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  1. Jann from Newton Custom Interiors
    September 11, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    Deby, again thanks for making these figures known to us readers. I found it interesting that you stopped working with Lijit. I very recently signed up with them. Don’t have any figures yet.

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  2. Deby at Moms Make Money
    September 11, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    Hi Jann, a high percentage on my traffic is from overseas and their rates for these views were very low, so other advertisers were beating them overall. Depending on your traffic balance you may get much better rates. Good luck with it.

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  3. Karly Spalding Photography
    September 11, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    This is very interesting. Just starting a blog and will have to look into these options. Thanks for sharing!

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  4. Angel
    September 11, 2013 @ 10:34 pm

    Wonderful post. Great motivation. Thanks for sharing with us at our Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop.
    Angel

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  5. emily
    September 12, 2013 @ 1:52 am

    I am always so impressed with your share a sale returns!!! WOw. I appreciate you being transparent with your earnings and wish I could be just a bit as successful as you :o) Looking forward to “sewing” with you in Nov… By the way.. I forgot the date I signed up for? Can you shoot that my way?

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  6. Brenda Young (@UniqueJunktique)
    September 12, 2013 @ 8:01 am

    So looking forward to your next phase for switching existing blogger to wordpress! Your horror story really was informative! Thanks for sharing your earnings and tips as well!

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  7. fuller255
    September 12, 2013 @ 1:44 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing this information. it is so helpful to us new bloggers to see where the potential revenue streams are.

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  8. Brooke
    September 13, 2013 @ 8:48 am

    Thanks for sharing this with fellow bloggers! So helpful, and informative. Have a great weekend.

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  9. kathleen
    September 14, 2013 @ 10:04 am

    I would love to know how you got in with BlogHer. Seems like every time I try to set up an account I hit a wall or get the run around from them. Am I missing something? Like, do you have to have a specific number of readers before they’ll do advertising on your site? Any tips in that depatment would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      September 15, 2013 @ 8:20 am

      It took a long time to be accepted. I applied back in January and wasn’t accepted until end of June. They have a set number in their network so it needs bloggers to leave for spaces to become available. Its well worth it – the rates are very good, especially for US traffic. I’m not aware of any specific numbers and certainly from what I see they take a variety of sites from the very big to the very small. I am sure they have a quota per niche too so that they get a variety of styles and subjects in their portfolio. And I loved the recent post about your craft show – the stall looks amazing.

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  10. itzybellababyitzybellababy
    September 14, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Always a good read here. I appreciate how you post what you are earning. It is so hard to gain a perspective on this when just starting out. I have signed up for a few of the ad services you use, and haven’t made a dime- but my following is so small compared to yours;)
    Thanks!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      September 15, 2013 @ 8:13 am

      These things will take time, and it mostly is about numbers, although a small loyal and engaged following can often be better than huge numbers who just drop in to enter your latest giveaway or link party but don’t really read the site. I just popped over and read your latest post – it’s good to see the areas you are working on. I wondered if you had signed up with Blurb on ShareASale. When you sign up they send you a code to make your own photo book for free, which you can then review and promote on your site. It might just be one thing your target audience might be interested in – all families love photos and to make them into a book each year is a great way to save and organise them. Good luck.

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      • itzybellababy
        September 17, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

        I will check that out. Thank you so much for the visit and the advice:) I am plodding along!

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  11. happilyevercrafterz
    September 16, 2013 @ 6:01 pm

    Wow…thanks for your honesty and willingness to share this info! I’ve been blogging for almost a year and those figures and numbers made my jaw drop! One day I hope to get to that point!

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  12. Abby
    September 17, 2013 @ 9:40 am

    Thanks for sharing this! I had no idea there were so many options! Following you now on g+!

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  13. Amberly Steele
    September 17, 2013 @ 3:33 pm

    Thanks so much for the info! I just started a blog and I am very overwhelmed with all of this stuff!!

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  14. Ashlee @ The Crunchy Moose
    September 17, 2013 @ 5:08 pm

    Thanks so much for revealing your personals!!! I’m a new blogger (about 2.5 months). I just signed up for shareasale last week. Do you mind detailing how you promote your shareasale affiliates? I got 11,000 page views over the last 30 days. I’m excited that I am almost 3 months old and can apply for blogher. Thanks!! Ashlee @ ~ thecrunchymoose.blogspot.com

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      September 17, 2013 @ 6:25 pm

      Basically with my affiliate sales, I buy the product I want to review myself, keeping in mind what I think my readers would be very interested in. Then I trial the product, review it and show how I have used it, what I have made/done etc. So its very much a personal review and information on a product I think they might want to know more about. If I can then include this product several more times, each time showing how it solved a problem that I had, then I have got good value from it. I have little success with just placing a sidebar advert – affiliate sales often need to be more direct. There is an affiliate sales Case Study post on the site you might find useful in this regard.
      Well done on your new site – good page views in such a short time. 97 posts in July – wow that is beyond prolific! However, although you have lots of adverts and affiliate links on your site, I don’t see any kind of disclosures anywhere. Do be careful and make sure your site complies with the FTC regulations for Bloggers – you should clearly and conspicuously disclose all sponsored posts and affiliate links before the link itself. You wouldn’t want to lose all your earnings defending yourself from prosecution!

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      • Ashlee @ The Crunchy Moose
        September 17, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

        Thanks so much for you speedy reply!
        Oh-my-goodness. I didn’t know about all the regulations. That’s crazy. Thank you so much for opening my eyes. I am going to have to dig into that more and make my site comply with everything. I actually have added the ads within the last week. And I need to go back and clean it up because it’s very crowded. On my list for the next day or 2. Thanks so much!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Katie
    September 18, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    I just started blogging about 6 weeks ago, I am only using adsense and amazon fully. Just started with ShareASale. Do you have any advice on how to do well using ShareASale? Thank you!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      September 19, 2013 @ 9:00 am

      Hi Katie – I did a whole post on affiliate sales, a case study, on how I have found it works best for me. I try to be informational rather than hard sell and encourage click-throughs even if it doesn’t result in an immediate purchase. Try some of my suggested ShareASale vendors – Blurb is a great one to start off with because they give you a voucher for a free photo book to make yourself which you can then review on your site. Otherwise, think about what products you use, what your readers would be interested in and give them information about those products. I hope the case study post helps you.

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  16. ThisSillyGirl'sLife (@DanaDeVolk)
    September 27, 2013 @ 6:50 pm

    How do you have time to keep up with all this?! I’m over here just happy I made over a dollar on adsense today… LOL, help me!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      September 27, 2013 @ 7:12 pm

      Truthfully I feel like I don’t have enough time! I have SO many ideas and plans and just can’t get them all done quick enough. There are so many posts I want to write, so many things I want to try, so many patterns I want to make and offer on my sewing site. But its all too many, so many, and only a fraction of them get done. I think I need a virtual assistant!

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  17. EileenA EileenA
    November 1, 2013 @ 8:59 pm

    Thank you for taking the time and explaining this to us, I just started Monetizing my blog with amazon associates Hope it goes as well. What other affiliates do you recommend best, for my blog art & crafts most of the time?

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      November 2, 2013 @ 6:48 pm

      The best schemes are really going to be the ones that stock the products you would buy online. Assuming your readers have the same tastes and interests as you, what would you be interested in? A lot of online stores have an affiliate program, but its often hidden away on their site somewhere. Think about what you buy online and where you buy it, how you could promote it to your readers – and these are the programs that would probably work best for you. I actually find Amazon doesn’t really do too well for me, their commission rate is very low and the tracking cookie is only 24hrs – crazy. You need big traffic, a lot of clicks and big ticket items to make good money with them I think. But with Christmas coming I’d love to make a little extra….time will tell.

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