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Make a Grand Per Month With Your Blog

If you own a blog, you likely keep it up because you love writing and helping others. Making money from your blog is difficult, but many people have managed to make at least some money with affiliate advertising as well as sponsored posts.

However, there’s another way to make money that you may not have considered–reaching out directly to companies to work with them.

Ways You Can Earn Money Working With Brands

One of the easiest ways you can connect with brands is asking to host a review and giveaway on your blog. A few years ago, many smaller brands were interested in working with bloggers because it was a novelty. Now, many of those same companies have been bombarded with requests and are no longer quite as eager to work with all bloggers. The key is to make yourself and your blog stand out from the rest of the

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Join Pinterest to Grow Your Side Gig

If you’re an entrepreneur whose started your own gig or would like to (which I’m assuming you are because you’re reading this blog!), one medium you can’t ignore is Pinterest. Pinterest has more power to engage your customers than Facebook or Twitter!

I know, you may have put off joining Pinterest because you think it’s just a place for women to go to waste time. (I actually had an artist friend tell me that when I tried to convince her to join Pinterest to advertise her drawings and paintings of Great Danes.) If that’s what you think, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to grow your business exponentially.

We’re all visual people, and an eye catching photo can lead people, hundreds of people, from Pinterest to your website, increasing your traffic and your sales. Whether you’re a blogger, freelance writer, crafter, or anything else in between, joining Pinterest and

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4 Ways to Market on a Shoestring Budget

We’ve all heard the saying, “You have to spend money to make money,” but if you’re looking to make a grand per month to pay down debt or even just meet your monthly bills, spending money to make money is impossible.

Unfortunately, in what seems to be a catch-22, if you are just starting a new business, you need to find a way to advertise and get the word out about your business, which usually involves spending money.

I say usually because marketing yourself and your business doesn’t have to cost anything.

Kelly Lester, the work at home mom behind EasyLunchboxes has grown her business from an idea to a business that will make $1 million in gross sales this year, just three short years after she launched.

Surprisingly, while she markets frequently, she doesn’t spend money to do so. In short, her advertising budget is $0.

Kelly Lester’s Marketing

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Do Some Marketing Research Before You Try to Make a Grand Per Month

With the new year comes the desire to improve your finances. One of the best ways to do this is to make a grand per month. Maybe you created a business in 2012 and want to grow your earnings; maybe you are just now perusing this blog for ideas on how to start a new business.

No matter where you are on your journey, now, at the beginning of the year, is an excellent time to do some homework, so to speak, to learn new ways to increase your business and reach potential customers.

Luckily, there are some very good books out there that will teach you, so you don’t have to spend a lot of money. In fact, if you have a library card, you can access these resources for free.

Here are some great books to help you learn to market your business and gain more customers:


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Dying a Slow Death

Last summer my daughter wanted to plant a box garden so we went out and got some wood along with some soil and seeds. We planted tomatoes, cucumbers, and carrots with plans of eating from the bounty during the summer. Well, life got busy and my daughter lost interest so all we managed to get out of that garden was a few sickly tomatoes, some malformed carrots and yellowish ugly cucumbers. Needless to say, failing to tend to the garden, weed it, and water it appropriately led to its demise over time.

A Slow Blog Death

The same holds true for most anything in life including blogs. Recently, I have been witnessing a disturbing trend. Traffic at this blog and at Cash Flow Mantra have been declining (at least last month, Penny Thots seems to have reversed course). You can see it in the numbers below:

Month Cash Flow Mantra

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