*Stock image is used by permission from June and Mae.
Today’s post is one I have been putting off, but actually one I have been excited for because I finally get to tell you how I make an income off my blog. Several of you have asked me how I make an income from my blog as you expressed wanting to do so but not knowing where to get started or how it was even possible. Well today is your day and I hope you leave here with a knowledge of some online places that will pay YOU to do what you love! To allow you to review or show your work in collaboration with them for payment.
First of all, let me tell you that I did not start this blog with the intention of making money or reviewing products…it just started happening a few months after I first hit publish on my blog.
In fact I think the first income I made from my blog, money wise was a $50 check alongside a product to review and that was after I had my blog up for 10 months. I never knew blogging could be so much more than a hobby back then. But now it is my business! I can’t thank God enough for how He has provided and brought some opportunities or referrals my way and how awesome it is to know that I can use my gift of writing for not only God, a creative outlet, but for an income as well.
Let me get one thing straight with you though and that is that I don’t have high page views (in fact I have a little under 10,000 page views a month most of the time with some months being higher) and my total following with bloglovin and Google + is right at 800 followers (not accounting for social media followers which totals around 2,250+). I don’t make hundreds and thousands a month, YET, but I have consistently made a little under $200 every month since October 2015 (November 2015 being my highest month and over $200 in blog income). I write down what I make and from where and have started setting a yearly/monthly income goal for myself using a monthly system and lucky you I created one for YOU for free so you can track your progress when you sign up for my e-mail as a thank you.
I understand that I could make more but as a mom of four and with a hubbies job that is very demanding, blogging isn’t a priority in A LOT of cases but one day I would like to take it further as my business. For now I am pleased with what little it does make and it does help with blogging expenses (blogging redesign, domain and hosting costs, inlinkz payments,camera lenses,giveaway participation,etc) and pay for bills or groceries.
*Stock image is used by permission from June and Mae.
Feel like your blog is too small, your followers are 10 people or 300 or that you can’t make a dollar? The above proves to you that YOU can and below are some places I have used to earn that income. BUT there is a catch- your blog cannot be free wordpress.com as you are not allowed to earn an income through clicks or advertisers with this hosting so do what I did and invest in getting your own domain and getting your own self-hosted wordpress blog or blogger set up.
I am going to tell you where my blogging income has come from.
Here are the places I have used:
Note: If you see a link below with a * after the word that means I earn a small commission as it is a referral payment.
Social Fabric (aka: Collective Bias): I earn most of my income here monthly. They pay you around $120-$700 based on the campaign requirements. Payments are made straight to my checking account. Campaigns are limited to only a few bloggers each round offered, so you have to sell yourself and pitch how you would create the perfect party, post or tutorial, etc. They reimburse you for products or extras needed for your post. See campaigns I have done with Social Fabric: U by Kotex, Children’s Advil (this one made it as a Facebook paid advertisement and has the highest pageviews on my blog of any post I have), War Room Movie Date night.
IZEA*: I have made little money from this, as you bid based on how much you are willing to tweet, post about and the advertiser decides to accept or challenge the bid or not accept you. I will say that I once made $50 for posting a picture of myself on Instagram as part of a campaign, and it was worth it. Say WHAT! yep! I don’t use this very often as it doesn’t have a lot of kids or fashion related things to share and get paid for. They have a cap though on when to cash out based on the plan you pay for and there is an early cash out fee when you don’t meet the cap. Payment is done by paypal.
Mom’s Affiliate: Used once for a social media share for $25 via paypal.
Linqua*: Only received payment because of a referral but otherwise this is a hit or miss place to get campaigns from. Yet I know bloggers that get good money from this program.
Shop At Home: This was a one time sponsored opportunity, however I missed the deadline to apply to do another sponsored post with them. It was ok money but I felt with as much time as I put in the post I should have charged a bit more. Just saying! But I had already filled out my contract and so the amount was set. See my post here.
Google Adsense: These are ads you place anywhere on your blog from Google. While I haven’t received payment yet I am getting good clicks or impressions through Google Adsense and should be able to cash out my first hundred here soon.
ShopStyle: When you click on my outfit links in my posts I make 5 cents per click,however this is VERY slow going as I can’t cash out til I make $100 and I am NO where near there, but it is fun to make 5-25 cents every day or every other day.
I have also received payment in shop credit in exchange for a post but normally I like to receive payment through Paypal, check or direct deposit. I did not include the credit in this post or as part of my income for this blog. If you like this route then you can do this as well, but like I said it is not my preference.
There you have it, 8 places I have worked with to earn an income.
Of course there are other market places I have applied to such as Acorn Influencer, Tomoson, Blog Meets Brand, Whatsablog, to Weave Made Media and many more but I have not received campaigns from them yet or received campaigns I felt didn’t reflect my blog, or my blog doesn’t have the unique visitors needed for campaigns just yet.
I have also received items to review from several shops and this is sort of the exchange for a post/review but soon I would like to expand that to product and payment, but for now I am fine with what I can get.
Which marketplaces have you used or use often to monetize your blog?
*I find that writing down what I make and where helps me stay organized so that when tax time comes or someone asks me how much I made in blogging on such and such month I can refer to my list. Lucky you, remember I made you a printable one that you can access when you subscribe to my e-mail. Because you are awesome and can make an income too.
**Want to know more? Want to know how to reach out to brands/shops? But don’t know how to do it or what to say or show for your blog or business? Then come back soon as I share some tips that have worked for me.