How bloggers make money
Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are making money from their blogs!
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!
Introduction to my money making bloggers interview series
If you're wondering is it possible to make money blogging? Then yes, it really is possible to earn a living as a blogger!
It's what me and many others are able to call our full-time income, but many people don't understand how it is possible, so this interview series will show exactly how bloggers are making an online income from a blog.
There are lots of different ways to monetize a blog and they will all be revealed in this series.
I share lots of tips on how I make money blogging in my Make Money Blogging section, but it's also great to learn from other bloggers too. One thing I love about the blogging community is how friendly and open it is. There's room for everyone and we all like to help each other grow and learn from one another.
Learn how bloggers make money
Learn how my interviewees make money from blogging and the steps they took to monetize their blog. I hope you 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 an income.
I've been a full-time blogger since January 2017 and I started blogging in April 2013. It still amazes me that I can make money from home as a blogger.
BUT, it’s not without a lot of hard work, so don’t be fooled into thinking you simply set up a website and voila, income starts rolling in. If only! I've work more hours per week than I did in any full-time employed job - my blog is my life!
I'm hoping it won't always be that way and there are lots of passive ways to make an income from blogging, but you have to set up the foundation first which can take lots of hard work and patience.
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.
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