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What they say is true guys, you can definitely make full-time income blogging and I have been super excited to share a few of my successes with everyone for a few months now.

I started this blog August of 2017 with absolutely no prior knowledge of blogging. I didn't know how to start a website and very few friends on social media. Previous to blogging, I was a full-time, preschool teacher and although I loved my job, I wanted a life of freedom and travel for myself and my kids. So I quit my full-time job and gave every ounce of wits that I had into building my online business.

To say that I'm only a few months over a year and I have successfully substituted my full-time income, I know anyone (including you) can do it, too!

If you're new to blogging or interested in getting started, Pinterest is going to be your best friend! There are tons of helpful bloggers who share their personal stories on how to become successful in the online space and I have so many of my own followers wanting to know how I do it, so I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and share my experiences as well.

The results will amaze you!

Come up with a name.

First and foremost, you will have to come up with a name for your new blog. 'Being Ecomomical' came about from the concept of living a well-balanced life, without spending so much money at one time. I definitely a fan of making my money stretch and I wanted to share ways of doing so.

Register your domain.

Once you come up with a name, register that name to a host. This is where you will build 'youblogname'.com or .org, or whatever suits your fancy. You can register with Bluehost through my link and instantly save 50% off. The great thing about Bluehost is that you can also integrate your WordPress template (your blog's design, for those who are super new to this) through them. This cuts your time in half AND they offer 24 hour support. Having someone to walk you through, when you're stuck is vital.

Register here.

Once you get your blog set up, you're ready to roll!

There are a ton of ways to make money through a blog. The most popular being:


  1. Ad revenue.
  2. Affiliate marketing.
  3. Sponsored content.

When you're first starting out, you want to focus your energy on one or two ways of monetizing, master them and then move on to other ways of producing income.

Unlike other bloggers, I make most of my income through sponsored posts. There are tons of bloggers who are killing it in the affiliate marketing and ad revenue area, but I found growing my social media and signing up through influencer networks to work best and fastest for me.

This may sound scary, but it's really not. With a little intent and dedication, you can grow your social media in no time. I mainly use the maximum of thirty hashtags on Instagram and engage with similar accounts on a daily basis. That way, I am promoting myself and my brand to other people who could potentially "want" to follow me.

Join influencer networks.

Influencer networks are a great way to start working with major brands. You can also reach out to your favorite brands personally and attach a media kit to the email, explaining that you would really love to collaborate. The thing about emailing brands yourself, is that you could wait for months for a reply (that's not in every case, so definitely go for it!).

Influencer networks are networks of real people, who will advocate for you and your brand. They are the middle-man that connects you to bigger brands. A few of my favorite include:

Heartbeat:

My very first sponsored post (paid with cash, not product) was through Heartbeat. What I loved about starting with them, is that your following amount didn't matter. You start off at a certain rate and as your following and engagement increases, so does your rate.

Sign up, here.

Linqia:

It took a while to finally be able to snag a post with Linqia, but boy were they worth the wait! Once my blog traffic became more consistent, Linqia started offering me sponsored opportunities. What sets them apart from other influencer networks, is that you actually have to be invited to apply and even after being invited to apply, you still have to wait to see if you were actually approved to partner on that particular campaign.

When you sign up to be apart of an influencer network, you will have to connect your social channels and analytics so that they can track your engagement and blog traffic. Don't worry, they can't actually post on your behalf or hack into your accounts, it's just so they know who the best person for the campaign is. So once my blog traffic became more consistent (thanks to Pinterest), I was able to be apart of more campaigns with higher payouts.

Sign up with Linqia, here.

Massive Sway:

I love Massive Sway because most of the brands they work with are super popular and reputable. In return, you're not too far out of reach with your audience. They are the perfect network for mom bloggers.

Sign up, here.

I've also landed a few sponsored posts with theses networks that are similar to the ones mentioned above, but with higher payouts.



Now,

What other bloggers out there say is true - content is king and you will need to make sure you are dishing out helpful content in order to gain readership! Brands aren't paying just anybody. They want to make sure their money is well spent and that the investment will be worth it in return.

So, how do you gain this traffic?

One word, PINTEREST!

Make sure you are pinning on Pinterest.

I literally saw my blog traffic triple in the past three months from intentional pinning. Meaning that I started pinning on a daily basis, both manually and by using Tailwind. I don't know what took me so long to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon, but when I did, the results were significant!

In just three short months, I went from 242,000 monthly viewers to almost 700,000 monthly viewers, currently. I did this by scheduling out pins from my website and other relevant pins relating to my own blog topics (ways to make money from home, recipes, learning activities, etc.) using Tailwind. Tailwind pins everything for me at the highest engagement times, which is extremely helpful.

I also manually pin to group boards on a daily basis. This keeps my manual pinning at a similar rate than my pins that come from Tailwind.

I also take advantage of Tailwind's tribe feature. Tribes are similar to group boards, except it gives you way more insight on the benefits of sharing you pin within that tribe. Tailwind keeps track of every accounts potential reach. So if you share your pin within a tribe that has a reach of 100 million viewers, collectively, then you know you're in the right tribe.

If you're just starting out, that 100 million potential viewers a month is vital! Getting your pin seen by someone else's following of over 10,000 people, can easily convert over to page views. That's why Pinterest is so great! The average pin lives for around seven months. So when you compare that to your average tweet, Instagram post, or Facebook post that may only be seen for a few seconds, Pinterest is definitely the number one space to share your content and gain traffic.

You can sign up for Tailwind, here. At just $120 per year, it's definitely worth the investment!

Traffic is key for any type of monetizing strategy when it comes to blogging, even when you're seeking sponsored content. Again, brands are initially investing in you and they want to make sure that investment is worth it to them. You gain that trust through traffic and engaging with your audience.

I went through my entire first year trying to figure out the best strategy for me and as I step into my second year, I am finding easier ways to make my goals of $10,000 a month more of a reality and less of a struggle. Although I'm not there yet, I am proud to have finally beat my initial, full-time income. I am excited to see how my income grows over the holidays and the next few years.

That's why I wanted to dive into this venture. I know the earning potential is endless. I am currently figuring out ways to make money through affiliate marketing and ads. When I break the code, I'll be sure to let you know!

There's definitely not just ONE way to do this. I stuck to what felt good to me and that passion is what made the dollars. So do what resonates with you best. For some, it's sticking to Pinterest when they first start and for others like me, they don't mind using their social skills to grow their audience and land sponsored deals.

As I stated before, there are plenty of ways to monetize. Choose one, or two and focus on those first. Then you can move on to other ways.

I hope this helps someone out there and if you have any further questions, feel free to comment below or email me! I'd be happy to help you along your blogging journey!

xo,
Torche'
















This post was sponsored, however all opinions are my own.

As a work-from-home, homeschooling mom, it's important that I find educational toys that my kids can learn from, but also keep them entertained for some time. The new Fisher Price Roctopus from Walmart does just that!



The Fisher Price Rocktopus helps kids explore a variety of musical styles while learning about different instruments, rhythmic patterns and more! I don't know about you, but I have some musical geniuses in my home. Dad plays the guitar and records his own music, so keeping my kids entertained with their own musical instruments is important to them. The Rocktopus is super beneficial to children and has three different playmodes: math, music, and games.





With fifteen different instrument sounds - trumpet, drum, clarinet, piano and violin to name a few - Rocktopus helps kids discover different sounds, explore fun musical facts, and let them compose their own tunes. This Think  & Learn Rocktopus makes the ultimate toy for entertaining and would make the perfect gift this holiday season.



I am all for purchasing gifts that kids will love for years to come, versus ten minutes and then they're done. With the Think & Learn Rocktopus, your kids are guaranteed hours of fun. My kids loved the fact that each instrument lights up and they can play with it in the dark and dance the night away! It's the perfect group activity and a great way to introduce sharing and getting kids used to teamwork. Get yours now at your local Walmart.

xo,
Torche'




This post was sponsored by Wendy’s as part of an Ambassador Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

It's officially fall and I couldn't be more excited about the crisp, fresh air. Just a few nights ago, we stopped by our local Wendy's and enjoyed a late night treat on their patio. Wendy's offers such a wide variety of chicken options from grilled to fried and spicy to savory, leaving you with so many options to choose from.

With their 4 for $4 on-going special, it's super easy and affordable to try everything they have to offer. You can choose from 8 different entrees, such as the Crispy Chicken Sandwich or Spicy Chicken Wrap, paired with a 4-piece nuggets, small fries, and a small drink. All of this for just FOUR bucks! You seriously can't get any better value than that!

Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Small Fries

Personally, I like to be able to enjoy a variety of tastes when I eat out and I know my family does too. My kids have so much fun putting together their own meal as well and it's quite funny to watch as their little minds work.

Wendy's has a variety of juicy and delicious chicken items such as the Buffalo Ranch Crispy Chicken Sandwich, Homestyle Chicken Sandwich, Spicy Asiago Club, Crispy Chicken BLT, Nuggets, Tenders and more! There's literally something from everyone in the family to choose from and keep them satisfied. You can even pick up something sweet and delightful for after your meal. Wendy's offers soft cookies that are baked in-house in a variety of flavors - Chocolate Chunk Cookie, Double Chocolate Chip Cookie, and the traditional Sugar Cookie.

That's an entire meal, including the drinks and a dessert for everyone for under five dollars per person. Be sure to try a new chicken selection during your next trip to Wendy's. Wendy's is now open as late as midnight (some locations are open later) and is guaranteed to satisfy you and your family's late-night cravings!

xo,
Torche'


Thank you BJ’s Wholesale Club for sponsoring this post.


If fathers are the head of the household, mothers are definitely the neck. We hold all of it together! Running a household comes with plenty of responsibilities, including making sure all of our household essentials are stocked! One of my latest and greatest tips I can give you all is to buy your essentials in bulk to ensure that you never run out, especially in times of need.

As the neck, the glue, or whatever you may call it, that holds the family together, it’s important to make sure our own cups are full. That means making sure our bodies are in top-notch shape. Which may be something different for all of us. For some of us, it’s making sure our hair is washed, or keeping track of our daily intake of multivitamins. For others, it may be a much needed bubble bath, or an in-home spa day. Whatever makes you feel like the Queen you are. That’s why I love shopping at my neighborhood BJ’s Wholesale Club.

BJ’s is a one-stop shop for all of your health and beauty essentials. Running around with kids all day and still having to fulfill my duties as a small business owner is challenging, but knowing that I have my daily supplements on-hand keeps my mind at ease. BJ’s has turned my weekly store runs into monthly store runs, which saves me so much time and energy throughout the week. With their large health and beauty selection, there’s no more running out of your favorite products- which is the beauty of buying bulk!
I have chopped my weekly to-do list in half by becoming a BJ’s member, which comes with so many other conveniences, like the lowest gas prices around and the ability to shop directly from the BJ’s mobile app, BJs.com, with the option to buy online and pick up directly from the club.
With the incredible savings on your health and beauty products and fewer store runs throughout the month, you’re left with more time to actually use those health and beauty products… take a bath, or wash your hair, rather than worrying about when you’re going to run out of product and writing those seemingly, never-ending ‘to-do’ or ‘to-get’ lists. At BJ’s you’ll find all of the products that help you look and feel your very best at an incredible value.
You know what they say, real friends share savings, which is why I’m sharing my refer-a-friend link for you to join BJ’s today and earn a $25 gift card!






I was selected for this opportunity as a member of CLEVER and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.







It's officially Harvest Season and it's time for pumpkin spice and everything nice! Break out your cozy blankets, hot cocoa, and gather around the fire with these delicious pumpkin breakfast recipes that are sure to put a little joy in your morning!

From pancakes, to scones, to the popular doughnut with a pumpkin twist, you can find fifteen of the most delicious pumpkin recipes down below.


Copycat IHOP Pumpkin Pancakes - perfect fall breakfast. So easy to make at home.


Pumpkin Pancake Bites with Chocolate Chips


Low Carb Pumpkin Bagels- Pumkin Spice bagels, low carb and paleo.


Pumpkin Maple Baked Oatmeal


Pumpkin Walnut Oatmeal Muffins


Tray with 12 orange muffins on a white background


Pumpkin turnover recipe1


Pumpkin Spice Scones | Foodal.com


Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Scones



What a fun idea for a fall dessert! These Pumpkin Pie Parfaits in little jars are so cute and would be a great recipe to make for Thanksgiving or even Halloween.


I bet you're stomach is telling you to grab everything you can find with the word 'pumpkin' on it and get cooking! Don't forget to share these savory pumpkin breakfast recipes with the rest of your friends and family.

xo,
Torche'





I was not financially compensated, however I received items for review purposes. The opinions are my own based on my experience.

We all know how exhausted we can be at the end of a full day of work, school and extra-curricular activities. As if beating traffic isn't already enough, we have to go home and prepare a nutritious meal for ourselves and our families. 
Well, I may just have a solution for you! If you're in the metro-Atlanta area, Sweet Tomatoes is a great alternative to weeknight meals. Sweet Tomatoes believes that eating fresh, healthy, wholesome foods is an important part of leading a well-balanced life. Their menu items are farm fresh and made from scratch. You can read more of their mission statement, here

Walking into the restaurant, you can smell the aroma of freshly baked bread and soup. You're greeted with smiles and hello's and a massive 50-ft, self-serve, salad bar, made from scratch soups, hot pastas, freshly baked breads, muffins, desserts and more! 


Kids can now eat free every Tuesday with the purchase of an adult meal and seniors can also enjoy an all-you-can eat meal and beverage for only $8.29 every day from 2-5PM, so the entire family can gather together!


My personal favorites were the ranch salad dressing, all of the pastas (because you can't just have one) and the freshly baked breads. My little ones enjoyed the delicious soups and the desserts, of course. While my significant other enjoyed the entire experience overall. Sweet Tomatoes is truly for everyone and we didn't feel overly-full upon leaving.

When we visit restaurants, we also liked to be treated well and Sweet Tomatoes' staff didn't disappoint. We were greeted several times by the manager and our server was always there to help us get the most out of our experience. She also made sure our table was clean after every visit to the buffet.

One sitting is almost impossible, when you have so many freshly made foods around you. We were able to taste several soups, the Cream of Mushroom was the family favorite- a variation of pastas (both hot and cold) and we almost ate the entire pan of the Cheesy Garlic Focaccia bread - all of which is made in-house! But don't worry, they always bring out more.

Being able to enjoy a healthy and fulfilling meal made it an even nicer experience. 

That's not all folks, I have partnered with Sweet Tomatoes to give you the chance to have your own dine-in experience with your family and closest loved ones, at any participating Sweet Tomatoes location. If you're in the Atlanta, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Oregon, Texas, Florida, or Nevada area - feel free to enter for your chance to win FOUR comp cards that will cover the cost of lunch or dinner, minus the beverage.

That's right! Four, free meals for you and your family to enjoy. Enter your chance to win below from now until October 4th.

xo,
Torche'


Sweet Tomatoes