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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.


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  1. 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
    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
    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 (1)

  2. Blogger, home and online income report January 2019

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    Welcome to my monthly income report where I share how much money I have managed to 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 any cash back I have earned.  

    To read an in-depth reason behind sharing my income reports start with the blog post why I publish income reports and another great read is how I made £35000 from home in 2018 

    Enjoy :)

    My January 2019 blogging, at-home & online income breakdown

    Income report - How I made £1923.70 at-home, blogging & online in January (

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

    From smallest to largest:

    Shopmium  £1.80
    User Testing £7.42
    OhMyDosh! £12.51
    Crowdville £13.69
    Top Cashback £21.43
    Whatusersdo £25.00
    Personal eBay £30.00
    Matched betting £41.04
    Profit Accumulator referrals £64.62
    Blog writing £1,706.19
    TOTAL £1,923.70

     

    Shopmium £1.80

    I've recently started using smartphone apps GreenJinn, Shopmium and Checkout Smart to save money on items I buy in-store. 

    Simply buy any of the featured items and then upload your receipt to get cash back.  Sign up with my Shopmium referral link and you'll get a freebie!

    Related - How to save money at the supermarket with Shopmium

     

    User Testing £7.42

    I've joined some more website testing platforms and I completed my first test with User Testing.  They paid within a few days.  The payments are $10 per test.  There are a lot of tests on there, but I've not qualified for any more yet, but perhaps your demographics and lifestyle will allow you to complete more.  I hope to be able 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 

     

    OhMyDosh! £12.51

    This is a Get Paid To style website where you basically get paid to do things such as sign up to trials.  I signed up to the Which? 30 day trial and an Amazon 30 day trial.  I literally cancelled right away and basically got paid to trial them for 30 days!

    Sign up to OhMyDosh! here or read my blog post to learn more: Make money online with OhMyDosh!

    You may also be interested in these free money offers!

     

    Crowdville £13.69

    This was my first payment for the first task I completed with Crowdville.

    Sign up to Crowdville here or read my blog post to learn more: Make money online with Crowdville


    Top Cashback £21.43

    I LOVE getting cashback.  You're just wasting money if you're not getting any on your online purchases.  It's free money back for the things you are already buying!

    Read my blog post about it here: Over £800 cashback in 2 years with Top Cashback

     

    WhatUsersDo £25

    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.

    This was my payment for tests completed in December, but I already know I should be getting around £70 in February for the tests I completed in January as I did a lot more.

    Read my blog post easily make money from home by testing websites for my review or sign up here!

     

    Personal eBay £30

    As predicted for the last couple of months, my eBay sales have dropped.  Last year I consistently made over £100 per month selling our unwanted and outgrown toys, clothes and shoes on eBay.  I've barely got anything left to sell and I gave a lot to charity last month, but still managed to bag £30 in extra pocket-money for the month.

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

     

    Matched betting £41.04

    A pretty quiet month compared to last month.  This was really lucrative for me in the beginning, but after two years it's dying down as I have been gubbed from so many good accounts.  I still check it at the weekends and sometimes there are good offers for me.  There are other methods to learn, but I only bother with the easiest ways so I limit my potential income.  I made around £1500 in the first couple of months when I started matched betting and I highly recommend it for the startup offers, even if you don't continue with it long-term.

    I highly recommend matched betting as it's made me £5000 in just under 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:

    One Year Review: How I earn up to £50 per hour matched betting from home 

     

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    PA referrals £64.62

    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 £5000 profit so far!

    Related - Matched betting milestones 18 months and £5000

     

    Blog writing £1706.19

    This is always my most lucrative method of income from home each month.  I love to write and thoroughly enjoy writing about topics that I am passionate about, sharing my experience, or researching topics I enjoy to learn more and then share it on my blog in a relatable way.   I write for four blogs.  One makes the bulk of the income and I'm building up the others with an aim to have four money-making blogs to give me a more secure income by the end of 2019.

    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

      

     

    January 2019 grand total £1923.70

     

    Shopmium 
    £1.80
    User Testing £7.42
    OhMyDosh! £12.51
    Crowdville £13.69
    Top Cashback £21.43
    Whatusersdo £25.00
    Personal eBay £30.00
    Matched betting £41.04
    Profit Accumulator referrals £64.62
    Blog writing £1,706.19
    TOTAL £1,923.70


     

    More money-making blog posts and links:

    Free money offers

    Make money at home from receipts with Receipt Hog and Shoppix

    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 [and a Roamler invite code for you] 

    Make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing 

     

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  3. Money making blogger interview with Marc from Vital Dollar

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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 - 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 (1)

    Tell us all about you and introduce your blog.

    My name is Marc and I’m a personal finance blogger at VitalDollar.com. I’m 40 years old and I live in the United States with my wife and our two kids. I started VitalDollar.com in February of 2018 because I wanted to write about the personal finance lessons that I’ve learned over the years, and because I want to continue to learn more about finance. I write about topics related to saving money and making money, including a little bit about blogging.

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

    I started my first blog in 2007 and made some money within the first few months. I’ve been blogging full-time since 2008. That first blog grew pretty quickly and allowed me to leave my full-time job after about 1.5 years of working on the blog. I managed that blog until I sold in for $500,000 in 2013. After that, I had a few photography blogs, which I’ve also sold. In August of 2018, I sold my last photography blog for $216,000. After selling that photography blog, I’ve had more time to focus on Vital Dollar.

    How much money do you make each month from blogging?

    I’ve made a full-time income from blogging for the past 10+ years, but the numbers vary drastically. The main reason my income has big fluctuations is because I’ve sold several blogs over the years. When I sell one, I get a nice lump sum, but then my ongoing income drops since I no longer own the blog. I’ve been through this cycle a few times.

    How do you make money blogging?

    I’ve made money from banner ads, AdSense, affiliate programs, sponsored content, selling my own digital products, and membership. I’ve also done freelance writing for other blogs. My favourite methods are selling digital products and affiliate marketing. Advertising is probably my least favourite because the ads detract from the look of the site and take visitors away, but it can still be an effective method. Actually, almost all of my blogging revenue the first two years was from banner ads and AdSense.

    I like selling digital products because the income potential is higher. If you have a successful product you can continue to sell it month after month and it becomes a somewhat passive source of income. I like affiliate marketing because there are opportunities in almost any niche, and because the pay-outs can be pretty high on certain products. Even if you create your own products, there are still going to be some complementary products or services that you could promote as an affiliate.

    How did you prep your blog to make money?

    The biggest thing was just getting traffic in the first place. If you’re monetizing the blog with ads (which was the case when I started my first blog), the main thing you need to focus on is just getting traffic.

    With most of my blogs the past few years, I’ve been making money by selling my own digital products. To have success with that, I’ve had to find products that would be in demand from my audience, create a quality product, and then create a sales page and an offer that gets their attention.

    The hardest part, in my opinion, is getting traffic in the early stage. Once you have some momentum it gets a lot easier, but starting from scratch takes a lot of work.

    What are your aims for your blog in the future?

    There are a ton of personal finance blogs, so my aim is to make Vital Dollar good enough that it really stands out. I’m trying to do that by writing in-depth content that is really practical, and not only teaches concepts, but shows people how they can take action and apply it to their own lives. I do hope and plan to increase my income by growing the traffic and by creating some of my own products.

    Right now, my focus is on increasing traffic and building an email list. I make money through affiliate programs that are relevant to the articles I write, but my long-term plan is to create some digital products (probably courses) that I will sell from the blog.

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

    First, I think you need to decide which monetization methods fit best with your long-term goals. I don’t think you necessarily need to put all of that into practice right away, but it’s a good idea to at least know what you want to do in the future.

    Next, it’s important to create a brand identity for your blog. What do you want to be known for? How are you going to stand out? What makes your blog unique? When you’re thinking about your brand identity, keep your monetization plans in mind.

    For example, if you plan to create and sell a course on how to pay off debt, you should probably work to build your brand around debt payoff. Make yourself known as an expert on debt, and when you release that course you’ll have more success.

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

    Pros: 1) work from home, 2) work on something you enjoy, and 3) have a flexible schedule.

    Cons: 1) difficulty with work/life balance, 2) the industry changes very quickly, so you need to adapt, and 3) friends and family won’t understand what you do.

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

    Honestly, my inspiration is mostly related to money and being able to provide for my family. For me, it’s a business. Even though I blog about subjects that I enjoy, it’s still work.

    The best thing about blogging is the flexibility that it offers. I’ve been able to work from home for more than 10 years, which gives me more time around my family. Even though I work full-time hours, I have a lot of flexibility and can adjust my hours as needed, or take off whenever I decide.

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

    No, I wouldn’t. Blogging is what I do for a living, but there are many other things I would rather do with my time if I weren’t making money from it. As far as job is concerned, I love it. But not enough to dedicate hours to it if I had no hope of making money.

    Do you think blogging is here to stay?

    I think content is here to stay, but the formats may vary over time. So many companies use blogs for producing online content that it’s obviously a big part of daily life for many of us, and not going away anytime soon. But audio and video content are becoming increasingly popular. I think content creation will be here to stay, but it’s possible that written content will eventually lose popularity in favour of audio and video.

     

    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
    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
    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

    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

  4. Money making blogger interview: Bex from The Art of Healthy Living

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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 30-40 hours per week currently and 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 and 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?

    Hey I'm Bex and I own and run my healthy lifestyle site The Art of Healthy Living. It takes the form of a magazine style blog, featuring articles both written by myself and others all about health, fitness, food, wellness and a bit of parenting, travel and beauty thrown in for good measure. I've always written since I was a little girl and have had aspirations to be a writer from then on. I actually started the blog to help my husband out - he runs an SEO company, but then the site progressed organically and it has now become my baby.

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

    I've been blogging now for 4 years and went full time after the first 6 months. It took a while to make money from it, well certainly enough to make it worthwhile. But what people don't realise is that making money from your blog doesn't just happen overnight. It takes a lot of hard work, involves making lots of connections and there's way more work that goes on behind the scenes than most people give credit for. I would say that really it's only been in the past two years that it has become financially viable.

    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 work around my kids being at school, so that's generally between 9 and 3 each week day, but I also allow 'me time' to go running, meet friends and project plan my house renovations within that time so it can really vary depending on what projects I have on. What I make each month can also really vary - some months it can be as low as £500 whereas other months it can be as much as £3000.

    How do you make money blogging?

    A few different ways - sponsored posts, content writing, adverts, link building and also as a result of my blogging other companies have approached me to create content for their websites and I have also taken on a bit of book proof reading on the side.

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

    Branding was key for me. I invested in a good designer who talked me through exactly what I wanted from the look of my site as well as how I would come across to people. It took me a while to realise that I was essentially the brand and that was probably the biggest thing to get my head around. It also really helps that my husband works in the industry and so I know I can go to him for any tech issues.

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

    Onwards and upwards. I'd like to continue its growth and form more relationships with brands and collaborate with other bloggers.

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

    Creating a brand, blogging regularly, finding your voice, getting the all-important USP sorted and transparency ALWAYS.

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

    Pros - flexibility, it's such a great creative outlet and one that not only helps inspire others but also takes you on your own self-discovery journey - it's basically like therapy, there is something different every day.

    Cons - freelance life is a rocky one - you never know when you're next project is coming in and you're always on the hustle, it can be lonely - you have to get good at making yourself leave the sofa and not wearing PJs all day, writers block - it's a thing and it can strike at any time - make sure you connect and collab with people to help inspire.

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

    I love the reactions I get from people when they read my blog and that is basically what helps inspire me too. When someone reads what I have written and can relate to it it's amazing. Knowing I have helped even just one person feel better about themselves, or made them laugh, or given them some useful information is the best feeling in the world.

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

    Probably, although it wouldn't be as frequent. I love the freedom that writing gives me and I think if I wasn't blogging I would be going a little bit crazy by now!

    Do you think blogging is here to stay?

    Yep, certainly for the time being. Although I think it will be flooded with more people who aren't that good at it and it will become harder to stand out from the crowd. Good content will always win however and people love hearing about other people's lives.

    Find Bex at www.artofhealthyliving.com

     

    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
    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
    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

    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)
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  5. Blog and home earnings income report December 2018

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    Get ready for a blog post stuffed full of resources to help you make money online, blogging, from smart phone apps and other side hustles at home!

    Welcome to my monthly income report where I share how much money I have managed to make from home.  This income is from freelance blog writing, various side hustles online, apps for mystery shopping, website testing, matched betting, online selling and I also include any cashback I have earned.  

    To read an in-depth reason behind sharing my income reports start with the blog post why I publish income reports and click here to discover the top 3 ways I made money from home in 2017.

    If you missed it then I recently published How I made £35000 from home in 2018 so do pop over for a read!

    Here goes, from smallest to largest...

    My December 2018 blogger and online earnings income breakdown

    Income report - how I made £2500 online in december from blogging and side

    Please note - the below are my totals before any deductions, so my total turnover for the month, not including any expenses.  My yearly business expenses are around £4000.  I also save £500 per month to cover my tax, national insurance, student loan and pension.  So my total monthly business expenses, tax savings and so on are around £830.  So deduct this from the overall figure at the end of this blog post for an idea of my take-home pay.

    From smallest to largest:

     

    Top Cashback £4.42

    My Top Cashback amounts seem to be smaller recently, but because I've not been buying very much online.  I've not booked any holidays or flights for this year yet either.  My car insurance, MOT and home insurance are all due in the spring, so I'm hoping to get some nice cashback for these!  I'm on a saving mission at the moment so I'm not spending much on home improvements which is keeping our cashback levels low.  I do still buy things we need from eBay and so I always get a little cashback for all these purchases (around 1%)  as well as any Holland and Barrett online shops - they usually give 10-12% cashback which is quite a lot!

    We’ve had over £800 from Top Cashback, as a household, since signing up in April 2016.  You’re crazy if you’re not doing it.  It's money back on things you were going to buy anyway.  Learn how to earn cashback on things you already buy and be amazed with how much extra cash you have back in your pocket!   

    Read my blog post about it here: Over £800 cashback in 2 years with Top Cashback

     

    GreenJinn £5.05

    This is my first payout from supermarket cashback app GreenJinn.  I've recently started using GreenJinn, Shopmium and Checkout Smart to see if I can save money on items I buy in-store.  you simply buy the items and then upload your receipt to get cashback if you've bought any of the items that are on offer on the apps.

    Related - How to save money at the supermarket with Shopmium

     

    Roamler £10.29

    I cashed out some of the money I'd had sitting in my Roamler balance for a while.  Roamler is an app where you can take part in mystery tasks in stores and other establishments to earn cash.

    I have an invite code for you in this blog post - How to make money from your phone with the Roamler app [and a Roamler invite code for you]

     

    Scarf boutique £20.80

    A couple of sales from people I presume had found my dedicated Twitter account for my scarf shop.  I decided early last year that I won't be continuing with my scarf shop anymore, so I've just been letting the scarves sell out, albeit it slowly!  I will be updating my shop soon to a pop-up shop for Wood-Create to showcase my husband's amazing furniture.  I've also some ideas for some smaller handmade wooden home decor items so we may be collaborating in the future and listing the items in my shop.  Watch this space!

    If you want to browse what's left of my scarves, then pop to my shop today before they all sell out!  Here's the link: https://www.lyliarose.com/ourshop/

    Income report - how I made £2500 online in december from blogging and side

     

    Awin £21.07

    Woohoo a payout from Awin!  I have around £280 in my pending balance, but some of them take so long to clear!  Awin  is an affiliate marketing platform where us publishers can have access to over 6000 brands!

    If you want to make money from your blog and socials with affiliate marketing then it's the go-to platform with many brands you know and love already.

    Related - Make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing and get £30 per person you refer to Awin!

     

    WhatUsersDo £40

    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. This is by far my favourite side hustle.  It's fun to do and doesn't take much time.  There are usually more tests too, but I miss out on a lot as it's first come first served.  If you're more available than I am then you'll be able to take part in more tests!

    Read my blog post easily make money from home by testing websites and sign up yourself!

     

    Personal eBay £106.38

    I've been consistently making around £100 per month by selling our outgrown and unwanted items on eBay and sometimes on Facebook Marketplace.  It keeps our home clutter free and provides us with a bit of extra pocket money each month.  If items don't sell after a while, then I donate them to the charity shops.

    I'm sure this income will reduce this year as I am so minimal now!  We cleared out nearly our whole attic last year, so I'm not sure there's much left to sell now aside from when our kids grow out of things.

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

     

    PA referrals £125.95

    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 £5000 profit so far!

    Related - Matched betting milestones 18 months and £5000

     

    Matched betting £173.30

    Much better than last month which was my lowest ever at under £40.  This month was great as there were lots of Christmas and advent calendar offers to take part in.

    I highly recommend matched betting as it's made me £5000 in just under 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:

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    Blog writing £1992.14

    This is always my most lucrative method of income from home each month.  I love to write and thoroughly enjoy writing about topics that I am passionate about, sharing my experience, or researching topics I enjoy to learn more and then share it on my blog in a relatable way.   I write for four blogs.  One makes the bulk of the income and I'm building up the others with an aim to have four money making blogs to provide (hopefully) a more steady and reliable income by the end of 2019.

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

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    December 2018 grand total £2499.40

    Top Cashback

    £4.42

    Green Jinn 

    £5.05

    Roamler

    £10.29

    Scarf boutique

    £20.80

    Awin

    £21.07

    Whatusersdo 

    £40.00

    eBay

    £106.38

    Profit Accumulator referrals

    £125.95

    Matched betting

    £173.30

    Blog writing

    £1,992.14

    TOTAL

    £2,499.40

     

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