People ask me allllll the time – ‘How do you make money blogging?’. When I first started blogging I had this same question and it was like pulling teeth to find answers. I didn’t even know what to search for. The term ‘influencer agency’ was something I had never heard of and I thought sponsorships were only for super fancy famous people.
Fast forward five years, plus a ton of asking questions and searching for answers, and I have a pretty good hold on how to monetize a blog. Getting to this point was a long journey for me. Bloggers are very secretive about how to make monetize. Finding answers can be extremely difficult.
Blog Monetization is a Taboo Topic for 3 Reasons:
- It feels like bragging! Blogging is HARD work, but all people see is pretty pictures and fun vacations.
- Blogging is competitive. You are constantly competing for sponsorships, the attention of brands, followers, etc. Every one that you share information with is another person to compete with.
- Blog monetization is a super confusing topic! I could easily come up with twenty different income streams that contribute to my blog monetization – but there are definitely hundreds of ways to monetize out there.
Blogging is Hard Work
Is saying that you make money blogging, bragging?? I don’t think so. Blogging isn’t easy. The hustle is REAL people. Like stay-up-till-5am-working real. In my opinion, bloggers should be proud to say they can support their families, through something they created entirely from scratch.
The amount of will power, creativity, perseverance, tedious busy work, organization, planning – the disappointment, the tears, the love, the vulnerability…. UGH. Guys, if you could see behind the scenes, you wouldn’t see bloggers as bunch of people taking selfies with products for easy cash. You would see a pretty hard working, motivated bunch of people. I am super proud of the fact that I can support my family with my blog.
Blogging is Competitive, But I’m Not…
I am just really not competitive. Sure, I want to do my best, and it feels good when it works out. But competitivity (yup that is a word, don’t question me) just isn’t my thing. Sharing is caring. If anyone wants to make money blogging, I am happy to share the deets on how to do that. No secrets here. I just think it is the nice thing to do.
BUT…. (and this is a pretty big but).
Blogging Keeps you BUSY
I have NO free time. Like I said, monetization is a confusing topic, there are so many aspects of it. As much as I want to share everything I have learned in my five years of blogging, I just don’t have the time. Plain and simple guys. Time is not my friend these days. I am happy to answer very specific questions – but to hand hold through the whole process is extremely difficult for me to do.
So that is my super long introduction into why I have decided to start a blog series on how to make money blogging – and just how to blog in general. I am going to cover a many topics as I can, when I have the time, and link them right below. So for those of you wanting to follow along, bookmark this page and keep checking back! Or sign up for my newsletter to be notified of new posts. I will start you guys off with a basic intro to what an influencer agency is. So click below to get started with chapter 1 of my ‘blogging guide’. And let me know in the comments if there are any specific blogging topics you would like me to cover next!
Chapter 1: What is an Influencer Agency?
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