How to make money from your blog

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So, you’ve started a blog and would like to make a living from it. I mean… who wouldn’t? Talking about the things you love, sharing your ideas and meeting like-minded people plus, earning money from doing all of this? Sounds incredible.

If you haven’t started a blog yet, what’s keeping you from doing it? The BBC published an article on how to make your fortune writing about stuff you love, where they recommend starting a blog. They add that to write a blockbuster blog, you should consider writing about something you love, find your individual voice, post every day if possible, and use other social media platforms to promote your content.

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Start an online store.

While you are blogging and writing about your travels or simply about a favourite recipe that you want to share with others, why not consider starting an online store? Ad Lab is a Magento eCommerce agency within London UK, and they recommend creating an online store to complement your blog for extra traffic and monetisation opportunities.

If you already have your blog on the WordPress platform, starting an online store is easy, peasy! WordPress has a plugin called WooCommerce that will allow you to set-up an online store in minutes with secure payments, customisable options, and more. If however, you plan to take it seriously, Ad Lab recommends the Magento platform which comes with a tone of innovative features to help sell more products online.

To gain wider recognition for your website, increase traffic, and ultimately sales, Ad Lab recommends putting your online store up for design awards. Here’s a link to Ad Lab’s portfolio on AWWWARDS which showcases some of their best Magento eCommerce sites.

Affiliate marketing.

In a recent blog post, Life with Baby Kicks commented that affiliate marketing is one of the most popular methods to make money from your blog. She gave the example of “if you are running a parenting blog, you can easily talk about useful products for your readers, such as baby toys and baby carriers, and when your readers click on the links for the products, you receive a commission from that interaction.”

That’s how easy affiliate marketing is! Plus, you don’t have to have a blog to make the most out of affiliate marketing – if you have a considerable following on another platform, share your affiliate links there.

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Run relevant ads.

Google AdSense is a great way to generate passive income from your blog. It’s free, quick, and simple. It only requires you to add a little piece of code to your blog (sounds more difficult than it actually is!) and then relevant ads to your content will start to run! When speaking with my friends at Ad Lab, they mentioned that it’s worth doing the Google certifications to help you get the most out of Google Ads. Here’s what Ad Labs Google qualifications look like.

Sponsorships.

Boo Roo and Tiger Too state 5 tips to creating more money, such as if you are a small blogger, you can contact companies and pitch them your ideas for sponsored posts. For bloggers with a larger audience, she mentions that companies will most likely get in touch with you to create content about their brand and/or product. You can also join influencer marketing networks where sponsored jobs are available!

Sell your skills.

Devon Mamma recommends selling the skills you’ve acquired whilst blogging. Whether this is social media management, writing reviews, copywriting, photography, design, or any other skill you might have acquired, you can start selling it! You can also add a hire me page on your blog, so people know you offer those services and can easily reach you if they need your assistance.

Get paid for speaking.

I know, it sounds crazy, but if you become an authority within your niche, podcasts will pay you to be a guest on their website, and exposure on these podcasts will open up traffic and sales to your website/online store. Here’s an example from Ad Lab who appeared on James Sinclairs podcast about growing businesses online – great listen if you have a spare hour 😉

 

How to give your garden an uplift

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During rainy and cold days, the last thing you want to do is go outside to your garden. However, getting fresh air is essential for us to feel good about ourselves and our bodies. That’s why I love being outside so much!

I would prefer if I could enjoy my garden no matter if the sun is shining or it’s raining or snowing. You can see how excited I was when I found out about Designer Shade Solutions’ retractable roofs. Designer Shade Solutions are retractable roofs in London UK specialists who create retractable roofs also known as modern pergolas with a retractable and tilting louvered roof.

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The New York Times shared some tips on how to improve your outdoor space, mentioning that “every outdoor space has its strengths, so embrace yours. You can play up a large outdoor space by using plants, pathways, and furniture to divide it into separate areas serving different purposes.”

What better way to improve your garden than by adding a retractable pergola? Don’t just take it from me! Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum also recommends adding a retractable pergola to create an outdoor retreat to improve your garden space, commenting that you will “make the most out of your garden all-year-round by creating an outdoor retreat that you can enjoy, no matter the weather.”

Modern pergolas offer shade and protection from the elements, as well as privacy, a bit of luxury, and the perfect way to define spaces in your garden. If you’ve always loved the look of traditional pergolas but never went for it as it didn’t give you enough opportunities to enjoy your garden, modern pergolas will! Their retractable and tilting roof can be easily closed when the weather turns south and can be opened if the weather is nice.

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Baby Budgeting explains in a recent blog post that these retractable roof pergolas can be installed in a variety of ways, including “as an extension to your current living space to bring the outside in or as a standalone structure in your garden, the perfect centrepiece for any outside space, if I do say so myself.”

To further improve your garden space, these modern pergolas can be combined with heating, lighting, and side glass screens to create the most incredible garden outdoor retreat that you can use rain or shine. Lylia Rose shared that she was also a big fan of these pergolas, mentioning “Personally, I think they are amazing! It’s been a challenge of ours in spring to create an outdoor living space that is perfect to use not only in good weather but bad weather too.”

What do you think of these modern pergolas?

Stay healthy this winter with hand sanitizer

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Self-care is one of the most important things to do. It helps maintain a healthy relationship with your mind and body. Forbes recently shared an article about the importance of self-care, including starting easy habits for a clean body and mind, from eating healthy to exercising or simply taking a break when you need it. I believe that staying healthy is a big part of self-care and, with that in mind, hand hygiene plays a big role in staying healthy.

Effective hand washing, not just slap-water-and-go kind of hand washing, is highly important. By washing your hands, you reduce the chances of getting sick and prevent the spread of infections and illnesses to others. So, by washing your hands regularly, you don’t only help yourself but you are also helping others. If you are out and about and you have no access to running water and soap, hand sanitizer is the go-to.

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Ocean Free is a UK hand sanitiser manufacturer and an ideal addition to your purse, backpack, or pocket to ensure you can always keep your hands clean and fresh on-the-go. They have a variety of fragrance-free hand sanitizers and scented hand sanitizers to meet all needs.

Ocean Free has liquid and hand sanitisers. According to Adventures of a Yorkshire Mum, “choosing the right-hand sanitizer consistency has to do with your personal requirements. For spray bottles and spray dispensers, liquid hand sanitizer will be the best choice whilst hand sanitizer gel would be better suited for day-to-day, on-the-go usage.”

If you are using hand jewellery and need to sanitise your hands, remember to remove the jewellery or perhaps simply keep it at home. As this article on the Diary of a Jewellery Lover mentions, it’s important to part from jewellery during our current times to ensure you maintain good hand hygiene. She added, “if you can’t part from your jewellery, remember to always clean it with soap and water when cleaning your own hands. Taking it off while cleaning hands and then putting it back won’t cut it, as might mean that you’ve decontaminated your hands again.”

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Staying healthy will help you enjoy life to the fullest. If you have kids, it’s also important for them to stay healthy. If you are wondering if hand sanitizer is safe for children, I’d recommend reading Let Them Be Small article about the safety of hand sanitizer for children, where she mentions that the main thing to ensure hand sanitizer is safe is to promote its safe use and supervise children when using hand sanitizer.

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