Making Money Blogging: 2010 Update

Friday, February 5, 2010

A few months ago, I wrote about making money blogging. Every since then, my blog has continued to make a small and steady income. I thought it was time for an update.

For January 2010: My blog made $495.12 in cash payments and $75 in gift cards.

In 2009, made a total of $1013 (not including gift cards) and was alive for 6 1/2 months.

I'm not sure where it will go from here. Blogging for money has it's benefits, but I mostly like blogging for a place to share my random thoughts and happenings. :)

Since many of you are wanting to make money with your blogs, I thought I'd share with you what I've learned over the last year.

1. The affiliate partners I selected originally have turned out to be great partners. My top earnings come from Google, Juicebox Jungle, Amazon, shareasale.com and Swagbucks. To read more details about each affiliate, head back to this post. The only one I've dumped (or will be soon) is the coupon bar from CJ, and that's because I've stopped being coupon focused and it's not as relevant (or lucrative.)

2. Blog earnings can be sporadic. Each affiliate takes it's turn being a high and low producer.

3. Paying taxes as the second earner really stinks! Since my husband's income already bumps us up a few tax brackets, the tax chunk taken from my blogging income is hard to look at, but to me it was "free money," so I've come to accept it.

4. I can't do it all. I feel so bad about how many sponsored (read: paid!) posts and giveaways I've had to turn down! I am so, so sorry if you've contacted me and I never responded (or responded late.) I mainly blog at night once my kids are sleeping and that doesn't leave a lot of time. I make mistakes, forget things, and sometimes don't blog at all, but that's just how I roll.

5. If you build it, they will come. Sometimes it happens quickly and sometimes it takes a while. I was really lucky that my blog grew so quickly and I have received so many great offers! Stay tuned because Swagbucks is offering my readers a new swagcode within the next few weeks, on Valentine's day I'll be giving away a $500 American Express Gift card (Thank you Invisalign!) and Tanga will be giving away almost $300 worth of merchandise on this site in the next few days.

I realize that $200-$500 a month blogging is not a huge income, but every little bit helps. It's helped our family in a lot of fun ways. I've recently stopped going "coupon crazy" and have focused on buying healthier, more natural foods. I'm still me, so I try to get the best deals and still incorporate many of the shopping habits listed here, but better food realistically costs more. How much? Maybe $100/month for our family of 4, and that is easily covered by my blogging hobby. It's also going to help us feed our cat (coming soon, wahoo!) a healthier, high quality diet. And I feel so much better about paying for my children's swimming, dance classes, and karate lessons when I'm helping contribute to the family.

I'm always trying out new things (and new affiliates.) Shareasale.com recently removed my favorite ad, so you won't see their ads on my blog until I find a new favorite from their site. But everything else is clearly listed on my sidebar. SavvySource is new and I'm not sure about them yet. I will post about it any new ones that turn out great and am open to answering any questions.


28 comments:

Luv to Save said...

thanks for following...already following you :)
http://luvtosave.blogspot.com

Lisa said...

Hi, thanks for stopping by and following!!

I'm following you back:)

Angelia Sims said...

You wouldn't believe how many people ask me about blogging for money. FINALLY, I can send them to your blog. Congratulations on your $$! I know you worked hard for it.
:-)

5thsister said...

I follow you but rarely comment. However, this post is very timely. I'm really not into blogging to make money but a few extra dollars from time to time would be nice. I was just approached by a company to host a giveaway and I have absolutely no idea how to proceed or if it would be worth the effort. Any advice would be greatly appreciated, but only if you have the time.

Deanna said...

Following back.

Love your blog!

Deanna

Jessica-MomForHim said...

WOW! That is crazy. You made more in January than I have IN ALL from my blog which is older than yours, though I know you have more traffic. You do a lot of sponsored posts (which I assume earns you a lot of cash), but you didn't mention them in #1, only mentioning affiliates.

You said $200-$500 a month, but I'm lucky if I make that in a YEAR!

Turning the Clock Back said...

I just started blogging last month but am hoping to start some product reviews as soon as I get a company to send me something to review! I'm still small!

Turning the Clock Back said...

I am hoping to eventually get to where you are! I just started blogging and am still small!

A New Mom said...

Thanks so much for these tips. I've been wondering about how to do this. BTW thanks for stopping by and following...following you back!

Angela said...

Oops. My bad. Sponsored posts are fun to do and do pay me $$, but they are variable and I can't always get them done in the time they're looking for. I get all my sponsored posts from direct emails. And I've dropped the ball on some of them. So sorry to all of you that I haven't been able to finish posts for.... I really do run out of time. :(

Xmas Dolly said...

Following you from Friday Follow! Better late then never! Thanking you in advance for stopping by me. Grab my new button if you have the time. Isn't my dolly cute? Love your blog! I wish I could get started in give aways, but I don't know how. I did one a while back for business cards, but didn't get any sort of a response or anything out of it. Have a great weekend.

amanda said...

would you mind saying how much traffic your blog gets? :)

Mom et al said...

Hi, slightly belated Friday follow.

Come visit me at Mom-et-al.com

-Maria

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Lauren said...

Mine is definitely slow-growing. Lol. But I read not to blog with only the idea of getting money out of it. So, I'm having a lot of fun blogging my ideas and doing book reviews and giveaways. Even if I don't get a lot of feedback from readers, I still enjoy it. Hopefully, my time will come! Glad you're able to relax more about income. That's always a nice feeling. :)

www.thehusaileybunch.com said...

A little late visit from Follow Friday! Thanks SO MUCH for this post. It's so great to see an actual amount of $ that you made... truly been wondering about that!

Can I ask you a question? How did you grow your followers in the beginning? What are your tips for that???? I'd love to hear, you can email me direct if you have the time thehusaileybunch@att.net. Thanks so much for your help! I'm a loyal follower, already! :)

B Sparkly said...

Thank you for the tips. Friday Follow, good to find you.I'm a follower now.
Have a great day.
Anat

Angela said...

My blog traffic is so variable. Sometimes I have up to 2000 visitors a day and sometimes it drops to 300. I'd say the average is about 500 visitors a day but it's really a rollercoaster. :)

TMB said...

thanks for the wonderful tips! you rock!

Midday Escapades said...

Congrats on your earnings, Angela! Thanks also for linking up at Friday Follow. As you can see I am going through the list. :0)

Lynn

The Prudent Patron said...

Thanks for sharing this Anglea. I have tried many of your blogging tips and they have helped me. I have a question about Savvy Source. I found them through you, but the only link I have was the original sign up one and I can't seem to access anything about my ad. Do you know of a way to check on this one. I am sure I earning from then, but they are a mystery to me.

Saving Addiction said...

THanks for all the tips, I love helpful bloggers! Very sweet!

Angela said...

Prudent Patron - They are a mystery to me too. They recently sent me an email telling me to move my widget and I told them to get lost. Then the wrote back and said "fine, but move it up if you can at all, and so I did." I can't find any tracking info on their site either, but Juicebox started out without much info or details too and ended up being a great ad network.

In the end, Savvy source might end up being horrible, in which case we all wasted a bit of premium ad space for a few months, but at least noone had to buy anything or see offensive material. If I find out it's good or bad, I'll update you. Sorry I don't have a better answer or more info. I'm hoping it pays as promised.

Working Mom said...

Way to go Angela! that's awesome! About paying taxes it can actually come to your advantage. you can claim your blog as a business which allow you to deduct a lot of stuff. you can deduct 1/3 of your power bill, internet bill, you home office, webinars, conferences if you go to any. Check the IRS about home based business.
PS: When can you write a post about your marketing approach?

Angela said...

Let me know what you mean by marketing and I'll try to answer your questions. :)

Working Mom said...

Marketing approach meaning how you get visitors to your site, how do you get so many followers in such a short time... Besides you great posts what else do you do to get your site out there?

Angela said...

LoL on the great posts. :) I wrote something up pretty much outlining how I got most of my followers: http://thesuburbanjungle.blogspot.com/2009/10/how-to-increase-your-blog-traffic.html

I hope this helps, but if there's anything else, just ask. :)

Carolyn @ My Backyard Eden said...

Congratulations! And I just noticed your Google Page rank is up to 4!

If you ever want to practice your blog mentoring skills, I'm happy to be your guinea pig!!

Pinky's Cottage said...

Loved all the comments and advice you have given to everyone. Very helpful to us all. I think I might look up Jeff soon for myself. Thanks also for following me.

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Thank you for your comments! I appreciate all your tips, advice, and well wishes!

Angela