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  1. Segun Pryme
    July 26, 2014 @ 9:03 am

    Hi Debby, Great numbers here. I wonder what I’m doing wrong with shareasale. I haven’t made a dime in the 5 months that I’ve been using the service. Also, I’m in the middle of moving to WordPress from blogger and I’m a little confused on how to set up my feed and transfer feed subscribers. Thanks for your help.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      July 31, 2014 @ 7:48 pm

      Your site is a news site and I wasn’t able to see anywhere that you were promoting any products or services. That’s probably why you aren’t making any money. It takes a lot more than simply posting a banner in your sidebar. It has to be relevant and targeted to your readers and topic and you have to give them a reason to buy it. But at the same time, be genuine and not pushy too. It can be a hard balance.

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  2. mymoderncountry.com
    July 26, 2014 @ 5:48 pm

    Wow! I am continually amazed at your earnings. My little blog is all over the place, and I am currently taking a bit of a break. I really want to change things up and find a “direction”, as I love blogging. Like so many, I started my blog just to document daily life, however, now would like to move forward. Unsure if I should re-vamp my current blog, or start totally new. Any thoughts on this? I’m sorry to say, I didn’t jump on the “Blogger to WordPress” offer while you were offering it 🙁

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      July 31, 2014 @ 7:36 pm

      That’s a tough one. It depends on your domain name, how many followers you have and what they expect from you, what you’ve written about in the past and what direction you’ll take for the future. Domain names are cheap so if you can get a good one, then you might start afresh and let your followers know to follow you at the new site on your new ‘XYZ topic’.

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  3. itzybellababy
    July 26, 2014 @ 10:09 pm

    Love the updates! I am inspired and in awe every month:)
    http://www.itzybellababy.blogspot.com

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  4. carlradley83
    July 29, 2014 @ 7:40 am

    Hey Deby, I just came across to your site from Matthew Woodwards blog – The 96% predicted dive in commissions shocked me… Truly I am sorry to hear that. Anyone who works hard to build an asset like this only to have the rug pulled from beneath their feet doesn´t deserve it.

    In Matts comment, I noticed he suggested digging you heals in and stop sending them traffic. I think he has nailed it!

    It seems that people follow your links because of your more passive writing style, and by injecting a sense of urgency may go against the general flow of your site and have a further negative effect for you.

    You currently send a decent amount of traffic to them right? well, it gives you plenty of leverage to negotiate the cookie period.

    Don´t let the greedy monkeys win!!

    Good Luck!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      July 31, 2014 @ 7:33 pm

      I wish I was that important that I could influence their decision or get special treatment, but I’ve done several emails protesting and they are so big they don’t need me it seems. 🙁 I agree with your comment about the passive and relaxed style and by being all ‘buy now’ and urgent, well, its not me and its not what my readers are used to. I think if I dig in my heels and stop sending them traffic, the only one to loose will be me and I’ll loose whatever remaining commission I might earn. Feeling very defeated after I worked so hard and it was doing so nicely for me. Thanks for you words of encouragement.

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  5. Abhishek
    July 30, 2014 @ 12:25 am

    Wow, what an incredible month. You did a great job with your earnings mate. Btw, what kind of products do you promote from Shareasale?

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      July 31, 2014 @ 7:29 pm

      Actually a bit of lots of things. For example, if I’m sewing a cosmetics bag, I’ll include a link to one of my favorite make up sites. I’m sewing a case or sunglasses or reading glasses, then it will include a link for those too. PLus I link to sites selling sewing patterns and related products too of course.

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  6. Lee @ Lady Lee's Home
    August 1, 2014 @ 8:53 pm

    Hi Deby, I set up Google DFP by myself on my site a week ago and it is working great. Believe me when I say that I belong in a cave! If I did it you can do it in a minute, it really took me only few minutes. I am going through the Mom Blog to Money Blog serious (affiliate link on my site sidebar or you can google it of course). She has a great three video tutorial on how to set it up. I currently have adsense and media.net working there and so far so good, but I am wondering if I should add other networks too. Do you have a recommendation? Also, can you please direct me to a post of yours about Share a Sale if you have one, and also a post where you promote a product that is sold through them please. I would like to see how it is done. I signed up with them a few weeks ago but never had the chance to really get in there and learn how it works.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      August 3, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

      Wow, you set up your own DFP! That’s amazing. So many bloggers I know have tried and failed. I’ve heard that the Mom Blog to Money Blog includes a tutorial on how to do it. Maybe its a service you could offer to other bloggers – setting up and monitoring and optmising their incomes. It’s something that is very much in demand. I suggest looking at Lijit (now Sovrn), Rivit Media if they’ll accept you (usually crafting sites only) and maybe Izea.com. A few extra options for you there.

      In terms of ShareASale, here is one for a free sewing pattern for a cosmetics bag which also includes a link to a cosmetics site as well. http://so-sew-easy.com/easy-cosmetics-bag-pattern/ This one has been really popular and the video has now been watched on YouTube of 45k times! As you can see, its very subtle, but that is what works for me.

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      • Lee @ Lady Lee's Home
        August 4, 2014 @ 1:54 pm

        Oh… I like it. It is not pushy at all. I am as far away from a salesman as possible, but I don’t mind sharing where I buy things. So just by adding links like that to your posts you are making money from Share-A-Sale?

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        • Deby at Moms Make Money
          August 4, 2014 @ 5:15 pm

          Yes. I also do more direct recommendations such as product reviews that it within my niche, but basically that’s all there is to it. It depends a lot on your traffic, how engaged your readers are and what the terms are of the merchant you are promoting. I’m expecting a big decline following a cookie change so it pays to diversify across lots of areas if you can.

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  7. Laria
    August 5, 2014 @ 3:32 pm

    Wow! Great income! I’m just starting my site and was looking for ways to get readers and this really gives me hope. Any tips for newbies?

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      August 11, 2014 @ 10:17 am

      Hi Laria
      Wow, where to start. If you are new to blogging, you should concentrate on just a few areas until you get established. Niche – what you are writing about. Target audience – who are they, what do they want and where can you find them. Content – readers will only hang around if you write great stuff they want to read. Be genuine, use your own voice and write from the heart. Traffic – get you site found, take part in linky parties and read through some of the other tips here for traffic. Once your site is established, then you can nurture your followers and start to introduce them to a little advertising, sponsored posts and product reviews. I hope it goes well for you.

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  8. Dee @ The Kitchen Snob
    August 23, 2014 @ 12:35 pm

    Thanks for sharing these income reports! I like the idea of your Cooking For Beginners site. You could blog about learning to cook and post your successes and flops and people could learn with you.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      August 23, 2014 @ 10:04 pm

      With my cooking, I’m not sure there would be any successes to share!

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  9. Thriller Mom
    August 29, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    This is very encouraging! I am just embarking on the whole “blog money making” journey. It is very exciting but also daunting. Reading posts like yours gives me hope! I’m happy I found your site.

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