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    • alice_kate
    • By alice_kate 13th Oct 16, 10:15 AM
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    Blogging
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    • 13th Oct 16, 10:15 AM
    Blogging 13th Oct 16 at 10:15 AM
    Hi all!

    Thought this was the right place to post this .

    Does anyone else have a blog? Is it something you do for fun or do you make a little money from it?

    I've recently started a blog on home/lifestyle and linked it to my Adsense but to be honest I think it'll remain a hobby instead of a money earner yesterday I made 8p! I didn't get many views compared to normal though as I didn't publish a new post! Although with my regular views I'd imagine if going by % it'd still only be about 20p! Oh well, it's a good job I enjoy it

    Alice
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    • Frognostic
    • By Frognostic 27th Nov 16, 7:55 PM
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    Frognostic
    I'm hoping that there are alternatives, better alternatives even, to Google Adsense when trying to monetise a blog.
    • Naomim
    • By Naomim 1st Dec 16, 2:10 PM
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    Naomim
    I blog, mainly for myself. I can have a bit of a moan or tell a story about something that's happened. I don't make a penny as I really don't blog consistently. I do review books and have had a couple of freebie's. Luckily I have even been able to choose them myself so tend to go for something I think I would like and be able to promote positively.

    When I first started I had the intention of it being about the family. To be honest, if I did that I'd do nothing but moan! I have a dog, I love books so I write about what comes to mind.

    Maybe one day I'll make some money out of it.

    Naomi
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    • Silvester89
    • By Silvester89 6th Dec 16, 8:40 PM
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    Silvester89
    There's no doubt that some people do make money from blogging, but in order to make decent money, you need to be able to attract visitors. In order to do this, you're going to need to create something fairly unique. So if you're thinking about setting up a blog from scratch, you really want to have a good think about what topic you are going to focus on.
    • scaredofdebt
    • By scaredofdebt 7th Dec 16, 8:52 AM
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    scaredofdebt
    I don't make a huge amount from my website, but my affiliates generate 3 - 4 times as much income as Google Adsense does.

    It depends on your niche if you have one, if there are affiliates in that area of interest it's well worth looking into it.
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    • NotNormal
    • By NotNormal 8th Dec 16, 3:39 PM
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    NotNormal
    Thank you, I wondered why my page views have been creeping up again, ha ha. I have written a paper diary since 1963, doing it electronically is an extension of that.

    I'm glad you say it's honest, because it's a personal record of how I live my life, and I would not be able to say that if I had guest posts full of adverts, product and service reviews, and stand alone adverts. I have to be true to the principles of my blog which is living a good life on a pension, it's not about making more money.

    However, if anyone wants to make money writing a blog, then by all means do it. But I don't consider that is a blog in the true sense of the word. Writing about freebie products or services, is advertising by the back door. At least when you read my blog you know no one is paying me to say nice things about them.

    Ilona
    Originally posted by Ilona
    I think it really does depend on the balance. I read many blogs and some balance it really well, if you review a drill when you are doing a home reno then that's fine. But if you're a food blog and you suddenly start reviewing free make up then it ruins it.

    I have blogged casually for a few years but I will be hitting it hard after Christmas as a creative outlet while I'm not working. I may get a small amount of money from it but mostly I'm just aiming to break even if that makes sense?
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    • YorkshireJon
    • By YorkshireJon 8th Dec 16, 5:38 PM
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    YorkshireJon
    I think it really does depend on the balance. I read many blogs and some balance it really well, if you review a drill when you are doing a home reno then that's fine. But if you're a food blog and you suddenly start reviewing free make up then it ruins it.

    I have blogged casually for a few years but I will be hitting it hard after Christmas as a creative outlet while I'm not working. I may get a small amount of money from it but mostly I'm just aiming to break even if that makes sense?
    Originally posted by NotNormal
    Sounds like a plan. If you already know the direction you want to go in then like you said it's just a case of hitting it hard and putting more content up and doing more promotion.

    I started by blog about Money just over 3 years ago now and bring in four figures a month from it from affiliate money alone let alone sponsored posts so the money is there to be earned if you are able to produce content long term and are willing to get involved with the endless promotion on social media that will take up more of your time than actually writing blog posts lol
    • NotNormal
    • By NotNormal 8th Dec 16, 8:38 PM
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    NotNormal
    Sounds like a plan. If you already know the direction you want to go in then like you said it's just a case of hitting it hard and putting more content up and doing more promotion.

    I started by blog about Money just over 3 years ago now and bring in four figures a month from it from affiliate money alone let alone sponsored posts so the money is there to be earned if you are able to produce content long term and are willing to get involved with the endless promotion on social media that will take up more of your time than actually writing blog posts lol
    Originally posted by YorkshireJon
    It's a mix of things really so I suppose it would come under a lifestyle blog or something. I'm all new at the getting money from it side though, I've always done the product testing and reviewing with the occasional small competition but I've never done the ads and affiliates. Any tips? As I said my aim is to cover costs, anything extra is a bonus
    No more making the same mistakes!
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    • magicdance
    • By magicdance 13th Dec 16, 1:54 AM
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    magicdance
    Is there any way at all to monetise blogging on Wordpress.com's free plan? I'm running a blog about my spending issues, but I can't have ads on my blog unless I upgrade it, which I'm wary to do.
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    • Fallen-Angel
    • By Fallen-Angel 13th Dec 16, 10:57 AM
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    Fallen-Angel
    Is there any way at all to monetise blogging on Wordpress.com's free plan? I'm running a blog about my spending issues, but I can't have ads on my blog unless I upgrade it, which I'm wary to do.
    Originally posted by magicdance
    I'm guessing the best way would be affiliate links through places like Amazon and Affiliate Window or by finding sponsored opportunities.

    I've never used the free Wordpress plan (only Blogger) so I'm not sure how you could get around it.

    Why are you wary of upgrading? I find self-hosting so much simpler than using a free site because you have a lot more flexibility to do with it what you want. I personally believe that if you want to make money with a blog you have to spend a little in the right places and how you run the blog is one of those right places
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    • james_09
    • By james_09 29th Dec 16, 1:10 PM
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    james_09
    I have four wordpress blogs which generate income purely from display banner advertising i.e. no promoted content, paid articles, or affiliate links.

    I make around £300 to £400 a month from Adsense and another £400 a month from other display network advertisers.

    I do this as a hobby and have a full time job which is unrelated to blogging. You can make good money from blogging if you put the time and effort in.

    My advice to anyone else looking to start a blog is to choose a topic you are really interested in and forget about earning money to start with. Don't just write random articles about your life, you must focus on something very specific.

    You will need to write a lot of good quality content that you are knowledgeable about, to have any chance of getting the required number of visitors to make a decent amount of money.

    There are many different methods to be successful, but what has worked for me is:-

    Only use .com domain names.

    Use a cheap managed wordpress provider to host your initial wordpress site. For example with Godaddy you can get your first full years hosting and a .com domain name for under £20. When your site is successful you can look to move.

    Choose a really simple and clean wordpress template that looks good on desktop and mobile.

    Try and publish at least two 300 word+ posts a week. If you can write longer posts great, but don't publish any posts under 300 words.

    Do this for at least three months with no advertising, at which point you should notice your visitors increasing week on week. Providing your visitors keep increasing, then keep going.

    After you have a decent number of visitors then you can think about advertising, better hosting and all the other stuff that comes with running a successful blog.

    I don't put ads on a site until I have 1,000 page views a day, but it does depend on what you write about as you can make money on less.
    • Hermia
    • By Hermia 29th Dec 16, 7:06 PM
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    Hermia
    I'm guessing the best way would be affiliate links through places like Amazon and Affiliate Window or by finding sponsored opportunities.

    I've never used the free Wordpress plan (only Blogger) so I'm not sure how you could get around it.

    Why are you wary of upgrading? I find self-hosting so much simpler than using a free site because you have a lot more flexibility to do with it what you want. I personally believe that if you want to make money with a blog you have to spend a little in the right places and how you run the blog is one of those right places
    Originally posted by Fallen-Angel
    Do you need to know any web design-y coding-y stuff (can you tell I don't know the jargon?!) to move to self-hosting? I enjoy using the free site, but would like the flexibility of self-hosting. But I really cannot face having to learn too much techy stuff as I am just trying to focus on the writing and photography. I have heard so many horror stories of people changing one design aspect of their self-hosted blog and then finding the whole site throws a wobbly. I do like just being able to fill in a template.
    • ripleylawson
    • By ripleylawson 29th Dec 16, 7:58 PM
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    ripleylawson
    I have a blog which luckily went viral last year (Daily Mail/CNN etc)
    I haven't made any money off it yet, but have had sponsored hotels/trips/items sent to me.
    I hope 2017 I can start making some money from it.
    • naturaljazz
    • By naturaljazz 8th Jan 17, 8:05 AM
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    naturaljazz
    Links?
    Hi Folks, this is an interesting thread and I see a few have mentioned they do blogs. But I cant work out how to see the link to their blog? I can see one link for Iiona but that is all... any help will be much appreciated
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    • naturaljazz
    • By naturaljazz 8th Jan 17, 10:35 AM
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    naturaljazz
    So how do I view peoples blogs? I cant see a link? Thanks
    Remember when you judge someone, it does not define them ... You define yourself
    • Fallen-Angel
    • By Fallen-Angel 8th Jan 17, 12:50 PM
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    Fallen-Angel
    So how do I view peoples blogs? I cant see a link? Thanks
    Originally posted by naturaljazz
    Self promotion on the forums isn't allowed. I think most bloggers have their blogs on their profile though, I know I do
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    • Ilona
    • By Ilona 8th Jan 17, 9:17 PM
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    Ilona
    Hi,
    Blogging is a good way to earn money. I also do blogging as a part time and earn a lot of money.
    Thanks!!
    Originally posted by DavisGraham
    Hi. So you join a UK forum to promote your USA web site. Doesn't look like a blog to me.

    QUOTE....
    A full-service business law firm serving clients for more than 100 years.
    UNQUOTE

    Ilona
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    • mel123
    • By mel123 10th Jan 17, 9:57 PM
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    mel123
    Hi all, very interesting reading, thank you. I'm about to be made redundant so looking at other options, I've always been interested in frugal living and will now have to follow that life style, so this is where my passion lies. Any help or advice would be much appreciated.
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    • Barmc
    • By Barmc 22nd Jan 17, 2:18 PM
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    Barmc
    Hi, I have really enjoyed reading this thread on Blogging as I write a number of blogs but as yet have only had some freebies to try and then write about and I have tried affiliates and adsense but since moving platforms 2 years ago I haven't earned a penny since then.

    I would be interested to hear anyone's tricks on how to get more people reading your blog. Of course I know regular interesting posts is essential but I feel at the moment that the blogging world is being drowned as there are so many out there. Anyone else think the same?
    • rachelja
    • By rachelja 22nd Jan 17, 3:09 PM
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    rachelja
    I'm still very new Barmc, though I have been trying to promote my blog on my own Facebook page and in a Facebook group that I use. That has generated some traffic. I'm getting rather distracted by Instagram at the moment, as I have started using that.....I'm starting to build a following and am wondering how to monetise that..does anyone have any ideas please?
    Newbie blogger
    • Emma_N
    • By Emma_N 22nd Jan 17, 7:15 PM
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    Emma_N
    I've been blogging intermittently for over three years now. I only blog for fun though and to share my experiences as a runner. While I've worked with quite a few brands, I don't see my blogging as a money making exercise.

    Which Facebook group have you joined rachelja? I'm a member of the UK Bloggers group and there's loads of information on monetising your blog there.
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