Vicki-Honest MumPhotograph by Kirsty Mattsson from the official shoot for Nova Harley.

I’m often asked what my career is and although I’m a trained, award winning filmmaker and adore directing, the last few years have seen me become a full time blogger, a career that happened organically and is one I LOVE.

Professional blogging is a lucrative career and it has also opened many doors for me from appearing on camera in parenting films for Yahoo to recently modelling worldwide for designer baby bags Nova Harley after they discovered me via my style blog, with even a recent appearance in Vogue below! Crazy but true!

Vogue Yes, I’ve also been developing a TV project for a while so my fingers are still in the media pie (see my film website here) but my living is predominantly made via this blog here and my style blog mummysgotstyle.com.

It doesn’t mean I won’t one day return to filmmaking but right now blogging stimulates me, it’s been my choice to pursue it and it works so much better than directing for me, around my little family.

It is so creative too, you are your own editor and my background as a writer, director, editor and teacher have all contributed to this here blog.

I actually read a brilliantly candid post by one of my favourite bloggers Alice over on More than Toast: Blogging as a Business: How I turned my Blog into my Career which prompted me to share my own experience as a professional blogger. And it’s about time too as I’m often asked lots of questions by new bloggers and even friends and family on how I started and what it takes to monetise a blog.

I’m so proud to earn a great living doing what a love, a living that equals what I earned as a freelance TV and promo director but which allows me to see my kids rather than working away or being on set for 15 hour days, most days.

Now, I don’t even have to leave the house if I don’t want to. It is still a full time job though which means I need childcare to make it work (thank goodness for parents, nursery and pre-school) but I’m around a lot, can work on evenings if I need to and being my own boss, means I make it work for me.

How did it all begin?

I started honestmum.com in November 2010 when my first son Oliver was 10 months old- I felt lost going from directing hundreds on set to just baby and I, pretty lonely and in desperate need of rediscovering my voice, but I wasn’t sure how…

My best friend and fellow filmmaker Amancay Tapia would listen to stories of my new parenting life and encouraged me (daily) to start a blog until I finally did. I will always be grateful to Amancay for her brilliant powers of persuasion.

After four weeks of mostly writing about relocating to Leeds from Bristol via London to be close to my Big Fat Greek Family, I was stunned to make it as a finalist at the Brit Mums’ Brilliance in Blogging Awards in the Fresh Voice Category

This accolade helped me to regain my confidence, so much so that I went back on set to direct fashion commercials a month later.

It also helped to raise my blog’s profile and of course gave me so much more, a community who understood what I was going through, a foundation for advice and encouragement and a whole set of new, smart, caring friends online.

I was soon approached by a PR company who wanted to advertise with me and this happened frequently in my first year although I mostly declined being too busy on set… but things quickly took off with my blog so much that by the time my second baby came along I was a registered company reaching new heights daily. I’m not trying to brag, merely to inspire (you too can make it happen for yourself)…

I never set out for my blog to become my career but I’m glad and grateful it has. It helps that the last few years has seen blogging and particularly the parenting community of bloggers become recognised for the influential writers that we are.

In fact I had a meeting last year with a HUGE agency (they rep A list actors, directors, screenwriters etc) regarding my filmmaking work, they spent a lot of the meeting discussing my blogging. Goes to show!

…We are relateable, wise, funny and powerful and better believe it. Our voices matter whether we want to create a business or not.

So along with writing about my passions: my family, food, films and the constant juggle that is freelance life with kids, I also post a lot of self written sponsored content for brands I genuinely love including Evian, Hobbs, Ebay, John Lewis, Waitrose, Very, Zalando, Fairy and many, many more.

I sometimes also pop well written paid guest posts up too if I feel it’s relevant to my readers. Magazines need advertising to publish so I feel this is no different for my blogs and I.

Additionally, I recently took part in a commissioned live Google + hangout for Selfridges with renowned make up artist Charlotte Tilbury and I’m often paid to tweet (always marked with #spon of course). Kim Kardashian must be s***ing herself huh!

Seriously though, I find the world of blogging and social media exciting, I love that I have carved out a brand for my blogs whiles having fun and as a prolific writer anyway, find this an easy way to make a living with a young family in tow.

I charge high fees and having been a film magazine editor and currently a freelance writer, screenwriter and lecturer (even writing for the Guardian whiles studying for my first degree in journalism), I know the rates of freelance writers and frankly and most importantly, I know my worth. I hope you know yours too!

I would advise to start high-ish when negotiating fees then there’s always room for manoeuvre. You can offer a slightly discounted rate for several commissions if you like or guaranteed future work. Start practicing making those deals so you feel comfortable taking money.

I’m lucky that I work with on the whole, PR’s and agencies who hugely value bloggers and appreciate and respect this is our job, paying well and offering suitable clients that are of interest to my followers… but of course like any industry, there are some who will try it on so it’s down to us ALL to set the standard and reject silly offers and blogging for free. Worthy reviews are not the same as blogging for no fee, you are getting something out of it and that’s down to you whether you want to agree.

Additionally certain PR opps might be beneficial to you, press events that help you connect to others for future work or ways you’ll get publicity might be beneficial but be wise and make sure you prioritise the paid gigs.

I do take on review posts myself, products or events, shows etc that add value to mine and my family’s life, big and small but paid work does what it say on the tin, so those will always come first.

So who do PR’s want to work with?

Self hosted blogs to start with and those of a PR Google Ranking of 2 and above although ones of 3 and over will gain the most work and of course PR’s check stats using several sites and online listings to assess your influence and authority.

Don’t worry though as stats and ‘blogging power’ will grow as your content does (content is king remember whether you want to earn from your blog or not and thus drives everything) so work on that first, hone your voice, invest in an online writing course or improve your photography skills if you feel you need to, and soon enough more readers and fellow bloggers will become familiar with your blog, link to you, creating more back links for your site which will in turn affect your popularity and thus google ranking and desirability to advertisers.

Most of your stats will come from search engines though so blogging daily if you can (I sometimes blog several times a day) will help with this and installing an SEO plug in will enable you to check how well each post will do online before you hit publish.

The easiest way to get your blog better known of course is to comment lots and LOTS on other posts and regularly, and of course if you want to monetise, comment on paid posts you see (most are and should be disclosed as such, so look out for ‘sponsored’ and ‘featured/ in association with’ etc marked posts, as that’s a great way of getting the PR’s attention who commissioned the post in the first place.

Commenting also leaves your blog URL links everywhere so make sure you include yours when leaving your thoughts on other’s posts. Leaving interesting, engaging comments will direct traffic to your blog. Also don’t forget to include URLS elsewhere online from your Linkedin profile to your twitter handle and beyond. Links equal clicks.

Partaking and hosting linkies is another useful way to gain greater exposure for you and your blog (international ones too) whiles sharing your passions with others.

I run Tasty Tuesdays and Brilliant Blog Posts right here and Fashion Friday on my style blog.

I’m also often discovered via my tweets, even when it comes to my lesser known blog Mummy’s Got Style so never underestimate the power of social media.

Promote and plug away and try to become a lot more American about shouting about your blog (as a freelancer I’ve never found this hard but realise it’s not so easy for everyone, simply start slow and build your confidence gradually!)

Some American bloggers are earning 6 figure salaries so think big and don’t be afraid to market yourself!

Plus, if PR’s aren’t coming to you (it takes time to build your rank and be discovered), seek out clients via twitter and be a bit tenacious. What’s the worst someone can say? No? Oh well, next! Develop a thick skin and learn to deal with rejection, I have years of freelance practice so it doesn’t bother me now…

Remember talent rises to the top, always, so write about what you know and want to read yourself, your voice is individual so never forget that, simply be inspired by those you love and value, life of course and read widely (not just blogs from your own community) whiles continuously raising your game.

Back to paid posts…I always try and post an interesting, non paid post close to posting a paid one to hopefully prevent my readers feeling alienated, but I do also try and ensure paid content is well written and fun to read and illustrated well (if you can’t take high res pics yourself it’s very cheap to purchase stock photos online)…

Competitions are also a great way to bring ‘the stats to the yard’ and Rafflecopter has to be my favourite widget and way of marketing my competitions.

Do add your competition URL’s to other comp sites too as a way of promoting.

BritMums has a great giveaways thread , Prize Finder, Money Saving Expert and Super Lucky Blog are also good ways to bring new people to your site. Request entries like and follow your social media channels for an extra boost for you! You’ll inevitably lose some but many will stay on, hooked by your fab content of course or for the next comp at the very least!

Other tips would be to keep your blogs looking clean, clear, stylish, enticing and as professional as possible (I use a web designer Amee D’Souza for my own sites and of course it helps my husband takes beautiful photographs and is an IT guru to boot!

Please don’t forget to make it easy for potential PR’s to find you too-ensure your email address is clickable and all your social media buttons are clear and near the top of your blog.

Also look at where your traffic is coming from-Pinterest? Instagram? Twitter? I use tweetdeck to schedule tweets so I can be living/working whiles twitter promotes my posts for me. Do consider promoting your archived posts too as well as linking old posts to new linkies, giving new life to pre-written content easily.

…Good luck!

Please do use the comments to ask me any questions. I’ve tried to cover as much as possible- I’m constantly learning too with this ever-evolving exciting brave new blogging world but I hope this post might have shed more light on blogging as a career.

Now go earn some money!

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179 Responses

  1. Adria P

    Thank you so much for putting this information all in one place. I have been hunting and pecking all over the Internet for this “how-to.” Lovely blog, as well. xx
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  2. Steph

    Wow! This is incredible. Such an interesting story of success and SO much helpful info! Feel like I need to read it a few times to really take it all in. Thanks so much for sharing! I don’t know how you do it, I work as a teacher and head of dept and always wish I could squeeze in more blogging time…you put me to shame!I’m going to bookmark this so I can geek up on all your advice 😉 X
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Steph, please don’t feel bad at all, teaching is an incredible career (I still lecture in filmmaking at universities)…blogging is my full time job and although it’s super busy, it takes priority. I’m developing something for TV too but blogging is my main career taking 99% of my time and I find it so rewarding. So glad you’ve found this useful, give me a shout if you need more info x

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  3. firsttimemummy

    This is fab! So interesting to read and great tips thank you 🙂 I only started blogging 1 month ago but loving it already. I’m already in talks with a brand about having a paid advert on my site, all from quietly nudging them on twitter following their love for a post I wrote on their products, so I think I’m doing ok! So great to learn how to continue though, so thanks and well done!!

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  4. You Baby Me Mummy

    Great post hun. I have been blogging for 9 months and started to make money after 4 months when I went self hosted. It is not regular money yet, as I have no PR at the moment, but I will try to implement all your tips, thank you x
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  5. mummytries

    You’ve done so well Vicki, because you’ve worked bloody hard to get these results! I often think this is where i’m massively disadvantaged being an anonymous blogger. Do you have any advice for someone like me? xx
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    • honestmum

      Thanks @Mummytries. I totally understand not everyone wants to or can show their face with their blogs or wants to put their kids out their either. I do think in my case it’s helped me as I am very much my own brand-although I didn’t show pictures of my kids for quite a while at first and I used a character design as my face on twitter for ages.

      When I changed it to my actual portrait many commented they liked knowing what I look like and felt more connected to me.

      Ultimately though I’m not sure it matters, I know very successful bloggers who are mostly incognito- what matters is the content and connecting with your readers. If you want to monetise then raising your SEO, commenting etc will bring advertisers to your door whether you show who you are or not. They care about Page authority, Google rank and stats.

      Also being anonymous won’t matter, if you don’t want to branch into TV style work or Google Hangouts (something where you will be shown). I think there are so many ways to be successful blogging and I’m a strong believe of work with what you’ve got, you are you and that’s what’s so brilliant-it’s our voice that’s individual and why people return to our blogs. If you are seriously considering showing who you are, maybe make a list of pros and cons and only do what makes you feel comfortable.

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  6. Mummy Says

    Vicki, you are such an inspiration. Thanks so much for all your tips and advice. Love this post x
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  7. Coombemill

    Vicky you are a credit to yourself and have the art of self marketing. You do an amazing job of promoting yourself and it is clearly paying off for you. Well done indeed and you deserve all the success coming to you.
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  8. fashion-mommy

    Fab post Vicky, so many good hints and tips, I have honestly got some new ideas on promotion from your post.

    #BrilliantBlogPosts
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  9. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Joining the hoards of people who’ve loved and SOOOO APPRECIATED this post!

    The Vicky that I’ve got to know through your writing isn’t only a loving, caring, doting mother ; a stylish, sassy, confident business woman; a caring, generous and compassionate friend, wife, daughter… (more)…

    I’ve heard there are two kinds of people. The ones who hear of others success and celebrate with them; and the ones who hear and are jealous, believing that someone else’s success puts a downer on their own dreams.
    – The ones who are going to get somewhere in life, and succeed in their dreams are the first group!
    …And I can honestly say that I have yet to come across a blogger who so consistently celebrates with the successes of everyone around her; who so genuinely cheers on, encourages and pushes; and who so generously shares everything she’s learnt to help others reach their dreams.

    Thank you Vicky!
    You inspire me.
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    • honestmum

      Oh Steph you’ve brought tears to my eyes. Thank you so much for your comment, I believe together, women and men are strong. I celebrate in other’s success and I want to help others as much as I can. I get so much satisfaction in sharing what I know (it wasn’t that long ago I started blogging myself) and boy do I appreciate all the help, friendship and support I too have found myself. Thank you so much for your on going support and becoming such a wonderful friend to me. I love your blog and isn’t it amazing that so many friendships and working relationships start online, Vx

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  10. Mama and More aka Zaz

    Wonderful, honest, generous post Vicki – just like you! You know we’ve had many conversations about this topic, and this was so brilliant to share! Thank you!! I especially agree with you re knowing your value and bloggers sticking together in this regard, otherwise we undervalue ourselves and our craft (and graft!).

    I am still plugging away on Blogger and as page rank is now 2 am loathe to move to self-hosted WP. Do you think it’s worth it?? Xx
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    • honestmum

      @Mama and More is Blogger self hosted, the only way to make this a career is to be self hosted and although it takes a while to build rank up, it’s worth it in the end. Totally agree with you re knowing your worth and sticking together, thanks for your lovely comment x

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  11. susan @happyhealthymumma

    Thank you so much for this Vicki!! I am googling my ranking now haha! I think your post and blog is amazing and so many people look up to you as a blogger, you are definitely a role model for me and other new bloggers out there because of your skill and kindness!!! I always come back time and time again to your blog because your personality shines through, I’m so so glad I found it!! Thank you for sharing this advice!! xxx
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    • honestmum

      @Susan oh that is the loveliest comment and means so much to me, thank you. We were all new to this at the start and I am so happy that my blog and this post is helping others. Give me a shout if you need anything x

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  12. Candace

    I’ve been blogging now for nearly 5 years but its only been the last 12 months that I have been making money from my blog as I lost my job due ill health early last year and as part of my employment contract I could under take any other work. I’ve found it very hard going and although I have undertaken paid work as well as review products they have been few and far between.

    I am really struggling where to go from here to increase the paid work I do as it would of great help if I can develop my blog to provide some form of income. Thanks for sharing these tips. I’m in talks with a company to do some review work which if it goes ahead I think will be fantastic for my blog and the break I am needing, It’s just taking a while to move forward. I emailed a company and cheekily asked about review work and they said yes. Just wish my pack of goodies would come.

    I went self hosted back in March and was wondering how long it takes for google page rank to start to take effect. After 2 months I’m still on zero, have I not been self hosted long enough or am I just useless at this blogging lark? If you could offer any advice would appreciate it.
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    • honestmum

      Hi Candace in my experience Google page rank makes a huge difference as the majority of PR’s and agencies want to advertise with blogs mostly of a PR of 3 and above. My other blog Mummy’s Got Style is a 2 which took a year-all depends on when Google decide to do their page rank update and they never pre inform when this will be and of course in the meanwhile you need to keep pushing to get your blog out there so that means lots of commenting on blogs, ideally popular blogs to help increase your own back links and writing great content, content always comes first and really promoting yourself on social media networks. Well done you for approaching companies too, that shows determination and professionalism, that you are serious about your blog and a great way to start relationships with brands. I found that PR’s found me and every day I work with new PR’s as well as my long standing contacts. Good luck with it all.

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      • Candace

        Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my very long query and your encouraging words. Nice to know it make take some time to see results as opposed to I’m doing everything wrong.

        Time to buckle down with this plan I wrote then over the next 12 months and see where it takes me.
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      • honestmum

        Hi Candice my pleasure and that sounds like a great plan to me, hope the post helps, stay in touch.
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  13. Stacey Corrin

    I’m really loving this post. I’m coming up to two years blogging now and have only recently discovered your blog, but the more I read, the more inspired I am. What you’ve written is so encouraging, especially to those of us who feel like we aren’t making much of an impact! Brilliant stuff! 🙂
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    • honestmum

      @Stacey so pleased you’ve found my blog inspiring. Never doubt your impact, blogs and confidence takes time but can build and succeed so keep pushing and it can happen for you x

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  14. Lizzy

    An excellent post, thank you. A recent change in circumstances has made me realise that I’d like to earn a living from my blog. Your advice is brilliant, thank you xxx
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  15. Elizabeth Holdsworth

    Thank you so much for such an open, inspiring post. I’m not sure that blogging will ever be my career, but I’d like to try and work to make my blog all that it could be and take inspiration from you! One thing I’m terrible at is promoting myself, I think I need to work on that. Huge thanks for sharing so much, I shall be thinking about this for days!
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  16. Alison Perry

    Found this post FASCINATING. Most bloggers I know do one or two of these things, I didn’t know anyone did all of them!! You must be exhausted x
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    • honestmum

      @Alison no not at all, and I know many who do and there’s more to add but it’s already an epic essay. Not exhausted at all (haha), always had lots of energy and feels easy compared to 15 hour days on set-truly love my job x

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  17. Mummy Bear

    Amazing advice which I will most definitely be taking on board, especially once self-hosted. Thanks so much for giving me the final push that I needed 🙂
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  18. WallyMummy

    This is such an amazing and helpful post! Thank you so much for such an insight! xxx
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  19. Eliza_Do_Lots

    You know that I admire your amazing hair, but the rest of you is pretty flipping special, too. You were already amazing with an incredible career before you started the blogging, but your success isn’t some kind of fluke, you deserve every bit of it. When I grow up I’m going to be just like you. 😉

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  20. Steph - imcountingufoz

    This is a fab post, I love how honest and candid you’ve been and, of course, it’s full of great advice. Thanks for sharing xx
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  21. Uju @Babesabouttown

    Vicki I feel like I’m always saying this (or thinking this) which shows how much I love reading your blog, but this is one of my favourite posts EVER. It speaks to everything you’re about – talent, creativity, support, honesty and being the definition of a Mother and a Shaker!

    So many of us have wobbly moments in this blogging game, wondering whether we’re pouring our hearts and souls into this endeavour for no real reason. And here you are standing tall saying, I’ve made it work and you can too. One of the things I’ve always admired about you is your no-nonsense approach to being treated as a pro and as you’ve proven, what you expect in life is often what you get.

    You are so right that we need to stick together to determine our worth and to make all those nay-sayers stop trying to take the piddle 😉 I see so much gob-smacking talent throughout the blogging community and we need to own it with confidence and get the credit we deserve! The American lifestyle/beauty and parenting bloggers are certainly paving the way 😉

    I also love your reply to a comment up above when you said ‘your niche is your voice’. This is absolutely spot on, so many of us get bogged down in trying to fit the mould or even trying to follow advice that is becoming cliche e.g. find a niche. At the end of the day your blog is about YOU, it’s a platform for your creativity/ideals/passions and what you’d like to offer to the world. Whether you want to make your blog your main money-earner or it’s an instrumental part of your creative business (as in my case), it’s all possible. Honest Mum is one of many bloggers out there who are living proof of this. Thanks SO much Vicki for writing another brilliant post! Love you lady xoxo
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    • honestmum

      Oh Uju thank you so much darling friend and colleague/fellow Mother & Shaker, you’ve brought tears to my eyes. Such a wise, talented lady, I feel so glad to have met you through blogging and here’s to all our creative collaborations. We rock x

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  22. Notmyyearoff

    Love this post. I’ve been reading your blog a long time now and it’s not just grown, it’s grown tentacles all over the plac (in a very good way :)). Always a really good read and I love Mummy’s got style too. I never once thought of how addictive blogging would become or that I’d be blogging for so many years!

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    • honestmum

      @Notmyyearoff thanks so so much lady, really been amazing getting to know you better over the last year or so and I’m a huge fan of your blog too.

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  23. @unpreparedmum

    I had never heard of blogging a year ago…let alone the thought of running a blog as a career! Even as a new blogger it had never occurred to me that it could ever be anything other than a hobby and a way to vent so I have been really intrigued by the group of bloggers who do it for a living and your post was perfect as it gave me an insight into how and why some people might do this. It sounds like a fab option for you at the moment, and I really enjoyed reading about how you’ve adapted to family life, really interesting post thank you 🙂
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  24. Abby boid

    This has been a very inspiring read. I still have two small children at home and limited Childcare so I am spending my time trying to find my ‘voice’ by writing once a week. Once they are at school i would like to generate an income from blogging. i read somewhere that it is important to find a niche. Is it possible for that ‘niche’ to just be things that interest me? Or does it take a little more refining?

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    • honestmum

      @Abby I believe the niche is your voice and I wouldn’t worry too much about that. Of course many niche blogs do very well from food blogs to beauty but right here as a parenting lifestyle blog I cover whatever I like and that works for me. Over on Mummy’s Got Style my style blog I do stick to style and the odd beauty review but that includes my kid’s style too.

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  25. Di Coke

    Love this. So many great ideas – I love the tip about being more American, and that’s something I’ve striven to do with my SuperLucky rebrand! Cheesy but it works. Thanks for linking to me too – much appreciated!
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    • honestmum

      @Di Coke thanks so much! Of course we should be ourselves which we are doing but that fabulous American confidence is the way forward in my opinion! Thanks for your fab site, a great resource for bloggers.

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  26. Heather

    Thank you so much for taking the time to write this post! It is very helpful and encouraging!
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    • Rose Chamberlain

      Thank you Vicki for this great post. Very informative and useful. I really want to get into the blog world and build a successful brand. I’ve been on and off developing it. But time has been quite chalenging as I am finishing a 3 years diploma in naturopath nutrition. So, I hope once I finish my training next month, I will have the time to immerse myself on this new venture. Thank you so much for all you tips and I hope to meet you sometime to catch up over a healthy cup of herbal tea. Love xx

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      • honestmum

        Hi Rose, well done you are such an inspiration and a great boss, you gave me the editor position and helped me forge this path. I would love to meet you so let’s sort that out and happy to help you. I really feel you working on your blog and brand is the best next step for you and your business x

    • Rose Chamberlain

      Thank you Vicki for this great post. Very informative and useful. I really want to get into the blog world and build a successful brand. I’ve been on and off developing it. But time has been quite chalenging as I am finishing a 3 years diploma in naturopath nutrition. So, I hope once I finish my training next month, I will have the time to immerse myself on this new venture. Thank you so much for all you tips and I hope to meet you sometime to catch up over a healthy cup of herbal tea. Love xx

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  27. Mel

    Wow, that is a brilliant post, Vicki! I can hardly believe that you earn as much money as a blogger as you were earning as a film director… I guess knowing the fees to charge must help a lot and not being naïve has to be a great asset as well! I have not got a clue! I do not even know what Google page rank means, haha! x Mel
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    • honestmum

      Thanks Mel, advertising pays well and honestly you can pick things up quickly, googling google page rank will inform you more and anything you want to ask, just holler. I was working mostly as a TV and promos director before the blog and consistent well paid blogging work totals at high rates equals what I earned before. Your blog is brilliant and you too can make it work x

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      • honestmum

        Keep editing this post as comments really useful, so glad it’s helping others. Night x

      • Mel

        You really are an inspiration, hun! Night night. x
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      • honestmum

        I feel the same way about you Mel and so happy to have found a new friend in you too, I LOVE your blog as you know x

  28. Jai

    Thank you so much for this honest and inspiring piece, Vicki!

    I let me parents convince me to do a “professional” 9-5 role and although it paid the bills, I never loved it. But my husband convinced me to blog since being on maternity leave and for the first time I can say I’m loving what I’m doing.

    I really want to make it more than just a hobby and you’ve convinced me it’s possible!

    Now to look up google PR rankings… 🙂 Thank you so much!!! Xxxxxx

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    • honestmum

      @Jai so pleased it has inspired you, with hard work, it is definitely all at your fingertips (literally)! Good luck x

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  29. Lucie Aiston

    WOW Thank you so much for writing this! I so needed to read this right now! You are so inspiring! I know I can do this and just reading this have given me plenty to think about!!! Again thank you!

    Lucie xx
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  30. Philippa @ Letters to Elliot

    Thanks Vicki for this inspirational post. Am off to investigate SEO on my blog, and try to get myself “out there” – it’s about time 🙂
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  31. Shay Noble

    A brilliant post, thanks for sharing and being so honest about everything 🙂
    Can I ask a question? What do you mean by ‘PR Google Ranking of 2 and above’ and how is it determined? Not heard of it before x
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    • honestmum

      @Shay my pleasure, you need to ‘google’ google page rank and put your link in-are you self hosted? Not sure it works if not and I’d urge you to move over to self hosted and build blog up that way if you want to monetize. Google ranks blogs at interims, last one was a few months ago and they don’t tell you when then they rank you depending on back links to your blog. Hope that makes sense. A lot of info online x

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  32. Tarynn Playle

    Thank you so much for this post! I just started actively blogging in March and as much as I enjoy doing it, I would love to be able to make some money. It’s such an overwhelming online world and it’s so easy to get discouraged. I feel like I needed this boost of encouragement. So, thank you! And thank you for sharing your “secrets.” Not everyone would be willing to let the world see how they are making it.

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    • honestmum

      @Tarynn my pleasure, happy to share and helps others and don’t feel discouraged, keep writing, make sure you’re self hosted and great things will come x

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  33. Jenna @ A Savory Feast

    Thank you for this encouraging post! I have been blogging on the side for about six months and have seen a lot of growth and have had a lot of opportunities come my way. I am planning on going full time later this year. It was great to hear that it really can work!
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  34. Fiona @ Free Range Chick

    Hey check you giving away all the trade secrets! You’re right, people tend to be terrible at blowing their own trumpets and selling themselves. Nothing wrong with self-belief and marketing yourself. My personal motto is ‘all you can do is ask, and all they can say is no’. I live by that, and loved hearing you reiterating that sentiment. I have absolutely no aspirations to become a professional blogger, largely because I’ve got another ‘ship’ that I’m currently building. But I took to blogging due to a love of writing, and also find social media and the blogging world thoroughly fascinating. Thanks for sharing your wisdom – was a great read! (Welcome back from Cannes, by the way!) X

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    • honestmum

      Thanks Fiona, haha, I love to share and everyone learns from someone else, seriously the more successful bloggers, the better and like you I agree, ask away, all someone can say is no. I don’t mind rejection, used to it with a freelance life so that’s another skill I should go and add-develop a thick skin! Good luck with your other ‘ship’, sounds exciting! Vx
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      • Fiona @ Free Range Chick

        You’re so right – get a thick skin! Sometimes there are moments where someone gets under it, but for the most part, you really need to be able to take knocks like water off a duck’s back. Most of the time, it isn’t personal, it’s just business. Get up, dust yourself off and keep going forward. Phew – metaphor overload there! x
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  35. Steph oakes

    A fab post, thanks for sharing. I’m very new to this blogging malarkey but fortunate with the opportunities that are coming my way already. I ‘d love to make it a full time ‘job’ one day, so it’s great to have a bit of insight into how you’ve succeeded. Well done you x
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    • honestmum

      Thanks so much Steph, wishing you lots of luck, a perfect time to start blogging and sure you will become successful. Thanks for your comment x
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  36. A Northern Mum

    Wow, just wow! I would love to be as successful with my blog. I started beauty blogging years ago but gave it up as life got in the way but now I’ve started blogging again but don’t pigeon hole as a beauty blog anymore, my new blog is writing about what I love. My kids, fitness & healthy eating/dieting etc so this time I won’t lose my mojo & WILL be successful!

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    • honestmum

      @A Northern Mum so glad to hear, and that’s what it takes, confidence, hard work and great content. You can do it x

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  37. Karen Gribbon

    This article is just what I needed to read right now! I had cancer in 2012 and as a result I took a career break from a well paid professional job to be at home with my 3 daughters. I just started a blog and would be forever grateful if I could earn a living from it. That would be my dream. Love reading your posts. :))

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    • honestmum

      @Karen firstly sorry to hear you had cancer and hope you are kicking its butt and feeling well again. I would start of going self hosted and build your blog from there. Write about your passions, your stories, whatever you want out there and work will come. Good luck and stay in touch x

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  38. MummaG

    Great post, I’m always looking for new ways to improve my blog and this post is one of the most honest and insightful I have read x
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  39. Mirka @Kahanka

    Great post lovely,and well done to you, you deserve it. We both know how hard it is to get where we are now. Cannot wait to see you at Britmums 😉
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    • honestmum

      @Mirka thanks darling, you are so right, all our hard work is paying off and it’s upwards all the way. Can’t wait to see you too-what an amazing time we had last year x

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  40. Tanya

    A really interesting and inspiring post, thank you. I started blogging regularly when pregnant with my first in late 2009. For me it’s always been about diarising this chapter of my life and growing my perspective from fellow bloggers. But as writing is one thing I honestly enjoy and feel I’m decent at, I sometimes feel I’m missing a trick not aiming higher with my blog.

    Firstly I’ve got to get back to writing in the first place as there are many things swirling round my head and not going any further and my poor blog is increasingly neglected!

    So once I can crack actually writing again you have given me much food for thought in terms of where and critically how I might go even further.
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    • honestmum

      @Tanya thanks very much, I agree get back to what you love and want to write about and paid work will come from there. Really pleased this post has been useful to you.

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  41. Mummy Vs Work

    Fab post!

    I do bring a little bit in but I’ll be honest I’m not sure what I should be charging or where to go with it!

    Would love to make it a full time career, not just writing for my own blog but on other sites and working social media, more of a dream but you never know.

    Keep up the fab work 🙂

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    • honestmum

      @Mummys Vs Work it can happen for sure. I think you need to check your ranking if you haven’t and work out what feels fair for you. It is hard to work out rates but I’m a big believer in negotiating, starting high and leaving room for haggle a little. It’s what all freelancers do.

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  42. TheBoyandMe

    I hadn’t realised that you’d gone pro formally, well done you! I always knew you were a professional lovely person of course!
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    • honestmum

      Thanks @TheBoyandMe discuss it quite a lot online but wanted to blog officially about it tonight, thank you for your lovely comment, you are lovely too and I really value your friendship and support and I love your blog too!

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  43. Jo

    Really interesting – thank you for sharing. My blog could never become my career (largely as I work for myself and couldn’t give that up!) BUT it’s good to know that with determination and natural talent it is a possibility! Also I love reading about people who set off on one career path and then change. I started out life as a teacher and now own a Media Business.
    Keep up the good work!

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    • honestmum

      @Jo thanks so much for your kind words, a media background certainly helps but there are many out there without that thriving, love how democratic blogging is x

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  44. Becky | Spirited Puddle Jumper

    Inspiring as always, Vickie, I love how confident you are, it’s so refreshing! I think I’ve said to you before, but us Brits are always a bit too self-deprecating. Modesty has a place but we should feel able to shout our worth from the rooftops! Another post bookmarked 🙂 have a great weekend!

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    • honestmum

      @Becky thanks so much. I am British but perhaps my British Greek Cypriot parents have instilled a lot of confidence too. Not always confident though but I am a big believer in working hard, trucking on and making opportunities happen. Thanks for your lovely comment and support darling x

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  45. Katrina

    Vicki, Such a great article!! Really helpful…..although i’m sure it’s created more questions in my mind now!! xx
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  46. Amy

    This is amazing advice, thank you so much for sharing your tips. Very inspiring! Thanks x

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  47. Katie / Pouting In Heels

    What a fantastic inspiring post! So many people are going to get so much from this, me included! *Frantically makes notes* 😉 It’s so good of you and ‘honest!’ to share.

    Personally speaking, you have been a MASSIVE inspiration to me as a blogger. Both in terms of what you have achieved and are continuing to achieve but also in the way in which you support other bloggers and reach for the sky.

    Thank you SO much for your friendship and all the support you’ve given me over the past few years. You’re a real gem, a huge blogging talent and a lovely friend xxx
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    • honestmum

      Oh Katie, you’ve flipping brought tears to my eyes and I’m not even wearing waterproof mascara (haha)! Seriously your words mean SO much, you are an inspiration to me too and I’ve always been about supporting others… When I was aged 2, my Mum, a strong feminist who has instilled those values in to me, gave me a badge to wear stating “Women together are strong” and I wholeheartedly believe in that to this day, we must all support and celebrate each other. Thanks for being a wonderful friend to me too x

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