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.
Scroll down if you've been here before, or if it's your first time then read this intro first to understand why I'm doing this interview series.
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.
Hi! My name is Rosie and I'm a Personal Style and London lifestyle blogger at Damzel In This Dress. I blog about all things beauty, fashion and food related, as well as all the best places to visit in London.
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I've been blogging for about 5 years but have been making money for 3. The first two years the money wasn't consistent but this year in particular I've been working hard to build some connections, network and figure out what makes me different.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or the figure)
My blog income at the moment is somewhere in between pocket money and part time. I can earn anything from £75 - £500 a month. A few months ago I went part time from my day job because I felt I could and also because I needed to in order to visit places and events to write about. The more time and energy I'm putting into my blog, the more fruitful it’s becoming.
How exactly do you make money from your blog and tell us more about your favourite method?
I use affiliate links and accept sponsored posts. Although I am noticing a trend with more brands and partnerships focusing on Instagram rather than on my blog. With that being said, my social platforms are just an extension of me and my blog so it all counts.
Were there any steps you took in the early days to prep your blog for making money?
Personally I think it helps to be realistic. Yes, nobody should undersell themselves but at the end of the day it has to be mutually beneficial. If no one is reading your blog or viewing your platforms then should you be asking for a large sum of money? It's also important to keep on top of SEO and keep consistent.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
Yes and no. It took time for me to build up a readership which was tough, especially as blogging became more and more popular. I felt like a small fish in a big pond but I preserved and when my blog become more recognised, more opportunities became available and more brands would say they had a budget they were happy to use for working with me.
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
This is a tough one because I'm ALWAYS thinking up ideas and content so it's 24/7 really. I really enjoy blogging so creating new content is lots of fun.
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
Ideally the dream is to be a full time blogger. I'd love to be able to actually 'influence' a brand with their decision making in creating products for POC.
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to make money?
Getting established and learning some SEO tricks. It's not a quick way to make money; it takes hard work and dedication.
What are the drawbacks to running a money making blog?
If a brand is paying you, your content needs to be top notch. Sometimes this can put a lot of pressure on you, especially if they require a quick turnaround time.
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
For me blogging is a creative outlet. I love being able to talk about all the things that I love and share it all with others. The best thing about it is that I've met some amazing new friends that I wouldn't have met before if it hadn't been through our mutual love for fashion or food!
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
Definitely. I work in a pretty tough job (mentally) so it's nice to have a creative outlet and to also have something I've built from scratch that's my own. Something I can be really proud of!
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
Most definitely. Not only can you find someone you can totally relate to (same skin tone, body shape, tastes), there's a personal touch to it that magazines and ads just don't have.
Thank you so much for taking part in my Money Making Blogger interview series and best of luck with your blog!
Helpful articles if you want to monetise your blog:
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Make money from your blog without Google ads
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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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