Have you monetized your blog? Are you making a steady blogging income?
Blogging is my fulltime job now. But about 12 years ago, I had no idea that making a living as a blogger was even possible.
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How A Trashy Episode Of The Bachelor Lead To A Fulltime, 5 Figure Blogging Income
Back then, I was sitting in my tiny, crappy apartment which I could just barely make rent for after my tuition payments, (and makeup addiction), eating another amazing dinner of a microwaved burrito.
I was watching some pixelated Internet bootleg episode of The Bachelor (a trashy, guilty pleasure which I’m not ashamed to say, one I still enjoy), and one of the women listed her occupation as ‘Blogger.’
‘Pfft” I laughed to myself and thought ‘A Blogger? Yeah, whatever Bethany S. Blogging isn’t a job!’
Looking back on that now, it feels ridiculous that I thought Blogging isn’t a job
…because nowadays I earn a fulltime living from my blogs – in mostly passive income.
But back then I had no idea.
I had a blog, but I didn’t know I could have been making money from it. And even though I was in University studying digital media and marketing (!!), the lesson on how to blog for profit never came up.
I was inspired by this idea of making some money from my blog, and began learning about advertising, but I didn’t really know what I was doing yet and struggled to make even $20 per month.
A few more years went by, now I was working in marketing, helping other people get rich building and marketing their websites and businesses, while I continued to eat frozen burritos and blog for free as a hobby.
I look back on those years and shake my head at how much time I wasted because I didn’t know what I was missing out on.
I didn’t understand how bloggers get paid, or just how much you could earn
So I continued to work sh*ty jobs and be the “Marketing Coordinator” “Website Coordinator” “Operations Coordinator” and “Everybody Else’s Crap Coordinator” for less than $30,000 per year.
I was a 9-to-fiver bringing in thousands of dollars for other people’s companies and growing their social media empires to huge success, plus I worked every night, 6pm-to-4am-er as a bartender as well.
Oh yeah and I also ran an e-commerce business selling clothing online. I worked over 110 hours per week, for very little in return.
I was drowning
Had I known just how possible earning money as a blogger really was back then, I would have been on the right track much faster.
It was when I FINALLY took the time to learn affiliate marketing that everything changed. I had banked a decade of experience in website building, design, and social media marketing, and now affiliate marketing was the missing link.
Suddenly I was empowered to take my blog from hobby to full-time business. I re-launched my website as a cruelty-free beauty blog, monetized it, and everything is history. That beauty blog soon started making a good monthly profit, and after 1 year, I sold it for $50,000 CAD.
Related: My Blog Income Reports
My only regret about going fulltime as a blogger is not doing it sooner
I wish someone would have told me how to blog and work in affiliate marketing a decade ago.
So that is why I run this website: HerPaperRoute.com. I want to help people get a jumpstart on blogging, so you don’t have to waste any time on trial and error, trying to figure it out on your own.
HerPaperRoute.com is where I post free guides on affiliate marketing, social media marketing, and blogging in general.
It is pretty much a one-stop-spot for everything you need to turn your blog idea into a real, lucrative income source.
I also teach courses on blogging and affiliate marketing, such as the popular blog-to-biz course Be Your Own Blog Boss
Start / Monetize Your Blog
If you haven’t started your blog yet, or, you need to learn how to monetize the blog you have, I invite you to take my Start A Blog Course, it is FREE, self-paced and no-nonsense!
Teach Your Own Online Course
If you are thinking you’d like to learn how to start and sell your own online course, Teachable is the platform I host my courses on, and I highly recommend it.
I am on the Professional plan, which has no fees, so you keep every cent from selling your course. Teachable makes it easy to create and sell your online courses, with all the tech, hosting and automation to boot. You can even run an affiliate program for your school via the platform.
I also have a resource of alternatives to Teachable, including options for different budgets, which you can read about here.
I’m off to go watch some Bachelor episodes now!
Like, legitimately, on my paid-for cable service – no more having to watch grainy online bootlegs! Thanks Blogging!… And Bethany S. (lol).
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