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Now that Malik is home from college, it is time to fill up the freezer with his favorite foods, so last week we headed over to Sam’s Club to pick up some Red Baron® Deep Dish Singles pizza.
These single serve pizzas will not only satisfy his late night cravings, but they also make great quick and easy treats for unexpected holiday guests who just happen to “be in the neighborhood”.
Craving a delicious, deep dish fix for dinner? Looking to save you and your family time and money during this busy holiday season? Pick up Red Baron® Deep Dish Single Serve Pizza from your local Sam’s Club! Don’t miss this great Ibotta offer!
When you buy Red Baron® Deep Dish Pizzas at Sam’s Club, you will earn $2.50! *Offer available through 12/31/17.
Disclosure: Post contains affiliate links and was written by author Christine H.
Your blog is your baby. You invest a lot of time in it. You put in a lot of effort, and you pour your heart and soul into it. If you decide to monetize your blog and make it a player in the online communication and marketing community, that’s a great way to subsidize your passion. You can make some money in creative ways. However, most of us are hesitant to take the step because we’re just not sure how to get started. How do you balance the personal and honest elements of your site along with revenue-generating changes?
What Generates Revenue for a Blog?
Ads are probably the most commonly used because they’re the easiest to set up. By simply adding a sidebar and/or banner on your site, you can start getting paid, either according to the number of people who see the ad on your blog, or a number of people who actually click on it. Either way, you get the most out of these ads when you build your audience and are judicious about which ads you approve for your site and how you place them. Make sure that you keep your ads appropriate for your content and audience, and don’t ever overwhelm your personal content with advertisements.
Affiliate links are often similar to pay-per-click ads, and might even appear similarly on your site. These are links that you post on your site, for which you’ll get paid a small percentage when your visitors click through and make a purchase. The most common program for affiliate links is Amazon’s. What’s nice about Amazon is that it’s usually easy for you to have applicable products that won’t interrupt the flow of your content.
Endorsements and Reviews
For well-established bloggers with a big following, a major source of revenue is endorsements and reviews. This is commonly known as influencer marketing, which is a sort of word-of-mouth marketing technique for the modern world. With this technique, you’ll review and/or endorse a product on your blog for payment from the product or service. Sometimes, you’ll be solicited for these arrangements directly. Other times, it can be useful to propose something yourself. For example, some travel bloggers leverage their blog endorsements to get a free stay at a hotel.
What’s important to remember once you step into the realm of endorsements is to always stay honest. Turn down deals from products and services you don’t feel comfortable touting. This is where soliciting brands and products yourself can be useful because you’ll get deals on products that you really are passionate about supporting.
Sponsorship and Private Ads
If you can get a continuous relationship going with a specific brand, you might be able to set up sponsorship, or private ads. These will usually appear to be the same as affiliate links, ads, or endorsements on your blog. The difference is simply that instead of having a middleman facilitate the relationship, you’ll work directly with the brand.
Some bloggers use a site as one branch of a multi-faceted business. They might use it to cover similar topics to what they’d present when they’re hired as a speaker. It might attract an audience for their exclusive line of homemade products. It might also be a way to build a community of people who are interested in learning more through a full-length book or e-book available for purchase.
How Much to Charge
In the case of private ads and endorsements, you’ll need to be ready to negotiate your own rates. These will depend entirely upon how valuable you are to the other party, which means you need to demonstrate how working with you will benefit them. Be ready to answer specific questions about your social media reach, your site’s Alexa ranking, interaction from your readers, and click-through rates of ads on your site. Assembling this together into a press kit will ready you for professional pitches and official deals.
Determining what to charge on your site can be incredibly difficult. After all, it’s a hard thing to price-match, and you’ll be competing with other bloggers, a diverse group who range from people who get a full income from blogging to casual hobbyists. In the end, you’ll need to think long and hard about what price point will make the effort worthwhile to you, and how much value you’re able to give the client in return.
Keep Finances Organized
Once you set up a few streams of revenue for your blog, it’s important to treat this source of income like any other. Be professional, organized, and legal. Figure out how to send and receive invoices, determine how to pay taxes on the income, and keep records that will help you continue to build your media kit. This link has some great tips for handling finances in this kind of setting.
The information in this blog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confers no rights. This blog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer, it is solely my opinion.
Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely insane in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.
Disclosure: I was provided with this product from Verizon Wireless in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.
Since 2013, I have been conducting social media and blogging workshops via the Money School of Delaware. These workshops have always been held at local public libraries where some of them have had the best technology and equipment, while others not so much.
At one library, I couldn’t connect my laptop to the overhead projector because of having incompatible ports. Another time, the portable screen got stuck and I had to have the attendees huddle around the laptop to see the presentation.
Needless, to say, it was uncomfortable for them and somewhat embarrassing for me. However, the show must go on and I conducted the workshop as if nothing had happened. Just recently, I gave a presentation to the member of the New Castle County Chamber of Commerce and had to use another member’s laptop because I was having difficulty connecting my own.
Had I had a Motorola Moto Z Droid and Moto Insta-Share Projector I could have given a Pop Up Presentation with Power.
The Motorola Moto z Droid is a Smartphone unlike any other that I have ever had and you can purchase additional accessories such as the Insta-Share Projector, Hasselblad True Zoom, and a JBL Soundboost for awesome sounds for movies, videos, and music.
As an educator who often travels being able to present a workshop using the Moto Z Droid and Insta-Share Projector is definitely 100% times better than lugging a laptop and LCD projector around.
TheMotorola Moto Z Droid ultra thin with an amazing battery life and as a blogger, having a smartphone with a long battery life, one that doesn’t die in the middle of an event is vital.
The headset/USB-C Charger Port was perfect for plugging in my earbuds so I could listen to music videos during my lunch hour at work. Hubby enjoyed watching his great nephew’s basketball game on YouTube which was projected onto a makeshift screen which was just a fold-down table.
The Insta-Share Projector would be perfect for an indoor or outdoor party, where friends and families could gather together to watch movies and videos from the comfort of their home with a 70″ projection range.
The Insta-Share Projector snaps easily to the back of the Moto Z Droid and has its own battery. Make sure to aim the projector away from your eyes before turning it on as it has a very powerful light. There are a front focus wheel and an adjustable kickstand which allows you to project on the wall or ceiling. A dust cover carrying case is also included, check out this mini video to see the Moto Z Droid and Insta-Share Projection in action.
The Moto Z Droid “Go all day²” play has a 2600 mAh battery so you can watch movies, download apps, browse the web, and do everything you want to do. Plus, the included TurboPower™ charger gives your Moto Z Droid Edition up to 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging. #winning
I am being totally honest when I say that I was shocked at the clarity of this powerful portable projection. Therefore, I can highly recommend it because whether you are traveling via plane, train or automobile, the Moto Z Droid is definitely a great Smartphone to have. It’s lightweight, portable and will get you quickly through TSA inspection at the airport.
Let’s Chat: what do you think, is this something you would be interested in?
Android N + Daydream by Google™
Will receive an upgrade⁸ to Android 7.0 Nougat, and then it’s ready for Daydream by Google™ virtual reality experiences.⁹
Durable, ultra-thin 5.5” Quad HD design
Aircraft-grade aluminum chassis with Corning®Gorilla® Glass.
Instantly wake and unlock your phone.
All-day battery + TurboPower charging
Go 30-hours with a 2600 mAh battery² and get up to 8 hours of battery life in 15 minutes.³
Advanced, low light camera
Capture clearer pics with laser autofocus and optical image stabilization.
Only on Verizon
Moto Z Droid is exclusively on Verizon. On another carrier? Moto Z is unlocked for AT&T, T-Mobile, and compatible GSM networks.
Disclosure: I received a Google Home from Verizon Wireless in order to facilitate this review. However, all opinions are 100% my own.
Google Home Review
“OK Google, is it going to snow tomorrow?”
“OK Google, what’s on my calendar?”
“OK Google, play the theme song to the Odd Couple”
“OK Google, tell me a joke”
“OK Google, how many teaspoons are in a cup?”
“OK Google, set the alarm for 7 am on Monday”
“OK Google, play some jazz”
“OK Google, how long can you keep a bottle of champagne in the refrigerator?”
“OK Google, bring me a glass of wine”…no not really…but don’t think I didn’t ask, and this is how she responded,
“I am sorry, I am not sure how to answer that question but I am always learning”
Those were just a few of the many questions and tasks that I requested from the Google Home from Verizon Wireless during my review. I loved coming home and asking Google Home to play jazz while I was preparing dinner or relaxing after a long commute on the road.
Asking Google Home to set the alarm for 7:00 am and then telling her to turn off after I got out of bed became part of my morning routine.
Having Google Home, a voice activate speaker would be perfect for the student who needs help with their homework assignments. Simply say, “Ok Google, what is 15% of 100?” or ‘‘OK Google, when is the next solar eclipse?”
One of my favorite requests of the Google Home was in the selection of music and tunes. When I wanted to reminisce and reflect back to my favorite 90s sitcoms. I would say, “OK Google play the theme song to “A Different World” or “Fresh Prince of Belair” or “Martin” and then happily sing along without a care in the world.
Oftentimes I’d want to venture even further back in time and truly be nostalgic, especially after the first of the year. I’d ask for the theme songs to “Taxi” “The Odd Couple” and even “I Love Lucy”.
I asked her what the day of the week it was on September 20, 1961, the day that I was born. Without hesitation, Google Home responded with “Wednesday”. I hadn’t remembered the day I was born but do know that Wednesday is my favorite day of the week – HUMP DAY!
When I asked Google Home to tell a joke, she did, some of them were corny but cute nevertheless. When I needed a recipe for Chicken Cacciatore she suggested a recipe from the Taste of Home website.
I have to admit that I loved having Google Home as a part of the family.
How it works (according to the website):
Google Home works over Wi-Fi and its integrated high-excursion speaker delivers crystal-clear highs and rich bass for hi-fi sound. It can also hear you reliably when you say “Ok Google” — even while playing music — thanks to far-field microphones and sophisticated natural language processing.
The base comes in a gray slate fabric but additional colors are available and are sold separately. You can order and choose a base color to fit any decor.
Set up is easy breezy:
1. Plug the power cable into Google Home.
2. Plug the power adapter into a wall socket.
3. Download the Google Home app on your phone or tablet and follow the instructions.
The sound quality is amazing – check out this video:
If you received a smart appliance for the holidays, Google Home seamlessly connects with smart home technologies like Nest thermostats, Philips Hue, and Samsung SmartThings. So you can say things like, “Ok Google, dim the lights in the kitchen” without interrupting what you’re doing. You can also tell it to stream entertainment to your TV with Chromecast.
Having a Google Home to manage everyday tasks like getting your daily schedule, checking traffic and weather conditions, setting the alarm and more is amazing and having to give it up was very hard for me to do.
If you haven’t done so already, may I suggest you head over to Verizon Wireless to give the Google Home a try as I know you won’t be disappointed
Let’s Chat: what are some questions that you would ask Google Home?
Can you really turn your passion of blogging into a profit by doing product reviews? Yes, you can!
Brands have finally accepted the fact that social media is here to stay and that influencers and bloggers are making a significant impact on the buying decisions of the everyday consumer. Blogging and publishing content across social media platforms can be a hobby for some, but for many others, it has become a full-time career.
Tune in to listen as I talk to Louida Martin, content creator of the Product Review Mom Blog on how she was able to monetize her passion and turn it into a profession making six figures annually.
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