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5 REAL Ways I Earn Income Online

Let’s face it—scrolling through the Reels section on Instagram these days feels like wading through a sea of #bossbabe posts and MLM-ish pitches  They all seem to target people looking to earn money online by asking them to “DM me for details!” and “Sign up now — Only 2 spots left!” Nowhere in this post will I be asking you to sign up for my master class or to ask you to let me coach you. I won’t urge you to join my downline or buy my downloadable PDF something something. I’m here to share 5 REAL ways I earn income online, without any of the “DM me for details” nonsense.

5 REAL Ways I Earn Income Online

Originally published on The Wagamama Diaries, this post has found a new home on This post contains affiliate links which means that I make a small commission of items you purchase at no additional cost to you.

Although I chose blogging over freelancing, you may find it surprising that I actually I don’t earn much income online directly as a blogger via The Wagamama Diaries. What I mean by that is, I don’t have many sponsored posts on my blog. Instead, I use it as a reference/portfolio to showcase my writing skills and interests to help me land the following income streams:

1. Instagram #Sponcon: Partnering with Brands


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First up, let’s talk about the powerhouse of influencer marketing—Instagram! Over on  @wadateni, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with domestic and international brands to create content that resonates with my audience. From showcasing Japanese beauty products to sharing snippets of my daily life, these partnerships not only pay the bills but also keep my feed authentic and engaging.

For tips on how to work with brands, read this post: How I Work With Brands As A Lifestyle and Beauty Blogger in Japan

2. Freelance Writing & Copywriting: Creating Compelling Content

Now, onto my love affair with words! Despite a few bumps in the road (looking at you, former client), freelance writing has been a cornerstone of my online hustle. By pouring my heart and soul into my lifestyle blog, The Wagamama Diaries, I’ve attracted a loyal following and even outranked my former client’s content. Talk about a plot twist!

3. Managing Social Media Accounts: Finding Stability in Unlikely Places

Who would’ve thought that managing social media accounts for a real estate agency could be so rewarding? Not only do I get to flex my creative muscles with engaging captions and hashtag strategies, but I also enjoy the stability of a regular paycheck. It’s like finding a hidden gem in the digital jungle!

4. Amazon Affiliate Links: Monetizing Content with Integrity

Ah, affiliate marketing—the bread and butter of many online entrepreneurs, myself included! By strategically sprinkling Amazon Affiliate links throughout my blog posts, I’ve turned my passion for sharing recommendations into a steady stream of passive income. I even have an Amazon Storefront! After all, who doesn’t love a good shopping spree on Amazon?

5. Google Adsense: Navigating the Pitfalls of Passive Income

Last but not least, let’s talk about Google Adsense. It may sound like a dream come true (hello, passive income!), my journey with Adsense has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows. From skyrocketing page views to account suspensions, it’s been a wild ride. But hey, that’s the beauty of entrepreneurship, right?

What’s Next? Embracing Opportunities with Tenacity

As a single mom-turned-digital entrepreneur, I’ve learned to roll with the punches and seize every opportunity that comes my way. Whether it’s through Instagram partnerships, freelance gigs, or affiliate marketing, I’m constantly evolving and exploring new avenues for growth.

I can’t help but reflect on one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned post-divorce: the importance of diversifying income streams. Whether you’re navigating the challenges of single parenthood or forging your path in the digital realm, having multiple sources of income is like having a safety net.

Remember that success isn’t measured by flashy promises or overnight riches. It’s about embracing authenticity, staying true to your values, and uplifting others along the way.

Ready to learn more? Check out 7 Don’ts For Content Creators!

5 REAL Ways I Earn Income Online