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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  I'm Victoria Sully, a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker.  I’m passionate about making money online, saving money, self-employment, healthy living and blogging.  I’m on a personal mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Thank you so much for joining me.


 

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  1. Money Making Blogger interview with Crystal from Fulfilled Wellness

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    Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who make money from their blogs! 

    Read on to discover how they make money from blogging and the steps they took to monetize their blogs.  Feel inspired and learn something new from this series.  Learn how many hours they spend on their blogs per week, what sort of income this provides and if there are any cons to blogging for money.

    I've been a full-time blogger for over two years now and blogging for six years in total!  It amazes me that I can make money from home as a blogger.  It’s not without a lot of hard work though, so don’t be fooled into thinking you simply set up a website and voila, income starts rolling in.  If only!  I work more hours per week than I did in any full-time employed job - my blog is my life!

    In this series I am going to interview other bloggers who also make money from their blogs to hopefully inspire people to start a blog if they wish or to make that leap to monetizing content.  I also find it so interesting to learn what other bloggers are up to.  Even us full-time bloggers can learn from each other and inspire one another.

    Money Making Blogger Interview

    Tell us all about you and introduce your blog. What inspired you to start your blog?

    My name is Crystal and I have a health and wellness blog at FulfilledWellness.com. I'm a wife and mother of two. Before having kids, I worked for about 8 years in the finance industry, but I've been a stay-at-home mom for the past several years. I decided to start a blog to help out with our family finances, and because I wanted to write about the issues that are important to me as a mother related to the health and wellness of our family.

    How long have you been blogging and when did you begin to make money from your blog?

    I started my blog in December of 2017, so it's been a little over 1 year. I didn't make much money at all for the first 6-8 months, but the past several month’s things have picked up and I'm now making money a lot more consistently. I have a long way to go to reach my goals with the blog, but it's great to be making some money and to be able to justify dedicating time to the blog.

    How much money do you make each month from blogging? How many hours do you work on your blog each week to achieve this?

    I would say it's mostly pocket money at this point, but it's moving towards a part time income. The hours that I put in aren't really consistent because it depends on my schedule and how much free time I have. Around the holidays my schedule was really busy and I wasn't able to put in much time. Aside from that, I usually put in about 5-10 hours per week.

    How do you make money blogging? What's your favourite method? Where do you find paid blog work?

    Right now I make money from affiliate programs. I use Amazon Associates, a few large networks like CJ, and a few small affiliate programs just run by individual companies. I'd like to use some other monetization methods in the future, like maybe sponsored content or possibly even creating my own products. Affiliate programs have worked pretty well for my blog because a lot of my articles include information about different products (like essential oils and cleaning products).

    How did you prep your blog to make money? Has it been an easy process to make money blogging?

    Making money hasn't been easy, but I feel pretty good about the progress I've made in the past 6 months or so, especially since I am not able to dedicate as much time as I would like to the blog at this stage of life. I'd say the biggest thing I did to prep my blog to make money has just been focusing on the content. I spend a lot of time on my posts and try to make sure they are well-researched and very thorough. I'm writing about the types of things I wanted to learn after having kids, so I want to make sure that my posts are actually able to help people who may be in the same spot I was in a few years ago.

    What are your aims for your blog in the future? Do you plan on increasing your income and how?

    Yes, I definitely hope to increase income. The biggest thing is adding more content and increasing traffic. As my blog started getting close to the one-year mark, my Google search traffic started to increase, which has been great. I need to add more content that people are searching for, and get more exposure for the blog. I also plan to write the types of posts that will allow me to mention and promote products with the goal of making more affiliate income.

    If someone is brand new to blogging, what are the most important things to focus on if they want to monetize?

    I think it's important to focus on your readers first and writing content that people will like. If your only goal is to make money and you lose sight of what you have to offer your readers, the results won't be that great. But if you focus your effort on creating a blog that people will love, you'll have the opportunity to make money.

    Can you think of 3 pros and 3 cons of blogging as a career choice?

    Pros: -

    1. Working a flexible schedule (great for a stay-at-home mom)
    2. Being able to help other people
    3. Unlimited opportunities

    Cons: -

    1. The first few months when you're not making money can be really challenging
    2. There's a lot of conflicting advice about the best approach to blogging
    3. You don't get very much face-to-face interaction

    What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?

    My kids inspire me to blog. My purpose for trying to make money is to help my family. My kids are also the main reason I've gotten more concerned about health and wellness, and I want to help other parents who may have the same concerns. The best thing about blogging is being able to write about the things that matter to you.

    Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it? Why?

    Yes, I think so. The first 6 months or so I wasn't making money and I was still working consistently on the blog. I think I would probably stick with it even if I wasn't making money but it might get less of my time.

    Do you think blogging is here to stay? Why?

    Yes, I do. We consume so much content today and we're always interested in new content. I think the demand for news and other content means that blogging is here to stay.

     

    Thank you so much for taking part in my Money Making Blogger interview series and best of luck with your blog!

     

     

    More helpful articles if you want to monetise your blog:

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    How to improve your domain authority (DA)

    Make money blogging with Link Monster
    Make money blogging with Get Blogged (even as a new blogger)
    Make money blogging with Considerable Influence
    Make money blogging with Press Loft
    Make money blogging with Bloggers Required
    Make money blogging with Bloggerwork


    6 secrets to make more money from your blog
    6 handy tax tips for bloggers
    Online resources and blog posts to make money blogging
    Blogging tips

    Blogging resources

    Take part in my money making bloggers interview:

    Do you make money from your blog?  Take part in my interview to help others learn how to make money blogging. 
    Click here for the interview questions.
    Read the interviews here.

    How to make money from home:

    More ways to make money from home:

    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum
    Easily make money from home by testing websites with Whatusersdo
    How I earn up to £50 per hour matched betting from home
    Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees
    Earn cashback on things you already buy
    Not sure about Matched Betting? Make £40 now to see if it’s for you!
    Make money in your free time with RedWigWam (perfect for busy mums)
    Make money online with OhMyDosh!
    Make money at home from receipts with Receipt Hog and Shoppix
    Make extra money online with YouGov
    How to make money from your phone with Roamler
    20 ways to make and save more money in 2019
    How I made £35000 from home  in 2018
    Make money at home searching the web 
    Make money at home with Prolific Academic

    Money Making Blogger Interview - learn how to make money from your blog blo

     

  2. How to create a successful sales campaign for your small business or blog

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    If you feel that your business is in need of an extra push in the right direction, embarking on a new sales campaign could be the way to go. It not only helps you to push your brand name out there, but it also has the potential to help your company reach new people who might never have thought of buying from your business before.

    When I ran my small online shop business I regularly ran special offers to attract new customers and to reward my existing customer base.  These campaigns always boosted my sales and spread the message of my existence.

    You might not have a small business selling goods, but rather a blog or website selling eBooks or courses.  Or you might sell a service to people.  Either way, whether you’re launching a new product or trying to boost sales of services and items you already offer, you will need to create a sales campaign to get the word out there.

    Here are some tips and ideas on how to create a successful sales campaign.

    How to create a successful sales campaign for your small business or blog

    Understand your audience

    First of all, you need to know who you’re targeting and what kind of methods are going to work for them. It’s all about making sure that your audience is going to respond positively to the messages you’re putting out there because their opinions are the only ones that matter.

    So spend some time identifying your target audience and making sure you come up with a plan for how to target them effectively.  Know where your audience is and where they respond to you.  There’s no point in putting all your sales campaign efforts into Facebook if your audience is not there and most of your sales come from customers acquired via Twitter.  Hopefully you already know where your audience are, what they want and how to attract their attention.

    Harmonise various channels for impactful messaging

    When you implement your sales campaign strategy, you’ll be using a variety of different channels to get your message and marketing out there. You’ll use social media channels, emails and potentially various other forms of messaging from print to guerrilla marketing and everything in between depending on your strategy. That’s why it’s vital to harmonise these channels and ensure consistency across them. This creates much more of an impact.

    Understand the importance of digital marketing

    Digital marketing has always been vital and it remains so. These days, targeting people is easier than ever before because of resources like Facebook ads. But there’s more to digital marketing than that. It might make sense to hire a specialist digital marketing agency to work on your project with you if you don’t have experience of doing this kind of stuff alone and you have a reasonable budget.

    Choose the right moment carefully

    Choosing the right moment to launch and implement your new sales campaign is key. This is probably going to be a time-limited strategy that involves putting forward a special offer. Therefore, launching it at random doesn't always make sense. Many companies succeed by launching these new campaigns to coincide with a public holiday or another meaningful date.

    Use metrics to track success and failure

    Tracking the successes and failings of your sales campaign is really important. This way, you can see where improvements need to be made and what you can carry on doing the same as before. There are all kinds of ecommerce metrics and other digital tools that can help you track things, so make the most of them. Doing so will give you greater insight into your campaign going forward.

     

    A successful sales campaign is one that results in people buying what you're selling. That’s all it comes down to, so be sure not to lose sight of that fact when you’re putting together your campaign and planning it all out.

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  3. My home earnings income report for February 2019

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    Welcome to my monthly income report where I share how much money I make from home.  This income is from blogging, various online side hustles, money-making smart phone apps, website testing, matched betting, online selling and I also include cash back.  

    To read the in-depth reason behind why I share my income reports start with the blog post why I publish income reports.

    Another great read is how I made £35000 from home in 2018 

    Thanks for following my journey.  Enjoy :)

    My February 2019 home earnings breakdown

    Income report - How I made £1,652.78 from home in February

    Please note, this blog post shares my total turnover for the month, before tax deductions and expenses.  My expenses differ each month as some are annual or quarterly payments, however my average monthly business expenses, tax savings, national insurance and so on were £830 last year.  Deduct this from the total for an idea of my take-home pay.

    From smallest to largest:

    Receipt Hog £5.00
    Shoppix £5.00
    Matched betting £6.47
    User Testing £7.51
    Prolific Academic £20.05
    Personal eBay £27.95
    Profit Accumulator referrals £66.27
    Whatusersdo £70.00
    Newspaper feature £200.00
    Blog writing £1,244.53
    TOTAL £1,652.78

    So this was my quietest month since I went full time with my at-home earnings and blogging 21 months ago.  It's actually been a slow start money-wise to 2019.  January was less than I'd have liked and February was even lower!  

    There are definitely some reasons for this though.

    Firstly, I've been niching down my blog.  I know I said before I wouldn't have a niche and I was all for writing about whatever you want, but after assessing my posts and realising I had tons of money related posts, I decided to start niche down to a lifestyle and money blog. 

    Most blog posts on Lylia Rose this year and going forward will have a money angle.  Money is the bane of my life, and of most people's, so it's always a hot topic.  I'm forever trying to make money online and save more money, as well as battle with my conscience about what I spend my money on and what is wise, so it's a topic I have lots to write about.

    You may know that I now have three other blogs too.  These are a lot smaller and newer and whilst I do make money from them, in comparison to my main blog, the payments are less.

    Because I've niched down on topics on Lylia Rose I have stopped accepting so many opportunities.  There are loads in my inbox that I'm sure I would have said yes to a year ago, but for now I'm trying to keep the blog more focussed.  I've no idea if that's the right idea or not, especially financially, but it feels like the right thing to do.  I will still cover a variety of topics that are relevant and interesting to me, but most will have a money angle.

    Matched betting has also slowed down for me.  I feel like I rode the matched betting wave for two years and now it's come to an end for me.  I was expecting this as I only took part in the free bet offers, which has meant over time many of my accounts have been restricted.  That was my plan really - to simply ride the wave for as long as possible.  If you have more time then you can take part in tactics such as 'mug betting' to make yourself look like a real customer to try and prevent your account being 'gubbed' (restricted from free bet offers). 

    I just checked my spreadsheet and I've made £5600 since starting in January 2017, so just over two years.  That's a part time tax-free income!  It was totally worth it.

    It may just be slow on offers at the moment for the bookies I do still have, so I'm going to keep checking for another month or so to see if it picks up. 

    eBay sales have also slowed.  I was making £100+ per month on eBay by simply selling our old stuff.  Now this has slowed as I only have around 20 items listed on eBay and I've really gone so minimal that there's nothing left to sell until the kids grow out of their clothes or toys!  I've also just been taking most of this stuff to the charity shop recently to just get it out of the house!

    If you're still with me then I'm going to share how I made £1652.78 from home last month:

    Receipt Hog £5.00

    I snap all my receipts on an app called Receipt Hog for points which can be converted into cash!  I last cashed out in September, so it's a bit of extra pocket-money every few months.

    To get some hog slots spins for free enter my referral code on the app: Yon60187

    Related - Make money at home from receipts with Receipt Hog and Shoppix

    Shoppix £5.00

    This is my second payment.  The first was in November.  I cash out as soon as I reach the first threshold.  

    It's a smart phone app that gives you tokens in exchange for receipts and when you reach a threshold you can exchange these tokens for cash or vouchers! 

    If you enter 52YFMN8U when you download the Shoppix app, we can both get 200 tokens when you snap a valid receipt and complete the profile survey!

    Matched betting £6.47

    I actually took a break from matched betting for nearly all of February.  I just did one offer which made me £6.47, but then I decided I wanted a break.  I usually just do offers Saturday and Sunday mornings and it's always on my mind.  Between swimming lessons, the gym, breakfast and housework I try to squeeze it in, and I decided I wanted a month off to not have to think about any money-making activities on the weekends.  It's definitely good to try and switch off every now and then!  Usually I'm trying to money make every single day!

    Tax-free cash in your spare time!

    I highly recommend matched betting as it's made me over £5600 in just over two years which is tax-free cash.  At first it was very time-consuming, but once I got the hang of it I could make around £50 per hour with the little time I spent doing it.  As a side-hustle it is a brilliant and fun way to make extra money from home. There's no need to do every offer and you can take your time working through the sign up offers.  

    I recommend using Profit Accumulator for matched betting as a beginner.  I've always used them since starting.  They have so many guides and walk you through the process in the first few offers.  If you get stuck you can ask a question in the forum and someone will get back to you. 

    They also have a 30 day money back guarantee on their memberships, plus you can try the first couple of offers without even signing up to anything to see that it really does work and is so simple once you get the hang of the free bet offers! 

    See also:

    Does matched betting affect mortgage application?

    How I earn up to £50 per hour matched betting from home 

    All matched betting blog posts

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    User Testing £7.51

    This is my second payment from User Testing and I've now completed two tests in total.  The payments are $10 per test. 

    There are loads of tests on there, but they need to suit your demographics and I've worked in public places a lot recently to get out of the house, so I've not been able to complete any.

    I do hope to complete a few tests a month to bump up my side-hustle earnings.  You can sign up at https://www.usertesting.com/be-a-user-tester 

    Prolific Academic £20.05

    My first cashout with Prolific!  I complete studies to help academics with their research.  It's really interesting and the studies are so varied. 

    Find out more here - Make money at home with Prolific Academic

    Personal eBay £27.95

    Not much at all as I really run out of things to sell in our home!  We now only have 20 low value items listed and I may even take those off eBay and take them to the charity shop.

    Related - 5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

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    Profit Accumulator referrals £66.27

    This is from referring people to Profit Accumulator who I highly recommend for matched betting.  I use them myself and have done since January 2017 making over £5600 profit so far!

    It's great to know other people are signing up and making money too.  They have a great referral scheme too, so if you love matched betting then you can make more money by referring your friends and family!

    Related - Matched betting milestones 18 months and £5000

    Whatusersdo £70.00

    I do website testing at WhatUsersDo and it’s so easy!  I get paid £5 per test and some of them are only a question or two.  I did a lot of tests in January and this payment came through in February.

    Read my blog post easily make money from home by testing websites for my review or crack right on and sign up here

    Newspaper feature £200.00

    This was a new experience for me.  In January I was contacted about being in two articles and it's massively outside my comfort zone, but being January and all that I decided to say yes!  I was so anxious, but it was fine.  Well, aside from the trickle of negative comments I keep getting.  Some people really have nothing better to do than nitpick at articles.  If you don't like the article or it doesn't suit your lifestyle then move on!

    Anyway.  It was a lovely surprise to be paid £200 for one of them.  I hadn't asked if it was paid, but after a 3 hour photo shoot I began to think I should have asked as it required so much of our time.  It featured me, Ben and the kids.  It was too late to ask as I'd already done the interview and photo shoot, but to my surprise I was contacted a week later to say they'd like to pay me £200 for my time.

    I was very grateful for this payment, especially in my most quiet month to date since going full-time.  I know to ask at the beginning next time!

    Blog writing £1,244.53

    My quietest month for blog writing income since going full-time, but still a great figure.  I explain up above in the intro why I think this is lower.  I forgot to mention that I'm owed £700... so that's probably a big part of it!  If I'd have been paid that £700 then it would be a more normal figure with what I've been used to earning.

    I have a couple of 60-day payment terms at the moment which are always so long to wait for payment.  I also have a payment outstanding from a company on a 30-day payment term and it's now 50 days late and I have a feeling they are not going to pay.  I spent so much time on that collaboration too.  Arg!  This is one of the worst things about being self-employed - chasing payments and occasionally not getting paid at all.

    Otherwise, I love it!

    Want to make money from your blog?  Check out these blog posts:

    Make money blogging
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    February 2019 grand total £1652.78

     

    Receipt Hog £5.00
    Shoppix £5.00
    Matched betting £6.47
    User Testing £7.51
    Prolific Academic £20.05
    Personal eBay £27.95
    Profit Accumulator referrals £66.27
    Whatusersdo £70.00
    Newspaper feature £200.00
    Blog writing £1,244.53
    TOTAL £1,652.78


     

    More money-making blog posts and links:

    Free money offers

    The 5 ways I made £30000 money from home in 2017/2018

    How I made £26000 from home in 2017

    How to make money from your phone with the Roamler app

    Make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing 

     

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    Income report - How I made £1,652.78 at-home, blogging & online in February

  4. How to be tax ready for 2020 when self employed

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    Tax season is now over and hopefully you got your return in by the 31st January deadline.  You might not be ready to think about next year’s tax, but why not start planning in advance to make everything as smooth and stress free as possible?

    One thing that most self-employed people really detest having to complete is their self-assessment for tax purposes.  The 2017-2018 self-assessment deadline recently passed at the end of January and, as always, I saw lots of people expressing their frustration and worry over social media and in blogger networking groups.  I’m here today to tell you that self-assessment as a self-employed person does not need to be scary.

    In fact, with some preparation you can be tax ready for 2020 and complete your return in a breeze!

    Read on to discover how to be tax ready next year.

    How to be tax ready for 2020 when self-employed (1)

    Make it really easy and hire a professional

    This isn’t something I’ve done yet, but it’s definitely something I am considering as my business grows.  I know other self-employed people, both friends and family, who hire an accountant and therefore don’t have any of the worry of completing their tax returns as their accountants have permission to do it on their behalf.  They have highly recommended it to me!

    Many accountants charge the self-employed a fee based on your annual turnover and it can be surprisingly affordable.  Even if you don’t need their assistance to complete your tax return then you might benefit from their tax advice services.  Accountants such as Alexander & Co share the latest news and helpful blogs on their websites so you can keep up to date with the most important financial advice.

    If accounting really isn’t your thing and you dread numbers and organising receipts, then hiring professional help could save you a lot of time, stress and hassle each year.

    Keep all your receipts

    Whether you are hiring an accountant or doing your finances yourself, you need to keep all your receipts.  This includes paper receipts, online receipts and invoices.  You need a paper trail to prove everything you have purchased.  ­­Keep these separated into the relevant tax years in case you ever need to reference them.

    Document all your incomings and outgoings

    I use a spreadsheet as I love working with Excel and create formulas to work out my profit, account balance, tax owed, national insurance owed and so on.  There are many apps and tools that will do this for you, so find something you are comfortable using.  Make sure you document all incomings and outgoings so you know exactly how much profit you are in.  By the time I need to complete my tax return I can simply look at my spreadsheet and see all the figures I need.

    Make accounting a normal part of your working week

    My best advice is to stay on top of your accounts by making it a regular part of your working week, if not daily.  I always add incomings and outgoings as they happen to my spreadsheet.  This means my accounts are up to date every day.  Once a week, or whenever I log in to my online banking, I will make sure that the balance matches my spreadsheet account balance.  I highlight the row where I last checked it matched, so if it is ever out of sync I know how far back the problem may go.

    Don’t wait until the deadline - file your return early

    I always wonder why people file their tax returns at the deadline.  I keep my accounts up to date and always file mine in April-May.  For me the deadline to pay is the 31st January.  That’s not the deadline to complete the tax return itself.  If your accounts are up to date and in order then file it as soon as you can.  There’s nothing worse than putting off a job you dislike for months on end.  Get it done and relax for the rest of the year.  It’s also great to do it early so as you know exactly what you owe and there are no surprises.

    Save your contributions monthly

    Make saving a certain percentage of your income each month to cover your taxes and other contributions a priority.  To give you an idea of how much to save each month you can use this self-assessment ready reckoner calculator to input your monthly income and see how much tax/NI you need to save.

    Be strict with your savings and keep them separate and untouched for the year.  Once it’s time to ay your self-assessment bill then you’ll have the full amount saved and ready to transfer to HMRC.

     

    Tax for the self-employed does not have to be scary at all.  A few organisational hacks throughout the year will ensure you have the right amount saved, everything is documented and your accounts are in order.  It’s the advice that everyone knows, yet still many scramble around at the last minute trying to piece together their accounts and file their returns with hours to go.  Don’t be that person next year!

     

    Please note – I am not an expert and you always should seek your own legal tax advice. 

     

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  5. Money making blogger interview with Alberto of Gameroom Vault

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    Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are making money from their blogs! 

    Read on to discover how they make money from blogging and the steps they took to monetize their blogs.  Feel inspired and learn something new from this series.  Also learn how many hours they spend on their blogs per week and what sort of income this provides.

    I get to write every day and make money by doing what I love.  It’s amazing and still amazes me each day, even two years into making money from my website.  It’s not without a lot of hard work though, so don’t be fooled into thinking you simply set up a website and voila, income starts rolling in.  If only!  I work more hours per week than I did in any full-time employed job!

    In this series I am going to interview other bloggers who also make money from their blogs to hopefully inspire people to start a blog if they wish or to make that leap to monetizing content.  I also find it so interesting to learn what other bloggers are up to.  Even full time bloggers can learn from each other and inspire one another.

    Money Making Blogger Interview

    Tell us all about you and introduce your blog.

    Hi, I'm Alberto Restrepo and I write about games and family activities at GameroomVault.com. I have two boys and we spend a lot of time playing games and having fun, so I really enjoy writing about these topics on my blog. We're always looking for new ways to spend time together, and when I was looking to make some extra money I thought this would be a great topic for a blog!

    How long have you been blogging and when did you begin to make money?

    I've been blogging about a year and a half. I think I started making money after about 3 months, but the dollar amounts were pretty small for a while. In the fall of 2018 things started to pick up and I've been making more money the past 4 or 5 months.

    How much money do you make each month from blogging?

    I guess I'd classify it as pocket money for now, but it might be in the part-time income range pretty soon. The fact that it's on an upward trend encourages me to keep going.

    How do you make money blogging?

    All of my income so far has come from affiliate marketing. That's what I started with because it's easy, but I may try some other things in the future. I've thought about display ads, but I'm not sure what impact they would have on my affiliate earnings. I like using affiliate links because I can tell people about products that me and my boys like, other people can get a great product, and I can make some money. It's a win-win as long as you're promoting good products and not just telling people to buy something that's junk.

    How did you prep your blog to make money? Has it been easy?

    The two keys for me are traffic and affiliate links. I use affiliate links in a lot of my content, so all I need to do is get the right visitors to the content (which is not always so easy). Aside from actually writing the content, trying different products and researching in order to write something useful is a big part of the process too.

    What are your aims for your blog in the future?

    I do plan to increase income, and I plan to do that by getting more traffic and continuing to use affiliate links. Google is my biggest source of traffic. I'd like to continue to increase that traffic, but I'd also like to do better with social networks. I'm especially interested in Pinterest, but I don't have that much experience with it yet. I plan to try using display ads on my blog, but if the affiliate revenue drops as a result of the ads, I'll take the ads down. I'm not sure when I'll try that, but probably within the next few months.

    If someone is new to blogging, what should they focus on if they want to monetize?

    Know your target audience. Don't publish random articles on lots of different topics because people aren't going to care about all of the things that you care about. Stick to one main topic and keep everything relevant. With that approach your blog will appeal to your target readers, and you'll be able to make money.

    Can you think of 3 pros and 3 cons of blogging as a career choice?

    Pros: 1) it's fun! 2) a lot of different ways to make money, and 3) it can open doors to other business and career opportunities. Cons: 1) it takes a lot of time, 2) you won't make money right away, 3) sometimes it feels like no one is reading.

    What inspires you and what is the best thing about blogging?

    My boys! I love having fun with them, and I get to write about many of the things that we enjoy. I'm also inspired to do the best I can to make money for them. I'd like to be able to make more money from my blog so I can work less at my full-time job and have more time at home.

    Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it?

    Yes, I would. I've had a few other blogs for fun over the years (they're not live anymore) and I've always enjoyed it. My current blog has lasted longer than my others because making money from it helps to make it worth my time, and it keeps me from jumping from one thing to the next.

    Do you think blogging is here to stay?

    Definitely! There are so many new blogs launching every day and I don't see that changing anytime soon. People love to be able to write about the things that they enjoy.

     

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