6 ways to make Money as a blogger #FVBloggingTips

6 ways to make Money as a blogger #FVBloggingTips

frankvinyl_tips_tricks franvinyl_blogging_tipsHow in the hell do you make money just taking photos of your clothes? Whenever I go to a family gathering or meet new people I always get asked “How do you make money as a blogger? Are you doing this for free? Do brands work with you?” I know though! I totally get it. I can definitely see the confusion because part of our job is making it all look effortless and natural. Of course, a lot of what we do take a lot of time, effort and yes … mucho mullah! So here’s the 411 for those of you who are still confused by the term “blogger”, or those of you that don’t see why fashion bloggers would ever spend their time taking photos of themselves every single day. Especially though, for those of you who want to start making a bit of money as a blogger, but don’t know where to start.

Here’s 6 ways to make Money as a blogger:

Sponsored content. For me sponsored content is the number one way I make money on the blog and instagram. Not all my posts are sponsored of course. I initially started blogging because i love sharing things I am passionate about with others. The minute I only share sponsored content it the minute I become unnatural and unrelatable. However, blogging is hard work and I can’t buy those things I love (let alone run a successful blog) without money. If brands are approaching you to showcase their stuff you should really try and get paid! Especially when some of them give you deadlines and posting restrictions.
Time is money and blogging takes up a lot of time! How much to charge depends on the number of followers someone has, their content, engagement with followers, how much it costs to hire a photographer maybe and how long it takes you to write the post. All of this adds up! If I really really love a brand I might just share it with my followers in exchange for free product or even just share it for nothing, but lets be honest.. if a blogger does this 100% of the time you are just loosing money.
Affiliate Links. You can make commission off of everything you post. I never post affiliates for things I don’t like. Thats just a bunch of hulabaloo (whatever that is). My followers come to my page because they like my style and trust my taste. I make sure to always be true to myself and my style while posting affiliates. I get a lot of questions asking where to get what I am wearing and adding a link only makes it easier for them to get to it. So while you are helping your readers find what they are looking for you get a small percentage for every sale. Win-Win situation right there. The great thing about affiliates is that sometimes you see money rolling in months later.
Years ago I wanted to test out this strategy, so I wrote a post called “Swimsuits for your bodytype“. I made sure to make it SEO friendly and inserted as many links as I could while of course recommending swimsuits I thought were cute. Years later I still see money trickling in from this post. Affiliate links are awesome because you basically can make money while you sleep if you do it right.
As a fashion blogger I love to use RewardStyle and ShopStyle also but there are so many other sites you can use!
Selling a product. Selling a product or service is just another great way to make money blogging. It’s a great way to have another stream of cash flow coming in from the blog. I have seen bloggers make coffee table books (I’ve bought three from bloggers I love!), sell e-courses, have consultations and even seen some sell something as little as a cutely decorated blog planner or wallpaper for the computer. Whatever your expertise is, there is something you can sell on the blog.
I studied graphic design back in college so I used that skill and illustrated a t-shirt design that said “All you need is Cali” (check it out here). The tees would sell like crazy! I promoted it on my blog and social media channels by wearing my own design and styling it plus had a side banner on my front page. There are so many ways to make extra money by selling something. Think about what you are good at and what people might like to buy or invest in from you.
Advertising/ Banners. Your website is prime real estate!! You can use that to your advantage and have companies, brands or services pay you to put their ads on your page. How much you charge and where you place it is up to you. For myself I haven’t jumped on this bandwagon quite yet because I have found that my blog makes more money in other areas. However, that’s not to say you wont make more money with ads than you do with anything else. It’s all so relative and depends on your niche, your blog and your readers.
Hosting: This doesn’t apply to everyone because in order to make money this way you already have to have a pretty strong following. If you do already have a strong following, bloggers can be paid to host a big event and share the event with their followers. Normally for this the brand or company reaches out to the blogger or blogger might include this rate in their media kit to let the brands know they are open to do this.
Marketing Campaigns: Sometimes companies need special content for their social media or websites and ask for bloggers to create the content. This is different than sponsored content because when it is sponsored the blogger has the creative freedom to create the content they like and showcase the products in a way that in natural to them. If it is a marketing campaign the brands team might be coordinating and organizing the campaigns and a lot of time ask for certain requirements, strict deadlines and sometimes have a set budget. A lot of times they work with a lot of other bloggers at the same time to get a stronger push.
I myself have been paid just to shoot product for brands that don’t even need to be shared on my own channels. It was for their own marketing purposes and I was happy to be the face of the campaign.
While there are so many ways to make money most bloggers make sure to do about 3 or more of these tactics all at the same time. With social media and how quickly we are ever evolving it’s so so important to not put all your eggs in one basket. You never know where you might blow up and do extremely well or what platform could easily just never work for you.
I would love your two cents on this. What’s another way you could make money blogging? Also which do you find is the most effective? Don’t forget to sign up to my newsletter here.
ABOVE WEARING : Skull cashmere sweater dress, PYLO HAT

Sign up with your email address to receive news and updates.


  1. Thomas Falkenstedt on November 28, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    I think the best way to make money is to collaborate with companies you truly love, not just ones who pay you. As for myself I cannot really “sell” a product if I look uncomfortable wearing it! So that’s why really try to be picky when I choose collabs. If I can’t be honest about a product, I would lose all credibility as a blogger.

    • Francesca Felix on November 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm

      I”m the same way!! When I first started blogging I would wear things that were “ehh ok.. ” because they were going to pay and the photos would never come out!! It always looked forced. So yeah. I quit doing that a LONG time ago. So yes, Agreed!! People always see straight thru you when you are only posting things to be paid.

  2. Helen Chik on November 28, 2016 at 3:34 pm

    Love how informative this post is love – heaps of new starters would find this useful! I wish I had this when I first started! xx

  3. Christine Kong on November 28, 2016 at 4:22 pm

    Such a fantastic post! Blogging definitely is time consuming and is not as easy as it seems. Although if we make it look effortless we are doing something right. These are great ways to make money and being only a year into this, this is helpful for me. The only other way that comes to mind is reselling all the gifted items we get as well. Xoxo, Christine

    • Francesca Felix on November 28, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      oh yeah haha so true. people always forget that part!

  4. Yuena on November 28, 2016 at 5:15 pm

    Definitely going to save this blog and read it as motivation in case I forget. Thanks for sharing!!
    With love,

  5. camille on November 28, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Haha I have such a hard time explaining this to my familyβ€”need to forward this all to them πŸ˜‰

    • Francesca Felix on November 29, 2016 at 9:12 am

      hahah and even then they might still stare at you confused! I know mine does haha.

  6. Atsuna Matsui on November 28, 2016 at 7:59 pm

    Thanks for this share. I’ve been doing so much research on how to monetize blogging as of late. All information from experienced blogger is so helpful! I’ll definitely share my knowledge on my blog as well after I’ve done more homework. πŸ™‚ Thanks for this share babe.

  7. Jo on November 28, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This is a very informative post. Even though blogging is a part-time thing for me right now, I am still hoping to be able to do it as full-time. So this is very helpful to me. Thank you very much!

    • Francesca Felix on November 29, 2016 at 9:12 am

      Glad it gave some insight!! Thanks for stopping by

  8. Deddeh Howard on November 28, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Such great tips for blogging. Thanks for sharing beautiful.

  9. Stephanie on November 28, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    I get the same question constantly “how do you make money doing this?” and it’s always so interesting to explain it to someone who is completely unaware of the blogger process. There are so many amazing ways to turn blogging into a full time job, and these are just a handful of them. I love reading about your different options!
    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  10. Sharon Wu on November 28, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    What a wonderful post Francesca! Like Helen, I wish I had a guide like this when I first started because when I first started I literally knew nothing and didn’t know where or how to begin really. Haha. Another way I make money is by selling my gifted clothing after shooting on Poshmark because let’s face it… my closet is running out of space constantly and more often than not I will forget I even had a piece of clothing if I don’t wear it often or really love it. It’s a great way to get some cash on the side and keep my closet clear (and ready for new clothes ha!). xo, sharon

    • Francesca Felix on November 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

      I know! When it’s great how much information is out there now! It was so hard at first to even know where to begin!

  11. Bernice on November 29, 2016 at 12:51 am

    I love all these great tips to be a financially successful blogger! When I first started years ago blogging was so daunting. I hope this helps new bloggers do what they love πŸ™‚

  12. Linh Dao on November 29, 2016 at 12:59 am

    Wow thank you so much for sharing this! I’m having a hard time making money off of my blog! But I will sure use some of your tips and put work into mine and start making money!

    • Francesca Felix on November 29, 2016 at 9:11 am

      Hope it helped!! I will keep some posts like this coming! Let me know if there is anything that you wanna know more about πŸ™‚

  13. Josie on November 29, 2016 at 7:00 am

    I really love reading these kinds of blogspot! Very informative! Sponsored posts and affiliates are a great way to earn money! I think the key is to always promote brands and products you genuinely love!
    Thanks for sharing this!
    Bisous, Josie

    • Francesca Felix on November 29, 2016 at 9:10 am

      yes so so key! Thats the most important I feel. Thanks for stopping by !

  14. gracie on November 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

    I am so thankful for this type of blog post, it is so helpful & informative. I have not yet jumped into the advertising piece so I loved reading your take on it. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with all of us. It is great πŸ™‚
    xx, gracie

  15. Mariann Yip on November 29, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Thanks for sharing love! I wrote a similar article this past summer about how bloggers make money. I think it’s always a good idea to let people know what we do and how we do it!

    • Francesca Felix on November 29, 2016 at 11:37 am

      I think so too! Some people are so confused about it!

  16. Jenn Hanft on November 29, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Aw thanks for sharing this!! It’s so helpful and informative. I’ve heard a lot about affiliate links but I have yet to try them out. And I totally agree, blogging is hard work!! I hope more brands realize that as well as bloggers realize their self worth.
    XO Jenn

  17. Samantha Mariko on November 29, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    these are great tips for making money! Thanks for being so thorough πŸ™‚

  18. Kusum on November 30, 2016 at 7:15 am

    Right? The kinds of questions we get asked all the time are so funny and at times ridiculous! I have been meaning to sign up for Shop style and Reward style for a while but yet to do so!
    xx, Kusum | http://www.sveeteskapes.com

  19. Jessi Malay on November 30, 2016 at 1:24 pm

    These are such great tips that will definitely help a lot of aspiring bloggers out there. Thanks so much for sharing and have a great rest of your week babe πŸ™‚
    XO Jessi,

  20. Yasmin on November 30, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    Thanks for the tips girl! It took me a long time to realize my worth as a blogger and I am still learning. Many companies reach out and ask for a post or to link their content, but don’t offer anything in return. It’s important for them to realize that we do this not just for fun, but also to live. But I also realize larger companies can offer way more than smaller ones, and I try to accommodate when possible. It’s all about finding the right balance for you while staying true to your voice. Still, I do shake my head when people ask about what I do and when I mention blogging as a part of it, they don’t take it seriously. It’s still a mystery to many!
    xx Yasmin

  21. Jo on November 30, 2016 at 7:50 pm

    This is such a great list of ways to make money from blogging! At first when I started I thought making money would come from just sponsored posts but as you’ve said, I’ve learned that making a living out of it comes from a combination of different opportunities.
    xo, Jo

  22. Lola on December 3, 2016 at 5:06 am

    You look great!
    NEW BLOG ! please follow me : YOUNG BLOG

  23. Miki on December 5, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    I love this post. I have mainly done collaborations and really enjoy working with companies with items that I love. Having a good combination of these seem to be best though. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

  24. marcy on December 10, 2016 at 3:37 am

    I always get asked the same thing hahahaha!! Absolutely enjoy reading your post greta tips from a successful bloggers like you.

Leave a Comment