It came as a big surprise to me, but a recent blog post I wrote quickly became one of the most visited and most commented upon on my website. And it was nothing to do with sewing – but clearly it’s an area of interest for a lot of my readers. I guess if you are reading my blog, many of you will also have a blog or website of your own, or perhaps are thinking of starting one. So I discussed the various options I was considering for trying to earn a little money from my blog – and its obviously a topic other bloggers are considering too.
Thank you for everyone who commented, made suggestions and filled in my poll. The interesting results of the poll so far will follow below.
You can find the original post at What do you think of sponsorship and advertising on blogs ? I disclosed that my blog earnings for the entire month of January had been a paltry $3.31. Here is the poll again in case you want to add you own vote to the subject of blog sponsorship and advertising.
So on to the results. So far there have been 64 results posted, and there have been votes in each category, right from the hate it end of the spectrum to the love it, and everything in between.
I found that there are a few readers who really hate blog advertising and don’t want to see it or would prefer not to. And plenty who don’t mind it in the sidebars, but would prefer not to see it in the actual posts themselves – I guess this also applies to sponsored posts reviewing products too.
But then there seem to be plenty of other readers who don’t think anything of it, don’t really notice it, or aren’t that bothered. There doesn’t seem to be a completely clear consensus on the subject, but I would say the overall picture was rather more neutral or positive than it was negative.
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve been researching some of the recommended ad suppliers, and I’ve signed up for a lot of different schemes to try. At the moment I’m trying lots of things – a bit of everything – to see what I like to work with and what seems to attract any interest from readers. So the blog is rather more heavily covered in adverts and things than I would normally like to see – but its only temporary. I think I’ll give these things a go for a trial 4 weeks and then decide on which to work with.
But I can say that what I have learned and implemented is already making a major difference – my blog earnings in the whole of January was $3.31 but so far to the 8th February, this month’s earning is a whopping $112.59 !
That is some improvement. However before we lose focus here, this is supposed to be a sewing blog and as interesting as the subject of blogging might be, I don’t want to go too off topic and bore those only interested in sewing. So I thought that those interested in the blogging stuff might want to know more, and rather than fill up here with all that stuff, I prepared some notes in a PDF.
You can download this document from my Drop Box. It includes three sections:
- Stuff only relevant for bloggers such as hosting adverts, sponsored posts, product reviews etc
- Other ways to earn money online such as surveys, setting up your own virtual store etc
- If you can’t make money at least you can save money with these offers for coupons, discounts, freebies, samples and more
If you would be interested, you can download these notes -
It’s certainly an area I will be keep an eye on and looking out for anything interesting, not only for bloggers but for making money online in general. Rather than post all that stuff here, and turn off my sewing readers, I thought I would keep it to a separate newsletter just for those interested in the monetization of blogs, general blogging tips and advice etc. One newbie sharing what I learn with anyone else out there who is interested.
So if YOU are interested to learn more – sign up for my separate newsletter here which will not be about sewing especially, but about blogging and making/saving money. In the same way that I share my sewing experience from the beginning, I’ll be happy to share my experience as a blogger and pass on what I learn about earning from my blog.
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Thanks for reading, and if there are any other comments, suggestions and things you would like to know more about, just let me know. And don’t forget to download the notes. Feel free to share them with any other bloggers you think might be interested.
Here is an archive of past newsletters to review.
Authored by: Deby at So Sew Easy