Frequently Asked Questions: Blogging

Frequently Asked Questions: Blogging

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Over the years, I have received countless questions about blogging. I thought it would make the most sense to create a post to answer all of the questions in one place. I’m going to try and update this post periodically, as I continue to receive questions!

When did you decide to blog full-time?

I basically decided to blog full-time when I felt the timing was right. Luckily I was in a position where I was still living in my parent’s home, so I had a bit of a safety net. What people sometimes fail to realize is that you’re not going to become an overnight success {well, at least not in most cases}. Even though I’ve partnered with many incredible brands, and am able to support myself through blogging, I’m still not a top blogger. And it’s not me being humble or hard on myself, statistically I’m just not. And that’s okay with me. Everyone is going to grow at their own pace, and the decision to blog full-time is completely dependent on your situation.

How long have you been blogging?

I started blogging at the beginning of my senior year of college in 2012. It was originally called Teresa Laura Style, and officially became Money Can Buy Lipstick in October 2013, when I decided to truly pursue blogging. It started as a hobby, and became a career overtime.

How do you earn money through blogging?

I’m absolutely not afraid to be transparent about how I earn a living through blogging. I’m just not someone who likes to discuss money frequently, because it can sometimes be a bit taboo. In this case, I want to be as helpful as possible to any new bloggers, so I don’t mind discussing! There are three main ways I earn money through blogging; sponsored content, affiliate commission, and advertising.

I earn the most through sponsored content. Sponsored content can be tricky. As a blogger, it’s crucial that you create sponsored content that is as organic as possible. Partner with brands that you already love and trust. Your readers can easily tell when you’re partnering with companies that do not align with your brand. When you rely on blogging to earn a living, it can be tempting to partner with a brand that doesn’t exactly relate to your blog. Try your absolute hardest not to. In the long run, you’ll be happy that you were selective.

How did you grow your following?

This is the question I probably get the most, and there is no simple answer. Growing your following takes time, and patience. First and foremost, quality content is key. Your readers and social media followers want to read and see content that interests them. Keep them coming back for more. And don’t think you need to post constantly. I am a firm believer in quality over quantity. Your readers can tell when your heart is not in a post. Next, it’s important to engage. Start a conversation with your readers, reply to comments, and collaborate with bloggers. Blogging is all about open conversation and interacting. Make sure your readers know there is an actual person on the other side of the computer. Not only will it make you more relatable and grow your readership, but you would be surprised what kind of relationships can develop through blogging. I have made some amazing friends thanks to my blog!

Blogger or WordPress?

While I started on Blogger, I believe WordPress is the better platform. Blogger is great for beginners, but WordPress offers an amazing selection of options and widgets to really take your blog or website to the next level. The switch from Blogger to WordPress can be a bit costly and time consuming, so I recommend starting with WordPress from the very beginning. You may need to invest extra time in learning the platform, but it’s worth it.

How do you take such bright photos?

My secret weapon is a light reflector. It’s such an inexpensive, great tool for brightening your photos. I purchased mine on Amazon. As far as editing goes, I love using Lightroom. I have a monthly subscription to Adobe that allows me access to many Adobe programs such as Photoshop and Lightroom.

Another tip: Natural lighting is always best. There are many tools that allow you to manipulate and enhance your photography. However, natural lighting allows you to take bright, clear photography without the need for much editing.

How do you stay motivated?

Blogger burnout is real. While I wish my mind was filled with endless ideas, sometimes I can hit a wall and lose all creativity. When that happens, I find that unplugging for a bit is the best medicine. If a photo-shoot at home just isn’t working, I call it quits and reschedule for a different day. Like I said, it’s all about quality over quantity. If my heart isn’t in a post, I like to revaluate and try to find inspiration. I typically find inspiration through my surroundings, magazines, TV and film, and from watching YouTube videos. It may sound corny, but inspiration is all around us; you just have to step back and look for it.

What kind of camera do you use?

I shoot most of my content with a Canon Rebel SL1. My favorite lens is the Canon Macro Lens EF 100mm.

What type of computer do you use?

I use a 12-inch gold MacBook and 21.5 inch iMac.

I would be more than happy to expand on this post in the future or create a part two. Please leave any questions you may have below. I hope this has been helpful! xx

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