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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If my posts have helped you consider buying me a ‘coffee’ click here.

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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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.

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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 ūüôā

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

Happy living,

Chantal.

 

Dear future husband

You want to impress me with being a gangster, living that thug life- Don’t bother.¬†I’ve lived the thug life. No- not the glamorous kind. The kind where you actually wish that some of your loved ones would die, so that there could be enough food to go around.¬†

Not the thug life, ¬†because you wear a shirt on Instagram that says #thuglife. ¬†The real life were three of us were running, and I saw my best friend trip and got shot in the head. Dead. The thug life where you lay on that floor, holding your breathe, because if they hear you breathe it might be you that’s dead next.

You want to impress me with money, grand cars and who you know- Don’t even bother.¬†I know money, I know what’s it like to live in the top hotels in Switzerland and London. ¬†I drove cars you would never be able to afford. Knowing ‘this one and that one’ has no value. People with a rich reputation, have to uphold it constantly. ¬†People who don’t care about how they are perceived are much more happier. I prefer happier people above the Prince of the universe.

You want to impress me with your so called eye opening, third eye, forth eye, secret knowledge, mystical stuff- Don’t bother. I’ve been deeper in witch craft than your great grand father was. Illuminati gibberish does not entertain me, neither does it impress me, or intrigue me. ¬†Tell me, have you lived and grew up with a witch doctor? ¬†Or are you just going of off research and what you hear. Or do you crave evil power so much that you spent all your nights researching witchcraft or whatever fancy word its called nowadays. Experiencing just goosebumps and taking it as a supernatural experience. ¬†Have you been face to face with Satan and realised that not all devils have horns, but some are actually the pastor in church. I’ve been literally sacrificed by satanist and the power of God ripped me out of that bondage. So the next time you want to talk about why God is not God, try getting shot in your head and coming out alive. And then tell me it’s because you are just so incredibly awesome.

You want to impress me because you are a foreigner from the most elite families- Don’t bother. I dated elites. ¬†They are the most lonely people I have met. They are so poor all they have is money.

You want to impress me with your “I go every Sunday to church”, ” I have bible knowledge”, “I’m so holy I baptise people in a Jacuzzi in ¬†Jesus name”. If you need to impress me by bragging about it, that already defeats the purpose. ¬†When you go around judging homosexuals, as if you were God. Speaking bad about the very church people you smile on Sunday with. Driving a Porch while your church members struggle to survive week by week due to no food. You preach the message of ‘church people should bless the man of God” These people give you their money with sincerity and you abuse it. ¬†And you want to brag about your Porch? Do you now understand why people find it hard to trust us Christians? ¬†Judging me by my face “Oh you are a model, fashion blogger” You probably don’t know much about God” ¬†The thing about judging a book by its cover is that you don’t know what’s inside. ¬†I studied the bible in deep. I read the bible over 5times in 9 months, ¬†writing tests, exams, preaching and teaching and the message I walked away was LOVE GOD AND LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOUR AS YOURSELF. Not some theology that whoever wrote. That gives you the right to judge everyone. We are righteous by faith not by goodworks. We live by faith not by sight..

You want to impress me with your looks or status- Don’t bother. Some of my very good friends are models. As handsome as it gets. But beauty fades and charm is deceptive, ¬†but a human that’s humble is worth more than pearls.

If you really want to get my attention-

  • Stay, when it’s easier to leave.
  • Understand the definition of commitment. We live in an era that make not committing so convenient. ¬†You can buy clothes and take it back as soon as you find fault with it, don’t want it or are tired of it. There’s so many products on the market, so when you get tired of one, it’s convenient to get another one. People laugh at the idea of marriage. “You want to be with one person for the rest of your life haha.” Commitment means sticking it out when it difficult. ¬†Commitment doesn’t mean ‘I commit to you until it doesn’t work for me anymore.”
  • Love is not a feeling, it’s a decision. ¬†Sure it feels good in the beginning. Our brains actually releases hormones similar to the feeling of drug addicts. I wrote a post about how love effect our brain and behaviour in the beginning of a relationship. If you want to read it click here. Eventually the feelings of “in-love” fades, and then what’s left? You with a person you are frustrated with. If you want my attention realise that here is the point that you choose to love me. I choose to love you. We might not feel like it, but like I said love isn’t a feeling but a choice.
  • Don’t go into relationship when you are not mature enough.
  • You will find other people attractive. Being in a relationship or marriage doesn’t magically make all other women or men unattractive. It’s here you have to make a choice to respect your partner enough to look away and by doing ¬†that honouring your partner. It doesn’t have to be broadcast, it happens in the moments when no one is watching, its only you and the decision you have to make. Many people do not want to face this, but it is there. You will find other people attractive. ¬†Study the human brain and how it works. (I can write an article about it if someone wants to know) Finding other people attractive doesn’t mean that you sleep with them, openly flirt with them or just spending more and more time with them, while having a partner. If you still think that is fine, you are still immature, ¬†or you need to find someone that is like minded like you. She will do the same to you.

Oh and to the nice guys. Everyone says you are a nice guy. And you also believe you are. Nice guys can be jerks also. Don’t flatter yourself. If you do the same hurtful things and make empty promises you are the same. Just because you read your bible and visit Africa to feed the poor doesn’t mean that you cannot be a jerk.


Hey lovers!!

I realise the title is Dear future husband, but then I started writing and all of these words came out of my finger tips. I included a lot of myself in this post, but I also kept you in mind. The words “man” and “women” can be used vice versa. I’m not saying men are bad or women are bad. ¬†The place I’m at right now I just needed to get it out of my system. ¬†So many men have been approaching me lately, and today at the beach I just burst into a rant ūüėö

I’ll be posting this one the page “Letters” Please check it out ūüôā