Yesterday on Instagram, I asked you guys to vote on which post you wanted to see up on the blog today: Momiform 101 or How I Make Money Blogging. The majority voted for the latter, so Momiform 101 will be going up later this week, and How I Make Money Blogging will be today's topic!
I get asked about this ALLL the time. People are always a little confused and unclear about what exactly I DO as a blogger. In fact, some people don't even realize that it is a legitimate job that provides me with an income. And those that know a bit about blogging usually are dying to get in on the action, because blogging really is the funnest, most flexible, most creative job. :)
So, people's biggest question is always HOW to make money as a blogger. Well, there are two main ways:
1. Sponsored content. This is when a brand pays to have their product or brand featured in a blog post or in social media posts. As a blogger, I get contacted all the time by different companies and people offering to send me products to try out, or wanting to sponsor posts to have their products featured. For me, it is EXTREMELY important to ONLY partner and work with brands and products that I genuinely LOVE and legitimately would use in my daily life.
As a blogger - especially a NEW blogger - it can be so tempting to just accept every offer that comes your way. But let me tell you, your audience will be able to see right through that and will be able to tell from a mile away if you are featuring or talking about brands that aren't a genuine fit with your style. And that is reeeeaalll unappealing, because it comes across as sales-y and fake and like you are selling out.
So, my advice is to be picky when it comes to accepting collaborations and sponsorships. Choose wisely, and keep it real so that you can be honest when talking about how much you love and endorse a brand.
2. Affiliate Links. If you're on Instagram, you most likely have come across bloggers posting pictures and talking about LiketoKnow.it. I do! It's a great way to provide your audience with easy access to items that are featured in your photos and blog posts. Everything linked through LiketoKnow.it uses affiliate links, so when products are purchased through those links, the blogger/influencer who posted them receives commission. This is a really big way that a lot of bloggers make a good portion of their income.
There are a ton of other great programs out there, as well as a lot of other ways of getting set up with affiliate links, and often times brands will reach out and offer me affiliate links and codes to use. Again, I ONLY promote things that I 100% genuinely love and think that my audience will love too!
There you have it...the two main ways that I make money as a blogger! Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions!
I know some people think it's a bad idea to share tips and how I make money as a blogger with other bloggers...but the way I see it is, the industry is SOO saturated already! There are SOOO many bloggers, that helping NEW bloggers get their footing and find their way isn't a threat...it's women helping women (or men of course!) and when we help each other out, it's a beautiful thing! :)
We should lift each other up, encourage each other, and support one another, because we EACH have something totally unique and wonderful to offer!
Do you have a blog? I'd love to check it out! Leave your link in the comments below! <3