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 Sean from www.hubbyhelps.com, my main aim for my blog was to initially pass on some of my hints and tips with tech, DIY (and life in general!)
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I have been blogging for four years now (I had to check as I thought it was less!) As my wife blogs, I knew there was the ability to make money, however I did not realise how quickly that could be done. After approximately three months I had my first paid work.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or the figure)
I currently work full time, so do not have too much time to spare on my blog, with that said I make between £600 to £1000 per month.
How exactly do you make money from your blog and tell us more about your favourite method?
I make money in several different ways from social media to bespoke blog posts. My favourite method is a bespoke post; I love the challenge of creating content driven by the customer while keeping content on key for my readers!
Were there any steps you took in the early days to prep your blog for making money?
When starting out it really is key that you start to link into other bloggers on a regular basis, it will help you with your number one stat, that being Domain Authority. Collaboration with other bloggers in the early days will see you gaining a really good head start.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
A lot of people will think that blogging is quick and easy, however you have to put in a massive amount of work to ensure you have a viable blog. Time tabling is a key aspect when monetizing your blog especially if you have a full time job!
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
I spend approximately 2 - 3 hours on my blog a day. Previous to that I could spend 4 hours or so, which was all part of the initial set up.
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
My future blog aim would be to solely blog, it is a really enjoyable aspect of my life! It works well around family too!
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to make money?
After setting the initial look of your blog. Link building would have to be the key to making money, second to that your social media foot print. Clients usually want to see activity on the blog so ensuring you are blogging at least once every three days!
What are the drawbacks to running a money making blog?
The main drawback with any business is the credit control aspect, luckily I have no issues with that as I have a financial background, but not knowing when you are getting paid can prove difficult if it is your main income. So you need to be sure to have a financial buffer just in case, clients are slow to pay.
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
Freedom, blogging can work around your lifestyle.
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
I would still blog, sharing tips and hints was what drew me in originally.
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
I think blogging will be here to stay, however with anything it will evolve and we have started to see a rise in bloggers streaming rather than just writing. This is an area I am starting to look into myself!
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:
Make money from your blog with Awin affiliate marketing
Make money from your blog without Google ads
4 ways to find paid blog opportunities
How I save hours every week scheduling tweets with Social Oomph
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
Do you make money from your blog? Would you like to take part? Click here for the interview questions.