Find out how make money blogging with Naomi from The Suburban Wedgie.
It’s our favourite time of the month where we get to introduce our blogger of the month! We love to hear what our blogger babes have been up to on their blogs and who doesn’t love a success story?!
This lovely lady has only recently started her blog and managed to make $250 on her very first day. Since then she’s been making great progress by growing her traffic and gaining followers and affiliates.
But, that’s not all, Naomi is always happy to help out her fellow bloggers’, link them to relevant content or offer advice.
Now, let’s jump in and see how Naomi managed to make money blogging on her first day!
Tell us about your blog:
The Suburban Wedgie is my own lifestyle and social commentary blog. As its name suggests - it can be a little bit cheeky. It's an entertaining platform for me to share my true authentic voice with followers. I hope that by reading it they can get to know me and what makes me tick. I blog on everything from body image issues, to previous relationships, school days, mental health challenges, travel tips, my everyday life and beyond. My site also contains a portfolio of my works, previously published from niche Australian media outlets to mainstreams in the United States including a few pieces from The Huffington Post.
What’s your story - what or who inspired you to become a blogger?
My writing journey commenced back in my Monash University days when I became heavily involved in the student newspaper, Lot's Wife. I was elected as an Editor in 2007 and found a love of publishing. I went on to work as a freelance writer and was published by The Mighty, YourTango, Every Australian Counts, Virgin, New Matilda, Independent Australia and Cathay Pacific's travel blog.
Last year, I spent six months as a contracted editor for ‘The Good Men Project’. While writing for other publications I often wondered where my own unique voice would be best placed (as the publications I worked for were so diverse). So I decided to focus my energies on my own site and voila The Suburban Wedgie was born.
Do you remember having a sort of ‘oh damn, I really can do this’ moment? What was it??
When I was published by major mastheads and had several pieces go viral it gave me the confidence to know that my own voice was not only enlightening and entertaining but one that people wanted to hear and cared about. It gave me the confidence to say things on my own platform and back myself by creating my own blog.
What is the best blogging advice you have ever received?
Back yourself and your own words and decision making. Know your worth, by never selling yourself short. These words have stood me in good stead whenever I have felt indecisive or unsure about a way to proceed with a direction for my blog and writing. I often write from the heart and that's a valuable asset in a blog because it comes across as authentic and genuine.
What do you find to be your biggest challenge, and what’s something that has really worked for you?
My biggest challenge with my blog to date has been a lack of expert guidance. I have often wondered the best person to seek advice from in a variety of situations.
This is the primary reason I joined Kate McKibbin's Blog Squad and I have been amazed at what can be achieved when you have the support and backing of an esteemed group. Blog Squad helped ensure my launch was successful and seamless and now it’s moving from strength to strength.
What is the thing you are most proud of about your blog or something amazing that has happened because of blogging?
Since starting my blog, I have been able to network and meet the most incredible group of creative people. This has enriched my own work and provided me with a support network. It's also given me a group to bounce ideas off and vice versa.
Any tips for other bloggers who want to achieve something similar?
Keep your eyes on the prize. Kate McKibbin has taught me the importance of goal setting for short term and longer term achievements. Also, you will never regret time or money spent on personal development. You honestly never know who you'll get to meet!
How did you manage to make money blogging on your first day?
I had a freelance piece published and commissioned that I wrote for my blog and was paid for it. I also made $50 on advertising revenue. I have subsequently picked up extra blogging and freelance projects including editing and social media management.
If you could blog from anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I adore Australia and the creature comforts of home so while being nomadic and travelling for three months of the year as an ideal, I would always end up at home. That said, I wouldn't say no to a sea change from sometimes hectic Melbourne life to the more laid back Sunshine Coast. In particular, I fancy the idea of having an office in an apartment overlooking the water in Mooloolaba. That place is heavenly!
What was it that made you decide to join the Blog Squad / Boss Squad community?
I wanted a support squad and people I could bounce ideas from and gain access to amazing insights of industry leaders and professionals who have been there. I knew joining Kate McKibbin's Blog Squad could make all that happen.
What has been your biggest accomplishment since joining the Blog Squad / Boss Squad community?
Having a successful launch, gaining advertisers and followers and winning blogger of the month have all been great achievements since joining Blog Squad. Also, I had literally thousands of unique viewers within my first two weeks online which was pretty amazing.
How would you describe the Blog Squad / Boss Squad community to a friend?
It's the most amazing investment in yourself and your blog and future hopes and dreams you'll ever make.
Moving forward, what’s next for you and your blog?
The Suburban Wedgie would love to build a greater international following to set us down the path of global domination. No... actually, we have a lot of exciting things planned but you'll have to stay tuned to find out. Watch The Suburban Wedgie's space!
Maybe you'd like to follow in Naomi's footsteps and make money blogging but are unsure where to start. If so, check out our FREE - Blog 2 Profit workshop, for details click the link above!