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Can You Make a Living as a Beauty Blogger?
The blogging world is gaining serious momentum, and as such many aspiring writers and fashionistas are considering starting their own blog or vlog as a full time job or as an extra earner. Blogging about your lifestyle or your favourite beauty products is easy and fun – but can it actually be a feasible way to earn a living?
The beauty market is huge and there are already so many beauty blogs out there, so how can you become one of the most popular blogs or vlogs and stand a chance of making money with it?
Luckily for you, we’ve broken everything down and made it really easy to start making money with your beauty blog. Zoella, look out!
Your Blog is Your Business
If you’re serious about turning this hobby into a career, then you need to put a lot of time and effort into your blog. To get the followers, the views and the social shares, you need to create unique and interesting content which people can relate to. Only once you are a popular blogger with a wide reaching audience will the brands and the sponsorship deals come rolling in.
Many full time bloggers will generate around 70% of their income from advertising so it’s important to set this up as soon as possible. Most get started with Google Adsense – it’s pretty easy to set up as the adverts are decided for you and simply placed on the site. You only get paid when someone clicks on an advert – so you see it pays to have more visitors to your blog already. As your blog grows, you may end up being approached for bigger advertising campaigns. It’s a big money maker but remember don’t rely on advertising for your entire blog income.
Bloggers have access to a wide range of beauty affiliate programs, so it would be crazy not to take advantage of them. From make-up products to spa passes, you can promote anything to your readers and earn commission for each person who buys from your recommendation. However don’t sign up to everything haphazardly – only join affiliate programs or profit shares if you genuinely love the product and would recommend it to your friends, family and your all-important readers and subscribers. Ask for a free sample to review yourself first before recommending to others.
Another great advantage of these programs is that you’ll often receive discount on the products yourself – so you can stock up on all your essentials for photo and video tutorials to be placed on your blogs. Nanshy have a fantastic affiliate program(click the link to find out more and apply), with 25% off for everyone who gets accepted onto the scheme and 10% commission.
Another great resource that I found is from Affilorama. Cecille has prepared a great post – Beauty Beauty Blog 101: Makeup Affiliate Programs to Help Get You Started
Once you’ve got started with these simple steps, your beauty blog will grow in readership and soon many more opportunities for earning money will arise. But you’ll have to be patient – it takes years to create a successful blog with loyal followers. So keep posting useful content and looking out for ways to make your blog earn cash.
Are you already making a living from your blog? Share your ideas, tips and secrets below.