Welcome to my new Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are making money from their blogs!
A new post every Monday at 12pm from a money making blogger sharing their experience and advice.
I've been a full time blogger officially since May 2017. For one year before this I made a part time wage from my blog and worked a part time job. I started blogging in April 2013 and never even realised I could make a real living from my blog and thought it was just a hobby. So for the first three years I didn't make any money from my blog.
Before properly monetizing my blog I did have a few opportunities land in my inbox which I politely declined as I wasn't really sure what they were. Then I stumbled upon some blogger income reports and realised there was some real money to be made. I’ve never looked back and I started collaborating with brands and putting a value on my time and worth, instead of accepting unpaid collaborations. I now make a full time living from my blog and I want you to realise you can do this too, if you want to.
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.
Hello, please introduce yourself and your money making blog.
I am Eileen, married mum to 3 teens, PE teacher, Financial Coach and money blogger at www.yourmoneysorted.co.uk.
How long have you been blogging for?
I have been blogging for a couple of years and am slowly getting used to the fact that people actually read what I write!
When did you begin to monetize?
I have only really started to monetise my blog, because I also make money from selling online money courses.
What sort of income do you make from your blog each month? Pocket money, part time, full time or feel free to share the figure.
Pocket money at present, but I am planning to make it a part-time income in the next year, and a full-time income in 3 years.
What steps did you take in the beginning to monetize your blog?
I took Emma Drew's amazing course, Turn Your Dreams into Money, which helped to motivate and inspire me.
How do you make money from your blog?
I get some passive income from a small selection of products that I endorse, as well as from a few carefully chosen sponsored posts. It is really important to me that anything I post about is genuinely useful to my readers, and not trying to make money from them.
Has it been an easy process?
It has its challenges! Mainly the fact that I am also working part-time, and I never seem to have enough hours in the day.
What are the top three ways you make money from your blog?
Sponsored posts, affiliate marketing and selling courses.
What is your favourite way to make money from your blog?
My money courses! I just love working with my clients and helping them to transform their financial life.
How much do you really work on your blog? Be honest.
Too flipping much!
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
To have a full-time income from it, so that I can leave teaching at 55, and travel the world with my hubby, while still being able to blog and help people with their money.
If someone is totally new to blogging, what would you advise they concentrate on to help make their blog a money making success?
I would take a couple of courses (Emma Drew's are brilliant!) and get set up to start making money immediately.
Are there any drawbacks to running a money making blog?
My brain is constantly "on"! Everything is an opportunity for a post, or a photo or a social media post, which can be quite tiring.
What’s the best thing about blogging for an income?
The flexibility and the freedom that working for myself brings me.
Would you blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it?
Yes, absolutely. I enjoy the blogging part of it now, and have ideas of starting another one in the next wee while too - just because I enjoy it.
Do you think blogging is here to stay?
I think it will be around for a while yet, but who knows what it's long term future is. Things change so quickly!
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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The 5 ways I made £30000 money from home in 2017/2018
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