Top 2 Ways I Make Money With My Blog 26 comments


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There are many debates over whether or not bloggers should monetize their blog and why. It was always my intent to monetize Being A Wordsmith and I have no qualms about saying that. I am happy to share some of the ways I do it with you. However I still believe that content is king when blogging.

 

1. Sponsored Tweets–I earn money with this program more frequently than the others. It’s a quick, fun way to advertise brands for pay from your Twitter account.

  • Advertisers send you an offer with required elements, links, and hash tags.
  • You compose the tweet, send it to them for approval, and they submit it from your Twitter account shortly after.
  • The template on the website does most of the work, but the content is created by you.
  • Your Twitter account needs to be at least 60 days old, have a minimum of 50 followers, and 100 tweets sent out already.
  • You can sign up here with my referral link or click on the banner above.

My experience: I started earning .10 per tweet 5 months ago and am now earning .93 per tweet. I also earn various percentages for 7 people I referred.

Tip: The amount you can charge for each tweet increases as your Twitter followers and Sponsored Tweets increases. You will need to check the amount and change it, because you are not notified when it increases. 

 

 

2. Sverve–I have earned the most money with this program. Sverve has similarities to Pinterest.

  • Bloggers can “pin” their posts to their Sverve profile with a bookmarklet under 1 or more of 5 areas of influence they create by name. Therefore posts need “pinnable” images. The “pins” are called Tips.
  • You can also follow other bloggers and add their Tips to your profile page.
  • Your scoring depends on Social Influence (your Facebook Fan Page Likes and your Twitter followers), Blog Influence (Alexa ranking, Google page rank, unique visitors, page views), and Sverve Influence (endorsements on your areas of influence by other Sverve members).
  • You can apply for campaigns from advertisers to write sponsored posts on your blog. There are a variety of ways to be compensated based on the advertiser’s preference.
  • The higher your score, the more campaigns you are accepted for.
  • You can sign up at www.sverve.com and endorse me by clicking the badge above.

My experience: My score started in the low teens and is at 48 currently. My 5 areas of influence are Organization, Healthy Recipes, New Orleans Attractions, TV Reviews, and Blogging Tips. I have been compensated with cash deposits from $5 to $50, discount codes to share with readers, and free advertising.

Tip:  Think carefully about the areas of influence you create–5 is the limit–because you can’t edit them later. You can only delete them and create a new one. You will lose any endorsements you have if you delete them.

 

There are several other ways that I monetize my blog, but the two above are the top 2 ways.

Do you monetize your blog? If so, how?
How do you attract readers other than monetization?
Do you have male readers? If so, how did you come into contact with them?

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26 thoughts on “Top 2 Ways I Make Money With My Blog

  • Andrea

    I don't monetize my blog, but it sure wouldn't hurt if I did. You've offered compelling reasons.
    My recent post Guest Post: Am I Raising a Tramp?

  • @slfoodcorner

    Thanks for this post.Found the link from another blog….
    I linked up another way I monetize the blog using Blurb affiliate programme under ShareASale….
    My recent post What inspires you to decorate your home?

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I'm so glad I gave Sverve a chance. Initially I shunned it, because I didn't get it. I was missing out. Thanks for stopping by, Melinda.
      My recent post Is My Triple Crown Blocking Your View?

  • mocadeaux

    Right now I make a grand total of $0.00 on my blog. I'm going to bookmark all of these posts and learn from the experts!
    PS I'm sending you a nomination for the Sunshine Award in a post tonight. Hope you have fun with it!
    My recent post Mo Wine Please – Viognier

  • Hope@ Defining Hope

    Great tips Kim. Pinning this one. I'm actually on Swerve, but haven't checked it in a a while. I get occasional emails that my Swerve influence has gone up. I guess I should revisit that. I definitely would like to monetize my blog, but it seems like too much work for me right now (I might as well though because I've been putting a lot of blogging work in already. Might as well get paid for it.
    My recent post Blog love: posts you should read

  • rxfitnesslady

    Thanks for the tips on swerve! I checked into the twitter thing a while ago after one of your posts! You absolutely shouldn't make any qualms about monetizing. Why shouldn't you get a piece of the pie!

  • beignetmamas

    Kimberly, thank you for sharing, this is really informative. I would like to monetize my blog at some point, but there's so much out there that I didn't know where to start. Half of the programs are confusing too! LOL
    I've visited blogs before and there were so many ads on the page that I never made it to the actual content. I knew I did not want my blog to look like that. If it turned me off, I'm sure others would be turned off too.
    My recent post We're Baaaack!

    • BeingAWordsmith

      I agree, Kennie. Simple design to me is best. I've read articles that say jam pack your sidebars, headers and footers. But I don't think that's best. You're right, the content gets lost. And that's the reason readers visit your page. SITS has been very instrumental in helping me navigate my way through affiliate programs. Tons of posts on how-to. Pinterest is also a great place to find tips and tools.
      My recent post Madonna, Math, and Myths

  • mama885

    I need to get more followers to take part in most of these methods, but I'm struggling with that. I'm not sure why, but hopefully it will pick up soon.
    My recent post Wallowing Around in the Christmas Spirit

    • BeingAWordsmith

      Networking is such a huge part of gaining followers. I try to pick at least one social media platform to focus on every month. It has made a big difference. The affiliate programs use your numbers and Google Analytics to make decisions on campaigns.
      My recent post Madonna, Math, and Myths

    • BeingAWordsmith

      Glad to hear it is working for you, Jennifer. I resisted Sverve for a long time. When I finally took a look at it and made an effort, it began to pay off. Thank you for stopping by.
      My recent post Ooh! That's My (Traffic) Jam