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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Accepting a Sponsored Post

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I received this great question from Charity on the Your Blogging Mentor Facebook page about sponsored posts:

“I re-launched my blog about 2 months ago, and was recently approached by a company about doing a sponsored post. Do you have any advice about how to set rates for these posts and how to set guidelines for what you will and will not do in sponsored posts? Do you feel like it is wise to accept a sponsored post so early upon re-launching my site?” -Charity

This is such a great question, because I truly believe that one of the most lucrative ways to make money as a blogger is by working with brands and doing sponsored content.

Some of you may be immediately turned off by this idea and you might be feeling like, “Wait! But isn’t that sleazy to accept money from a company to write about their product?”

Well, it can be. Trust me, there are plenty of companies that want to pay you to post cheesy, sleazy posts — all they care about is getting their link in a post on your blog because it will help their SEO.

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How Google Analytics Can Help You Increase Your Affiliate Income

Google AnalyticsGuest post by Micah Klug from HomeFaithFamily.com

Tell me if this sounds familiar…

You start blogging because you have a message you want to share with the world, but you also want to help supplement your family’s income.

Once you start deep diving into the many ways you can monetize your blog you might begin to feel uncomfortable as a salesperson or worry about being too pushy in linking to products on Amazon through their affiliate program.

But it’s very possible to make money blogging without feeling like a sleazy salesperson!Continue Reading

How to Make Money as a Blogger on Amazon Prime Day

I recently received an email from one of my Your Blogging University™ students asking me how they could make the most of Amazon Prime Day as a blogger.

In case you didn’t already know, Amazon has an excellent affiliate program called Amazon Associates. And if you’ve followed me as a blogger over at my other site, MoneySavingMom.com, you know that I’m a big fan of Amazon deals.

In fact, Amazon has consistently been a big source of affiliate income for me for many years! And one of the best annual earning opportunities as an Amazon affiliate is on Amazon Prime Day.Continue Reading

How to Start Working with Brands as a Beginner Blogger

Guest post by Lisa Sharp from RetroHousewifeGoesGreen.com

I’ve been blogging for over ten years and for about eight of those years I’ve been working with brands.

In the early days when there weren’t blogging networks to help connect bloggers and brands, bloggers had to reach out to the brands on their own. This may seem scary but it actually can be a great way to get sponsored posts as a new blogger or to simply skip the middleman.Continue Reading

Want to grow your email list? I want to help you!

Bloggers and online entrepreneurs, there’s no denying it: You need an email list to if you want to run a successful business.

I’m sure you know that.

Actually, I’m pretty positive you are aware of this because so many of you keep writing in and asking me how to actually grow your email list.

I won’t pretend that you can flip a switch and add 50,000 people to your list tomorrow. But I do have some proven strategies that will produce real results — if you’re willing to put in the work and stick with it.

And that’s what my brand-new course is all about!Continue Reading

What To Do If You Can’t Afford a Virtual Assistant

Are you feeling overwhelmed with trying to run your business AND do everything else you need to do in life to survive? I know many people online will tell you that the cure for business overwhelm is to delegate.

This advice to delegate is true and good, but what if you can’t afford to delegate? What if your business is growing but it’s still so small and you know that you can barely afford to pay your expenses, let alone hire on a virtual assistant to help you out?Continue Reading

4 Things You Should Do FIRST When Starting a Business

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I can’t tell you how many times people have asked me when I’m speaking at business events or coaching or consulting or just chatting with another blogger or entrepreneur, “So where’d you go to college?” or “What’s your degree in?”

It usually surprises people to discover that I never went to college! And I’m not ashamed of this fact.

I think that college is a great choice for many people and degrees can certainly be very necessary and helpful for many people and professions.

However, I don’t regret my decision to not go to college.Continue Reading

How to Use Google Analytics to Create Content Your Readers Love

Guest post by Micah Klug from HomeFaithFamily.com

If you’re not careful, you can easily find yourself feeling trapped and unsure of where to go with your blog.

This is especially true when you focus on other bloggers’ successes and you easily forget what’s working well for you. The truth is, it’s important to stop doing what other bloggers are doing and instead focus on the quality you can give your audience.

Easier said than done, right?Continue Reading