If you’re like me, finding new ways for your blog to earn ANY income is challenging. I for one refuse to post anything that will spam or hack my readers. I work diligently (and sometimes at my own computer peril) going through promotions, making sure they don’t take my readers down a rabbit hole of endless ads, trickery and spam. At the same time, there is nothing wrong with looking for promotions that do help bring in a paycheck.
While I don’t get swamped with opportunities, I am happy for each one I get. One is better than none right? Depending on what your blog’s focus is, I highly suggest checking out IZEA. They offer you ways to tweet, blog and make videos for brands you would never have access to! All you do is create a basic info page about yourself and your blog. Be sure to add in all of your social media accounts. They want to see how active you are. At least once a month you’ll receive an email about new offers. I get two to three emails per month and you might too depending how many followers you have on your social media accounts. Check them out and see for yourself. Most of mine have been opportunities to easily tweet for a company. They post the offer, then I place a bid. Basically, you’re telling them what you are willing to be paid to do the job. If you have an enormous following on social media, you can bid high. If you’re just starting out, bid low. It’s okay to not get paid a lot at first. Each time you get a paid opportunity, you’re growing towards being paid more. I have been asked to create blog post for which you are paid more for. In time, longer you take opportunities, the more you’ll get. That’s been my experience. I highly recommend them!
I took off a year from my blog for health reasons and have just been getting back into the swing of things the past six months. Am I getting rich? No way- far from it. I don’t work my blog like I used to. For my own sanity and for the sake of my family, I take days off when I feel like it and don’t post anything if there’s nothing to post. Some days I do great and other days I don’t earn anything to write home about (if anything at all) and I’m fine with that. It’s the balance I’m comfortable with. Not to mention that, there are days you just need to be totally unplugged. That’s true for me anyway. Every little bit here and there does add up though.
When some people hear you have a blog, they assume you must be raking in the dough. That may be true if you’re a huge, well-known blog. But for the ones that are just starting out, it can take years to earn anything remotely close to a paycheck worth mentioning let a long being proud of. It takes a lot of time and commitment. While making money from my blog was not the driving force for starting it, it does help having a few extra dollars. After all the 70 hour work weeks I put in for three years earning nothing or just pennies, I believe I have earned my stripes so to speak. However, if you think for one second you’re going to start out making the equivalency of an actual paycheck, you won’t – unless you have a ton of contacts and have figured out the magical secret formula no other blogger knows.
If I can help new bloggers earn some extra money, I think I need to pass that info along. Even blogs that have been around for a while may be looking for some new ways to monetize their sites that they haven’t heard of. If you’re strictly a mommy/baby/children blogger, check out a mom’s affiliate here!
While I do receive a compensation for passing my referral codes onto others, I do so for the main fact that in the early days, I wish more bloggers had passed on great ways for me to have earned a few extra bucks along the way.
Check out IZEA today! You’ll be glad you did.