“You run a blog for a living?” is a question I get asked ALL THE TIME.
Yes, I make money with my blog. Do I make $100k a month like some bloggers? No. lol I wish. I usually make enough to cover my mortgage and almost as much as I used to make at my day job.
How do you make money?
There are 4 main ways a blogger can make money.
- Affiliate sales
- Your own products
- Services you offer
I don’t offer services. I mostly make money from ads (Thank you, Mediavine!) and Amazon affiliate sales.
What are affiliates? Well, if you click a link to Amazon from my blog, I can make anywhere from 1%-10% (It’s usually 4%) commission at no extra cost to you. Amazon pays its affiliates an advertising fee.
It’s not just Amazon. Lots of companies have affiliate programs. I just mainly use Amazon because I like them so much.
I do have a few of my own products. One is a blogging book!
Is it hard to run a blog?
Yes. Well, yes and no.
Like anything it takes practice and willingness to learn and be patient. After about a year of running this blog, it’s starting to become really easy.
It’s not a get rich quick scheme. And it’s not an MLM where someone just tells you what you’re selling and how to sell and what to say and do. You have to do all the hard work of deciding everything.
You’re legit running your own business. Yeah, the start up costs and the overhead costs are super low. But you still have to do all of the business stuff like file taxes and create a plan.
Is it fun?
YES. I love that this is my job now.
I love that I can be creative, and I can help people. My goal is to give tips to new moms that will save them time and sanity.
And I feel really good when I get great comments from moms that say I helped them like on this post about why a baby might make sobbing noises in their sleep.
Can anyone start a blog?
Yes. As long as you do the work and continue to learn, you can do it.
Starting a blog is not recommended for people who are technology-challenged and unwilling to learn. You don’t have to be completely computer saavy, but you need to be able to Google your problems or ask someone for help.
Yes, you can. If you want to start a blogging business, let’s do it.