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How to Make Money Blogging

Chances are if you are reading this you either…

-Have a blog and are looking for ways to make money

-Have a blog and are looking for ways to make MORE money

-Are thinking about starting a blog and wondering if you can make money

Whichever one of those statements best describes you, this post is for YOU! I’m going to share several ways you can make money with a blog and then share tips for increasing the amount of money you make. How to make money with your blog through ad networks, sponsored posts, affiliate links and more

-Here are ways you can make money blogging (in no particular order)…

1. Affiliate Marketing/Links

Affiliate marketing/links means you get paid when your reader takes action. Basically what that means is if your readers click on a link and then buy a product, you get a portion of the sales. You can sign up for different affiliate networks or work with a company/product directly.

So for example, I have partnered with Tone & Tighten for an affiliate program so each time someone clicks on the link and buys a book, I get a portion of the sales. (p.s. not blogging related but if you’re looking for a new workout program I’d recommend checking this one out… Click here to visit Tone-and-Tighten.com.)

I would recommend checking out this post from Amy where she gives some great tips for using affiliate marketing/links and gives you a list of affilliate networks you can sign up for.

2. Advertisements

There are several different ways you can do this so we’ll cover a few of them. If you do nothing else after reading this post, I would suggest signing up for Google AdSense and then installing those on your blog. Even if you don’t have a lot of readers just yet, this is a way to begin passively making some money. However, as your blog grows I would suggest looking into different ad networks who can help you make more money than Google AdSense (for many of them you need to have a certain number of pageviews per month) or setting up your own sidebar ad program. If you are looking to set up your own program, Passion Fruit Ads is one way to help you set that up on your blog.

3. Sponsored posts

In my experience there have been two ways I’ve gone about doing sponsored posts…the first is through networking and connecting with companies directly. The second is through a network that facilitates connections between brands and bloggers.

I would offer one word of warning for these first three suggestions…don’t over do it! I recently came across a blog and the 10 most recent posts were all very clearly (and obnoxiously) sponsored posts. I didn’t feel like I was reading a blog to hear the voice of the blogger but rather sitting through commercials…and I don’t have time for that! So I’m all about having sponsored posts, ads, and affiliate links…but make sure your blog doesn’t come across as one giant billboard!

If you’re looking for networks to join here a few that I am a part of or have heard good things about from other bloggers…

Clever Girls Collective

FitFluential

Pollinate Media

Social Fabric

Weave Made Media

If you’re still looking for more blogging networks here is a list to peruse.

4. Freelance Writing

Your blog isn’t the only place you can make money. Once you’ve established yourself as a writer, start submitting posts to other sites that are looking to pay for your contributions.  Different sites offer varying levels of compensation and make sure you think about the time it will take to find pictures, include links, communicate with the company, etc when you are determining your prices.  Here are some resources on freelancing blogging to get you started…

Make Money from Freelance Blogging by the end of the Month

Websites that Pay Writers

5. Offer services

Once you’ve started to build up an audience, your blog can become a platform for offering services either to other bloggers or to a particular niche.

One example of this for me personally is I offer link up services. So bloggers who want to link up their posts to various link-up parties but don’t always have time to do it themselves

Be creative with the services you offer…you can offer coaching, web design, virtual assistant, and so much more!

6. Sell products

The wonderful thing about selling products is that for some products the bulk of the work can be done up front and then the money continues to come in down the road. This is especially true if you publish an ebook. The majority of the work is in writing the ebook but then once you begin to sell it, you will keep making money without having to continue to invest a ton of time and energy…you’ll probably want to continue to promote the book but that takes way less time than it took to write the book! Again, be creative with what products you sell and ask your readers what they need…printables, planners, products on Etsy…the sky is the limit!

 Money-Making Tips

All of the above suggestions are great ways to make money on your blog but I also wanted to offer some general money-making advice…

Choose your platform wisely…technically you can move your blog to a different platform later on but speaking from personal experience, it’s much easier to just start with a good platform. I think it is easier to make money on WordPress than on Blogger but please note, if you are on WordPress you have to be using wordpess.org…you MAY NOT monetize a wordpress.com blog!

– Diversify, diversify, diversify…it is very unlikely that your blogging income will come from just one source. There will be months when companies aren’t looking to do very many sponsored posts so if all of your income comes from sponsored posts than your income will be lower than you’d like. I would suggest creating several different streams of income for your blog so that you are making money every month.

Don’t expect to make $33,875.93 your first month…you’ve probably seen pins on Pinterest about how a blogger made $20k or $30k in a single month with blogging but the reality is they didn’t do that their very first month.

-Create quality contentgood content will bring new readers to your blog and continue bringing older readers back. And let’s be honest, without readers most of the ways to make money just don’t work! If nobody is reading your blog then there probably isn’t anyone clicking on the affiliate links or the ads in your sidebar.

Build a community with your readers …the reality is that your affiliate links will work a LOT better if your readers trust you and your suggestions! Brands want to work with bloggers who are influencers and the best way to become an influencer is to connect with your readers and create a community.

Study blog income reports…looking for new ways to produce income? Check out how other bloggers are doing it to get ideas! There are quite a few bloggers who produce income reports on their blogs and I have found some great ideas through those reports. Many of them also share what’s worked, what doesn’t work and you can learn from their successes and mistakes.

Pinch of Yum

Smart Passive Income – just a note…I’m pretty sure there are very few bloggers making this kind of money but I just wanted to give you an idea of how this blogger diversifies!

By Regina

Connect with other bloggers.,. other bloggers can offer tips and suggestions for how they’ve made money, increase your network because while a sponsored post might not be a good fit for their blog it might be great for you and they can pass it along. I would suggest connecting with other bloggers on social media, finding a blogging tribe (my tribe ROCKS!), attend a blogging conference (I’m going to Blended in September) or through link up parties.

Whew, that was a lot of information! I’d love to hear…

Do you make money with your blog? What has been the most effective way for you to make money blogging? What questions do you have about making money with your blog?

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Blended Conference

First of all, if you are a blogger, make sure sure you check out the Blog Staycation I’m co-hosting later this month…it’s going to be amazing!

Remember a couple of weeks ago when I shared my 10 Top Reasons to Attend a Blog Conference?  Well now I want to share with you a conference I am SUPER excited about attending later this year!  I will be attending Blended Conference 2015, Arizona’s Premier Blogging Conference and I couldn’t be more excited about this opportunity!

When Wendy, from Around My Family Table, first created Blended it was a conference designed just for food bloggers in Arizona.  But here’s the thing with great events…word spreads and they grow!  So now Blended is for all kinds of bloggers and attracts attendees from all across the country…which is great since I’m neither a food blogger nor an Arizona resident 😉

I’m excited to connect with bloggers and hear from great speakers like Katie Horner who will be sharing, “Practical Steps for Turning Ideas into Products, ” and Beth Peterson who will be sharing about finding your niche.

Ticket sales began on March 1, 2015 and you have until May 1, 2015 to take advantage of the early bird pricing so you will definitely want to make a plan to attend this event!  Here are a few of the details you’ll need…

September 18-19, 2015

Arizona Grand Resort, Phoenix, AZ

Hotel rooms are $99/night

Blended Conference Phoenix Arizona
You can connect with Blended here…

Twitter

Facebook

Instagram

Newsletter

Disclaimer: I’m a Blended Conference Ambassador.  I was provided a discounted ticket for my promotion.

I’d love to meet you in person at Blended this September!  What other conferences are you planning/hoping to attend this year?

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Blog Staycation: Take 2!

I officially started blogging about a year ago and while I absolutely love it, I constantly feel like there is more that I want to be doing for the blog.  So last summer I connected with a few other bloggers to host our first Blog Staycation…and it was AMAZING!

So amazing that we are back for round 2!  If you’re wondering what we did during our first blog staycation, you can check out our wrap-up post and then get ready for our Blog Staycation later this month by signing up HERE.

Blog Staycation to help you improve your blogging

Here are the important details that you need to know!

Who Can Join? ANY bloggers…doesn’t matter where you live or what kind of blog you have!

When Is It? The Blog Staycation will launch with a Twitter party on Thursday, March 26 at 6pm PST.  Then the fun continues all weekend long and here’s the great thing…you can do as much or as little as you want!

What Will Happen? We’ll kick the party off with a Twitter chat and then from there you can decide how you want to participate.  You can stay in your house all weekend and just work to your hearts content on your blog.  You can join in a few Facebook chats over the week to get support and ideas for some of the things on your to do list.  You can choose to just set aside one hour a day during the weekend and work on  your blog.  Do what works best for YOU!  You will be receiving an email each day during the Staycation with blogging tips, tricks and ideas to help you make the most of the Blog Staycation.

Anything Else?  We can’t tell you everything, because there needs to be a few surprises!

I Have a Few Questions…We’d love to answer those for you!  Comment below or email Julie at girlonthemoveblog01{at}gmail{dot}com

We’d love to have you share about this with your blogging friends, and you can use #blogstaycation on social media when you share this post!

Are you convinced you need to join us for this awesome time?  Then sign up HERE!

We can’t wait to go on a blog staycation with YOU!
Julie, Jen & Trish

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Blogging Better #4

Since today is the last Tuesday of the month it’s time for our monthly Blogging Better link up!  Take a minute to link up any of your recent posts about blogging and explore what other bloggers are sharing.  I love reading all of your incredibly helpful blog resources!

Here are my favorite posts from last month’s link-up…

7 Reasons Why I Won’t Read Your Blog Anymore from Nanna’s Wisdom

Thirteen Things About Blogging from On the Daily Express

This month I want to talk about blog conferences.  I attended my first conference last May and in a couple of weeks I’ll be telling you more about a conference I am very excited about attending this September!  If you’ve never been to a blog conference or if you’re not sure if you want to go to another conference, here are ten reasons you should attend a blog conference.10 Reasons why you want to attend a blog conference to help you with blogging better

1. You get a lot of great swag!  Brands sponsor conferences for exposure and because they want to get their products in your hands you’ll get some great swag at blog conferences.

2. This is your chance to talk about blogging non-stop!  Your family and friends aren’t there to give you blank looks when you talk about coding, monetization, and SEO…you can connect with other bloggers and talk shop as much as you want.

3. Conferences are an excellent opportunity to connect with brands.  I met several great brands at the conference I attended and have enjoyed working with them since the conference.

4. You’re going to leave with lots of ideas for how to take your blog to the next level.

5. Conference is an amazing opportunity to connect in real life with bloggers who you have only “met” online

6. Blog conferences give you the opportunity to discover new blogs and bloggers…and who knows, you might just meet your new BloggyBFF!

7. Often time the speakers at blog conferences are bloggers you look up to and admire so attending the conference is your chance to meet them!

8. Blog conferences can be a great way to see and explore a city that is new to you!  If you want to save on travel costs you can look for conferences close to home or you can look for a conference in a city you’ve always wanted to visit.

9. You can learn so much!  If you’re not sure which conference to attend I would look for one that offers general sessions or breakout sessions on topics you’d like to learn about so that you can get the most out of the blog conference.

10. Conferences are great for helping you see the big picture of blogging.  Sometimes when you are sitting in your living room blogging it’s difficult to imagine where your blog can go but being at a blog conference can help you dream big!

Have you been to a blog conference?  What is your favorite conference?  What is your dream conference that you’d like to attend?  Do you have any other reasons to attend a blog conference?

Once a month, I host a link up on blogging resources called Blogging Better.  I would love it if you linked up your best blogging resources below. My readers are new bloggers, mid-level bloggers, hobby bloggers, professional bloggers, small businesses and social media managers. The link-up will go live on the last Tuesday of every month. Join us on Twitter using the hashtags #bloggingbetter.

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About Your Host

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If you’re new here, I’m Julie DenOuden and am a girl on the move who blogs about traveling, fitness, cupcakes and social media resources. I started blogging just over two years ago and enjoy sharing what I have learned with others. I offer social media tips and resources and my 31 Days to Create a Social Media Plan is a must-read for any blogger.

I hope you’ll find the tools and tips we share here helpful in developing your blog, and as always, we’re here to answer any questions you may have (either by email or comments) in future posts.

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The Secret to Blogging

I have been officially blogging almost a year now and I think the question I come across most often is, “What is the secret to successful blogging?”
The secret to successful blogging

And guess what y’all…I have figured out the answer!

The secret to successful blogging is consistently creating quality content.

You can put together a lengthy list of everything you should do to make your blog better…

-Strengthen your social media presence

-Build a blogging tribe

-Comment on other blogs

-Develop a mission statement for your blog

But it’s actually quite simple…if you aren’t first and foremost consistently creating quality content then the rest doesn’t matter.  If you aren’t creating quality content you’ll struggle to attract readers, readers won’t return to your site, and brands won’t be interested in collaborating.

So if you’re looking to start a blog or grow your blog I would encourage you to make it a priority to consistently create quality content.

What do you think…do you agree or disagree?

 

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