I started blogging in 2011 as a hobby, on my website Frugal Fanatic. At the time I didn't even know that you could make money blogging nor did I ever think I would have an online business.
I pretty much fumbled my way through those first years and was clueless on what to do or how to monetize my site.
Like most bloggers, one of the first things I did to try to monetize my blog was put up ads. I thought “wow this is going to be sooooo easy! I will make a TON of money.”
Yeah, that didn't go as planned. From November 2012 - January 2013, I made a whopping $150 for three months.
In hindsight it was such a waste because all of those people who were clicking those ads were leaving my site, and all i received was $150.
The next thing I did was focus on affiliate marketing. Again, I was wrong because I expected to just slap up affiliate links all over my blog and generate an income.
Back in 2013 & 2014 my income from affiliate partners was less than $1,000 for the whole year.
Once I started really focusing on generating income as an affiliate partner i made more than $15,000 last year, and in the first few months of this year I have already doubled my affiliate income from last year.