Friday, November 4, 2011

Blogging For Dollars Series - Guest Post by Jen at Tatertots and Jello

Happy Friday, my friends! My guest blogger today never needed any intro at all. I'm sure you're one of the linkers trying to get a spot within the top 100 of her weekend wrap-up party. Just a mere mention of your blog in her post or fb page will skyrocket your pageviews. We are so fortunate that she agreed to share her experience with us today. Friends, I'm so happy to present to you Jen from Tatertots and Jello!

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1) Can you please share how you started earning income from your blog?

I started my blog as a place to share my creative projects. I really didn't realize there was potential to earn money for quite a while. After about a year and a half of blogging, I was getting emails from people asking if they could sponsor my blog. So I put a section on my sidebar for advertisers.

2) Can you give advice on how bloggers can attract advertisers without turning
off readers at the same time?

I think putting a section on your sidebar for sponsors is a great idea. Also put some information on one of your tabs with how much traffic you get or some reasons that advertisers would want to sponsor your blog. It's not all about numbers, small blogs can have really connected readers or have a very specific niche that's more attractive to a certain advertiser than numbers alone.

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3) Can you tip bloggers on how to balance family life and blogging?

I am trying to find balance here. It seems like there aren't enough hours in the day to get everything done. I finally had to think of blogging as a job. I put certain times in the day that I work on blog things and then certain times in the day when I don't do anything with my blog and I just focus on my family. Also, I have found that having an editorial calendar is a great idea. I use Google Calendar and I schedule what I am doing all month. That way when I look at the calendar I can see what I have to do this week to get ready for next week. And any ideas for projects I schedule on there so I can remember them and know when I need to have that project completed. I also found that scheduling different tasks for different times of the day is helpful for me. I answer email in the morning, work on projects during the day and then write up blog posts after my kids go to sleep at night. Find what works for you and what can save you time. Another idea is I look at my calendar and see what projects are coming up and then I can go get the supplies for all of those projects at once and that saves me time instead of doing that several times.

I hope this was helpful. Thanks for letting me participate.

You're very much welcome, Jen! We truly appreciate the great tips you shared to us.

To read what other money-makers said in this series, click here.


8 comments:

  1. Great post! I am always amazed at how Jen does all of her creative projects and builds such personal relationships with other bloggers while still having a family life! I would love to be able to balance my schedule that way! I am definitely checking out the Google calendar. I need all of the time mgt tips I can get! Thanks for sharing! :)

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  2. Great post - especially since I heart Tatertots and Jello.


    http://www.etsystalkers.com

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  3. I LOVE Jen. She's the nicest big blogger.

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  4. Thanks for having me!! I hope I gave some useful information. I am still trying to figure everything out.

    xxo
    Jen

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  5. Great post! Being new to the "Blog World", I find it very helpful to learn from other bloggers and these guest posts are great! With these guest posts, I also discover these new (to me) blogs...so much fantastic stuff to read!

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  6. Great post! Believe or not I've never actually been to her blog. Of course I've heard of it! I'm headed there right now. =)

    ~ Catie

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  7. I love Jen!

    Thank you so much to the both of you for sharing all of this info with the rest of us!

    Have a sweet Sunday!

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  8. I am a new follower and am enjoying this series, as I just began blogging (and am enjoying learning more about etiquette, growing blog, etc.). Thanks so much! Would love for you to drop by and check out my site as well. Thanks so much...blessings!

    Erin at http://chronicchristiancrafter.blogspot.com

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