If there is one question that makes the most appearances in my email inbox, it is How do you make money blogging?!
Now, before I go on, please know that I am not an expert! Far from it. I am only sharing what I have learned on my own, and what works for me. Please don’t quit your day job just yet. Take what I suggest as a starting point. M’kay? Thanks!
When I first started blogging, I was just happy that I finally found a creative outlet. I enjoy what I do – bake, talk, cook, photograph, talk some more – and sharing all that with others just added that much more excitement to my hobby. It also added more items to my grocery bill. And a DSLR Camera bill, a web hosting bill…never mind the amount of time that I invest! Suddenly, hot damn, this hobby got expensive! And before my husband got on my case, I needed to remedy the problem. That’s when I decided to look for blog jobs.
Here’s how it goes!
How To Make Money Blogging: Working with Blog Networks
First, and most of all, you need to produce good content. No matter what your niche, it needs to be interesting, engaging, worthwhile. Don’t just take a photo of your bowl of spinach and say here’s how you make spinach! That’s not good content. Tell us what’s different about it, why do you make it, what led you to that recipe, etc…
Brands are not going to want to work with someone that writes two sentences. You need to talk-up that recipe, craft, product. Excite us!
Moving along, I should tell you that for me it is much easier to sign up for campaigns via blog networks than it is to sit down and write hundreds of emails directly to the brands. In all honesty, I don’t know how to do that. I have never attended a blog conference, I have never sat through a seminar, nor have I ever met the people behind the brands. So, I’m clueless! But, I’m learning! And when I feel comfortable enough with it, I will share that tidbit with you, as well.
One of the blog networks I work with is Clever Girls Collective. I enjoy their energy, their work ethic, and their support. They really are a great team. Go and sign up with them – click on the Join the Clever Girls icon and they will hook you up! Promise!
I also enjoy working with Social Spark. I LOVE their campaigns! I also like Social Spark because I get to negotiate my price directly with the Brand! They list their price first, but then you hit that Negotiate button and tell them how it is!
Disclaimer: If you sign up by clicking the above banner, I will earn a tiny commission. Thank you!
The SITS Girls have some really awesome campaigns. I just started working with them and Massive Sway, and I have thoroughly enjoyed each campaign.
The next great blog network is TapInfluence, formerly known as Blog Frog. These guys have aaaamazing campaigns, and some campaigns pay really well. What’s great about them is that you get to work with big companies like Kraft, Walmart, Redbox, etc…
CLICK HERE TO GET STARTED WITH TAPINFLUENCE!
Are you writing all of this down?! I hope so!
I do have a couple more to share.
Did you know that you can work with BlogHer without signing up for their Publishing Network?! Yaha! Yes, you can! Check this out – the jobs aren’t big and they won’t make you rich, but they are eeeasy peeeeasy. They take less than a few minutes to wrap up. Truly. Go and sign up for their Social Media Influencer Program.
Something new and interesting for Pinterest: TAILWIND! The best Pinterest marketing and analytics platform to everyone.
- Instantly create the optimal pin schedulebased on audience engagement, virality, traffic and more.
- Effortlessly schedule multiple pins at oncewith our Chrome Extension and bulk upload.
- Schedule repins directly from Pinterest.
- Shape your editorial calendar with simple drag-and-drop control.
- Track repins, likes, comments, traffic and revenue on scheduled pins over time.
You can also look into getting blog jobs via Business 2 Blogger. These are much smaller jobs, but it is another way to find businesses who want to work with you, or those that you want to work with. It’s pretty simple – you just click on the Job Board and see if any of the listings interest you.
And last, but not least, the Job Board over at ProBlogger. The listings never stop and there is a job for everyone!
That’s all for now.
I hope that I was able to help! If you have any questions, or more information, just comment below!