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Let me start this post by saying how huge of an honor it was to get to interview Michelle Schroeder-Gardner is a hugely successful blogger who loves helping other bloggers. While she averages $50,000-$60,000/ month, she has made well over $100,000 some months. How do I know this? She publishes all of her income reports!! Need a little blogging motivation? Check out her blogging history in $$$. Go back years and see where she started and then follow those reports to today. Imagine making $50,000/month!!
Her course: Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing has helped me to take monetizing my blog to the next level, and the Facebook Group is priceless! Not only is Michelle very active in the group, but there are 100’s of other members all sharing their blogging knowledge with each other.
That’s enough from me…..Let’s hear from Michelle!
1. Please introduce yourself for readers who haven’t been lucky enough to hear of you yet:
“Hello! My name is Michelle and I run the personal finance blog Making Sense of Cents. I have three finance-related college degrees and I used to be a financial analyst before I left that job to blog full-time.
A little over 5 years ago, I started Making Sense of Cents with the goal of teaching others how to save money as well as discussing my personal finance journey after reading a magazine that featured a personal finance website in one of their articles. I became extremely interested in that website and my interest in blogging just grew from there. This is interesting and hilarious because before that same summer, I had no idea about what blogs were, that they could even make money, or anything along those lines.
I did not create my blog with the intention of making money blogging. It was all just a hobby and an outlet I then realized how much I loved blogging and realized that it was for me, so now I am a full-time blogger! I went full-time in October of 2013 and I haven’t looked back once. Blogging has completely changed my life for the better and it’s something that I recommend everyone try if they are interested.
On my blog Making Sense of Cents, I talk a lot about different ways to make extra money, the best ways to save money, achieving your dream life, RVing (me and my husband RV full-time), and more. I love running Making Sense of Cents and I am very happy that this is now my full-time career, my business, and pretty much my life.”
2. How did you make your first $1 blogging?
“I earned my first income through my blog through a sponsored advertisement. I can’t even remember who the client was or what the advertisement was for. I actually received this advertisement deal because I networked with other bloggers and one of those blogging friends sent the client over to me to purchase an advertisement on my site as well.
I made around $100 from that advertisement and that was after around 6 months of blogging. Like I said above, though, I didn’t start my blog with the intention of earning an income and never pursued that while I was blogging in the beginning. So, earning that first $100 was super exciting even though I had poured hours and hours into my blog before that, haha!”
3. Did you have professional help or did you create your blog yourself?
“I did everything on my own when it came to my blog for around the first year. After that, though, I learned that outsourcing certain tasks was a need if I wanted to become a successful blogger!”
4. How did you stay motivated in the beginning days of your blog?
“Well, I didn’t start my blog with the hopes of earning an income or becoming a full-time blogger, so I didn’t need any motivation since it was all just a hobby for me.”
5. Can you tell me some of your strengths that really helped you in blogging?
“Yes, definitely! I never realized that I loved to write until I started blogging, Loving to write is definitely a big strength when it comes to blogging because a lot of blogging has to do with writing and helping your readers.”
6. What was the most challenging moment in your blogging journey so far?
“I would say that the most challenging part of blogging is trying to find a comfortable work-life balance. It’s very easy to work non-stop because there’s really no separate from work and life when you blog – you always have access to your blog which means that you can always work!”
7. How do you manage your time so well? I was very impressed that with such a big successful blog, you had extra time. 🙂
“Haha yes. I like to work ahead, and that really helps me to manage my time better so that I can spend the majority of my time doing other things instead of writing. Currently, I am around 2 months ahead when it comes to work and I would like to eventually be around 3-4 months ahead when it comes to content.”
8. If you could tell aspiring bloggers one thing, what would it be?
“My best piece of advice for aspiring new bloggers is that I recommend networking as much as you can with other bloggers and those in your industry. One big blogging mistake that I’ve noticed many other bloggers make is not making the effort to network. Networking is so important as a blogger. You should see others in the blogging world as your colleagues and friends, not your enemies or competition.”
9. What are your future blogging plans? Anything fantastic in the pipeline we should be on the lookout for?
“I have a few ideas for different ebooks, webinars, paid masterminds, and even more courses. My mind is full of ideas and I just wish I had more time, haha!”
10. You RV around the US. Any plans to travel around the world?
“Yes, we definitely plan on traveling around the world. After RVing, our plan is to sail full-time. There’s plenty of see in North America for now, so we see no reason at the moment to do anything differently. There are plenty of great reasons to RV full-time and we absolutely love it :)”
It was a huge honor to get to interview Michelle Schroeder-Gardner! She is so knowledgeable and absolutely loves helping other bloggers! If you haven’t had the chance to check out her blog Making Sense of Cents, I highly recommend it! And if your interested in making money through your blog, her course, Making Sense Of Affiliate Marketing is a must!