I started blogging in November 2011 as a place to share my creative ideas. I knew right from the get-go that I also wanted to make money with my blog – but wasn’t sure how I was going to do that. So I just created stuff and wrote about it… Eventually, first contact was made, and I did my first piece of paid content. It makes me laugh to think back on it – I earned less for it than the cost of the things I had to buy to set up the photo shoot for the post! You live and learn!
These days my sole income comes from my blogs (I run two these days), and I closed down my web design business of 10 years, to put all of my time and energy into blogging. When I tell people that I am a blogger – many reply with the question “how do you make money blogging?” I explain that I earn money through different avenues – selling ad space, running giveaways, and writing sponsored content, among other things. Most recently I signed up to blogfoster UK, an influencer marketing platform, as another way to earn money.
Make Money With Your Blog
If you’ve read this far, you are likely to either a) have a blog and want to make [more] money, or b) thinking about starting one and wondering how you can make money with your blog.
If you are already working with brands you are probably familiar with some of the hoops you have to jump back and forth through to work out: what the the client wants, how much their budget it, what your fee will be, when you’ll be paid (and the chasing up of payments…) etc., On top of that you might need to share a media kit, or your blog and social stats.
For some new bloggers (and even us old timers) this can be really stressful. So that’s why I really like working with platforms like blogfoster UK, as I don’t need to worry about any of that… Let me give you a quick run down.
Join blogfoster UK
Your first step is to signup on the blogfoster UK website which is super simple to do, just fill in your details, read the T&Cs, then create your account. You can then spend a few moments to fill in more details about your blog and social networks, as well as selecting which categories your blog falls into.
You are given a little piece of code to pop onto your blog (don’t worry, they walk you through where it needs to go) so that it can be verified and also provide you and blogfoster UK with the insights to your blog’s analytics like visitor numbers, and your top blog posts. I love looking through my analytics to see what is working, (and what isn’t), as well as seeing all the different places my readers come from. The amount of money you can earn is based upon your influence and reach, which I think is a fair way to get paid.
As a sidenote, blogfoster integrates with the following blogging platforms: WordPress.com, Tumblr, Jimdo, Squarespace, Weebly, Blogger, WordPress.org, and Wix. I love that so many platforms are included.
blogfoster UK Campaigns
With the signup process done, you can now browse through the campaigns that are on offer. At the moment, there aren’t many to pick from, but as more UK bloggers sign up (what are you waiting for?!) and blogfoster UK grow their presence here in Blighty, there will be many more available. Make sure you switch the email notifications on – it’s how I heard about this campaign, without it, I wouldn’t be earning money already!
My first experience of a campaign has been a good one. The brief was clear, and well laid out – a mission statement about the campaign, followed by a bullet list of tasks, and the main goal of the work. I love this kind of brief – it means that nothing is misconstrued as it’s all there upfront. I was then able to pitch for the campaign, and sent it off – I also knew in advance how much I would be paid if I was selected. I received an email to let me know I had been successful, and I just had to login to my blogfoster UK dashboard to accept my mission!
There was a handy checklist of all the different tasks and things that should/shouldn’t be done – a feature I also loved. As it keeps me focused on all of the objectives.
My time with blogfoster UK has been short, but already I feel like this is setting itself up to be a great influencer marketing platform for UK bloggers, and can’t wait to see what the future campaigns bring!
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.