Today I wanted to talk about one of my most asked questions: How I make money blogging. As many of you know, I work a full time job (Click to read: How to blog with a full-time job), while blogging on the side! For me, my blogging income has been steadily increasing month over month as I’ve grown both my blog and my social media channels on my free time!
GROW YOUR REACH
Before I get into how I make money blogging, I want to talk about how important it is to get on as many social media channels as you can! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve encountered individuals who have just given up on Instagram. I get it, it can be frustrating and usually your pictures are only seen for a week. However, Instagram is one of my main sources of income! With that said, it’s so important to spread your reach and focus your efforts on other social media platforms like Pinterest, Youtube and Twitter. By broadening your reach, you’re able to grow a bigger audience and convert more sales!
HOW TO MAKE MONEY BLOGGING
This is one of the main ways I make money blogging! A sponsored post is when a company pays you to promote their product on your social media channels. This can come in a variety of different forms, it could be a sponsored blog post, Instagram story, Instagram post, Facebook post, product placement in a Youtube video and the list goes on!
How much you can charge for a sponsored post really varies based on your reach (how many people are seeing your content) and the quality of your work! You’re probably wondering, how do I get these deals? A lot of the time companies will reach out to me, but I also pitch companies as well! I am very particular with who I decide to work with. I only want to promote brands that I believe in! It’s so important to me to promote products I truly love, that add value to my viewers lives!
This is another huge way I make money blogging! Commission sales are earned when you work with a brand or affiliate network, promote their product, and if that product sells, you earn a percentage of the sale price! I make most of my commission sales through Reward Style, Amazon Affiliates (US) and commission deals I’ve brokered with small boutiques!
Commission sales are an amazing way to make additional income. However, it all comes down to your influence and the trust your followers have in your opinion! You only make money when someone buys what you’re promoting. Therefore, it’s so important to grow trust with your followers and only promote items you really love!!
I also make money through Ad revenue on my website! This is a smaller source of income that can grow as your site views increase. I use Google Adsense right now, however there are so many ad agencies out there! If you can grow your blog views to a significant amount monthly, there are some really great ad agencies that can help you grow your ad revenue. With that said, these agencies typically only work with sites that have over 100,000 monthly views!
Courses (Coming Soon!)
I do not have any courses currently however this is something I will be getting into next year! Courses are a great way to share your knowledge and another great way to make money blogging! One thing I’ve learned through growing my social media is to take the help where I can get it! You save so much time by learning through others mistakes!
Courses take a long time to perfect and you want to write a course on something you’re an expert on! Courses can add so much value to others and if you have something you want to share, it’s an amazing way to make some extra income!