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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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How to make money as a writer

Statistics show that writers and authors can make over $50,000 a year. This is approximately over £38,000 annually. But with a lot of hard work and well-structured systems, I believe freelance writers can make so much more than that.

Writers are always in demand for so many different projects like writing whitepapers, blog posts, copy or even to ghostwrite a book. You can increase your earning potential by combing different kinds of writing in your portfolio. This makes you more likely to be hired as companies would rather hire someone who is able to handle different kinds of writing to meet their needs.

 

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Although there are so many ways writers can make money, I narrowed them down to these 3 that you can use to start earning money right away.

 

  1. Start a blog

Blogging is one of the most popular ways of making money as a writer. It’s not surprising as many people spend time reading blogs for a variety of reasons. Many read blogs to get personal advice, read product reviews, or learn about what’s trending in the industry.

There are many ways you can earn money as a blogger. One of those ways is to have Google AdSense set up on your blog. This is the easiest way to make money from your blog. You get paid based on the number of impressions your ad gets. So the more visitors who come to your blog, the more money you make.

However, you can earn more money from ads when you collaborate with a company and offer to put up their ads on your blog for a fee.

Another way to make money from your blog is through affiliate links. You may write about products or service that you like and get paid every time your readers click on the affiliate link.

If you’re not a fan of having ads on your blog, you can create a membership platform where subscribers can have access to your exclusive content for a fee. You may also create and sell a digital product like an e-course, ebook or online workshop that people can pay you for.

 

  1. Dive into copywriting

If you’re great at writing persuasive content that motivates people to buy things, then copywriting is just for you. Copywriters create marketing content for ad campaigns, websites and social media. Copywriters are always in demand. Their job is to write content that sells.

As a copywriter, you may decide to work for yourself as a freelance copywriter. Or you can work as an in-house copywriter for a company or ad agency. In such a case you are stuck to a fixed salary, unlike a freelance copywriter who can determine their own income.

 

  1. Write for publications that pay

Believe it or not, there are so many publications out there that pay writers for their articles. Magazines, newspapers, journals and online publications are constantly looking for original content that will peak the interest of their readers. The rates for such publications vary between £50 to as high as £500 per article.

Most times such publications require that you pitch your article ideas to them. If they like it, they’ll give you the go-ahead to write the article. Some allow you to write a draft of the article.

 

Do you make money as a writer? Please sound off in the comments section below.

 

The Beauty of Self Employment

There are still millions of people fighting hard to secure a 9-5 job, but there seems to be a more viable route that only a few are brave enough to take. Creating your own business is the most lucrative route and if you are deep thinker, you’ll see that it’s true.

 

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The reason why many people do not become self employed is because of the risks, challenges and downtimes one has to face before they can make enough to live on comfortably. They think that having a stable 9-5 is a safer way to make a living.

Those who think that way don’t realize that being employed can even be more risky than going self employed because you are putting the probability of you having a regular salary in the hands of others, rather than in your hands, if you look at it in a different way.

I know freelancing/self-employment is not for many people because it takes a lot of passion, perseverance, determination and hard work to sustain any business. Many can’t be bothered with all that and just settle for a regular job with a “guaranteed paycheck” and I understand that. But for those who are ready to take the self-employed or freelance route, here are some benefits you’ll get to experience.

  1. You get to determine your working hours

One of the first things you’ll experience from being self-employed is the large amount of time you’ll have to yourself. Unlike an office job, being self-employed gives you the opportunity to determine your working hours.

The more hours you put into your work, the more income you’ll receive. Since you’re more in control of your time, you get the opportunity to spend time with your family. Setting flexible working hours allows you to work, take part in family activities and enjoy precious moments.

  1. You can determine your level of income

At a 9-5 job you’re only entitled to a fixed salary which is your only source of income. Being self-employed gives you the opportunity to create multiple streams of income. For example, some probloggers have as many as 5-7 sources of income. They earn money from the ads placed on their blogs, sponsored posts, guest posts, product reviews, eBooks, they offer consultancy services, get hired to speak at events, and so on.

The more streams of income you create, the more money you’re able to earn. Freelancers make a good amount of money from passive income streams, so they make money even when they sleep. A wise man once said you an average wealthy person has at least 8 streams of income. How many streams of income do you have?

  1. You will know the true meaning of Freedom

This is something that working in an office will not give you. In a 9-5 you’re stuck within the 4 walls of an office. You have little freedom to work anywhere other than the office. When you’re self-employed you can work anywhere, anytime.

Thanks to the regular streams of income, you have the freedom to travel to different countries and are able to carry your business anywhere you are.

  1. You get to do what you love the most

The sad reality about a good number of employees is that they are working in a job that they hate. When you’re self-employed, you get the chance to build a business around something you love doing. You feel fulfilled with what you do and work no longer looks like work. Instead it’s loads of fun and you enjoy every minute of it.

 

Are you self-employed? How are you finding it?

 

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