I have never once thought about doing a video on this. When I first started making videos on Youtube, I never imagined earning an income. I was and still am, genuinely interested in connecting with like-minded women who loved beauty and more specifically organic and natural beauty. Since starting this blog, I really feel like this is my “safe place” – where I can share without less criticism that sometimes comes along with doing YouTube. It just seems a little more niche and private over here – do you know what I mean? So today, I’m going to share a little bit about what it’s like to be an influencer and how you can help me continue sharing organic and natural beauty to women around the world.
So let’s start here, why share about this now? Two reasons really. Lately some of you have been very concerned about how you can “support” my channel, and all that I do. Since I offer my time to respond to emails, make products recommendations, and do skincare consultations – I understand how some of you feel like you wish you could give back, which I really appreciate. Secondly, I want to be able to continue making content for you – I could do a whole post on this subject alone (and maybe I will? Life update anyone?) Long story short, in order for me to continue posting weekly videos, I need you to know how to help me be successful – so the fun we are having here can continue!
Now for the juicy details. I have been making YouTube videos for 5 years, and it was only in the last 2 years that I realized I could actually earn an income. I remember it taking an entire year to get a payment from Youtube, so obviously most YouTubers (small scale) don’t rely on YouTube to pay their bills. However, most YouTubers earn an income through affiliate links and sponsored content. In the organic and natural beauty realm – sponsored content is few and far between. Most companies are quite small and are unable to pay for content, and most (but not all) offer product in exchange for an honest review.
Therefore, the easiest way for you to support my channel is through affiliate links. When you click on the links I share (on my blog, Instagram, Facebook, Youtube) when I talk about products or retailers I love, I get paid a very small percentage, when you purchase. Over time, it does add up, and the money I earn goes back into my channel, this blog, and all of the behind the scenes stuff that allows me to make videos. It costs to have a blog, purchase products, filming equipment, etc. A lot more than one might realize. So going out of your way, to shop through my links helps tremendously. It doesn’t cost you anything extra, but it does help to support my content creation, so you can continue watching my videos week after week. I know many of you already use my links, and for that, I thank you so so so much! I am truly grateful!
If you have ever been interested in YouTube or blogging, I definitely wouldn’t recommend quitting your day job. It takes years, and a lot of long hours to create content. I started with a genuine passion for natural & organic beauty, and I think that’s why I am still doing this 5 years later. There are days that I stay up until 1 am editing, and wake at 6 am to get my kids on the bus – some really long days. But, it’s something I love, so most of the time it doesn’t feel like work – but it still is work (do you know what I mean?)
I always give honest reviews and only talk about the stuff I love – that’s a commitment that I stand by. It’s always my goal to give the best recommendations and to truly help you find healthy beauty products that you will love! Here are the other ways that you can support my channel:
- Shop through the links I share on this blog & YouTube (only when you really need/want a product of course.)
- Subscribe to my YouTube channel
- Watch my latest uploads (if you click the little notification bell, Youtube will tell you when I have new content)
- Hit the little thumbs up to like the video
- Leave a comment on the video or here on my blog
- Follow on Instagram (@naturalbeautifullife)
- Double tap my Instagram posts
- Leave a comment on my Instagram Posts
- Watch my Instagram Stories (we have fun over there!)
Those are the main ways to help me continue doing what I love. I hope maybe this gave you a little insight. I know it all looks very glamorous, but what you don’t see are the late nights, the times that we re-film a video because it didn’t turn out (hello 4 hours of work lost – happened to me yesterday!) But all in all, I wouldn’t change this for the world. I have become friends with so many of you over the years, it’s been amazing! Thank you so much!
*It was at this point I realized. Today is my 5 year anniversary on YouTube! April 10th! That seems so CRAZY to me! Let’s do a fun giveaway to celebrate! Good Luck!