It’s funny to think that just a few months ago I was reading up on blogging and how people monetize their blog. At the time, I was a huge skeptic. It sounded way too good to be true but I was still slightly intrigued. After a significant amount of research, I decided the potential reward was worth the risk and it was a small enough investment that I didn’t need to worry if it was a big hoax.
I read many posts from big time bloggers who said to be prepared to wait a while until you make any money and don’t give up. It could happen in one month or it could take a year. One thing to keep in mind is that when you treat your blog like a business rather than a hobby you tend to get more out of it. What you put into it is what you will get out of it. I was a bit nervous about this because I work full time in IT and I’m a new mom so when am I going to find the time?
The reason I got into blogging was to try and make extra money to set aside for my son, Axel. Daycare and other expenses have been overwhelming and there isn’t much leftover to save. I want to be able to give him a good future and help him with college tuition. I told my husband, Andrew, about my intent and ideas to make sure he was on board. He thought it was a great idea but warned that I have very little free time now and I have to remember to balance everything.
I launched my blog on October 1st, 2017. It was difficult to not desire to spend most of my free time working on it because it was building momentum quickly and I was very passionate about my topics. Another pattern I found in reading other big bloggers was to focus on your niche and be authentic, so that’s what I did. Naturally, my niche became motherhood and all its rewards and struggles. I tried my best to be real and document everything that I thought would be helpful for a new mom. I started to gain a decent following and received lots of great feedback.
I don’t intend on consistently posting income reports. A lot of full time bloggers do but this is just my side hustle and I wanted to share the exciting news of the great earning potential. If you are looking for a different kind of side hustle you could also consider starting an Etsy shop. Check out our page about how we started our Etsy shop where we sell vintage and handmade items within the U.S.
I still remember exactly how I felt in the moment of receiving the first deposit of money IN MY BANK ACCOUNT. The earning potential is real! It wasn’t a hoax! One thing people don’t realize about blogging is that it’s a ton of work. It’s fun and exciting work but it is a lot of work. I spend a lot of time brainstorming ideas, creating an outline, writing the post, capturing great pictures that will help tell my story, promoting my work on social media and networking to get my name out there. When I saw the first deposit in my account, I thought about all the long hours I spent researching and trying to get myself noticed and it finally worked. Such a great feeling!
A common question I get is – How do you make money blogging? I wondered this at first too and I probably read dozens of other posts that answered this question. Every blogger’s strategy is a little different but here is my breakdown and exactly what has worked for me:
My Sources of Income:
- Social Media Marketing Consulting
- Guest Posts (writing articles for other companies)
- Web Design Consulting
- Product Reviews
- Ad Revenue (Google Adsense)
- Affiliate Marketing (promoting products or services and customers buy through my links)
I do have a Business Management & Marketing Bachelors degree and a Masters in Business Administration which helps my skill set but I really don’t think you need a bunch of “fancy” degrees in order to be of value and make money. So, if you are reading this and worried that you don’t have enough college background – don’t worry. You can learn SO MANY THINGS on the internet nowadays. If you want to learn some marketing techniques then get on your computer and start researching. Follow me on Pinterest where I have tons of amazing boards and resources from my website and other big bloggers that I follow.
Some of these opportunities came from me reaching out to people via social media and directing them to my Contact Me/Hire Me page so they could see if my skills aligned with what they needed. Other opportunities came from people reaching out to me through my social media or website. My biggest money making opportunities originated from Instagram. Check out my Instagram account to see the strategies I use. I usually start by checking out a company’s Instagram account and getting to know some things through that. Then I direct message them with a quick introduction of myself and what I have to offer. You can also check out some of my guest post articles by visiting Wawita Baby Product’s blog.
Along with the money I have earned, I have also received over $100 retail value worth of free products! Companies will send me products they are launching so that I can review them and create a blog post to talk about my experience using it. I have received a baby scale, pacifiers, teethers, bottles and a breastpump. Check out my recent posts where I reviewed a baby scale and a baby bottle.
Three months into blogging and I earned over $1000. If you would have asked me about my earning potential a few months ago, I would have guessed maybe $50? I really had no idea until I put myself out there and tried different strategies. It has been so much fun to earn money doing things I love! If I can earn this doing it on the side with a full time job, imagine what you could do if you did this full time. I really enjoy my career in IT and I’m working hard to achieve my career goals. I also like the security of a consistent paycheck and good health benefits which is why I don’t intend to transition to blogging full time. A lot of people do, and they love it! I am now on month five on my blogging and have earned over $2100! Like – actual money IN MY BANK.
If you are reading this post and feeling skeptical yet intrigued like I once was, please feel free to reach out to through my contact form or any of my social medias if you have more specific questions. I have helped four people start the process or launch their own website and it feels good to make believers out of people. You can make money if you put in the effort and it’s a ton of fun.
I have an entire page dedicated to How to Start a Blog so be sure to check it out. I use Bluehost for my hosting service which has worked well for me and many of the big bloggers I follow use this too. Use my link to get a special, discounted offer on hosting services. If you are about to take that next step of starting a blog then good luck to you! Put in the effort and be authentic and you will do great.
BEST OF LUCK!
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