Taking a cue from Erica, I thought I would sit down and talk about how I make a little extra money from blogging. Like her, and pretty much every blogger I’ve ever met, I didn’t start the blog to make money. In fact, I didn’t even know I could make money!
I started blogging in early 2011 because I liked reading blogs and felt a connection to the women I was reading. Specifically, I voraciously read Eat, Live, Run and then started reading a ton of others. Then, the Sweet Life was born.
My first cue that I could get some perks out of blogging was after I posted a photo (in this post, so old the photo has somehow been deleted) of my new Mizuno running shoes in a post. I have been a Mizuno fan for YEARS and I naturally talk about the products I love. I was shocked to get an email from Mizuno headquarters after they spotted my post (assuming through a Google alert.) They wanted to say thank you for being a fan and sent me a brand new, free pair of shoes. I was on cloud 9!
I’m not very organized so I don’t have a pretty little chart breakdown of the money I made last year but I went through and did my own little tally and found that from this blog alone I made about $10,000+ extra dollars, not including freebies in clothes, shoes, etc. In addition, I was able to travel to Colorado for the Blend Retreat on behalf of Balance Bar.
I would say I made more in 2014 then 2015, when I was more on my “blogging game” but it’s what you put into, friends.
Compared to many other bloggers, it’s not much. But, I also don’t have much extra time to put into it with my full-time job and of course, now a baby. However, being able to bring in some extra cash doing something I truly enjoy as a hobby turned mini-business has been amazing.
Additionally, I made about $10,000 doing freelance work — which is another huge blessing. I am lucky to have a job that is done online and that can easily be translated into freelance work. I could do a lot more of that but I have too many responsibilities with my full-time job to take anything else on at this point.
Where does the money blog money come from?
- Sponsored posts via places like Tapinfluence, Pollinate & Fitfluential
- Google & Mode Media Advertising
- Paid content & reviews from PR companies & individual brands
I never blog or sponsor anything I don’t truly like. Luckily, because I blog about healthy living and fitness a lot, many companies with the right fit approach me — like Mizuno, Larabar or Dove. It’s a privilege to be considered an influencer and I love sharing products & ideas that I love with readers!
Long story short, I don’t make a living here but I am able to save a little extra money each year just doing something I love! There’s a lot I’d like to do with this blog — and sometimes I dream about making it happen — but the time simply isn’t there. Until it is, I’ll keep on with my updates and thoughts and hopefully some of you will continue to enjoy reading!