A Little Monday Motivation- 3 of my Favorite Methods to Create an income (or Increase it!)

Happy Monday!

Happy St Patricks Day!!

I used to hate Mondays, but now I look forward to them because I get to outline my work for the week, and I also get to check out the progress I am making on my blog. 

Last week was a good week for me. A lot happened, my blog got a lot more traffic, and I went into a little bit of detail in my previous blog post: A Month of No Blogging, This is What Happens.

In this post, I explain how affiliates helped me last month, and what I liked about them. 



3 of my personal favorite methods to create income from my blog (or increase it!)

In another previous post: How to create a profitable blog, I explained how to create income from your blog. 

But there are so many ways that this can be achieved. 

At times we may get disappointed because we are not seeing the progress or numbers in either our traffic or our income. So, how can we get some motivation during hard times?

There are 3 methods that I LOVE to use when I want to either grow my income or create another source of income. So, here they are!

1. Working Affiliates Within my Blog Posts.

As a blogger, I KNOW my income is 90% reflective of the traffic to my blog. Basically, if no one visits my blog, I cant create an income. 

I use a variety of affiliates in my blog. As you are able to tell, I also like to blog about them A LOT. What I have noticed since I started blogging for a living, is that people really like to work with an affiliate when they know its popular enough. 

So, I like to take advantage of this and mention the things that I am interested in, through my blog.

Linking affiliates within my blog posts is not only SMART, its also a time saver!

Linking affiliates within my blog posts is smart for a number of reasons. For one, the more I post a link to my posts, the more likely it is that people will purchase the product I am recommending. 

Whenever I mention a product or a service, I make sure I recommend it because I like the product, and I know its worth the mention.

Amazon affiliates has an AMAZING tool, the search box, that lets people search through their site using this widget. I love and use it on every blog I have, therefore, increasing the number of sales. 

If you are using an affiliate make sure that you let people know how its helped you, and why its so popular.

This brings me to number 2.

2. Showing popular products within my posts. 

Whether you are using an already popular affiliate or a new affiliate, your chances of making a profit from that affiliate go up, when your readers know they are not alone in purchasing a product or service from the affiliate link you are offering, or joining a site from your links. 

I like to have links of popular products within my blog posts because honestly, its simpler than searching for the most liked product on any site, or affiliate website. 

Many websites that offer affiliates often show you the most popular or hottest product for the week, or the month. Use that! 

There is nothing better, than having the most popular links given to you already, without having to do any of the work!

3. Finally, Making the posts RELEVANT to the products.

If you really want to increase your income, or create an income from your blog during your first month of blogging, you have to work at it. 

One of the most important things to remember about working with affiliates is that they are constantly changing. 

In order to create a successful profitable blog, your affiliates have to be relevant to your blog. 

As you can see, I try to show as many links to products I use on a daily basis, and help me in my business. Whenever I mention them in blog posts, and attach a link, I try to keep my posts as relevant as possible to the product and make sure I mention them several times through out my post. 

This not only helps my reader understand why the product is so important, but chances are that the person will make more than one purchase from my blog as well. 

Bonus- Less is more.

Here is a bonus MOTIVATION tip for you!

If you are having trouble increasing your income even after you have experimented, tried different blogging styles and done your research, then simply BLOG ABOUT WHAT YOU KNOW.

Too many times, I come across many bloggers who have their blogs covered with ads, and affiliate links, but do not really mention them on their posts.

The majority of the time, when it comes to blogging, LESS IS MORE. What does that mean?

You don’t necessarily need to have advertisements all over your blog, for your readers to find your affiliate links. Try to keep all of your links together in one place, to help your readers find your resources. 

My blog has several new pages including A RESOURCE page, where my readers can find all of the affiliates that I run on my blog, and a link where they can sign up to the website if they choose to. 

My resource page has helped me increase my income about 35% in the past 6 months. 

I have all of my affiliates neatly listed- or as much as they can be- through out the page, and It shows my readers the easiest way to sign up through the links. 

I hope this helps you increase your traffic and earnings!

Stay tuned for more tips later this week! 

A Month of No Blogging- This is What happens

Hello All! 

So far, its March, and I KNOW its been a while since I’ve been here. 


I kinda wanted to catch up with my readers and wanted to see what everyone is doing, how are we handling the Daylight Savings time change, and how this is going to affect this Blog, and how its affecting others as well. 

First things first, as you might have noticed, there are a few differences in my blog today. For one, different layout. Two, new colors and three, a new tagline. 

A few people are already wondering: what gives? Well, I kinda was not happy about the (old) layout, and I wanted to try to blend my page together a little bit. 

Whenever I visited my blog, either from my phone or my laptop, I couldn’t help but notice how different it looked every single time. I liked, it was organized and put together, but it did not reflect everything that I wanted this blog to be. 

I’m not going to lie, I do miss the box organization of my blog. You know, how I used to have all of my sections to the right side of my blog organized in small boxes. It was a good idea at the time, but as I’m growing this blog, it seemed to be more BULKY than helpful. That was not good. By any means. 

So, BYE, BYE went THAT layout and now I’m trying another type of layout hoping to not only make my blog seem more inviting, but also Organized without having TOO MUCH on it. 

A few bloggers have also asked me about links to the products listed on the side such as 
The FitBIt, well I happen to REALLY, I mean REALLY like this product, so of course, I wanted to share that with my readers. 

And THANKS to all of the people who liked my blog, that item became a HOT PRODUCT for the month!

So, THANK YOU!! 

Another BIG part of this month BESIDES the new blog layout and everything, is that I have not been able to work as much, however, I have noticed that this blog is up and running better than ever! 

Many people ask: How do you create income from a blog when you don’t work on it everyday?

Well, to be honest, I’m not completely sure. 

Creating a profitable blog, as I have talked before on a blog post before, takes time and effort, and you have to build your audience and give them valuable information as often as possible to create that NEED for that person to keep coming back to your blog. You can read this post right HERE, or click BELOW for another link.
Lets face it, what good is it to have an AMAZING blog, if no one reads it? 

To me, Its kind of like Cooking a great meal, and having NO ONE around to eat it. Except of course for you… and maybe your cat (if you have one). 

You can read that post here: How to create a profitable blog. 

So, what changed for me? Why is my blog working, even though I’m not technically “working” on it every week like I should be?

I like to think I’m doing a few things right.

1. I give my readers ideas on how they can create their own income. 

I’m kind of proud of this, mainly because I know first hand how hard it is to create an income from the comfort of your own home, but also because I know how HARD it can be to make a living from your own BLOG. 

I realized last year, that its great showing bloggers how I created my blog, and profited from it, but its much better when I give them ideas that they can use, to create an income from their own blogs. 

2. I give my readers more OPTIONS. 

As you can tell by now, I have several affiliates on my blog. And they ALL WORK! (YES!!)

One of my biggest movers is of course Amazon Associates, and it has actually become one of my favorite affiliates because of its flexibility. 

I would definitely recommend this affiliate to anyone who has patience, and likes to blog about their experience with making money online. It can be an amazing way to make a buck, if you know what you are doing!

Another Affiliate that I use that is quickly becoming popular is BLUEHOST. I don’t think I need to say more, but just in case you dont know how this beautiful site works, let me give you the short explanation.

Bluehost is THE BEST (in my book) hosting and domain name provider around. You can have unlimited websites, domain names etc.. At ONE LOW PRICE. (applause, applause!)

***The link to Bluehost IS AN AFFILIATE LINK, I will get a small payment from it, but at NO EXTRA COST TO YOU! Thanks for the support!***

Like I said, it has been rapidly growing in popularity, not only that BUT many of the people that sign up to the site, do it FROM AFFILIATE links, which means, that if someone signs up to this site from YOUR link, you get paid from that.

I LOVE Amazon Associates because not only can I choose what products to recommend, but I can also choose how I present them to people. 


The beauty with this affiliate program is that it gives you SO MANY choices for recommending, or promoting any product or link. 

Single Product Links.

In the Spotlight!
As you might have noticed, I have a “ON THE SPOTLIGHT” product link on the right side of my blog. This has been a HUGE source of income for me. You don’t need to have hundreds of products for you to make a profit, if you recommend ONE product, and you REALLY love it, then recommend it. Flaunt it, show it off. 

People will invest in something a lot more often when they know that it comes highly recommended. 

The Amazon Search Box
I like to call this the little “magic box” because its wonderful!

I love this specific feature of Amazon because it allows people to search on amazon and I earn a small commission from that! 

I don’t have to tell people anything, they simply search for what they want and shop away! My earnings have increased because of this trick. 


I personally like to keep this widget on the top right corner of my blog, so that people can see it right away. 

So, what does all of this say about my blog?

Its working! Yes!

I appreciate that more people are coming to my blog, and keep coming back! 

This has not always been an easy thing to do. It took me quite a while to establish a presence online, and keep it.

In future posts, I’ll explain how I have grown my traffic from 10 views a week, to a thousand views a day! 

so, stay tuned!!