Whether blogging is your side hustle or a full time job, I think all of us have one thing in common: there aren’t enough hours in the day for us to do everything we want to do.
I could work 24/7 with no sleeping or eating and still want to do more!
Over the years, I’ve figured out how to stretch my time, so I can do more in fewer hours. Really, there are three MAJOR things that have changed my life when it comes to getting stuff done, and I’m going to share them with you at the end of this post.
When I say “changed my life,” I’m not exaggerating. As recently as a few years ago, I really struggled with managing my time. Then I got a job as a blog manager for a manger company and suddenly had 30+ people working under me and a to-do list a mile long. I had to get good at it!
But before I give you my three mega-major-mondo tips…
Let me start by giving you a bunch of little hacks that are going to add up to save you a ton of time as you’re blogging. You’re seriously going to kick yourself for not doing these things sooner.
Okay, on to the hacks…
Over the past year, I’ve written about how to set your sponsored post rates and how to write ethical sponsored reviews… but I haven’t covered how to find blog sponsors in the first place. So, today is the day we talk about getting sponsors for your blog!
First and foremost, I will mention that you can take the “if you build it they will come” approach. This does not meant that you can just start blogging and suddenly have sponsors emailing and calling you. You have to have a significant amount of traffic for that you happen. In my experiences, sponsors start reaching out when you have around 1000 pageviews per day and at least 5000 social followers on any given account.
Follow this link to learn more about the blog traffic guide I recommend if you want to start getting more pageviews today :Traffic Transformation: 21 Strategies I Used to Increase My Monthly Page Views from 17k to 400k+ in 10 Months – I’m an affiliate for this ebook, and also purchased it myself. It is packed with great advice!
If you’re proactive about finding sponsors instead, you can make a nice chunk of change, even if your blog is fairly new. Plus, you’ll be working with sponsors you actually like!
So… let’s play offense and find sponsors for your blog…
When I tell people that I’m a professional blogger, the most popular question I’m asked is, “How exactly do you earn money blogging?” People have written entire books about this topic, so it’s hard to give them the 5-minute answer they want! Usually, I talk to them about ads, because they have a frame of reference for how that works. Most people have seen ads in newspapers and magazines, and they understand that brands will pay for this ad space if you have readers.
Today, I’m going to dive deep into how to make money running ads on your blog. This is not the only way you can make money with your blog, and I personally believe that most bloggers in most niches can make more money in other ways.
That said, I also believe that you should diversify your income. In other words, don’t just make money in one or every two ways. Make money in several ways!
So, keep reading if you want to figure out whether or not ads are right for you and, if they are, how to ramp up your ad income.