how to make money blogging (and a spring fantel)

You read that right.

I’m going to share the secrets to my success …

… and you also read those words in the parenthesis right too. My success secrets will be accompanied by pictures of my make-shift Spring “fantel” (a term I shamelessly ‘borrowed’ from this fabulous blogger).

Fantel 3

So, about headline topic #1 …

Making money blogging is one of the most sought after topics in the blog world.  The elusive topic. A closely guarded secret. Taboo, even, in some circles.

Fantel 4
But as of yesterday, I can confidently say that I’ve made money blogging …

Yup, those ads on my sidebar have earned me some hard, cold cash …

Fantel 7

… and my Pay Pal account no longer sports a zero balance …

… nope, it’s been fattened up a bit.

Fantel 5

You see, yesterday as I was blogging and facebooking and emailing …

… I received an email message from Pay Pal telling me Lijit Media has deposited $26.66 into my account.

Uh huh.  Double digits.  And some change. I’m gonna get rich I tell ya!

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But it gets even better …

… or perhaps I should say it gets even richer

… because a few hours later I hear from Pay Pal again.

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This time Rivit Media has deposited a whopping $6.24 into my account …

… and did I just hear a collective gasp of disbelief? 

… some squeals of amazement?

… some cheering and whooping?

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… and perhaps a few curses and damnation’s of green-eyed envy?

Update:  I posted a part 2 on ‘how to make money blogging’ with specific deets and links here

P.S. I shouldn’t have told this blogger about my windfall because now she expects me to buy her dinner at the Haven blogger conference in June …

… have I mentioned that I’m planning on attending?  No?  Well I’ll be there … Um, update, I won’t be there.  Why, you ask?  Because I’m the dummy who didn’t buy her ticket quickly enough and now the whole conference is sold out.  Completely sold out.

P.P.S. Have you heard about the Mission: Possible challenge link parties? Here’s the year-long calendar …

… and here’s our second party linking up on May 29.  This time we’re taking it outside.  Click here or on the button below for more …


P.P.P.S. You can find out how I made those faux metal letters here

The Lettered Cottage

… and now I’m linking up my Fantel here at my new blog friend’s Mantel parties …


Fox Hollow Cottage

… and at The DIY Showoff, A Bowl Full of Lemons, The Rooster & The Hen, Tatertots & Jello, Under the Table & Dreaming, Home Stories A to Z, Today’s Creative Blog, Between Naps on the Porch, Savvy Southern Style

… and you may also find me at some of these fabulous Blogger’s link parties found here

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  1. says

    Hahaha! Just imagine the kind of money you’d be making if you had thought of Kari’s dust bunny idea!! Congrats though, double digits is superb!

    And great fantel…you sure know how to whip up something pretty!

  2. says

    Two thumbs up Miss Linda, i go back and forth thinking about monetizing! Although i’m not blogging much lately, writers block i think. Or maybe it’s more like selling your house stress! :(

  3. says

    Lets see, for some that $33 bucks would pay a water bill or part of it….. maybe buy some baby diapers….. for some a dinner out your treat at Haven…. and then of course $33 can go a long way at a garage sale! Right now for me the info I need is where does everyone get stencils from? I couldn’t find any big ones at Michaels, or Joann Fabrics and we don’t have Hobby Lobby here (at least I don’t think we do, I better check).


  4. says

    Why didn’t you say you were buying dinner – that might just get me to go to Haven!

    For 3 of us, I think you could take us to a number of swanky places (Wendy’s, McDonalds …)!

  5. says

    You know, I really wish bloggers would talk money in specifics. I’d like to learn what’s possible, what’s probable, and how to start. We’re not even close to thinking about this yet, but (speaking of growing blogs) it would help us set some goals (and craft an action plan) if we knew what was possible and what it takes to get to possible.

    So: I really appreciate you giving us some cold, hard numbers! Thanks!

  6. says

    Well with that kind of dough rolling in I think you need to spring for dinner at Haven for Vanessa and me as well…just tell us where you made reservations and we’ll be there….it is a place the requires reservations..right? 😉


  7. says

    This post is hilarious. Love it.

    Tip for you! I just went to Google AdSense one-on-one conference which was awesome because they went through my site and gave me tips.

    I’m so not one of those bloggers who won’t share. Here is the biggest tip I can tell you: use all 3 ads allowed per page.

    AdSense will allow 3 ads total, recommended spots: Leaderboard under your header. Square just under your about me (as far up as you can get it in the upper right hand corner) and one more in between content.

    My guy said it caused one site a 40% increase. Hope that helps (: Kelli

  8. Misti@Living On Cypress Hill says

    Love the fantel and funny post!! Thanks for stopping by my blog and becoming a follower! :)

  9. says

    I love your fantel display. I have several unfinished birdhouses that you’ve inspired me to fix up, maybe with my Elmer’s glue crackle paint in white over grey? Love the sweet display you’ve done. As for money for blogging, I’ve found that good content and being very active on parties and comments brings back ad revenue. At this point, two years in, with a year blasted by breast cancer and chemo, I am getting my blog energy back and earning a bit over a dollar a day from my blog. Reliable income and growing monthly. Not earthshattering but getting better every month!

  10. says

    Good on you! That is really good to hear. I’ve had nothing yet from Lijit but I should probably go and check my account now you have reminded me!

    Best wishes and happy blogging!
    Natasha In Oz

  11. says

    Congratulations! Now ai have to ask…. How do you start getting people to advertise on your blog? How do you find them? How do you know how much to charge them? by the month? I’m thinking that I might like to start….

  12. says

    LOL! I totally understand the thrill! I too received an email from Rivit letting me know I am now a professional blogger. $12.81 allows me to take a trip to the thrift store :) Congrats on your fortune :)

  13. says

    Congratulations on your new cash flow. I would love to add these to my blog. Where do you get the ads?
    Your spring fantel is so cute.

  14. says

    Love your birdhouse vignette! I can see you have a wicked sense of humor too! Hey with your paypal windfall you could always buy a few things from Home Goods, Marshalls or T.J.Max to create some cute little vignettes for blog postings. I’m going to take a look around your blog because I like what I see a whole lot!


  15. says

    I love the monochromatic color scheme of your mantel. The whites are so warm and the daisies add just the perfect spot of color. And the soft blues/grays blend seamlessly with the whites.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

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