Making money from your blog isn’t something all of us necessarily want to do – but quite a lot of us do want to. There’s so many ways to monetise your content and so many grey areas surrounding it. A little while back I asked on Twitter for your questions about how to make sweet, sweet dollar from your site and today I’m going to answer them…
My main source of income is sponsored posts. For those of you who aren’t aware what sponsorship entails, essentially it’s where a brand/company pays you to include them on your blog. I started accepting sponsored posts in August of this year. Sponsored posts can be anything from a brand wanting you to review their products (all unbiased of course, brands pay you for your honesty and value your opinion) or, and this is where the majority of my income comes from, including a specific link. Link-related sponsorship is where I have the most success and this is just where a company wants to boost their SEO so ask you to include a link to their site in a relevant blog post. I’ve done content like this for huge brands like Panasonic, Clive Christian etc. but also for smaller brands and even some niche dating sites. Link-based sponsorship is a great, fairly easy way to start making money from your blog. If you want to find out how I hear about opportunities like this then you can see my sponsored content post!
This is unrelated to monetising but being self-hosted and owning your own domain are different. While I own my own domain, Blogger still hosts my blog. In 2018 I am planning on moving completely self-hosted but I am not self-hosted yet and many bloggers aren’t and they are still able to make money from their sites. However, I do think some brands do look for you to have your own domain. I bought my domain pretty early into blogging so don’t really have the experience of approaching brands without having my own domain but a lot of link opportunities look at your Domain Authority which you don’t have if you are still using a .blogspot or .wordpress URL. However, that’s not always the case!
I started my blog in January of this year and the first time I got money in the bank from blogging was with my first sponsored post which I did in August. It took me 8 months of non-stop, passion-fuelled blogging to see a return on it and even then it was a pittance. Making money from your blog doesn’t happen over night; brands often want to work with more established bloggers (especially if they’re paying you!) and it does take time and a lot of work; there are no short cuts, no tips or tricks to cheat the system and no ways of making it any easier. Blogging becomes incredibly rewarding but it does take time so keep going, don’t lose hope or your passion and you’ll get there!
I started a blog because I wanted to write. I wanted to talk about beauty products I’d been loving and I didn’t have many friends who shared my insane love for make up. I still write my blog because I love writing, because I love make up and because I want to share my views on things. I do not blog just for the money as this tweet implies. When I started blogging, I had no intention to ever earn money from it. It just so happens that I’ve been offered some wonderful opportunities. I still put out posts with no sponsorships, no affiliate links because I enjoy doing it. I’d argue that if you start blogging for any reason other than you’re passionate about it then you’re doing it for all the wrong reasons.
Again, there’s no tricks or tips to grow your social media. The only things I can suggest for social media growth is time and engagement. If you want to grow and you are constantly engaging with others, over time you will. You need to be active on social media. You need to chat to other bloggers, form relationships, join in with Twitter chats and be supportive of others and the followers will naturally come!
I don’t use Adsense, personally. It’s just a personal preference on how my blog looks. However, I do make passive income. Affiliate schemes are a great one; some you have to be invited to but most (like Amazon Affiliates and the Shop Style Collective) can be accessed by anyone so long as you have a site and a valid email address. Amazon is a great one to sign up to because they literally have anything you could want so it’s super easy to find links to put into your posts. For me, affiliate schemes are the best way to make passive income. There are lots of other ways to make ideas on how to make passive income on the internet; sell unwanted items through your blog or eBay; use sites like this to generate a bit more online income.
Thanks to everyone for your questions! I hope that this post has cleared up any concerns and grey areas you may have when it comes to how to make money from blogging but I will be happy to answer any more questions in the comments!
*This is sponsored content.*
This post contains 2 links I was paid to include.