Welcome to Blogger Bytes! I’ve been thinking about another series of posts I could put together that might be of interest for you. This one I’m calling “Blogger Bytes” (get it? Bytes/bites, ha ha) and it’s specifically about the ins and outs of blogging.
I guess you could say I’m an expert at this point, or at least a veteran, since I’m coming up on my 7th anniversary of writing this old thing. Sheesh, where does the time go?
I do find it super fun to get questions from other bloggers about some of the business or practical aspects of writing a blog. I absolutely love being part of the community and growing with all the changes that have happened and are happening at an even faster pace anymore.
In fact, I did a written interview about blogging recently over at a friend’s blog that you might want to check out.
But, for today’s post, I thought I might answer the question that most people thinking about blogging or even well into blogging want to know:
Yep, the money question. How do I make money at blogging?
At this point, there are a few ways that I personally make revenue as a blogger. I will say that for the first 3 or so years, I didn’t make any money and so the blog was most definitely a hobby. But, I was also getting my masters degree during that time so I was okay with that.
At a certain point, though, I kind of started to wonder when and how that would change for me. I’m not even saying that one has to make money to be a blogger, but as the costs start adding up as they can do, then it’s always nice to break even or even have a little extra coming in the door to justify the time and energy spent.
The ways that I have made money include:
- Creating and selling a product (mine have included a recipe app and an e-book).
- Hosting ads on my site – I use a company called Mediavine to manage them.
- Writing sponsored posts. A list of the ones I’ve done can be found here; I work with an agency called Tapinfluence that helps arrange them for me.
- Acting as a brand representative at events. An example is when I represented Canadian Lentils at the BlogHer Food conference in Miami.
- Promoting products or events through my social media presence, such as this post I did on Instagram.
- Receiving affiliate income for promoting and linking to other people’s products, like Otto’s Cassava flour (see my Chocolate Chip Muffins recipe using the product here). I also maintain an Amazon store with my fav products.
As you can see, there are multiple ways to earn revenue as a blogger. I would be a bad advice-giver and businessperson if I also didn’t emphasize very strongly that keeping expenses low is the other part of the process. One way to do this is to take care of most all your website management tasks yourself, such as writer, editor, graphic designer, techie, marketer, accountant, etc.
Also, if you’re doing sponsored posts, you should probably read through the Federal Trade Commission’s “.Com Disclosure” guidelines.
That’s it for today! I hope this post was helpful and please feel free to send me questions to be answered in future installments of Blogger Bytes. My direct e-mail is carrieATcarrieonlivingDOTcom.
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