What they say is true guys, you can definitely make full-time income blogging and I have been super excited to share a few of my successes with everyone for a few months now.
I started this blog August of 2017 with absolutely no prior knowledge of blogging. I didn’t know how to start a website and very few friends on social media. Previous to blogging, I was a full-time, preschool teacher and although I loved my job, I wanted a life of freedom and travel for myself and my kids. So I quit my full-time job and gave every ounce of wits that I had into building my online business.
To say that I’m only a few months over a year and I have successfully substituted my full-time income, I know anyone (including you) can do it, too!
If you’re new to blogging or interested in getting started, Pinterest is going to be your best friend! There are tons of helpful bloggers who share their personal stories on how to become successful in the online space and I have so many of my own followers wanting to know how I do it, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and share my experiences as well.
The results will amaze you!
Come up with a name.
First and foremost, you will have to come up with a name for your new blog. ‘Being Ecomomical’ came about from the concept of living a well-balanced life, without spending so much money at one time. I definitely a fan of making my money stretch and I wanted to share ways of doing so.
Register your domain.
Once you come up with a name, register that name to a host. This is where you will build ‘youblogname’.com or .org, or whatever suits your fancy. You can register with Bluehost through my link and instantly save 50% off. The great thing about Bluehost is that you can also integrate your WordPress template (your blog’s design, for those who are super new to this) through them. This cuts your time in half AND they offer 24 hour support. Having someone to walk you through, when you’re stuck is vital.
Once you get your blog set up, you’re ready to roll!
There are a ton of ways to make money through a blog. The most popular being:
- Ad revenue.
- Affiliate marketing.
- Sponsored content.
When you’re first starting out, you want to focus your energy on one or two ways of monetizing, master them and then move on to other ways of producing income.
Unlike other bloggers, I make most of my income through sponsored posts. There are tons of bloggers who are killing it in the affiliate marketing and ad revenue area, but I found growing my social media and signing up through influencer networks to work best and fastest for me.
This may sound scary, but it’s really not. With a little intent and dedication, you can grow your social media in no time. I mainly use the maximum of thirty hashtags on Instagram and engage with similar accounts on a daily basis. That way, I am promoting myself and my brand to other people who could potentially “want” to follow me.
Join influencer networks.
Influencer networks are a great way to start working with major brands. You can also reach out to your favorite brands personally and attach a media kit to the email, explaining that you would really love to collaborate. The thing about emailing brands yourself, is that you could wait for months for a reply (that’s not in every case, so definitely go for it!).
Influencer networks are networks of real people, who will advocate for you and your brand. They are the middle-man that connects you to bigger brands. A few of my favorite include:
My very first sponsored post (paid with cash, not product) was through Heartbeat. What I loved about starting with them, is that your following amount didn’t matter. You start off at a certain rate and as your following and engagement increases, so does your rate.
Sign up, here.
It took a while to finally be able to snag a post with Linqia, but boy were they worth the wait! Once my blog traffic became more consistent, Linqia started offering me sponsored opportunities. What sets them apart from other influencer networks, is that you actually have to be invited to apply and even after being invited to apply, you still have to wait to see if you were actually approved to partner on that particular campaign.
When you sign up to be apart of an influencer network, you will have to connect your social channels and analytics so that they can track your engagement and blog traffic. Don’t worry, they can’t actually post on your behalf or hack into your accounts, it’s just so they know who the best person for the campaign is. So once my blog traffic became more consistent (thanks to Pinterest), I was able to be apart of more campaigns with higher payouts.
Sign up with Linqia, here.
I love Massive Sway because most of the brands they work with are super popular and reputable. In return, you’re not too far out of reach with your audience. They are the perfect network for mom bloggers.
Sign up, here.
I’ve also landed a few sponsored posts with theses networks that are similar to the ones mentioned above, but with higher payouts.
What other bloggers out there say is true – content is king and you will need to make sure you are dishing out helpful content in order to gain readership! Brands aren’t paying just anybody. They want to make sure their money is well spent and that the investment will be worth it in return.
So, how do you gain this traffic?
One word, PINTEREST!
Make sure you are pinning on Pinterest.
I literally saw my blog traffic triple in the past three months from intentional pinning. Meaning that I started pinning on a daily basis, both manually and by using Tailwind. I don’t know what took me so long to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon, but when I did, the results were significant!
In just three short months, I went from 242,000 monthly viewers to almost 700,000 monthly viewers, currently. I did this by scheduling out pins from my website and other relevant pins relating to my own blog topics (ways to make money from home, recipes, learning activities, etc.) using Tailwind. Tailwind pins everything for me at the highest engagement times, which is extremely helpful.
I also manually pin to group boards on a daily basis. This keeps my manual pinning at a similar rate than my pins that come from Tailwind.
I also take advantage of Tailwind‘s tribe feature. Tribes are similar to group boards, except it gives you way more insight on the benefits of sharing you pin within that tribe. Tailwind keeps track of every accounts potential reach. So if you share your pin within a tribe that has a reach of 100 million viewers, collectively, then you know you’re in the right tribe.
If you’re just starting out, that 100 million potential viewers a month is vital! Getting your pin seen by someone else’s following of over 10,000 people, can easily convert over to page views. That’s why Pinterest is so great! The average pin lives for around seven months. So when you compare that to your average tweet, Instagram post, or Facebook post that may only be seen for a few seconds, Pinterest is definitely the number one space to share your content and gain traffic.
You can sign up for Tailwind, here. At just $120 per year, it’s definitely worth the investment!
Traffic is key for any type of monetizing strategy when it comes to blogging, even when you’re seeking sponsored content. Again, brands are initially investing in you and they want to make sure that investment is worth it to them. You gain that trust through traffic and engaging with your audience.
I went through my entire first year trying to figure out the best strategy for me and as I step into my second year, I am finding easier ways to make my goals of $10,000 a month more of a reality and less of a struggle. Although I’m not there yet, I am proud to have finally beat my initial, full-time income. I am excited to see how my income grows over the holidays and the next few years.
That’s why I wanted to dive into this venture. I know the earning potential is endless. I am currently figuring out ways to make money through affiliate marketing and ads. When I break the code, I’ll be sure to let you know!
There’s definitely not just ONE way to do this. I stuck to what felt good to me and that passion is what made the dollars. So do what resonates with you best. For some, it’s sticking to Pinterest when they first start and for others like me, they don’t mind using their social skills to grow their audience and land sponsored deals.
As I stated before, there are plenty of ways to monetize. Choose one, or two and focus on those first. Then you can move on to other ways.
I hope this helps someone out there and if you have any further questions, feel free to comment below or email me! I’d be happy to help you along your blogging journey!