Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Show Me the Money!!!
Money! Money! Money!
When I first started blogging, I never thought I'd make money off of it! Keep in mind, my whole intent was to get rid of writers block. A little over a month of going back to blogging, I made me some $$$$!!! Now... it's not a enough to quit my day job, but nonetheless I made something! How much, you ask? Are you ready for this? Take a DEEP breath... $8.00!!! LOL!!! I know! I know! I like to look at things half full so yes, I'm happy!!! So... how did I make $8.00? Before, I go into any details, I am a newbie, which means I am not the expert but I do LOVE to share my experiences. Isn't that why we like to blog to begin with? So here are some of the things I've done:
This is also known as Ad Space! Sell some of your empty space to advertisers. It could be fellow bloggers, Etsy Shops (get an account!), anyone who offers a product or service. Do keep in mind who your audience is for your blog. For example, if you have a mom blog, would you advertise Budweiser Beer? You want your advertisers to match your blog. Why? Read the next part.
On the left hand side of my blog you will find some affiliates I am associated with. Also notice who they are - they match my audience! Affiliates are another form of advertising you can use by signing up with other companies who offer them. The common ones out there are Shareasale, Glitter Network, and Linkshare. They are free to join and you get to choose which company to affiliate with. When you find one, they can pay by clicks, sales, etc. generated from your website. Thus, the reason to match them with your audience. More money if someone clicks, refers, or buys something via your website!
I am fairly new to this one, however I have seen it worked! It's another way of selling ad space. Let's go back to sponsorships. Reach out to people who offer a product or service. You can always ask them if they want to promote what they're selling with a post from you about their product, do a giveaway, and heavily advertise them... with a price! Now... I want you to remember this... DO NOT UNDERPRICE YOURSELF! This is awesome advice coming from Mom Envy Blog. Even though you are a newbie like myself, don't let that be an excuse to lower your advertising price. Mom Envy had excellent advice for me, offer a one year ad price. She charged businesses $250 for one year. Not bad!!! Think of it this way, it's a Win-Win for both you and the business. You advertise them like crazy, bring them sales, and they pay YOU to do it. Pretty cool concept, huh?
Even though I wasn't looking to monetize my blog, I am happy I made $8.00 on it. I don't see myself making millions with The Wondering Brain but hey - $8.00 is STILL money! That's lunch for work. hahaha!!! I do want to leave you with this though: Think about why you started to blog to begin with. Keep blogging because of that reason, because if you start thinking along the lines of "Oooo... Money," blogging won't be as fun. It will become just another day job!!! And... who wants one of those?