How I made $500 from my First Blog Post

I want to start this post by stating that my intentions in starting a blog was never to make money. I wanted a place to share projects and ideas to hopefully help others.

Well let’s get to the real reason you’re reading this post. My first blog post was a guide on how to control wireless outlets from your phone using a raspberry pi. This point leads me to my first piece of advice.

Something ORIGINAL

Before writing my first post I spent the last few months researching for a way to wirelessly control power outlets. I could not find any guides on how to do it; so I decided to write my own.

Keep it SHORT and SIMPLE

My goal was to write a short tutorial that anyone with raspberry pi experience would be able to follow. I included all the necessary code and steps on how to set it up. Keeping it simple allowed many people to follow my steps and complete the project.

Respond to COMMENTS

I did my best to respond to anyone who left a comment. Since my goal of starting a blog was to help others, responding to comments is the best way to do that.


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I was able to make over $500 in 3 days by using amazon affiliate links. Nobody likes ads but giving someone a link to the product they want is great. I started off making 4% and now make 7.5% when someone buys something using my referral links. In total I referred over 7,000 clicks to Amazon. This turned into 381 items shipped, making Amazon $8,806. Amazon referral links are great for your readers, Amazon and especially you. It’s a win-win-win!

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My first post went live on 12/3/2014 and received only a few views. It wasn’t until I submitted my post to HackADay that I started getting some traffic. I received over 4,500 views from HackADay sharing my post. Then, LifeHacker shared my post and I received over 5,700 views the next day. This resulted in thousands of Amazon referral link clicks.

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Hopefully these tips will help you start a successful blog. Good luck!


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