Some write blogs for an outlet, a place to share their thoughts. Others write blogs so they can bring in an income. The sweet spot is when you can do both. But what do you do when you’re not making money blogging? Don’t throw in the towel! I’ve got some tips to share with you.
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Before Clementine County, I had a blog dedicated to each of my daughters. I updated it with pictures, milestones, and all the stuff grandmas wanted to see. After that, I had a party blog where I shared party inspirations and fun DIY’s. It took a ton of stuff to create material and the blog earned me exactly $0.00. Well, technically there’s so cash sitting in a Google Adsense account but never enough to cash out.
I was determined to make this blog fiscally successful, as well as an outlet for our family adventures. I’m happy to report that July was the best month yet.
4 Things to Try When You’re Blog Isn’t Making Money
Take a Class
The first thing I did this month that really increased my income this month was to invest in my business and take the Blogging Fast Track course offered by Heather & Pete from It’s A Lovely Life. It’s a 30-day program that covers everything from what a good post includes to mastering the social media platforms.
Make a list of all the brands you would love to work with. Find their contact info by searching for press releases from said company. Email them all. It’s a game of numbers, so don’t stress if you don’t hear back from all of them or if you are told no. Just keep pitching.
There’s a sample pitch letter included in the Blogging Fast Track course, but the essentials are what you have to offer and what you are hoping to receive. If your traffic numbers aren’t fantastic, blow away the competition with an incredible product (aka your blog post).
Many bloggers use affiliate links to bring in additional income. Through companies like Amazon, bloggers recommend products. If a reader purchases that item, the blogger receives a teeny, tiny percentage. It’s cents, people. So to play the numbers game, select items that are higher in value and cost. It’s true you may make less sales suggesting an appliance than a cute kitchen tool. However, your income could be higher.
Consider Becoming a VA
A significant portion of my blogging income comes from my VA services. Essentially, I do the chores other bloggers don’t have time to do. From scheduling social media shares to designing content, it’s an easy way to make a little extra money while building your own brand.
I’m considering writing a VA course to provide tips and how-to’s. Leave me a note in the comments & I’ll let you know as soon as it’s ready!
I’m looking forward to seeing where blogging can take us, both you and me. I can’t say enough amazing things about the depth of knowledge I gained in just one month during the Blogging Fast Track course. It’s possible to make money blogging, and it doesn’t have to take forever.
One of the things I love about blogging is the community aspect. I’d love to hear your tips and suggestions for making money blogging. Share them below in the comments!