Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are making money from their blogs!
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.
I'm Lisa, I'm a freelance magazine editor and lifestyle and beauty blogger at thebeautytype.com. I cover everything from home, interiors, food, travel, career, beauty products, hauls and my life!
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I've been blogging for over seven years and it's been in the last 2 years that I've made an addition to my income through blogging.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or the figure)
I get a 'part time' wage into my income through blogging. It varies monthly but it tends to be about 20-30% of what I bring home every month.
How exactly do you make money from your blog and tell us more about your favourite method?
I get contacted through agencies who want to link build, review products, write about a brand or place a guest post. I prefer link building as its easier to adapt but happy to work on anything that fits my brand.
Were there any steps you took in the early days to prep your blog for making money?
I never set up to make money, it's just a nice perk after all these years. However, build your brand is the most vital part. No one wants to work with someone who's just in it for the money.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
No not at all. It's over seven years of hard work to bring it to the standard it is today. I am all self-taught with no additional help.
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
About ten hours a week now if not more but yeah it's changed over the last few years and in the last six months I've gone freelance so I've had more time to dedicate to it.
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
I would love to reach some higher numbers for my following and work with some of my favourite brands!
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to make money?
Not making money! Personally blogging isn't about the money. You should be doing it because you love writing and blogging not because you want money! Sorry to break it to you!
What are the drawbacks to running a money making blog?
Sometimes you might consider working with brands that don't fit your ethos or style and that can cause readers to disappear if you start writing about irrelevant things!
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
I've always loved writing, I love the community and it’s a great way to learn about new products with an honest perspective.
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
Absolutely, it's a hobby I enjoy and it serves as an outlet and portfolio!
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
I think the written word is always valuable and although YouTube is taking over, blogs are always important.
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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Do you make money from your blog? Would you like to take part? Click here for the interview questions.