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Have you ever thought about turning your hobby into a career? Over the years both men and women have slowly been turning their blog into a business and becoming their own self-made boss. Are you interested? Find out how to work from home, and on your own terms by logging onto a few of these important websites.
Have you ever wondered how people make enough money to quit their day-job and focus on their blog full time? Most of it comes down to affiliate programs and aligning yourself with brands your audience can identify with. There are heaps of programs going on at the moment: Reward Style, Shop Style by Pop Sugar, and Link Share, just to name a few. These programs are highly exclusive, so don’t think that they’re going to be a piece of cake to get into. You must register your blog and all social media channels before they even approve of your application, which could take weeks to be accepted (or declined).
Once your application has been successful, this is really where the fun begins. Lets take Reward Style as an example; this company is affiliated with a number of online boutiques which you have the oppourtunity to advertise on your blog. Whether it’s fashion, beauty, home, or even lifestyle, all you need to do is link back an item in your blog-post through Reward Style. If someone buys any product by clicking through your link, then you make a percentage of the profit.
Many blogs rely on advertising to pay their employees and generally stay afloat. Affiliate programs such as Commission Factory accept every single application and connect your blog with brands which your audience will relate to. All you need to do is display a click-through banner on your website and wait for the hits to come through!
It essentially works in the same way as an affiliate program – if someone makes a purchase of more than $50 using your link, then you receive a percentage of the profits. The profits do vary from each company, and you could be receiving anything from 3-30% from each sale you make.
How can I get started?
The first way to monetise your blog is to build a stable, and reliable audience. Create a loyal following by having a clear vision and posting on a consistent basis. This way your followers will know when to expect and post – and even look forward to it!
Do: Spread the word
Let your followers know every time you have a new post on your blog – not only will this remind them to check it, but you can always use the extra page views! Share posts on your personal Facebook account (in moderation), since the support of family and friends can always form the basis on your following.
Don’t: Neglect social media channels
It’s always a good idea to be a part of all the new social media channels, this way your followers can find you everywhere! Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, DePop, Blogspot or WordPress, and finally a visible contact address are the best way to keep your followers engaged. Just because they follow you on one social media outlet, doesn’t mean they will follow you on another. Keep content exclusive to each channel and learn how to market yourself on all your social media.
Do: Disclose sponsored posts
The dark side of blogging can also be one of the best – free products. You may be approached by a company to show one of their products in exchange for a fee, or even as a loan. It’s very important to let your followers know which products were given as gifts or sponsored by a company. Not disclosing this important information may cause your followers to lose trust in your judgement, and is currently against the law under the FTC Disclosures for Bloggers and Brands. Hashtag your posts with Ad or Sponsored before signing off – this allows you to remain truthful with your readers, and in return they will have confidence in your content and future posts.
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When you are on the prowl for some home improvement ideas, turn to these blogs for inspiration. These famous interior designers have established their style expertise online and garner hundreds of thousands of readers all over the globe.
Holly Becker, creator of must-click interior design blog Decor8, is the go-to girl for home décor and interior inspiration. Her vision is always colourfully inviting and drips with eccentric femininity. Decor8 has been so successful since it began in 2006 that Becker is now a bestselling author and lectures at design fairs both at home in the US and beyond.
The Selby was initially a website where photographer Todd Selby could upload his photo shoots of friends in their interesting home spaces. The site’s popularity soared, gathering up to 100,000 visitors on a daily basis, and Selby’s vision became internationally sought after. Selby is about to publish his third book based on his online work, and has become a regular contributor to architectural magazines as well as Vogue and the New York Times T Magazine. The beauty of The Selby is in the granted access to authentically animated environments of the world’s most creative people. Take a look at his shoot with Brooklyn Designer Hannah Metz.
Australia’s most popular interior design blog showcasing inspiring styles and ideas hidden within the country’s most stunning homes. If you have not already stumbled upon this blog, bookmark it immediately! The focus on interior designs found in our own neighbourhoods provides the sense of attainability for all you budding designers craving motivation. Look at this stunning example of design and architecture in a Brisbane home weaved with atmospheric colour.
Known for its ‘bohemian and modern’ aesthetic, SF GIRL BY BAY is one of the most prominent interior design blogs on the west coast of the United States. It frequently appears on creditable lists labeling it as one of the best interior design blogs around, and editor Victoria Smith has around half a million followers on Pinterest alone. SF GIRL BY BAY encapsulates the atmosphere of San Franciscan style with charming and eccentric home furnishings placed within more contemporary interior spaces. Check out this recent post on using minor details to make a major impact on a room’s aesthetic.
With a staggering 13 million followers on Pinterest, Oh Joy creator Joy Deangdeelert Cho has made quite the name for herself in a variety of design-oriented spaces. A graphic designer by trade, Cho’s love of design spread to the world of interiors and decor. Influenced by bright colours and quirky aesthetics, the Oh Joy Pinterest page is one of the site’s most popular destinations. Do not let Cho’s graphic design background deter you from using her style concepts or seeking her aesthetic guidance on interior design also – she has an incredible, happy girl aesthetic that can be applied to all spaces.
Which interior design bloggers do you follow?