Eva Baker was sixteen years old when started TeensGotCents as a high school project. It was supposed to last for two years, but years later TeensGotCents is now her full-time job and passion in life. Read on to see how teens can make money blogging.
Tell us a little bit about yourself and your blogging journey.
My mom requires each of us to do a project for high school. Something that will help us develop real-life skills and make a difference in the world. I decided to do a website, but I wasn’t sure of my topic. After listening to “The Total Money Makeover” by Dave Ramsey with my mom in the car every afternoon, I started doing some research. I found so many great resources for adults to get themselves out of debt, but nothing for teens (by a teen) that would help them not make those mistakes in the first place. I started TeensGotCents in January of 2013.
How are you currently growing your blog?
Most of my growth is through other personal finance bloggers telling their readers about me or through the interviews I do on local television every couple of months. I have all the normal social media stuff but don’t have an advertising budget at this point, so the growth I have seen has been slow but steady and almost all organic.
What’s your number one source of blog traffic?
Google and Facebook are right up there.
How are you monetizing your blog?
I have a corporate sponsor, 121 Financial Credit Union, and I occasionally do sponsored posts IF the topic is something I would write about on my own anyway. I also teach personal finance classes to teens in my local community.
What’s been the high point in your blogging career so far?
Attending FinCon every fall. It’s the annual conference for personal finance bloggers, and it is an amazing event. I love going and meeting other people who do what I do! Even though I am so much younger, they have welcomed me and made me feel a part of the group. In 2014, I was given a Plutus award for “Best Personal Finance Blog for Teens/College Students/Young Adults.” A high point for sure!
What advice do you have for other teens who want to start their own blog?
Make yourself an editorial calendar. This is just a fancy way of scheduling your blog posts in advance. So many people who start a blog give up because they don’t know what to write or they forget or … whatever. Have an editorial calendar and make blogging a scheduled part of your day, these two things will go a long way to making your blog a success.
How do you balance school, homework, and blogging?
I use a time management technique called The Pomodoro Technique that really helps me focus on whatever task is in front of me. I get my work done first – before I binge on Netflix … :)
Where do you see yourself in the next few years? Do you think blogging will always be part of your life?
I used to think that my blog would just be a part of my life for high school, but it will definitely go beyond my high school years. I truly have a passion for personal finance and learning all I can about how to be financially secure in my future. So many adults think that teens don’t care about money or their future, but this just isn’t true. I hope that TeensGotCents will be around for many years and be a practical help to teens who are looking to get a great part-time job, save money, or go to college debt-free.
Thanks to Eva Baker for sharing her story!
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