I have been blogging for quite a few years now, and have learnt a lot during that time. I still learn something new every day in my blogging journey, and I am very grateful for all the opportunities blogging has given me. Without blogging, I wouldn’t have been able to afford holidays
A must to remember that if you’re making any money through your blogging and online then you MUST declare to HMRC. It’s painless, quick and easy, but don’t avoid it.
Affiliate income is basically income from referring your readers to products or services that they may wish to purchase themselves. If they click-through and purchase something from your link then you receive a percentage of the purchase price. There are many different affiliate income programmes out there, but my favourite one is AWIN. AWIN has been re branded from Affiliate Window and has plenty of different advertisers to choose from to add into your blog posts and social media posts. AWIN costs £5 upon sign up however the £5 goes straight into your earnings to claim back when your account reaches the payment threshold. You can join AWIN here. Just remember to disclose any posts that contain your affiliate links. If you want to learn more about how to earn income via affiliate marketing, this course is invaluable and has really helped me.
A collaborative post is working with an agency or a brand to deliver a message via your blog. Usually this will be surrounding a particular message a brand or agency wants to get across to new readers. I enjoy writing collaborative posts however it’s important to remember not to write too many without adding in your own personal content. Too many collaborative posts can look spammy. Always remember to add a disclosure to your collaborative posts.
One thing to remember is that your blog is your space. Your blog space can earn you money via adverts you display. There are many differing opinions on showing adverts on blogs, some people like it and others not so much. Personally I don’t mind seeing adverts on blogs as a reader, and will continue to show them on mine. I don’t think you should have too many adverts on a page (I stick to three) as it can look spammy. I also avoid pop up ads as I think this annoys me as a reader so I don’t want to discourage my readers.
Working directly with brands, you can charge per month, year for adverts to be shown on your blog. You can also join up to ad networks such as Adsense to display ads this way.
Social Media Influencer
The majority of us are on social media these days, whether it’s Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest, we’re using a variety of different social media networks. Why not use those outlets as a blogger to become a social media influencer. My favourite programme currently is Buzzoole, a great site to join if you want to earn Amazon vouchers for sharing campaign messages over social media. Buzzoole works by inviting the user to join a campaign rather than the user requesting to join. I have been a member for a little while and find the campaigns fun and easy to complete. You can join Buzzoole here.
As a blogger we all have thousands of words we have written into blog posts. Sometimes we find ourselves writing about the same categories often. A little like me writing about Walt Disney World regularly. If you find you have a passion for writing about a certain subject, or have a good idea on how to help people solve a problem, or answer their questions, then writing an Ebook may be for you. It’s definitely on my list for the future to write my own Ebook as an additional source of income for me.