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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 Todd of Invested Wallet

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    Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers from around the globe 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.

    My name is Todd and I started the blog Invested Wallet back in June 2018. I started the website for a few various reasons.

    First, I work in marketing full-time, so I really enjoy building websites, growing it and writing content.

    Second, I wanted to document my personal finance and investing journey, but show others who aren't six-figure earners or have zero previous finance knowledge can succeed.

    And lastly, to start a side business that can make me extra money doing something I'm passionate about.

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

    I actually started a music blog back in 2010 and have been blogging on the side ever since.

    Invested Wallet I started in 2018 and started making money in the first 7 months of existence in January 2019.

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

    Right now, making money from Invested Wallet is a bit sporadic as I'm focusing more on growth and great content.

    However, I recently joined and advertising network to start generating passive recurring monthly income.

    January, I pulled $400 and in February I pulled $550, without any ads.

    I work 10-15 hours each week on the blog, between writing and marketing. Some weeks it may be closer to 20 hours, pending what is going on that week.

    How do you make money blogging?

    I'm mostly interested in sponsored posts, brand partnerships, non-intrusive ads, and some affiliate marketing.

    I also see freelance and consulting work as another revenue stream that will come up more in the future.

    My favourite method is sponsored posts or brand partnerships. The money can be really good, for relatively easy work.

    The challenge is it can vary month to month, but there is a lot of money to be made here.

    Paid work can come from a combo of things: cold reach out from brands, my own pitching to brands to get on their radar, and networking.

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

    Making money on your blog is not easy, at first.

    As a side hustle, you can't expect to make money in the first few months or even the first year! It's a long-game approach, but if you have a plan, build it well, and write quality content, you can have a future financial asset.

    For me, I treated this as business which keeps my mind focused. I made business blog plan and worked on it 3 months before the website went live.

    I designed the blog on paper with an attractive layout for businesses and brands, then hired a WordPress developer to build the perfect platform from the start. I also ensured I had a detailed about page and included how people can work with me.

    Many people who have reached out or brands, assumed my page views were way bigger, when I was only 2-3 months old.

    What are your aims for your blog in the future?

    Right now, the blog needs to grow in viewership and recurring viewership for this blog to make some great money.

    My goal is to have the blog cover my entire monthly expenses after taxes, so I'll need to make around $1700/month after taxes. This is totally doable.

    Of course, I'm aiming higher than that as a potential full-time gig as well. For me, this means continuing to write great content, amplify marketing reach, and network with brands now without asking for sponsored content just so they are on my radar for later.

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

    Focus on the growth and quality of your blog and content. Provide a lot of great value before you chase the dollar. Yes, you want to look at your blog as a business if you want to make money, but don't get lost in that mind-set because your content and blog may suffer.

    Also, go into this endeavour that you won't make money for up to a year or more. If you can't wait that long, blogging is not going to be fun or worth it to you.

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

    Three pros of blogging:

    • Freedom to work when you want, where you want
    • Potential to generate some huge monthly income
    • Can be a financial asset you sell in the future

    Three cons of blogging:

    • Time-consuming
    • Making money won't happen overnight
    • There are a lot of moving parts to blogging so you have to be consistent and patient

    What inspires you to blog?

    I'm passionate about marketing, but I also love writing about personal finance and investing. A bonus to this is helping other readers in similar situations to me.

    I also find the personal finance community of bloggers to be passionate and friendly.

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

    Definitely!

    As I mentioned earlier, it's good practice for my marketing skills to learn and find new ways to grow my website.

    I probably would not work as hard on the site as I am now, but would still be creating it and writing it.

    Do you think blogging is here to stay?

    I think it is, content is still important and people still search for information online. It's of course more competitive, which means your content has to be more unique and interesting. But if you have personal stories and build a personal brand, people can relate more to your content.

     

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

     

     

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  2. 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!

     

     

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    Make money from your blog without Google ads 
    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities
    How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
    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
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    6 secrets to make more money from your blog
    6 handy tax tips for bloggers
    Online resources and blog posts to make money blogging
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    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.

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    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
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    Make money in your free time with RedWigWam (perfect for busy mums)
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    Make money at home from receipts with Receipt Hog and Shoppix
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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?

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    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
    Blogging tips
    10 ways to make money blogging.
    6 secrets to make more money from your blog
    How to improve your domain authority (DA) 
    6 handy tax tips for bloggers
    Make money blogging with Link Monster

     

    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. Things to consider if you want to make money affiliate marketing on your blog

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    There are several ways you can monetise a blog, and having your own product can be time consuming and hard to achieve. However, you can always become an affiliate of a successful company and promote their products or services to earn commissions every day. The good news is that you will be able to carry on blogging about what you are passionate about, and don’t even have to make hard selling your lifestyle.

    Affiliate marketing can also be a passive way to continue making money from your blog in the long run.  It’s something I’ve dabbled in and plan to explore more in the future.  Around 10% of my blog income currently comes from affiliate marketing, but for some bloggers it can be as much as 100% as I’ve seen in my money making bloggers interview series.

    Here are a few tips on how to get started.

    Related - 6 secrets to make more money from your blog

    Things to consider if you want to make money from affiliate marketing on yo

    Get to know your niche

    The first rule is to promote products that are related to your blog so they are relevant.   You have to know your market to successfully set up a campaign.  What are they looking for?  What will help them?   What has helped you and what do you recommend?  This is something I have personally been working on as I niche down my blog to have a mainly money angle.  I recently went through my Awin dashboard and refined the list of brands I was affiliated with so I’m only promoting relevant brands for me and my audience.

    Build trust with your readers...

    It is crucial that you brand yourself if you plan on using affiliate marketing as a way to make money from your blog.  If you hope for readers to click on your links and give you a commission then first they need to trust you and your website.   You will need to get your readers to trust you as an expert in your niche to get more conversions and so they listen to your recommendations. The times when you could make a killing with a one-page affiliate site are over, and you need more than good copy to make a sale; you will need to build trust and stand out from the crowd.

    ... and with a trusted website

    As mentioned above, you need to build trust with your readers before they will even consider buying from you or clicking on your links.  But don’t forget about having a trustworthy website too.  It’s important that your website works well and is trustworthy too, as well as your email account and IT equipment.  It might be worth using the services of a managed IT support company to ensure your computers are safe from hackers and have the latest/best security programmes.  You really don’t want to lose trust by having a hacker access your email account and contact all your leads with bogus information!  Make sure you have a secure website set up and that your devices that can access these are secure too.

    Learn what a sales funnel is

    Some of us just chuck affiliate links into copy and as banners and hope for the best, but there is a better way!  A sales funnel that automatically generates leads and turns them into customers is a great place to start. Setting up an affiliate marketing sales funnel can be challenging and sound complicated, but there is a lot of advice on the internet and even courses to learn what to do.  Typically there are four steps and they can be applied to selling your own goods or selling via affiliate marketing:

    1. Get people to find you and be aware of how they found you – social media or Google?  Then you can interact with them where they are, for example on Twitter.
    2. Make these leads interested in what you have to offer.
    3. Create a desire for the products you have to offer.
    4. Convert these leads by getting them to sign up to your newsletter and/or making a purchase.

    Basically, having a more structured plan when it comes to how you will make money from affiliate marketing is better than just throwing links around and hoping the customers will come.  Give them a reason to come and choose to buy what you are offering.

    Only promote things you’d use yourself

    To remain credible and trusted you should only promote things you have tried or used yourself.  I have the most success with the brands I am really passionate about or highly recommend because I use them myself.  This means I can naturally mention them time and time again on my blog as I know the product or brand inside out.  If you love something and will be writing about it, then check out their website to see if they have a referral or affiliate programme.  There is usually a link in the footer or you could Google the company name alongside affiliate scheme.  If that doesn’t work, then simply ask them!

    Sign up to a reputable affiliate marketing platform

    Lots of companies have their own affiliate schemes, but personally I love using platforms like Awin as they house thousands of brands affiliate schemes in one place.  This makes it much easier to cash out as you only need to earn £20 across all the different brands, rather than just a single brand.  It costs £5 to sign up to Awin, but I got this back in my first payout.  If you sign up then I recommend installing the browser extension which will let you know if the website you are visiting is on Awin and will easily convert links to tracking links without you logging into Awin constantly.

    Create content based around your affiliate links

    Once you've signed up to some affiliate platforms then you'll want to get your links out there to start earning commission from them.  My best performing links are the items I write about often because they are something I use and regularly write about and recommend.  Ensuring I have useful content based around these brands, products and services definitely helps me get more clicks on these links.  You can also share these links and recommendations on your social media channels if that's where your audience is.

     

    Affiliate marketing can be a profitable way of monetising your blog, but it can take time to build up readership, flowers, credibility and trust.

     

    Helpful articles if you want to monetise your blog:
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    Make money from your blog without Google ads 
    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities 
    How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
    How to improve your domain authority (DA)
    The 5 ways I made £30000 money from home in 2017/2018
    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

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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.

     

    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:

    Make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing
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    4 ways to find paid blog opportunities
    How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
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    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


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    Do you make money from your blog?  Take part in my interview to help others learn how to make money blogging. 
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