How I make money as a Successful Wedding Blogger
Are you a wedding blogger or an inspiring wedding blogger to be? A lot of wedding bloggers are constantly emailing us asking how is it that we make money online. Is it possible to make money as a wedding blogger? How much can you earn as a wedding blogger? We tend to also get a lot of questions from new wedding bloggers, trying to figure a way to monetize their current wedding blog. So the big question today is how I make money as a successful wedding blogger.
We will be sharing a few quick ideas on how you can monetize your wedding blog and start making some money. Take what works from this blog and implement it in your blog. Remember this is not an over night success. You will need to work hard on it and find a way to market and promote your very own wedding blog. We are not giving you an overnight solution but ideas of what has worked for us, and we have been able to make money with our own blog. So which wedding blogger makes money off their site? Think: Style me Pretty, AppleBrides.com, The Broke Ass Bride, Bridal Musings and so many others.
Have a few Income Streams available
Please understand that you will need to have a few different places to where your income will come from. Making money blogging can be so up and down. If you are relying on making blogging your main source of income, just have a few other sources from where this income will come from. Most Bloggers that start to monetize their blogs typically start with advertising. But what happens if your advertiser suddenly pulls off their contract or are no longer interested. Or maybe their brand and direction have changed and they prefer to go else where? What will you do? That’s why having multiple sources of income available, will help you along the way.
Definitely do not over do it. The more ads you have the more others may not want to work with you. Keep a great balance.
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We are going to start by outline how I make money as a successful wedding blogger below:
Using Google Adsence as an Advertising tool
To be honest with you, I have not had much luck with Google Adsense. I will add it here anyways because a lot of other bloggers have had great success with this tool. I am trying to give it a try and in the next few weeks I will see how it goes. I did apply for it, but just waiting on the approval. I will also be doing some research on it to see how it works. I believe you can place an Ad hosted by Google on your wedding blog, and you will get paid every time your visitors clicks on that link! This is amazing for blogs that get thousand of views per day or per month. How much can you expect to make from Google Adsence? This will depend on a few things. It will depend on your traffic, the Ad size placed on your blog and how close the Ad is related to your niche. They pay a couple of cents per click so it’s really great if you have lot’s of traffic. Google will analyze your content and place Ads related to your posts. Keep in mind that if you do a post that is not related to what you typically write about, you may get a weird Ad for that post. As your traffic grows, the more you make.
Advertising directly on your website
A majority of wedding bloggers offer advertising opportunities for vendors on their site. This is the best way to make money. Not only is this the best way of making money but you also have control. If you get a lot of traffic from visitors such as brides, you can have vendors advertise on your site. You can either create a vendor’s section or you can have vendors listed on your side bars. You can also blog about them for publicity but the choice is yours. I would typically charge more for vendors located on my side bar. Right now I mainly offer sponsored posts. These posts are rotated when I do social media and I give a shout on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest. Charge what you wish. Create a media kit to send out to potential clients that you wish to work with. See how Apple Brides does a great job at this!
Affiliate marketing and promotions
This is my personal favourite way of making money on my blog. Affiliates is a way for you or your wedding blog to earn income from the different links you post within your blog. Remember that any affiliate link you post, needs to be known to your client. For example: In this post any affiliate links will be recognized by an asterisk * next to it. If someone then clicks that link and goes on to purchase that item, a percentage of the total value of the order goes to me. This is a great way to make money.
There are so many places you can apply for affiliates. And the good thing about it, there is no limit to how many you can sign up for. I have heard of bloggers making upwards of $50, 000 in Affiliate sales. This is because they do it right. Those that do affiliate marketing correctly are those that create a post to go with the link instead of just promoting the link. So a few examples would be either full blog post of a tutorial on how to use something, a product review and just adding it to a blog that it can be related to instead of just a link.
As I mentioned, when people ask me how I make money as a successful Wedding Blogger, I usually mention through Affiliate marketing. In order to really get the benefit from my affiliate links, I decided to sign up for a course to help me out. Especially after I heard people can make up to $50, 000 per month on this. The course I took was “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” created by Michelle from Making Sense of Cents.
Michelle just made over $90,000 last month from her blog. How crazy is that? Most of her income comes from affiliates and she created a course to teach other bloggers how to increase their affiliate income as well. Basically, if you’re going to learn about affiliate income, she’s the person you want to learn from! She goes through the different places to apply for affiliates, how and where to promote these affiliates. And you get access to her private Facebook page where you are able to share your work, get it promoted and as well as ask questions. I am now making tones of money per month from Affiliates and I offer some of my own products as affiliates too. You can get the course right here *”Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing“!
So what things can a wedding professional use for affiliate sales? BHLDN, Sandals resorts, and Bookings.com all offer affiliates. Just read at the bottom of their webpages to apply for affiliates. Remember if you do not do the affiliate marketing properly, you won’t see a return on investment. You need to know how to market it and that’s where “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” came into play for me. I barely made any money before that.
Collaborate with other Wedding Vendors or brands
As we mentioned earlier another way of making money is by creating content that promote certain brands or vendors. If you get a lot of Page views on your blog, then certain brands or vendors may approach you to market for them. Old is when we had banners plastered all over a site. Just like Affiliate marketing, it’s better to create content to promote something. If a brand/vendor does not approach you, you can create media kits and email them out. You do have to have great page views and a large following on social media to be considered. Keep in mind that some brands may offer you free items in exchange for a promotion instead of payment. It’s up to you how you want to approach this. You may choose to go for it for a portfolio’s sake as you build up, but don’t do a lot of free work.
The bigger a brand company, the more marketing dollars they will have to spend. You need to ask to be paid. Tell them how much you appreciate their brand and you would love to work with them and then ask for a budget. I really enjoy working closely with vendors as I love find great ways to promote them.
Sell your products
If you are creative and you make awesome things, use your blog to sell them. For example, if you are a wedding photographer, why not sell stock photos? Do you know how many wedding professionals that are starting out that are constantly looking for stock photos? If you are into invitations and things like that, consider selling these. Wedding decorators can sell stock if they go out of season!
And that’s how I make money as a Successful Wedding Blogger….
… and we don’t promise you millions. But they are some awesome bloggers out there that make lots of money. Using your blog is definitely a good start. Your blog is the platform that you can use to start making money. If you are already getting traffic and have a great following then you are on the right track. “Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing” is what changed a lot of my money making techniques. They show you how to promote, a way to build traffic easily and they offer you the tools to start pushing sales. Give it a try! Now go ahead and start monetizing your wedding blog! Create your wedding blog, build an audience that love and trust you and then start coming up with ways to monetize it.
It takes time….
You won’t start seeing money right away unless you have the audience for it. And even that needs time as you will need to build trust! Not all the items listed here will work for you. For example Google Ad sense hasn’t really worked for me, where as affiliate links have done wonders. Just see what works. Although I have to ready up on Google Ad Sense a bit more to see how I can make it work for me. This would be easy money!
Good luck with everything and tell us below, which of these you will be using.
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