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  1. Patti
    October 11, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    I’m always blown away by your totals for each moth. Livin’ the dream, baby! Well done.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 11, 2013 @ 3:47 pm

      Yup, I was pretty blown away myself this time! I truly think it was both Karma and timing. I hope I don’t have to post a huge embarrassing drop next time, but I probably will!

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      • tinaemenes
        October 25, 2013 @ 6:32 am

        Deby, I believe in Karma and timing, but hard work is what got those numbers! Congrats!

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  2. Brooke
    October 11, 2013 @ 8:45 am

    WOW! Congrats on you amazing month! I can’t get enough of your monthly earning numbers. They’re so fascinating to me. I don’t have anything in place yet for making money from my blog. Where should I start? AdSense? I get a bit overwhelmed by it all. Thanks so much for your amazing tips! Enjoy your weekend!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 11, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

      You could certainly try Adsense to start. You just place it and forget it, so if you are a bit unsure about how to promote other types of offers, then there isn’t any needed. But adsense does really rely on numbers – you will need some good traffic to get some good earnings. Good luck with it. Did you see the post about Blurb – if you are looking for your first affiliate offer to promote – this one would be an easy start.

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  3. Maria @ www.musicteachingandparenting.com
    October 11, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Congratulations! Very inspirational and educational at the same time!
    Maria

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  4. Seher | Simply in Control
    October 11, 2013 @ 7:25 pm

    Wow, this is amazing!! I don’t understand ShareASale though, it doesn’t seem to be helping me at all…Zero bucks so far. Do you think you could go on my blog and see if I’m doing something wrong? :'(

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 13, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

      Hi Seher. I don’t see anything wrong with your site – it looks great. The offers in your sidebar are smart and neat and well targeted, and I see good use of Amazon links in your posts. However your site is very new still and sometimes these things just take time. It can be very much a numbers game, with only around 1% of your visitors likely to click any kind of advertising link – so more readers=more clicks=more sales. Do read the posts I have in the affiliate sales category for any tips. You might also try Blurb if you haven’t already signed up. Remember that making affiliate sales is often much more involved than posting a banner advert – the best sales will come from reviewing and promoting products you use personally and that your readers would be interested in based on your niche. Concentrate on gaining readers, gaining their trust and continue plugging away with the links in your posts, and eventually the income should start to drip through. Good luck with it, and write again if you have any more questions. Deby

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  5. Diane | An Extraordinary Day
    October 12, 2013 @ 7:19 am

    Congratulations Deby!
    I’m wondering if you have a VA to help you stay on top of all your advertising, projects, and posts, plus all your link parties. I have found that link parties are a bit time consuming with their timing.
    Best wishes for an extraordinary weekend!
    ~Diane

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 12, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

      I have so much going on, so many ideas, so much I want to do and only about 20% of the time I need to do them! I could certainly do with a virtual assistant. Trouble is, I’m concerned it would take me so long back and forward with emails that it would be quicker to do it myself.

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  6. Becky
    October 12, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

    I love it! congrats on the earnings. Don’t discount your hard work in there– even if it’s free, the backend time is a lot. X fingers it keeps up for next month!

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  7. Bev @ Tha Make Your Own Zone
    October 13, 2013 @ 8:34 am

    I always think it’s interesting to see that you can’t really just look to one source of income for all your earnings. And along that line, I’m curious about how to use Blogher and Adsense together. Perhaps you could share the pros and cons of that in another post. Thanks for sharing your numbers!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 13, 2013 @ 10:41 am

      There is no real conflict with Adsense and Blogher ads. Blogher get my top two positions, above the logo and the top right on the sidebar. This is part of their agreement that they have to be the most conspicuous, be above the fold etc. Then lower down on the sidebar I have two more Adsense adverts. On my most popular posts, free patterns and tutorials I also place another Adsense advert beneath the post – and despite these getting far fewer views, they do get more clicks and I earn more from this placement than any of the other Adsense adverts. As much as I don’t really like adverts within the posts too much, the one at the bottom certainly earns me the most money. Of course Blogher also back-fill with Adsense ads too so sometimes when I see my site I see several of the same advert which does annoy me. But nothing is perfect in life!

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  8. Mystery Case (@msmysterycase)
    October 13, 2013 @ 3:56 pm

    I’m fairly new to the blogosphere and looking at ways to monetise my blog, so I was rather excited when I found your post at Create With Joy. I’m also considering moving from blogger to wordpress but doing everything myself at the moment and don’t really have the time to learn a new platform/way of doing things. Is there a huge benefit in being on wordpress?

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 13, 2013 @ 4:17 pm

      Hi Mystery! I’ve used both Blogger and WordPress and can say 100% (if not more) that I would NEVER have a blogger site again after they shut down my site for no reason and deleted it. All my hard work lost – you can read about it in my Google Horror Story. Wow, and moving your site – did you know I had a free service to transfer Blogger to WordPress sites? There are a few terms and conditions of course, but I could take all that worry away and move the site for you, I’d even buy the domain name and pay for your hosting – all for free! Find out more here. AND I have a great page full of WordPress tutorial videos you can use to quickly get up to speed too. Looks like we were made for each other. Let me know how I can help you get what you want from your blogging! Deby

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      • Mystery Case (@msmysterycase)
        October 14, 2013 @ 7:50 am

        I have a domain already so not a blogspot.com site for Mystery Case but I might keep you in mind for a second mysterious platform that I’ve launched that is blogspot.com.

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  9. Sarah
    October 14, 2013 @ 3:54 pm

    You are doing amazing!! I would love more info on how you do your affiliate sales. I will go ahead and look through this blog to see what info you’ve put out so far. I’ve signed up for Commission Junction and Share a Sale, but I have a hard time figuring out what to promote and how to fit it naturally within my posts.

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  10. Kathe
    October 14, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    I’d love to have earnings like just what you get for Share a sale alone but, I live in Colorado and I don’t think I can sign up for it? I need to work on my Adsense ad units but I need to find the time to set them up correctly. I do love seeing your monthly income reports Deby! You give me something to work toward 🙂

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  11. Emily Thompson
    October 14, 2013 @ 11:59 pm

    I’m really interested in you blogher income… pretty good compared to the other ads… however I was at their site and ready that you can’t really do other paid reviews or company promotions with their ads on the page…. I’m just not sure….

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 15, 2013 @ 7:51 am

      Its true that you can’t have Blogher ads showing on the same page as sponsored posts and paid reviews. But you can have a short summary and a photo, then open the post into another page that doesn’t display the Blogher ads on that page only – using a widget logic plugin which they can talk you through setting up. Its a bit restrictive, but not impossible to do it. They certainly do pay very well compared to my other advertising – much more so for US visitors than other countries.

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    • Lisa @ Fresh Eggs Daily
      October 16, 2013 @ 1:17 pm

      Blogher isn’t accepting any new bloggers right now from that they tell me. And they pretty much want an exclusive also youre right.

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      • Deby at Moms Make Money
        October 16, 2013 @ 3:00 pm

        I was on the waiting list for Blogher for months until they suddenly wrote and said there was a spot. So your time will eventually come…

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  12. Heather @floridafitnessmom
    October 15, 2013 @ 6:46 am

    I am so in awe of you right now! Completely impressed! I’m trying to make $50 for the month LOL AWESOME!

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  13. jugglingrealfoodandreallife
    October 15, 2013 @ 12:51 pm

    Congratulations on a great month! I’m beginning to figure this out. Diversity is key and continuous evaluation is in order.

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 15, 2013 @ 2:45 pm

      Absolutely, no one wants to watch a one-trick monkey!

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  14. Shannah @ Just Us Four
    October 16, 2013 @ 1:43 pm

    Thanks so much for sharing so much detail with your readers! I am amazed at your earnings. Congrats on a fantastic month.

    Thanks so much for sharing at the Pinworthy Projects Party.

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  15. Katherines Corner
    October 17, 2013 @ 7:36 am

    you are my bloggy hero! Congratulation s on your continued success.Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop! ♥

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  16. Divya
    October 17, 2013 @ 8:46 am

    super great going, I have a question reg blogher, I read their condition that currently we should not be having any ad above the fold, but right now I do have a few affiliate ads, so should I remove all those ads and then apply? Allow how to do other paid reviews with the blogher ad in the blog ( I use blogger platform)

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 17, 2013 @ 9:57 am

      You can keep your ads where they are for now and only move then later if you are accepted – they understand that. And it can take months to get to the top of their waiting list. I’m not sure how you would be able to use them with Blogger – does anyone using Blogger know if Divya can control which pages might show her Blogher adverts? Blogher would certainly be able to help you, their tech support team is good with things like this and have helped other bloggers with the same questions I’m sure.

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      • Divya
        October 17, 2013 @ 10:24 am

        thanks..I tried signing up long back but got confused with all their terms

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  17. Kathy Penney
    October 18, 2013 @ 9:01 pm

    You are making what I was making when I was working in corporate America! Such an inspiration to what’s possible in this blogging world! Thanks for sharing at All Things Pretty!

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  18. Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
    October 19, 2013 @ 11:34 pm

    I’d love to hear more about your success with Share-a-Sale – – – there are so many affiliate opportunities with it – how do you know which ones will bring in the most profit? Which ones have you found most successful? Thanks!

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    • agirlandagluegun
      October 20, 2013 @ 12:16 am

      yes…wondering the same thing!!!

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 20, 2013 @ 9:36 am

      Which ones will work for you and bring you the most sales depends on your niche and the products and services your readers would be interested in. I know you have a broad following Mandy – did you see the latest post I did about Blurb? Pay for Christmas with Blurb – this could fit easily on your site. It’s all about being genuine, picking the right products/company and being consistent in promoting them. The companies one blogger does well with would not necessarily be a good fit for a different site. I once tried to promote a deal on business cards – although it was a great deal, no one reading my site wanted business cards, so I didn’t get any clicks. Christmas is coming – think about what YOU plan to look at or buy online – assuming your readers share the same interests are you, then these are the products that could work on your site.

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  19. Pat
    October 29, 2013 @ 12:41 pm

    Congrats on the BIG income this month!

    Have you written a separate post yet about direct advertising? Like where to start and all that good stuff?

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      October 29, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

      Not yet – I had one planned about Passionfruit ads, the service I use. But then they went and introduced a $50 a year charge and I put it on hold. That’s a lot of money for small bloggers to pay. I still like and use the service – I’ll have to add it back to my topic list. Thanks for the suggestion.

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  20. Jen
    November 5, 2013 @ 7:22 pm

    Hi Deby – I’ve been following you a few months now and I’m ready to set up my blog this week. How come your Commission Junction income made such a big leap this month? Which ads on your site are CJ ones? Do you think its worth it signing up for CJ right away or should I wait a few months?

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    • Deby at Moms Make Money
      November 5, 2013 @ 7:40 pm

      I started working with some different affiliate programs in that month and they earned well for me (but I don’t want to give too many of my secrets away!). I don’t think it really matters what network you sign up for. It’s more important to match yourself to the right vendors selling the right products and services that are relevant to your readers. Find the vendors to work with first, then sign up to whatever network they are working through. Some will also work with you directly and not use a network at all. I think you will find that if you have a brand new site, you might find it hard to get accepted. Some will require at least 3-6 months of regular blogging to see your content etc before allowing you into their network. I wish you luck with the new site!

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