About a year ago, I was making an average of $1,000 per month on my blog.
March 2018, I hit $10,000 in blogging income alone, not including my other side hustles (virtual assisting and freelance writing).
I remember saying 1 year ago that I would LOVE to be at $5k per month. Honestly, I wasn't totally sure if I would get here, but I did and it wasn't easy. Now I'm at $10k and it's honestly unbelievable.
Below is how I make my blogging income, and what I did to increase my income to $10,000 per month.
As always, please let me know if you have any questions either through the comment section below or email. 🙂
What is a sponsored post?
A sponsored blog post is when a blogger gets paid to talk about a product or brand on their blog.
How do I find sponsored opportunities for my blog?
Finding sponsored opportunities is easy with all of the websites dedicated to listing out sponsored opportunities. These website are basically like job boards that connect brands with bloggers.
However, there's a downside to these sites. Websites that list out sponsored opportunities take up to 30% of your payment for the sponsored post. That's a lot of money when you think about it.
For example, if a brand is paying you $5,000 to write a post, the job board would take up to $1,500 of that $5,000.
To avoid that, I actively reach out to brands I am interested in. For example, if I was interested in doing a sponsored post for Thrive Market, I would go to their “Contact Us” page and click on “Press/Media” and give my pitch to them from there.
What do you include in your sponsored post pitch?
I always like to include my media kit. My media kit shows all of my stats on one page. My friend Tiffany at Beautiful Dawn Designs has free media kits in her resource library that I use to send to brands.
If you don't have a media kit and rather send a text email instead, you could send something like this:
“Hello. I am emailing in regards to — workout program. I was wondering if you all work with bloggers in exchange for —. I am eager to try out the — program and post the results on my blog. FITnancials gets an average x page views a month and has over x social media followers. I believe partnering together will benefit both parties since FITnancials is all about health and fitness. Thank you for your time and I'm looking forward to hearing from you.”
To look even more professional, at the end you could say, “Included is my media kit”.
But aren't sponsored posts bad?
There are bloggers who are against sponsored content and make it widely known, don't listen to them! As long as you are staying genuine and only listing out companies you actually believe in or use, sponsored content is a fantastic way to make money from your website.
I've been offered to do sponsored posts on weight loss pills and other products I don't believe in. They pay well and I could've easily made money promoting these brands, but I reject these proposals because I don't use weight loss pills nor recommend them.
Related article: How I Make $3,000+ Per Month From Sponsored Posts
Don't publish posts just to publish. Create content with purpose.
When I first added ads to my website, they were everywhere. Seriously, I'm talking 10 ads in a 1000 word post. It was insane.
I wanted to make money and it seemed that advertising was going to give me the big bucks. Nope. It decreased my user-friendliness and people were getting sick of the ads. The ads were taking people off my website and people weren't clicking on my affiliate links. I was losing money.
Instead of pumping out an ad per screen, I changed my ad settings to only show an ad every 2 screens. For example, in this post, you should only seen 2-3 ads within the post, one on the sidebar, and one will pop up on desktop at the bottom of the screen.
Yeah, ads suck for user experience. I'd like to get rid of all of them, but for now, they bring in a lot of money for me so I've decided to keep them.
If you're a new blogger, I recommend Media.net and if you're a blogger with over 25,000 sessions per month, Mediavine (who I'm with) is awesome and I'm sticking with them even though I hit 150,000 page views.
My affiliate marketing strategy needed some work in 2017. I'm in the process of some major changes. I can tell what I'm doing is working because I had a weekend in March where I made over $1,000 in affiliate marketing! Wooo.
1. I reached out to 15+ bloggers and asked them to critique my posts in return for me to do the same or share their posts on my social media channels. These bloggers told me things I didn't even realize, such as how certain parts of my posts didn't make any sense at all. As in, they didn't even know what the link was for or why they should click on it. It's so easy for ME to understand what the product is, but I needed to do a better job explaining to the reader what it is.
2. I went through Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing again and took my time. I took notes and implemented the strategies slowly over the course of a few months.
3. I'm now focusing on products that have a higher affiliate commission. Instead of focusing 80% of my time on affiliates paying me less than $5 per purchase, I'm focusing on affiliates that are paying $100 per purchase.
4. When allowed, I'm creating bonuses and free digital products when someone purchases from my affiliate link. This serves as a bonus reason for someone to purchase through my link.
5. I made affiliate links and links in general easier to see. I bolded and changed the color of the link to stand out from the black text. Some even go as far as underling their links. I've seen bloggers with light pink and light yellow links with no bolded font – this is such a bad idea because people can't even see these links.
Also, any time someone comes to my blog, they'll be offered a free digital product in exchange for their email. Email marketing is a MUST for bloggers, so if you don't have an email list yet, get on that immediately. You cannot rely on Pinterest, Facebook, and other social media sites. They are constantly changing and making it harder to be seen.
Your email is 100% yours and no one can take that traffic from you.
I've used Convertkit from the very beginning for my email list. I can customize forms, email sequences, broadcasts, and they are always working to make their service better for bloggers.
I also use Leadpages to grow my blog's email list. Leadpages is freakin' amazing for creating landing pages that will get people to sign up for your email list (which can mean more money/page views!), build sales pages for products you sell, and a lot more.
Top Recommended Courses for Blogging
You do not need blogging courses to be successful, but it saves a ton of time since you start off blogging the right way.
1. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing gives you the strategies and tools to pick the right affiliate products to promote, how to increase conversions (more money!), how to build trust with your followers (instead of coming off as shady), and a lot more. My favorite part of this course is the Mastermind group that comes with it – You get to ask questions and get advice from top bloggers around the world.
2. Pinterest Traffic Avalanche took my blog from 60,000 page views to almost 150,000 per month. You'll learn how to create pins that make people click, Pinterest SEO, how to take advantage of the right group boards, how to use Pinterest Analytics to your advantage, how to create viral topics, and so much more.
3. Make Money Blogging – If you're a new blogger or you've been blogging for awhile and barely making any income from it, you'll want to check out Make Money Blogging For Beginners. You'll learn how to do everything the right way from the very beginning. This course will teach you how to make your very first $1,000. I seriously wish I had gone through this course when I first started blogging!
4. Launch Your Blog will teach newbie bloggers how to create and launch their blog in 1 month or less. Bloggers make a TON of mistakes in the beginning. With this course, you'll learn how to create content that goes viral, how to design social media images the right way, email marketing, and you'll even get bonus previews of courses such as Pinterest Traffic Avalanche and Make Money Blogging.
I hope you learned and found some value in todays post! What are you currently struggling with on your blog? Share in the comments and let's help each other out.
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