Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Who Say's You Can't Make a Living from Blogging?

In February of last year after being on job seekers allowance for 6 months I decided that I was going to see if I could make a living from blogging.  By that time I already had two blogs New Mummy and New Mummy’s Tips which where my personal and review/tips blogs. I had been really fortunate to been involved with some great brands and campaigns already.  I was offered adverting and a small writing position on an American blog. I was also writing reviews for other sites, so I was building a reputation all the time.

My first goal was to increase my traffic and SEO on New Mummy’s Tips. This meant creating a lot of content, which I did with some help of guest posts but most of it was me. Slowly my traffic increased and so did my Google rankings and online profile. I found myself being offered advertising, sponsored posts and great products to review. By September I had tripled my traffic and was bringing in a reasonable income from New Mummy’s Tips.

I knew that my next step was to add another income stream but wasn’t quite sure how I was going to do this. I saw a tweet from Ace Inspire with a link to video on becoming a professional blogger and after watching it thought I could do that!!!

I set up a page on my blog and started tweeting and got work straight away writing blog posts for other people’s blogs. I was on my way! 9 months I now make an income from my blogs through advertising and sponsored posts, from freelancing as a blogger and social media consultant and I am the Community Manager for BaM! and Ace Inspire.

I make a good income from my blogs and freelancing, it’s not been an easy journey and has involved at lot of hard work but now I only work part time hours and get to spend the rest of the time with BG. I have started blogs that didn’t work and some that have.

Today I have launched a new blog called Parent Panel. It’s a review blog (shock) written mainly by amazing team of parents. I realised on the run up to Christmas I couldn't do all the reviews myself plus I was restricted in what I could take on due to BG’s age. So I put a requested out on twitter and the Parent Panel was born. Originally part of New Mummy’s Tips the reviews slowly took over and the essence of NMT’s got a bit lost. I started the blog to share money saving tips, sales, offers and other family advice, plus the odd review.

I decided the best thing to do was to move the majority of the reviews over to a sparkly new blog and then give NMT a revamp and that’s what I have done!

Parent Panel is now live and New Mummy’s Tips will be back next week with a great team of writers! It’s an exciting time!!

Now I am off to take BG out for the day!

Image: Michal Marcol /


  1. Without sounding like too much of a suck-up (and possibly failing) what you have done is what I am hoping to achieve one day. You've done fantastically and I'm sure you've worked damn hard to do it.
    Congratulations on the launch Carol and enjoy your much deserved day out :)

  2. Fantastic! Keep up the brilliant work.
    You've just inspired me to polish up my blog too - thank you!

  3. You already know I think you are amazing and inspiring, well done. I wish I could find the time and get more motivated. x

  4. Venita Dada Anthonij1 June 2011 at 15:34

    Congratulations Carol. I hope a lot of mums will get inspired and motivated by what you have achieved. I know I am.

  5. Very inspiring Carol, always knew you were a star x

  6. That's amazing. Well done you. You deserve it. x

  7. Carol you're doing brilliantly - you're a fab writer and reviewer and you're also very easy to work with. I'm sure your new venture will be a huge success x

  8. Wow that's an amazing story, you have obviously worked very hard to get where you are today. Congratulations! x

  9. Hi happened to stumbled on your blog..nice one!

    Cheers! :)

  10. Brilliant stuff. Well done and inspirational.
    Just goes to show top quality content is what matters.
    As a regular writing slot has just come to an end, I'm just going to scuttle off to re-write my bio!

  11. You're an inspiration Carole! Congratulations on having done so well for yourself :)

  12. Great story Carol - could you share it on the BaM blog at some point?

  13. Proud to be one of your Parent Panel.

    you do such a great job and enjoy every success. x