Hey y’all! I hope today’s post will be beneficial to you, because quite frankly, it was a difficult one to write! I have been contemplating writing about making money blogging for many months now. And I never quite knew how to say it. Some people are really iffy about ads on blogs, but what I think is that “why not put up some ads and start earning something while writing about what you love?” And the fact is (and it’s no secret), I DO make a little money writing this blog (yay!), and I wanted to share with all of you the companies I use, and how I actually do it.
The blogging community can seem a little hush-hush and intimidating at times. There are a TON of blogs that have ads on them. But have you ever wanted to know how those ads actually got there? Me too back in the day. But all you have to do is ask them!
Whether you are starting out a new blog, or whether you’ve been blogging for years, there may be some stuff you don’t know about advertising, sponsors, ad networks, etc. I had no clue about ad networks up until earlier this year. And from my perspective, they are awesome.
One of the ad networks I am part of is Rivit Media.
They have great campaigns and pay per CPM, meaning per 1000 page views. I won’t get into the logistics of all of that, but the good news is that they are accepting new applicants right now, so you can go ahead and apply if you want! If you get approved, they send you the HTML code and you just insert on your site wherever your ads will be. Easy peasy, and Stacy is a dream to work with! You have a lot of potential to make good money with them, and especially during a good high-paying campaign.
I am also a proud member of Clever Girls Collective.
Clever Girls is awesome because no matter how big or small your blog is, they don’t discriminate against that. They look for all types of blogs too. And besides being one of the largest blog networks, they are so sweet AND hilarious! What’s also awesome about Clever Girls is that great opportunities come from being in their network. They send out a newsletter with available and paying opportunities, and you just sign up if interested. If not, not biggie. Also, recently I was accepted into Federated Media’s DailyBuzz ad Network, through Clever Girls. So see, great things come from them! Just fyi-that opportunity was only through Clever Girls, so I don’t want you to think you’ll just sign up with FM and be good to go. Clever Girls will notify everyone through their newsletters as opportunities like that come up. :) But you can still sign up with Clever Girls!
Another way I make money is through Social Spark.
Social Spark is a network where you write sponsored posts for different companies, and get paid for it. I’ve only done 1 so far, but you set your minimum price and if any available opportunities come up, you’ll be notified. I’m pretty choosy about what I will accept as a lot of them wouldn’t pertain to my blog, but the ones that do, I will accept. And there’s absolutely no obligation to do any of them so there is no hard feelings toward anyone. But you can click that link and sign up with them as well, and be on your merry way to maybe a new lamp or 2. :)
And lastly, I have sponsors over there on my right sidebar under “lovely sponsors.”
Those buttons aren’t just there to look pretty. :) Those are companies that pay monthly for the advertising slot. I love personal sponsors because it helps promote awesome companies–awesome companies that you may not have heard of, but can quickly discover just by clicking their ad button. And those are just screen shots by the way. You’ll have to click them on my sidebar if you wanted to. :) And I only accept sponsors that I love or believe in their product and business. I love my sponsors!!
Don’t forget you can always use Google Adsense as well for ads to start collecting a little bit of money. I use Adbrite instead of Adsense, but anyone can sign up with Google or Adbrite. You never know where your blog will go.
I do need to thank Allison and Nester for helping me out in the beginning with this stuff, and Myra for filling me in on ad networks. I’d also recommend joining in Crafterminds’ chats on Twitter every Monday, or at least read their blog because they are always very helpful with this sort of stuff, and blogging in general.
You won’t get rich from this overnight or maybe even ever, but every little bit helps! And no, I wasn’t asked to write this post or anything. I just believe that successes and opportunities come from giving back. If you have information you know will help others but keep it to yourself, what good will come from that? Nothing will. I just really want to help all of you and that’s it! And if you don’t want to earn a little money from your blog that’s totally fine too. It doesn’t make your blog any less better if you don’t have ads. I just want you to know that the opportunities are available if you change your mind. :)
And my final thoughts…All I can say is that things have definitely been a blessing for me and my family since I began this blog in May of 2010. If you’ve read my about me page, you know I NEVER thought I would have my own blog. I was too scared. And I had no idea home decor blogs even existed until 2 years ago. That’s why I give all of this to God because I really believe this blog was His plan. I definitely know it wasn’t my plan. His plan was a great one and I have the best jobs ever.
I do hope this post was helpful for you and maybe exposed some of the things you’ve wondered about. If you have any other questions feel free to leave them in the comments. Now go sign up and make some money!