Many of us probably wonder if it is possible to be a full-time blogger. Some will say yes, while others still don’t recognize that as an actual job. Believe it or not, bloggers make money – and they work hard for it. Starting your blog is easy, but if you want to turn it into the money-churning machine you have to do a lot of planning, organization, and connect with a lot of people.
From some common ways on how bloggers make money to the hard ones that require more resources and effort – I will show you how to turn your blog into a business.
If you have been seeing a hashtag on Instagram like #sponsored or #ad but you didn’t exactly realize what they have meant, I will explain further. A blogger or influencer publish a sponsored post when brand paid them to promote their product(s). These posts can be included on your blog, social media, or both.
In the beginning, when your blog is still new and you are not so popular, it might come hard to find brands to collaborate with. However, you can look into many talent agencies that exist nowadays and try to find brands that suit you and make the best deals out of it.
Affiliate Marketing (Links)
Most bloggers started earning through a blog with affiliate marketing. It is great for the beginners – you don’t have to do anything except putting a link to a product. How to implement affiliate links? Well, the best way to do it is through networks like rewardstyle or ShopStyle.
Don’t be afraid to contact smaller boutiques as well – they can offer good deals as well.
This might be the most common way for bloggers to earn money. You allow advertisers to use certain parts of your blog – whether it is a header, sidebars, footer or between posts. Google AdSense or Mediavine are services that can help a lot, they act like your ad manager, keeping all data and analysis.
Bloggers that decide to have banner ads are paid according to monthly impressions and clicks.
Become Brand Ambassador
To become the brand ambassador you really have to put a lot of effort into it. You need to have a certain number of followers who you can convince to buy some product. Brands are usually searching for somebody who can:
- Influence people to buy something
- Bloggers with a long list of followers
- Bloggers that already cooperated with brands from the same niche
When all these things stop making sense and your blog is functioning perfectly, then it might be the right time to think out of a box. That is when you can start thinking about making your own goodies. Whether those are free templates, lines of clothes or shoes – if you have been successful in selling, this will absolutely be the bull’s eye.
If making products isn’t your thing, then think the other way – bloggers make money by offering services. If you are good in graphic design, photography or you produce killer content, then you might want to share that with the world.