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How to create income as a blogger

Blogging gives me so much joy. It has literally changed my life for the better in all areas. I am happy with the freedom and flexibility my job gives me. It has allowed me work from home, and care for my growing family. Blogging has also opened my eyes to other ways I can make money online, working from home. 10 Years ago, I didn’t know what blogging was about and didn’t read any blogs.

So much has changed in the last few years. I now know so much about blogging, thanks to running Fashion and Style Police for over 6 years. In this last 6 years, I have set up another blog and shut it down after running it for a year or so. I have written a book – How to Cash in as a Blogger (available on only Amazon as eBook). Also, I have become a Copywriter, Social Media Manager and Blogger Outreach Consultant. I have also set up a YouTube Chanel which I plan to work on some more this year.

 

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Over the years, I have learnt various ways of creating income as a blogger. I have played around with many of them and these have been the most successful for me –

 

Sponsored Posts

This happens when brands pay you to write about their products and services. Sometimes, SEOs are only after a link to their client’s website in the post and are not too bothered about how you word the entire post. I earn a living by publishing sponsored posts on this blog. Sponsored posts bring the most income for me.  Brands contact me most of the time for sponsored posts. Sometimes I indicate interest when I see a tweet or Facebook post requesting bloggers for a campaign.

 

Ads on Social Media

I make money on social media by posting ads for brands. Sometimes, the brand may have a social media campaign, and after accounts with a certain number of followers/engagement. Most of the time, social media ads are requested together with sponsored posts, but a few times, they come standalone. It is worth growing your social media platforms with real followers and engagement if you plan to monetising them.

 

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Affiliate Marketing

Another great way of making money as a blogger is through affiliate marketing. I have used quite a few and made some money off them. My current favourite is the Amazon Associates. It is working so well for me at the moment. There are so many great products available on Amazon, which means many different opportunities to make money.

 

Banner Ads

I make some money thanks to Banner Ads. I am signed up with WordAds, and I am happy with the income I am making from it. I also have banner ads I run for other brands outside of WordAds. It is a great way to make money once your blog is established. I usually agree on a fixed fee by month with private clients.

 

Selling Products and Services

I have found various copywriting, social media management and blogger outreach clients thanks to my blog – Fashion and Style Police. Many of my clients have found me one way or the other thanks to my online presence – through the blog or social media platforms. I also send blog readers to my   eBook – How to Cash in as a Blogger on Amazon. If you have a product or skill to advertise, having a blog will definitely help you get the word out there.

 

How do you create income as a blogger?

 

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Mothers Day Gift Ideas

In the midst of the unbelievable weather with the Beast from the East, and Storm Emma, we need to remember it is Mother’s Day next week Sunday. Are you ready with your gifts for mum? If you have not decided what to get your mother for Mother’s Day, then you are in luck. Here are some Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.

 

Give the gift of a book

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I love reading and would appreciate a good book as a gift. If you know a mother trying to break into the blogging industry, then my ebook – How to Cash In as a Blogger would be a great gift idea.

“How to ‘Cash In’ as a Blogger” is the definitive go-to guide that sheds light on the rather unconventional world of blogging. It is definitely worth a read, especially for new bloggers. You can grab this for £3.44.

 

Give the gift of jewellery storage

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This Personalised Rose Gold Glass Jewellery Box from Find Me a Gift is a great Mother’s Day gift idea. I love the fact that it is rose gold in colour, and the personalised touch makes it even more special.

 

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I am so in love with this jewellery box. If you like, you can grab one for £29.99.

 

Give the gift of detox and cleanse

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I recently came across this Himalayan Salt Soak by Isla Apothecary, and I think it would fit in nicely into a well stocked Mother’s Day hamper for a special mother. This product contains trace minerals that accommodate nutrient absorption, improved circulation, balanced body pH, and lymphatic drainage, with grounding and uplifting essential oils.

 

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I am badly in need of some detoxing and cleansing, and I know I am not alone. You can grab this from £21.

 

Give the gift of a fragrance

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If you are on the hunt for a lovely fragrance to gift mum this Mother’s Day, then you need to check TERRE DE LUMIÈRE EAU DE PARFUM by L’Occitane. It smells amazing and stays for ages. I have been using mine for weeks now and I am super in love with the fragrance. It comes beautifully packaged too!

 

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PERFUMERY NOTES

Top notes: Amber, Pink Pepper

Middle notes: Honey, Lavender

Base notes: Acacia, Tonka Bean

 

You can grab a 50ml bottle for £59 or a 90ml bottle for £79.

 

What do you think of these Mother’s Day Gift Ideas? Are you sorted with your presents yet?

 

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How to Get People to Read Your Blog

Growing my readership was perhaps one of the most challenging aspects of blogging. You create content to have it read by many people but when the readers are not forthcoming, it’s almost natural to be tempted to think that starting a blog was a waste of time. So how do you get people to read your blog?

Believe me, I’ve been there too. It took a lot of willpower to keep going especially when my analytics showed zero views. But over the years I got better and refined my process. Now I have thousands of readers stopping by every week.

 

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If your blog is at the early stages and you need some help to get the number of visitors up, here are some tips you can start with.

 

Share your blog posts on social media

I know that you’ve heard this before and even tried it. But the reason why this does not work for most people is that they passively share their posts on social media.

Whenever you want to share your blog post on social media leave a little description of what your ideal readers will take away from reading your blog post. Simply just sharing your blog post on social media is not enough to ignite curiosity in your ideal readers and motivate them to check the link. You need to leave a caption that would get them clicking. Also, remember to use the right hashtags. You can get more tips from my blogging book – How to Cash In as a Blogger, available exclusively on Amazon.

 

Join Facebook groups that help promote blog posts

Just like you there are thousands of bloggers looking for readers. These bloggers joined together to form a community with the aim of helping each other grow.

Run a quick search on Facebook for blogging groups that help promote blogs. Once you find some, join in and share your blog posts. But don’t be selfish. Make sure you also participate in promoting other members’ blog posts as well and stick to the group rules as you do so.

 

Collaborate with other bloggers to get people to read your blog

You’ve probably guessed by now that you can’t grow your readership on your own. You need the help of other people to help you get more readers. Look for bloggers who have better numbers than you in terms of views and engagement and ask if you could cross-promote each other.

Another alternative is to work on a joint blog post or interview the blogger who is doing better than you and ask them to share that post with their readers. This will help direct their readers to your blog.

 

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Ask people to read your blog post

Most times it can be really nerve-racking to ask your friends and family to read your blog post. Or to have them share it with their friends. But all that is coming from a wrong mindset. The truth is that once you ask someone to read your blog post it creates momentum to ask another.

Reach out to your friends: send them an email or message and ask them to read your blog post and encourage them to share their thoughts in the comments. Don’t forget to ask them to share your blog post with their friends. If you don’t ask, you don’t get!

 

I am currently offering social media promotion packages to bloggers and small businesses, so do send me an email for more information – fashionandstylepolice@gmail.com

 

How do you get people to read your blog? Please share your tried and tested tips.

Thanks for reading. Have a lovely week ahead.

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