I started blogging in 2010 as an experiment. I decided to go vegan for six months and I blogged about my journey. In those six months, I learned how to cook and I found out that I enjoyed cooking… but I really enjoyed blogging about it!
Early on, I wasn’t trying to make money and I was thrilled any time a company wanted to send me samples. If there was a brand I was curious about, I’d email them my media kit and request a few samples. Brands know that even small influencers can help them build their brand, so most are willing to send samples or coupons! It was also a great way to get to know companies that I could work with on paid campaigns later on.
Eventually, I realized that I had enough traffic that I could start monetizing my blog. The biggest change was deciding I was going to treat my blog like a business. That meant investing a little bit of money for things like classes, photo props, professional headshots, etc.
Once I started treating it like a business, I was a lot more focused. I spent hours researching things like food photography and SEO. Rather than just wasting time scrolling through Instagram and pretending I was “networking” I’d look at the areas that really bring in traffic and focus on those.
Today, I make about $2,000 a month doing this on the side. I still have a 9-5 job so this is just extra income. It is possible to make money by blogging without selling a product!
Want to know exactly how I did it? I’m sharing all my secrets in my ebook!
This 38-page guide walks you through all the mistakes I made in my early days of blogging and how I shifted my focus to make $2000-$3000 a month from my food blog.