How are you this Monday? Hope you are having a great start on the new week!
It has been 7 months since I started this blog and I have learned so many things. I used to run a blog in Norway, but after I moved to UK I decided to start with blank pages, and that has been very challenging.
After I started a new blog I went from having 1,000 readers daily to only have a few hundred in the beginning. This is my first English blog, and in the beginning I didn’t understand how to get my blog name out there. After I did some research I learned how to build my social following, and how to monetize my blog.
When that is said, I do not earn enough to live on my blog, but I have earned a few pounds so I can treat myself with makeup now and then. These earnings comes from commission through my affiliate programs, and sponsored posts.
GET YOUR READERS ENGAGED IN YOUR BLOG
Without engagement from your readers you won’t earn any commission. I do not write a blog because of the money, but let’s face it is a bonus if you know how to monetize your blog. You can have thowsen of followers on Facebook and Twitter, but if no one is interested in what you write about, and never reads any of your posts you are not winning. The engagement is everything, and once you have learned how to keep your readers engaged in your content that is when your blog is turning into a success.
In the beginning I didn’t earn a cent, but I was fine with it because I was only focusing on how to build my blog. It started with following a few blogs on social media, joining groups on Facebook and sign up to different blog programs. I followed blogs I liked, commented on posts I found interesting and they returned the favor. Writing a blog have taught me one thing, and that is engaging with your readers is everything.
After a few months I contacted different brands to see if they would be interested in collaboration. I always got an email back saying they were either busy, didn’t have the budget or that my blog wasn’t in their niche. Why were they not interested?
I decided to focus more on my content, and how to write quality blog posts. I got inspired by other successful blogs and started to write in a more creative and professional way. Back then I used to spend 20 minutes on a post, now I use 1-2 hours just to make it perfect. The more time you spend on your blog the more it will shine through.
After focusing on writing quality posts, companies were standing in line to be featured. I only accepted products/services I would use myself, and have always been honest with my readers. Nothing is worse than bloggers writing reviews of products they don’t like, just because of the payment they will receive in return.
The more reviews I wrote the better I got at finding new brands to collaborate with. I knew how to test them, write informative and understanding posts and how to get my readers interested to try the product. I was honest, and showed results of the product/service to give an insight of the results. You can write very good reviews, but without any pictures no one will buy it.
How do you get companies to contact you back? – You have to make them interested, and tell them why your blog and content suits their service/products. I always show them other posts I have done for different brands so they can see how I will featured their product. This is always a good way to engage the PR’s to invest their time with you and your blog.
Reasearch/Build a relationship with the PR’s – Are you planning to do several collaborations, than you should get to know the company/ brand and know what you are representing. Do research before you decide to work with a brand, because it isn’t always like it seems. The more research you have on hand the better relationship you will have with the companies.
HOW TO EARN MONEY FROM SPONSORED POSTS
The other way of earning money on your blog is through sponsored posts. It is important to let brands understand that you spend your time on writing for them, so you and the brand have to come to an agreement of what the payment should be. It can be a gifted item on their website, and it can be payment by transfer or Paypal. You decide the rate, but sometimes brands have a budget, and It is up to whether you would like to go with it or not.
When you earn money and it goes over a certain amount it is important to inform your tax attorney. I use this invoice app called “Invoice2go” to keep track on my earnings, so that I know whether I need to pay tax at the end of the tax year.
SIGNING UP TO AFFILIATE PROGRAMS
In order to earn commission you have to become an affiliate. Every brand has their own commission rate that you will get for each sale, so let’s say someone is buying a product through your link you will receive 5% commission of the retail price. I earn my commissions through Affiliate Window, it is a really good affiliate program that has private and open brands you can work with. You can sign up here (adlink)
The other program I have been with for a few months is Google Adsense. You can chose the size of banners you want, and you earn commission on every click and sales that comes from your blog. The google adsense advertise for products that are related to your search history and content on your blog. It is a brilliant affiliate program that can help you earn money in no time. You can sign up here
I hope you found these tips helpful and that you will turn your blog into a success one day 🙂
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