You may have heard success stories of stay at home moms earning good money blogging, but have you ever wondered HOW they make money blogging?
I have been a craft blogger since 2008 and I am one of those lucky bloggers who gets to do something she loves and get paid for it. And the best part? YOU can do it too!
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How I Got Started Blogging:
Back in 2007, on a whim, I started a little blog to keep our extended family updated on what we were up to and all my kids’ activities. I would write about things they had done in school, little day trips we took, crafts I made, etc. I never ever thought that anyone outside my family would find anything I had written – much less be interested about what I had to say.
About 6 months into it, I got an email from a large well-known party website. They found one of my crafts and wanted to feature it on their website. Of course I agreed! I felt like quite the little celebrity 🙂 My little blog started to get a boatload of traffic from people coming from that website. I was quite stunned.
And then a little while after that, one of my American Girl doll crafts was featured in a print doll collector magazine. My blog was now getting a decent amount of visitors each month. I started to realize that maybe I was onto something 🙂
Keep in mind that when I started to get a good amount of visitors to my blog, I had no idea what I done to get them there in the first place. I simply wrote about the fun things my family was doing.
It took a lot of trial and error over the years to learn how to make money blogging and to get where I am now. Fortunately, it is easier than ever to start a blog and earn a nice income from it!
Who knows? You might even be able to make enough to quit that job you hate!
Why Start a Craft Blog?
- Low Cost – all you need to get started with blogging is a domain name and a monthly host plan (more on that in a bit). You can get started for less than $20! You would be hard-pressed to find another home business that you can start so cheaply.
- Work from home – a craft blog can be started from the comfort of your own home. So you can contribute to the family financially while still being at home with your kids.
- Work on your own schedule – a craft blog gives you great flexibility to set your own schedule. You have the freedom to plan your work day around whatever comes up because you aren’t limited to being stuck in an office from 9 to 5 each day.
- Opportunity to share what you love – a craft blog is a great way to share your passion and knowledge with the world, while earning an income from it.
- Make money while you sleep – the internet is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Your blog is online and earning for you even when you are fast asleep in your bed.
- Unlimited income potential – the sky is the limit!
How YOU can Start a Craft Blog
You really only need two things to get started blogging and both are inexpensive. In fact, you can get started for less than $20. And if you hit a sale, you can get started for less than $10!
The first thing you need is a domain name. I recommend NameCheap for domain names as they are inexpensive. A domain name is the same no matter what company you purchase it from. So there is no need to pay more.
These days it can be quite difficult to find the domain name you want. There are domain brokers who buy up tons of names hoping to resell them for profit. However, don’t be disheartened. You might not get your first choice, but with some creativity you will come up a domain name that is available and is the perfect representation for your new craft blog.
Buy a .com domain name. Don’t be tempted to get your domain name with one of the lesser used extensions (.us, .biz, .net). You might get the name you want, but .com is still preferred by search engines. In addition, that is what people have been conditioned to use. So you don’t want to unknowingly send traffic to a competitor who bought the .com equivalent.
The only other thing you need is a webhost. A webhost will store all the files for your website for a small monthly fee. I have tried several webhosts in the past and currently use SiteGround. They provide excellent customer service for about half the cost of the other companies I have tried.
Another benefit of SiteGround is that they will give you a free security certificate (SSL). That means your domain name will start with https instead of http.
Google is starting to require SSL in their Chrome browser and give preference to secure sites in their search engine results. I definitely recommend starting out with a secure site. It’s much easier than switching it over later. Trust me – I know from experience.
My last hosting company wanted $75 for a security certificate so it is quite a bargain that SiteGround offers SSL for free!
How to Get Visitors to Your Craft Blog
Before you can make any money from your blog, you have to get people visiting your blog. In other words, your blog needs traffic.
Fortunately for you, you don’t have to reinvent the wheel. When I got started, there wasn’t a lot of help out there. I learned as I went along and made a lot of mistakes along the way. These days, it is much easier to start a blog, thanks to some really great courses that teach you EXACTLY what you need to do to be successful.
One of the best things I ever did was sign up for the Blogging and Affiliate Marketing Course for Beginners from Pajama Affiliates. The Pajama Affiliates courses are taught by 2 amazing women – Robin and Lesley – who are down to earth, honest, and really care about helping their students.
With Pajama Affiliates, you will learn how to
- pick a niche
- set up wordpress blog
- optimize your site and posts to be found in search engines
- do keyword research to target buyers
- and so much more!
Their blogging courses are the reason that today I earn a full-time income working from home. I learned so much from Robin and Lesley. I can’t ever thank them enough!
You will quickly find out that there are a lot of people teaching blogging classes who just want to charge an arm and a leg to fleece as much money as they can from women who are desperate to find a way to be able to work from home. (Want to faint from sticker shock? Check out the current price of Elite Blogging Academy!)
Pajama Affiliates is different. In the first place, the classes are affordable. Courses can be purchased individually or as a bundle. You definitely save money by buying all the classes as a bundle. However, if that doesn’t fit the budget, you can purchase classes individually.
But what really sets Pajama Affiliates apart is that Robin and Lesley are always there to answer questions and help. They have a Facebook group that is open to everyone (whether you buy their courses or not) and they are always willing to lend a hand.
If you are a complete newbie, you might be interested in the Pajama Affiliates Beginner Blogging Course which walks you through choosing a niche, setting up a blog, learning how to get visitors to your blog, etc. If you already have a blog setup, they also offer advanced courses.
How YOU Can Make Money Blogging
Disclaimer: I am not making any guarantee of income here. You may get different results than I did.
After you have started to get traffic to your blog, now you want to start to earn money from it. There are many ways to monetize a craft blog and I recommend doing all of them. All of those different income streams can really add up!
By far, I make the most money from selling Stampin Up products. Each time I post a craft tutorial and someone buys a Stampin Up product that I recommend, I earn 25% in commission. Learn more about the benefits of starting a Stampin Up home business here.
I also make money through the Amazon Affiliate program. I use this to sell craft items that Stampin Up doesn’t carry. Each time I make a sale through an Amazon affiliate link, I make 3-8% commission.
The last way I make money through my craft blog is through the Google Adsense program. I post a bit of code on my site and Google shows ads that are related to my content. I earn a little bit of money anytime one of my site visitors clicks on an ad.
When I think of where I am today, I am so happy that back in 2007, I decided to start a craft blog. It changed my life and I can’t imagine ever working outside the home again. I love that I can make money doing something I love while being at home to see all my kids’ milestones.
So I am going to leave you with this question… Where do you want to be in a year? Still working at a dead end job while someone else raises your kids? Or earning a good income doing something you love? Just something to think about!
I wish you all the best on your work at home journey. If you ever have any questions, feel free to send me an email.