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Welcome to the Lylia Rose UK money and lifestyle blog.  My name is Victoria Sully.  I'm a busy mum of two, wife, full-time blogger and online money-maker who’s always trying to make and save more money.  I’m passionate about making money online, healthy living and blogging.  I’m a mama on a mission to be healthier and wealthier!  Please join me on my journey.


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  1. Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are making money from their blogs! 

    Read on to discover how they make money from blogging and the steps they took to monetize their blogs.  Feel inspired and learn something new from this series!  Also learn how many hours they spend on their blogs per week and what sort of income this provides.

    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.

    Money making blogger interview with Liza Tripsget (1)

    Hello, please introduce yourself and tell us all about your money making blog.

    My name is Liza and I run a travel and lifestyle blog for young adventurous professionals - Tripsget

    How long have you been blogging for and when did you begin to monetize?

    I’ve been blogging for almost 3 years now, however, I only started to monetise 1.5 years ago.

    What's your monthly blog income like?

    It’s relatively small, I’d say in the £500 range, but I work full-time, so I don’t accept many sponsored posts and don’t do massive outreach.

    How exactly do you make money from your blog?

    My favourite method is definitely advertising. I love Mediavine and I think it’s a great way to monetise your blog. I also get affiliate income and sponsored posts, but it’s less reliable and depends on the season.

    Were there any steps you took to prep your blog for making money?

    Not really, I just started producing better quality content.

    Has it been an easy process to make money from your blog?

    Definitely not - I had to learn a lot about SEO and spend a lot of time on social media as well. However, once I reached 25,000 sessions a month, it got easier.

    How many hours per week do you work on your blog?

    I work 10-15 hours a week on the blog.

    What are your aims for your blog in the future?

    I would like to grow it more and reach at least 100,000 page views in the next couple of years.

    If someone is totally new to blogging, what should they concentrate on most to start making money?

    High-quality content and keyword research

    What inspires you to blog and what is the best thing about blogging?

    The fact that my content is useful to people and I get a lot of positive feedback! Also, free trips and stays, of course.

    Would you still blog even if you couldn’t make money doing it and why?

    I would still blog, but I wouldn’t write my posts around keywords, I would just use it more as a diary.

    Do you think blogging is here to stay and why?

    It’s definitely here to stay. It always existed in different forms, so why should it go?

     

    Thank you so much for taking part in my Money Making Blogger interview series and best of luck with your blog!

     

     

    More 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)

    Make money blogging with Link Monster
    Make money blogging with Get Blogged (even as a new blogger)
    Make money blogging with Considerable Influence
    Make money blogging with Press Loft
    Make money blogging with Bloggers Required
    Make money blogging with Bloggerwork


    6 secrets to make more money from your blog
    6 handy tax tips for bloggers
    Online resources and blog posts to make money blogging
    Blogging tips

    How to make money from home:

    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
    Online resources to make money at home 

    Take part in my money making bloggers interview:

    Do you make money from your blog?  Take part in my interview to help others learn how to make money blogging. 
    Click here for the interview questions.
    Read the interviews here.

    Money making blogger interview with Liza Tripsget

     

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    Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees

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    My making money as a stay-at-home mum background story

    As soon as I had my first daughter I knew I didn’t really want to return to my manager role after maternity.  I’d been with the company for nine years and had assumed I’d be there forever.  Having my first child totally changed my opinion though.  After one year’s maternity I didn’t want to return to full time work in a demanding role that often required last minute overtime.  I wouldn’t be able to commit to the role as I had pre-children.  I also wasn’t ready to put my daughter in full time childcare from 8am to 6pm, only seeing her for one hour or so per evening before it was her bedtime.  The thought really upset me.  It was time to find a new job or way of working from home where I could be there for my daughter in the day times and see her do new things and reach milestones for myself.  In this article I will share five tried and tested ways to make money as a stay at home mum in the UK.  Who knows, it could even become a full time occupation for you!

    Originally I trained to be a childminder which seemed the perfect job whilst my daughter was little.  I completed the training, but our current home didn’t have enough space.  We were in the process of selling our existing home, but it took a lot longer than anticipated – around eight months!  We ended up buying a home that needed totally redoing so this took all our time and four years on we’re still not finished!  We then fell pregnant with our second child so I decided not to pursue the childminding.  We just had too much to do in our new home and a new baby on the way.  I also wasn’t as passionate about it anymore as I’d already started my Lylia Rose business.  I do always wonder what would have happened if we had managed to sell quicker and moved into a house that needed no or little work.  Perhaps I’d be a full time childminder today!

    I started making handmade cards and selling them on Etsy when my daughter was born and I was stuck at home needing a hobby.  That was the beginning of Lylia Rose.  Since then it changed to me selling items on Facebook, then making jewellery, then buying jewellery to sell, adding scarves to the collection and changing to a scarf only shop, setting up a blog for the business, changing the blog to a lifestyle blog and to where we are today - a UK lifestyle blog all about how to make money online, self employment, healthy living and family lifestyle!  Phew!  It's been a journey!  To read more about all this check out my blog posts how I became a professional lifestyle blogger accidentally and where the name Lylia Rose came from.

    After my first maternity leave I did get a part time evening job.  I’ve worked three part time jobs in total, up until last May when I made the decision to go full time with my blogging and home earnings.  I’d earned more than my part time wage for six months straight by this point, so I knew it was the right decision.  Luckily I have managed to make a consistent full time wage being self-employed from home for an entire year now and will share the ways below.

    Here are 5 tried and tested ways to make money from home as a UK stay-at-home mum:

    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

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    Blogging

    If you love to write then blogging is the perfect stay at home career.  It can fit in around parent duties and is also location independent.  You just need a laptop and internet connection.  Don’t expect to start a blog and earn money instantly though.  I started mine in spring 2013 and didn’t start to make any money from it until spring 2016.  To be fair, it wasn’t my original intention to make money from it, but if I’d realised the potential sooner I am sure I could have made money after a year or two instead.  It takes time to build up content, stats, readership and an authoritative website.  Don’t let that put you off though.  If you are serious about blogging and perhaps one day making an income from it, then you simply need to get started.

    More 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)

    Make money blogging with Link Monster
    Make money blogging with Get Blogged (even as a new blogger)
    Make money blogging with Considerable Influence
    Make money blogging with Press Loft
    Make money blogging with Bloggers Required
    Make money blogging with Bloggerwork

    6 secrets to make more money from your blog
    6 handy tax tips for bloggers
    Online resources and blog posts to make money blogging
    Blogging tips

    Matched betting

    Matched betting is quite a controversial way to make money from home, but personally I love it.  Many people who aren’t matched bettors simply assume it’s gambling, but those of us who do it know it’s not gambling and the aim is to make a profit!  I wouldn’t do it at all if I was gambling with my money.  There is obviously risk involved as you can make a mistake, but if you follow the instructions you will make a profit.  I’ve made a couple of silly mistakes and lost £10 here and there, perhaps only three or so times, but I’ve learned from those mistakes.  In the one year and three months I’ve been a matched bettor I’ve made almost £4300 in profit.  I now only spend 30 minutes to 1.5 hours per week matched betting, so it’s very part time for me.  I make £100-£300 per month with a £100 target.  This is tax free cash too as the tax office do class it as gambling winnings!

    The company I use who have enabled me to learn the process and make so much money is Profit Accumulator who I still use and highly recommend.  It’s possible to make more and it’s possible to make less.  It depends how much time you can devote and which methods you continue to use after the sign up offers.

    Here are some great posts if you’re thinking of starting:
    Not sure about matched betting?  Make £40ish now to see if it’s for you!
    I made over £3000 matched betting in 2017
    £753.62 Matched Betting Profit Month One (and silly mistakes)
    Is matched betting a gateway to gambling and is it dirty money?

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    Website testing

    I’m so pleased I discovered website testing as it’s a quick and easy way to top up my other home earnings.  Tests can take as little as 5 minutes to complete and the longest has taken me about 20 minutes.  Each test is for a different website or app and they simply want your opinion on a new feature or for you to show how you'd find your way around the site.  They're really straightforward and easy to complete.  Just make sure you read the instructions carefully as the tests can get rejected.  I’ve only had one test rejected as I accidentally used my iPhone instead of an Android.  Oops!

    Read more about how you can easily make money from home by testing websites or get started right away by clicking here: https://app.whatusersdo.com/apply?referral=196393

    Selling online

    Selling items online is a great side hustle or could even be a full time job.  You can sell your old unwanted belongings on eBay or Facebook Marketplace to declutter and make cash in the process.  You can also become an ecommerce retailer by buying stock and selling it on your own website or eBay or Amazon.  If you’re crafty then try Etsy to sell your unique wares.  If you’ve a keen eye for a bargain in stores then reselling on eBay for a profit could be for you.  I’ve tried all of these methods and today I still sell all our outgrown and unwanted items on Ebay and Facebook as well as selling some items on this very website in my own online shop.

    Related blog posts:
    11 tips for eBay selling
    7 Easy Ways to Make Money from Home as a Mum
    Things I've Learnt from Running My Own Shop Business (the things no one tells you)

    Mystery tasks

    There are lots of ‘mystery shopping’ type apps out there.  Some aren’t really shopping at all, but simply short surveys or photos you can take at home.  Many are secret short audits you carry out in store.  My favourite apps are Streetbees, Roamler, BeMyEye and Task360.  You could make a few pounds each time you visit the supermarket to do your shopping if there’s a task whilst you’re there.

    Related:
    Find a Roamler invite code here
    Get paid doing simple tasks from your phone with Streetbees
    9 iPhone apps to make money

    There are so many ways to make money from home nowadays.  It really does give us mums the flexibility to make a part time or even a full time wage around parenting duties.  There’s no need to return to a full time job and have to use full time childcare if that’s not right for you.  Simply start exploring some at home options and get the ball rolling to a happier career today!

     

    5 tried and tested ways to make money as a UK stay at home mum

  4. Welcome to my Money Making Blogger interview series where I interview bloggers who are making money from their blogs! 

    Read on to discover how they make money from blogging and the steps they took to monetize their blogs.  Feel inspired and learn something new from this series!  Also learn how many hours they spend on their blogs per week and what sort of income this provides.

    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 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.

    Money making blogger interview with Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit (1)

    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!

     

     

    More 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)

    Make money blogging with Link Monster
    Make money blogging with Get Blogged (even as a new blogger)
    Make money blogging with Considerable Influence
    Make money blogging with Press Loft
    Make money blogging with Bloggers Required


    6 secrets to make more money from your blog
    6 handy tax tips for bloggers
    Online resources and blog posts to make money blogging
    Blogging tips

    How to make money from home:

    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
    Online resources to make money at home 

    Take part in my money making bloggers interview:

    Do you make money from your blog?  Take part in my interview to help others learn how to make money blogging. 
    Click here for the interview questions.
    Read the interviews here.

     Money making blogger interview with Kacie of The Rare Welsh Bit

  5. There’s a new platform on the blogging block called Bloggerwork and I’m here to tell you more.  If you are looking for more blogging opportunities and ways to monetize your blog then read on.

    It’s brand new, so I’ve not had any work from it yet, but I’m very hopeful.  It looks like a great way to advertise your blog services and reach brands of all sizes.  Read on to learn more about this new blogging platform and what it offers bloggers.

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    How does Bloggerwork connect brands and bloggers?

    As a blogger, you can list various adverts on the platform to offer your paid services.  You can create several different listings, for example you can list your price and service description for a paid tweet and then another listing for a paid blog post and so on.   You create each listing so you can choose the title of the service, the description and then set your own price.

    You are in control of the services you offer on your blog and social platforms.  You are also in control of the price you set.

    Services you offer could include link insertions, sponsored blog posts, banner ads, product reviews, tweets, Instagram stories and more.

    It’s a self-service platform for the brands who can browse your blog and social media listings in the marketplace and choose who they wish to work with. 

    You still get to decide if you want to go ahead with each collaboration, so if an opportunity is not for you then you can choose to decline and Bloggerwork will let the brand know.

    Everyone is vetted

    All bloggers and brands go through a vetting process when signing up to Bloggerwork.  I had to submit my name and blog details and wait to be approved and invited to the platform.  They ensure only quality brands and bloggers are active on the platform.  They will check your blogs, social medias and stats using various programs before accepting you onto their platform.

    How do I get paid on Bloggerwork?

    The brand will choose the bloggers they want to work with and pay for the service to Bloggerwork at the point of ordering.  If you accept an assignment then you’ll be paid on the same day that your completed work is submitted and approved.  Payment is sent via bank transfer or PayPal.

    To protect the brands Bloggerwork will reverse this payment if the content is deleted.  It’s a fair system for both brands and bloggers.

    Earnings are not capped and there is no fee for bloggers – you’ll receive the price you quote for any paid work.

    How do I sign up to Bloggerwork?

    make money blogging with bloggerwork platform

    To sign up, simply go to the homepage at https://www.bloggerwork.co.uk and click ‘I’m an influencer’ then you’ll be presented with a popup to enter your email address and the URL of your blog or social media channel.  Bloggerwork will check out your blog or channel and send you an invite to the platform via email if you are successful. 

    Once accepted you can then set up your login details and add your listings to the marketplace for the paid services you offer.

     

    More 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)

    Make money blogging with Link Monster
    Make money blogging with Get Blogged (even as a new blogger)
    Make money blogging with Considerable Influence
    Make money blogging with Press Loft
    Make money blogging with Bloggers Required


    6 secrets to make more money from your blog
    6 handy tax tips for bloggers
    Online resources and blog posts to make money blogging
    Blogging tips

    How to make money from home:

    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
    Online resources to make money at home 

    Take part in my money making bloggers interview:

    Do you make money from your blog?  Take part in my interview to help others learn how to make money blogging. 
    Click here for the interview questions.
    Read the interviews here.

    Make money blogging with Bloggerwork