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How to Monetize Your Blog

Happy New Year!!

Our first YVR Bloggers Meetup of 2014 will be on Thursday, Jan 16, 2014 from 6-9 pm at Strut Studios in Downtown Vancouver with special guest speaker Janice Croze from 5 Minutes for Mom sharing about "How to Monetize Your Blog." Janice will share about how she has built a profitable business through her blog and share some strategies of how bloggers can build their brand and make money blogging.

In addition, we have a panel of experts who will share different ways to monetize your blogs including:

1) Book Publishing - Bob Burnham from Expert Author Publishing

2) Photography - Ali Rahimi from Alipix Photography

3) Videography - Elias Arjan from Business Brain

4) Affiliate Marketing - Chuck Anderson from Blissful Parenting</a>

5) Social Media Management - Nadeem Ahmad from Brand

6) Advertisers & Sponsors -Michele Partridge from <a href="">GreenKick

Our featured blogger for January will be Julian Fuchier from Life.Is

We will be having an uplifting performance by talented performer Tea!

Make sure you RSVP as we have a limit of only 50 spots.

See you at our January Meetup!

A special thank you to Strut Studios for hosting our YVR Bloggers Meetup! We have room for 6 sponsor tables so let us know if you'd like a table to promote your products and/or services at our Meetup!

Doors open to the public at 5:30 pm so come for some networking and connecting with our speakers, sponsors, and bloggers pre-event!


Janice Croze, co-founder of 5 Minutes for and owner of Janice Croze Photography, has been working online since 2003, creating and running a variety of web properties with her business partner and twin sister, Susan Carraretto.

In 2006, Janice and Susan created 5 Minutes for ( and it quickly became an essential, go-to site for moms that entertains and informs, while promoting the online mom community. Throughout the years, Janice and Susan have been respected as pioneers in the blogging community and 5 Minutes for Mom has consistently been recognized as a top mom blog, even being listed by The Wall Street Journal as the 2nd top parenting blog.

Janice and Susan regularly work with major brands such as Disney and Microsoft, and serve as spokespersons for companies such as SC Johnson, Olive Garden, and Tylenol, participating in national televised media campaigns and media tours. 

Janice and Susan co-hosted Disney’s Social Media Mom Conference for three years and served on the advisory board for Blissdom Canada. As well, Janice has been a familiar speaker at many of the leading Social Media conferences and events, including Blissdom, Mom 2.0 Summit, Underground, BlogWorld, and Type-A Mom Conference.

Janice lives in South Surrey and has two children, an eleven year old son, Jackson, and a five year old daughter, Olivia. When she isn’t traveling, speaking or writing about blogging and social media, you can find her photographing clients in her studio in South Surrey or on location throughout the Lower Mainland.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Kim Elton - Strut Studios

Amy Sahota - Bare Essential Skin Bar

Janice Croze - Photography

Chuck Anderson - Monetize Your Blog Workshop

Keith Kidwell - SEO Workshop

Peca, Maja, & Tea -  Caricatures & Music

Pamela McColl - Grafton & Scratch Publishers

Tanaya Forsyth - Bubbles Make Him Smile
Jessica Davis - South Hill Designs

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  • Wendy

    Got some good info, but things felt a bit rushed towards the end. We felt like there wasn't enough Q&A time. I also think some of the monetizing concepts could have used more in depth exploration such as affiliate marketing, integrated advertising, etc.

    1 · January 16, 2014

    • Wendy

      Just finished watching the recording of the monetization Google Hangout on YVRBloggers. It really helped fill in some of the blanks from the Meetup so thank you to all who participated in that for sharing some valuable info.

      2 · January 22, 2014

    • Nadeem A.

      You're very welcome Wendy. Appreciate you taking the time to listen & learn from all of us.

      2 · January 23, 2014

  • Jigme

    I have attended Meetups around the world on topics ranging from Reiki to Venture Capital. Last night's YVR Bloggers Meetup in Vancouver was hands-down the best Meetup I've ever been to. Fun, informative, inspirational, and fantastic networking! It struck the perfect balance between "organized" and "fun" and "entertaining".

    My head is still spinning from all the new information, my tweeting fingers are sore and my heart is glowing from the new friendships formed. Thank you so much for organizing this, Ricky!

    I'd like to extend an offer to all members of this Meetup: 20% off anything in my store. Just mention #YVRBloggers!

    Jigme Nehring
    Mine & Yours
    Twitter: @MineandYoursCo
    Insta: @mineandyoursco

    5 · January 17, 2014

    • Ricky S.

      Thank you for the super supportive feedback - we appreciate your kind words, Jigme!! :)

      1 · January 20, 2014

  • Johnny Z.

    What do you guys think if we organized together and do the Vancouver Sun Run as a Team?

    1 · January 20, 2014

  • LJ

    Thank you Michele and Ricky for the invite, great meetup! I had to leave early and didn't connect with some of you. If you're interested in the giveaways I spoke about to help engage your audience and monetize your blog, email me at [masked]. Cheers!

    2 · January 17, 2014

    • Theresa

      Thank you for the awesome discovery guides! I will put mine to great use :)

      1 · January 18, 2014

    • LJ

      My pleasure Theresa and please do!

      1 · January 19, 2014

  • Johnny Z.

    We will need a larger place because i am sure we will out grow this sooner than later

    2 · January 17, 2014

  • Wendy

    Our previous comment was auto-posted from the feedback form and it unfortunately left out all the good stuff we said at the end. Here's the rest:

    This was our first official YVR Bloggers event although we were at one event previously that involved the YVR Bloggers group. We enjoyed meeting several new people and doing a bit of networking. YVR Bloggers seems like a great resource to have in this often all too impersonal city and we look forward to attending future meet-ups!

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Michele P.

    What a great night! So much info for bloggers on monetizing your site. You are the best Ricky for being the organizer of these awesome events! Julien, I'm so excited to be one of the bloggers on your Life: Vancouver Guide Book blog. I know my readers will LOVE the giveaways you're offering from the fabulous services/products in the guide book.

    4 · January 17, 2014

    • LJ

      Likewise, Michele, great to have you on-board and looking forward to working with you!

      1 · January 17, 2014

  • Nadeem A.

    WOW! What an awesome event. Networked some of best people in industry - loads of talent & opportunity!

    3 · January 17, 2014

  • Simon S.

    Great event with lots of very useful info on Blogging

    2 · January 17, 2014

  • Tyler B.

    Great event. I left with a few pages of notes and met some good people too.

    3 · January 17, 2014

  • Johnny Z.

    Some of you who were thinking of starting a blog asked about a good web hosting company. I strongly recommend Here is a link. Cheers

    1 · January 17, 2014

  • Ricky S.

    Another inspirational and engaging meetup - thank you to all of our speakers, sponsors, volunteers, and more for creating an awesome event!! :)

    4 · January 16, 2014

  • Perry M.


    3 · January 16, 2014

  • Claudine P.

    I'm so sorry, I just saw this NOW. Hit a migraine this afternoon and had to say on the couch. Ugh.

    January 16, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      So sorry about the migraine. Hope you are better!

      1 · January 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very informative meet up. Fun company and a talented singer! I met interesting people doing interesting things. Great evening!

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Joyanna A.

    great info from all the bloggers, enjoyed Ali's comments and slide presentation, too bad Janice didn't have enough time. Lovely singing and music. Would have liked Q & A time at the end with Janice.

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • moneca y.

    The panel was riveting with information and #janicecroze delightful with bang on shortcuts to either a brand derived or professional blog inspiring intention. It was good to know most of what was being said. Not a complete over the head language. Glad to have learnt from some of the best in the room. #CollagenBabe

    1 · January 16, 2014

  • Megan K

    I'm really sorry to be missing out especially as I was suppose to be speaking. I'm unfortuantely suffering from severe pain. Hope everyone has fun!

    January 16, 2014

  • teresa

    Sudden change--- sorry, but I will open up a spot.

    January 16, 2014

  • Rubina

    Sorry, I will not be there tonight. I will miss a great event no doubt. So there's a spot for anyone waiting.

    January 16, 2014

  • Ricky S.

    Our January Meetup is now sold out - if you have RSVPed and can no longer make it, please update your status so others can come who are on the waiting list! :)

    January 15, 2014

  • Chuck A.

    Looking forward to hearing Janice speak. Saw her speak 2 years ago in Washington D.C. and I learned alot from it. See you there.

    January 14, 2014

    • Ricky S.

      Janice is an awesome speaker and so are our 5 panelists - it's going to be an educational and inspiring event! :)

      January 15, 2014

  • Henry L.

    Looking forward to kick off the new year at YVR Bloggers!

    1 · January 13, 2014

    • Ricky S.

      Looking forward to seeing you on Thursday! :)

      January 13, 2014

  • Michele P.

    See you there!

    1 · January 2, 2014

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