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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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Money Saving Tips for the Self Employed

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Working for your self can be very tricky. One month can be very busy with you making more money than you know what to do with it. Another month can have you literally surviving with the coins in your wallet. Which is why you have to be savvy with your money to survive as a self-employed person. You can not afford to spend every penny you make because you never know how busy or not busy the next month would be.  This is the reason why many people cannot afford to work for themselves.

When there is no steady pay check, many people will struggle to manage their money. They may easily find themselves struggling to pay their monthly bills, when work is quiet. Which is why I am grateful there are credit facilities like CashLady and Credit Cards to use on essentials when money is tight. You never know when you will need services like them, so it is good to know they are available.

 

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Here are some money saving tips for the self employed –

 

Buy everything you need online

This may not sound like a money-saving tip but trust me it is. I do 99% of my shopping online. The 1% is when I am out and about and need to grab something. Or the odd time we run out of groceries, and I need to head out to our local supermarket to grab some essentials. I do all my shopping online because he saves me money. Shopping in the stores is way too expensive for me. Apart from the fact that I have to get to the shops physically, which costs money obviously, I am usually tempted to buy more than I planned to buy. Shopping online keeps me focused. I buy exactly what I need without wasting money on what the shops want me to “need”.

 

Do it yourself

I try to do all I can myself. So childcare, cleaning, cooking and everything in between, I do myself. Managing my time and working from home helps me sort out my chores and daily activities. That way I save my money. Outsourcing jobs like these means you spend more money. So doing it myself helps my money go for longer. It also allows me spend more time with my growing kids. I am proud to say I have never paid for childcare, thanks to me being able to work from home.

 

Meal Plan

To avoid wasting food and eating out way more than you can afford to, you need to have a weekly meal plan. My health  and wallet has changed for the better since I started planning meals in advance. Meal planning gives me the opportunity to include all I need in the weekly online shop. It also allows me cook from scratch because I know what needs to be done and I plan my days towards getting them done. If you don’t meal plan, I suggest you try doing this now and see how much money you save. Also, food wastage would be a thing of the past as you would only buy want you need for your meals.

 

What do you think fo these money-saving tips?

Play-Doh Fun with the Kiddies

Half term is over and the kiddies went back to school yesterday. It was a very busy half term week with us making the most of the lovely sunshine. We spent plenty of time outdoors with the twins riding their bikes and scooters. We also visited a soft play centre and our local playground. The kids enjoy being outside, especially my son. He could spend the whole day outside if I let him. My daughter on the other hand loves the outdoors but would be happy to stay indoors all day if I wanted too.

I enjoyed the time outdoors myself and I am seriously missing them now that they have resumed school. Always good to make the most of the holidays when they come. Are you in the UK? How was your half term week?

 

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The kiddies also spent time playing with their new Play-Doh Kitchen Creations Set. They enjoyed making donuts and all sorts of Play-Doh food. It was fun to watch them in their element, it never gets old.

 

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They made a proper mess of the floor but it was worth it. They played with the set for almost 2 hours. I was amazed at how much attention and determination they put into creating Play-Doh creations. Normally, they play with a new toy for a few minutes (an hour tops if it is a great toy) for the first time, before tossing it away for something else, but this was different. I am not too surprised because I know how much they love playing with Play-Doh, but I think their love for the brand has increased since they started primary school.

They play with Play-Doh a lot at school as it helps with the pencil grip. My 5-year-old son previously had issues with that like many boys his age do, but he has now improved massively. His handwriting is also a lot better now which is amazing.

 

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Are your kids fans of Play-Doh? Have they tried the Kitchen Creations Set?

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