As part of my blog traffic + income report this month I'm sharing some tips on a topic I hear people voice frequent worries about:
"I want to try to make some extra money as an affiliate for companies and/or people I support, but I'm scared to actually share the links on social media. I don't want to sound like I'm greedy (or a sellout)!"
This is a valid concern in affiliate marketing.
(We've all seen the scammy-looking accounts on Twitter or Facebook where their feed is overrun with "SAVE $19.42 - LilyDoo Makeup Compact, Gold Stripes $36.27" advertisements, and it's not pretty.)
But happily, it doesn't have to be this way -- and you CAN promote affiliate links on social media without looking like a ShamWow salesman.
Below are the 3 principles I live by when sharing my referral links so that I'm not obnoxious to others:
It's a new year (February already? what?) and I'm excited to dive into some of the behind-the-scenes of how I made my money with my blog last month.
(My hope is that by doing these income reports you can you can learn along with me, so please let me know in the comments if there's something more or different that you'd like me touch on next time!)
If you're just joining me, this is my third month monetizing the Olyvia blog. The first month I made about $90 and the second I made only $2.
Let's see what happens!
(That's the sound of me trying to stop being so darn lazy after all the frenzied Christmas festivities + cheer + pots de creme.)
While I try to wrangle myself out of the blanket pile + little crater I've created for myself here on my couch, here is my second blog traffic and income report.
Let's see what happens!
Be honest. How many times have you asked yourself, "How in the world do I make money with this here blog?!"
All. the. time., right?
In my early years of blogging I was head-over-high-heels enamored with the concept of making money online. The concept seemed so alluring. Just write about whatever and watch the cash pour in?
Sign me UP!
Yet, while there seemed to be a lot of talk of "blog monetization," not many people were openly sharing how they made that money (or how much they actually made).
The only advice people tended to give out was to install Google Adsense ads. Somehow it would bring in hundreds, even thousands, of dollars!
So, I tried it on this little -- and I mean teeny -- personal hobby blog I had.
I made a pitiful 15 cents.
Not surprisingly, I quickly came to the conclusion that making decent money with a blog was outright ridiculous.
But as the blogging community grew and a few more people began to open up their monetization successes and failures, I began to understand the fuller picture of what making an income off a blog really entailed.
I learned that:
1. nobody begins by making $1,000, $2,000, or $10,000 dollars
2. you need people coming to your blog in order to make any money
3. just relying on one thing usually won't pay the bills (+ daddy said not to put all your eggs in one basket)
4. while it may become easy, passive income eventually, it does take A LOT of work up front
When I started Olyvia, I decided that once I got to the point where I could begin monetizing, I would share the process openly with my readers.
Because A) I want you to learn how to do it for yourself, B) I want you to see a blog income report that starts at the very beginning, not after it's already bringing in thousands of dollars, and C) because I know the accountability will make me work harder. :)
So with that, here is my very... Read More