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.
Hello, I am Luisa, a professional fashion stylist and blogger at https://onlinepersonalstylist.com. I began monetising my blog in 2015. It is my full-time career and I enjoy diversifying my income in different ways. Online Personal Stylist is a fashion and style destination where inspirational stories are told through fashion and where conscious fashion is mainstream.
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I have been blogging since 2009 but I started monetising in 2015.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or the figure)
How exactly do you make money from your blog and tell us more about your favourite method?
Blogger/brand collaborations. I have also sold products and services through my blog. I also earn a big percentage from affiliate sales.
Were there any steps you took in the early days to prep your blog for making money?
I had a think about what was missing from the market and tried to think how I could monetise that.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
When you get clear on your blogging vision yes. But if you don't, it is incredibly difficult!
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
About 30. It has varied depending on what I blog about and how long it takes to put a blog together.
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
I want to make it scalable. I want it to continue to grow and I want to create an inspirational community through my audience.
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to make money?
Whatever it is they feel comfortable with and that they enjoy selling!
What are the drawbacks to running a money making blog?
It isn't really a problem as such but I feel that it can be difficult to get yourself into the mind-set of "treating your blog like a business". That can actually be far more difficult that you imagine.
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
I love the idea of connecting with people and building an audience through blogging. Blogging is about being real, it doesn't have to be perfect and that is something that I really enjoy. If you have an honest message that you want to share, blogging allows you to do just that.
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
Yes. It was my favourite hobby before I turned it into a business.
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
Yes, it is a modern form of media. If blogs were gone tomorrow I don't think that would force people to go back to traditional forms of media, i.e. expensive glossy magazines, newspapers, etc. Blogs appeal to the modern generation and people who want honest information.
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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