In most cases, Getting Paid for Blogging is not something that happens overnight or even within your first year of blogging. There’s a lot to a successful blog! And, that most people don’t realize that until they are knee-deep into doing it and trying to find ways to making money from home with their blog.
However, once your blog and social media accounts begin showing that you’ve formed a loyal fanbase relationship, a person can generate a nice living through blogging. Please keep in mind that CONTENT IS KING. This applies to both your blog and social media accounts!
I’ve done many years worth of virtual assistant work for bigger bloggers making our own blog seem like a hobby blog more than anything else. However, the one out of four years that I did solely focus on our blog, I was able to bring in over $2,000 a month from our blog alone, while going to college full-time online, and homeschooling two kids. I’m hoping to get it back up to that level in 2016, now that I’m done working for others once again.
When a person is looking into getting paid for blogging, they need to remember why they got into blogging in the first place or they will NEVER make enough money to make it worth their time and energy. If you’re ONLY out to make money, it’s probably a good idea to just find other means of make money online!
Getting Paid For Blogging
Making Money with Ads
Making money with ads has become a very popular way of generating income with blogs. I have ads on my blog, but I wonder if it’s really worth doing so because it’s not my number one source of blogging income. Plus, they take up space that could be used for other things.
You can get started with Google Adsense and work your way up to working with other companies like Sovrn. You can also sell ad space to companies and even other bloggers. There are even systems to help you with keeping your ad space managed and regulated, but I feel you can do it on your own just fine. I use the Quick Adsense Plugin to help manage mine.
A word to the wise, do NOT overload your site with ads. Never make it to where someone has to close out of an ad to read your content. That’s a quick way to lose readers! I’m also against having newsletter pop-ups the minute someone hits your website. That’s like having someone visit your home and telling them they have to buy something BEFORE they can come in.
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Making Money with Sponsored Posts
My favorite way to make money is through sponsored posts. The more traffic your blog generates and the larger your social media following, the more you can earn. I wouldn’t suggest taking ANYTHING less than $50.00 for a sponsored posts.
You’ve built your blogging business, and it’s up to YOU to make sure you’re getting paid for blogging like you should. Shaping Up to Be A Mom shared a wonderful list of almost every blogging network out there. However, don’t make the same mistake I did with sponsored posts!
You can also generate your own sponsored posts by reaching out to companies directly! To do that, you need to reach out to the public relations departments directly.
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How to Pitch to Companies
When you reach out to companies wanting to get them to sponsor you, your mission is NOT to get them to give you money. Your mission is to show/tell them WHY they want to work with you versus everyone else.
You need to answer these questions in your pitch letter:
- What makes your blog different from all the others out there?
- Why would your loyal fans be interested in learning more about their products/service?
- What is the rate of return for them investing in your marketing on their behalf?
- What is it you’re going to do for them?
Notice: I didn’t say ANYTHING about what it would cost the company to work with you in the pitch letter. Consider your pitch letter, your 60-second elevator pitch. You’ve got to sell your blog before you can get to the closing bid.
Once you get a response of interest, you can tell them what your rates are for the various types of sponsorship you offer. You can tell them about sponsored posts, guest sponsored posts, and even advertising rates at that time.
Making Money with Your Own Products/Services From Your Blog
Your blog is an ongoing resume of your work. If you’re getting paid for blogging then you’ve had to learn a long list of skills to accomplish that! Did you know you can offer to do those services for others?
There is a long line of bloggers who have learned the value of having virtual assistants working for them. You can also create an e-book, a set of printables, and even an online course of your own. The options truly are endless. Blogging allows you to truly determine how YOU want to make money from home.
Did I leave anything off concerning getting paid for blogging? How do you get paid for blogging? Share your insight in the comments section below.