Doubts Discussion: How to Monetize Blog?

Posted on Oct 1 2014 - 8:22pm by poonam

Doubts Discussion: How to Monetize Blog?

Hello Everyone,

Today I have this very interesting question, that we often ask and would love to hear about ways to do it.. Yes, It is about monetization of blog. Sooner or late we all want to earn from the hard work we put in blogging. So, lets see what my beautiful reader wants to know about.. πŸ™‚

Hey Poo! I have a question or a few rather.

Have you monetized your blog? How have you done that? Have you worked with affiliate marketing? I got an offer from a website that does affiliate marketing and I dunno if it is a good idea or not. So I’m trying to educate myself.

Just let me know if you know anything about this because I am totally blank and feel like a moron.

How to Monetize Blog
Hey Gorgeous,
I am not an expert in this area but I would love to share what I have learnt and experienced in my blogging journey.
  1. Yes I did monetized my blog, as you can see the ad banners running here and there on the blog. I am using Google adsense along with Chitika. Now that I know you will be asking how to get your Google adsense account approved πŸ™‚ … I would suggest hold your horses and be patient before applying for Google Adsense. Let you blog establish for at least 6 months till then it shall get visibility and followers and be indexed by Google. Β There are 99% chances that your application will get rejected if you just start blogging and apply for Google Adsense
  2. Yes, I use affiliate marketing like Flipkart, Amazon but it is of no use until you have a large number of page views or you aggressively promote those affiliate links. I havent been able to earn a single penny yet. πŸ˜›

Now, the most important thing that normally no blogger (especially beauty bloggers) would like to share is their earnings. I don’t know about others but I haven’t been able to earn any decent amount yet. The amount I earn from Google adsense( my main income source) in a month doesn’t even suffice to buy me a Lakme Lipstick (forget MAC or alike :P). Earning from Chitika and other affiliate links is almost ZERO.

I am not demotivating you but this is what all I experienced. On the positive side, you may earn some though paid posts but the amount offered by the brands is mearge barely reaching 4 figure :(. Indian blogging industry needs a revolution where brands should start considering beauty bloggers as mainstream influencers, respect them and should be eager to pay them handsome amounts or support them and their blogs.

So what all I can say for now is that, Beauty Blogging is quite an investment and returns from it are far -fetched (at least for me).

Hope that resolved most of your queries.. πŸ™‚

PS: I do not claim the owner ship of the images used here..

Again, I would like to ask all of my beautiful readers/blogger friends to contribute with their experience and inputs on this.. <3

Have an amazing long weekend, Everyone.. <3

15 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. milyOctober 1, 2014 at 9:10 PM - Reply

    this was my exact answer when she asked me the same question πŸ˜›

    • poonamOctober 2, 2014 at 5:14 PM - Reply

      πŸ˜€ :D.. woo..so I guess we all are in the same boat πŸ˜‰

  2. PriyankaOctober 1, 2014 at 11:25 PM - Reply

    Nice thoughts dear. I totally agree that earning money out of blog is a tough job.
    It all depends on fan following only which should not be the only criteria I feel.
    Content , creativity and type of blog should also be considered.

  3. Saniya@beautynbuzzOctober 2, 2014 at 1:32 AM - Reply

    I agree…Its a big investment and returns are less. I still blog because I love to and frankly now I am addicted to it!! But we need to start charging for everything now (from Press Releases to attending events!!) Indian Beauty Blogging needs a revolution!!!

  4. ArzooOctober 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM - Reply

    I totally agree with you that Indian brand industry should take bloggers really serious and not treat them as greedy only for their samples, the earning is almost near to zero with blogs and investment is reaching in lakhs for bloggers :/

  5. krupaOctober 2, 2014 at 9:17 AM - Reply

    Thank you girls πŸ™‚ I love blogging, thats why it has taken me close to 4 years to even consider monetizing it. I kept thinking maybe I wasn’t doing it right or maybe there were options I hadn’t considered. I guess its just the Indian industry that works like this.

  6. Shailja@BeABrideEverydayOctober 2, 2014 at 11:38 AM - Reply

    Completely second you on every word you have put in this article.. considering the hard work I put in to blogging I am not earning even 1/100th of it. Sometimes it becomes very demotivating but my love for makeup and passion for writing keeps me going.

  7. Richa SaxenaOctober 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM - Reply

    True to every word! I have been asked the same question many times & I have listed similar points…Firstly Google ads is really really difficult to get approved of..& even If you do the Ads don’t make a lot of money.. whatever little I make, is due to sponsored posts which really adds upto nothing….If one has to be a full time blogger..It’s very hard..Indian Blogging scene really needs a change…I am not saying that all Brand PR’s are bad…I have met some very nice ones who are ready to negotiate & some are just very rude…At the end of the day I remind myself I blog only because I love to! Not for anyone else….

  8. IshaanOctober 2, 2014 at 1:14 PM - Reply

    Wow! such a honest clear picture. I think bloggers in India should have some sort of syndication so they can ask for a right amount and also this would help brands have a more focused branding.

  9. Nisha@PinkTrendsOctober 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM - Reply

    This is such a great post Poo.. You are doing an awesome job posting about such queries which many newbee bloggers go through :).. I also had doubts on how to bloggers make money and nearly how much. There are so many of them and many Indian Bloggers have left their jobs to pursue it full time, so I was always wondering “How much they are they making to leave their nice paying jobs and take this full time”.

  10. purva@planetbeautiesOctober 3, 2014 at 1:16 AM - Reply

    same story here.. I applied for google adsense account and it never got approved..Now I dont even bother checking if it ever got approved or not πŸ˜› I wonder if i would ever start earning through blog.. It feels dissapointing at times but then I feel glad to talk to so many girls who are equally crazy for makeup .. I feel like I am at the right place πŸ˜€

  11. MeghaOctober 3, 2014 at 12:42 PM - Reply

    i so agree with u. here brands pay in pennies to bloggers. they should start taking bloggers seriously n bloggers should stop working for such brands too!

  12. HarineOctober 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM - Reply

    My blog is like my first child, I cant sometimes sleep in the afternoon on holidays, I ll think of what is the next thing I need to do for my blog. Of course I too have google adsense, but I think I ll be old by the time I get my first payout πŸ™

  13. anubhuti@senseiteveOctober 3, 2014 at 11:34 PM - Reply

    Reading the post and comments here i know we are on the same boat…i really get demotivated at times but it goes on cuz i love to blog…

  14. sindhuOctober 5, 2014 at 7:17 PM - Reply

    your post came on time dear. I was really depressed that I am not able to make money out of my blog. I know that I have to wait, attract more visitors etc. I thought adsense pays more. But i am waiting for 6 months to get over to apply for it. Now you say, adsense also not that much profitable. sigh. now i am looking for part time job for my financial backup πŸ™ try qadabra.com they are pretty cool compared to others.

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