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Monday, August 1, 2016

5 Ways to Earn an Extra $2,000 a Month by Blogging

Making Money

5 Ways To Earn An Extra $2,000/Month By

August 01, 2016
by: Kel Amstutz 



I wanted to share a post today that could get some of you, who read the blogs, are curious about the blogs, are showing interest in starting your own blog, a chance to:


Many of you know that I have kept this little blog, Life at Gray Gables, since Fall of 2013. I started it in order to relieve my writing frustrations. I had so much data going on in my brain that it was literally leaking from my fingertips and begging to be typed out and I needed an outlet to...well, let it all free! 

 It wasn't until May of 2014 that I started getting serious about my blogging and things started to happen!

Let's face it though, blogging can, will be, and frankly, IS overwhelming

 It took me a good five (5) months of trial and error, and ramblings to get a good thing going...and even then, I have re-created myself over...and over again!  


What do I mean, I am sure you are asking yourself. 


Well, it took me about five (5) months to really figure out

  • my WHY 

  • my HOW 

  • and my PLAN

I had to fail in order to see how I wanted to go about my blog, and I also had to figure out some sort of automated routine to keep going forward

I had to figure out my posting schedule, the subjects that are important to me and what I needed to share with my readers, and the ways that I wanted to monetize my blog, when I finally got to that point

These items all turned out to become a BIG PART of my daily routine



When I started blogging, I really wasn't thinking about making a living blogging. I honestly didn't even know you could make a steady income from a little blog, let alone make $100,000/month blogging.

Yes, I put in the hard work, countless hours of research, and all of a sudden I found myself in a wonderful place

I get to write about things that I LOVE, I get to write about my Gray Gables, my family, our meals and recipes, our chickens and business and any other subject that tickles my funny bones along the way. I get to work whenever I want, from wherever I am at the moment, and I get to earn money around the clock. #thankyoureaders

When I wake in the mornings and check my stats, I get to see how much money I made overnight...while I slept...and that is the beauty of blogging



But, that being said, there is a lot that comes into play to creating and maintaining a good and/or successful blog.  

Today though, we are going to touch on the:

(& yes, I researched, I live by, and I use myself to grow my blogs!)

Grab a cup of joe and let's have a look/see:

Nope! I can't wait to be done with school in two weeks and then off to my dream job! Haters approval not needed! I have found something I love to do! It makes me happy to see I'm such an inspiration to all my haters :):
If you found this post interesting, I bet you’ll love checking out my other most popular posts:

1. Mediavine (Advertisement)
One of the easiest ways to monetize your blog is to Advertise. It just requires you to join a publishing company and depending on how the company works, you can earn money RIGHT AWAY. Usually these earnings will be based on the amount of page views that your blog gets per day and will process payment every month based on those stats.
There are so many different advertisement companies to choose from. The most known among bloggers would be Google Adsense
Let's be real for a moment, the payout for Adsense is not great, but jumping on with them for a few months helped me understand the process. A few months ago I decided to switch to MediaVine. Let me just say...hands down best decision ever and my earnings have been higher than ever also!
2. Bluehost (Affiliate Sales)
Another great way to earn money through your blog is through Affiliate Sales.
I use Bluehost's Affiliate Program and earn about $1,000 per month. 
This works by allowing me to share articles about how awesome blogging is and show that Bluehost is a great hosting company to be with (and they are!) and for each referral processes, I receive $65 from Bluehost.  What this breaks down to is that after people read my articles regarding blogging and they feel like they'd like to start their own blog, they can click on an affiliate link that will redirect them to Bluehost- where they will have to start if they want to create their own blog- and for every sign up, Bluehost gets via my blog, I get a commission! 
While I don't do sponsored posts often, I know that they can bring in some good cash
Sometimes people and companies will reach out and present an article or idea, and sometimes I will write one for them.  The pricing is different depending on one or the other, but in general- at this point in my blogging career, I charge around $30 per sponsored post. This is due to the fact that I do not do these often. I know other bloggers charge upwards of $100 per sponsored post, so it really just depends on the situation and where you are in your blogging profession!
5 Ways to Shine at Sponsored PostsIt can be easy to get a handful of sponsored posts in one month and it can also be easy to make between $1,000 and $2,000 per month just by sponsored post writings. 
The reasons that I do not do many sponsored posts is because I am pretty picky on content and subjects and will only write about things in which I have tried and believe in. It makes no sense to me to write a posting about a topic that I am unfamiliar with, but have done some research on. I like to keep it real and focus my creativity on a library of knowledge and resources in which I use and know. 
So, point in hand, it might be a great avenue for you, and while I do not dismiss writing sponsored posts, it might not always be a good fit with your blogs overall message. 
4. eBook
Here is an area of expertise for me. 
I am a writer. 
I love writing and have several eBook publications out there on the world wide web. 
Writing an eBook can be time consuming, especially when trying to deliver a quality product to your audience. I have some space out there and each one took a lot of time and editing to ensure that it was ready for my readers, with more to come. 
eBooks can be listed for $20 and can bring, on average, $3,000 a month just on that one book, and this is on top of other income sources.  
To say the possibilities are endless in the eBook realm is clearly a gross understatement.
 Here is my most popular eBook! 

I strongly recommend my eBook, The Social Media Manager Kit by Kel (w/ bonus) in order to get you started. It will include templates for emailing potential clients or those you landed a completed job with, it will allow you to focus and challenge you to keep moving forward. 

This life, working at home, being financial free and with my family, is something that I used to dream about

  • I am living it. 
  • I am loving it. 
  • I am making it my life! 

Need More Help?  

Check out my eBook, Make your Dream a Reality in 30 Days or Less! - a jump start guide with templates to get you ready, set and ROCKING this Social Media Manager gig! 
5. eCourse
I will be the first to say that this one can be a bit scary, but I have heard that it is beyond rewarding!
I know several bloggers who have launched an eCourse and easily made $100,000 in their first month!  The opportunities are limitless when it comes to creating an eCourse, but it definitely requires WAY MORE work than just writing a sponsored post.
You will have to make instructional videos and work sheets. You will need to create the framework for people to follow your eCourse. 
Yes, a ton of work, but I can see how rewarding it would be to help someone on their journey.   I have been brainstorming on an eCourse idea, and while it is currently not high on my list, it is definitely something that I want to create and share in the near future! 

And, there you have it!  5 Ways that you can earn some SERIOUS MONEY just by blogging. Honestly, there are SO MANY OTHER WAYS, beyond these, but here are the MOST FUN and MOST REWARDING ones. Once you set these up, they literally turn into passive money making income sources that you simply have to manage from TIME to TIME. 
And, understanding that your AUDIENCE makes this happen, seriously, they deserve a hand!!  
So a huge #thankyou to my readers for making my life possible, and here's to hoping that in the near future I can get on those eCourse ideas and help make this YOUR life too! 



Monday, July 25, 2016

5 Ways to Shine at Sponsored Posts

Making Money

5 Ways to Shine at Sponsored Posts

August 01, 2016
by: Kel Amstutz

If you’re working with brands (or hoping to), at some point you’ll write a sponsored post. But how do you make a blog post about a brand not one big buzzword-filled snoozefest?

Well, keep it true to your style and voice for starters.

You’ll not only make the brand happy; your readers won’t hit the back button either.

These five tips will give you a fresh twist for your next sponsored post.

Plus, check out the examples from bloggers who know how to write for brands in a way that’s both authentic and informative.

Just Be Real… Even if that means at Your Own Expense

You don’t have to sound like you’re spouting marketing-babble when you write a sponsored post.

Brands want to see you being you so keep it real, even if that means showing a less-than-perfect day or poking a little fun at yourself.

Shining Example: Anne from did a great sponsored post for Kohl’s Wink of Pink Giveaway. Is pink her favorite color? Not at all. But she took on the challenge of working in pink clothes into her wardrobe, which makes a believer out of any pink skeptic. Not only that, Anne wasn’t afraid to poke a little fun at herself.

5 Ways to Shine at Sponsored Posts- get real, even at your own expense! 

Every time I see this picture, I crack up. That would TOTALLY be me.


It all starts with a Compelling Headline

If you want to bore someone into never clicking on your blog post, then start off with a really boring blog post title. 

Who wants to click the link that says “NEW POST: Free React Mobile App”? Zzzzzzz. 

Instead, create a snazzy headline that makes readers curious. The only caveat? You MUST follow-through with an awesome post!

Shining Example: Dani from Cloudy with a Chance of Wine does this brilliantly, both the headline and the post. Instead of calling her blog post “Free React Mobile App,” her post is titled “Why I Never Left College Parties by Myself.”

Now THAT’s a post I want to read. She doesn’t disappoint, using her college mishap to explain why this app is such a good idea.

5 Ways to Shine at Sponsored Posts- have an irresistible headline


Add a Dash of Video

Do you like creating videos? 

Well, no one says your sponsored post has to just be written words. Adding video to your posts helps readers really get a sense of the product being talked about (not to mention, get to “know” you a little better by seeing more than a little headshot in your sidebar.)

Shining Example: Fadra from All Thing’s Fadra is always the first person who comes to mind when I think of great sponsored posts with videos. Her post for Kia about Life in a Small Car takes a humorous look of a luxury chick trying out the Kia Forte LX. She saves some of the car’s features for the text, but in the video she shows herself using the car for a little trip to a blogger meetup. She takes the car for a spin, drops cookies, and her camera falls. While the latter two might not relate to the car, the video is memorable and fun… just what Kia wants.

Give Readers a Benefit that Clicks

A rookie marketing mistake is to only talk about a product’s features. Typically, benefits are what seals the deal in a consumer’s mind. Using __ product will make me ___. So, when writing about a brand’s product or service, consider your audience. How can that “thing” make them healthier? Improve their life? Simplify their day? Solve a problem?

Shining Example: Anna from My Life and Kids didn’t just create a green smoothie recipe to promote Silk Coconutmilk. She tapped into a feeling most parents have: feeling tired. Her solution is an energizing smoothie for tired parents all over. (Must try this!)
With three little kids, a growing business and an endless pile of laundry – I don’t have time to be tired. No – seriously. I don’t have time to spend my afternoons yawning or unfocused. I don’t have time to spend my mornings in a foggy, half-awake state while I try to get one kid on the bus, another kid dressed for preschool and keep another kid from playing in the toilet.
5 Ways to Shine at Sponsored Posts- give readers a benefit that clicks

Be Relate-able

Brands work with bloggers because they’re “just like you and me.” A brand talking about their own product, service, or cause is one thing, but hearing it from someone we can already relate to? That’s even more convincing. When you start off a sponsored post with something everyone can relate to (like nostalgia), you get your audience nodding their head… and reading your content.

Shining Example: Roo from Neon Fresh knows how to pull readers in with a relate-able, humorous style. And her sponsored post about eBay’s Curate a Collection for a Cause is no different. She gets you all nostalgic for the 90s (even as a child of the 80s, I can still relate to playing Oregon Trail, yo), which is the perfect set up to talking about eBay, isn’t it? She makes me WANT to put together a curate a collection…maybe one in which I curate bits and pieces of the 80s (Rainbow Brite anyone?).

Nope! I can't wait to be done with school in two weeks and then off to my dream job! Haters approval not needed! I have found something I love to do! It makes me happy to see I'm such an inspiration to all my haters :):
If you found this post interesting, I bet you’ll love checking out my other most popular posts:

 Here is my most popular eBook! 

I strongly recommend my eBook, The Social Media Manager Kit by Kel (w/ bonus) in order to get you started. It will include templates for emailing potential clients or those you landed a completed job with, it will allow you to focus and challenge you to keep moving forward. 

This life, working at home, being financial free and with my family, is something that I used to dream about

  • I am living it. 
  • I am loving it. 
  • I am making it my life! 

Need More Help?  

Check out my eBook, Make your Dream a Reality in 30 Days or Less! - a jump start guide with templates to get you ready, set and ROCKING this Social Media Manager gig! 



Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Part 1: It's all about the Side HUSTLE...yeah you know what I'm talking about!


It's all about the SIDE hustle!

We all know that there are a ton of ways to make money, right. Well, this includes EXTRA CASH too. If you work for it, you can do it....but if we are struggling to find out what to do to bring in that extra can cause that extra money to stay dangling from the tree, just out of reach for the picking. 
So, I came up with a list of ways to start the side hustle. These are ways to get out of debt or just make some extra cash to invest, perhaps?  No matter how much time you have to invest, or your skill set... you should be able to find something on the list that you can do THIS WEEK to earn some extra cash! 
1. Sell on eBay – eBay is a great place to sell stuff and earn money, especially if you have something collectible. One of my favorite ways to side hustle on eBay is to go to estate sales and find items that you can purchase for cheap, then resell online. Just make sure that you keep the fees in consideration.
2. Sell on – Do you have old books, CDs, or DVDs? Then you should consider selling them on Amazon. It’s incredibly easy to list your items to sell, and you’d be surprised how much you can get for old stuff sometimes. If you’re a college student looking to sell your old textbooks, you should compare the Amazon prices to your bookstore buyback prices. Amazon is often a better place to sell.
3. Sell on – Fiverr is a micro-selling site where you can sell all kinds of random projects, from design work to simply recording yourself on video talking about a brand. We just wrote an article about how you can earn $10,000 by starting a Fiverr gig. It’s possible!
4. Just Search The Internet – Do you search the Internet? Want to get paid for it? Swagbucks is a site that rewards you for doing various online tasks like taking surveys, watching videos, and using their search engine. When using their search engine, you get reward points after several searches, usually in the amount of 10-15 points. You can start cashing out rewards at the 500 points mark.
If you sign up for Swagbucks through THIS LINK you can earn a $5 bonus!
Another option is InboxDollars. Similar to Swagbucks, they offer cash bonuses for searching the web or shopping online. Just by signing up with THIS LINK you can earn a $5 bonus!
5. Blogging – Blogging is a great side hustle because you can do it at your own pace anywhere you want. It’s not a quick and easy way to make money, but there are a lot of ways to make money side hustling while blogging. You can sell advertising, become an affiliate for other people’s products, sell your own online product, and more. It does take time to build up an audience to be able to make a decent amount of money, but once you have a large following, you could earn over $50,000 per month like Pat Flynn.
6. Online Coaching or Consulting – Beyond blogging, you can also become a coach or consultant for others, especially if you have some skills that people are looking for. Maybe you’re a social media maven, or you have great online business skills. Selling your time and hopping on a Skype call or Google hangout is a great hustle.
7. Online Freelancing – There is a lot of freelance work online. You can sign up for sites like UpWork, or you can even become your own online freelancer like I did. I’ve made over $10,000 on the side by online freelancing, and I share my story, as well as resources to help you get started, here: How To Start Freelance Blogging and Earn $1,000s on the Side.
8. Sell Crafts on – Are you creative? Maybe selling your own creative products is the way to go. You could open a shop on Etsyand sell your crafts to others who are looking for unique products. You could sell paper goods like cards and invitations, or even home decor products themed around the holidays.
9. eBook Publishing – Have a story you want to tell? Maybe you should write an eBook and sell them on Amazon or Barnes and Noble. Michael Piper has made a living selling eBooks about financial topics online, and we recently wrote 14 Ways To Get Paid For Writing Online.
10. Sell Stock Photos – Perhaps taking pictures is your forte. If you are a great photographer, you could possibly sell your photos online. Sites like iStockPhoto are always looking for contributors, who get paid a royalty every time their photo is purchased. This could be a great way to turn your art into some extra cash.
11. Fill Out Online Surveys – If you have some time to spare online, you could spend it filling out online surveys. There are sites that will pay you to do so and it’s very easy. All you have to do is register, and these companies will contact you when they have a survey that fits your profile. Typically these are online market research surveys for big brands.
Some of the most popular online survey sites include:
12. Do Micro-Tasks on Mechanical Turk – Another micro-task site isAmazon’s Mechanical Turk. The gigs on this site pay incredibly low amounts – less than a nickel typically. However, they take seconds, and you can earn around $6 per hour if you keep at it.
13. Do User Testing – Sites like are always looking for users to rate and give feedback about websites. Website owners post gigs to the site, and you simply login and give feedback and usability ratings on different websites and online apps.
14. Create A Course Online – Do you have something you can teach? You can teach something online at sites like There are courses online for just about anything, and you can charge whatever pricing you feel is right for your instruction.
15. Become a Virtual Assistant – Do you enjoy writing, social media, and blogging, but don’t want to start your own blog? You can find virtual assistant jobs where you help other people run their sites and social media accounts. Depending on the amount of time you have, this side hustle could even become a full time gig.

Offline Side Hustling Ideas

Sometimes, working offline when you side hustle is a more lucrative prospect – especially depending on your skill set.
16. Tutor – Are you a college student who has already taken several classes in your major? You could help tutor others in those same classes and earn upwards of $20-$50 per session. It’s a great way to side hustle in school, while keeping your own knowledge sharp.
17. Be A Task Rabbit – is a place where you can sign up and run small tasks for others. It can include anything from picking up the groceries to cleaning or helping people move. Typical tasks take a few hours, but there are a lot of tasks available in most large cities.
18. Catering – Do you want to side hustle just on Friday and Saturday nights? Well, you should team up with a catering company, as they often need servers and wait staff just for the events they host on the weekend. Many companies are “call-in”, which means you can work when you choose to.
19. Cleaning Service – If you like to clean, you could help clean houses. These can be ongoing side hustles, like a weekly or bi-weekly service, or one time deals (such as for when people move). You could even join forces with some friends and tackle larger projects.
20. Baby-Sitting – Baby-sitting is another great side hustle that can earn you upwards of $100 per night! Many people start baby sitting in high school, but there’s no reason that college students and other young adults can’t keep in the game, especially if you have neighbors or relatives with young children.
21. Computer Repair – Are you tech savvy? Maybe you can help your friends and neighbors with computer repair, from updating and installing the latest operating system to helping them get a virus off their computer. If you have the know-how, people will pay.
22. Recycle – Recycling can be a great way to earn some extra money. I’m not talking about becoming a bum at the park rummaging for cans (although you can do that) – I’m talking about encouraging your friends and neighbors to leave their cans and bottles aside for you. If you want to take it up a notch, look for recycling metal and scrap to get even more money.
23. Resume Help – Are you working at a company right now and see a lot of resumes? Do you hire people? Perhaps you can help others with their resumes and cover letters (for a fee, of course). If you want an example of what you can do, check out our Professional Resume Templates For College Students.
24. Dog Walking – Do you have friends or neighbors with dogs? Do they work in the day? Maybe you can offer your services to them as a dog walker. Not only is this a great side hustle that can earn you a little extra cash, but it also gets you exercising every day.
25. Estate Sales – Instead of just selling stuff on eBay, you can also host estate sales. I used to host estate sales online and offline, and it can earn you a nice amount of money if you have customers with a full house of stuff. To be successful, though, you’re going to need to get some friends involved to help.
26. Handyman Work – Do you have a knack for home repair? Then you could side hustle as a handyman on nights and weekends to earn a little bit of extra money. Just be up front about your skills set – repairing fences, doing small plumbing jobs, whatever it happens to be.
27. Housesitting – One of the easiest side hustles to do: simply sit and sleep in someone’s house while they are out of town. This is a great side hustle, but too bad it’s usually not a consistent revenue stream for most.
28. Hauling Service – Do you have a truck? You could sell your services helping other people haul stuff to the dump, or even picking up large items at places like Home Depot. Don’t have a truck? You could work at a hauling company and do the manual labor for others.
29. Modeling – This is the side hustle for the good looking people of the world. You can go to school or work, and still take modeling jobs at night and on the weekends. For many models, there isn’t always a steady stream of work, but if you have success at a few gigs, this could become very lucrative.
30. Movie or TV Extra – Depending on where you live, you could become an extra on a TV show or movie. Many studios are always looking for a steady stream of extras, and you can get paid a couple hundred dollars for just standing or walking around in the back of a movie set.
31. Mystery Shopping – Do you enjoy fast food or going into retail shops? Many companies hire mystery shoppers to test the customer service of their stores. A common one is Subway, which hires mystery shoppers to ensure that “Sandwich Artists” are following all the franchise guidelines. If you have time and can travel to different places, this could be a good side hustle.
32. Pet Sitting – If you love pets, taking care of your friends’ and neighbors’ pets while they are out of town can be a great way to earn some extra cash. It can be fun to make a new furry friend and get paid for it at the same time.
33. Join A Research Study or Focus Group – Have you walked through a college campus and seen the flyer for research studies and focus groups? Companies are always looking for people’s opinions about products and services, and for sitting in one of these groups for a few hours, you could earn upwards of $100.
34. Moving Service – If you have time on the weekends, and are okay lifting heavy boxes and furniture, you could join up with a moving service and get paid to help people move. It’s not easy work, but most people tip the movers as well.
35. Gardening Service – A lot of entrepreneurs got their start mowing lawns, and it’s still a great side hustle today. If you live in an area where people need gardeners, knock on doors and offer your gardening services. It’s a great way to earn some extra cash.
36. Painting Service – Painting services are another common side hustle for college students. If you have time on weekends and during the summer, you can paint houses or join a painting company. It’s not easy, but it can pay well in the right neighborhoods.
37. Pool Cleaning Service – Pool cleaning is another one that can be easy money, as long as you know how to do it. Matt Giovanisci started cleaning pools, and then turned it into a great side hustle
38. Become Someone’s Friend – Join a service like, where you can get paid to become someone’s friend for a period of time. This is strictly platonic stuff here, so don’t get any ideas!
39. Shoveling Snow – In the winter in many parts of the country, this can be a lucrative side hustle.
40. Donate Sperm – Hey, it’s a side hustle for some guys, especially younger ones. Don’t judge.
41. Donate Plasma – One of the more interesting ways to make money: go to your local blood bank and they will pay you a small fee for your blood plasma.
42. Participate in Medical Studies – One of our favorite unique ways to make money, this can earn you several hundred dollars or more for being a guinea pig. A recent study that a friend participated in was to get her knees numbed over night – a different numbing drug in each knee. She then had to tell the doctor which one wore off first the next morning. Odd, but it paid over $1,000 for one night.

Micro-Entrepreneurship Ideas

These ideas are a little different than the typical hustle – they are more based on entrepreneurship and asset leveraging to make even more money for you. These can lead to passive income over time if done well.
43. Rent Your House on AirBNB – If you travel a lot, you have the potential to rent out your house while you’re away on AirBNBPaula Pant at shares how she is averaging over $500 per month renting out an apartment.
44. Become an Uber or Lyft Driver – Another set-your-own-schedule business is driving people around. All you need is a car and some spare time. Just sign up with Uber or Lyft and start driving people around. You’ll make what you put into it. Harry at The Ride Share Guy has a lot of great resources about getting started.
45. Become a PostMate – Similar to Uber or Lyft, except you’re delivering food instead of people. PostMates is an on-demand delivery service where you get paid around $20 per hour to deliver food. In fact, right now you are guaranteed to earn $1,000 per 60 deliveries in New York or San Francisco. That’s not bad.
46. Agent Anything – Agent Anything is outsourcing geared to students. People post projects on the site and you can make offers for how much you’re willing to pay to help. Most gigs on the site earn anywhere from $20 to $100, but some earn more. However, they are usually pretty quick and easy jobs.
47. Renting Out A Room – If you have a spare room in your house, you could make some extra money by renting it out. You have to advertise, screen tenants, and collect rent, but the small amount of time involved could be lucrative.
48. Renting Out Your Garage or Driveway – If you have extra space in your driveway (or side yard), you could rent that space out as well to people looking to store property, like boats or RVs. In many areas, there are HOAs that prevent people from parking this type of equipment, and you could help solve that problem for them while earning a little extra cash.

Hustle At Work

Sometimes, side hustling isn’t about starting something else, but it’s really about making better use of the job you currently have.
49. Volunteer for Overtime – If you are working at a job, this might not be a true side hustle, but it is a way to earn some extra money fast. In many companies, you can volunteer to work longer and earn extra pay. If you don’t have an idea on what side hustle to do right now, this could be an option.
50. Employee Referral Program – Again, not a true side hustle, but a great way to earn extra money. Many companies offer referral programs where you can earn anywhere from $25 to $1,000 per employee you refer. That could go a long way.
51. Tuition Reimbursement Program – Many companies also offer tuition reimbursement programs to help pay for school. Maybe your short term hustle is to better your education. Why not have your company pay for it while you’re at it?
52. Get A Part Time Job – Finally, if you don’t want to work for yourself, go spend your time hustling for someone else at a part time job. While not ideal for some, it can be a great way to earn some extra money in your spare time.
Have you tried any of these side hustles? What’s worked for you and what hasn’t? What did you use the extra money for?

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