If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know from the post Things I Learned In My First Year Of Blogging that I’m still fairly new at this. When I first started a year ago, I wasn’t even thinking about making money. It really just started as a hobby to keep from binge watching too many Netflix shows! However, about a month in I realized how much I loved doing this and saw that other people were actually able to make money from blogging! I decided that I really wanted to try to make this work. I installed Google AdSense and affiliate banners from my favorite stores and just waited for the money to start rolling in…and I waited…and I waited! I probably could have made more had I just gone to Vegas!
Aside from a few cool products to review, I made less than $40 in my first ten months of blogging. Needless to say, it was pretty disappointing. Now, just to be clear…I don’t do this for the money. I genuinely love blogging. However, I made a deal with my hubby that I’d go back to teaching next fall when my youngest starts school. Now I’m hoping to weasel my way out of that deal and keep blogging! I was getting a little worried up until two months ago.I wondered if it would ever happen but here's how I finally started making money from blogging! Click To Tweet
That’s when I signed up with Linqia and started earning money (FINALLY). Linqia is a company that connects bloggers (a.k.a. influencers) with brands. In order to be accepted, you have to have 2,500 social media followers or monthly visitors and post regularly to your blog. If you’re trying to get more followers on social media, Mom Resource has some awesome tips for increasing your Twitter followers (I’ve gone from 189 followers to almost 7,000 in six months so I’m proof that it works).
The way Linqia works is that they offer you a campaign and you can choose to accept it or turn it down. If you turn a campaign down, it does not affect your chances of future offers. I actually turned down the first job they offered, which killed me, but it just wasn’t a good fit for my blog.
However, the next one they offered was for a company I love. I had to make a recipe using their products, something I’d do for free anyway, and they paid based on the number of clicks I delivered to the brand’s site (through a link in my post). They estimate the number of clicks you are expected to get and that’s your goal. If you don’t make the projected number, you still get paid based on the number of clicks you did get. If you go above the projected number, they raise the goal for the next campaign, giving you the opportunity to make more money.
One of my first campaigns was for $42.40 (and I was over the moon about making that much) but now I earn $130-160 per campaign. I’m still pretty small in the grand scheme of things so bigger bloggers can make much more than that. If you’re interested in joining, I’d love for you to use my Linqia referral link.
However, I’m not blogging about this to make money from it. I just genuinely know how difficult it is to make money as a new blogger (for most of us anyway) and this has been a game changer for me. Since I’ve been writing sponsored posts, I’ve been approached by several other companies as well. Would they have reached out to me anyway? Maybe, but I honestly feel that the fact that I’ve done these sponsored posts through Linqia has something to do with it.
If you sign up with Linqia, I’d love to know how you like it. If you’ve been working with them already, please feel free to share!
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