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 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net