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How I made Over $1000 With Linqia In A Month

Many of us started blogging to chronicle our lives, or share a hobby, or just as an outlet for our thoughts, without giving monetization any thought. There are many ways to make money from your blogging: through affiliate marketing, your own product, ads, sponsorship, etc. Today I’ll share with you how I made a bit over $1000 in a month with Linqia.

How To Monetize Your Blog With Linqia

What Is Linqia And How Can I Make Money With It?

As I mentioned above, one of the ways you can make money with your blog is through sponsored posts. You can find these by reaching out to brands on your own, or by signing up with an influencer network. Linkia connects influencers (that’s us, bloggers) with brands. What does that do for brands?

  • increase awareness about their products
  • launch a product
  • grow their audience
  • increase sales

This is where you come in: if you have the right audience for a brand, you can work together for mutual benefit.

Linqia is a pay per click (PPC) netwok, which means you make as much money as you are able to drive traffic to the brand during a specific time frame. I first heard of Linqia about a year ago, and dismissed it, because I thought I could never send enough traffic to make it worthwhile.

But I was wrong! I applied some time in November and was accepted into the program in December. I also got my first campaign in December. I’ve since applied for a second account (for another site) and been accepted in it as well. I’ve done 2 campaigns in this second account in the past 2 months and made over $1000 in the last month.

Want to sign up for Linqia now? Here’s my link.

Do I qualify to work with Linqia?

They do have some criteria you need to meet before you can be accepted, but it’s not hard. When you go to the sign up page, there’s a pop-up that will ask you a few questions before you can apply. Here’s a screen short for you:

Here are the requirements you need ot fulfil before applying to Linqia

If you can take care of these requirements, go ahead and  apply. Fill out your profile completely, since that’s how they’ll know what campaigns to send you. And watch your email for a reply from Linqia. Once you are approved, you should start getting invited to campaigns that fit in with your audience.

I received invitation on both of my accounts within the first month after applying. When you get an offer, you’ll need to accept it and the terms that come whit it. Make sure you read that email carefully, as you need to do some very specific things as part of your campaign (nothing too hard, but you need to make sure you can perform).

Some people didn’t get an offer for several months. If you don’t get your first campaign offer in the first 30 days after being accepted,  I suggest you contact Linqia and inquire about any campaigns that fit your audience. Make sure you tell them a bit about your audience in that contact email. Be proactive for best results!

How Much Money Can I Make With Linqia?

How much money you can make depends on the size of your audience. For my first campaign on both accounts I made less than $200. You are initially offered a smaller number of clicks (clicks you need to send to the brand). Depending on how well you do, your next campaign can make you a lot more money.

Here’s an example from my second account, which is a gardening site. My first campaign had a limit of 124 clicks because of my small audience. My blog only gets around 200 visitors a day, and I have a Facebook page with about 15K followers.

I delivered those 124 clicks in the fist 2 days of the campaign (usually campaigns last about a month). But I didn’t stop promoting: I continued sharing my blog post and campaign links to my FB audience. I ended up sending 1349 visitors to the brand’s site before the end of the campaign.

Yes, I only got paid for the first 124 clicks. But 3 days after that campaign was over, I was invited to another one, from the same brand. This time they increased my visitors allowance to 737.

As you can see, how much money you make only depends on you. If you work hard at building an engaged audience, and doing what you can for your brands, you’ll be rewarded.

Linqia Has An Affiliate Program

Another way to make money with Linqia is through their affiliate program. For every person you recommend (and gets accepted) you get $5. When they finish their first campaign, you also make 15% of their earnings (one time only).

I happened to invite a blogger with a large audience, and their first campaign gave me more than $100.

So, between my own campaigns and the money from my referral, I made close to $1200 in a month.

I find it very easy to work with Linqia, and hope I gave you a glimpse into what YOU can do too.

See how easy it is to make money with Linqia. I show you how I made $1000 in one month from a site with only 200 visitors a day!

Interview With Michelle Of Making Sense Of Cents

Michelle of Making Sense of Cents and her hubby RV full time, and she makes more money in a month than others make in an entire year. Want to know how she does it? Come on over and read my interview with her, where she shares a bit from her journey. A few months ago, one of the FB groups I belong to had a discussion about what’s possible with blogging. That’s when I “met” Michelle, the blogger at Making Sense Of Cents. She said she was making somewhere around $50K with her blog (by now, she doubled that! HEr last income report shows she made $102,911 WOW!!!), and was planning to create a course to outline her methods.

WOW! I heard about people making a living online with blogging (I made some good money over the years myself), but Michelle was making more in a month than others made in an entire year. Today I’m sharing with you an interview with Michelle: a bit of the behind the scenes of a six figure blogger 🙂

Can you please share a bit about yourself and Making Sense of Cents?

Hello! My name is Michelle Schroeder-Gardner and I run the blog Making Sense of Cents.

I graduated from college in 2010, and again in 2012 with my Masters with an emphasis in Finance. I started out as a financial analyst, and worked in that position for 3 years.

5 years ago, I started my personal finance blog with the hopes of teaching people how to save money as well as keep track of my financial progress after reading about a personal finance website in one of their articles. Due to that website, I became extremely interested in personal finance blogs, and my interest in blogging just grew from there. Before August of 2011, I didn’t even know that blogs existed. I didn’t know what they were, I didn’t know that they could make money, or anything like that.

I did not create my blog with the intention of making money blogging. It was really all just a hobby. But, I realized that I really loved blogging (of course, I still love it!), and I eventually left my financial analyst job so that I could blog full time.

On my blog, I write a lot about the many ways to make extra income, money saving tips, living your dream life, RVing (me and my husband RV full-time), and more. I love managing my blog, Making Sense of Cents, and I am very grateful that this is now my full-time career, my business, and pretty much my life.

Want to do what Michelle does? Check out her Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, where she details step by step how she makes money.

How do you decide what to write about?

I usually write about topics that I come across. This may be problems that I’m dealing with, problems that people I know are dealing with, reader questions, and more. I have a LONG list of over 100 blog topic ideas currently in my note pad.

Do you do keyword research before you start each blog post? What tools do you use?

I actually currently don’t do any keyword research. Everything is very organic.

Do you SEO your posts? How?

No, see above 🙂

What steps do you take after writing a post? How do you give it visibility?

I’m not the greatest at promoting my blog posts, but it is something that I am working on. Currently, I just promote my blog posts through social media, such as Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest, as well as informing my email subscribers about new blog posts on Making Sense of Cents as well.

How much traffic does it take to make money blogging?

It doesn’t take a ton of traffic to make money blogging. This is a huge myth about blogging! I receive around 400,000 monthly page views and I’m earning around $100,000 a month. It’s all about running and managing your blog correctly, as there are TONS of ways to make money blogging. You just need to find what works for your blog and your readers.

Do you believe content needs to be thousands of words long? Or do you think shorter content makes sense too?

I think this just varies depending on the blogger as well as the niche. For myself, I like to write longer posts. Plus, I’m in the personal finance niche which means that longer posts are pretty much required, as it would be difficult to explain any personal finance topic in just a paragraph or two.

Due to that, most of my blog posts are around 1,500 to 2,000 words each.

How do you balance work and life? Since you’re making good money, don’t you feel like you should be working all the time?

As a blogger, it is SO easy to work all the time. I used to be completely horrible at managing a good work-life balance. It’s something I still struggle with, but I am much better with it.

The main thing I do in order to keep my sanity is that I like to work ahead as much as I can. I’m currently around 1.5 to 2 months ahead when it comes to work, and this makes it easier for me to take a break from the blog every now and then.

What would you tell someone who’s been working online for a long time and still doesn’t make significant money?

My top would be to either take a high quality blogging or blog monetization course, such as Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing, finding a blog coaching, joining a blogging mastermind, and so on. Doing one or all of these things will help you to see where you may be doing something incorrectly or what you may need to work on.