Friday, January 6, 2012

Blogging For Dollars Series - Guest Post by Kristi from Creative Kristi

Howdy, my friends! It's Friday so it's time to resume the Blogging For Dollars Series. We are so fortunate to have this series take off again for the year with a practical advice from Kristi. My guest blogger today has proven that you don't need a gazillion of followers to make money off your blog. She demonstrated that if you have the initiative to approach advertisers, the talent and patience, you'll make it. I'm sure you're excited to hear that Kristi from Creative Kristi and Creative Kristi Designs has her income hovering somewhere in between part-time & full-time income. So without further ado, my friends, let's make some noise for Kristi!

When SJ asked me to share during this series I {admittedly} took way too long to reply. In fact, that is one of my new resolutions for 2012-reply to email as I see it not save it for 'later' ;) Anyway I was flattered she thought of me and that she even knew my blog! Woot! She asked me to answer a few questions and I think these are the most important whenever anyone is thinking of monetizing their blog.

1) Can you please share how you started earning income from your blog?
I started earning income from my blog in the two most basic ways for bloggers: Google Ad sense & affiliate programs. I did not earn a lot from these revenue streams but that's how I started. After doing that for a bit I started to email etsy shop owners & other shops that I saw were advertising on other blogs & asking if they would like to advertise on my blog. 9 out of 10 people replied with a yes! I only had about 150 pageviews a day then so it wasn't like I was a 'huge' blog. I think that a lot of bloggers wait to offer private advertising because they don't think they could get a yes if they asked, or even worse-they think they have to wait for a company to approach them. When my blog income really took off (and now is hovering somewhere in between part-time & full time income) is when I found something I loved to do, then found a way to make money doing it. My blog design business was launched in February 2011 and is my main source of income now.

2) Can you give advice on how bloggers can attract advertisers without turning
off readers at the same time?
I tell the participants in my "Creative Kristi Classes" that if they are starting a blog (or don't have many followers yet) and even think they will want to make money from blogging to at least throw up some google adwords ads & have a disclosure & disclaimer tab/page with a PR paragraph. That way it isn't something you just 'spring' on your readers & feel like you have to 'explain' to hundreds of people. People notice when there are ads on your site and honestly-I think most do not mind at all. It's when they think you won't ever have them and then one day you have a side bar full of buttons is when there could be an issue.

3) Can you tip bloggers on how to balance family life and blogging?
It's tempting to try to keep up with it all every day. Don't. Put your family first-always. Realize it sometimes takes years to make any sort of decent money off your blog & working into the wee hours of the night every night is not realistic-you will burn out. ;) But the practical advice is to carve out 30 minutes to an hour a day just for blogging and then focus just on that during that hour-you'll be amazed what you can get done if you focus for a short time (do not get on Pinterest at that time or you'll waste that hour haha).
I hope that was helpful to some of you & if you have any questions please feel free to email me!

What a sound advice, Kristi! Thank you for sharing your money-making experience to us.

If you enjoyed this post, I'm sure you'll enjoy what others have said about their money-making ventures. Check them out here :)




7 comments:

  1. Great advise and feature! I love that Kristi too initiative and searched out sponsors and ways to add to her blogging income. Thanks for the series SJ!

    Heather

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  2. Thanks for having me! I'm still reading through the rest of the series-everyone is giving great insight into how each blogger 'works' :)
    -Kristi

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  3. Wonderful information, thank you for sharing.
    Beth http://alyssabeth1.blogspot.com/

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  4. Great advice, I learned a lot. thanks!...Christine

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  5. New follower, great to hear the information! I will link up next! Di@Cottage-Wishes

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  6. Thank you for this wonderful guest post - I foudn this AMAZINGLY helpful!

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