Just under 4 months ago I started a brand new lifestyle blog. It was my Summer challenge: “Can You Make Money With A Lifestyle Blog?” I’ve held off talking about how I got on until today’s talk at The Blogging Mum’s Conference.
I reveal all in my latest video… Making Money Blogging With A Brand New Lifestyle Blog (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly).
Niche Or Broad Topic Blog
I’ve always had the view it’s better to start a niche blog than a broad topic blog. This is the advice I give to my students. But what if I was wrong?
Now some people may be happy to leave their convictions untested but I’m just not one of those people. I always need to know. So this is how my Summer challenge came about.
What if I set up a broad topic lifestyle blog to test out all my assumptions? Find out what it’s really like to blog about lots of different topics?
Can You Make Money With A Lifestyle Blog?
To find out how I got on it’s best to watch the video:
I got some amazing traffic in just my second month of blogging and my first sale in just 41 days.
You can read all about it in these posts:
My lifestyle blog has had it’s ups and downs this Summer. It’s like that with all new blogs. One minute you’re elated when you get your first sale or a big hike in traffic to your blog.
The next you’re on the verge of giving up when your affiliate sale is refunded or Pinterest has changed their algorithm AGAIN and your traffic has taken a nose dive!
Starting a lifestyle blog is definitely about playing the long-term game.
Did My Lifestyle Blog Make Money In Just 4 Months?
Yes, but not very much. I’ve been thrilled by my traffic but I’m holding off putting adverts on my blog until I can sign up with MediaVine.
MediaVine is an advertising network that typically pays out double the amount you can make on AdSense. I’m nearly there! Realistically I should be able to make $100-$200 per month from advertising once I hit the MediaVine threshold.
Just about all my effort has gone into growing traffic. I failed to start writing review articles to drive affiliate sales until very recently. (The dump and go attitude to affiliate links almost never works whatever type of blog you have).
I’ve had four sales on Amazon Associates this week. That’s practically doubled my total income from Amazon in one week, so I’m hopeful my income will start to increase in the months up to Christmas.
I just need to make the time to write more reviews!
Conclusion. Can You Make Money With A Lifestyle Blog?
My view is it’s better to start a niche blog. You have better focus and it’s easier to attract followers interested in your subject.
However, most people making good money from niche blogs have a wide skill set. They create products or sell services.
It can be a lot easier starting out with a broad topic blog… you just blog about popular topics and promote them on social media.
List posts and how-to posts work really well. It’s passive income. Grow your traffic to make money from advertising and affiliate income from writing reviews.
Ultimately it comes down to you and your comfort zone. You can make money blogging with a niche blog. You can make money with a lifestyle blog. All you need is a little time, patience while your blog grows and some hard work!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes definitely but it takes time and hard work to make a good income from a lifestyle blog. There are many different ways to add income to your blog. The easiest,when you’re a new blogger, are advertising and affiliate marketing.
This is a tough question to answer. A lot of lifestyle bloggers don’t disclose their income. There are a few very successful bloggers who shout a lot about the huge amounts of money they make. For most people it will take time to build up a modest income. From my recent challenge of setting up a lifestyle blog, I believe you can expect to make $500 to $1000/month within a year if you work consistently on your blog and write about popular topics. Some people will be more successful but this is a reasonable target for most people.
Think of a lifestyle blog as a window into the author’s everyday life. It’s a blog about their interests.