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Can You Actually Make Money with Anime Blogging?
This will be A LOT of information. So, grab a drink or some yummy snacks to munch on while you read this. I’ll be going into ALL my secrets for how this little anime blog became and STAYS a major source of income.
It’s been a little over two years 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.
It wasn’t easy when there were so many other anibloggers out there and their content seemed so much better than mine. Some were even posting every day, and here I was, struggling to upload once a week. Watching anime for a living is awesome…until you’re forced to do it and can’t actually just rewatch the same shows all the time. I had to find shows that I liked and those that I didn’t. And then RE–WATCH them so I could make sure I had a non-biased review.
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.
Aniblogging is a tricky one because there are so many different niches you can choose from in it. And there’s not a ton of information from other anibloggers out there about how they run their blogs. My guess is that we’re all introverted and are too busy watching anime. I know I am.
But, you don’t want your anime blog to look like every other anime blog out there. Otherwise, people won’t remember you or your blog. You want to have your own voice with it. This can be in ways such as maybe you focus on just one or two particular anime shows, or you maybe you do one post every day but ONLY in 100 words. I’ve seen them both. The worst part is when I see new anime bloggers give up so quickly. You DON’T want to do that!
But whatever niche you decide to do in the Anime Fandom World, STICK with it. You don’t want to do what I did in the beginning…and I’ll explain that in just a minute.
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.
For instance, when I first began, I started using Tailwind for Pinterest. Every blogger I knew was using and promoting it. But honestly? I didn’t like it. It wasn’t doing anything I couldn’t do myself and I could check my analytics just as well on Pinterest itself. And that saved me money every month.
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.
This is what I meant when I said to not do what I did in the beginning. If you’re going to write for the Anime fandom, you have to stick with your niche. If you write a post about one anime and then spring up something random like recipes, your blog won’t have a clear direction and people will leave.
I knew I loved anime and finding theories in them, so that’s what I stuck with. Since I still loved mental health stuff, I started finding anime characters that were depressed or who I thought had agoraphobia. Then I could do more theories on THEM without losing the focus on my blog.
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.
The best part is that anime can be one of those niche’s that can be done thousand times over. And it HAS. I love finding new anibloggers since everyone has their own voice.
Ahem…moving on. Here’s what I use.
Now we get to what I actually USE in my blog.
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 switched over to them from Bluehost since they had the best reviews. Seriously, everyone who uses them always loves them. They have a great site speed and fast customer service. My website speed almost TRIPLED when I switched over, and I couldn’t be happier for it! You can sign up for it yourself HERE and I pinky promise you won’t regret it.
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!
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…
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 Japanse 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!
This is one of my biggest traffic boosters and sales. I think I make the most from them every month. Seriously, they have a TON of cute stuff and anytime you use the discount code ‘gloria’, you get 10% off! Who doesn’t love that?
From cosplays, wigs, shoes, dresses, bedding…they have EVERYTHING!
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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