Blog your crafts and earn a little?

@coffeebreak (17820)
United States
October 18, 2012 7:26pm CST
Does anyone have a blog they use about their craft..and make money from it? I know about Affiliate incomes and Amazon.com incomes and Adsense etc...but is there any other way of earning? I have tried all those and took me 4 Years to cash out at minimum $100. I quilt and would love to blog about it, but at the same time...I need to earn some extra income and if I am spending my time blogging about it, I want to be able to make a little to..otherwise it is a waste of time and I might as well just quilt and have fun. Anyone have any suggestions? I see so many blogs about quilting and they are great and good ideas and education etc...but the time they put into it...and I can't get any of them to tell me if they "earn" from it or not. If I had more time I wouldn't mind, but I am not going to waste time on something that who knows what is going to happen with it. I do Squidoo and get at least $10 a month from that and it doesn't take that much time...and if I spend more time on it I coud earn more... but I love quilting and that doesn't seem to be something that people want to learn about on Squidoo...that is why I thought a blog. But only if I can earn from it!
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@capirani (1841)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Squidoo would be a good place to start out I think. You don't have to be tied to one topic and you can make money with your crafts ideas on Squidoo. The idea is to write some good lenses (that's what they call the pages on Squidoo, as though it is looking through the lens of your eye or your camera at your topic) and then add some good sales modules for items to sell that are used or work together with the same topic. For example, I have just created a lens about scrapbooking. I wrote about different aspects of the art, added some YouTube instructional videos also, and then added sales modules where people can go buy scrapbooking supplies, or even old vintage historic scrapbooks, etc. I have lenses about other hobbies of mine as well doing the same thing. As long as there are people out there who enjoy the same craft that you are writing about, you can get traffic to your pages. The thing is, with a blog or Squidoo or any other website you create, you will still have to work hard to promote that site to get it in the top rankings in the search engines or nobody will find it. It's all about getting the traffic to your site before you can make the money on your site. And getting traffic is about working good SEO and playing by the rules of the search engines in order to get your site up in the rankings.
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@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
19 Oct 12
I do Squidoo..have about 30 lenses or so. I have one with quilting tips nad things,but no traffic and no purchases. I have the one about cupcakes and that one nets me about $15 a month or so. But I just can't get the quilting one to do anything. I know it is a less popular hobby, but still...there are quilters out there and I look at things as I do them... I do searches in and out of squidoo for things relating to quilting and ideas..so I assume others do to, but they haven't found me yet I guess! And yeah...that traffic is what brings the world down, isn't it! That is so frustrating. I do submit to search engines on all my lenses...I ust have to hope the right people are looking for me I guess
@capirani (1841)
• United States
20 Oct 12
What is your Squidoo lensmaster name? Mine is the same there as it is here. I have 33 lenses, most of which I have made in the past month. I had 10 for awhile but wasn't really doing anything to promote them or build the business, so to speak. I had spent a long time working to make sure another lens was growing and paying off. Now that it is, I am able to work on mine. I would love to see your lenses and your quilting lens. Do you keep updating your lenses regularly and making sure to Ping them when you update? I think that is important although I have heard some who don't think it does anything.
• United States
19 Oct 12
You are talking about a very specific niche, which unfortunately isn't very commercial. I'm having the same problem with my poetry blog. I have been thinking about approaching some of my writer friends, and asking if they would like my help to promote their books. I think in your case, you should try to start a home based business with your quilting. You could write about it in your blog, and promote your business. You might also think about trying Yahoo Voices. Just recently I saw an article about do it yourself Halloween decorations up for grabs. They were offering an $8 upfront payment plus performance income.
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
19 Oct 12
I used to do Associate Content and get paid for articles until the recession hit and so many were doing it and the payments went down to so little it was hardly worth my time to write. I haven't heard of Yahoo Voice, I will look into that. I am not good enough (yet!) to do my quilting as a business...I was just hoping to offer help and tips etc to others...I look at others blogs for the same so I figure if theirs helps me, maybe I can help someone too..but at the same time...I still have to support myself..or in this case..my hobby!
• United States
19 Oct 12
I have been writing for Yahoo Voices for a few days. I published a game article for an upfront payment and I'm still getting paid for the number of views on it. The rate they pay is also the best I've seen. It's $1.50 for every thousand views, and if you build your reputation with them you can get $2 for every thousand views.
• United States
20 Oct 12
Yahoo Voices and Associated Content are actually the same site. Yahoo bought Associated Content a year or two ago. The site looks different but it still works pretty much like it did when it was still Associated Content.
@cher913 (25887)
• Canada
19 Oct 12
what i would suggest is that you link it to pintrest. everyone who is crafty is on pintrest! this way it will lead them back to your blog!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
19 Oct 12
Well now that is a thought! I'll look into that one too!
@capirani (1841)
• United States
20 Oct 12
I've tried linking Squidoo lenses to Pinterest before but it never seemed to work out much. Finally I got bored with Pinterest and quit using it. Not because of the Squidoo thing, but just because most of what I was finding was the same stuff over and over. I think I wore it out. lol
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Oct 12
I had noticed that too capirani...but I just started looking so I can look a few more times. I look for ideas and inspiration for new quilts I make...but as you say...same thing every time. But if Icould just link my two things...I could just do that much. I have to look into it. I have no interest in posting lot of stuff I find that I like etc.
• United States
21 Oct 12
You could actually try a number of things regarding blogging about quilting for money. You could start your own blog and in addition to blogging about quilting you could also sign up for under a site such as blogsvertise.com or sponsoredreviews.com. I've been a member of both of them (and been paid) and it's a quick and easy way to make some extra cash every now and then by blogging about whatever topics they assign to you and you accept. You could also try signing up for Postloop.com which pays you for posting topics and responses on other people's forums that you subscribe to through postloop and I'm sure there's a quilting one in there somewhere although I haven't looked for one. In addition to simply blogging about your quilting hobby, have you considered actually selling the quilts you've made? You could set up a shop on Etsy.com and try to sell your quilts and make money that way as well. Good luck!
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
21 Oct 12
I tried something like you mention about answering questions (for payment) but that didn't work out so well...more work than it was worth. Selling my quilts.....still leary about that. I am good, but still, I dont' think good enough that I could in all good conscious sell them for even what I paid for the materials. But then again I know that I am my own worst critic! Others might think I am pretty good! At the moment, I am making quilts for my grand kids for christmas and some for my church for the people there so I won't be able to start anything until next year...but I am thinking etsy...when I was scrapbooking I had an online store of my handmade stuff and other supplies and also sold in a scrapbook auction site...did okay on both-paid all my scrapping expense and earned enough to buy more stuff, but when I tried Ebay..never sold a thing! My biggest problem with selling quilts online is the shipping..those things can be heavy!
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• United States
22 Oct 12
I think everyone is their own worst critic! :) You could always other people what they think and what they would be willing to pay for your quilts if they saw them for sale somewhere to get an idea of what to charge on top of what it costs you to make them. I've actually had some luck selling things on Ebay in the past and as for the shipping costs, I usually have the buyer pay for the shipping on larger items. The USPS also now has those priority mail boxes for items up to 70lbs I believe and if they can fit in the various size boxes they have you can ship them anywhere in the US for a flat rate.
@bretay61 (723)
• United States
19 Oct 12
I'm with Cher.I would definitely try Pinterest.They have a little of everything on there.And a good way to build up followers which in turn may help build your site.Are you signed on pinterest.If so what is your name on there?I will follow you.I love to quilt,but haven't had much time for it lately.I mostly knit and crochet
@coffeebreak (17820)
• United States
20 Oct 12
I"m going to look into it and see what I can do. I just have to wait till after christmas cause at the moment I am making quilts for each of my 5 grand kids and not much time for anything else. I used to crochet but after making so many blankets and giving them to people I kind of lost interest in it. I keep thinking I might pick it up again for something to do while watching TV like I did before, but I don't watch much TV anymore...nothing on worth watching! My Squidoo is http://www.squidoo.com/lensmasters/coffeebreaker