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 WordPress.com 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.

Advertorials

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.

Adsense/Affiliates

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!

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Budget Friendly House Decoration Options When You Have A Child

Having children can be an expensive task. Not only do you have to feed them, clothe them, buy them nappies when they’re young and other stuff when they’re older but they can also cost you a ton of money by deciding to wreck your things. I should know, Olivia headbutted me the other day and cracked my glasses – I’ve now got some strong black tape round them until I can get to the opticians!

They can also be very expensive when it comes to renting a property. We have it in our contract that after five years, certain things can’t be charged out of our deposit. The carpet where we live is horrible. It was horrible before we moved in and then they rented to a couple with a newborn and knew we planned to be here for a good few years – hence why our letting agent ensure our contract covered us for certain things. After all, we’ve weaned two babies in this house and have currently potty trained one with another potentially starting in a few months time. It got me to thinking though – if we owned this house, what decoration options would we go for that are budget friendly in both cost and lasting?

I wouldn’t bother with wallpaper when it comes to children – children like to draw on walls and even though you may tell them not to, its still going to happen. At least with just a painted wall, you can paint over it if needs be. I would choose hardwood flooring – it is generally more affordable than carpet when buying it for your house and is certainly more child friendly when it comes to mishaps and accidents!

I’d also opt for leather furnishings – we have a leather sofa as it is so much easier to clean. We made the mistake of having a fabric sofa when Jack was little and when it finally broke and went to the dump, it was stained and disgusting. Leather is easy to wipe clean and ages well.

Lastly – and it may sound silly – but limit the amount of breakable decor you have in the house as it will cost you to go out and replace. If you have to have breakable items on show in the house, keep them out of reach of your child to reduce the risk of accidents. I have some beautiful crockery that I collected with my Dad – as I have nowhere to store it here without it being on my children’s level, I’m keeping it at my Mum’s house until we move somewhere bigger because I don’t want them getting broken.

Do you have any tips for budget friendly decor ideas when you have children in the house? I’d love to know your thoughts.

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What is a no spend week?

If you’re still feeling the pinch after enjoying the festive season, now is a perfect time to consider doing a no spend week. Not only will this help you save some money, but it’ll help you to spot any bad financial habits you’ve gotten into.

A no spend week is a week where you don’t spend money on anything, other than your weekly shop, transport costs and other essentials. Although this might sound like a challenge, the financial experts over at icount, the prepaid MastercardⓇ providers, have put together their top tips for making it through no spend week. Read on to find out more!

Top tips for making it through a no spend week

These simple tips and tricks will help you to breeze through a week without spending any money.

Clear out your cupboards

A no spend week is the perfect opportunity to clear out your cupboards and discover what treasures you’ve forgotten about. There are likely to be lots of tempting treats hidden at the back of kitchen cupboards, which will help you with your food prep during your no spend week. Who knows what you’ll uncover!

Ditch the coffee

If you’re guilty of grabbing a coffee on your commute to work – stop! Not only will this cost quickly add up over the year, but plastic cups are bad for the environment too. If you can’t go without a little caffeine boost in a morning, try taking your own coffee in a reusable flask to save some money during your no spend week.

Make your own entertainment

A week without movie downloads, trips to the cinema or nights out can be tough, but there are easy ways to have just as much fun whilst still saving money. Invite friends over for a potluck dinner party, where everyone brings their signature dish, or opt for a night in instead of your usual date night. Make sure to also look at what free events are available in your local area during your no spend week.

Try homemade alternatives

No matter what product you need, there’s probably a homemade version that can be made. From skincare products, to washing powder or dishwasher rinse aid, you can make your own versions for a fraction of the cost, with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboards. Have a Google for recipes, or take to Pinterest for even more inspiration.

Make the most of freebies

There are plenty of freebies available to take advantage of if you know where to look. Scour local Facebook groups for free events or items, look on Gumtree for household items you may need, and make the most of competitions or giveaways from your favourite brands.

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