How A Trashy Episode Of The Bachelor Lead To A Fulltime Blogging Income

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How A Trashy Episode Of The Bachelor Lead To A Fulltime Blogging Income

About 12 years ago, 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 grainy bootleg episode of The Bachelor online (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!’

 

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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 shitty 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

 

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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 beauty blog called BeautyIsCrueltyFree (you can check that one out here), monetized it, and everything is history, so they say.

 

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! 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.

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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)

I will see you at the Summit!

 


 

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5 comments

  1. I agree with you. My only regret with blogging is that I did not start it 10 years ago. I loved your pointers and I will check out the paper route site becuase I really need to learn more about affiliate marketings. I am confused by it currently. I am sure it will get better in time.

  2. This was a great article. You are ahead of me on the exact same trajectory, I hope at least. I have been blogging for years and I’m suddenly like, why am I not making serious bank from this??? And actually about to launch a beauty website to monetise.

  3. I graduate from my University next month, and I would love to pursue my blogging full-time. The only problem is getting into monetizing my blog. There is so much conflicting information, and I get so confused with affiliate marketing. Over the break, I hope to sit down, go through all of this stuff that I have bought and gathered, and get to it.

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