Yes. Yes, they do.
As I opened Pay Pal today, I squealed in delight at the $240 glaring at me. I know $240 won’t keep the roof over our heads here, but it will get me closer to buying one of these:
Not the girl. Her jacket. And her stomach. I have been pining over it for a month. The jacket and her stomach.
But here’s the thing, when you have a fixed salary, a nanny, new cars, three kids, and mortgage – you have to find ways to bring in more money if you want to be a clothes horse. I’m a clothes horse.
I am asked a lot how you make money blogging. It’s simple and hard all at the same time.
I didn’t make a dime for a year.
I really thought I would write something and make a fortune in 90 days. HA! The average blog lasts less than a year. Advertisers know this. They want to make sure you’ll stick it out.
Start applying to media companies.
Do you see the ads up top and to the right? I didn’t go out and find these companies. As a matter of fact, I am not even sure what is running on my site right now. I am paid by a media company who sets all of that up for me. I was turned down many times by a firm that supposedly takes people with way less traffic than I have. But I kept applying to places and was eventually picked up by someone that pays much better rates. It all worked out.
I love it when bloggers say they don’t check traffic or care if anyone is paying them. They freaking care. They are just saying this because their traffic probably blows. I would bet anything they would take money if someone gave it to them. To get money, you need traffic.
If you want better traffic, you have to post great content on a regular basis and whore yourself out. Go make some business cards and pass them out to everyone you meet. Shoot, I give them to the grocery store clerk. You also need to tweet, Facebook, and Google+ whatever you write to drive traffic.
This is a full time job if you do it correctly.
I work on social media at least 30 hours per week. I am awake every night until about 1:00am. I get up in the morning and I re-read what I had written the night before and schedule it to go out on various social media sites. I then go to work at my “real” job. At lunch, I re-tweet things. I have to constantly interact with readers, other bloggers, friends, and Google+’ers. If you’re not ready to put time into it – you’re not ready to start a blog that will make money.
Submit posts to online magazines and group sites that have advertisers.
Sponsored posts – they are okay, but never for free unless it’s a really great product that you just want anyway.
I am not big on product reviews. When I talk about products - I am probably doing it for free because I truly love the product and I just want to tell you about it (Victoria’s Secret did not pay me to show you that jacket).
Now, I know a lot of bloggers that get paid to review products. I get offers all the time to review products for money, but very few of them are things I would ever actually try or even like. And if I did start talking about some them, I would lose some of you because you wouldn’t give a shit either. I turn down most of these offers for the sake of honesty to my readers.
When I do find one I like – it most likely came from Clever Girls. Go apply to be a Clever Girl if you already have a blog and you haven’t signed up yet. They pay you quickly, and they have a lot of offers almost every day.
PR companies are always looking for bloggers.
Go to an event and write about it. It’s fun. You get to travel. And you get paid.
That’s all the ways I have been paid for using the word “vagina”. If you’re thinking of starting a blog to make money, I wish you luck. It’s a lot of work, but super rewarding.
Oh, and to all of you big time bloggers – I know I’m blacklisted for telling your “secrets”. I don’t even care. You need to help people that want to get started and stop being so stuck on yourselves. I was lucky enough to have a great mentor helping me, and I’m sure you had one, too.
Are you a blogger? Do you have any tips for someone starting out?