How I Make Money on my Blog

People are honestly shocked when I tell them that I make money on my blog. While I enjoy writing, I am working to build an income from my blog.

I’ve been very transparent with you all about my affiliate links on Amazon and Target.

If you ever purchase any amazon products from MY link, I do get commission. If you buy, let’s just say, $150 worth of other stuff while you’re on Amazon by following my link, I also get commission on those things you purchase. It’s a way to support my blog and it is a way to score some great quality products. I just want to be honest with you guys. I would have raved about this product even if I didn’t make any money off of it.

During Christmas season when I made my gift giving guides it was very profitable for me. I so appreciate all of you who have purchased from my links. Even if you don’t buy a product I recommend but my link brings you to Amazon or Target and you purchase something else, I still make a commission/profit.

I started out partnering with Google Adsense which placed ads on my pages when you’re reading my posts. Once I reached over 60,000 page views, maintained posting 3x/week, and had my blog running for 90 days, I was able to apply for another media company which has boosted my profits tremendously. They are higher quality ads and they pay more than Google Adsense.

I recently shared a post I thought was really funny on my Facebook page. Here it is:

This went “viral.” As I’m typing this post on Saturday night and scheduling it for the week, it has been viewed by over 8,500 people with 50+ shares. I’ve actually gotten a lot of new male followers after the post too. (Welcome if you are reading this)

Right now I’m at about 650 ish followers on Facebook. More opportunities come up as the more followers I have. More campaigns become available to me the more followers I have. When you see “influencers” promoting Hello Fresh or Fit Fab Fun or Fabletics or Grove Collaborative they are making an insane amount of money by using their platform to advertise.

New app features such as “swiping up” on Instagram stories are only available to influencers with 10,000+ followers. Rachel Hollis says that is where the majority of her sales come in from is “swipe up” on Instagram.

As bad as I want more followers, I want things to organically grow. Some people literally buy robot account followers so they can run certain campaigns or gain access to certain features but it isn’t real. The way things can organically grow is by word of mouth. If you sincerely tell someone, “I love this blog” or “I think this post is great!” THAT means so much to me.

I started this blog out as a nursing blog. I wanted to be a nurse influencer as cheesy as that sounds. I think God has a different plan/path for me. I recently did a poll on my personal page and people LOVE when I share about my family. I get the best response when I’m talking about my kids or my relationship with my husband or what it is like to lose my dad. It feels so natural and easy to write about that.

I love writing about nursing but it takes more time and more thought. There aren’t many pictures to share which I think can really make a blog post interesting and engaging. A smaller population of my readers can relate to my nursing posts.

It’s really easy for me to maintain the blog as well. Here’s the truth: I schedule all of my posts to post on their own. It may seem like I’m putting a lot of effort in to post every day but I schedule everything on the weekend to post during the week. Here’s another truth: EVERY major social media influencer you follow does the same.

So where do I go from here? I’m going to keep writing. I’ll keep writing and sharing about whatever I feel like. I hope you’ll keep coming back. I hope this content inspires you or impacts you in some way. Maybe it will be about nursing, maybe about my family.

Maybe someday I’ll write a book about my nursing experiences. Maybe someday I’ll launch a public speaking gig. Maybe I’ll strike up a youtube channel. Maybe I can talk Craig into a family vlog. I don’t know what the future has to offer but I do know I love sharing our lives with you. I’m so glad you’re here and I hope you’ll stick around.

If you would leave some feedback for me, good or bad. Tell me what you like to read about. Tell me what you wish I would do more of. Tell me what blog posts you skip past. Tell me how you feel about…well… ME!

Thanks guys! See you again tomorrow!

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  1. Karen
    January 22, 2020 / 11:59 am

    I enjoy your family posts the most. But the nursing posts are very educational and help in understanding the other side of health care.

  2. Cheryl
    January 22, 2020 / 12:11 pm

    I enjoy your blog and love the kid blogs!

  3. Patty Rhoades
    January 22, 2020 / 12:31 pm

    Love ;your blog!

  4. Sherri C
    January 22, 2020 / 2:02 pm

    I too really like your blog. I read it just after (or before) I read your Mom’s blog. Having no grandchildren I really like reading about Carver and Gannon. Even my hubby knows about Gannon’s tummy troubles. So keep blogging and I’ll keep reading.

  5. Ellie
    January 22, 2020 / 2:37 pm

    I really enjoy reading your blog, all of it!! The family parts often touch my heart. The nursing ones give me a perspective on a area I only see from the other side. I’ll keep reading while you continue to write.

  6. Shayna
    January 22, 2020 / 2:42 pm

    I enough reading about your family/life! I also agree that some of the nursing posts show a side most of us don’t see or know about! You seem to have a good mix of the two, keep at it, whatever works best for you and the blog.

  7. Linda
    January 22, 2020 / 4:31 pm

    I started reading your blog after being your mom’s loyal blog reader. I’m a quilter but also mom and grandma. Your family is close like mine is. Kinda unusual in this day and time. Keep on keeping on. And thanks for the info on the doing a great blog.

  8. Amy
    January 22, 2020 / 4:45 pm

    I enjoy reading about your family and the nursing part too. Keep it up!

  9. Vanessa Behymer
    January 22, 2020 / 8:40 pm

    I enjoy your blog and the Kramer Family fun but Im never going to click an Ad on any web page. Thats how you get hacked and/or compromised. I MIGHT click an amazon recommendation but even then its rare that I would follow through and purchase unless its something I really need. With that said, I had no idea that even if I didnt purchase the item, that if I buy something else completely, you still get $$$ for it?

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      January 23, 2020 / 1:05 am

      That’s correct – Amazon works in mysterious ways 🙂 I don’t encourage anyone to click on ads unless it is appealing to you.

  10. Sue
    January 22, 2020 / 8:55 pm

    I very much enjoy reading about your family as well as about the nursing part since at one time I wanted to be a nurse and was a nursing student for a short time until my mother became ill and I dropped out. I am curious about something though. If it’s too personal a question to answer, then don’t of course. I am wondering if a blogger makes more money if readers click on the ads? I ask because another blogger I follow at one time was almost constantly asking people to do so and even threatened to possibly block people from the blog who weren’t “supporting her” by clicking on the ads. It never came to that, but I follow several blogs and have never heard anyone else ask people to click on the ads to assure that they would get paid. They have explained that the ads help support the blog but that’s all they have said. Are there a lot of expenses involved in running a blog? Perhaps one of your blog entries could be about what it takes to start/maintain a blog for those of us who have no clue.

    • thepinkshoelaces_nobzq1
      January 23, 2020 / 1:07 am

      That sounds awful. I would never encourage that. I have no idea if I make more money if someone clicks on the ads – I would assume so but I’m not going to encourage that. If you feel moved to click on an ad, for example FIGS is a popular brand of scrubs, recently advertised on my blog. I would trust that advertisement and if I want a pair of scrubs I would go click on my own ad just to see! I would be very annoyed as a consumer if someone was shaming me for NOT clicking on ads! Sounds desperate to me!

  11. LaNan Eldridge
    January 22, 2020 / 9:10 pm

    I enjoy yours and your moms blog regardless of the subject! Keep it up!

  12. Sally Christiansen
    January 23, 2020 / 12:02 am

    I started following your Mother’s blog a little over a year ago because I am a quilter and even though I live in Nebraska I am a born and raised Iowan and love every thing Iowa. I started following you because of your Mother but find every thing you write very interesting, You are about the same age as my daughter and her kids are about the same age as yours so I can relate. I also was an Activity Director for 18 years in a nursing home in Iowa so I relate to your nursing posts. I am glad you can make some profit for the time you put into your posts.

    • Donna W.
      January 23, 2020 / 3:26 am

      Like others, I started following you from your mom’s blog. And also, again like others, I enjoy your nursing accounts to get a different perspective on situations. Of course, I really like the family stories also.

  13. Carmela Cataudella-Sanzone
    January 24, 2020 / 3:13 pm

    Keep on doing what your are doing Kalissa. I enjoy your blog as well as your mom’s blog. You both are generous with what you share, the good, the bad and the ugly. Wishing you success and please keep on writing!

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