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7 ways to help you make money through blogging


Making money online is one of those things that a lot of people want to do, I mean, who doesn't want to make money from the comfort of their own home? 

There are a few methods out there that you can use to make money, but none of them will make you money over night  this isn't a get rich quick scheme, you have to put in a lot of work.

So what do you need to do?

Well, assuming you don't have a blog already, be it with Blogger or Wordpress, then the obvious first step is to create one. There are a few blogging platforms out there, but Blogger and Wordpress are the main good ones. 

Write about something you love and it wont become a chore for you, don't pick something that you have no interest in as you will quickly get bored and most likely give up. 

Research your niche on Google and come up with original and interesting content that will drive traffic to your posts.

Below you will find some ways to help you along your journey to making money with your blog. 

Skills as a service

Use your own natural attributes and skills then promote it through your blog. For example, if you are good at writing or have knowledge about a subject then why not create an Ebook and publish it on Amazon Create space?  Likewise, if you are good at organising why not offer your services as a VA (virtual assistant) on websites such as Fiverr

Affiliate Marketing

You can use affiliate marketing websites such as Awin, Skimlinks and Rakuten to supplement your earnings by converting standard links to affiliate links. These websites offer a huge range of brands under one virtual roof, which means there will be more scope for larger earnings.

Look for opportunities

You can check Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms for specific keywords such as #bloggerrequest #prresquest #bloggerswanted for opportunities (like sponsored posts) that you can apply for. 

Offer advertisement slots

Use your blog as a space to advertise products for a fee. This could be through in-article ad placement or side bar placement. Ensure you have an ad page to make it easy for companies to see what you are offering.

Post your articles on Social media

Social media is a great way to get more coverage for your posts and ultimately generating more revenue from your site. Use platforms such as IFTTT to automate this process for you.

Collaborate

Join blogging groups and make friends. Not only will these groups help you with hints and tips, but they will sometimes offer valuable opportunities and you will meet some amazing new people along the way. 

Create a brand or product

Use your brand to create products that fit with what your readers want. Whether it be home, lifestyle or clothing. Listen to your readers and create or collaborate with others. For example, if your readers like style articles then why not try creating your own style brand via websites such as Spreadshirt and Printful

There are always ways to make money especially if you are doing something you love, have a think about what you enjoy rather than trying to make money doing something you hate. Your readers will thank you for it. 

Do you have any other ways which you have made money from your own blog? Good luck trying some of the ones listed above!
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Connor's Top 12 | August Must Buys



It's August already, well really it's nearly September yeesh! Where did the year go? So to get you into the season I wanted to kick off August with a top twelve wishlist. These are my current favourite picks for the season, can you tell I'm not ready to let Summer go? 

Drinks By The Dram - This is one I'd like to get for the festive period as, let's face it, we are (probably) a bit too old for the chocolate advent calendar tradition. I've spoken about this brand before here: Taste Testing Expensive Rums. They do offer other spirit types and I really like their wide range of products. 

Recycler bin - The woman is always telling me to recycle, so this is me making an effort. This bin features two 10 litre buckets made of plastic and is ideal for offices or small rooms.

BBQ Tool Box - This BBQ looks like it would be great for those who want to go to the park on a warms summers day and bust out the BBQ, whilst pretending to be on the job.   

Tiki Glass - Don't these glasses look amazing? I think they'd look great beside some Deadhead rum bottles displayed on your drinks cabinet. What do you think? 
BB8 App Controlled Droid - Who doesn't love BB8 from the new Star Wars movies? This robot is app controlled and by using your phone you can send it voice commands, have it record and view holographic videos and also watch it's "personality" evolve and grow.

T-shirt - This ''Why is the rum gone?'' t-shirt is great and as it sums up the end of a Saturday night very well. It would be a great addition to my wardrobe.

Spider Catcher (Sale) - I don't think I know anyone who genuinely likes spiders so this little tool is a god send. It is trigger operated and uses little spiny bristles to capture and hold the little buggers. 

Grow Your Own Chillies - I enjoy growing things and I enjoy chillis so this is something I'd love to add to my collection. This pack includes seeds for growing Tabasco, Demon red chilli, Hungarian Hot Wax chilli, Jalapeno and Anaheim peppers. 
Kilner Barrel - I really love these novelty drinks dispensers as they make drink storage fun and not to mention, Kilner is the main and best brand for preserving and fermenting all types of products.

3-in-1 Grill - I absolutely love how compact this is and the fact that it comes with automatic rotating skewers! This features a reversible grill, which means that one side is a griddle and the other is a standard hot plate. 

Hot Headz Gift Set - I first tried the Hot Headz brand when I picked up some Hot Headz habanero crisps from Rafi's spice box in York, and they were really spicy but tasted great! I'd love to get my hands on this gift set, as the flavours sound really intriguing and claim to be really spicy!

Apple iMac (Sale) - I'm not usually someone who purchases Apple products, but you have to admit that they have got a lot of things right when it comes to their iMac range. Featuring a 27" Retina 5K display, 3.2Ghz i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 1TB fusion drive this is a great option if speed and performance is something you are after. 

So that's it guys, that's the August wish list. Would you buy any of these? What are your thoughts on these items? Please let me know below!

         
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Historical York | Our First Visit & Not Our Last


At the end of last month, we decided that we were going to take a trip to York, as it was somewhere that we both wanted to visit and as it was coming up to the Summer Holidays we thought that the time was right. We both love history and York seemed to be one of the best places to go to get our fill. We will be showing you some of our holiday pics in another post. 

We had decided to take the train down to York from Scotland as at only 3 hours to get there, as at the price of £42 each it seemed the money to travel time ratio option. Train travel doesn't bother me to much, but the leg space can be an issue as having 42 inch legs, outside not inseam! (that is 35 inches) tends to have me awkwardly bunching them up or having them stretched out into the passage way. Extra leg room is something that wouldn't go amiss! 

Once we arrived at the train station we had to walk for about 15 minutes to get to the hotel, however, we had to go through all of the main sights, including the gigantic York Minster, so it was a really nice walk! 

The hotel we stayed at was the newly built Travelodge in Layerthorpe, it's literally been open for about one month and the location was perfect as it was five to ten minutes walk from the major tourist sights. The walk into town each day was gorgeous as you could travel via the York wall and miss all of the hustle and bustle.  


I really love staying at Travelodge hotels as I have always found that their rooms are modern, consistently immaculate and very well cleaned. The staff are very accommodating, polite and really take customer service seriously. 

Upon entering the hotel, after the mandatory visit to the Costa that is built onto the side of it (Yes there is a drive-through bloody Costa on the site!),  we were greeted by a very polite reception staff member who checked us in promptly and gave us our key cards and offered her help if and when we needed it. 

Just to the left of the reception is the bar which opens around ten o'clock. The bar is stocked with craft beers, ciders and a large selection of spirits and liquors and is priced fairly, you can choose to drink in the bar or restaurant or, take your drinks to your room. I quickly got myself a bottle of Kopparberg Naked Apple as it's not something commonly seen in the shops in my local area. I've wanted to try it for a while and it didn't disappoint. 

There is also a restaurant in the lobby area, that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, but we didn't try any of the food as we spent all of our time walking around York enjoying the sights. 


As I mentioned above, the rooms are spotless and very modern, and feature very comfy king sized beds. Each room has a decent sized TV (I believe they are 32 inches) and Wifi is available for 30 minutes free of charge, after which you have to pay £3 for 24 hours. Air conditioning is also available if you need to adjust the temperature!

The bathroom features a large head shower, toilet, sink, large mirror with adjoining storage area. There are also two soap dispensers available for free - one beside the sink and the other inside the shower. We used both of these and they clean really well without drying out the skin. 

Overall, we really enjoyed staying at this Travelodge so much so, that when we traveled to Nottingham later that week and stayed in a Premier Inn, we wanted to go back to Travelodge to correct the dismal experience we had in the stain [and hair] filled Premier Inn experience! One major difference we noticed (other than the cleanliness) was that you had silence in the Travelodge but the Premier Inn you could hear people in the next room, in the halls and doors opening and closing. 

Believe it or not, the Travelodge was cheaper than it's competitors. Worth a visit guys for sure. 

         
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Just Arrived | Le Mini Macron Hits The UK


I just heard on the grapevine that Le Mini Macaron have just hit the UK this month (!!!)

If you haven't heard of this brand then let me tell you some more about them *winks* first off this is in no way linked to the company itself. It's not sponsored, collaborated or well, basically anything other than me reiterating what I've heard and having seen the Kickstarter back in 2015.

Le Mini Macaron from what I know created a Kickstarter that showcased the products and received double the amount of their initial $15000.00 This itself tells you how awesome it is. But I'm being vague here, aren't I?

Their main base products are gel manicure kits - we've all seen these kits before and they're nothing new. The difference here is that the brand has reinvented it so there are fewer tools needed and therefore your gel manicure will cost less.

The little macaron shaped cutie is actually the gel lamp. In order to use it, you simply plug it into your laptop via the USB. Then you apply the gel polish before curing. It's as simple as that. Once you've prettied up your talons you simply unplug your USB and pop the cute macaron away.

Included:

One Gel Polish - Colours are pink, red, cassis, grape, peach,  baby blue, rose creme, sweet mint, midnight blueberry, rose gold, chocolate sparkle, and pinot noir.
Power Cord & USB Adaptor - This explains itself really. 
Tools - Necessary for a good finish. You'll find a cuticle stick and a mini nail file is a must.
Gel Remover Pads - You'll receive 10 pads in each pack.
Step-by-Step Instructions - English, French, Spanish and German instructions. 
Led Lamp - Shaped like a cute macaron. This is suitable for curing one finger at a time and can be plugged into any USB port. 

Additionally, the high-shine, chip free polish features an innovative 3-in-1 formula which combines base coat, colour and top coat all in one for speedy application. I love that they've created a full system that packs away neatly and easily. 

There are so many colours to choose from and they continue to add more like their Champagne kit which features, err, champagne polish. 

You'll find these popping up in Feel Unique, QVC, House of Fraser and strangely Gordons Chemist. I believe these are priced around the £34 mark. Is this DIY kit something you think you would try or are you more of a spa gal?