I am a newbie myself. I started my blog about 3 months ago. I have just now got over 200 unique visitors for December, and I still have not made any money. I build back links regularly, and my traffic is increasing but it is not as easy as we dream it will be. Be sure it is something you truly want to pursue and dedicate yourself too before wasting any money on your marketing adventure because it is not going to happen overnight and you will spend much of your time frustrated and almost discouraged.