Beginner bloggers: 2 ways to make money

In the past week, some of you have asked me about mainly two things: What my thoughts were on Affiliate links (can you make real money with it) and what my thoughts were on Ko-fi (a link where your readers can buy you a ‘coffee’/donate $3.)

In this post I will tell you of 2 ways I know makes real money.

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Back in 2014 and 2015, I use to add affiliate links to my blog.

After that year, I stopped with most affiliate links because I did not see growth. If something doesn’t work after a considerable amount of time, and I’ve done my best, I simply move on to the next.

Now in 2017 I only do affiliate links that work for me and might work for you too, because there is logic in the method.

Tips on selecting affiliate links:
1. Go the website that you shop at the most, most companies have affiliate programs on their website. Sign up.

Why use a store that you shop at? Because if you are the average person, you don’t buy overly expensive things on a daily basis.

Most affiliate links that people put up, is overly expensive and so people don’t click on the link because they can’t afford it.
And if they do go to the website, mostly they don’t buy anything which influences your sales.

2. If you are thinking about selling a specific item, choose items that cost less then what people pay for currently in other stores.

Example: I found a company that sells human hair for extremely cheap. First, I bought the hair to see if it’s good quality. Once I saw it was, I contacted the company, told them I have a blog and would like to advertise their hair on my blog with an affiliate link.

I had the hair on my blog for a while but took it off once my blog content changed more to fashion rather than beauty.

(I’m getting back into beauty soon, so I might contact a few companies again.)

3. What’s your demographics? Which country visits your blog the most? Check your stats. Once you know, you can choose affiliate links catering specifically to those people. Get affiliate links from stores in those countries.

4. What do you post about? Fashion? Parenthood? Writing? It’s important to know this because the people who follow you are attracted to that topic. Choose an affiliate link that sells something related to that topic.

If you blog about being vegan, but your affiliate links are for meat products, you won’t make any sales.

Some readers asked about Ko-Fi
Let me first explain what Ko-Fi is.

It’s a platform where creators can set up a free account and link back to their website for readers to buy you a ‘coffee’.

It’s not an actual coffee but rather a donation of $3 (the average price of a coffee ) or more (if they want to give more) In this way, your readers can support you.

How do they pay and how do you receive it?
They choose an option to pay via their bank card or PayPal and you put your bank details or PayPal into your account.

Ko-Fi will let you know when you’ve received the money and it will be available to you immediately. No threshold.

I set up my Ko-Fi account last week and have received some caffeine from some of you, THANK YOU. It’s an incredible feeling to receive a notification that someone actually clicked on the button, and decided to support my blog in that way.

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Screenshot of how it looks when you receive a ‘coffee’

None of you will know the following, but here it is:

The past months I’ve been writing a book on ‘Beginner blogger tips’ and I’ve sent it to my editor, Gail Fay. The book will be available on 15 Dec 2017. Initially, the book was going to be $5,99 for the e-book and $6,99 for the printed version.

But the money that I received from Ko-Fi helped cover the editor bills, and so now the e-book will be available for $2,99. I cannot change the price on the hard copies.

So, again thank you.

If my posts have helped you consider buying me a ‘coffee’ click here. There will be a space where you can write a message to me, leave me your email and blog address. I will look at your blog and we can discuss how to grow your particular blog. This is my way of saying thank you.

Questions to the readers:
Do you use affiliate links? What’s the most difficult part for you when you think about affiliate links?

If you want to read more posts like these, I made a whole series of beginner blogger tips. Click here.

See you in the comments, happy living!

Chantal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Meet the blogger Minakshi Dewangan

Today we are meeting a lovely new blogger. If you would like your blog to be featured click here. Don’t forget to include your blog website because otherwise I can’t link to it!

Meet Minakshi Dewangan

  • What’s your blog about?
 
  • – My blog is about fashion and lifestyle related stuff. I love doing fashion and makeup and hair and everything but I wanted to do in a way that people can adapt easily in their life.😊
 
  • Would you consider yourself a…
  • – I am a beginner blogger of course. As I am still learning and working on everything.
 
  • What’s your vision for your blog?
 
  • – To connect, to reach and to grow more as a Blogger with whom people can relate easily. ☺
 
  • If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
 
  •  – To get maximum number of beautiful followers as my blogging family who found my blog interesting so that it will push me More to serve them better.
 
  •  What are your worst fears about blogging?
 
  • – That people will not get bored and uninterested towards me and my blog.
 
  • Wild Cards!
1. If you didn’t have to sleep then what would you do with the extra time?
– I will explore the world beyond my shell and write about them.
2. What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
-All people in this world are one of a kind so it’s difficult to say which habit to put in annoying category but sometimes i do get irritated when people shouts to prove themselves right.
 
3. What skill would you most like to master?
– I love Dancing and I wanted to learn more and more about it.

Meet the blogger Daisy Chain

This is a section of my blog that I introduce new bloggers out there. If you would like to join in the fun please check out the details here and email me beginnerbloggertips@gmail.com.
*Drum roll please*
Meet Daisy Chain
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 Hi! I’m DaisyChain and I’m a beauty/lifestyle blogger! I’d love for you to visit my blog and see if you like it. It would mean so much 😊
1. What is your blog about?
My blog is a beauty and lifestyle blog. I love makeup and fashion alot so that’s why I wrote about it 😄
2. What type of blogger are you?
I’m a). I’m a beginner blogger but i am quite proud of my blog.
3. What’s your vision for your blog?
My vision is a place where I can share my ideas and people read and like them. I’d love to have a following who appreciate my blog and love to read my posts!
4. If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
My wildest fantasy would be to have a following of 1,000 people by my birthday  (June) or my long term dream would be to get a comment saying: “You are amazing! I love your blog so much 😄” that would just be amazing.
5. What are your worst fears about blogging?
They are that no one enjoys reading my posts and that my blog is considered boring.
Wild Cards!
1. If you didn’t have to sleep then what would you do with the extra time?
I would write more posts and spend more time with my family
2. What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
I don’t really find things other people do annoying cos you know it’s there life, they can do what they want but I cannot stand it when people click their pens. It is so annoying.
3. What skill would you most like to master?
I would love to master the skill of photography. I’m not that good at taking photos so I’d really love to be able to take good photos.

How to get sponsored blog posts (free media kit template )

If you are a beginner blogger, you probably don’t get many emails, if any at all, asking you to promote content. So in today’s post, I will tell you how to get sponsored blog posts. as a beginner blogger. I’ve also included free media kit templates.

Now that you know how to maintain your blog, the next step is getting a sponsored blog posts as a beginner blogger.

It takes preparation.

First, you’ll need something that is known as a media kit. What is a media kit? It’s a summary of your blog, mission, goals, and statistics.

  • A media kit includes:
    An introduction to yourself and a picture: This can be brief. Tell the company who you are and add a professional picture.
  • Your mission/goals for your blog: What do you want to achieve with your blog? What do you blog about? What is your niche? Is there any particular post that you do weekly to draw your audience to your blog?
  • Your audience: Who are they? How old are they? Male/ female? From where are they? You can obtain this information from WordPress stats or Google analytics.
  • Testimonials ( See this post on how to get testimonials)
  • Blog post rates (See this post on how to charge for blog posts)
  • Your statistics: What are your WordPress stats? What’s your unique visitors per month, page views per month, email list? This information you’ll find on your WordPress stats or Google analytics.
    What’s the analytics for your social media such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter etc?
  • NOTE: If you fear that your stats are a bit low on one of your accounts then don’t mention it. A media kit is a cv of your blog and you want to showcase your best self.
  • Contact info: Include your name, number, blog address, email and social media.

As a beginner blogger all of these points should be fairly easy to summarize, the only two that may discourage you is your statistics and testimonials.

If you are just starting out, your numbers will not be so impressive. Everyone starts from somewhere. Do not let this discourage you. Instead, you can show how fast your blog is growing, by including “I’ve had this blog for 3 months and my subscription has grown 400%  each moth.’ This shows that your blog has potential.

I have created a professional media kit template for you. You can change the colour. Download it and add your information to it.

Pink Blogger Media Kit

Download the pdf here. Pink Blogger Media Kit

Download word doc here.MEDIA KIT TEMP

Congrats, you have your media kit.

Now that you have completed your media kit, the fun begins.

There are magical places where bloggers and advertisers live happily ever after. It is called blogger affiliate programs.

You sign up to one of the services for free and upload your media kit.

These companies will ask you to select what type of brands you are interested in working with, what type of products you would like to review, how much you charge per blog post, etc.

Once you’ve created your profile, companies browse it and will let you know when they are interested.

In 2014 I was part of a blogger’s group from the UK and received my first sponsored post after a month. I waited until companies contacted me, but you can browse prospective companies you are interested in and send your media kit to them.

Here are some companies you can sign up to:

IZEA

TAPINFLUENCE

Comission Junction

Let me know how it goes!

PS: Do you find the beginner blogger tips helpful? If so, consider buying me a ‘coffee’ 🙂 All the money goes to creating content for the blog. Confused? Click here.

For more beginner blogger posts, click here.

Until tomorrow, happy living!
Chantal

Meet the blogger Jordan Rowland

I announced that I will be introducing a new blogger on my blog every day since many people I’ve came in contact with said they did not have a lot of WordPress friends.

Why not share the love you give on my blog with her blog? You can check her blog out here. A like,comment and follow will bring many smiles 😀 Remember how you felt when someone did it to you? No? Then you should probably read this post if you want to promote your blog on my blog for free. 🙂

And a big thank you to Mr. Militant Negro who offered to then re-blog your post on his blog to even more viewers!

Now *drum rolls please*

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Meet Jordan Roland

  • What’s your blog about?
  •  I’ve been using the Daily Prompt suggestions and giving them my own twist, but I’m not sure what direction I’d like to take. I think my primary focuses would be that of being a college student or writing, but I’m not sure…
  • Would you consider yourself a
    • I’m definitely a beginner blogger, as you can see by my indecision lol
  • What is your vision for your blog?
    • If I can provide any sort of encouragement, empathy, or relatability for someone who needs it, that would be my goal- to get my thoughts and passions out there, but in doing so positively impact the world around me.
  • If your wildest fantasy came true regarding your blog, what would it be?
    • Wow, um, my blog would of course be famous- but for the right reasons, for being known as “that girl who I can relate to, who inspires me to pursue my dreams”.
  • What is your worst fear about blogging?
    • I guess my worst fear would be that this becomes something I use for vain purposes (think of people’s “finstas” solely for ranting) or that it ever discourages someone- including myself.

WILD CARDS

  • If you didn’t have to sleep, what would you do with the extra time?
    • Visit every zoo in the country. E.v.e.r.y.
  • What is the most annoying habit that other people have?
    • Hopefully this is a rarity amongst the majority, but stopping in the acceleration lane is a habit that I believe needs to be kindly murdered.
  • What skill would you like to master?
    • Drawing for sure- I’ve been drawing since elementary school, but never taken a class for it and would LOVE to learn all I can.
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Should beginner bloggers do free promotional posts?

As bloggers we work our butts of creating content, taking Instagram worthy pictures and occasionally cleaning our sunglasses to carry on writing. So, is it worth it to do a free promotional blog post for companies?

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A while ago I wrote a blog post about how much money beginner bloggers should ask for sponsored blog posts.

I thought this next post will be fitting.

If you are a beginner blogger should you do free promotions?

If you are thinking that companies are not even contacting you to do free promotion on your blog, think again because chances are if you’ve been blogging constantly for 6months, have been tagging your post and left your email on your contact page, that these companies would have found you by now or will in future.

Here are 3 different examples from 3 different companies contacting me.

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The email normal starts of by them telling you that:
They’ve read your blog and they like it.
They have a blog idea for your blog.
They would like you to promote their website.
If you agree, you write the post and send it to them so they can check it and change a few things.
With these type of promotions, you don’t get paid, or send any products. Basically, you give the company free publicity. Some of the companies enter you into a ‘draw’ and you might be chosen to be featured on their website.

Firstly, pat yourself on the back, you’ve done it. A company recognized you. Secondly, don’t pat yourself on the back too hard because they’ve recognized you and 100 other bloggers. They are not paying you, they want free promotion from you.

They know a few things about the blogger psyche:
They know that we love to be recognized by a company or brand.
If they’ve checked out your blog they know that you’ve never or seldom worked with a company before, so you don’t know what to expect really.
They know that flattery gets them a free promotional blog post.

How can you use this situation to your advantage?
You can tell them that you will do the post, but in return, you would like them to give you a review of your post. What do I mean by a review?

They can say something like “Very insightful, clear and funny blog”- Coca-Cola (or whoever)

Then you take the quote they have given you, add a page to your blog called ‘Testimonials’ and write the quote there including the company name etc.

This will help build your blog profile. When potential advertisers visit your blog, they will see that you have worked with different companies and this raises your credibility.

Should you accept all free blog promotion offers?
No. Try to do 4 or 5 ones that you really like. And get the reviews for your blog then don’t do any further. Why? PR companies talk. If they realize you are doing free promotional post all the time, no one would want to pay you to write a post in the future.

I think doing a free blog post does have benefits.
You get to experience working with a brand
You get a ‘review’ to build your blog
You build professional relationships
You get exposure to other parts of the blogosphere.

But do keep in mind, that you’ve worked hard for your blog. It takes time and effort to build a relationship with your audience and create great content. Don’t overwhelm your readers with so many promotional blog posts that you lose their interest.

If you liked this post and would like to read more beginner blogger tips, click here. 🙂

What do you think? When given the chance, would you do a free promotional post?

Happy living 🙂

Chantal

How much money you should charge for sponsored content? Beginner blogger tips.

I got my first paycheck after 3 months in 2010. It was 500$. But I didn’t know how much to ask so I let the company decide for me. I under sold myself.

So, how much money should you charge as a beginner blogger for your content?

Let’s get into it!

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I know now that I was underselling my blog. I asked too little and they took advantage of that. Does that mean that they are evil? No, just good business people. When it comes to business, there are no hard feelings. Don’t take it personally.

However, after 7years I’ve learned enough to know how much to charge for my blog content. Here’s the down low.

How much you should charge for your blog content:

There is no set amount that you should charge for your blog content.
people make it up as they go. (Later in the blog I will tell you how much I charge)

Here are two popular methods people are using:

First method: Take the number of page views + the number of social media followers divided by your page rank times $0.1 divided by 2.
That equals the amount you should ask

If you want to check out your page rank click here.

Second popular method:
Number of hours spent on writing the post times the number of hours you spend on taking pictures, editing, styling, curating pictures + your rate for your blog (Minimum is $50)
This equals the amount you should ask sponsored blog posts.

Why I don’t follow those rules and still get paid
1) If you follow those rules as a beginner blogger, you will barely get enough money to survive.

Those calculations were made by big time bloggers for big time bloggers.

2) There is no set rules for how much you can charge, why sell yourself short? If you have worked hard on your blog, interactions, views, and content, you deserve a decent paycheck per post.

How much I charge for sponsored content:

This is my personal method.
I charge $100 per hour for creating blog content. It takes me about 5hours to write a blog post.

Plus

I charge $120 per hour if I take the pictures myself and edit them. Normally it takes me 5hours to take pictures and edit it.

If I don’t take the pictures and the company provides it then I don’t charge for the pictures of course.

Then I charge my blog fee which is $500.

Why charge a blog fee? When I’m not writing blog posts I’m promoting my content, building relationships with other bloggers/partners etc. I do this daily from Mon-Fri. I work hard to make my blog successful. So when I write a sponsored blog post it does very well and it’s because of my hard work.

I plus all of that together and then I charge that amount. So on an AVERAGE, a sponsored I charge $1500 per blog post, depending on what the company needs.

This is a business transaction. They give you money, but what do you give them? What can your blog offer them?

Have you built trust with your audience so if you promote content will they trust you enough to buy it? Or are you just blabbering on when you can and not really putting in work on your blog so they see you as ‘a wanna be blogger?’

Your social media:
Are you active on social media? Do you have anything to offer to companies?

If you feel depressed after this post just remember:

1) You can work on getting interaction on your blog. It’s not that you suck at blogging, it’s perhaps that you don’t put in enough of effort.

I know not everyone can afford to spend as much time on their blog. If you spend only 1hour on your blog per day then you cannot expect people to interact with you like they do with Beyonce.

What you put in is what you get out. But you know that. Don’t be depressed. Do something about improving your blog.

If you take just one month to really focus on growing your blog, setting time aside for it, you WILL see improvement.

Here are tips to help you with that. Click here 🙂

If you learned anything in this post, please let me know in the comment section. It helps 🙂

Happy living,

Chantal.