When I first started this blog almost 2 years ago, It was just a place for me to share things that I found on the internet and help inspire me to get crafty and share my crafts with anyone who was willing to take a look. Which was maybe just one or two people and those mainly being my family. I knew nothing about blogging, it was a whole new world for me. But the more I blogged (is that even a word?) the more I fell in love with it. At the time I wasn’t working as I was on the sick due to depression and a social phobia, but blogging opened my eyes to possibilities. I saw other bloggers who did this as a job!! Perfect! I thought. I could do this, this would be my perfect job. So, I put all my effort in to blogging and overcoming my illnesses at the same time. I knew it would take a while until I could start to call blogging a job, has most bloggers I spoke to told me it takes at least a year to start making any kind of money. For me this was true, But I have known others do it a lot sooner.
Then there is my sponsors. Right there on my sidebar. I offer a few different options and my prices range from $3 up to $12. Obviously you have to base your prices on how much traffic you get to your site. No one is going to pay £12 for an Ad if your only getting 300 visits a month. Base your ad prices on the amount of traffic you get. And as your blog grows so can your prices. If you have no idea what to price your ads at, take a look at other blogs advertising price’s and compare them to their monthly views or followers. Here are my ad prices and stats. I use Passionfruit Ads to host mine, and they are brilliant. They do all the hard work for you, you just have to pay them $1 for each ad sold. But it takes out all the stress of trying to code the ads and making sure you put them up and take them down on time
There are also things like being an affiliate for a company. I am an affiliate for Amazon.co.uk , Google and My Memory Suite. I haven’t put much effort in at all with these yet, So I can’t really say how good they are.
One more thing I do is I offer guest posts. This is free for other bloggers as I love to help out other blogs big and small. But for companys and brands I charge £8 per a post. I only accept guest post if their family friendly and if I think my readers would be interested in reading them. If your interested in guest posting on Serenity You please email me at serenityyou (at) hotmail (dot) co.uk
I hope this post has helped those out there looking to build your blog. If you have less than 200 followers I have a 200 club where I highlight one of your posts every month and place your button on the bottom of my right side bar
If your a new blogger, then look out for my new A-Z blogger series coming very soon. Helping you with all you need to know about starting a blog