It is possible to make money blogging.
When I started my blog back in 2007, I didn’t set out to make money with it. I just looked at as a nice add-on to my already existing business as a beauty consultant with Mary Kay.
I used the blog as a way to share tips on how to apply makeup, cool fashion styles I liked, and talk about hair styling tips.
I was already making money selling skincare and cosmetics before I started the blog.
But here’s the thing, over time, when I heard about other bloggers who were getting PAID because they were blogging, I wanted to know how I could cash in on that opportunity, too.
I wanted to learn how to make money blogging.
So I decided to do some research on how I could go about making money with my blog.
In this blog post, I’ll share with you the answers I found and how I adapted my blog into a way that could earn me some money.
Why You Would Want to Earn Money With Your Blog?
For me I wanted to get a return on the investment of time and money that I was putting into my blog. Hosting fees are not free.
For you, you might want to use the blog as a way to replace your existing income or as an addition to your current job.
For some, it’s really because we’ve heard about others getting paid as a BLOGGER, and we want some of that money, too.
I don’t blame you.
So let me tell you how to do it.
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Four Super Simple Ways to Make Money Blogging.
1. Place ads on your website and within your blog posts.
An ad can be a photo, video or in the form of pure text linking back to the advertisements. You can get paid in several ways 1) a company PAYS you to place the advertisement of their products/services on your website OR 2) you can act as an affiliate, and a company PAYS you a commission if a person buys their product/service at your recommendation.
The affiliate option is called affiliate marketing. The company will give you a link from their website with a tracking code so that if someone clicks on it, the company will know it was from you. This is easier (in my opinion) to implement on your website.
Lot’s of companies offer affiliate options. You can usually find this information on their website if you search for “affiliate” on their website.
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2. Write blog articles for other companies and include these on your website.
If you consider yourself a good writer, why not offer to blog for other companies. You can place the posts on your website or write blog posts for companies on their website.
I remember writing blog posts for a car dealership and putting the articles on this blog and sharing my posts to my social media accounts. Somehow, the dealership saw the value of me writing in my OWN way to my audience and incorporating their products/services into my posts. Those posts were fun to write.
(Tip: Think of your blog as a magazine. Think of the ads or sponsored posts as commercials sprinkled here and there.)
3. Get sponsors for your blog.
This might be similar to advertising as mentioned above, but it’s slightly different. They can sponsor you for period of time and you can mention them on your website, videos, social media posts for a fee. For example, a company says, “Hey, would you take pics of my products and include them linking to my website so your readers can visit my site to purchase these.” You say, “Sure, you’d make an excellent sponsor. Would you like package A, B or C?
In my early days of blogging, I would get sponsorships from local boutiques, hair salons, retail stores and restaurants. As I grew my following, I got national sponsorships from companies like Dressbarn. We worked out a deal and I got paid.
(Try this: Start with local businesses you like. Who do you know in your community that need to get exposure for their business? Consider how you can bring value for them. Would your readers be interested in their products/services?)
Here’s a sponsored video I did for Dressbarn for NYFW.
4. Host events around your blog topic.
Back in 2013, I hosted was a luncheon for for women who wanted learn how to grow their naturally curly hair. I invited those who read my blog and charged an entry fee. I also allowed local businesses the opportunity to sell their products and services at the event.
Of course, now in 2020 we are not able to meet up in person like we would have in 2013. But we can still meet virtually. Online meeting tools like Zoom and Skype are making it easier to have virtual group meetings. There are ways to get creative with hosting events.
I’ve attended online events that has helped me create social media posts, blog posts and create additional income while social distancing.
Check out our article on how to plan and host a beauty brunch.
(Try this: Could you host an online training session to help your audience solve a particular problem? For example, if you are a health consultant, a training session around creating a healthy meal schedule. Or if you are a business coach, could you schedule a training session around creating a business plan?)
Yes, you can get paid as a blogger. You just have to know what your worth is, what you want and go after it.