Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are already 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.
Hi! I'm Yaz, the blogger behind The Wallet Moth, a website that aims to provide the best money-making and money-saving tips to help you live your best life.
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I've been blogging since early 2017, but didn't really buckle down and commit to it until around June that year.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or the figure)
My monthly blog income contributes part-time to my income, but it's steadily rising! I would love to eventually scale up my blog income to replace the income I earn from other projects.
How exactly do you make money from your blog and tell us more about your favourite method?
The two biggest ways I earn money from my blog are ads, and affiliate income. I'm a part of the MediaVine ad network which is a fantastic source of passive income. I recommend different affiliate products throughout my blog posts which also contribute to my income each month.
Were there any steps you took in the early days to prep your blog for making money?
Not enough - I wish I had put more of a plan in place when I started out! I had to go back and find opportunities to put affiliate links into my blog posts and re-work entire batches of posts that I had published without really knowing what I was doing.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
Yes and no. Growing my blog has been steady and it's exciting seeing that upward rise from month to month. However, there are a lot of bloggers out there promising to make you rich in a few weeks, and in my experience, that's just not the case for the majority of bloggers.
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
I probably spend around 20 hours working on my blogs (I own 3 at this point!). I used to spend more time on my blog when I had less freelance work, but I've been focusing on other ventures recently which meant it took a bit of a backseat. I love how flexible blogging can be in that regard, though.
What are your aims for your blog in the future?
Onwards and upwards! My aim for the next few months is to start working on more fresh content, really build up my backlog of posts to be published, and keep on growing.
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to make money?
Find a niche. Don't blog about anything and everything - focus on one particular topic that lets you attract a real core audience. That could be anything from parenting to gardening, but having a focus is really important.
What are the drawbacks to running a money making blog?
Your income will never be stable - it changes every month and that slight insecurity is something you have to accept and plan for.
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
I love that my blog is something I've grown from scratch and have total control over. My blog's success is entirely down to me, and I find that so liberating.
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
Yes, but I would probably have to spend less time on it each week - a girl's gotta eat!
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
Yes, although I do think bloggers these days need to wear more hats than they did in the past. Other platforms like Instagram and YouTube are becoming an expected extension of a website, and bloggers need to adapt to that expectation.
Find Yaz here
Blog URL: https://www.thewalletmoth.com
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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