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 Kacie and I write a food and travel blog called The Rare Welsh Bit.
How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?
I’ve been blogging for eight years but I only really began to make money from my blog within the last 2-4 years, and it increased gradually over time.
What's your monthly blog income like? (Pocket money, part time, full time or if you're happy to share the figure)
Blogging is my full-time job.
How exactly do you make money from your blog? Tell us more about your favourite method?
Sponsored content, affiliate links, sponsored events, recipe development and social media promotions.
Were there any steps you took to prep your blog for making money?
No, I never set out to make money from my blog initially.
Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog? Why?
No. Many of my friends think I have the best job in the world, being able to eat out and travel all the time, but it comes at a cost. I work every day of the week and probably work far longer every week than I ever did when I worked full-time. It’s difficult to switch off when you need to be monitoring social media and ensuring a steady flow of content to your blog. My income fluctuates enormously too, which can be stressful at times.
How many hours per week do you work on your blog? Has this changed over time?
Around 60 hours per week currently and this has increased over time because my blog used to be a side hobby, but now it’s my full time job.
What are your aims for your blog in the future? Do you plan on increasing your income and how?
I plan to develop more of a passive income through affiliate advertising and I will be making more use of my journalism background to secure more freelance writing work too.
If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to start making money?
Finding something they genuinely love, which they are prepared to blog about even if the money doesn’t come straight away - because believe me, it doesn’t happen overnight.
Are there any drawbacks to running a money making blog?
Fluctuating income, big time commitment
What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?
My love for writing and photography inspire me to blog so that I can share my experiences with others. I love being able to shout about the brands, products and destinations that mean the most to me and encourage my readers to try them out for themselves.
Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?
Yes, and I did for many years. I am passionate about food and travel and I enjoy writing and taking photos, so I guess you could say blogging comes naturally to me.
Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?
I’m in two minds. On the one hand, if done properly, influencer marketing can be extremely effective and impactful. Sadly, however, there are lots of influencers buying their way to success through means such as fake followers and artificial traffic, combined with a general lack of adequate disclosure and transparency across the whole industry. I do worry that the blogging bubble could burst if these negative aspects of the industry aren’t addressed adequately in the near future, which is one of the reasons why I’m diversifying my income by taking on more freelance writing projects again.
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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