Welcome to my 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 tell us all about your money making blog.
My name is Andrew Young and I own a personal finance blog called Capital Matters. I started the blog unofficially in December 2017 (when I had it active for a month before taking it down). Thankfully, I came to my senses and reopened it in April this year. I've been an active blogger ever since, aiming to promote thrifty habits, relaying what I've learned about saving, investing and earning. I started for a combination of reasons. Firstly, I think about personal finance near constantly. And secondly, I wanted to stop boring my boyfriend with personal finance spiel. Now I just bore *cough*...I mean enlighten the internet.
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I have been blogging for less than a year (December 2017) and I began to monetise around April, when I became more active. I have learned a huge amount in a short space of time, thanks mostly to the support from the existing blogging community.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or the figure)
Pocket money. At the moment I'm just looking to pay for the pots of tea I enjoy as I write the blog posts in a range of cafes up and down Scotland. Whilst it's low at the moment, seeing growth month-to-month is exciting and keeps me motivated.
How exactly do you make money from your blog and tell us more about your favourite method?
Were there any steps you took in the early days to prep your blog for making money?
At the start I simply wanted to write as many blog posts as possible. I had (and still have) a huge range of subjects I want to cover. I knew that eventually I could monetise posts with adverts and affiliates. But in the early days my focus was on creating quality content that people wanted to read.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to make money?
What are the drawbacks to running a money making blog?
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
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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