How I Make Money With My Blog From My Couch
You Can Make Money Blogging
I blog about ways to make homemaking more simple. I share cleaning tips and encourage people to declutter. I also occasionally blog about ways to save money. We are a one income family and being frugal is really just a way of life for us.
Hence the blog. It’s a way for me to make a little extra cash for us.
I strongly believe that being a stay at home mom is a choice that anyone can make. We live in a world where the pressures to have two incomes are very real. Living on one income is no joke and it takes a lot of sacrifices.
However, I truly believe that if staying home with your kids is what you truly want to do, then you can make it happen. We live on a very modest income, so I know for a fact that this is very true. You can make all the excuses you want, but what it really comes down to, is what you will sacrifice for the thing that you really want.
That being said, I know that there are ways to make money from home. Blogging is one of those ways.
I was looking for a way to help my family and work my own hours. I came across How to Start A Mom Blog, took the course, and the rest is history.
If you are a hard worker, don’t give up easily, and are an average writer, you can start a blog.
How I Personally Make Money Blogging
There is a combination of ways that bloggers make money. The 3 I am going to share with you today are not the only 3 ways to do it. These are just what I personally do.
I want to make it very clear that this is how I make money with my homemaking blog. There are a lot of bloggers who blog about blogging. You do not have to blog about blogging to make money in these 3 ways. You can make money with a homemaking or mommy blog.
One way I make money blogging is through Affiliate marketing. There are many companies you can sign up with. The one I have the most success with is Amazon Associates.
Basically, if I mention a product that I think is helpful, I will use my affiliate link to refer you to the product. This is a special link that I am given by Amazon after I sign up for their affiliate program.
I earn a small commission if someone purchases something from Amazon through my link. It is a very very small commission. It takes quite a number of purchases for me to earn a substantial amount of money from this.
This is why I also use other means of income, to make money from my blog.
I personally use Gourmet Ads and am so close to having the page sessions to apply for Mediavine.
When I first started using ads I used Google Adsense. I made next to nothing. Gourmet Ads has been so much better and they basically set everything up for me. I didn’t have to know anything about how to place the ads on my page.
Also, I felt there were too many ads on my site when I first started with them. With just one email they listened to my request and lowered the number of ads running on my site. I’ve been really happy with their customer service.
Google had no customer service and I had to do everything myself.
I Haven’t Always Used Ads
It took me a long time to be comfortable with putting ads on my blog. At first, I really didn’t want to because they use to bother me when I was other sites.
Then I realized a couple of things that made me change my mind.
I write about topics that don’t ask people to buy much or spend much money. I was spending hours on this content that I was giving out for free. My page views were increasing every month and I wasn’t seeing much money being made.
I’ve realized I’m a horrible sales person. I am no good at suggesting that someone buy something. I can tell you if this product is really awesome and I put my heart and soul into everything in my shop.
However, I never want to push anyone into buying anything. Plus, my desire to help others often overruled my desire to make money.
I am extremely frugal and I always have been. I encourage my readers to be really mindful of their spending. I am all about buying things to make homemaking more simple BUT I really dislike today’s consumer-driven world. I’ll share a cool product with you and if you like it then buy it, but I’m not going to keep bugging you about it.
So after realizing that this mindset was keeping me from making money, I decided to place ads on my site.
I do realize that I am now letting someone else convince you to purchase something. For me, that is between you and the advertiser. If you click on the ad, I do not feel responsible for your choice to click. I am happy to get paid for you just scrolling by the ad.
I also got over the ickiness I use to fill about bloggers using ads. I see how hard bloggers work and I see those ads can really help their family. I’m all about moms staying home with their kids. If that mommy blogger needs to run ads on her page so some financial burden is taken from her husband, I’m all for it.
Sell My Own Products
The third way that I make money from my blog is from making my own downloads and selling them for a small price. You can see in my shop that I currently only have two items. I sell a number of these a month and many months it has been my largest form of income.
I like downloadable products because they are easy for me to make, I know they are a quality product and feel comfortable sharing them with my readers. It’s way easier than shipping out products.
I hope you learned something from this. Since I don’t normally blog about blogging I don’t have any really cool resource to share with you and no email list for you to join. I just wanted you to know that there is another way to make money and still be at home with your littles.
If you are interested in starting your own blog, I would look into the course, How to Start A Mom Blog. This was the course I took to get started. Suzi is amazing and this is the most reasonably priced course I could find at the time. Most courses sell for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars.
If you want to hear more about blogging from me, then let me know! You can email me any time or even better, leave a comment below.
Thanks for reading! 🙂
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Wendy NelsonMay 29, 2021 at 7:06 pm
Hello, Katie! I’m very intrigued about blogging. I’m glad I am not the only one who is very frugal. I’m a stay at home woman who has a retired husband. I do all the transportation. I stay at home to take care of him and my 3 dogs. So coming across your blog is a gem. Thanks.
SusannahJanuary 31, 2019 at 8:59 am
Hi Katie! Thanks so much for the shoutout. We would love to have you join us at Mediavine. Our threshold is 25k sessions within a 30 day period, and we’re here if you have any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck on your goals and we’ll see you soon.
— Susannah at Mediavine
KatiesKottageJanuary 31, 2019 at 7:08 pm
Thanks Susannah! I’m currently at 23k sessions so hopefully it is very soon.