Make Money Blogging – An Interview

Hey y’all,

I’m so excited today because I’m back with a FIRST EVER interview on Trend Keeper.

I was browsing twitter a few days ago when I came across Krista Aoki. She blogs HERE and has incredibly interesting posts for anyone interested in the blogging industry. What caught my eye was this post she did about her monthly income update. She has been very successful in a really short period of time. Coming from someone who has been blogging for a couple of years now, I was impressed to say the least! So immediately I had to reach out and see if she would be willing to answer a few questions for all of you and I’m hyped to share this with all of you.

Without further adieu… the interview! A huge thank you to Krista and be sure to check out her blog (on a side note, she’s super nice!). 


1. What motivated you to start blogging?

​Honestly I’ve been blogging since I was in middle school and maintaining a Livejournal was just the cool thing to do.
But towards the end of last year I was on a nice winter hike with one of my good friends. She had read some of the very passionate posts I wrote on my personal blog. And she asked me, “Do you make money from your blog?”
What?!?! I thought. You can make money blogging?
So earlier this year, in January, I thought about what she said. I started researching more and more about blogging for profit. And I thought, wow. If these people can do it, having not known what they were doing before, so can I.​ 

2. If you had 3 tips to give to a new blogger, what would they be?

​1. If you want to earn money blogging, go self-hosted. It’s not a gimmick. Having your own domain and what comes with it makes you look all-around more professional. Plus, with self-hosted WordPress, you can go to great lengths to customize your blog to make a user experience fantastic.
2. Make sure you have all social media platforms for your blog (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Bloglovin, Pinterest, and even Google+). You don’t need to master all of those platforms right away. At the start, choose two to focus on and go from there.
3. Blogging takes a lot of time and organization. Since it does take a lot of time, make sure the niche you choose to write about is something you feel passionate about. At first I had a “style” category on my blog. Then I realized I couldn’t really talk for days about style, because I don’t really have any. Haha!

3. What’s your favorite social media platform, and why?

​I LOVE​ using Facebook. On my Facebook page, I can share stories with my readers. It’s like a mini blog page where I can really get personal and let my readers know what drove me to write an article.

4. What are your goals for your blog? And are you currently blogging full time?

​Although I’m not blogging full time, I would LOVE to turn blogging into a career.​ I might start out consulting first. You know, reviewing others’ blogs and helping them target areas of improvement. I think I have an eye for that. Eventually, I’d like to write an eBook or design a course to help others build a beautiful, successful blog.
Right now, I blog on the side. It’s a little difficult. But, my boyfriend and I rarely have any free time together (I think we share one day off per month! haha). So working on my blog gives me something fulfilling to do in my free time when he’s not around.

5. What do you use to inspire you if you ever hit bloggers-block or get worn out?

​If I ever get bloggers block or worn out, I go on a run with my dog or take a day off from blogging. I normally come back refreshed and inspired!

I also have a huge list of ideas to write about (some are okay, some are bad, some are great). So I never worry about what to publish.

Thanks again to Krista for her time and I hope you all enjoy her advice!

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