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 these products 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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