Did you know that you don’t have to be a huge blogger to make money blogging? You can learn how to make money with a new blog. You can monetize your blog today… right now!
We want you to know that you can earn a real income blogging. This year alone, I have earned over $350,000 blogging… this is year #3 for me and for my blog, Your Modern Family. That income does not include this page or any blog teachings. It comes from having a blog and growing it, just like you are going. From scratch.
If you looked at my blog, you would see that my Facebook page isn’t giant. Neither is Paula’s. We do not have GIANT fan bases. We aren’t in the 100,000 on our Facebook fans (yet) and yet we are all making a lot of money on our blogs- enough to support our families with our blog income. The size of your fan base and blog aren’t the only things that matters.
What DOES matter is how well you spread your content around and how well you write and how well your promote yourself. What does matter is that you are writing viral-worthy content. What does matter is that you are bringing your readers back, until guests become loyal fans.
I heard once that you have to put in your time blogging, that you have to blog for several years to make a good amount of money. That just isn’t true. I was making a lot of money within a year. Within 6 months, I was making $250 a month. By 18 months, I was earning over $40,000 a year. It has grown more than I ever expected, each year. When Mickey told me that we had hit the $350,000 mark, you could have knocked me over!
The key is just learning what you need to do very early on (to take advantage of your time). I wasted months with bad posts & terrible (small) pictures before I realized what I needed to do. I studied blogging like I would study for a college course and I learned a LOT my first year and it is paying off, thankfully, because it was a lot of time AT THE BEGINNING.
That is why we have this blog, so you don’t have to look for places to study- we have it all right here. I want to offer a little encouragement to say that even a small blogger can turn their blog into a financial blessing for your family.
Now onto the good part…
Here are just a few ways to do this when you are starting up:
First off… ConvertKit – sign up for this ASAP. It is what I wish I had done early on in my blogging career. It means that every time that someone visits your blog, they have the option of giving you their e-mail address. You want this!
It will be the only thing that you have control over (and you can sell them things down the road. Do this right after you start your blog.) I suggest convert kit after going through 2 others and finally finding the best one. (Talk to Kirsten if you really want to go for it – she’s an expert at e-mail marketing & newsletters – or start with her free email course!)
GET PAID TO BLOG…
You can make so much money being an affiliate for products…you’ll get a percentage of each sale you make! Check out our 4-week Affiliate Master Class here!
Next- make sure that you are signed up with companies that will pay you to post a blog! Here are a few that I love… You can sign up for these by clicking on the affiliate links below.
- IZEA – this one is a favorite 🙂
- TapInfluence (probably one of my FAVORITES!) They really let you get creative!
- Being an affiliate for other bloggers (read more about that here)
- Moms Affiliate
- Social Fabric
- PostJoint (they pay you to guest post on your blog)
- Wendy’s Bloggers
- AFFILIATES for companies- One of our favorites is Affiliate Window. You can join a lot of great affiliate programs throug them, including ETSY! check out this page to see more of my favorite affiliates programs.
- Pollinate Media
- The Motherhood
- Blog Meets Brand
Now onto some ideas for you to make money blogging…
- You can barter for free things. Products. Vacations. Clothing. Kitchen Appliances. I seriously can’t begin to tell you how many free things I have gotten since blogging (vacuum cleaners, clothing, toys for the kids, books galore, kitchen appliances, foods, etc…).I actually usually get two of these things- one for me and one for a giveaway. When I first started blogging, I blogged for the product. Now that I have more traffic (I am currently at 3 million PV a month) I will share a tweet in return for a product. If they want a post, I charge a fee.Remember, you can charge whatever you want. Maybe $5 for a social media share and $50 for a post? Maybe the product is worth enough to post alone. Maybe $500 a post. You decide based on your influence. You will soon find out how accurate your rates are, by how many people say yes. You can grab our how to pitch brands kit with our sample letters that we send to brands and even what we say on the phone!
Question that I get asked a lot: How can I tell if I should charge or share for free?
If I am contacted by a company directly and they offer a product: -If the product is valued at over a certain amount of money (maybe a vacation or a great vacuum that I’ve been wanting), I will post about it for free, if I really believe in it. You need to set your own limit for this.If it is something that I’m not really “needing”, I will ask for monetary compensation on top of the product.
If I can use a recipe or something from the product (ex: book), I will post about it for free, using their idea, because they are really supplying me with a guest post ~ I usually include an affiliate link for it. (See an example of this here: Devotional activity using play dough – I received this book for free, but she gave me permission to share on one of her ideas, from the book, as a post, so it was a win-win) If they contribute a guest post (with a link back to their page) that is relevant to my readers (and helpful!) and does not sound like a commercial, I will post it for free.
More ways to make money blogging:
- Become a Virtual Assistant – like a secretary that works online only. You schedule things on Facebook, you pin, you write.
- Become a freelance writer! One of my blogging friends is a ghost writer. She is paid several hundreds of dollars per week to write content for OTHER bloggers. She just googles freelance companies and signs up to receive their emails with current jobs. You can take an AMAZING course on how to start freelance writing here.
- Apply for a sponsored post like you are applying for a job! My most recent example of this is Sverve. They recently posted a job and I thought that it would be really fun to do, so I applied for it and I was very honest. I told them exactly why my post would be great and why it would benefit them to hire me (in the nicest way!) You really have to sell yourself in the blogging world because you are working for you. Show them your strengths! You are amazing, so let them see that! You are your own voice and if you don’t sell yourself… no one else is going to.
- Do a favor! Remember to help others out, too. My blogging friends and I share things a lot for one another! We will send an e-mail to each other saying “You should apply for this sponsored post!” Or “You should contact this person- they were really helpful!”If you come across another blogger and you like what they have written, share their awesome post! If you find a post similar to yours, tweet about how ‘great minds think alike!‘