June 23, 2011

How to Make Money Blogging

One question I've received a bit in emails is "Do you make money blogging?" or "How can I earn money blogging?"  I've even been asked how much I make.  Well, my husband definitely couldn't quit his day job by any means, but it's an added bonus when I am able to make a little bit here or there.  Times are tough right now and things have been really tight for us lately.  So, even though I try not to make my blog really commercial, (because I'm not a fan of that and that's not why I started this blog) it is helpful when I can promote something I like and earn a little something to help us out.

Set Your Price. Choose your Advertisers. Sign up for SocialSpark!

A few months ago I signed up with Social Spark.  I saw the badge on a few blogs, but I didn't totally understand what it was.  So, let me explain it to you so you don't have to be confused like I was.  If you are a blogger you can sign up with them as a publisher.  It costs nothing to sign up.  Nothing about it ever costs money.  Once you're set up and approved you can check in for possible "leads."  Leads are possible opportunities to advertise a product.  The leads aren't automatically offers, but if you're interested you indicate it and then they can select you for the advertising opportunity. 

You can choose your price point.  For example, maybe it's not worth it to you to write about something for less than $20.  You also are not obligated to take the offer.  You can reject anything that doesn't feel like a fit for you.  I will say that I didn't have a ton of offers come my way immediately, but after a month or so I started receiving some fun opportunities.  (There are other companies like them, but they are the company I am most familiar with.)

You will need to allow it to access your Google Analytics (which tracks your traffic) when you sign up.  However, if you aren't already using Google Analytics and you're into blogging then that's a move you should make right now anyhow.  Google Analytics tracks things in such a detailed manner that it's really helpful.  It's a lot more detailed than the stats within blogger or sitemeter.  It's pretty easy to do.  Just google it for a step by step.

Beyond Social Spark, there are affiliate programs that can help bloggers earn money.  That means you promote a product and receive a percentage of the sales.  However, I think these opportunities are ones that come your way.  I don't personally know of any that you can apply for, but they kind of come to you as your blog grows.  (I'm not going to link all of these, but some popular affiliate advertisers in the craft blogland are the Canvas People, Say It On the Wall Vinyl, Silhouette, Shabby Apple, etc.)  As your blog grows you can also accept sponsors.

As you make decisions about what direction to take your blog, I think it's important to just make sure you're ultimately doing it because you love it.  If you missed it, you can find my blog-growing tips HERE.  And if you want to try out Social Spark you can sign up HERE.

Thanks for dropping in!


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