Hey guys! I have decided that I am going to give you all a backstage pass into the financial side of the blog.
This is really out of character for me simply because, despite being a beauty blogger, I’m actually pretty private. As a matter of fact as I write this post, I kind of feel like…
That’s literally how private I am about this stuff.
But I want you all to know that I know what I am talking about because I will start a column giving you guys blogging tips. In order to do so, I feel that you must know how i benefit from this whole blogging thing myself.
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Direct Sponsorships: $3,637.00
Amazon Affiliate Program: $31.00
Collective Digital: $11.38
Total Income: $3936.41
Blog Expenses & Ads
Income – Expenses = $3661.67
So for the month of March I cleared a total of $3661.67 from my amped up effort.
If your new to the blogging world and are looking for a great way to monetize your content, amazon affiliates program and progrids are the fastest way to do so. If you do decide to go this route, here are a few tips for you to consider
Amazon affiliate Program
Buy and install MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate
This plug-in pretty much does all of the heavy lifting for you. All you have to do is make sure you are using the keyword that you tell the plug-in to hyperlink and it will automatically insert the link for you. MaxBlogPress Ninja Affiliate plugin has been crucial in the increase of my income through affiliate links.
Be genuine about the products you are referring
Don’t refer something from Amazon just because it’s a “big-ticket” item. Be genuine and your readers will love you for adding value to their life
These as you can see, have been the bread and butter of the blog lately. These are deals that I have negotiated on my own personal terms. These deals either came from negotiations through pitching or I was approached by them. This is one of the greatest benefits of having a niche blog. My site is catered to a particular niche and draws a specific audience. So get out there and negotiate! The worst thing they could say is “no”
They are kind of like a “for youtubers” kind of company. They make suggestions about my creativity and what directions I should take for my blog. They are really helpful and I get paid from them even if i don’t make a video that month. They also send out opportunities for social media sponsorships.
Nothing fancy here. Just a simple site that allows me to add widgets to my site. The more traffic I get, the more income it produces for me. If you sign up, let them know I referred you. It would be much appreciated! The other option is to email me (Lizzia@strawberricurls.com) and I will refer you myself.
Have you ever heard of Google Adsense? Well this is Adsense on steriods. I made my first $500 in passive income from media.net. If you can get approved for it, I highly recommend that you take the time to apply for it. If you don’t get approved, don’t quit. Keep trying. It’s completely worth it.
Aweber Email Marketing
Aweber is my program of choice for collecting emails for my newsletters. It wasn’t $69 a month when i started, it was much less than that. The price surge comes from my growing newsletter which has slowed down since I started using it. I definitely prefer it over mailchimp.
Media Temple Web Hosting
Why is my hosting $50 a month? To put it simple, my site received a seriously unexpected traffic surge. As much as I TRIED to avoid it, a blogging friend of mine was just like.. Gab.. chill.. just upgrade -__-
A CDN basically helps my site run faster. With the traffic surge came a huge need to upgrade not just the server, but how my content was being delivered to you all.
With all this being said, what’s next? My short-term goal as of now is to make a consistent $6000/monthly.
I’m putting it out there
I’m speaking it into existence
Watch it happen…
- Start writing my e-book ( which i was half way to finishing but I didn’t save it in google drive ~flips tables). I’ll tell you all more about that a little later
- Write more posts about actual blogging. I want to start giving out blogging tips to show how I got from $0 dollars to almost $4000 this month. In the meantime, you can check out my blogging buddy, Danielle Stewart, blogging tips on her resource page for her blog, Fitness Fashionista
- Increase my income through affiliate marking. My aim isn’t just Amazon but various affiliate marketing programs
Quick traffic tip:
With most of my income, I need traffic right? Not so much affliate marketing as I do for Progrids and Media.net. If you need a quick traffic boost that does not depend on google, you should apply for Crowd Ignite. Crowd Ignite takes your content and post it on related sites that share the same kind of information you are providing and sends the traffic back to your site. So apply! #ItsFree
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