How to Make Quilting Your Business #10 – Monetizing Your Blog

Wow! It’s hard to believe this is my 10th post in the series on How to make Quilting your Business. You can get links to the other 9 posts here. Today’s topic is Monetizing Your Blog. This can be a somewhat controversial topic but still, I think it’s an important one to cover. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

Paid Sponsorships

Most often, paid sponsorships are those square buttons to other shops and products that show up, usually on the right (or left) column of a blog. Though I have never had paid sponsorships on my own blog, I have paid other bloggers to advertise when I was doing the online quilt shop thing full time. Here’s what my button looked like:

christaquilts-banner-175x175-20130315If you think of going this route, my best advice would be to put together a media kit with your advertising rates and exactly what you will offer in exchange. For me personally, I loved bloggers who would offer a discount for booking several month’s advertising up front. That encouraged me to sponsor them for a longer period of time. I don’t currently advertise on blogs anymore since I’ve taken my business in a new direction, but it was fun to interact with the bloggers when I did. :-)

Affiliate Links

Affiliate links are links to products, services, or stores where bloggers get a commission when someone clicks on their link, goes to the linked website, and makes a purchase.  I think these can be very effective as long as they are not too “in your face” and as long as what’s being talked about in the blog post does not sound like a commercial.

craftsy-logoThe most effective links are when a blogger links to a product or service that he/she actually uses. Then it’s more like a helpful lead, rather than a blatant promotion. Some of the more popular affiliate links are to Amazon and Craftsy, but most larger business offer them, so it’s worth checking into if that’s something you are interested in. Some companies also offer affiliate links embedded with photos, but I personally think that’s pushing it a little too far.

Product Reviews

Many times companies like to reach out to bloggers by sending them free products like fabric, tools and supplies for them to use and review. While I have never received monetary compensation for any product review I’ve written, I’ve received a few fun freebies on occasion (though most of my reviews are non-sponsored – they are just for fun!) For me personally, I would never review a product that isn’t related to quilting, or anything I’m not actually interested in.

20140602_sizzix_fabiA fun freebie I received in exchange for a product review on another company’s website.

Don’t be shy about contacting the company whose products you are interested in. I’ve gotten many a free quilting book by reaching out to the publisher and offering an honest review in exchange for a copy of the book. I think that’s been a fun, fair trade. :-)  Plus it gives me more fun things to share on my blog!

Paid Posts

In my experience, I’ve never received any money for any posts I have written directly on my own blog. However, as many of you know, I blog for Craftsy and I do receive a small fee for each post that’s published on their blog, so that’s kind of fun.

I also have a couple of friends who have been successful writing for larger crafting and sewing blogs on a pay for post basis. If that’s something that appeals to you, start contacting these companies and letting them know you are interested. They are always looking for fresh, new content to share and it’s also a way for you to gain more exposure.

These are just a few ways I know about to monetize your blog. I did a quick google search for “monetizing your blog” and found several articles that delve into this topic in more detail. Here are a few (non-sponsored!!) links you can try for further reading:

http://www.blogmarketingacademy.com/top-10-blog-monetization-strategies-ranked

http://monetizepros.com/blog/2014/50-blog-and-content-monetization-strategies

http://wow-womenonwriting.com/34-20questions-MonetizeWebsite.html

Click here for the start of this series.

 

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11 Responses to How to Make Quilting Your Business #10 – Monetizing Your Blog

  1. Heather says:

    Hi Christa, do you have any really broad price ranges you could share for blog sponsorships? I see a ton of blogs that have sponsors but it’s a total black box. I would have no idea what rates would be appropriate to ask for.

    • Christa says:

      Sure – when I was advertising I was paying anywhere between $10 to $55 per month depending on the readership of the blog and my budget :-)

  2. loiskindley says:

    Thanks for the great ideas Christa! I’m a new blogger and was just wondering about this and how to go about making a little money with my posts. Will enjoy researching your links!

  3. I’ve enjoyed reading over your series. Thanks so much for the help and guidance!!

  4. Barbara says:

    I am really enjoying this segment you are doing. It’s so interesting to learn all the different ways a person could make a living with this wonderful craft of ours.

  5. adaisygarden says:

    Great info. Appreciate the candid and informative way its written.

  6. Anne Beier says:

    Hi Christa, A question just occurred to me. What’s the best way to contact an affiliate, such as Craftsy or Amazon? As always, thanks for your thoughts :)

    • Christa says:

      Just go to their websites and there will usually be a link to it. The link in this article to Craftsy will give you the affiliate info for them :-)

  7. Anne Beier says:

    This is great advice. Thanks, Christa.

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