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.
I’m Louise and I blog over on https://louiseroserailton.com. What began as a fashion blog has transformed into a lifestyle blog and a source of income.
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I began blogging in 2013, but didn’t start my current blog until 2014. It took a year for me to take the plunge and begin to monetise my blog.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or if you're happy to share the figure)
My monthly blog income can differ month to month. It’s usually around an average part time income each month.
How exactly do you make money from your blog? Tell us more about your favourite method?
I earn money via sponsored posts, ad placements and link insertions. I have also worked on the odd paid collab/press trip every so often. I know there are plenty of other ways to monetise, but this is what works for me currently!
Were there any steps you took to prep your blog for making money?
I honestly was just offered my first sponsored post and decided to accept it, therefore realising I needed to take the plunge and register as self-employed.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
Some months are tougher than others. There can be quiet spells.
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
This does change but on average I’d say I spend 10-20 hours working on my blog.
What are your aims for your blog in the future? Do you plan on increasing your income and how?
I try to keep my expectations and goals at a regular level. I’m just happy plodding along at the pace I’ve been going at. Of course, we would all love to become more successful! But I’m aware I probably won’t be the next Zoella (or similar) haha.
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to start making money?
Create your content. Focus on getting decent quality content out there on your blog and build on it from there.
Are there any drawbacks to running a money making blog?
It can be stressful when there is quieter periods, but I try to stick with it because I do genuinely love it.
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
The best thing about blogging for me is the creative freedom. It inspires me to cover topics which I’m interested in and passionate about.
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
Of course - probably not on the same scale as I do now, but I’ve always enjoyed writing.
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
For sure! Yes, the blogosphere is oversaturated, but focus on you and what you enjoy. Your blog should showcase your wonderful personality.
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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