Can You Actually Make Money with Anime Blogging?
It’s been a little over a year since I started blogging. And even longer for me to start making money off of it. I’ve been a huge otaku for as long as I could remember but never believed that I could make money off of it. Here’s the thing…blogging, no matter what niche you’re in…is HARD work. There have been so many days that I’ve worked until 5am in the morning and then started back up again at 8am.
It’s so easy to fall down that rabbit hole. So often, I felt like my little corner of the Internet didn’t matter and nobody was going to be reading my blog anyway. I wanted to pull my hair out and throw my laptop across the room while having a good cry. But I didn’t. Still…I was tempted.
For example, me being a huge geek who writes about anime fan theories is probably part of this blog’s draw rather than a turn-off. Now that I actually avoid those blogging Facebook groups, and go where other nerds and otakus are at, I get more followers and readers.
It takes time.
I hate when people say this. “It will happen over time.” But sometimes, it’s true. Growth takes TIME.
If something doesn’t work, it’s good to change it. But it’s also important to give certain things time before you decide whether or not something works.
Don’t be afraid to change things to work for you.
If there’s one thing I realized this past year, it’s that I’m the queen of change.
- I rebranded practically one million times. When I first started this blog, it had MAYBE three posts about anime and the rest were about health and depression.
Is this something you want?
Do you love writing?
It’s not too late to start a profitable blog (seriously). I’m fortunate to have turned my love of writing into its own job. And that includes learning about other skills including branding, social media, email marketing, and community management.
Best part is that anime can be one of those niche’s that can be done a thousand times over. And it HAS. I love finding new anibloggers since everyone has their own voice.
Wouldn’t it make life easier if you had just ONE page that showed you everything that your favorite anibloggers were using to survive off their blogs? Well, that’s what this resource page is for. I started sharing my income and status reports back in November, and the change has been astounding. I love seeing the growth and looking back only shows me how far I’ve come. The best part is I’ve MADE money off my blog and you can too. It’s not easy, and it does take time. Anyone that promises you that you can make 100 bucks overnight is literally selling you a load of crap on toast and can stick my converse up their butts.
Ahem…moving on. Here’s what I use.
First, Siteground. You want a self-hosted blog so that you can place your affiliate links and ads(if you choose to do so). I originally had Bluehost but switched to Siteground so that I could have a faster site speed. Best decision ever. My website speed almost TRIPLED.
What are affiliate links? It’s basically you placing someone else’s product on your page, and if a person buys it, you get a percentage of the cost. Say you place a product on Amazon on your page. Somebody buys it and there you made a few cents to maybe a dollar or two. No matter your traffic, you CAN make some cash off your affiliate links.
Affiliate links are the main way I make money through my site now and I plan to stick with them!
One thing I learned though, especially with Amazon links, is you want to promote like crazy that product. I used to just put them all in one place and that was it. Naturally, I got no bites. After I did a review post though, on one of the items, I actually had people buy that item. I was so happy, I seriously cried. Now I use the Simple Amazon Link and a WooCommerce store so that I can promote all my favorites on one page without worrying about them.
How Do I Make Money?
Right now just through affiliate links. I just started writing for other groups, but I’m in a trial run still, so I’m not including those yet. But if I get approved(one more article until I pass!) then I can get paid for sponsored posts and that brings in even MORE.
These are the affiliates I use…
Of course. Everyone loves Amazon and people already trust the site. That means you’ll get more clicks there.
When growing your website, it takes time for people to come to trust your blog. So, especially when selling products, it can be easier to use a platform such as Amazon to start off with.
J-list: Your friend from Japan is…interesting. I like all their products but their commission rate is really low. Like, just a few cents for every dollar. And they do have some mature products, which I do NOT endorse or promote, but if someone goes through my link and then buys another “mature” product, it shows up. I stick with their items such as Japanese food and figurines.
See what I mean? They have some awesome products like Pokemon bento boxes and tons of yummy food!
Kawaiibox is a subscription box and I LOVE them. Everything is so cute and adorable. And you absolutely can afford it! Just look at some of the cute products they offer each month!
So, to answer the question…YES, you CAN make money anime blogging. With some hard work and effort, you’ll get there!
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SEO Marketing Analyst who spends her time watching anime and reading anything she can get her hands on. Passionate about Disney, Harry Potter and helping those with depression and anxiety.