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Hi everyone! I’m back with How to Make Money Blogging Part 2. If you missed the first installment, you can start here. There is one affiliate link which I have noted below.

When I posed the question Can You Really Make Money Blogging? my goal was to provide other bloggers with straightforward resources for monetization. The plan is to share fifteen, total over three blog posts. If you all would like more updates in the future, by all means let me know! Sharing is caring, after all. 😉

After reading 5 Ways to Make Money Blogging – Part I, a handful of you wrote in with some questions. I’ve combined them to streamline things a ibit:

Your How to Make Money Blogging Questions:

1) What about Blogging Groups? Are they really useful?
I do belong to blogging groups that provide sponsored post opportunities. Usually the group organizer is contacted and she’ll do a call for applications using a Google Docs form. I’ve gotten a few campaigns this way and blogging groups are also a great networking opportunity. You may join a few before you decide to stick with one and you may find one right away and love it. The biggest benefits to me are learning from others, the ability to ask questions, bouncing ideas off one another and getting different perspectives on various topics. A note: PLEASE, PLEASE be respectful of your group’s rules. And yes – read the rules! Feel free to drop me a line if you’d like more info on this; out of respect to the group organizers, I can connect you through an introduction rather than providing URL’s here.

2) How can I grow my numbers/followers, fast?
The straight answer to this question is that I really don’t know. While not all campaigns require a huge number of followers or readers, there are those that – well –they just do. I laughed the other day when I read that one brand wanted 100,000 Facebook followers for a social media campaign. There really isn’t one secret recipe. The thing that has worked best for me: doing giveaways and promoting them. My first ever giveaway was for a generous gift card and I think I had 36 entries. I was so bummed. I didn’t realize I had to spread the word! Giveaways help grow my following and most people will stick around to be on the lookout for the next one. I participated in an Instagram loop and gained hundreds of new followers in a matter of days. I know what you’re thinking: They don’t stay. Yes, I do lose followers once a giveaway is over; totally normal. A few people make up fake profiles to up their chances of winning and in the end they delete the profiles and it messes with numbers a bit. It’s a bummer, but you’ll get to the point it rolls off your back. One thing: For the love of cake, PLEASE DO NOT buy followers from places like Fiverr. Fiverr serves its purpose; align your chakras, don’t boost your numbers dishonestly. Brands will check to see if your followers are authentic, so if you’re tempted step away from the keyboard and look into some blog classes instead. I’ll list a few at the bottom of the post. Trial and error; remember what works for me may not work for you and vice-versa.

3) How long does it take to get a campaign?
This will depend on the affiliate/resource. With a site like IZEA the deadline dates for a brand to notify you of selection are given to you up front. In fact, most applications for any brand will list the date range. It could take a day or a couple of weeks. The average is a week, two tops, in my experience. There are cases where you’ll apply for something and two months later you’ll get an email after you’ve completely forgotten about it. Sometimes campaigns get held up. It happens. Roll with it – brands will thank you and remember you for your flexibility.

Feel free to keep sending your questions. I’ll be happy to answer them and if I don’t have the answer, I’ll try to get it for you.

And without further ado,

How to make money blogging – five more ways:

Advowire/HireInfluence – I started with this one quite a while ago and when they changed to a points system I moved away from it. Recently, I went back for another look and they have really changed things around. *affiliate link

  • Set up your dashboard and connect your social media channels
  • Everything is compensated on a points system
  • You can earn gift cards using points or use points to promote your own content (I have done this and the reach is really good)
  • You can sell your articles, participate in social media sharing and brands will also contact you directly for campaigns (in this case, you are paid in dollars instead of points)
  • Social media shares are pre-written so all you have to do is click and you’re finished!
  • There is a great calendar highlighting blog events and conferences
  • It seems the minimum amount to claim gift cards and merchandise is 250 points

Acorn Influence – This is a new one for me. While they just happen to be in my neck of the woods, they work with bloggers all over the states. What I love about Acorn is they work with blogs of all sizes and they’re proud of it. They really seem to care about the right fit.

  • Set up your account and dashboard – you’ll manually enter your social media numbers, so make sure you keep these up to date at least once a month
  • Same goes for your blog – keep the number of views and unique visitors up to date
  • Fill out the W9 form
  • Wait for the campaigns to come in (I know waiting is the hard thing. We can do it together. I haven’t gotten a campaign yet, but I will be attending one of their events this week. I’m excited to learn more- stay tuned)
  • Payment is rendered 60 days after the campaign ends – thanks to Jen at Injenious Life for the info on when payment is rendered

Activate by Bloglovin’– I also just recently joined this one. This used to be Sverve and they joined up with Bloglovin’ to bring influencers some great campaigns.

  • Just like most, you’ll set up your profile. They work on a points system in regards to your level of influence – the more accounts you connect, the more points you receive. The higher the number of points, the greater your influence
  • While the number of available campaigns doesn’t seem very high – the pay is. There is one available as of the date of this post for which you can apply and the pay is $1,000.00. Not shabby
  • Payments seem to be made within thirty days; you have to cash them out via Paypal with the minimum balance for release of payment being $5.00

Mom It Forward – I joined Mom It Forward a couple of years ago. I love that they send emails with details on sponsored posts. You can apply if you want or just skip it if you don’t feel it’s a fit. Some of the brands do ask for higher social media counts and blog followers, so be prepared to see high numbers. I repeat: do not get discouraged. They do have something for everyone.

  • They also have retreats for the whole family. You can find out more on the Retreats tab on the site
  • There are opportunities to host events where you live and/or host Twitter parties (and yes, they’re paid)
  • You can also participate in the #GNO Twitter parties and win prizes
  • They offer a lot of printouts for bloggers to use as resources
  • You’re generally paid within 30 days via check
  • You do NOT have to be a mom, but obviously most of the campaigns are geared toward mothers

On a side note: I really love how supportive this community is.

Social Fabric aka Collective Bias – This is a new favorite that was recommended to me by a commenter on my last Make Money Blogging post. I.love.it. I applied a couple of weeks ago and I’m already seeing results. A HUGE thanks to Hannah from The Perfect Storm – a blog by two BFF’s for turning me onto this one!

  • First, I recommend reading through their FAQ’s by clicking here
  • Once you have it all down, go ahead and apply. You should hear back fairly quickly
  • Once you’re accepted and you login you will see a grid with plenty of opportunities to choose from
  • You can apply for as many campaigns as you choose (make sure they’re a fit for you and your blog)
  • Remember not to take too much on. You want to do a thorough job. In other words, don’t spread yourself too thin!
  • They pay via direct deposit net 30 days after the campaign and if you have to purchase a product to complete the post, they will direct deposit you the funds once you’ve been accepted

Okay, so you have where to make money blogging, now HOW do you grow your blog and following?

How to make money blogging – online classes to help:

Here are a few of those classes I mentioned. I am not affiliated with these sites in any way. These are just resources that work for me and I believe they could work for you, too. They range from free to an investment of up to a few hundred dollars:

  • Wham Bam Instagram or anything by Caitlyn Bacher (Follow her on Facebook, too). Caitlyn also offers a free worksheet on her site
  • Neely at It Starts With Coffee has some really good choices. I took one of her online courses and it was super laid back and casual. We could ask anything and she gave real deal information. There were those, “Duh! Why didn’t I think of that?” moments and I kid you not, I implemented her lessons and had three campaigns within a week. She gives you information you can start using right away
  • Krystal has done such a beautiful job with Bloggers Get Social. For all of the information she provides, her Publish + Promote webinar is a bargain! She also has a FREE workbook available on her site. You can subscribe to her site and get it here
  • And one that I have not done: – FREE; May 16-20, 2016 – The Profitable Blogging Summit. Business 2 Blogger is involved and they have some great resources

How to Make Money Blogging – Summing it Up

If there are any questions or you have a piece of advice on how to make money blogging, please don’t be shy! Leave them in the comments and I’ll see you next time! As always, thank you so much for being here!

72 Comments

  • Jen

    Great info! I recently joined Acorn too and did my first campaign back in March. They pay 60 days after a campaign ends, so if you’re in round 1, you may end up waiting longer than 60 days.

    • Heather

      You’ve hit the nail on the head. All of a sudden you start getting campaigns (it feels like feast or famine sometimes LOL) then you’re like, “WOAH! I’ve got to write 10 posts in a week!” Priorities – SO important. Thank you.

  • Jasmine Eclipse

    These are really great tips! I’m a part of the Activate one, but I’ve never seen a campaign posted there… Maybe my social media counts are too low? (But I have 4k instagram followers and 3k twitter… So I don’t know how they measure that). I have had a lot of success with SheKnows, it’s worth checking out. They actually sent me to the White House too, which was amazing!
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    • Heather

      I wrote about SheKnows in the Part 1 of the series, so hopefully people read it – there are some good resources there, too. I have had good results with She Knows/BlogHer. For Activate, you have more Instagram followers than I do, so I don’t think that’s it. I think from your photo, you’re a bit younger than I am. The one campaign that is available is for ages 30-50. The other one I saw was for deodorant, but it’s since been closed. I remember your White House trip. SOOOO jealous lol! That was awesome.

  • Felicita Moncada

    What a great resource. Some of those websites were new to me but I do belong to quite a few of them. I do love Social Fabric! Makes me get so creative! I’ve been trying to incorporate more affiliate links too – some people do so well with those!

    • Heather

      Thanks. 🙂 I do really well with one of my affiliates; I want to get the hang of it to get more out of it. Like you wrote – some people do so well! I found one really good one for myself, now just to find more. HAHA I can’t believe I hadn’t heard of Social Fabric – yes, LOVING it. Very excited to get started with them. I’m working on a few campaigns for them now!

  • Dee

    This is some awesome information! I have always wondered how people made money blogging. I would like to be able to do it as a part time job and hopefully time if I can ever make enough to do what I need to do. Thank you again for the information.

  • Kristy @ Mommy Hates Cooking

    When I first started blogging I had no clue that it was possible to make a full time income off of blogging. It is so rewarding to be paid to do something that you truly are passionate about. One thing that is essential is not putting all of your eggs in one basket. You have to diversify.

    • Heather

      I know with Collective Bias, I have to apply instead of them offering for me. Activate, I also haven’t found anything to apply for. I’m sure the tides will turn! 🙂

  • Amanda Love

    That’s a great list and I’m in all of those. My fave is by far Influence Central and Acorn. I’ve done quite a few Acorn campaigns and have another due in a few days. There are so many other ways however that you can earn and sooooo many networks to sign up with.
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    • Heather

      I hope to work with Acorn soon. I’m excited to be meeting some of their group tomorrow here in Northwest Arkansas where they’re headquartered. 🙂

  • Robin Masshole Mommy

    I haven’t gotten an op from Influence Central in nearly a year. I am not sure why, but I highly recommend Social Fabric. There’s GOOD money with them.

  • Terri Steffes

    I debate between wanting to monetize and wanting to control all my content. I really like doing organic posts about products I love. If it gets noticed, great but if not, ok, too. Such a struggle.

    • Heather

      You bring up a good point, but I will tell you this – I only do campaigns for products I actually use. I turn things down and I control what I post. I won’t do anything that, to me, compromises the integrity of my blog. Tontake it further, with very little exception I only work with US based companies. I think if a brand wants to compensate you, that’s a good thing. I totally understand a lot of content at certain blogs feeling artificial and it is definitely not something I want for CLCW. Thanks for bringing up a really good topic!

  • Jamie

    I’ve been blogging for a long time and some of these are new to me! I love SoFab/Collective Bias and have worked with them for years. I’ve never had mich luck with the “points” systems on other sites, but I’m not opposed to trying new ones.

    • Heather

      Same here. I’m not really into the points system, but I do like I can use the points to promote my own content, so rather than “cash out” per se (to get gift cards or merchandise) I just use the points for other bloggers to send Tweets I construct (on Advowire). I am also really loving SoFab/Collective Bias. They’re wonderful and communicative!

  • Tiffany

    I just signed up for Activate and I love how they offer the option of quick Twitter shares as a way to make a bit of side money without a lot of extra effort. Great Post and some really great tips as well…

    • Heather

      Oh that’s cool. I knew Advowire did that, but I didn’t realize Activate does. Thanks for the info! And thanks for the kind words,too. 🙂

    • Heather

      If you have any links on this, feel free to share. I’ve read about a lot of bloggers doing this. I’ve had a couple of good experiences, but I am by no means an expert!

  • Julie

    Social Fabric was one of the first companies I signed up with, and I love them! Thanks for the list of blogging classes to look into.

  • Crystal Lopez

    These are great tips for bloggers. Often times it is easy to pass up the opportunities that we are not thinking about when it comes to making money with blogging!

  • Kait

    These are all great tips! I love using Swagbucks on my desktop for searching and earning gift cards — it’s not blogging per se, but it’s a little bit of fun money 😉

  • Carolyn

    I have been blogging for 7 months and I just started making enough page views to think about applying for sponsorships. I have a question. Do you think it is important to have both Instagram and Twitter? I have my blog, Facebook and Pinterest but have yet to start working on Instagram and Twitter. Seems like so much to keep up with. I have signed up as a subscriber to your site too since you are so nice to share tons of info. Thanks!!
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    • Heather

      Oh my gosh. First of all, thank you. That is a HUGE compliment and I so appreciate your kind words.

      For me, I do feel Twitter and Instagram are extremely important. For awhile, Twitter was my #1 source of traffic. But really, I just think that brands in general want to see as much diversity as they can when it comes to social media outlets. The most popular being Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Of course, it always helps if you have others like Google+ or Snapchat, but it doesn’t seem as necessary. Heck, one article I read said you should have 18! Ain’t nobody got time for that LOL!

      Hope this helps :).

  • Renée B

    Great resources! One of my goals for the next two months is to step up my monetization game, so I really appreciate post like this with such thorough info.

  • alexandria

    I’ve signed up for so many and never really get anything. I guess it’s because of my followers. I’ll remember some of these though to try and actually get more sponsored posts.

    • Heather

      If you go back and read my first part, I talked about that a little. What do you mean by your followers? Are your #’s low?

  • Blythe A.

    Thanks for sharing more helpful information. I signed up for the summit you mentioned and looking forward to hearing what all the bloggers have to say.

  • Paula

    This is helpful – thank you for providing this great list of ideas. My work has mostly been with affiliate programs, so I like getting a glimpse of other ways to monetize.

  • Bernadette Callahan

    I have friends and bloggers that I follow that blog for income, they are always looking for new ways to branch out. I never really got too into the income aspect of it and paid too much attention towards it but I have been lucky with sponsors and collaborations.
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  • Jess

    Great tips. I’ve been trying to figure out Advowire for a while. It seems like a lot of work and not a lot of opportunity! What are your thoughts on how it is now? Better…worth the time?

    • Heather

      Well, it is worth it to me because I use my points to boost my own content. But if you don’t want to use it for that, but you like gift cards as payments (or merchandise) I’d say it is worth it. Otherwise, I’m still figuring that out, too LOL!

  • Cara (@StylishGeek)

    Your post is extremely informative and very useful to those curious about blogging and making money. I am approached this question many times over the years since I have been blogging. I give similar answers to what you posted, but my number advice has always been try to get into blogging with a sincere purpose to share your passions. Once you find your unique voice and engage well in your community then you will be in the right place to be tapped by companies for campaigns.

  • Eileen

    I cannot thank you enough for this information. I am involved with Collective Bias and I love how supportive they are. I had not heard of most of the others you have listed. I cannot wait to check them out. I have not been blogging very long and I have really found a few groups to be so helpful. Krystal from Bloggers Get Social has been a plethora of information. I have bookmarked this page and I look forward to checking out the other companies like Advowire. Thank you again 🙂

  • jill conyers

    Great information especially for new bloggers. Question #2? You can’t. It takes time, consistency and quality content. I’ve never seen it happen fast for anyone.

  • Toughcookiemommy

    This is some great information for those who are looking to monetize their blog or just starting out blogging. It’s important to set goals and to have plans for the future.

  • Rebecca Kelsey Sampson

    I totally agree about not buying followers. No matter what it’s not a good idea. Through giveaways some people may stay and enjoy your content, but there isn’t a single genuine follower when you outright buy them.

  • Ana De- Jesus

    I just signed up to some of the sites! I was wondering what groups are you in that offer sponsored post opportunities? I am in UK BLOG Opportunities and Blogger Opportunities but I don’t know of any others.

  • CourtneyLynne

    Great advice for all of those just breaking into monetizing!!!! I’m signed up with all of the agencies you suggested.