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  1. Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Donna from Bobsy's Mum

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    Money Making Mums Blogger Interview: Donna from Bobsy's Mum

    Welcome to my Money Making Mums guest series all about how to earn a decent living from home, even as a busy parent.  As well as guest posts from awesome bloggers sharing their tips and tricks, I am now also interviewing relevant bloggers to discover how exactly they make money from home.

    As you’ve probably guessed, I love making money from home.  As a busy mum to two young children, working from home for myself provides me with the flexibility I need to care for my children and avoid high full time childcare costs.  It also means I get to do what I love.  I’m an advocate of earning money online and from apps, and I’m always looking for new ways to make more income from home. 

    I’ve decided to invite other bloggers and money making mums to share even more ways us busy mums can make money from home.  If you’d like to feature in this series with a guest post or you’d like to be interviewed, please do get in touch.

    This week I’m interviewing Donna from Bobsy’s Mum:

    Donna from Bobsys Mum - Money Making Mums Interview - Lylia Rose Blog Guest

    1.     Hello, welcome to my Money Making Mums Interview.  Please tell me a little about who you are, where you’re from and where you blog.

    Hi! My name is Donna. I’m originally from the West Midlands, but I’ve lived in Sheffield for the last 12 years. I’ve got a food and lifestyle blog over at www.bobsysmum.co.uk.

    2.     This series is all about mums being able to make money from home.  Can you tell me what you do from home to make money?

    I’ve been working as a freelance writer for the last year.

    3.      What makes it suitable for mums?

    I think the best thing about it, is that you can work your own hours. You take on work when you want to. So, I can do less some weeks if we’ve got plans, but then if the kids need new shoes or we want to do something special, I’ll take on more work to pay for it.

    My husband is a chef, so he can work pretty odd hours which means I do quite a bit of work once the kids are in bed. I’d be stuck in probably messing about on the internet anyway, so why not make money?

    4.     What do you love about working from home?

    The flexibility. After I’d had Robyn I went back to my retail job and just found it impossible. School finished at 3, my childminder finished at 5, I could basically work 10-2 unless I was willing to pay even more for after school childcare, but even then, I could only work until 4:30 to have time to pick them up. It just wasn’t working. Don’t get me wrong, I have deadlines, but I can work them around school runs and pick-ups. Some days I get up at 6, work until 10 and have the rest of the day playing with the kids.

    5.     What are your top three negatives to working from home?

    It can get quite lonely. I miss working with people. Especially the days I’ve got a lot on and husbands at work all day. There’s also no escape. If we’re at home at night and husband is watching TV or playing on his phone, I end up thinking “well I might as well work” I find it hard to switch off.

    It’s hard if I’ve got a big deadline and both kids are home. They’re not quiet kids! It’s been a tough summer.

    Sometimes I feel under pressure to make it work. It was my choice to quit work and try this and husband has backed me all the way. But, as a freelancer, sometimes there just isn’t work and I get quite agitated. This is happening less the longer I carry on though.

    6.     If you could only pick one, either working from home or working in an office for the rest of your life, which would you pick?

    Home! I can’t ever see myself working “properly” again!

    7.     Lots of people say they’d find it hard to stay motivated if working alone at home.  What keeps you motivated?

    It’s not a huge problem for me to be honest. I’m very organised, so I like a to do list and a planner. I’m at the moment trying to be more structured and have work days and days off, so I can stick to a routine a little more.

    I do have some days where I just don’t want to work, but then I think “I used to have to run around a shop for 3 hours to earn what I now earn sat in my pjs eating biscuits for an hour” and it spurs me on!

    8.     Do you have a favourite quote to keep you inspired?

    It’s not a famous quote or anything, but years ago when I was having a hard time of things, someone said to me “just find something you love doing and keep doing it” and I’ve never forgotten it. This is my thing that I love doing.

    9.     Do you have any advice or words of wisdom to share with mums wanting to make their own income from home?

    Just give it a go. I remember chatting to a friend before my maternity leave ended trying desperately to think of something I could do from home and coming up with nothing. I didn’t think I was good enough at anything. But, I gave this a go and it worked!

    Would you love to work from home, or perhaps you already do?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments!

    Check out the rest of the series here: https://www.lyliarose.com/blog/categories_39223/money-making-mums.html

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  2. Ultimate Guide to Brand Collaborations with a Digital Marketing Agency!

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    Ultimate Guide to Brand Collaborations with a Digital Marketing Agency!

    Whether you are building a small, growing blog or schedule targeted posts every day, you should always be prepared for your first (or 100th) collaboration request, especially if you are planning on making blogging your full-time job. You should question how best to attract PR brands to your website. Could your website do more to spark the interest of brands? Where can you find interested brands and how should you approach them?

    To shed some light on what exactly PR brands are looking for, I teamed up with Outreach and Communications Executive, Emily Cocker of London SEO Agency, Bigfoot Digital. Emily has extensive experience working in the world of digital marketing, which she has acquired following graduation from her degree in Magazine Journalism at The University of Sunderland. Emily loves working at Bigfoot Digital as it gives her the perfect platform to explore her passion for digital communications.

    Through this collaborative article I have, honestly, received some great insights. And, you can too! Read on to benefit from her experience working with bloggers on brand collaborations.

    Ultimate Guide to Brand Collaborations with a Digital Marketing Agency BigF


    1) How do you find bloggers to work with?

    I usually start my search on Google to see which sites return the best results for relevant keywords. This gives me a good indication as to the optimisation of your website. We use a tool called Majestic SEO, which shows your domain authority, trust flow and backlink history – we always check!

    Other great tools we use include Buzzsumo and Followerwonk, which are used to search for social media influencers based on tweet ratios, followers and page authority. This can also be used to search for trending content on social media.

    I always look on social media for bloggers who have a genuine interest in brand collaborations. I often favour connecting with bloggers on social media over automated PR emails that will usually end up landing in your junk, which is not ideal. We reach out to bloggers using the hashtags #bloggerswanted and #bloggersrequired, so keep a look out for those.

    2) What should bloggers do?   

    These things are a must when looking for collaborative opportunities. Take note of the following:

    • A responsive website: Having a website that ranks well on Google is always a plus in our eyes.
    • Having a media pack – this saves time when searching for your online statistics (monthly followers, audience, contacts etc.)
    • Being friendly and open to opportunities – we always approach influencers with an open mind and would appreciate the same from you guys.
    • Using social media – and by using, we mean connecting with followers, not just automated posts. Lylia Rose does a great job – check out her Twitter
    • Following up on posts – connecting with us on social media and sending links to published content. We’re busy people, like you, so an update on our content is a nice touch.

     Ultimate Guide to Brand Collaborations with a Digital Marketing Agency

    3) What shouldn’t bloggers do? 

    We have found the following to be a turn-off when it comes to collaborations:  

    • Sending email, after email – if we have agreed a collaboration, it’s clear, we love your website and want to work with you. There’s no need to spam my inbox!
    • Not knowing your stats – it’s your blog and you should know your audience inside and out.
    • Overcharging… Domain authority: 5, Social media following: 50, Charge: £100!!

    4)  Social Media Following or Domain Authority…?

    In an ideal world, you will have an exceptionally optimised website and a loyal social media following. A domain authority of 20+ is preferred. However, if you don’t fall into this category, but have a following of over 15k then we obviously want to hear from you. Social media is important, as most bloggers post regular links to published content, which results in maximum exposure.

    5) Are bloggers a part of your marketing strategy?

    It depends on the client. We have a long list of clients from interior designers, home renovation companies, lifestyle and food brands, so there’s always an opportunity to collaborate. We create bespoke strategies for our clients, and PR collaborations are often favoured as a great brand awareness tool.

    I personally think bloggers bring a lot to a digital strategy as there is so much variety out there and they are great people to work with. We are open to different collaborations and always account for the tone and style of the blog in question – it’s a two-way street!

    A big thank you Emily for answering these questions and shedding some light on the best ways to attract PR brands online. If you have any further questions for her, then do let me know in the comments.

    Discover more great blogging advice in my blogging tips and advice category!

    *collaborative post - images from Bigfoot Digital

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  3. August 2017: A sneak peek at my blog income and stats

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    August 2017:  A sneak peek at my blog income and stats

    ‘If you’re wondering how much money I make from blogging, read on. I share all with you in my monthly blog income reports.  These are a great resource for me to look back on and also for anyone who is interested in what I earn from blogging or what can be made. 

    It’s not to show off, but to show how much money can be made online from a blog.  It’s important to note this is my full time income.   I left my employed job and I work on my blog all the time.  Like, ALL the time.  It’s my passion and my focus.  I have no personal social media or any distractions.  I also have no social life, or very little!  I devote all my spare time to my blog and website.  It’s my obsession.

    If I am on my phone or laptop, I am always doing something blog related.  I put in 30-40 hours a week at the moment whenever I can.  I sacrifice evenings with my husband to work on my website.  He is now used to me not listening to him as I’m so engrossed in my laptop or phone!  Once both my children are at school then I’ll work out a better work routine if my blog is still making enough money.  I hope to then work in the day only and have my evenings and weekends back, if possible!’

    Catch up on my previous blog income reports:
    January 2017
    February 2017
    March 2017
    April 2017
    May 2017
    June 2017
    July 2017

    August 2017 Total Blog Income: £1462.56

    Blog income 2017 lylia rose uk lifestyle parent blog stats august

    This month was a surprising month as I was expecting to earn a lot less due to the summer holidays.  I’ve had less time to blog, plus we went abroad the first week of August to visit family. I was expecting a lot of PRs and agencies to have staff on holidays, so had no idea if work would dry up for the summer.  It wasn’t as busy as usual and I had a lot of junk offers to deal with, but I’m very pleased with my blog earnings.

    Here’s the breakdown of my blog related income for August:

    Blog posts

    1210

    Referrals

    112.56

    Ads

    100

    Tweets

    40


    Blog posts include reviews, sponsored posts and giveaways.  I charge for all three unless it’s a very high value item I really want.  My blog is my business so I do not give away my time and effort for free if someone wants me to work with them.  Plus it’s taken me a huge amount of time over 4.5 years to build everything up, so all this has to be taken into consideration. I get emails daily from companies wanting me to advertise their products, post their ‘guest’ posts or review items with no compensation.  I always reply with my fees and only collaborate with those who value a blogger’s time.

    August 2017 Stats

     August 2017 Full Stats Lylia Rose

    (The dashes just mean I hadn’t started recording these results each month)

    Another surprise!  I was expecting a very quiet month stats wise as people are on holidays and spending time with children, but they are up from last month which is brilliant.  My Tots100 score dropped, but I still can’t even believe I’m in the top 100, I was even so chuffed once in the top 500, so I’m still very happy with this.  My DA dropped a little, but still in the 30s which is where I want to be and obviously higher if I ever get there.  Instagram has slowed massively for me – it must be their new algorithm?!  My posts are not getting anywhere near as many likes now and the likes seem to drift in over a few days whereas before it was instantly.  I definitely chose the wrong time to start focussing on growing an Instagram following.

    September Blogging Target

    I’ve given myself an overall target of £1500 for September, but this is from all my home money making schemes: matched betting, blogging, mystery shopping and online selling.  Blogging usually gives the biggest part of my income and I focus on it the most.

    I actually made over £1800 in August from all home money ventures which you can read by clicking here!

    Do you make money blogging?  How did you get on with your August aims?  Let me know in the comments!

    Relevant blog posts:

    How I’m going to make £1000 a month as a Mum working from home
    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities
    How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
    4 ways to improve your domain authority (DA)

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