how to be successful in small {handmade} business! part seven! {How to make money blogging!}

Here is part ONE.  And part TWO. And part THREE. And Four. & Five. Then Six.

     Alright, so last time I promised to talk about blogging and making money from that avenue.  I should start by saying, yet again, this was never an intended route for me to make money.

     I started this blog with the sole intention of using it as a way to show photos of little Moses to his family that lived far away.  Before this blog I used a service that allowed me to upload photos of Moses and share them in a private way but that service cost money.  A free method of doing the same thing was very appealing to me and so I switched over!

     At first I shared this and that from our days.  Stories about our family and what we were up to.  I had no method to my madness and everything was created on a whim.  From day one I just shared what was on my heart and mind.  This blog is completely organically grown.  I knew nothing of SEOs and special words to drive traffic (and still barely do!) but it slowly and surely began to grow.  A community came to life somehow.  For the first time ever, I began to develop friendships with people I knew only through my computer (many of you were around for those first days).  We've watched each other do life from afar, have babies, go through trials and come through the other side.  I've come to be so thankful for people who "live in my computer" as they say.  Blogging made my neighborhood both bigger and smaller at the same time. 

     I think the blind, organic way my blog has grown has been a huge part of it's success.  And yes, I am calling it a success.  I have no real qualifier to add to that to tell you why I think it's a success.  I only have the experience of having benefited from the results of having this blog.  Like flying a kite, you can't SEE the wind but you love to see the kite in the air.  Something like that.  I have lived through the benefits of this blog, financially, spiritually and familial. 

     At some point I stumbled across Blogher.  I have zero recollection as to the how or why I found them.  I only know that at some early point on this blog I came across them and thought "well, if they want to pay me to put an ad up, why not?".  And that relationship was born.  In the early days I'd get a check that would cover the cost of diapers for a couple of weeks and be completely thrilled.  And then slowly, over time,  that income grew as well.  I know it's frowned upon to talk about this subject, that somehow I am to ignore the fact that there are ads on this blog that you see and sometimes interact with but they are there.  I know that they might not be your favorite thing ever and I get that.  But, for a moment, step into my shoes and imagine an opportunity you never even considered, providing you with income you never saw coming and all you have to do is what you are already doing.  Wouldn't you do that, too? 

     Blogher has been a dream to work with.  Their staff is super helpful.  They are considerate of the beliefs and personalities of each blogger they work with.  I have the opportunity to opt-in to every ad campaign and opt out of the ones I don't want to work with.  They answer questions quickly and continue to provide ways for me to make money that I wouldn't normally be making.  Blogher provides for a large chunk of income.  Many months it's more than I would make at a part time job at Starbucks.  And the best part, to me, is that I have complete control over what shows.  I choose the categories and placement.  I think of you a lot when I do this.  I strive for a balance of what I need and what is pleasing to the eye. 

     If you are looking to monetize your blog, Blogher is an awesome place to start.  I've also had good luck with Google Ads and Amazon affiliates.  No matter what you choose to do, read and ask questions.  The ad company should be willing to work with you, if it doesn't, keep looking!       

     In addition to actually providing income, blogging also opens up the door for product reviews (in other words FREE stuff!) but I think that information will be for another post. 

1 comment:

Melissa H said...

ok. i've been on the blogher network for years. i admit, i've not tried really hard to use it to my advantage but, i just went on and spent a lot of time updating all of my social networks and bio and such...what now? how do you apply for campaigns or ads?

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