HOW TO MONETIZE YOUR BLOG

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Something went wrong yesterday and I accidentally published this post with nothing in it, so sorry! Here we go again, this time the full article.

One of my most asked questions in real life and online life? How do you earn money with a blog? Since I’m giving tips every Wednesday and a couple of girls asked me last week to write an article about this I just had to do it! First of all, like everything in life, there are so so many ways to earn money with your blog and I think time will tell what is the best way for you. In this article I will give you an insight about a couple of options that I like to use. What I’ve learned from my time blogging is that it’s important to know and decide your blog’s worth. Think about the time you invest in an article, in shooting pictures etc. Think about what you’re doing for a company (like delivering high quality content of their products and sharing their links with your readers,) and about what you have to offer. When you first start out with your blog I think you shouldn’t be too much money driven as blogging is a creative outlet in the first place and is something you should do with passion. If you feel like you have something going with your blog and you are a little experienced you could go ahead and start looking for ways to monetize your blog. I could go on and on about this subject so let me just tell you about ways that I think are legit to earn money with when it comes to blogs:

1. Use an affiliate program. This is something that you can set up quite easily and is something I would suggest getting at an early stage of blogging. For those of you who don’t know anything about affiliate programs: it’s basically a program that allows you to link to products through a lot of companies; when your readers click those links, a cookie is embedded in your browser. If you buy anything through that site (and through that cookie), the site owner earns a commission on the sale. The percentage of the commission varies between 4 and 30 %. I personally use RewardStyle and have been pretty satisfied with their service.

2. Join a media company. Media companies usually help you to connect with the right brands to get ads and sponsored articles on your blog. Now I know this is not for everyone and to be really honest I’m still going back and forth on this one myself. I have a couple of blogger friends that are really fond of media companies and some that like to handle everything themselves with brands. I think the pro’s are that it’s easier to get to certain brands through a media company and the downside is that you are more in control and have a bit more of a financial win when you do your sponsored posts yourself. By sponsored posts I mean paid posts that you create in collaboration with a brand spreading the word about what they do in your personal ‘blog’ style. My number one rule for this one is to ALWAYS only work with brands that really fit your blog and where your readers engage with in the right way.

3. Be creative. Like I said there are so many ways to monetize your blog. Maybe affiliates or ads and sponsored posts is something you don’t like to do but you still would like to earn some money with your blog. Then it’s time to be creative; think of inventive ways to ‘sell your product’. With this I mean things like making a digital book of your blog with your favorite posts, design an app where you can do interactive stuff related to your blog etc.

4. Freelance. Monetize your blog as a portfolio. Some bloggers are really good in photography for instance and can offer their photography and editing skills to companies while showing their blog as a portfolio. Same goes for modeling, designing, writing, styling etc. To me it’s super super fun to do side projects through my blog, one of the best parts about it!

Another thing I would highly suggest is to make a good mediakit. It’s so important and looks very professional to every one you want to work with. If you guys want to I can make a post about how to make a mediakit next week with tips? Would you be interested to see what mine looks like? Let me know and if you have any suggestions or comments on this subject, I would love to hear them! Big kiss, N.

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  • yayyyy !! finally :))) love it

    http://franchemeetsfashion.blogspot.cz/

  • Yes please! I would love to learn more about mediakits!
    Thank you for the advice!

  • Great post and very informative. It would be amazing if you could write that post about media kit also! Cheers!

  • This is a great post. I would to see one about media kits!

  • L

    Hoe benader jij bedrijven? Betaal jij je reisjes zelf?
    Hoe ga je naar al die verre events?
    Is bloggen jouw fulltime job?

  • Wat een goeie post thanks voor de tips <3

    Liefs

  • Salma van der Venq

    Thanks for all this info, you’re really wonderful at writing these articles and yes, would love to know more about this mediakit!

  • This is so inspiring and useful! I love your tips article. Please keep going!
    Inspiration Point by Paula Fleur

  • With regards to joining a media company, they will only work with you if you have a certain amount of followers especially Rewardstyle. The same with aff programmes…you need to have a certain of hits on your blog before you make anything.

    But being creative doesn’t cost a penny!! The media kit would be useful.

    http://vodkaandarose.blogspot.co.uk

  • Savannah

    Thanks for the tips! x
    http://mividabonitaa.blogspot.nl/

  • Hi, super artikel! Ik denk dat je het geweldig hebt uitgelegd! 😉
    Hopelijk hebben veel bloggers er wat aan.

  • Great advice! ♥

  • joy

    I’d love to read about the media kit! Your tips are always so helpful and elaborate… I love reading them. I’d also like to read more about how you started your blog. How long have you actually been blogging for instance? Looking forward to next weeks post <3

    -x-

  • V.

    Great tips, thanks!
    V.
    http://lavsphere.blogspot.fr/

  • Great post! Though it’s a long way for me to go, I’m having a lot of fun with blogging!
    You motivate and inspire me even more with your articles 🙂
    Big thanks <3

    xoxo
    M. Akua

    http://www.boomtownavenue.com
    http://www.facebook.com/boomtwonavenue

  • I would love a post on Media Kit, that would be brill.
    So nice off you to offer this advice up, I think some bloggers would keep this info to themselves, hats off to you 🙂
    x tink x
    allabouttink.co.uk

  • Daniella

    awesome!
    xx
    daniella
    simplybeautifulelegant.blogspot.com

  • this is such a great post with so many great ideas. I, personally, would love for you to post about creating a mediakit!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Brittany

    Great advice.. and yes I would love for you to write a post about your media kit! 🙂

  • Thanks for sharing! I’m going to find out more about affiliate programs! x

  • this post was awesome and I would LOVE to hear about media kits and any other advice you have. I’m very new to blogging and have a million great ideas but time is my enemy. hopefully learning the business side to blogging will help me later on when things finally do take off

    xoxo

    http://indianpaintblush.blogspot.com/

  • yael steren

    Thanks so much for this article. I have a few questions: (1) how long did it take for you to hear back from reward style? (2) With respect to sponsored posts, how did you know how much to expect to be paid? Can you give some sort of range and guidance? (3) Are there any Media companies you would recommend? I’d love to hear more about media kits and see yours as an example! Thanks so much for all your help and have a wonderful fourth of july weekend! xoxo yael http://www.yaelsteren.com

  • Yes please to the media kit post… 🙂 great post, lots of information.

  • This was super helpful! Thanks for this!!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

  • Wat een leuk en interessant artikel !

  • Wat een fijne tips weer! Ik ga me er weer verder in verdiepen 🙂

  • Great post! And yes, I would love to know more about media kits, and would love to see yours 🙂

  • Yes please do a post on mediakits! This is all very interesting. Thanks for this post! 🙂
    emiliashea.blogspot.com

  • elise

    A mediakit post would be absolutely great. In terms of media companies… do you have any recommendations? I did some research and found quite a few which could work for me, I’m not sure if I really want to put my “trust” in them though (e.g. teliad, socialspark, momitforward)

  • voor Reward Style moet je een uitnodiging hebben, toch? ik heb me jaren geleden aangemeld, werd toen afgewezen en kan nu niet meer opnieuw aanmelden omdat ik ooit al ben afgewezen. kun jij me misschien helpen? en ja, ik ben benieuwd naar je mediakit :-).

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Ja tuurlijk! Stuur even je e-mail dan mail ik hen en zet ik je op cc.. 😉

  • LL

    Thanks for the post! You mentioned RewardStyle as an affiliate program, but any others you would recommend? Also, could you mention some media companies?

    I’m new so have a long way to go, but reading about the all the potental blogs have is really motivating.

    And YES to the media kit!

    • Queen of Jet Lags

      Media companies I’ve heard good stories about are: Glam Media and Styelist. I personally don’t have experiences with other affiliate programs than Rewardstyle :-)!

  • Wondeful tips- thank you for sharing!

    Check out my blog here

    Vera

  • WOW! This is something I have been searching for all month! Thanks so much for posting this is so helpful. Please post next week about a mediakit this would be fantastic to read!

    http://www.fashionbombblog.com

  • Yes, I would love yo know more about media kit!!!

    Thank you
    Isabelle
    http://www.trends-setters.com

  • Thank you so much for writing such a thorough and helpful post– I appreciate you showing beginning bloggers like me the ropes! I would love to see a media kit post as well!

    xx,
    Alexis

  • I really need a tip on how to make a media kit and really want to see one of a successful blogger as you are. Can’t wait for the next post

  • Great article! Very curious about your mediakit. Your tips are very useful and educating, thanks.

    X hulp://winwonderland.wordpress.com

  • DEFINITELY MAKE A POST ABOUT MAKING A MEDIA KIT!
    <3

  • Great article ! I’ll pin it to save the ideas !

  • I’d love to hear more advice! Thanks for your tips, Noor!

    Sophie

  • Hi Noor,

    I was wondering – when you say join a media company do you have any examples? So many media companies are hard to get in touch with! I know monetization is an area i struggle with as well.

    Thanks a lot!

    Meagan

    http://www.livingboldly.ca

  • Carolyn Fernandez

    Thanks for sharing your experience and wisdom . To me I am a green horn and I so appreciate all that you have shared.

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  • Thank you so much for all of this, and YES I would love to hear how to make a media kit!

    JAC

    http://www.justascreated.com

  • Please show us your mediakit, I don’t know how a mediakit looks like. I applied rewardstyle but I haven’t gotten an answer 🙁
    Love Lynda
    http://fashion-petite.blogspot.com/