How To Become A Full-Time Blogger & Earn Money From Your Blog


Becoming a full-time blogger, that's the new dream right? For all of us that have never really fitted into the typical work force and went down the creative path at Uni, there is suddenly a place for us. One that we know and feel comfortable in, one that we can control in and have it just how we like it.

But how do we get there? How do we take the plunge from the normal route of school, uni, job to one where people have no idea what it's about, one where people will ask how much money can you make from that? Because of course, "it's all about the money" *rolls eyes*

For many people, blogging is just a hobby, which is fine! But for those who do want to make it their full-time job we have put together some tips and advice based on our own personal experiences trying to make it in this new and exciting industry. 

REGISTER AS SELF-EMPLOYED
If you're earning money from your blog you will need to clear this up with the tax office. You can be registered as self-employed AND employed so you can get this all cleared before you make any big decisions on becoming a blogger full-time.

AFFILIATE
A great way to see the pennies rolling in is by using affiliate programs such as affiliate window and shopsense. Affiliate window gives you commission when someone makes a purchase through one of your links and shopsense pays per click! There are tonnes of other similar programs out there so get googling! 

FIND SPONSORS
Next up you can try and find some sponsors, or let them find you! If you're going to be charging for a sidebar ad, the sponsors will want to know how many pageviews you have and the most accurate way of finding this out is by using google analytics. You can also start charging for sponsored posts but make sure they are relevant to your content and that you have a disclaimed the post somewhere on your blog.

In this area it's important not to undersell yourself! Don't just accept any offer that comes along, try to barter your way to a better deal. Think of the hours you've put into your blog, calculate your blog's worth and don't settle for anything less than you deserve.

It can be hard to get a good idea of what you should charge for a post but we have a simple sum you can try, you can start off by taking the amount of unique visitors per month and dividing by 100, then times by 2 and you should work between that bracket.  

EXAMPLE
unique visitors per month = 5000
5000 / 100 = 50
x 2 = 100
so charge between £50 - £100 per sponsored post

However when your domain authorship (which can be up to 100) goes up, you will want to increase your price. Ultimately what you charge is up to you.

WORK TOGETHER NOT AGAINST EACH OTHER
With blogging becoming a more and more popular pass time, the competition can seem pretty fierce! But remember, it's much better to be working together as a community rather than trying to compete against each other. Focus on building your own community of followers, and this doesn't have to be a large number - it can actually work more in your favour if you have a smaller group of followers but more personal relationships with them, this way they keep coming back! So reply to their comments, visit their blogs and follow them on twitter! 

FREELANCE
So you might be seeing some money coming in right about now, but you know it's not enough to support you full time and this is where you start looking for blogging work outside your blog. You can start off by guest posting on online magazines or other peoples/companies blogs. Then when you show that you can write articles from a different angle than your usual OOTD you can start contacting people looking for paid work. A lot of full-time bloggers have blogging work outside of their own personal blog.

DO THE MATH
Now it's time to set yourself some goals. Look at how your pageviews are increasing and how the money coming in is increasing and try to predict what you could be earning in the future. How much is the minimum you need to earn to get by and see when/if it's possible for you to survive solely by blogging.

RAISE THE FUNDS
It's always best to try and raise a good rainy day fund! When you do take the plunge you will want a few months rent at least so you know you can get by.

IS IT REALLY WHAT YOU WANT?
Could you work by yourself all day? With the possibility that your friends will be shattered after a long working day and you'll also be spending the evening by yourself too?

Can you cope with the stress of not knowing where your next pay check is coming from? If you have no dependents or have a partner willing to help you out when you need it then it can be a real possibility for you! But if you have dependents relying on you then you might want to keep hold of your job at least part-time anyway. 

Are you starting a blog to make money, or do you really have a passion for it? If there is little passion for it you will probably end up getting very bored of it and wanting to move onto something else. Blogging full-time is hard work and a passion for it will not only attract people to you, but will also help you in times where you're wondering whether it's worth it! 

Can you deal with the "non-believers"? And yes you will meet them. They won't think your job is "real" or that you work hard or that you earn any money. They'll think you do nothing but sit in your pajamas all day and sometimes no matter what you say, you won't change their mind. If you are a people-pleaser you might find this all too hard to cope with.

TAKE THE PLUNGE
If it's your dream, then you have to give it a try right? If all fails you can put them time working as a full-time blogger on your CV as a freelance writer and pick your favourites out of the people you work with for your references and use the experience to bump up your CV a bit. "You missed working in a team but you showed how you can be organised and set yourself deadlines" -- there are lots of angles you can work from to make your time blogging appeal to any future employers.

Remember that life is short and that you can either make money for some other entrepreneur or become an entrepreneur yourself!

IT'LL TAKE TIME
Think of your blog as a start up business, and most businesses make a loss in their first few years mainly due to start up costs but with blogging the start up costs are minimal meaning that you'll be investing time not money. If you make yourself accept that you'll earn nothing meaningful in the first few years of blogging then you're more likely to succeed if you keep working hard regardless of what the £££ looks like. Focus on getting your stats better and see the value in that and then the money will come after.

STAY REAL TO YOURSELF, TRY TO THINK OF NEW AND DIFFERENT IDEAS
Don't think, hey such-and-such is doing well, I'll copy what they're doing - yes you can take some inspiration from them of course, but becoming a carbon copy won't do you any favours! Try and brainstorm new and different ideas so that people will be attracted to your individuality.

& DON'T FORGET THE REST...
It's not only your blog that you can monetize, but your instagram, twitter and pinterest too! So it's important to spend time working on these platforms as well.

Blogging full-time is much more than blogging. It's working on your search engine optimization, it's social media management, it's building relationships with brands, companies and the general public, it's knowing how to build an audience, it's learning html, how to edit photos and how to create graphics, it's marketing and it's networking too! The skills you build through blogging are priceless and when someone asks you what "blogging" is, then don't hold back on all the things you can do!

Do you have any tips on how to make it as a full-time blogger?
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The Top Street Style Trends from Fashion Month September 2018

The most wonderful time of the year for fashion people has come and gone. September was the month of fashion with designers showcasing their latest creations from New York, London, Milan and Paris. The bloggers, editors, and it girls flaunted their best looks in between the shows. The street is one of the best places we can get some fashion inspiration so let’s read on to see what were the top street style trends from fashion month.

Images via Popsugar & refinery29

Pink, Red and yellow

These typically are colours a lot of people stay away from because ‘it’s not their colour’ but they were constantly seen on street style stars everywhere. Rocking bolder shades from head to toe or in small doses say in form of an accessory like a handbag are the way to go when rocking these colours.

Bold Sleeves

Bold sleeves have been a huge trend this year and there was no sign of it stopping during fashion week. There were ruffle sleeves, puffy sleeves, and oversized. If you want to make a statement with little effort, this is the way to go!

Plaid Blazers

One of the hottest trends for fall and big on the street is the plaid blazer. Power dressing is coming back and ladies are making a statement in structured menswear inspired looks. This is a perfect trend to experiment with your work look.

The Pointed Ankle Boot

The ankle boot is always a staple come fall, but this season we saw a lot more pointed toes in slick patent leather, suede, and sock boot textures, from sleek black, bold red, to bold white. White ankle boots were huge!

Fanny Packs

Once a fashion faux pas, fanny packs are now a fashion must have especially for the fashion week crowd. With good reason too, fanny packs are convenient with their hands free feature and are an easy way to add a pop of colour or texture to your look.

Midi Skirts

Midi skirts were everywhere this fashion week. Nothing screams classy and demure quite like this skirt length.

Polka dots

A huge trendy print from summer has travelled to the fall with fashionistas wearing these prints in flowy tops and dresses. This quirky print was also featured on skirts and jumpsuits as well.
                     
About the author: Zoe Phinazee is a Street Style Blogger at Zoevogue.com. Besides fashion and blogging, she enjoys doll crafts, Marvel films, and mac 'n' cheese!

This A/W, it's all about texture


From my coats to my boots, I am making sure that I have textures down to a tee this autumn/winter. With the high street and online stores brimming with faux fur, suedette and crushed velvet, there really is no excuse not to embrace a little something in your outfit that is soft to the touch. 


White Animal Print Faux Fur Midi Coat £54.99 | Blue Ripped Knee Straight Leg Jeans £24.99 | Pale Grey Ribbed Turtle Neck Cold Shoulder Jumper £24.99 | Navy Velvet Block Heel Ankle Boot £29.99 | Black Chain Satchel Bag £22.99

This white animal print faux fur coat is simply amazing and I'd pair it with blue denim and grey knitwear. This season I am loving straight leg jeans and I find that they really flatter the hips and balances out curves. For knitwear I opted for a ribbed fitted jumper with a turtleneck. I am very much into the turtleneck look at the moment! To finish off the outfit I've chosen a pair of velvet ankle boots in navy, which will add extra texture to the outfit, and finally a black satchel style bag with the popular gold ring detailing.


Khaki Suedette Borg Lined Biker Jacket £49.99 | Black Embroidered Chain Shoulder Bag £24.99 | Black Suit Slim Leg Trousers £24.99 |  Black Choker Neck Knitted Jumper £22.99| Brown Suedette Leopard Print Metal Trim Ankle Boots £29.99


For this look I've gone crazy for suede. This khaki suedette biker jacket is lined with faux fur and I am in love with it. I would pair it with an all black outfit and then add some leopard print boots. Again I've opted for cut out detailing in the jumper which adds something different to the look and hints at the popular choker trend. These trousers look super flattering and I adore the cropped style at the moment, and they will instantly make your outfit feel more chic. 

Missguided Lust List

Missguided never fails when it comes to dressing the effortlessly cool. It stocks the latest trends and the models give us serious outfit inspo! We are seriously lusting over so much, but we've managed to narrow it down to just a few! Shop the following looks at the end of the post and tell us your fave!







How To Style The Shaggy Faux Fur Coat



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One of our favourite things about autumn/winter is the addition of faux fur to our wardrobe! We love this look by Yanin from idressmyselff, she dresses down her shaggy faux fur coat with a simple lightweight jumper, a pair of boyfriend jeans and some trainers. Yanin finishes the look with a faux fur bag and a black cap.


25% Off Cosy Layers For Autumn

I'm sure you love a good sale just as much as we do! And if your wardrobe is calling out for some new layering pieces perfect for Autumn, then this sale was just made for you!



ASOS Jumper With Cable Stitch And High Neck was £35, now £26

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