Howdy! Today I want to touch base on a topic that’s changing my life; How To Make Money Online.
Post may contain affiliate links.
Take a look at the graphic above. ” How Everyday People Make Money Online Without A College Education”.
For years I’ve been asking myself that question. I knew I’d be leaving my job soon and all I wanted was a few hundred dollars to pay for dance lessons or karate classes. I wanted a way to continue contributing to our household financially, regardless of the amount.
Today I’m going to share my findings. I’m going to give you 2 successful and legitimate avenues to make money online and then I’m going to break them down even further.
First I want to tell you a little about myself. My name is Katie Briscoe, I’m the owner and author of I’m Luving This Life, a Food and Lifestyle Blog. I don’t have a college education and haven’t invested in blogging related classes until very recently. I used money I’d earned from I’m Luving This Life and decided to put it right back in knowing the ROI (Return On Investment) would be well worth it.
I knew a blog was the way I wanted to go to make money online so I kept asking myself, “What are you good at?”, “What do you enjoy doing and do a lot of it”?
This was easy: cooking.
I am in my kitchen cooking nearly everyday and I’m willing to bet you are too. 😉 So if we’re already doing it… why not get paid to do it? Why not document the recipe, take photo’s of the process and share it?
Those are the very questions I asked myself before starting this blog and without an acceptable reason not to, I did it! You can find step by step instructions to starting a blog here. 🙂
I had no idea what I was doing so thank God for an endless supply of Youtube videos and the support of a pretty awesome husband for getting me through because this blog has paid off. I’m officially contributing financially to my home through I’m Luving This Life and I know it’s only upward and onward from here.
Now I want to pay it forward… I want to give you the 2 successful and legitimate avenues I’ve used to make money online with my blog. I want to make sure that everyone who wants to work from home, can do so successfully.
- Affiliate Marketing
- Influencer Marketing Companies
An easy way to make money online is to use Affiliate Marketing which is a performance-based marketing where a business rewards affiliates for referring visitors or customers to them.
You can either sign up directly with a company like Amazon but a lot of brands choose to use an Affiliate Network.
An Affiliate Network acts as a middle man between Publishers (you and me) and Merchants wanting their product promoted. I like these networks because everything is in one place which saves me time. I don’t have to bounce form one site to another checking on my progress. It’s all right there.
Here’s a list of Affiliate Networks you can check out.
- FlexOffers – This Affiliate Network has a boat load of affiliates and not ones you’ve never heard of either. Mainstream, big brand affiliates. If you aren’t signed up with FlexOffers yet, now’s the time.
- ShareASale – This was one of the first Affiliate Networks I joined and haven’t had any issues, ever.
- CJ Affiliate – Previously, Commission Junction, this Network is easy to navigate and apply to Merchants.
Affiliate Marketing is a favorite of mine because it’s passive income, you continue to receive income with little or no effort to maintain it. Take my Slow Cooker London Broil and Gravy Post for example.
You can see in the photo above that I’ve linked to a Slow Cooker on Amazon.com.
Amazon has it’s own affiliate program call Amazon Associates that I’m an affiliate for so if someone clicks on that link and purchases anything (not necessarily that slow cooker) within 24 hours, I’ll get a small commission.
It doesn’t seem like much at first but when you start to get thousands of visitors to that article and clicking on that link, it can add up quickly.
Thousands of visitors?
In 5 months I’ve gone from no visitors to nearly 30,000. I expect that number to reach 40,000 this month. Check out the Blogger’s Resource Guide to see exactly what I’ve done to get to this point. It’s absolutely free for my subscribers!
I’m not telling you this to brag. I’m telling you this because I want you to know that it’s doable.
I know hardly anything about SEO (Search Engine Optimization) too. It’s on my to-do list but right now, 95% of traffic to I’m Luving This Life comes from Pinterest.
Most people I know love Pinterest because you can find anything and everything you’re looking for. It’s a great platform for bloggers too, food bloggers in particular.
Ask yourself, how often do you go to Pinterest to look for a dinner recipe?
Making money online with affiliate marketing can be incredibly lucrative if done correctly. That is why I turned to one of the best in blogging to learn more about it.
Michelle Schroeder earns between $50,000 and $100,000 per MONTH with affiliate marketing. I’m very grateful that she turned her knowledge into an online course. You can check it out here. If you are serious about making money online then you NEED this course.
Influencer Marketing Companies
You can make really great money every month from Influencer Marketing Companies! Like Affiliate Networks, these companies are the middle man between brands ( KitchenAid, Ikea, Kelloggs..etc) and influencers (bloggers). You are generally paid for “clicks” on a link given to you that leads wherever the brand desires.
x brand would like you to refer 500 people to their site and give you a specific link for it. They will pay you $1.00 per click.
If you under perform and only deliver 300 clicks, you will only be paid for those clicks which would be $300.
If you over perform, you will only be paid for the 500 but you can ask for more on the next campaign you’re offered.
I have to be honest, nobody knows this stuff like Saira Perl. She has mastered Influencer Marketing Companies using Twitter and created an e-course appropriately named – Twitter Legend: Get Followers Get Paid.
I am currently in the midst of my first Linqia Campaign and I couldn’t be more grateful for Saira’s course.
It’s a 3 week campaign and by day 4 I completed my clicks goal. I literally didn’t even get the sponsored post written yet and I had completed my goal. I want to say that’s crazy but honestly it’s just the results of a great course and a great teacher. **Update** 9/13/16 There are still 9 days left for my Linqia Campaign and I already have 400% more clicks than asked for!
My favorite Influencer Marketing Companies are:
If you are blogging for profit and aren’t seeing consistent income from your efforts, sign up with one of these companies and take Saira’s E-Course. You will not regret it.
Starting a blog and making money online was the best decision I’ve ever made. There is something very special about being your own boss and being in control of your future. I also know that I’m setting an example for my children. They can see where I started and they can see where I’m going; all because I tried.
Lots of Luv!