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How to monetize a craft / sewing blog

How to monetize a craft / sewing blog

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Ideas for how to make money, network, and grow your following as a craft or sewing blogger. A long list of affiliate programs for craft blogs, affiliate programs for sewing blogs, and networking groups!

There are several different ways to make money with a craft or sewing blog and I’ve been working to consolidate resources and ideas in one spot! I hope you find some of the links below useful when you’re trying to figure out how to make money as a craft and sewing blogger! Do you know of something, somewhere, or someone I should have added here? Contact me!

There are links to relevant and helpful facebook groups, link parties, group pin boards, submission-friendly websites, affiliate programs, ad programs & media agencies, blogs that “talk business”, google+ communities, & blogging tools.

I’m always striving to improve, but you can see how much money I am making each quarter in my regular reports on traffic and income, all found here. I share my top methods for both making money and boosting traffic, below.

I also want to share that I’m a member of the Craft Industry Alliance – it is a unique community so I wasn’t sure which category to include it in! It is a trade organization for creatives, including bloggers, with a recurring online journal, private forum, and lots of resources – so check it out!

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Ideas for how to make money, network, and grow your following as a craft or sewing blogger. A long list of affiliate programs for craft blogs, affiliate programs for sewing blogs, and networking groups!

How to make money as a craft and sewing blogger – the mega, master list!

My top earning methods

  • The Etsy Affiliate Program, join Affiliate Window here and then apply for the Etsy program.
    • This is great for gift guides, like this one! I also link to supplies and patterns; you can see examples of Etsy links in this post and this post that have done well.
  • The Amazon Affiliate Program, join it here.
  • The Bluprint (formerly known as Craftsy) Affiliate Program, join Shareasale here and then apply for the Bluprint program.
    • I link to classes primarily, though they do have supplies and patterns as well; you can see an example here.
  • Ads – I am a part of the Mediavine Ad Network, who I highly recommend and have written about here. I started out with Google Adsense and Amazon CPM ads, switching over once I had enough traffic.
  • Selling my patterns – you can see my PDF sewing patterns in my shop! I sometimes contribute patterns to bundle sales or online magazines like One Thimble, as well as on Etsy.
  • Sponsored posts – I have approached companies myself (example post here) but list several other agency options below.
  • Freelance writing – I have moved away from this but in the past I have worked with several different companies and other blogs, writing tutorials for them on their own sites and linking to it from my own (example post here).

Affiliate Programs for craft and sewing bloggers!

Affiliate programs all have different terms, but pay you when someone clicks through and makes a purchase or signs up for something.

This is treated as income for you personally or if you’re registered as a business – please talk with your tax advisor, etc. about taxes. Also check out FTC regulations; there are different ways to indicate affiliate links but they need to be noted as such.

Amazon.com

Annie’s Craft Store

Bluefig

  • Become a Bluefig affiliate

Connecting Threads

Consumer Crafts

Craft Industry Alliance

Craftstash

Craftsy

Create For Less

Creativebug

Cricut

Darby Smart

Ebates.com – now known as Rakuten see my post explaining what Ebates is all about here, it is amazing!

Etsy

Fabric.com

Free Craft Patterns

Fat Quarter Shop

Gotham Quilts

Groopdealz (sometimes has crafty stuff)

Ibotta – this is an app for cash back but offers cash back at JoAnn Fabrics

Joann Fabrics

M&J Trimming

Michael Levine Fabric

  • Become a Michael Levine Fabric affiliate

Online Fabric Store

Organic Cotton Plus

PicMonkey (online photo editing)

Online Quilt Guild

Sizzix

Individual Sewing Pattern Designers

Bella Sunshine

Cozy Nest Designs

Golden Rippy

Interweave Publishing

  • Become an Interweave Affiliate

Itch To Stitch

Jennuine Designs

Love Notions

One Thimble E-Magazine

Peek-a-boo- Patterns

Straight Stitch Designs

UpCraft Club

Swoon Patterns

Welcome To The Mouse House

You Can Make This

 

Ad Programs & Sponsored Post Agencies

Amazon CPM Ads

Google Adsense – ads

Martha’s Circle – ads

Mediavine (see my review of working with Mediavine, I love them, here!) – ads

Mode (formerlyGlam) Media – ads

Pollinate Media – sponsored posts

Rivit – ads

Social Fabric – sponsored posts

Ways to Network, Connect, & Promote

My top promoting methods

  • For the record, most of my biggest boost are group boards or groups that aren’t currently accepting more members! I also get a huge bump in traffic by using Tailwind* – it is a scheduling service that also has a ‘tribes’ feature, allowing you to easily repin other members’ content.
  • I always submit my tutorials to Craft Gawker, Craft Gossip, All Free Sewing, and Sew Can She!

Facebook Groups

Be sure to read the rules – some groups only allow link sharing on certain days or in certain places!

About Blogging/Designing

About Making

Link parties:

  • There are SO MANY out there and honestly I have stopped using any but SewCanShe‘s on Saturday! I had trouble keeping this list current because so many folded or took long breaks. Let me know if you have a regularly occuring linky party I can list here.
  • Pam at Threading My Way has ongoing link parties that I like checking out and participating in, as well!

Group Pin Boards:

Boards that are welcoming new members!

Websites That Accept Submissions

Some of these just feature tutorials, linking to you, and some are looking to publish it in full, read through and ask for more details if the page is unclear!

Google+ Communities

 

 

Ways To Learn & Grow

Blogs that talk crafting business

Blogging Tools I Use

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