How I Earn an Income Blogging with Low Page views and Followers + Freebie

February 15, 2016

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*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.

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*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.

Anjolee Jewelry: See post here and 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.

God Bless

Rachel xo

Linking up with: Molly & Tuesday Talk

  • Amanda February 15, 2016 at 7:47 am

    I’m stuck in the mentality that lots and lots of followers are needed for paid opportunities, but you’ve shown me that it’s not true. I still don’t have as many as you so I have some work to do. Thanks for sharing!

  • Brooke February 15, 2016 at 8:09 am

    Great tips Rachel!! We found that blog views are important, but what’s even more important is quality content. We’ve been given a lot of opportunities just because a brand likes our writing style and subject matter and they aren’t even interested in our page views! So glad you’re finding success, love your blog!!

    Brooke
    Pumps and Push-Ups

  • Victoria Fox February 15, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Such a great post filled with some amazing tips! Love the sweet design of your blog! love stopping by!
    xoxo,Victoria
    http://www.coffeeandablonde.blogspot.com

  • Becky @ bybmg February 15, 2016 at 11:50 am

    You’re doing great! I am FINALLY going to be able to make a cashout on my shareasale account very soon! I’m thrilled! You have great tips here!

  • Shauna February 15, 2016 at 12:42 pm

    Wow, great job!! You go, girl! 😉

    Shauna

    http://www.lipglossandlace.net

  • Carrie @ Curly Crafty Mom February 15, 2016 at 1:03 pm

    I use ShopStyle (and yes, that is a slow process) and I love SoFab!! I am about to receive my second payment with Google Adsense, I started using them last fall. I can’t believe I didn’t start using them sooner. It seems some months I earn more on my blog then others. I tend to be around 10,000 page views a month, too! Some months higher, some lower! It just depends!

    Carrie
    curlycraftymom.com

  • Jasmine February 15, 2016 at 1:14 pm

    This is really good information. Thank you for sharing.
    Love ya

  • Amber February 15, 2016 at 3:13 pm

    Great tips! I applied for Collective Bias a while back but my stats weren’t high enough. I’ll be trying again though! I join in their Twitter chats and really like the company.

    I am part of Acorn Influence and also enjoy their company! Also Clever Girls is another awesome one.

  • Rachael Thomas February 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm

    Loving this tips and information! Thanks for sharing, and it sounds like you had a great blogging year!
    Rachael
    http://www.threadsforthomasblog.com

  • Cara February 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing this very helpful information! Congrats on all the accomplishments so far!

  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life February 15, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this information Rachel. Although I am in Australia, so the agencies are different here, this post does give me ideas and shows me what is possible with relatively low page views. I have only started monetising my blog this month with affiliate links. Up to now I have just been receiving free products to review each month – which I have to say, I’ve been very happy with as it’s allowed me to try a lot more beauty products that I would have been able to afford myself!

    I will have to remember to click on a couple of items on your blog each time I visit from now on. I like knowing that I am contributing, albeit in a very tiny way, to you being able to make an income from your blog and meet your monthly targets.

    Ingrid
    Fabulous and Fun Life blog

  • Debbie February 15, 2016 at 8:24 pm

    I have a medium sized blog and I do well with Linqia, Clever Girls Collective, and Collective Bias. I belong to a whole lot more groups, but those are the ones I see the most income from. Thanks for sharing.

  • Jenny February 15, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    Great post! I actually haven’t gotten an opp from SoFab yet but I hope I do soon!

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Johanna February 15, 2016 at 9:01 pm

    I follow you Instagram, I obsessed with your tips. Thank you so much for the valuable information !!!
    Johanna

  • Farrah February 15, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    Thanks for all these amazing tips! <3 Will hopefully get to look into/implement these this weekend! 😀

  • Jill February 16, 2016 at 8:11 am

    You are doing great! Thank you for sharing these valuable tips!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

  • Emily February 16, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I’m loving your blogging tips, Rachel. I’m right with you here with page views, but I haven’t technically made anything yet. I’m hoping for sponsored posts or collaborations soon, so we’ll see!! Thank you for being willing to offer your insight!!
    Emily
    Darling, Dearest

  • Michelle February 16, 2016 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for opening up & sharing these. I use many of these sites as well to monetize and have found them all to be relatively successful!

    http://michellespaige.com

  • Karen Del Tatto February 16, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing your successful tips for making money blogging, and for giving God all the Glory for the opportunity to blog. 🙂

    Blessings to you.

  • Ruthie Gray February 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    Wow, this is great news for those of us with not a large fan base yet! Thank you for being so detailed and sharing what you’ve learned, I loved this!

    And thanks for sharing with us on Tuesday Talk, I’m so glad I found your post!

  • Angela @ Setting My Intention February 16, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Small bloggers unite! 🙂 I’m always happy to hear the way other newer bloggers are making money. I just got my first payment from Google Adsense after a year and I was beyond the moon excited! I’ve done one sponsored post with Linqia as well. I’m not great with doing affiliate links but I’m trying when it makes sense and I genuinely use or support the product. Thanks for sharing!

  • Stefanie (@LexieLooDylan2) February 16, 2016 at 7:01 pm

    Stopping by from the linkup. I haven’t ventured away from Linqia, but I will have to check out some of the other sites you recommended. I have made quite a bit of money through Linqia and I really enjoy working with them. Thank you for all your tips!

  • Liz hugen February 17, 2016 at 12:53 am

    Love this post, Rachel! You do an amazing job with your blog and I always look forward to reading your posts! Well done <3

    Liz

    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

  • Onyinye February 17, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Great post, some of them are new to me, I use mostly Rewardstyle. Thanks for sharing.
    Modavracha | Fashion and Lifestyle Blog

  • Lisa February 17, 2016 at 8:05 pm

    Such a great post!! Thank you so much XO!! Lisa

    http://www.beauty101bylisa.com/

  • Killy Vincent February 18, 2016 at 9:57 pm

    thank you so much for the inside on earing more revenue because this is the exact way I feel, and Ive have been looking and wondering how and finally here are some answers, so thank you for that!
    http://www.haitianfashionista.com/

  • Melanie@Toots + Dill February 19, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Thank you! This has been very helpful!! My blog is still young and I’m trying to build up a following so this is exactly what I needed to read!! =)

    Have a great weekend!

  • Lily Widjaja March 4, 2016 at 10:32 am

    great tips, thanks for sharing.

    Lily Widjaja
    http://www.Glowlicious.Me | Bloglovin

  • Michelle March 11, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Well lady, you covered much here for others who are thinking of expanding out. I for one am not. I can’t even get all the lingo down right yet. Anyways, great tips and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with others as to help them. Happy you linked today! Hope to see you back next week. This is a great oldie but goodie!

  • Heather March 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    Great post Rachel! I am always impressed by how positive and encouraging you are, and it is wonderful that you took the time to write so candidly about how you are compensated for blogging. I found your tips very helpful! My largest following tends to be through social media, with much lower blog view numbers; and while I have received some compensation for blogging, it is hit and miss; so I found what you had to say very encouraging! 🙂 I also loved the breakdown for the marketing platforms you use – I feel so bombarded by all of those emails trying to market their platforms, apps, etc., that I typically don’t make a move toward signing up for many at all because I am not sure they are worth it or are possibly a bit of a scam. Thank you again for a great post!
    XO,
    Heather
    http://www.alittlecasual.com

  • Roxanne April 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm

    Your words are humble and sincere – and much appreciated! I love reading posts like this. I just started my blog a few months ago, and my social media following is increasing, but not my blog pageviews. Your tips will certainly help me!
    –Roxanne
    http://glassofglam.com

  • Jackie April 8, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    This is a very informative post girl, nice job!

  • Nancy April 28, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    Great useful tips! Thank you.

  • Dawn Lucy May 10, 2016 at 7:54 am

    I just signed up for Social Fabric because of your suggestion! Hope you get a referral fee, Dear! I’ll let you know how it goes.

    OXOX
    Dawn Lucy
    http://fashionshouldbefun.blogspot.com

  • Laura May 10, 2016 at 9:14 am

    LOVE these!!! I need to start my “real” work, but leaving this post open to hopefully get back to tonight:)

    Laura
    http://www.blackcoffeebeautiful.com

  • Lydia May 10, 2016 at 10:34 pm

    Awesome tips and advice. I will definitely check them out.

    Lydia | chicandmodish.com

  • mary September 1, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    I found you from Carries (Curly Crafty Mom) email newsletter and I really appreciate this post. I have only been blogging about a year and have made several hundred dollars from sponsored posts…mostly Social Fabric and Influence Central. I will have to check out some of the others you listed above. It is nice to see other bloggers who don’t get 100K page views a month giving advice to smaller bloggers.

  • Brooke September 22, 2016 at 12:21 am

    Great post! Thanks for all of the great tips! This is great to hear for someone like me who is newer to the blogging world. 🙂

    Brooke | http://www.beautydecoreandmore.com

  • Mariah September 29, 2016 at 1:40 am

    I love how real this is and how humble you are with your blog! I always get discouraged when I think about my low page views and small following but this is such an encouraging post and a great reminder to not give up! Thanks, Rachel!

    Mariah
    http://likehoneyblog.blogspot.com