get blog traffic. These tips will help you learn how to make money from a blog quickly. Find out how to get followers on Pinterest simply by understanding how Pinterest works. You will also learn how to make a pin with these tips for Pinterest for beginners #pinteresttips #pinterestforbeginners #howtousepinterest #howtogettraffictoablog #blogtraffic
Pin me!

UPDATE- Your pin design is often the thing that will let you down at the start. I know because I have been there!

Funny story about this one- I didn’t try the “Perfect Pin” course for a few months because it was only $9. I figured it couldn’t be much good for that price.

It hands down beats other Pinterest courses I’ve taken for $40+! You can learn more from their on brand vs off brand and pins for engagement vs click through part than most other courses I’ve seen

The Perfect Pin course
Click this picture to find out more about the Perfect Pin course

#4 How to Get Followers on Pinterest 

There’s no secret sauce here!

Here’s the scientific 2 step process (which can be used on ANY social media platform):

  1. Follow Pinteresters that you’d like to follow you!
  2. Pin stuff!


Honestly, it has been said numerous times by Pinterest that the number of followers you have on Pinterest DOES NOT MATTER.


Re-read that sentence.

Partly because your content can be found through the search bar and the home page but mainly because of Tip number 5…

#5 Ultimate Tip! How to Join Pinterest Group Boards

So this is the game changer!

This is how Pinterest can help to drive so much more traffic than other social media platforms. 

Hold on a jiffy… What is a group board?

It is a board that has 2 or more “collaborators” (people that can post pins on a board)

You can invite others to collaborate on your boards but the exciting part…

You can become a collaborator on other boards.

So if you are new and you get on a board with 10,000 followers then all of these people can see, share and view your pins!


If you would like to know how to do this then I would recommend you start this free Pinterest email course.

This includes an email template of how to ask to become a collaborator and how to track who you’ve asked!

How to Use Pinterest for Beginners Summary

The more you keep reading this article the more you begin to understand how to use Pinterest and how it can be a MAJOR traffic supply.

Since you’re still here I’m going to assume you want to take Pinterest seriously.

If that’s the case you can find out a lot more tips and tactics about how to set up Pinterest in the best way for traffic in the FREE 6-day email course above…

The best part is:

There’s a way to automate it so you only need to put in one hour a month once it’s going!

Get on it like white on rice!

Keep changing for the better,


P.S. If you want more Pinterest tips, then check out the 5 Pinterest Hacks to get More Traffic.

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    Ryan Biddulph, Blogging From Paradise: Retire to a Life of Island Hopping Through Smart Blogging

    In the spirit of full transparency, know that this podcast with Ryan Biddulph, Blogging From Paradise contains affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

    Ryan Biddulph Blogging From Paradise

    You may agree that living a life of island hopping and travelling the world sounds pretty idyllic.

    Most people think this lifestyle is something that only billionaires can achieve. However, by using smart blogging methods you are about to find out that anyone can choose this lifestyle if they wish.

    In this podcast with Ryan Biddulph from Blogging From Paradise we chat about:

    • How he went from a struggling blogger to a super successful blogger
    • The secret to Ryan’s success
    • How he wrote a book a day for 3 months whilst living in Bali
    • The worst thing that is holding people back from living their dream life

    Ryan Biddulph’s Background

    2 mins

    In the next few minutes, you are going to learn that Ryan was a security guard 10 years ago. He was just your average American who:

    • Had his last vacation in 1989 to South Carolina 
    • Didn’t own a passport before 2011 and had never been on a plane

    He was aware that he wasn’t living life the way that he wanted to. But it wasn’t until his wife, Kelli, introduced him to making money online that he saw how it could be any different.

    Once he saw it could be possible Ryan packed up and moved to Bali (his first ever flight in 2011!!)

    Ryan talks about his initial struggles:

    • He started with a “Make Money Online blog”, but didn’t have the passion
    • He made money initially with freelance stuff and writing articles

    But he didn’t really find success until…

    Blogging From Paradise Was Born

    6 mins

    Imagine what it would be like if you could live in Savu Savu, Fiji for free. 

    Fiji Savu Savu
    Ryan’s view when he started Blogging From Paradise

    Well, this is exactly what Ryan and Kelli did.

    They got their first house sitting experience after just 3 skype interviews… no experience!

    It was here on the beautiful island of Fiji in 2014 that Ryan hatched Blogging From Paradise.

    This is when he moved from the freelance model (trading time for money) to a passive income model.

    The further on you listen to this podcast the more you will realise that blogging can create multiple streams of income and there’s no limit to it.

    Ryan’s Secret

    8:30 mins

    So you want to know Ryan’s secret?

    OK, lean in a bit closer…

    It’s energy.

    Nothing more to it!

    Ryan started following successful, happy people i.e. Tim Ferris, Richard Branson and Tony Robbins.

    The common factor was their energy and passion.

    Is your attention and energy coming from a place of love and positivity or fear and scarcity?

    In the “make money online” niche, Ryan was in it more for the money.

    He realised a lot of bloggers were working full time and were actually quite depressed chasing money. But when he focused on improving his energy and positivity, everything else started to fall into place. 

    Creating content sets everything up and builds trust.

    However, connecting and creating the right energy is the most important thing.

    Related content:

    Energy Management Tips

    12 mins

    Ryan’s top tip is to research different energy management tips and try things out, such as:

    • Walking
    • Deep yin yoga
    • Prayer
    • Meditation
    • Write a grateful list every day
    • *EFT Tapping
    • *Cryotherapy i.e. cold showers

    * Do check in with your doctor before trying anything you are unsure about!!

    Meditating won’t make you peaceful, but it will make you aware of your energy and you can act on that! Your thoughts and feelings often stop you from building relationships and creating or connecting in the way you want. 

    Move away from fear and scarcity to a mindset of abundance and positivityClick To Tweet

    Writing 126 Books- Writing 1 Book a Day for 3 Months!

    15 mins

    “This is what happens when you raise your energy”

    Ryan explains that when you let your limiting beliefs go you can access pure “flow”.

    Ryan Biddulph Blogging From Paradise

    He wrote short books between 4-6,000 words each day on:

    • Practical blogging tips
    • Energy
    • Work
    • Inspiration
    • Plus a lot more!

    Some of the books went “off niche” but people still buy them when you utilise online tools like Amazon. 

    Energy dictates action and inaction.

    The Hard Work Consciousness Myth

    20 mins

    You probably know that most people will focus on scarcity rather than all their wins. Do any of these thoughts sound familiar?

    • If I just had more money then I could…
    • When I get this job then I will…
    • I wish I had the time to travel…

    Ryan started to realise that he was often in the perfect place and perfect time. 

    Do you being to notice that it’s not about putting in more effort and time, but getting your mindset and energy right first?

    Devote energy and attention to things you are grateful for i.e. start to see riches in your mind from the money you have made 10 years ago, and money will flow to you.

    Being Grateful

    25 mins

    Wouldn’t life be amazing if you could only focus on the positives?

    You may find people say some nasty things online. But you can starve these people of attention and keep going back to where you are loved.

    Ryan Biddulph Blogging From Paradise

    Give attention and energy to people that appreciate you and it creates more and more positivity and gets rid of the negativity. 

    And before long you will achieve the 2 F’s:

    1. Freedom
    2. and finances

    Achieving Freedom

    28 mins

    Make choices on a foundational and base level.

    The main decision Ryan and Kelli made was:

    To circle the globe and go wherever they want whenever they want to.

    To do this they have released possessions and own only things that they carry with them. 

    Ryan didn’t want to trade time for money so he created passive income streams.

    But happiness comes in first! 

    Focus on fun and freedom then the money comes. 

    Let me ask you this, what would make a bigger impact… dropping a pebble or the world trade centre falling?

    Still lake

    Now let me ask you this, which one do you think you would notice more:

    1. Dropping a pebble into a still pond
    2. Throwing the world trade centre into a hurricane and chaos

    Find stillness and each small meaningful action will have a much bigger impact. 

    Passive Income Streams from Blogging

    33 mins

    During this section Ryan mentions different methods that he has personally used to create passive income:

    • Online courses
    • Self publish ebooks
    • Convert some to audio books (using acx.com to put them onto audible, iTunes and Amazon)
    • Convert to paperback 
    • Sponsored posts and advertising streams
    • Affiliate marketing i.e. Amazon Associates
    • Paid Tweets for organisations

    You will, however, make more money more quickly through active streams such as:

    • Coaching
    • Consulting 
    • Freelancing

    Money is an inside game and feeling like you can prosper. 

    It doesn’t have to take such a long time if you can think. In fact, you can learn more about how it’s possible to start making money in a short space of time with “Affiliate Marketing Online: The Secrets Revealed“.

    Related content:

    Automating Tools

    33 mins

    Ryans best tip to automate is to connect with tribes i.e. Triberr

    If you share other people’s content, they will share yours.

    Leverage your relationships to automate your marketing no matter what you are doing. 

    The easiest way to befriend another blogger is to promote them, share their content, comment detailed and useful responses on their posts.

    Be as generous as possible!!

    You can have everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they want. Zig Ziglar Click To Tweet

    There are many online tools you can use to automate things and help you to be more productive. Check out how you can “Save Hours of Time & Money with these Resources“.

    Normal Day for Ryan Right Now

    45 min

    This changes a LOT depending on where Ryan is.

    Living in Bali or Fiji is very different from living in USA. 

    Some typical things Ryan will do each day for his blogging:

    • Create a blog post 
    • Guest post on bloggingtips.com
    • Comment on top blogs in his niche
    • Comment on Quora
    • Facebook video (live or recorded)
    • Help people and promote other people

    Do you begin to notice that everything Ryan does revolve around the 2 C’s (Create and Connect)

    Other things Ryan may do to pull back:

    • Walk for an hour or so
    • Read
    • 90 mins of deep yin yoga
    • Having fun
    • Travel
    • Meditate
    • Eating in amazing places over the world

    Related content:

    3 Tips for Himself

    52 mins

    If Ryan could go back to when he was sitting on the tarmac at JFK in 2011 about to take off to Bali… here is what he would tell himself:

    1. Be present when travelling
    2. Spend more time doing number 1, less time working online
    3. Everything is energy aka mindset 

    Are you beginning to see how when you focus on the wins in your life the more wins you will start achieving? 


    Continue to read 10 pages of a self-development each day.

    Check out Ryan’s book to get more insights into how he has created this lifestyle and how you can do it too:

    Blogging from Paradise: How to Retire to a Life of Island Hopping Through Smart Blogging

    Links to Connect With Ryan

    bloggingfromparadise.com The contact page will be his email address



    Ryan Biddulph, Blogging From Paradise Summary

    As you absorb this information, you’ll notice that there are so many great takeaways from this podcast with Ryan Biddulph. 

    Some of the key ones are:

    1. Be present in day to day life
    2. Have fun offline to be more effective online! 
    3. Work on your mindset and focus on your energy
    4. Focus on your wins! Be grateful (do you have food in your fridge, are you breathing, did someone look at your website this week? These are all wins!)
    5. Decide what life you want to live… find a way to do it

    Little by little you realise that you can live the life that you dream of. Drop a comment below with your main takeaway from this podcast.

    Keep changing for the better,


    P.S. If you are interested in making money online to free up your time, check out this 1-minute video to see more information about this proven 4-step system

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    How to Create a $240k/ Month Business Using Pinterest- Jeff & Ben from Dollarsprout

    MTO16- In the spirit of full transparency, know that this podcast with Jeff and Ben from Dollarsprout contains affiliate links. This means if you make a purchase through these links, I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.

    Jeff and Ben from Dollarsprout

    You probably know that making passive income online is a great way to create the lifestyle you want. 

    But most people struggle to make money online or even know where to start. I would like to tell you that all you have to do is work hard and you can do it. But in reality, finding the right strategy is more important to see results. 

    In this podcast with Jeff Proctor and Ben Huber we chat about:

    • How they struggled for over a year to make any money from their online business. 
    • What their “lightbulb” moment was
    • How you can use their “secret formula” to grow your online business quickly. 
    • What they would do if they were starting from scratch
    • Their online businesses: VTX Capital, Dollarsprout and Breaking The One Percent (BTOP)

    Buckle up pumpkin, this is a long one with insane value bombs! (Be sure to check out the video below… it’s a game changer)

    Be sure to pin this for later…

    Part 1- Jeff and Ben’s Background

    2 mins

    As you start to listen to this podcast you will realise that Jeff and Ben are just 2 normal guys.

    In the next 5 minutes you’ll find out:

    • Both Jeff and Ben had University degrees in Science
    • Jeff went down the finance route
    • Ben had a lot of debt… so started nursing
    • They knew there was more to life than working for someone else

    It was in February 2015 that they decided to give an online business a shot

    The Start of VTX Capital

    7 mins

    During this section, you’ll find out why Jeff quit his job with no proven business model in place…

    • They planned to earn $10-$15 per month for a membership model (people could see Jeff’s and Ben’s trades they were making etc.)
    • How Ben found an extra 40-50 hours a week to put into it (whilst working full time)
    • Jeff contributed 50-60 hours of work each week by himself
    • Learn how they avoided burn out and kept up the motivation

    Of course, you’ve heard that starting a business is tough. But after reading the title for this podcast, Jeff and Ben’s story may just surprise you.

    Here is the stage VTX Capital was at by May 2016: 

    • They were still making $0 (for 14 months!)
    • Jeff had to go back to work just 9 months after quitting
    • The membership model wasn’t working
    • They had no traffic

    Now, let me ask you this… Would you have the cahoonas to persevere if you worked for 14 months before seeing your first taste of success?

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    The Lightbulb- Dollarsprout was Born

    12 mins

    It wasn’t until Jeff went back to work when their lightbulb moment happened for them:

    • They stumbled upon affiliate marketing and made a few dollars!!
    • In October 2017 Dollarsprout replaced VTX Capital
    • After about a year of Jeff working at the hospital, he quit his job again 
    • Ben took his first paycheck in March 2018 (over 3 years after starting!)

    Are you beginning to see how this was not a “get rich quick” thing that Jeff and Ben started?

    Affiliate marketing was a huge eye-opener for Jeff and Ben. They realised they had been working hard using the wrong strategy. They hadn’t even heard of it when they started so you will know more than they did just by reading “Affiliate Marketing Online: The Secrets Revealed“.

    Related content:

    Part 2- Pinterest- Dollarsprout’s (not so) Secret Traffic Source

    20 mins

    If you have ever heard bloggers mention the best “social media” to drive traffic (I use quotes here because it’s not really a social media platform) then you will no doubt have heard of Pinterest.

    But you may not have heard of BTOP’s Pinterest strategy.

    Find out my own experience of using Jeff and Bens Pinterest course including:

    • How long it took me to complete it and implement it
    • How it blew my mind (some people say that’s easy to do… I beg to differ!)
    • Their on brand/ off brand marketing tips
    • How to create pins for engagement vs click through rates (this was eye opening!)

    Jeff explains more about why they created the course in the first place and why it only costs $9. If you haven’t used Pinterest before then check out “How to Use Pinterest for Beginners” for an overview of why it beats other social media platforms and the basics for starting.

    THE Best Pinterest Tips (You Won’t Even Find This in BTOP’s Course!)

    25 mins

    You’re about to see that Ben is literally the Pinterest Don. Imagine what you could do if you really understood how Pinterest works. 

    In the next 2 minutes you will learn:

    • How the smart feed generates content
    • Why viral pins will have descriptions that contain “high volume keywords” (at least 99% of the time)
    • Understanding how “crawlers” learn what content is about 
    • Priority is given to “fresh” pins
    • How to optimise your pins & descriptions

    Little by little you begin to realise that “engaging pins” with “high volume keywords” will always win!

    However, the design is what will make your pin stand out when all else is equal.

    Listen to Jeff Analyse my Pin!

    32 mins

    I was cheeky and asked if these Pinterest criminal geniuses could check out a pin that was gaining some traction for me…

    Before Dollarsprout advice

    Hopefully, this advice will be able to help you too!

    So here are some of Jeffs top tips…

    • What do you want people to focus on? (i.e. where should their eyes be drawn to first?)
    • Increase Click Through Rate by adding a call to action (CTA)- i.e. a red button saying “Read Now”
    • Use a photo of Grant Sabatier if he allows it (people may recognise his face as he’s on a book tour currently)
    • If you’re getting traction Make 10 other pins for this article (try different things i.e. empahsising “Make $50,000 in 4 days”… or make Finacial Freedom easier to read)

    Are you beginning to notice that Pinterest has no issue with using different pictures and multiple pins for one post?

    Some ideas for what background image to use to add context were:

    • a picture of the book cover
    • Grant’s van in the desert that resembles financial freedom
    • a picture of a podcast microphone

    Here are some of the new pins I have created using his advice. 

    Dollarsprout finished pins

    I’ll let you know the stats after a week or so (please do ask… I have a tendency to forget to update these things!)

    Optimise Content That’s Getting Traction from Pinterest

    37 mins

    There’s really just one main piece of advice here:

    Think about what your goals are for a piece of content before you write it.

    There’s a few different goals you may have for every article you write:

    1. Gain email subscribers (i.e. create a specific opt in)
    2. Drive affiliate income (i.e. Affiliate link for what you are writing about- can you make an image with more flair than a button that catches people’s eyes?)
    3. Lead people to buy your own products 
    4. Link your Youtube channel or podcast etc.

    Are you beginning to see how it’s much easier to do this before you write the article rather than going back over it? Check out BTOP’s article on repurposing content if you still want more.

    IMPORTANT- Group Boards & How Pinterest Works

    39 mins

    There was one amazing piece of advice Ben gave here if you are interested in getting more traffic from Pinterest:

    Aim to reach a targeted audience rather than a large audience

    Quality always wins on Pinterest in the battle between hyper quality vs audience size!

    The boards that your pins are pinned to really matter i.e. if it’s on a “spam board” it will be really unlikely to feature on the smart feed. 


    Group boards in the past were phenomenal, but they have been toned down due to people abusing them.

    As you absorb this information you will realise that group boards have not been phased out altogether. But they won’t have the impact that they used to!

    Hence it’s important to use:

    • Personal boards (make them specific i.e. “Blogging Tips to Drive Traffic for Beginners”, rather than “Blogging Tips”)
    • AND high-quality group boards.

    Tailwind Hacks to Find Quality Group Boards… and Drive Insane Traffic

    42 mins

    As you continue to listen to this podcast you’ll start to get excited about what Pinterest can do for you.

    It’s important to note:

    • Pinterest analytics shows you which content is performing well
    • Tailwind helps you to see if a group board is still performing well

    This video on how well the group board is still performing shows you what Ben was referring to:

    Ben and Jeff only use boards with a virality score of 1 or higher. Therefore, pins should get re-pinned at least once on here.

    Note- Ben mentions this is slightly superficial as it only shows repins and not clicks on your pin. You may be getting 10 clicks per pin on a group board but this metric is not possible to track. 

    You probably know that group boards with dozens or hundreds of contributors tend to perform poorly. 

    But if they have less than 15 contributors they tend to perform better as a general rule. However, this doesn’t mean they’ll be high quality!

    Tailwind saves so much time. It’s possible to schedule a whole months worth of pins within a few hours and use Tailwind Tribes to find that super targeted audience Ben was talking about. You can try 100 pins for free and get $15 worth of credit when you join Tailwind through this link (affiliate link).

    Part 3- Scaling Dollarsprout

    48 mins

    The key takeaway from this section is:

    Pinterest helps with SEO

    Search Engine Optimisation (SEO) has “exploded” within the last year for Dollarsprout. But it can take 3-12 months+ to rank well for any given keyword. 

    Pinterest is a great way to accelerate this process and get traffic early on.

    Jeff and Ben ended up doing the exact same thing they did with Pinterest for SEO on Dollarsprout…

    They studied the pants off it!

    Ben says that finding medium volume keywords with low competition has been a crucial part of rapidly scaling their business. 

    This has helped Dollarsprout go from 30,000 search users/month to over 1 million organic searches every month!

    Shut the front door! I know right…

    The key was then to turn readers into email subscribers 

    And then turn them into paying customers. Simples…

    If you’d like to learn more about keyword research then check out “How to Find Keywords for Your Website“. Their research into this has been a huge factor for scaling their business.

    What Does Dollarsprout Look Like Now?

    53 mins

    Once Dollarsprout started earning more money they could scale and start to employ more people.

    Personally, I think this is where Jeff and Ben have shone compared to other online marketers who have started to make a bit of money online. 

    Jeff mentions how he remembers hearing Kyle Taylor from thepennyhoarder.com recommend that online businesses should invest half of their income back into the business. So that is what the Dollarsprout has done.

    This is how Dollarsprout looks now:

    • Ben and Jeff work full time
    • 2 full-time editors that are salaried with benefits and the full shebang
    • They have about a dozen freelance writers
    Eggs in basket

    The more you listen to the podcast the more you will realise that they don’t have all their eggs in one basket. So if one affiliate partner removes their services Dollarsprout won’t get burnt.

    Have you noticed that Ben and Jeff utilise their time and outsource more and more work to give them more time to do high-level thinking? Check out “Save Hours of Time with these Resources” to find more apps, websites and plugins that will save you much more time, hence, make you much more money!

    Dollarsprout Stats

    56 mins

    Jeff makes a disclaimer here:

    You do not need to go for the same targets and size of business they have built.

    Saying that here’s the bit you’ve probably been waiting for. Dollarsprout’s current stats (May 2019):

    • 1.4 million page views
    • 900k users
    • 80% from search engines
    • Revenue- just under $240k

    Do you remember they try to operate at a 50% profit margin? However, because they are growing so quick they are keeping more than 50% currently. 

    Now, let me ask you this… Would you be comfortable spending $120k in one month on expenses?

    Stock Market Investing

    They admit they never thought they would be in this position this time 2 years ago. 

    So what are Dollarsprout’s goals?

    • Some days they want to be leaders in the industry (personal finance)
    • Other days they wonder why they’re still working so hard

    But it is clear to see that they are really enjoying giving other people opportunities for meaningful work and making a difference to peoples lives. 

    And are you beginning to realise how modest and down to earth these guys are?

    Part 4- What is a Normal Day Like Now for Jeff and Ben?

    64 mins

    So it was at this stage that they were talking about how it’s not really about the money aspect as much any more. 

    It begged the question… what does a normal day look like for you now? Are they just sipping cocktails on the beach?

    You’ll have to listen in to this part to see what their day is like. 


    It’s probably not what you think…

    Dollarsprout- Top Tips for Themselves Before They Started

    66:30 mins

    Here are 5 amazing takeaways that can help you in whatever venture you are thinking of starting.

    This is what Jeff and Ben would tell themselves if they had a time machine


    1. Save more money than you think you need
    2. Have proof of concept! Make sure your side hustle is producing some income- Otherwise, the stress you’re under is more than you may expect


    1. Have an accountability partner- It could be your wife, a friend or another blogger
    2. Give it enough time to manifest- probably more time than you think
    3. Set a date to audit yourself and be prepared to pivot if it’s not working   

    Action for You…

    This obviously depends on where you are at:

    1. You’re looking to start an online business or make more money with affiliate marketing
    2. You’ve already seen some success from affiliate marketing but want more traffic

    1. Start an Online Business

    This may apply to you if you are either of these people:

    1. Want to start an online business, but have no idea where to start
    2. Already have a blog (online business) but haven’t seen the results you wanted.

    Disclaimer- DO NOT sign up to this email if you are looking to get rich quick without putting time and effort in.

    2. Not Seeing the Traffic You’d Like?

    If you have an online business (or blog) already but you are looking to grow your traffic, then there’s only one place I would recommend people go!

    The BTOP “Perfect Pin” course.

    Once you try this course out you will see why so many people recommend it to their friends. 

    For $9 it is a steal (I’ve spent over $25 a whack for Pinterest books before, that offer a smidge of value)

    The Perfect Pin course
    Click the image to learn more about this course…

    To be honest I put this off for a long time because I thought you can’t get that much value from $9… I was wrong!

    Contact Jeff and Ben

    Dollarsprout – Save and make money online and from home

    Breaking The One Percent– tips and tricks for bloggers (some of their best articles have been linked to throughout these show notes) 

    BTOP Facebook Group (amazing community)

    Ben Twitter

    Jeff Twitter

    Jeff and Ben From Dollarsprout – Summary

    Well, this has been an absolute beast of a “podcast show notes”.

    I genuinely think there is too much information in here not to access it so hopefully the podcast, written content and videos may help you take some of their amazing wisdom away with you. 

    To summarise my main takeaways:

    • Get better at using Pinterest
    • Find an accountability partner
    • Invest 50% of income back into growing your business

    Drop a comment below to let me know what your main takeaways are.

    On a personal note, I felt like these guys were so humble and genuine. They started the podcast by saying we have all day, there were no time limits on their end. 

    They even went as far as to say that they were grateful to be on the podcast! 

    If you’re like me, then you’re probably very excited to see how far they will go on this journey. 

    Keep changing for the better,


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