Making Money From Blogging & Content Creation

There are so many people that think that making money blogging is impossible or somehow (inexplicably) taboo. However, given half the chance they would probably give it a go too – they just don’t know to. So many people try their hand at blogging and content creation thinking they will be making mega bucks straight away and that simply isn’t the case. You need a variety of different things to even start to see that money roll in and it can be a hard slog to get there.

Your Own Domain

There are so many blogging tips out there and one that is suggested but that isn’t a necessity is getting your own domain. It helps you to be taken more seriously. You can either buy a domain via Blogger or use self hosted WordPress. There are some other options but these are the most popular choices. The free itself has some strict rules about monetisation whereas self hosted WordPress (like this blog here) give a lot more freedom.

You can use Blogger without buying a domain but if  Domain Authority is important to you, you wouldn’t be able to give a genuine result as the results would be impacted by the Blogger score itself.  Having my own domain has definitely helped me secure more work.

You May Need To Spend Money To Make Money

If you truly want to turn your hobby into a business, then you need to pay out some cash. You may need to spend a little in the short term to benefit you in the long term. Making money blogging can be a long and arduous task so it is essential to make sure you have all the best tools to hand.

You Need To Put The Time In

Focus on creating content and making your site look the part, If you want to be making money blogging, you need to look the part and so does your blog. If you are running a parenting blog, make sure there is plenty of interesting and evergreen parenting content there for your readership. You need to ensure it looks professional, has great quality content and has your contact details easily accessible. Take the time to sign up for social media and get using them to drive traffic to your site.

Content Is King

The phrase ‘Content Is King’ does get bandied around quite a lot but it couldn’t be more true. If you are serious about making money blogging, you need to have quality content that people want to keep coming back to. The odd post every couple of months where people don’t know when to expect you or a badly written post with little to no research or (I hope you never do this) plagiarised posts are never going to earn you any money. You need to put the hard work in and make sure that you have something for people to come back for. Check out these content marketing tips for fantastic content creation.

Traffic Is The Key

There is plenty of monetisation which relies on your traffic. Adsense, affiliate links etc. These all need decent traffic and people clicking through on them to actually make you an income. You want to target the right places to get the traffic – got a wedding blog? Utilise wedding related hashtags on Twitter and wedding related promotional groups on Facebook. Find new and unique ways of advertising yourself and your site. If you have 50 people checking out your site once and not coming back due to no quality content, you can’t seriously expect them to want to click on your ads or affiliate links – they have no incentive to. Give them something they need and they’ll help you. A you scratch my back, I will scratch yours mentality.


Once your content is perfect and you have a decent amount of traffic making its way to your site, you may find people contacting you about sponsored posts or banner advertisements. These are definitely one of the best ways to make money blogging and can earn you quite a bit of money if you set your rates accordingly. Banner advertising generally advertises a company in your sidebar for a set amount of time, decided on by you or the company whereas sponsored posts are blog posts featuring a specific brand which stay on your site either for a set amount of time or forever. Some readers can get funny about sponsored posts – plenty of people write them like reviews but if you can make them snappy and interesting, often people won’t mind. Making them snappy and interesting is just what readers want.


I mentioned them briefly in a previous point but once you’ve got a steady flow of traffic, you can now add these in. Hopefully you will start to see a steady income grow from these. Make sure your Adsense adverts are placed where visitors can see them but where they aren’t too imposing that they will annoy your readers. Make sure your settings are set so relevant ads come up – you don’t want ads that don’t match your content.

With affiliates, only include ones relevant to your content. If I was writing a post about balancing blogging as a work from home mum, I may link to a blogging eBook. If writing about products on Amazon or Ebay, I would use my affiliate codes for those. Don’t just stuff affiliate links in because you can.

It can be fairly easy to make money blogging if you are prepared to put the time and effort in. If you follow the tips above, you could be well on your way. I’m finally making a decent amount from blogging and content creation – and you can too!


Why Dating Over 40 Needn’t Be A Negative Thing

Dating can be a daunting prospect, no matter what age you are. However, when you are a little bit older than the rest, it can seem even that little bit more daunting. But it need not be a negative thing – and you can do it on a budget too!

Age and location do not need to be a negative factor when it comes to finding love yet so many people find it to be so. These are the people you want to avoid. Use a more mature dating site to find a like minded individual who doesn’t see these things to be negatives but in fact sees them to be positives instead. These dating sites are often free or at the least, very affordable – and you can meet people of a similar age who have similar interests. You can find cheap or free things to do locally or you can meet someone from a different location and arrange to meet them on a budget too.

Sites such as are perfect for this – finding the man or woman of your dreams and seeing where things go. You have to remember – there is no age limit for love. It is never too late to find your soul mate. Even if you don’t find a soul mate, you could potentially find a friend or acquaintance too. Everyone is looking for the same thing and you could quickly meet someone new with just a few messages.


Why is online dating so good for more mature people? I often find that they find it harder to trust people than younger people do so meeting someone and getting to know them from the comfort of their own home is much more preferable than trying to ‘pick up’ someone in a bar. They don’t want to waste their time with people who may eventually disappoint them and want to find out more about a person before they eventually meet up with them in real life. I don’t blame them for being nervous, I would too – I also don’t trust too easily.

It also helps older people build up confidence. They build up confidence by getting to know new people but they also build up confidence using the internet – I still know plenty of people my mum’s age who have no clue how to work technology or surf the internet.

It can be so easy for older people to try to give up on love but that needn’t be the case. There is someone for everyone out there so why wouldn’t you give dating a try once again – even if you aren’t a spring chicken? All you need to do is set yourself up online with a decent profile and profile photo, saying what you are looking for and what things you are into. Then you’ll eventually be matched up with like minded men or women who are interested in your profile and what you have to say. You don’t want to be sitting there scrolling through multiple profiles when they aren’t of interest to you so signing up to a site that does the matching for you is key.

The only thing that remains to be said is that to make sure it isn’t a negative thing is to make sure you don’t fall into the trap of doing certain things.

Don’t talk too much about past/previous relationships

It can be tempting to do this – especially when you are of a more mature age – but this is not something most potential dates will want to hear. Yes, there may be a lot of history there but if you want to spend your future with someone, the last thing they want to hear about is your past.

Being too keen

Don’t be too over the top. It may seem like that is what people may want – but it very rarely is. They want you to be yourself and pretending to be someone you’re not won’t go down well. You want the experience to remain positive, being yourself is the most positive thing you can do.

Not staying true to yourself

Finally, you need to make sure you are staying true to yourself. You don’t want to compromise your own values or morals for a potential relationship – especially if you aren’t sure if you are going to last the distance. Staying true to yourself is vital to having a positive dating experience.

Dating over 40 needn’t be a negative thing – so don’t let it! Get meeting new people for free or cheap today and have lots of fun. Good luck!



Home Improvements On A Budget

Home improvements are something everyone gets to in their lifetime when they own their own house. We don’t own our own house just yet but this should hopefully be a different matter next year and we should hopefully have our own home by then. I’ve spoken plenty of times on my other blog about what we are looking for in a house of our very own. We are so keen to move as this house is just too small and we know exactly what we need.

But we have also been discussing home improvements we would make once we own our property. Most of the properties around here work for us size wise and have a brilliant sized garden but are lacking something we are keen to have – a conservatory.

I want a conservatory so the kids have somewhere to play, out of the way of me and not getting under my feet. I want to be able to use it to work during the day whilst they are at school or nursery. I want it to be absolutely perfect but I also know I want to do it on a budget.

I’ve been looking at these trade roof lanterns as they would be a subtle and stylish addition to a conservatory, bringing in light. They’re beautifully designed too. But how can I make sure I can have what I want on a budget? Research. I’ve been looking around and Direct Bifold Doors are definitely the best company for me when it comes to affordability.

We’re saving up the money for our deposit – although we know that may eventually be covered when Steve’s inheritance comes through – and we are trying to save up for the home improvements we want to do once we own a property. We may be saving the money but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to get the best value for our money.

That’s just one home improvement we’d like to make though – there’s a few others we’d like to make that suit a budget too.

Consider the decor

The walls, the furniture, the homeware – all these can help make a house look better. Choosing the right colours and items can really do the difference.


Reuse items – recover an old sofa, use up other items making something else.

Buy Things Built To Last

Home appliances may be expensive at the outset however if you buy the appliances that are built to last, they will repay you over and over again. Buying the more prestigious brands and their latest appliances cause a dent in the bank balance to begin with but they are less likely to break down and need replacing like less reputable brands. It may not seem very budget friendly to start with but it definitely helps your budget out over the long run. Why wouldn’t you want to do it? Buy extremely cheap, buy twice – or even more!

Whilst this is all still a pipe dream at the moment until we buy our house, a girl can still dream whilst she waits for her life to fall into place, right?