Hello, friends! I am really excited to share this post – earning money doing something you love is always something to be happy about. I started blogging May 29th of this year. I’ve already learned so much, and grown in what little time I have been writing and posting. I began in May as My Mom Writes. I came up with the name with the help of two friends – but quickly realized the name was NOT for me. I felt as if my blog name made it sound like my kids were writing the blog for me, or I was supposed to be writing about my mom. I don’t know. But it had to go. So, I recently changed it to Happiness In Homemaking, and couldn’t be happier! My new blog name is a little lengthy now, but I feel that it much better represents my brand, my blog, and my life!
I wanted to write this post in the hopes of helping other newer bloggers navigate the pressing questions all newbie bloggers face – How can I monetize?
My Decision To Monetize
Let’s face it. Blogs cost money…. you have to purchase hosting, domain, privacy protection for your domain (in case you aren’t aware – anyone can look up your name and address when typing your blog name into Google – so you’ll need to pay to have that information hidden from public view!), theme (and theme installation if you have no clue what you’re doing), amongst many other things.
I love writing – but I needed to justify my one-income family’s budget paying extra money for a blog just so I could write. Don’t get me wrong – blogging is a passion of mine, and a wonderful platform from which I can share and inspire others. But my bills aren’t paid by rainbows, kisses, and fairy tale wishes.
There are plenty of ways to monetize your blog, but there’s something I’ve included FIRST that will help you on your way…
Join Facebook groups for blogging. These groups have helped me tremendously. I have learned so much, and am able to ask questions as I’m trying to figure things out for the first time. When you’re new at something, it helps to have that community support from other people that are able to help guide you in the right direction. I will warn you, that not everyone is trying to help you. There are some incredibly unfortunate souls out there that will misguide you, withhold information (even after you have been asked to help them), and will shame you within a group for asking or misunderstanding something. #Trolls.
Luckily, not everyone is like that. I have been clinging onto quite a few lovely ladies that I’ve met through these Facebook groups that have helped me, and are on the same path that I am. I actually have one that I joke with as my “accountability partner”. She’s fantastic! Without these ladies, or those groups, I wouldn’t understand everything that I do now, and probably wouldn’t be able to write a blog post like this one. So, get to facebook, and search in the Groups section! There are some many different groups, and I’ve noticed some very specific niche blog groups.
These groups are also a great way to find guest bloggers for a post – searching for ideas on a certain topic, or want input from multiple bloggers to create a more comprehensive post? Ask for some help, offer to link all contributing blogger’s web sites, and you’ve got a great collection of information from multiple sources within one post on your site. This benefits the contributing bloggers through the links to their site, and your blog by compiling information from multiple sources into one easy-to-read post.
*I’ve seen plenty of well-established bloggers in these groups as well! They aren’t just for newbies.
Breakdown Of Earnings For August
Google Adsense: $245.68
Yay! Over $250 is a huge win for me!
How I Did It
Alright, let’s break it down, folks:
- Amazon – $9.34 I linked some affiliate links within my Big One Fishing Birthday post, which happens to be one of my highest performing posts on Pinterest. When a reader of mine clicks on those links, it will take them straight to Amazon. Any purchase they make, whether it be the exact item I’ve linked or another that they click on instead, I earn a commission for that purchase. This doesn’t cost my readers anything, and Amazon is happy to pay me a small percentage for even driving a consumer to their website and benefiting in a sale. Someone clicked on my streamers and then purchased a laser jet printer, and I received a commission for that! I would recommend taking your well-performing Pinterest posts and placing some affiliate links. Text links work the best for my particular blog, but I also include some Native and Custom ads.
- Adsense – $245.68 I have one Google ad on my site, in the footer. Any action this ad sees is reflected in my awesome Adsense account :).
- Heartbeat $20.00 – This is a website, much like Social Native, where you will receive offers for campaigns. I have only received two, so I wouldn’t count on this to pay any bills or anything, especially because each campaign is valued starting at $10. Additionally, the content you create for the campaign has to stay on your Instagram for 72 hours (3 days, people!) with a link in your bio for that time as well. Still, I did two campaigns and earned $20. I haven’t gotten notice of any other paid posts so far, but I’m not THAT excited about doing all that for one thing that has to stay on my Instagram for 3 whole days. They also have some opportunities that don’t pay – so be sure to read through and accept paid opportunities, unless you just want some brand exposure?! So, by far, Heartbeat is not my favorite way to earn money. But if you’re willing to do the work for a little bit of somethin’, go for it!
- Social Native – $0.00 Yep. You read that right. Zero. Zilch. Nada. So, why bother including this meaningless amount in this post? Social Native has some great (but very limited) opportunities that pay $25 and up! I actually had a campaign through Social Native, but had an issue with something I posted, and had to withdraw my post and missed out on an additional $35 this month.
I feel incredibly lucky to have made anything at all, and can’t thank my readers and fellow blogging mamas for all of your support.
As always, thanks for reading, friends! Be sure to Pin this for later, and happy blogging!