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!

20 comments:

  1. Thanks for this information. It is very interesting to find out about how this stuff works. I may be interested in this at some point in the future so it is great to have a little info to start out with.

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  2. Thank you for the info! As the glitter blog grows making a decision in the direction it goes it important. I have seen some really great blogs crash because they "sold their soul" for say to advertising... Thank you for your insight!

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  3. Thanks for all the tips. I'm only a member of one affiliate program, but it is one that you can apply for..and you get commission off your own purchases! it's with www.christianbooks.com

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  4. Thank you for the tip. We are going to look into Social Spark. As Kelly said above- We don't want to sell our soul.

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  5. Thanks for this huge tip...i just signed up!!! I blog Hot Mama Makeovers over at Bjanebrewing.com

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  6. What great information. Thanks so much!

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  7. Thank you for always sharing blogging tips and secrets! You are such an inspiration!

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  8. I signed up awhile ago but have yet to figure it out...I make my most money from Swagbucks...an average of $100 a month in gift cards for the past year...

    I just got paid $100 from google but it took a year...

    I LOVE the added bonus from blogging...but my blog is still just a hobby:-)

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  9. I really appreciate the time and effort you put into posts like these! They are SO helpful to many of us! I wonder if you could speak to something like the BlogHer network (which specifically doesn't allow these types of sponsered posts if you want in) versus hosting these types of sponsers on one's blog. Have you explored the pros and cons of each? I'm just curious and they made it so specific that they don't allow sponsered posts (except I'm assuming their own?) But you seem to have a nice amount of flexibility and control over the sponsors you choose to work with, which seems really nice. Sorry for the long post. Too much caffeine this morning!
    www.meremade.blogspot.com

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  10. Random off the wall comment. I saw this and thought of your boys. I know this is a cell case, but if you could figure out how to make this into a doll !!! how cool would that be? :D http://www.etsy.com/listing/75998782/cute-handmade-superman-felt-phone-cozy?ref=sr_gallery_10&ga_search_submit=&ga_search_query=iphone+cover&ga_noautofacet=1&ga_page=2&ga_search_type=handmade&ga_facet=handmade%2Faccessories%2Fcozy%2Fcell_phone PS- I'm not this etsy seller and i don't know this etsy seller. Saw it and thought of the boys

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  11. Thank you, thank you, thank you. This was so just what I wanted to read about from an experienced blogger. I just started blogging at the end of April. Thanks again!

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  12. Awesome post,as usual. Very helpful for us newbies! THANK YOU!!

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  13. Good post, thanks. I started my blog as a diary for my pregnancy and it just hasn't stopped, but I have never seriously considered making any money from it. Do you need to have tons of readers to advertise? May be an option for the future...
    Nelly xxx

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  14. Thank you so much for this post. I don't want my blog to be about making money, but it does help when you are a single income family, who has three boys:) I find the money making part of blogging very intimidating, so it is so helpful to have a review by someone who has experience.

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  15. Nelly - I don't think you need to have tons of followers to advertise. I think it depends on the company and the product. Some are looking for blogs with lots of followers, but some really aren't. I've seen ads I've run on my blog being run on really small blogs, so I think there's still opportunities for everyone.

    Cheri

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  19. Thanks for this and the linked article with the blogging tips. My blog is still in the small stage but I went ahead and signed up. Have to think big!

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  20. Cheri you're so kind - because this: "I've even been asked how much I make" is tacky, no? sheesh some things are off limits. Thanks for sharing your creativity and life. Hope all is well for you and yours.

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