I was pretty unprepared by then and learned a lot along the way by reading lots of articles and talking with fellow bloggers. Looking back at it I think it would have been easier if I knew some things before.
Next to this visual presentation that I showed at the HIVE along my talk, I added some extra notes Enjoy!
- TAKING CARE OF YOUR BLOG - Find original blog material, post at least 3 times a week, be personal now and then. Take a look at your blog, what is the first impression? Take off unnecessarily things, are your links working? Etc...
Get a counter installed on your blog that not only shows you the number of pageviews but also the number of unique visitors.
I started accepting advertisers when I had around 45.000 unique visitors a month (pv 75.000)
But also if you run a blog in a very small specific niche you can still get advertisers. I have a friend who gives out free patterns for children clothes She sews them and makes pix with her child wearing them. She was approached by advertisers of fabric and sewing materials.
Connect with a company who take care of your adverts. There are lots of companies who work with bloggers and will do the business part for you. They will deal with advertisers and find them for you
Passionfruit Offers you the possibility to add buttons to your blog and let advertisers directly buy from there.They handle the business part but you are still in charge on what ads to run on your blog.
If you are a blogger with an amazing talent for crafting, cooking or designing..... you can do something with it. Be creative and think of ways to do something with your talent. If your readers keep telling you they love what you make then open a an Etsy shop to sell your products. You already got the audience!
Sent your design, postcards or posters to magazines, they might use them in their styling or write about you.
If you run a webshop with an additional blog, Invest in good product pictures. Find a talented Photographer/stylist who makes amazing pictures.
Your shop and name can end up for free in a printed magazine who chose the picture because they really love it. Pictures are picked up by bloggers and on pinterest. You will have free advertising and a good looking webshop.