How to Start a Money Making Blog – ShopSense Review
Another post in my Tecky Tuesday how to start a money making blog series! Today I am showing a tool not only great for more viewed blogs but also for smaller newer blogs. This outlet is ShopSense, something you may have already seen used on my blog. Unlike Skimlinks, which I discussed last week here, that pays you for items bought from your site ShopSense pays per click.
This is the major perk with ShopSense over other affiliate sites. If you link items from a company that is in affiliation with ShopSense then you can create a link that generates some income when clicked, whether the item is bought or not. The amount you do receive does increase if items are bought and it can quickly begin generating money. It has a very user friendly interface that is easy to navigate, you can also see the most popular items and stores which is useful feedback.
Another perk with ShopSense is ShopStyle. Many of you may have heard or use ShopStyle. I often use their layouts tool to create my wishlists. I find items I like, favourite them and then go into layouts. There I can see my favourites and simple drag and drop the images and then arrange them outside of Photoshop. I then screen grab the finalised image and link the items with ShopSense links in my post.
There are downsides with ShopSense too. One is that there is no indication of how many clicks made or items you have helped sell so you don’t know how much you are paid per click or sale. I noticed a sudden drop in daily amounts made just before my first payout, it has since gone back up but as I cannot see the number of clicks there is no way of seeing why this is. Secondly, the payout from ShopSense only happens once your balance reaches £100. This can take a long time and I imagine is where they make their profit if some bloggers never reach that target. Thirdly, ShopSense isn’t an automated system, you need to go into tools and convert links. Not all online shops are included, such as Ebay. Lastly, ShopSense will be making a cut, there is no way to see how much and you can potentially earn more from other affiliate sites if your readers often buy items.
I hope you enjoy me sharing this information on how to start a money making blog and please share anything else of interest with the community in the comments below!
Have you tried ShopSense?