How To Stay Organized Blogging when You Travel

How to Blog and Travel

How to Blog and Travel

Aah… I love contributed posts like these. Because although I’m not travelling at this stage of my life, I’m a big fan of AND rather than OR.  If blogging is a passion and travelling is a passion of yours too, why not combine the two?  And they make such a perfect combination because blogging can fund your travels and travelling can fuel your blog (if you’re blogging about your travels of course).  

Oh my goodness, I think I’ve just talked myself into starting a travel blog one day (when the travel bug kicks in again). 

Since having my son we haven’t travelled much but hey, he’s getting old enough to remember and appreciate trips now. Could be a fabulous idea. Don’t they say travelling is the best education you can give a child? 

So. A new goal. When my blogs are making $10,000 a month, we’ll start travelling as a family. And then I’ll come back and read this post again.

How To Stay Organized with Blogging when You Travel

Blogging and Travelling? What a dream life. Right? At least it can be, if you're organized. #howtoblogandtravelWhen you want to be able to travel the world, being a blogger can open up so many opportunities for you to do it. Being a blogger is a job that can often be done from anywhere. When you’re a solo entrepreneur and all you need is an internet connection be able to run your business, the world really is your oyster.

But one thing’s for sure, that doesn’t mean that you can dash off on exciting travels and just enjoy yourself whenever you want. Of course, you do often get to make the most of the time and have a lot of fun. But you still have to work.

Because when you have your own business and you’re the only one running it, you can’t just walk away from your work for weeks on end. You’ll find that you just lose business that way!

So, you have to work. But how do you balance the two?

It’s easy to think that this would be easy, but it’s not. When you’re travelling and you’re out of your usual routine, it’s hard to make sure that you can still get everything done and see the place that you’re visiting.

So, to help you here, you need to be organized. When you work for yourself and even work from home as part of that, you know that organization is key. And when you decide to take your passion on the road and fit more into your daily schedule, organization becomes incredibly crucial. So let’s look at how you’re going to do it.

Plan Ahead

The very first thing you have to do is make sure that you’re always planning ahead. While things may not be set in stone, you have to know what you’ve got coming up when you’re looking to plan a trip.

Think about your upcoming work schedule and what projects you have planned in for the next few weeks or months. Then plan in time that you think you can travel, and ensure that you can complete work to the right deadlines.

Find Suitable Accommodation

Next, you’ll want to get your trip booked. Flights can be fine – just make sure that you choose a time that will help you to be productive either the day before, on the flight, or the next day.

You don’t really want to lose three days if you don’t have to. When it comes to the accommodation, use an online search like https://www.rumah.com/tanah-pribadi-dijual/di-area-jakarta-pusat-idjk02 to find something suitable in the local area. Above all, ensure that you’re finding somewhere you know you can work from when you need to.

Try To Get As Much Done As You Can Before You Leave

So now you need to be thinking about what you can do to prepare for the trip. This is going to involve a lot of work.

Get basic things done before you leave, like informing your clients or customers, and managing your admin. But also try and close off any projects you can, so that you’re ahead of the game.

Know What You Want To Do While You’re There

It’s also important to know what you want to do when you’re travelling. Don’t just turn up and hope for the best as this is one way to ensure that you miss out. So do some research and figure out what things you might like to see or do while you’re away.

In the same way, you might want to plan out some content before you go.  If you’re a travel blogger, you could already write or half-write a few posts while you’re doing this research. Then you can complete them once you’ve seen the sights for yourself.

Blogging and Travelling? What a dream life. Right? At least it can be, if you're organized. #howtoblogandtravel

Work Out A Rough Itinerary

Then, you’re going to want to pull together a rough itinerary of what your days look like. Take a look at something like https://thetrustedtraveller.com/planning-the-perfect-travel-itinerary/ to help you. It doesn’t have to be concrete, just make sure you know what yours days will look like so you can be sure you’ll balance your travel and work well enough.

Make The Most Of Your Mornings

If you’re wondering exactly how you’re meant to get any work done when you’re travelling, think about using your mornings. If you can, get up super early and enjoy a productive morning of work before you head out for the day to see the area, explore, or do the things you want to do.

Be Patient

But also make sure that you don’t overpack your schedule. Remember that wifi may not be overly strong, or you may not be able to locate it when you need it. So be patient and take your time with work. You’re travelling or on a trip after all, so it’s okay to just go at a slower pace and take it easy.

Have An Assistant On-Hand

From here, it may also be a good idea to have an assistant on hand. Working with a virtual assistant or someone back home to work on things when you need them is a great support option. Just see https://www.skilledvirtualassistant.com/virtualassistantbenefits.html and you’ll know why.

If you need them, or you have urgent emails coming in or work that needs doing, then knowing you can push back to them often gives you peace of mind.

Have Some Kind Of System

Alongside your itinerary, you’ll want to work in some kind of routine for when you’ll work too. Whether it is those early mornings or even late afternoon before you head out again, it’s handy to have a routine if you can. This will allow you to stay productive and ensure you still get work done.

Allow For Downtime

Above all else, you really will need to make sure that you’re planning in some downtime. Remember, you’re travelling.

If you’re on a particularly short trip, you will want to make the most of it. Don’t overpack your schedule.

This is why pre-planning and trying to do as much as you can before you leave – particularly when we’re talking about getting ahead with campaigns and scheduling.

This way, you won’t feel stressed out, you’ll stay organized, and you’ll have that perfect balance while you travel.

Are you already out there, travelling and blogging? Are you doing it on your own or with your family?  

I absolutely love reading stories of family travel bloggers. So inspiring!!   

Feel free to drop some travel and blog tips and a link to your travel blog below.

The Complete Guide to Accepting Guest Blog Posts

Have you been toying with the idea of writing or accepting some guest blogs?  Here’s what you need to know.  

What is Guest Blog Posting?

There are three distinctly different types of guest blog posting.

1.  Initiated by the Blogger

This is where a blogger or website owner asks someone they know or respect to write a guest post for their site.  Usually, because they want to add credibility or another point of view.   

Mostly, no money changes hands in cases like these or bloggers swap guest posts, posting on each other’s sites.

For example, I asked a Doctor who had been breastfeeding for 7 years and an Author who was also very Pro Breastfeeding for guest posts on my breastfeeding site.

2.   A request by someone (usually unknown to the blogger)

This is where another blogger (usually a beginner blogger with less influence or a lower authority site) requests to have their guest post published on another blog in order to gain authority and traffic for theirs.  

Somewhere within the post or at the end of the post, the guest blogger is permitted to leave links to their site and/or add a bio with the links to their site and social media profiles. 

I’ve been allowing this kind of guest post on my sites since January 2017.  I started out with a gig on Fiverr and once I had some guest posts on my site, emails started coming in requesting to post.

Sometimes guest bloggers pay me for this service and in special circumstances, I offer this free of charge or at a special discounted rate.

3. Ordered by Link Building Agencies

This is similar to no. 2 except that requests come from agencies that specialise in link building specifically for SEO. 

A full-service link building agency is essentially the bridge between clients (companies or bloggers) needing backlinks on bloggers sites and the bloggers who publish guest posts on their sites.  Agencies hire content writers to write specifically for blogger’s niche sites and usually include one backlink to their client per post.  

A good agency will ensure that both parties are a good match, thus enhancing and protecting the SEO of both sites. They do this by providing quality content targeted to the audience both website owners serve and that includes internal links and links to authority sites as well. 

The benefit of working with link building agencies is that you can get in more regular paid posts of high quality and be assured of payment.

So… should you accept paid guest posts or not?  In the contributed post below, you’ll get the full lowdown.  Then you can make an informed decision.

The Complete Guide to Accepting Guest Blog Posts

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Nowadays, a large portion of bloggers accepts guest posts from companies and freelance writers. It is a great way of adding more content to your blog while also getting paid in the process.

However, it is something that needs to be handled with care. After all, you do not want to compromise your blog by posting content that is of a poor quality or not related to the topics you usually post about.

With that in mind, read on to discover everything you need to know about accepting guest posts on your blog…

Advertise that you accept guest posts

The first place to start is by advertising that you accept guest blog posts. This is something you can do on your website with ease. Being upfront and transparent is always important.

Plus, it saves you from having to answer an endless stream of emails asking whether you accept guest blog posts or not.

Research your potential writer

Whenever a writer gets in touch with you regarding creating content for your blog, it is important to do your research on the writer before you progress any further. After all, you do not want to get penalised from Google for publishing content that is duplicate or spammy.

You need to make sure you can trust the individuals that you are letting post on your blog. You must be wary of writers that are simply rehashing content and sending the same sort of articles to multiple blogs.

You also need to be wary of anyone that does not write their own content and instead outsources it to someone else with less expertise and quality, simply inserting their links afterwards.

Nowadays, thanks to the Internet, it is easy to research a writer. You can see some of the work they have produced so far, as well as read reviews that have been left by other companies and bloggers they have written for.

Today, when employers interview candidates for a job role, they do their background research online to make sure the person will be a good representative of their company and brand.

You need to do the same when it comes to determining whether a writer is suitable.

Remember that guest blogging is a two-way stream

It is important to look at guest blogging from both sides. As a blogger, it can be easy to get caught up in the benefits of guest content for you. But you also need to think about what you have to offer the writer too.

After all, they aren’t merely going to be putting posts together because they feel like it. They want to be featured on the best platforms.

You can show that your blog is a great place to be featured by highlighting your stats. These include:

  • how many people are signed up to your email list and newsletter
  • as well as your audience demographics
  • and how many visits your blog gets per month.

Create guidelines for your guest post

One of the first things you need to do is put some guidelines together. This will save you a huge amount of time, as you will not need to explain your expectations for any guest post writer that contacts you.

Not only this, but you put together blog-specific information and helpful tips for writers, it will increase the quality of your blog posts too, which is always important. If you take a look on the Internet, you will be able to find plenty of examples regarding guidelines you can give to your writers.

These guidelines can be great sources of inspiration, but you should never simply copy them. Your guidelines need to be unique so that writers can understand exactly what you want.

Don’t compromise your blog

When you set out your blog, why did you do it? What were you hoping to achieve? Perhaps you set up a blog to provide sexual health information to readers? Great! So, including a link on cakes and pastries probably isn’t going to be the way to go is it?

You need to make sure that all of the blog posts are relevant to your audience and something you would have posted yourself if you wrote it. Some bloggers try to get around this by having a blog category titled ‘other’ or ‘guest posts’ – but is this really providing any value to your readers?

If anything, it is going to confuse your audience and dilute your brand message.

Have a link policy and make sure it is clear

Your link policy can be included in the guidelines or it can be a standalone document. However, it is so important that it requires its own section. It is important that guest blogs are vital for both the blog owner and the writer.

It is important to specify the terms of your link policy so you can make sure that the blog posts are not too overly self-promotional. You may want to lower the number of links that are allowed to an author’s sit within the text.

After all, if you have ten different links pointing to the same website, it is not going to do your blog much good. It is all about striking the right balance in terms of maintaining your search engine ranking and the integrity of your blog while enabling the writer to benefit from posting on your website too.

Ask for a draft and examples of previous work

Another part of doing your due diligence is to ask for a draft, as well as examples of previous work. The latter is for the purpose of ensuring that the content is up to the standard you expect.

In terms of a draft, you should ask for a brief outline and a title before the writing begins. This is important so that you can get a good idea of whether you want to post the blog or not. It is also important for the writer because it means that they are not going to waste their time writing something for your website only for the blog post to be rejected.

Follow-up

Once you have posted a guest post, you will be able to track it to see how it has been received by your readership. If you like the writer and the content they have produced, and it has gone down well with your fans, you should invite the writer back.

Don’t assume that they will message you again. Writers are busy, and they may be worried about bombarding you with content requests. So, why not show your interest instead?

Create a promotional plan for your guest posts

Another factor that you need to consider is the marketing side of things. How are you going to advertise a blog post once you have received it? This is something that is just as important for the blogger as it is the writer.

  • If social media is a big part of your approach to marketing, you can emphasise the content on there.  Share posts that encourage people to read the guest content.
  • You could also include it in the email list or newsletter you send out, especially if the guest blog is something you feel is really important to your readers and deserves a prominent position in your marketing materials.

A lot of bloggers make the mistake of slacking in regards to the promotion of guest content when compared with their own.   You should promote both types of blog posts in the same manner.  After all, they are both featured on your website, and they can both result in extra traffic to your website.

Make sure you own the content

Last but not least, it is important to make sure that you own the content, even though you have not written it. Why?  Well, if you don’t, the person that does own it can start publishing it on other websites or on their own website.

There is nothing wrong with stating that the guest post was written by someone else; it is the matter of ownership. The rights to the content are what is important here.

Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding accepting guest posts for your blog post.

If you follow the advice that has been provided, you should be able to build an effective guest blogging policy that enhances your content while also building your profile and your profits at the same time.

Over to You

Have you ever accepted guest posts on your site? 

Looking for my guest post Guidelines?  You’ll find them here.

Check out my popular tutorial on guest posting here.

If you have any questions or comments, please join the discussion below. 

Can You Really Make Money on Wealthy Affiliate? YES. Here’s Proof.

So let’s see… maybe you’re where I was a couple of years ago. Maybe you’re surfing the net looking for ways to make money online. And you’ve stumbled upon a few Wealthy Affiliate reviews like I did.

You think it sounds like a good idea, but you’re just not sure yet because no-one seems to be answering the burning question…

Can You Really Make Money on Wealthy Affiliate?

So I’m going to answer this question for you right upfront.

The answer is YES.

YES, You Can Make Money on Wealthy Affiliate

How can I be so sure?

Because I’ve made money on Wealthy Affiliate.  As have many other Members.

You can have a look at my first two income reports if you need proof.

Income Report 1

Income Report 2

Now don’t laugh. I know $500 or $600 a month isn’t fortunes.

And I know it wasn’t the fastest business growth I’ve ever experienced as an Entrepreneur.  I hit my highest month as a Digital Entrepreneur when I made over $1000 in January 2021.

But bear with me here.

YES! You really Can Make Money on Wealthy Affiliate. I have Proof. Read on. #WealthyAffiliate #AffiliateMarketing #AffiliateReview Wealthy Affiliate is Not a Get-Rich-Quick Scheme

So if you’re looking to make a fast buck, I wouldn’t recommend you go the Wealthy Affiliate route.

Having said that, I’ve only found a few ethical ways to make fast bucks online but they weren’t dependable ways. They weren’t sustainable, long-term, pay-the-bills-monthly kind of ways.

They were 5 Bucks here, 20 Bucks there… I made 50 Bucks once doing Website Testing for Userlytics (as described in my first Income Report). And that was easy money. I thought I was in the money!  I was so excited!

Only to find it was a once-off.  I’ve never made another 50 Bucks with them again.  I’ve only done one other Test for them and it was months later and they only paid me $25 this time.  This is still great considering how little time it took me, but like I said, not sustainable. I can’t live on $25 or even $50 a year.

And then there are a lot of Online Scams offering Quick, Easy Money but when I’ve looked into those I’m never prepared to do what they require me to do because well, it just seems sleazy.  You know, those companies that tell you to go make purchases and then cancel them a few days later.  I just can’t do that kind of thing.  It doesn’t seem ethical to me.

Affiliate Disclaimer: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

So How Do You Make Money on Wealthy Affiliate?

The simple answer is you make money on Wealthy Affiliate by learning how to create your own website(s) and then monetizing them.

To answer that question properly, I’ll ask and answer another one first.

What is Wealthy Affiliate?

Wealthy Affiliate is an Online University that teaches you how to build your own website or websites and monetize them.  Wealthy Affiliate is set up by these two guys, Kyle and Carson:

Wealthy Affiliate Founders Kyle and Carson

Their Step-by-Step Success Formula looks like this:

Wealthy Affiliate Formula

And you’ll learn how to do this in their very first Online Certification Training, which, by the way, is available Free to Starter Members.

You can Sign Up Free Here

Let’s Talk About Timing

I found Step 1, Choosing an Interest the easiest part. I already knew what I wanted to blog about.  If you have an existing business or passion you’d like to write about, this should be quick and easy for you too.

Step 2, Building a Website, was relatively quick and easy for me too. Kyle shows exactly how to do this in the first Online Certification Course. you set up the framework of your website in his training and even create your first couple of pages: Your About Me Page and Privacy Policy Page and write your first post.

Step 3, Attracting Visitors, is the Step that usually takes the longest time (unless of course, you’re already someone famous, with a huge social following clamouring to hear your every word), it’s going to take some time to write enough rich content to build a loyal following, i.e. Traffic to your site.

Kyle teaches you how to access organic traffic, which simply means visitors finding your site when they are searching for something on Google, Bing or Yahoo (or any of the Search Engines).  This is where Keyword Research comes inMore about that later.

Step 4, Earning Revenue.

Kyle compares the Two Main Ways to Make Money with Your Website, namely:

  1. Advertising
  2. Affiliate Marketing

And teaches you how to set these up.

Although Affiliate Marketing is the main way Kyle recommends earning revenue from a website, there are also tons of other ways to earn money that you will learn along the way (and I’ll touch on some of these later).

What Exactly Do You Learn about Monetizing a Site?

Oh so, so much.

In Kyle’s Online Certification Training and Affiliate Bootcamp, you’ll learn:

  • How to find and join Affiliate Programs
  • How to find Affiliate Networks
  • How to add Affiliate Links to Your Pages and Posts
  • How to gain instant access to MILLIONS of products to sell
  • How to leverage Product Reviews
  • How to Get Paid for Ads on Your Site
  • How to Set up your first PPC Campaign
  • How to Scale Successful PPC Campaigns

And more… so much more.  Wealthy Affiliate doesn’t just teach you how to make money, it also offers you ways to make money.  Here are 3 more ways you can make money on Wealthy Affiliate.

Further Ways to Make Money on Wealthy Affiliate

Wealthy Affiliate also offers a few others way to earn as well, namely:

  1. They have their own Affiliate Program where you can excellent commission either monthly or annually.
  2. They also own Jaaxy and Jaaxy also has an Affiliate Program where you can earn excellent commission.
  3. Through their Open Education Project, you can earn money by creating popular tutorials.

1. Wealthy Affiliate’s Affiliate Program

On top of teaching how to succeed with well-known Affiliate Programs such as Amazon, Clickbank etc, Wealthy Affiliate also has its very own lucrative Affiliate Program.

Know nothing about Affiliate Marketing? Don’t worry, Wealthy Affiliate has got you covered. Kyle teaches you how to make money step-by-step in Affiliate Bootcamp.

Even Starter Members (Members who sign up free) are able to take the first Phase of Affiliate Bootcamp and are entitled to the following commission.

  • Starter Members earn $ 4 for the first month when one of their Referrals goes Premium ($ 19)
  • Starter Members earn $ 11.75 every month thereafter for their Premium Referrals ($ 49)
  • Starter Members earn $ 117.50 a year when one of their Referrals opts to go Yearly ($ 495)
  • Starter Members earn $ 23.25 a month for monthly Premium Plus referrals ($ 99)
  • Starter Members earn $ 232.50 a year for yearly Premium Plus referrals ($ 995)

Premium Members earn double what Starter Members earn:

  • Premium Members earn $ 1 for every new referral who joins and completes their profile
  • Premium Members earn $ 8 for the first month when one of their Referrals goes Premium ($ 19)
  • Premium Members earn $ 23.50 every month thereafter for their Premium Referrals ($ 49)
  • Premium Members earn $ 235 per year when one of their Referrals opts to go Yearly ($ 495)
  • Premium Members earn $ 46.50 a month for monthly Premium Plus referrals ($ 99)
  • Premium Members earn $ 465 a year for yearly Premium Plus referrals ($ 995)

I created the little spreadsheet below to illustrate these figures:

So essentially, if you are very risk-averse or have no money to put down at all, you could:

  • Join as a Free Starter Member
  • Complete the First Online Certification Course
  • Complete the first Phase of Affiliate Bootcamp
  • Build a Free Website (you get a free Siterubix website on Starter Membership)
  • And EARN the Commission to pay for your first month or two at Wealthy Affiliate

This works especially well if you market offline as well as online (i.e. if you have friends who are keen to build their own websites too and jump in with you).

Think how excited you’ll be when your first website is up… and remember Enthusiasm sells.  If you show your website to someone you know has been considering setting up their own website, they may just buy in.

2. Jaaxy

Jaaxy is a brilliant Keyword, Niche Research and SiteRank Tool.  Read more about Jaaxy here.

I use Jaaxy for every single post I publish, whether it’s a guest post, contributed post or my own.

Jaaxy is a tool many bloggers use even if they are not members of Wealthy Affiliate and therefore it has a stand-alone website as well.

The awesome thing is, there is a Free Version of Jaaxy for Wealthy Affiliate Premium Members, Jaaxy Lite, which is perfect when you’re just starting out.  There are two elite versions of Jaaxy. Jaaxy Pro and Jaaxy Enterprise.

More good news is that Jaaxy these are available at Half-Price for Premium Members and Jaaxy Enterprise is free to Premium Plus Members of Weathy Affiliate.

3. The Open Education Project

Once you’ve been a Member of WA for 3 months you can start sharing your own knowledge by adding your own Tutorials or Video Training.

You can earn ongoing income this way.  Wealthy Affiliate pays you based on how many people have read or watched your entire training, liked it, commented on it and how responsive to are you to comments and questions.

Bottom line:  The more popular your Training is, the more is you earn.

This is how Wealthy Affiliate has landed up with an incredible bank of Training, other than the official courses. I even have a few Tutorials of my own (been a bit slack, I know).

My most popular tutorial by far is this one: How to Earn Money from Blogs (before you have significant traffic)

Are there other ways to make money with a website?

Sure. There are plenty of ways.  Once you have built an Authority website, you have a valuable asset.

Here 10 more ways you can make money with your website:

  1. Sponsored Posts
  2. Paid Guest Posting 
  3. Paid Membership to Your Site
  4. Sell Advertising Space
  5. Pay Per Click Advertising
  6. Sell your own eBooks
  7. Sell your own Courses
  8. E-Commerce (sell your own products online) – See my RedBubble Store
  9. Flip Websites (or sell your site once it has some Authority)
  10. Create a Paid Business Directory Page

And you can learn how to do all this in Wealthy Affiliate.  Remember, other than the core training, there are also thousands of tutorials added by Wealthy Affiliate Members, many of whom are experts in their field.

You also are learning valuable skills you can market

You might find, for example, that you actually love the first bit you learn at Wealthy Affiliate – creating the framework of a website and that’s a skill you can market.  I made a few bucks this way when a friend of mine wanted a very simple website created for her Playschool.

Here are a few skills you might learn while you’re building your own site, that others will pay you to do for them.  You can sell these skills on freelance websites like Fiverr or Upwork or to your friends.

Marketable Skills

  1. Content Writing
  2. Website Development
  3. SEO Services
  4. Keyword Research
  5. Digital Marketing
  6. Social Media Management
  7. Online Training (eg. Udemy)
  8. Designing Images for Social Media
  9. Email Marketing
  10. Copywriting
  11. Editing
  12. Proofreading

Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories

There are many members of Wealthy Affiliate who are earning money doing all kinds of things online.

I’ll highlight 5 Wealthy Affiliate Success Stories:

1. Steve of I’ve Tried That

I discovered Wealthy Affiliate when I read a review post about Steve of I’ve Tried That and so I’m actually one of his referrals. Here are a couple of his popular posts on WA:

Earnings Report: Here’s How I Made $8,871.03 from Blogging in May 2019

2. Nathaniell Brenes of One More Cup of Coffee

Here are some of my favourite posts by Nathaniell of One More Cup of Coffee.

Your First Website Doesn’t Have to be a Home Run

How $0.01 Turns Into $2178.10

3. Lynne Huysamen – Kaboutjie

Lynne Huysamen of Kaboutjie is making Thousands of Dollars a month with Sponsored Posts and Paid Guest Posting opportunities. She has also received a free washing machine and microwave to review for sponsored post opportunities.

Perks of Blogging – Free Stuff

4. Janelle B.M. aka Cashed Up Nomad

Janelle of the Cashed Up Nomad just used all the knowledge she gained at Wealthy Affiliate to sell a really big ticket item online, a Catamaran.  Don’t miss her awesome post:

I Sold a Very Big Ticket Item On My Website – hundreds of thousands of buckeroonies! 

I took a screenshot of the Pricing page as Janelle said she will be taking this website down soon, now that the Catamaran it has been sold.

As you can see below, it was priced at $212,000 AUD Negotiable (am not sure of the price the buyer settled on).

Janelle Sold a Big Ticket Item Online using knowledge gained at Wealthy Affiliate

 

 

 

 

5. Chris Myles aka Benji’s Dad

Chris Myles is a popular YouTuber who started out at Wealthy Affiliate. You can find him at Benji’s Dad.

I’m doing his Premium Plus classes on building a lucrative YouTube channel and they are awesome.

Chris also has a successful blog and is a Super Affiliate at WA,  here’s his most recent Vegas experience.

Las Vegas 2020 WA Super Affiliate Conference: A REAL Eye-Opener

More Success Stories

Here’s another great post showing Proof Of Income by Wealthy Affiliate Members. Don’t miss the Featured Comment.

Comment Here if You’ve Made $500 – Don’t miss the Featured Comment and the Comments by Loes and Marion Black about how much they earn from their Tutorials via The Open Education Project.

Wealthy Affiliate Overview

  • Name: Wealthy Affiliate
  • Owners: Kyle and Carson
  • Website: wealthyaffiliate.com
  • Price: Starter Member – Free,
  • Premium Member – $49 per month or $359 per year

Wealthy Affiliate Rankings

  1. Training: 10 out of 10
  2. Support: 10 out 10
  3. Website Builder:  10 out of 10
  4. Research Tools: 9 out of 10
  5. Site Comments Tool: 10 out 10
  6. Site Feedback Tool: 9 out of 10
  7. Site Content Editor: 10 out of 10
  8. Managed WordPress Hosting9 out of 10
  9. Site Support: 10 out of 10
  10. Success Stories: 10 out of 10

My Overall Ranking of Wealthy Affiliate:  98/100

Over to You

I’d love your comments below. Have you made money with Wealthy Affiliate?  

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How to Make Your Blog More Exciting (And Get More Views)

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How to Get More Blog Views

I am absolutely delighted when I receive contributed posts like the one below.  It not only has an enticing title, it contains awesome advice as well.  There was only one point that didn’t ring true for me.  

Read on to find out which one (I’ve voiced my opinion in italics within the post).

How to Make Your Blog More Exciting (And Get More Views)

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People rightly love blogging. It’s an outlet; it’s a project, it connects you with the wider world: any of these things on their own are positive, and a blog gives you all of them wrapped in one webpage.

But if you’re putting your energy into your blog, then wouldn’t it be nice if other people were reading it, too?

If your view count is low, it might be because, while your content is good, the blog isn’t quite as exciting as it might be. Below, we take a look at how you can make your blog more exciting, and thus improve your readership figures.

Give an Opinion

We are a world of opinions. Everyone who has ever risen to a high spot, or made a mark on the internet, has been unafraid to give their opinion. Indeed, reading what other people are thinking is one of the main reasons for the internet’s popularity!

So moving forward, look at offering your own viewpoint; you might find that it’s not to everyone’s taste, but that’s not the point. It’s better to lose a few internet users and build a loyal readership than it is to cater to everyone and find no-one is visiting your website.

Agree 100% with this advice.  The idea is to attract readers who resonate with you on your blog and in so doing build a tribe, a loyal following of like-minded individuals.  

Diversify Your Content

Your blog might be focused on one particular topic, but it’s important that you don’t go too deep into just one thing. No matter what subjects you’re covering, there is going to be plenty of spin-off topics built around those subjects.

For example, if you run a dieting website, then you could also focus on exercise, and how to keep a healthy work/life balance. Essentially, think of your audience, and then think of the other issues that they may be affected by.

Use Original Photos and Videos

Spend enough time browsing blogs, and you’ll quickly discover something: everyone’s using the same old stock photos for their posts!

Using original photos and videos on your blog is easy enough to do, and will help to boost your search engine ranking.

The key is to ensure that they look high quality; if you’re unsure of how to do this, look at taking an Adobe Photoshop course with Training Connection. Once you’ve got the hang of it, you’ll soon find that your images and video form a big chunk of your blog’s overall appeal.

Keep it Tight

You can take any topic in the world, and no matter how interesting it may be, you’ll find that people give up on reading after a certain point.

Blogs aren’t supposed to be long, rambling posts that take fifteen minutes to read. They’re supposed to be short and get to a point using short sentences.

If your blogs are currently too long, focus on learning the best editing practices to get them down to the 300 – 500-word mark.

Aah, thanks for giving me the perfect opportunity to voice my opinion.  I beg to differ on this point.  

I’ve heard that on many Top Blogger’s sites, it’s not the short posts but the long ones, that are:

  •  their most popular posts
  • their most read posts
  • and the posts that receive the most comments and social shares

And when I say long, I mean much longer than you would think: 

Over 1,500 words,  over 2,000 words and even over 3,000 words long.

What’s more important than keeping a post short is keeping it interesting and targeted to your audience.

Let’s use an analogy here: 

People say that teenagers have short attention spans… until you give them a tablet or IPad with the latest version of their favourite game and then their attention span magically expands.  Because you’ve captured their interest.  

Another real-life example: 

I took my 4-year-old son to his first Ninja Zone class a couple of weeks ago and he managed to stay the whole distance, an entire hour’s lesson.  He was riveted!  And came out smiling. Now get him to do housework with me for an hour? Fat chance.  Unless… I turn it into a Ninja lesson.  Now there’s a thought.

Now let’s translate this into a real-life BLOG example:

Currently, my most popular post on this blog is my 2nd Income Report because what my audience wants to know is how I make money blogging – and how they can too. 

  • This kind of information is worth its weight in gold to a new blogger, so they’ll read the entire post, all 1,806 words
  • And read a bunch of the comments below the post. 
  • And leave a comment of their own. This post has 35 comments so far. 

To keep blog posts interesting, what should be kept short is:

  • paragraphs
  • sentences (you can even try using one-word sentences)

And there are a couple of other formatting techniques that work really well on the net:

  • Using bullet points also draws in the reader
  • A well as using punchy headlines.

Because most people only skim-read an article. And if they like the headlines and the bullet points, they may actually go in and read the rest of the post.

Mix up the Form

Finally, think about mixing up the format of your content. A blog post could be turned into an infographic, or a video, for example. It doesn’t always just need to be text!

I love this point!    And I have one more important point to add to this post. To get organic page views you need to be using Long Tail Keywords. I’ll write a post to elaborate on this point next week.

Bloggers, which of your posts have been the most popular and why? 

Were they short (300 to 500 words) or long (1,500+ words)? Be nice to know if my theory holds true.  

Please drop a comment below.

How to Find Brilliant Blogs to Follow

How to Find Blogs to Follow

Did you start blogging because you were following some brilliant blogs and got so inspired you just had to try your hand at blogging too?

Or did you set up a blog and then think, oh, I had better start following some blogs or I can’t expect anyone to follow mine?

Or are you a serial blog reader? You spend so much time reading blogs it’s almost like your second profession?

There are so many awe-inspiring blogs out there, we’re pretty spoilt for choice nowadays, aren’t we?

Blogging has become the new Magazine industry. You used to find people sitting in waiting rooms, reading magazines. Now they are all on their smartphones, reading Flipboard or Medium or Huffington Post, or scrolling through Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram, which means they are usually following blogs.

How I Found the Blogs I Follow

Affiliate Disclaimer: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

I have 5 main ways I find brilliant bloggers and their blogs.

1. Pinterest

It’s no secret I just adore Pinterest and so it’s no surprise I found many of the Blogs I follow on Pinterest.

Let’s be more specific.   I found most of the blogs I follow in Blogger Round-Up Posts on Pinterest when I was doing research for my 7 Top Mom Blogger Income Reports Post.

These were the Round-Up posts I found most helpful:

I knew many of the names already because most of these Top Mom Bloggers have a presence on Pinterest.

There are also some other bloggers I follow simply because I love their Pins and when I’ve read their posts I fall in love with the way they write or I’m impressed by the overall look and feel of their blog.  They are not all Mom Bloggers.

2. Google

When I was researching Bloggers for my Top 10 Mom Blogs Post, I also googled a few lists.

These are the posts I found particularly helpful when I was researching on Google:

How I Found Awesome Blogs to Follow. Featuring some well-known Top Bloggers. Read more at laurenkinghorn.com #howtofindblogstofollow #topbloggers #blogresearch3. Facebook Groups

I found once I joined a few Facebook Groups that Facebook would give me further suggestions of Groups to Follow in a similar niche.  Often I’ll follow 3 New Facebooks Groups in my niche while I’m engaging in another group.

4. Wealthy Affiliate

As a Premium Member of Wealthy Affiliate, I have access to the most amazingly supportive community of bloggers and have met some incredible bloggers there and I get to engage with them every day.

The wonderful thing is that, although Kyle and Carson, the Founders of Wealthy Affiliate, are Canadian, they have attracted bloggers from all over the globe. There are even some that hail from South Africa.  This is where I became friends with one of my blogging mentors, fellow South African, Lynne Huysamen.

I can highly recommend being part of a blogging community, it makes the world of difference.

5. Online Summits

Another way I’ve found brilliant Bloggers is by attending Online Summits or Conferences.

When you watch an interview of someone who’s presenting something you’re interested in, it’s really easy to get hooked on them. There’s something really special about video interviews, you get to know someone way better than you can from reading dozens of their blog posts.   You see who they really are.  I almost always visit their websites and sign up for their newsletter.

There were two interviews that really stood out for me.

  1. When Caitlyn Pyle interviewed Rosemarie Groner aka The Busy Budgeter on the Work-at-Home Summit.  I really enjoyed “meeting” Rosemarie and her enthusiasm and bubbliness absolutely sold me.
  2. When Desiree Ward interviewed Abigail Wald of Real Time Parenting about Hand in Hand Parenting on the Mom Conference.  I was so bowled over by this interview I blogged about it on Happy Human Pacifier and considered becoming a Hand in Hand Parenting Coach. Which reminds me, I really must set aside a month to do  Abigail’s 30-Day Family Reset sometime soon.

How to Find Blogs in Your Niche

Now I know I’m giving you advice based on my niche but you can do the same kind of research in any niche.

Simply go to Pinterest, Google or Facebook and type in:

Top Lifestyle Blogs” or “Top Health and Wellness Blogs” or “Top Affiliate Marketers” or whatever niche you’re into and see what comes up.  And then follow my formula below.

And I’m sure you’ll find Online Conferences in every niche and you’ll definitely find a blogger in every niche in a blogging community like Wealthy Affiliate.

Identifying the Best of the Best

This is the system I created for zeroing in on the creme de la creme.

  • Once I had done the research I compiled an Excel Spreadsheet of the Top Mom Bloggers.
  • I then ran each blog through Moz.com to find out which blogs had the Highest Authority and Sorted my Data from Highest to Lowest DA. (I still use the free version of Moz so don’t be nervous about signing up).
  • I also looked at their Social Media Following to see how popular they were.

Yes, it’s time-consuming work but I believe it is well worth it. You get to know so much in the process.  Looking at other people’s blogs also gives you inspiration and ideas for your own blog.  And many of the Top Bloggers love giving blogging advice and a lot of it is free.

These are some of the Blogs I currently Follow:

First, let’s define what I mean by follow because I have 4 ways I follow bloggers:

  1. I am subscribed to these blogger’s email lists and receive regular newsletters from them.
  2. I follow them on all their social media channels.
  3. I join their Group Boards on Pinterest and pin to them.
  4. I join their Facebook Groups and sometimes participate in them (when I have time). Facebook is not really my thing.

Below is a sampling of the bloggers who email me their newsletters every week or so. Forgive me ladies if I don’t get to read them all. I do my best.

Michelle Schroeder-Gardner – Making Sense of Cents

Does Michelle need any introduction?  She is a Blogging LEGEND!  I blogged about the $1.5 Million plus she made last year, blogging, in my latest income report post.

Rosemarie Groner – Busy Budgeter 

Like I mentioned before, Rosemarie stole my heart in her interview.  She is stunning, one of those people you would just love to call a friend and I’ve heard her courses are amazing.

Lynne Huysamen – Kaboutjie

Lynne is a prolific blogger with a huge social following and she also has great community engagement on her actual site. You log in with a username and password to comment and like posts.

Ruth Soukup – Elite Blog Academy

Ruth gives away so many outstanding freebies that I think that I’ve signed up to her list about 10 times. And I’m not kidding.

By the way, I just signed up for Ruth’s FREE EBA® video training, Blogging Made Simple.  It starts on Tuesday, February 27th. I signed up after reading Saira Perl’s latest email.  You can sign up here.

Saira Perl – Mom Resource

I just love Saira’s email newsletters.  They are punchy and to the point and they get me clicking her links.

Elise of House of Brazen is one of the bloggers I follow and she's just brought out her latest ebook. #SweetSalesSystems : Proven strategies for selling digital and #AffiliateProducts #howtofindblogstofollow Read more at laurenkinghorn.comElise McDowell – House of Brazen

Elise is the author of the very popular book, How to Make Your First Affiliate Sale in 24 Hours. The book is amazing because Elise shares how to set up Board Booster (which I found pretty near impossible without her help).

I’m one of her Affiliates and Elise just notified us that she’s just created a new ebook, Sweet Sales Systems where she breaks down all of her top converting blog posts, emails, funnels as well as her affiliate program.

Elise is literally giving away all her secrets to making consistent sales every day so other bloggers and entrepreneurs can replicate the same systems in their businesses.

Sammy – Well and Wealthy

Who can forget Sammy’s Blog Bundle Giveaway in January? It was packed with all the most amazing Blogging Courses, Tools and Resources. This girl really knows how to make you listen up. Also love her chatty newsletters.

Suzi Whitford – Start a Mom Blog

Suzi is what you see is what you get, she is absolutely honest in all her emails. You feel like she’s talking just to you, over a cup of coffee.  She also offers excellent blogging courses at really good rates.

Lena Gott – What Mommy Does

Lena Gott also creates really popular courses that everyone’s talking about.  I’m very keen on doing her latest one, set to launch soon, Adventures in SEO only I’m so over-committed right now. I used to have to put courses off due to lack of finances, lately it’s lack of time that’s more of an issue.

Gabriella Ribeiro – The Mogul Mom

Formerly run by Melissa Bolton, The Mogul Mom is a hub for Moms. I missed their 30 Day Best Self Challenge which launched on 19th February, but I see they are planning to launch more Challenges soon.

Vicky (Veronica) – ItsVicky.com

Veronica has been a member of Wealthy Affiliate for over 10 years.  She’s a Mom Blogger.  I look forward to Fridays with Vicky every week.

Abigail Wald led me to Hand in Hand Parenting

The Team at Hand in Hand Parenting send me very encouraging parenting emails which I wish could find time to read.

As you may have noticed,  I’m not shy to overload my inbox with newsletters and there are plenty more wonderful ladies I follow.  Having said that, I cut a whole bunch of newsletters mercilessly towards the end of last year when I just couldn’t keep up the pace.

If bloggers mail me too often, I just start getting irritated.  Don’t you? 

I find that once a week hits the sweet spot for me. It’s often enough that I remember who they are, but not so often that I start feeling hounded. I haven’t got regular posting down to a fine art with my own email lists.  That’s something I’ll be tackling later this year.

Over to You

Would love to know which bloggers you follow and why so I can consider following them too.  Or do YOU own or manage a blog I should be following?  Feel free to drop a link in the comments below.

How to Start a Blog (FREE)

Do I Start Blog Free?

The answer is YES and NO.  Here’s why.

When I first started blogging, I started with a free WordPress Site.

It didn’t look too hot (ugh) and I never really got anywhere with it. So in this case, my answer would be NO.

Maybe it’s because I wasn’t ready to start blogging yet but I suspect it’s more likely because I lacked SUPPORT and TRAINING.

Probably the latter.

Then, a couple of years ago, I discovered a far better way to start blogging free. And this is the way I recommend you start blogging free. This is how to turn that NO into a YES.

Because this is how to start a blog free AND get Support and Training.

The Better BEST WAY to START A BLOG FREE

Ready to start a blog?

Affiliate Disclaimer: I get commissions for purchases made through some of the links in this post (at no extra cost to you).

In November 2015, I stumbled upon Wealthy Affiliate and signed up for their Free Starter Membership which includes a free website. 

While I was a Starter Member, I did Wealthy Affiliate’s Free Online Certification Course.

In this course I learnt:

  • How to make money online
  • How to find my niche
  • How to create a niche site
  • How to drive traffic to my site (free) using keywords  (WA even provides a free keyword tool)
  • How to create my first few pages of content

I created this blog:  Toddler Teacher

I’ve done nothing to this blog since mid-January 2016 because that’s when I decided blogging was for me and it was time to up my game.

You can Start Free but Don’t Stop There

After doing this course and creating my first site, I realised there was real money to be made in blogging.

I also realised that to make money down the line I would need to invest some money upfront.

You can get some real figures in the first income report I published about 18 months after I started blogging.

On the 18th of January 2018, I signed up as a Premium Member so that I could take advantage of the rest of the Training, Tools and Support Wealthy Affiliate had to offer.

Which is a whole heaping LOT.

This was the best decision I ever made as a blogger.  

Or should I say decisions?

Because I’m referring to my first decision – to try out the free membership and start a blog free.

And my second decision – to invest in more training and support once I was ready to go Pro.

To Go Pro it’s Best to Purchase Your Own Domain

Did you notice that my free site Toddler Teacher, has a long URL?   Its full name is toddlerteacher.siterubix.com

Whenever you create a free blog it’s going to advertise the free service you’re using in your title.

My blog could just as easily have been called toddlerteacher.wordpress.com or toddlerteacher.wixsite.com.

Once you’re ready to start blogging as a business, you’re going to want to change that.

You’re going to want to buy your own Domain.  

So in this case, if I’d decided to go pro with my test site, I would have purchased the Domain:  toddlerteacher.com

However, by this stage, I had a couple of other names in mind.

Ready to Go Pro?

On 19th January 2016, I bought my two .com Domains, Happy Human Pacifier and Inspiring Mompreneurs from Wealthy Affiliate (for $13.99 each per year).

Create a Successful Blog

Are there brilliant bloggers who are self-taught?

SURE.  But at some point, every one of them has invested in their education.

Either through trial and error, blood, sweat and tears. And years of experience.

Or through buying a blogging course and actually doing it, going through the steps.

  • For me, I was ready to invest 2 months in.
  • Others may only invest 2 years in.
  • And others know they’re ready to invest 2 minutes in.

But I’ve never heard of any Top-Earning Blogger succeeding without any training or support.

In fact, many of them learn the ropes and then offer their own Training and Support.

Which is what Kyle and Carson at Wealthy Affiliate are doing.  Paying it forward.  They have the know-how and they are sharing it.

So… if you’d like to start a blog FREE and, in time, turn it into a business, here’s what to do next:

Sign Up Free Here

And then decide for yourself whether you want to upgrade to Premium.

Looking forward to welcoming you to Wealthy Affiliate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to pop them in the comments below.

Your Blogging MOT

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Assess Blog Performance

Every 6 weeks or so I take a day or two to have a close look at my Google Analytics Stats and Sitespeed. 

I realise I should probably be analysing my stats a lot more often than that and making a more concerted effort to understand the results better. 

Carving out time for this is a challenge so this is definitely something I would consider outsourcing. I don’t need help just with analysing but also would be awesome to find a company who could fix the problems they find.  

If I had oodles of spare time in my heart of hearts I know my sites could do with a full revamp, from Theme to images…. Well,  all the criteria in the contributed post below.  

Your Blogging MOT

If you were, or still are, an employee, you’ll have regular appraisals to set goals and assess your work performance. If you own your own business, you’ll sit down and look at your business plans and financial forecasts to make sure you are still on track and performing well. Do you do the same for your blog? Whether you are a hobby blogger, or you make money from it and treat it like a business, it’s a good idea to give your blog a regular MOT.

Sit down and take a good look at it. Assess how it’s doing, look at any targets you’ve set yourself and look at any changes you need to make to get there. Here are some things to look at.

Design

Your blog’s design will be the first thing that your viewers notice, so it’s also the first thing that you need to take a look at. Your design should be clean and easy to read, while still standing out from the crowd. You should also make sure you are using your branding across all social media platforms and on your business cards and emails.

SEO

SEO is something that many of us learn over time. Few people go into blogging with an in-depth knowledge of SEO, and even if you did, there is a good chance that it’s changed a lot in the time your blog has been around. So, while your newer posts might have amazing SEO, the older ones might not. Take a look at some and see. If they need a little refreshing, take the time to do it, it could well be worth it.

Images

Our photography is another thing that often improves over time. But, it’s something that’s easy to change. Take a look at your posts, both old and new. Be honest, do your photographs stand out? Are their enough? Do they work well within the text? And are they high quality? If not, take some new ones or find a stock photo site.

Links

Do you regularly check that all of your links work? Most of us don’t. During your blogging MOT, check that none of your links are broken and that your social media and sharing links all work well. It’s also a good idea to go through some of your more popular posts and add related links, and some affiliate links to increase your income.

Marketing

It’s no good having the most amazing blog in the world if no one can find it. Spending some time on your SEO will help a lot, but you should also take some time to look at your digital marketing strategies. Are you using social media as much as you can, and in the right way? Do you know where your ideal readers are? And are you speaking to them online whenever you can? If marketing isn’t your passion, get in touch with a digital marketing agency who can help.

The blogging world changes all of the time. So, try to perform a blogging MOT at least once a year. If it’s easier buddy up with another blogger to critique each other’s sites before setting goals and starting to make changes.

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Awesome advice! I will do my best to follow it to the letter. Just as soon as I catch my breath. 

How are you doing? Are you super organised and doing regular performance assessments on your blog? 

Do Bloggers Earn Income Blogging? YES!

Do Bloggers Earn Income Blogging?

Do Bloggers Earn Income Blogging? Absolutely! But it takes a while. Here are 7 Top Blogger Income Reports and my first one.YES!!!  Is it instant?  Nope!!   As with all entrepreneurial pursuits, it usually takes quite a while before bloggers start earning a living wage.

I’ve been researching income reports of Mom Bloggers for a few weeks and decided it’s time I compiled my first one. You can scroll down to read it only if you promise not to laugh.

But first, here are some of my favourite Mom bloggers who make a small fortune online and happily share their Income Reports.

7 Top Mom Blogger Income Reports

Affiliate Disclaimer: I get commissions for purchases made through links in this post.

Rosemarie Groner aka The Busy Budgeter is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She's earning over $100,000 a month online. #makemoneyblogging1. The Busy Budgeter

Rosemarie Groner’s last published personal Income Report was in January 2017. She made $ 86,438,83.  Here’s a quick breakdown:

  • Nearly $60,000 – Sale of her own Products
  • Nearly $20,000 – Affiliate programs
  • Nearly $5,000 from Advertising
  • $3,600 from Sponsored posts

Rosemarie’s Products: Top Seller: The 90 Day Budget Boot Camp Workbook, plus The Pinterest Strategy Guide and The Core Affiliate Strategy

You can access all her Income Reports here.  Rosemarie mentioned in June 2017 that her blog is now generating around $100,000 a month.

One thing I love about Rosemarie’s income reports is that she encourages you to share your own reports in the comments below her income reports.   Rosemarie, we love you for this!

In June 2017 she took this approach of helping new bloggers get their income reports out to her audience one step further.  Instead of publishing her own income reports, she’s now publishing Reader Income Reports and offering feedback and actionable advice to new bloggers to help them increase their income. Here’s her first one.  

Sarah Titus is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She's earning over $75,000 a month online. #makemoneyblogging2. Sarah Titus

Sarah Titus made $75,226.10 in July 2017, nearly $70,000 was from her online store.  Here’s the breakdown:

  • $ 69,707 – Sale of her own Products
  • $4,137.15 – Affiliate Commission
  • $ 1,026 – Miscellaneous Income
  • $ 355.95 – Network Marketing (passive income)

Her most popular products are The Honest Bloggers Bundle, First Day of School Signs and 18 Month Monthly Calendars.

What’s really cool is that Sarah Titus offers bloggers the opportunity to make 40% Commissions selling her products as an Affiliate. There’s a link to join as an Affiliate at the bottom of this page, her online shop.

Abby and Donnie Lawson are living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. They no longer publish income reports but in October 2016 they earned over $51,803. #makemoneyblogging3. Just a Girl and Her Blog

Abby Lawson is no longer Just A Girl and her Blog. Her blog has become a family business incorporating her husband and full-time partner, Donnie and her sister, Brittany who helps with Social media.

The Lawson’s have stopped publishing Income Reports, their final reported earnings were  $41,700 in December 2016 and their highest income month that year was October when they earned $ 51,803.  Here’s the breakdown for October:

  • $32,642 – Affiliate Income
  • $19,161 – Product Income

You can find a list of all their income reports here.  Their Top Selling Product by far is Building A Framework e-book and course.

Alexa Mason is living proof that single Mom bloggers earn income blogging. She earned over $13,000 in April 2017. #makemoneyblogging4. Single Moms Income

Alexa Mason publishes Quarterly Income Reports on her website and sends monthly reports to her email subscribers. Her best ever month was April 2017, when she earned $13,185.14.

  • Nearly $ 9,000  Affiliate Commissions
  • $ 2,177.02 from Advertising
  • $ 1,800 – Sponsored Posts
  • $ 300 – Freelance

Alexa is very clear about the fact that it’s taken her 5 years to get to this income. I love that she publishes an annual timeline to show how her site has grown over the years:

Caroline Vencil is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She only went full time in February 2016 and in June 2017 she earned $9,500. #makemoneyblogging5. Caroline Vencil

Caroline Vencil has been blogging full time since February 2016 and she made $ 9,665 in June 2017.   Here’s the breakdown:

  • $ 5,095 – Affiliate commission from a long list of Affiliate Programs
  • $ 2,674 – from the sale of her own products
  • $ 1,892 – from Advertising

I think this is phenomenal income considering Caroline only started her blog in August 2015.

Caroline is a teen Mom who got married when she was 20. She blogs so she can stay home with her 3 children.

Her Top Selling Product by far is Pinterest Group Board Master.

Tabitha Philen is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She's stopped publishing income reports but in April 2016 she earned nearly $7,000. #makemoneyblogging

Note: April 2016 Stats – Am sure Tabitha’s income has more than doubled by now.

6. Inspired Bloggers University

Tabitha Philen’s last published income report was in June 2016 when she earned $ 3,182.28 documenting May’s income. She earned a lot more in April, so I’ve focused on her May 2016 Income Report where she earned $6,845.44. Here’s the breakdown:

  • $ 3,730.75 – InspiredBU Product Sales
  • $ 2,669.24 – Meet Penny Advertising
  • $ 328.24 – Meet Penny Affiliate Earnings
  • $ 108.02 – Meet Penny Product Sales
  • $ 8 – InspiredBU Affiliate Earnings

I absolutely love this info Tabitha shared in her June 2016 Blogger Income Report:

If you have an average of 50,000 page views a month, you could be receiving:

  • $400 to $500 a month from Adsense (with specialized topics earning more)
  • $600 from three sponsored posts a month
  • $100+ a month in affiliate sales

Tabitha also has brilliant post here: How Much Money Do Bloggers Make?  You can find all her Income Reports here.

Victoria Pruett is living proof that bloggers earn income blogging. She retired her husband and is earning over $5,000 a month off a small blog. #makemoneyblogging7. A Modern Homestead

Victoria Pruett doesn’t publish official income reports, but she has been sharing her income ever since she started treating A Modern Homestead as a business.  In her latest post, How I Retired my Husband she passionately tells how she’s now earning $5000 from a small blog (65,000 page views) in only 10 hours a week.  Victoria gives the breakdown in percentages:

  • 45% – Sale of her own Products
  • 35% – Affiliate Sales
  • 20% – Advertising

Don’t miss our interview with Victoria on Inspiring Mompreneurs.  I also reviewed her fabulous book, Make Money Blogging at Any Level.

My First Income Report

Do Bloggers Earn Money Blogging? Yes, but it takes a while. I earned $85 in Feb 2017, my best ever month so far.I’m still a newbie blogger, learning the ropes so I don’t have a flashy “rags to riches” story to tell. Yet.

My primary job is being Mommy to my little one so I also can’t say progress has been speedy.

In my first year of blogging, I earned a sum total of… drum roll… $50.  From a Side Hustle. (Userlytics, see below).

My expenses were $ 378.98  so I made a loss of $ 328.98.

I’m now in Year 2 and the picture is starting to improve.

From January to June 2016, my Gross Income was $214.16  Expenses totalled $198.49.

So in the first 6 months of 2017 I made a teeny PROFIT of $ 15.68.

In my best months, February and April 2017, my profit was $45.79 and $ 33.86.

This is from a mix of side hustles and blogging income because, when you’re starting out in the blogging world you kind of try everything you can at first and see what sticks. Or at least, that’s been my approach.

Deep down, I know what I should be doing is focusing all my attention on Affiliate Income and creating my own Information Products but every now and again the perceived need (panic) to MAKE MONEY NOW rears it’s ugly head and that’s when I get distracted by side hustles.

Having said that, I’ve uncovered a couple of side hustles that take up very little time for a nice side income.

First I’ll tell the story in order of Highest to Lowest Income.

  1. Field Agent –  $106 (Side Hustle)
  2. Fiverr – $ 76 (Blogging  Income)
  3. Userlytics – $25  (Side Hustle)
  4. Wealthy Affiliate  – $7 (Blogging Income)

And here’s a month by month account so you can see how much it fluctuates.

  • Jan:  $8
  • Feb:  $85
  • Mar: $22.13
  • Apr: $74
  • May: $7.56
  • Jun: $17

As you can clearly see my two biggest income sources were:  Field Agent and Fiverr

Field Agent

Field Agent is one of my side hustles and one that’s trending at the moment – Field Agent now has over a million agents worldwide. They currently operate in the United StatesCanada, the United KingdomAustraliaSouth AfricaMexico and Romania.

Field Agent is an app you load on your smart phone that gives you access to jobs they call “missions”. It’s kind of like being a rep except you don’t work for just one brand.

I’ve done 23 missions so far and earned R1405. I can only attest to the South African experience of Field Agent as I haven’t worked as a Field Agent anywhere else in the world.

If you are a Field Agent elsewhere I’d love you to share your experience in the comments below.

Mostly, I’ve gone into stores with my smartphone and answered questions about a particular display.  All the missions I’ve done so far involve taking photos of the display, barcodes etc. When these missions become available you have to snap them up quickly because only one agent can visit a store. In our area missions disappear quickly.  The Field Agent app displays all the participating stores in a 90km radius from you (you set the radius when you sign up).

I’ve also done a KFC mission twice. In these missions agents buy a meal at KFC and report back about the quality of their service and the meal.

Once I know what I’m doing, a mission takes me about 10-15 minutes. The first one may take a bit longer, maybe 30 minutes. One mission pays between R35 and R170. Though income is on the low side, when you work out what your hourly rate, its not half bad. In the States missions pay between $3 and $12, according to their website.

I only wish more missions were available. I would be only too happy to do this for a few hours every month.

Fiverr

Here's my round-up post of 7 Top Mom Bloggers and my first Income Report. | makemoneyblogging | topmombloggers | sidehustles | bloggingforincomeIf you don’t know by now, Fiverr is a Freelance website where you usually sell your services for a song, well 5 Bucks, for starters.

The trick to making money on Fiverr is to find a service you can sell for cheap that’s not going to take hours and hours of your valuable time.

Or better still, sell a service that’s quick and easy to provide AND benefits your blog.

So that’s what I do. My gigs on Fiverr bring in some side income while also building rich content on my blog.

By end June I had completed 11 gigs on Fiverr and earned $76 so my average per gig was $6.90.

Some are quick, easy income and others take me longer. I kicked off with a $5 gig that took me 5 days to complete because I offered my Premium service at my Standard price.

The important thing for me is to always give my absolute best in the shortest possible time. As a result, I’m happy to report that I’ve earned 5 Star reviews thus far.

Here’s my Top Selling Gig:

I Will Publish Your Breastfeeding Article on My Website

I suppose I could make more money in the short term on Fiverr freelancing as a writer or editor or proofreader, but that would be too time consuming. As a blogger, I figure the best use of my time, long term, is time on my own blog.  

Join Fiverr here

Userlytics

If you were wondering where my first $50 came from in my first year of blogging, it was from a website test I did for Userlytics.  It was my the quickest 50 bucks I’ve ever made. Took me about 45 minutes to download the software and do the test.  Unfortunately, tests for South Africans are rather few and far between. I’m averaging one a year at this stage. This year’s test paid $20 as it only took about 20 minutes.  They threw in another $5 because I experienced a few technical difficulties and had to re-do the test.

This website testing company is really great that way. Payment is usually really fast, via Paypal.  Although you can sign up online, you deal with a real live person who manages your account. My account Manager is Silvia Gutierrez (mail to: sgutierrez@userlytics.com). If she still needs more testers once I’ve completed a test, she offers me a referral fee to share the test with others.  They don’t seem to have an affiliate program (yet).

What is website testing exactly?

Here’s a quick rundown of the process:

Initial Set Up:

  • Initially, you have to qualify as they are looking for a particular target market for each website
  • Complete the qualification form and email it
  • Download Java and their video recorder

The Test

  • Visit the specified website
  • Discuss your impressions and answer certain questions
  • This is captured on video
  • Answer some questions about your user experience on the website or opinion of the offering
  • Upload the recording
  • All instructions given are written messages on screen. There is no interaction with any person during the test.

After my first test I signed up for a number of website testing sites, but many sites are not open to South Africans (boo) and most tests pay just pennies. If you live in the USA you have the best chance of landing website testing opportunities.

Here’s a link to a great post on The Work at Home Woman11 Sites that will Pay you to Test out Websites

Wealthy Affiliate

Here's my round-up post of 7 Top Mom Bloggers and my first Income Report. | makemoneyblogging | topmombloggers | sidehustles | bloggingforincomeOh my… how can I do Wealthy Affiliate justice in one short paragraph?  It’s such an indispensable resource for me.  It’s where I get my blogging training, tools and community support.  It’s also where I registered my domain names and where my sites are hosted (included in their monthly fee is hosting for 25 sites)!

I’m working on a full Wealthy Affiliate Review. Watch this space.

In the meantime, you’re welcome to take a sneak peek, WA offers a Free Trial here.

Oh, by the way, my post on Userlytics, has by far been my most popular blog to date on Wealthy Affiliate, with 123 Likes and 173 Comments so far.  You can find it here: Yay! Just made my first $50 Online

Hope you found this post both useful and encouraging.

Would love to hear how blogging’s going for you.  Have you tried any side hustles?

P.S.  

In response to my first comment below.  This post is about Mom Bloggers because I’m a Mom Blogger. I will follow up with a full round-up post of all the Mom Bloggers I follow who publish income reports, perhaps even one with all bloggers.

I would have loved to add Melyssa Griffin and Michelle Schroeder-Gardner to this list but they aren’t Moms (yet).

Melyssa Griffin only publishes an income report the month she launches a program, her last income report was in December 2016 when she raked in a cool $ 283,680

After Melyssa, the two top income earners that I know of are Patrick Flynn of Smart Passive Income and Zach Swinehart of EO Fire.  In June 2017 Pat earned $ 184,095 and Zach, $ 135,301.

Michelle Schroeder’s made almost $ 1,000,000 last year blogging and in June 2017 she made $ 121,861.

Two brilliant Round-up Posts here:

Suzi Whitford of Start a Mom Blog53 Blogger Income Reports
Millenial Boss  – 35 Bloggers Making $1,000 to $ 300,000 a month

Happy reading!

PPS. Find my second income report here.