Happy weekend to ya! I hope you had a great week and you can kick back this weekend!
Our week has been good – let me catch you up on what we have been up to.
Recently, I attended a yearly blogging conference called Haven in Atlanta, Georgia. It was so amazing!! I came home inspired by so many women who are successfully running blogs, YouTube channels, and social media influencer accounts.
I am ready to kick it up a notch in my own blogging and YouTube journey!
how do bloggers earn money
If you don’t understand how bloggers, YouTubers, and Social Media Influencers earn an income, let me explain briefly.
Bloggers earn an income in several ways but here are the main ways: they write great articles and take amazing photos of projects and such that people want to know about – you know, things like furniture makeover tutorials or DIY home projects, craft projects, recipes or sewing tutorials.
People searching for those topics find the bloggers who have written the articles or posts and they visit the blog to read the information they searched for. The reader gets their information for FREE!
How does the blogger make money from that you ask? Let me tell you!
See the ads on my blog? They are the little pics/ads between my paragraphs, the banner at the bottom of my blog and they are also in the little pop-up video on my blog. The companies that run those ads pay me according to how many people read my posts.
Isn’t that crazy?? In other words, I create information that you want to know about and the ad companies foot the bill!!
You get the information you want FOR FREE and I get to write it for you!
Multiply this by the many bloggers out there writing about everything you can imagine searching for and boom, you understand the blogger industry.
Yes. I said industry!! I am constantly amazed at the women (and men) who have created a full-time income doing what they love (like how I love painting furniture, sewing, and decorating).
Some women have even retired their husbands from their full-time job! Unreal but possible!
YouTubers do the same as bloggers only with videos. Google (who owns YouTube) has ad companies that pay the YouTuber depending on how many views they get on their videos.
And I haven’t even discussed affiliate sales!
Companies are paying bloggers, YouTubers, and social media influencers to talk about and share their products with their followers. When followers purchase those items through the blogger, YouTuber, or influencer, they get a commission AT NO ADDITIONAL COST TO THE CUSTOMERS!!!!
it’s a win-win for everyone!
It’s a win-win situation all the way around. The blogger gets to do what they love and share it with their followers. The followers can trust the blogger’s advice and purchase the products. The company gets to have its product shown to people who are genuinely interested in it. And then back to the blogger who earns an income by sharing those products!
It’s a big circle that works sooooo well for all involved: the blogger, the customer, and the companies.
Wow, I went into a lot more detail than I thought I would. But I think it’s important to understand how all this works. If nothing else, it is at least interesting to know how all this works!
cottage industry at it’s finest
So how does this relate to ‘All Things Vintage’?
Here are my thoughts on that.
Back in the day, people started a business because they saw a problem and solved it.
I am thinking of one of my favorite TV shows back in the ’70s called The Waltons. The father in the program saw that the townspeople needed lumber. He had a lot of trees on his acreage, so he started a lumber mill. That was how he supported his family.
Here is another modern-day example: our son-in-law is an amazing vehicle technician. He knows that people need to have their vehicles repaired so he started a side-business to repair their cars. Now he supplements their income with this work and he solves the problem for his customers.
These are examples of cottage industries. Work that a person does from home. That’s about as old-fashioned as you can get! Do you need more income? Figure out how to earn it!! Create your own source of income.
Blogging, YouTubing, Social Media influencing. They are all cottage industries!
After attending the conference, we have been focusing on our business model. I still have a lot of thinking and planning to do, but I am hoping to make some changes that will help to extend our reach to more people who are looking for the information we have to offer.
a glance back at our recent posts
With all that said, let me share a couple of posts we have shared over the last couple of weeks:
I taught you How to Recover a Victorian Chair. It’s seriously so pretty! You have to see it!
I taught you How to Care and Maintain Your Cutting Boards to help them last for years to come.
I shared some of the most fun Repurposed and Creatiive Home Decor projects that you will be inspired by!
posts from my blogging friends
Let’s take a look at some of the great blog posts from some of my blogging friends!
some thoughts to ponder
Before I close out this post, I want to share something with you. See those ladies’ names I just mentioned?
Leslie, Anna, Linda, Cindy, Karen, Stacey, Danielle, Paula, and Maria.
They each represent a blogger I know.
They represent the female bloggers who have decided to start their own cottage industry.
They are solving problems for their readers.
They are creative individuals who want to help others.
They are independent, resourceful, hard-working, strong women who are persistent in meeting their goals.
They are bloggers, YouTubers, and social media influencers who are making a difference in their worlds.
I am proud to be a part of a group of women like that 🙂
Until next time….
**If you want to learn how to become a blogger, here is a post you will want to read!