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Saturday, November 05, 2011

My Nuffnang Story

A lot of people ask me how I earn money through blogging. Well, I earn most of my blogging income from Nuffnang. I joined Nuffnang in 2008, soon after my mother died. Mama's death had completely wiped us out financially so I was looking for ways to make more money and Nuffnang was recommended by my friend, Jennie of Marriage and Beyond.

At first, there was just a tiny trickle of blogging income coming in (so I was very relieved when the company I work for gave me a big raise in early 2009!), but after a few months with Nuffnang, things started getting very interesting! So without further ado, here are...

My Top 10 Reasons for Loving Nuffnang

10. I got a free trip to Singapore!
On the Singapore Flyer with fellow bloggers
 In 2009, Nuffnang invited me to join the first ever Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards in Singapore. I was shy to go since I didn't know anyone on the trip but I packed my bags, kissed my hubby good-bye (with tons of melodramatic tears), and then met some of the most fascinating people in Asia!

I learned so much about blogging from that trip. The most important lesson? That you can earn SO MUCH MONEY! I remember my jaw dropping and my eyes going very wide when some of the bloggers I met (some just barely out of college) told me they just bought a car or quit their job all because of the money they earned from blogging. As soon as I got home, I told Vince, "I'm taking this blogging thing seriously from now on dammit! Those kids are earning more money than I ever dreamed of!"

On our way to the awards ceremony (I'm the girl in far right)
So, obviously, I want to go to the second Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards! This time, it's in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. On Dec. 16, 500 bloggers from all over the Asia-Pacific region will be invited to a lovely weekend stay at the Putrajaya Marriott. The awards ceremony will again honor the the region's best bloggers and bring together the blogging communities so that we can all learn from each other. Plus, the lucky bloggers get a free tour of the city! The event is sponsored by Volkswagen Malaysia and Putrajaya Marriott, and if you want to win an exclusive invitation to the event, click here!

And please nominate your favorite bloggers (ahem! ahem!) for the awards!


9. I won a Gucci bag!
Nuffnang has a lot of contests. Their partners are always willing to raffle off really cool stuff like gadgets, and in my case, happily, a designer bag! I won the Confessions of a Shopaholic contest and the prize was a limited edition Gucci shoppers tote. So do check out Nuffnang's exciting array of contests (I think there's one a week!)

8. I always get tons of goodies!
Here are just a few:
Tropicana!
Berocca!
I've also gotten beauty products and fabric conditioners. I know I've gotten more but I just can't remember them all! So much stuff!

7. I get invited to lots of exciting events.
Nuffnang never seems to run out of stuff to offer their bloggers! There's always a beauty launch here, a fashion show there, a movie screening now, a field trip tomorrow. I sometimes wish I wasn't so busy so I can attend them all!


6. I met celebrities!
Alodia's the girl with the backpack.
Alodia Gosiengfiao at the Asia-Pacific Blog Awards at Singapore. Alodia is so cute and shy and talented. There are no airs, no snottiness, no spoiled brat-ness.

Solenn is the girl who forgot to put on a shirt!
Solenn Heusaff at Neutrogena Fine Fairness Ambassadors launch. Well, all I can say is she's sexy. And very sweet to fans. But she looked very uncomfortable the entire time at the event, like she was very scared. I dunno why!

Iza Calzado at the Myra-E event that launched her as their new model. Funnily enough, to me, Iza is not a celebrity, even though she's one of the hottest stars in the country. That's because I can never erase the image of little 5-year-old Izadora following us, her cousins, everywhere, saying, "I can dance! Want to see me dance? Please watch me dance!"

5. I earn money!
I almost forgot that that's the reason I joined Nuffnang in the first place! How's the income, you ask? Well, Nuffnang's been very generous with giving me assignments and you'd have noticed some of them because they're marked as "sponsored posts" (for example, you all loved the Mango post, which was not just fun to do but was also paid for!).

I'd earn more if I accepted all their proposals but I only take on brands I believe in, use or want. But as it is, I've already earned lots of shopping money! Thanks, Nuffnang!

4. I gained new friends.
That's Shen of Shen's Addiction on top and Nikki Tiu of AskMeWhats. They are just two of the wonderful bloggers I've met at the events Nuffnang keeps throwing for us. I'm so glad I joined this blogging community because I've been forced to go out and meet fellow bloggers. You see, if you're a blogger, obviously you spend a lot of time in front of a computer so there's not much of a social life there for bloggers. But because of Nuffnang's plethora of events and activities, I've met some of the most wonderful people ever!

3. Nuffnang believed in my non-blogging ventures.
One of the very first people who bought my satchels is from Nuffnang! Trixie Esguerra is the talent manager of Nuffnang and I never expected that we'd have a friendship. I'm very careful to keep my professional relationship, well, professional. But Trixie is, like the rest of the Nuffies, so much fun and bubbly and makulit, that you can't help but adore her. Plus, she was one of the very first who bought my satchel and mega promoted my bag business! She didn't have to but she did. Thanks, Trixie!

2. Nuffnang supports good causes.
It's not all freebies with Nuffnang. One of the best out-of-my-comfort-zone experiences I've ever had was when we visited Sunshineville in Las Pinas. We met a thriving community of homeowners, working happily for a better life. It was really refreshing to see how giving jobs to people makes them confident, happy, proud. That exposure was the first time I decided I wanted to be an entrepreneur since I saw that it isn't charity dole-outs that help people at all.

Nuffnang also makes sure its bloggers get an education. By this, I mean free classes to everything from cooking to financial freedom. I've been wanting to attend their cooking classes at Enderun but weekends are yaya-less so I haven't had the opportunity. But I'm glad I was able to attend the Philam Life financial planning class. I learned so much! I bought a mutual fund investment plan soon after that session (but with a different insurance provider. Oops!)

1. Nuffnang cares about their bloggers.
The first people who visited me when I gave birth to Vito were Nuffies. Thanks, Anne Franco and Carlos Palma. You got to the hospital with flowers and gifts way before my own family and friends did! To say I was surprised is an understatement. Vince said, after you left, "Wow. You must really mean a lot to Nuffnang." I don't think I'm special that way; I think Nuffnang really just treats their bloggers like family.

And that's why I'm glad I joined Nuffnang. I earned not just money, but a wealth of experiences and a lot of new friends. And family. I have my Nuffnang family. For that alone, I am very grateful.

This is my official entry to the Nuffnang Asia-Pacific Blog Awards 2011. To join, click here.

18 comments:

  1. This is a winner right here! :)

    I never realized that there are a lot of opportunities with Nuffnang, I guess I really didn't pay much attention to it, even if I have the ads on my blog. Maybe it's time I participated more. :)

    Good luck--and congratulations in advance!


    ~Dea
    http://deaguwapa.com

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  2. wow, i think you really deserve to go with nuffnang in malaysia. good luck! =)

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  3. i hope i can be part of nuffnangg too. i tried to add their ads in my blog, but it always says error, im not sure if i am missing any sign up details.. :(( More about the money you could get, it's about the experience you could gain when you join them. I also want to learn more about photography, graphic designs etc. etc. You are very lucky to be part of that team :))

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  4. @mommy france: hello! wow! ako naman i joined Nuffnang because of all the things you've mentioned. sana 1 day kahit ilan man lang dun sa na-mention mo magawa ko or may mapanalunan ako. hehehe! this is why I am so inspired to blog... thanks for the inspiration as well... :))

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  5. Hi Frances! I went with you guys in the Singapore event :) I am awfully shy in person so i mostly kept to myself during the event. I do remember asking you about your cute peacock feather headband though. :D Good luck and hope to see you in KL (naks, feeling ako that I will go again) hehe.

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  6. Hi Frances! I am amazed and inspired at how you are able to juggle between being a magazine editor and a Nuffnang blogger. :) Is there no conlifct between writing for a publication and blogging? More power!

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  7. This is such an inspiring post for all blooming bloggers....like me=) Thank you for posting and sharing this! You're a winner!

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  8. wow this is such an amazing story! you deserve to win!!! wish you luck! xoxo, Haus of Gala

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  9. Good on you, Frances! You have a delightful blog! Hope to get to know more of your through your work / blog. I am also a Filipino blogger based in Toronto, Canada. I mostly blog about travel and food, though. But I enjoy reading people's blog and learning more about the business of blogging :)

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  10. I wonder why you bought an investment plan from a different insurance provider. Great post as always. I'm sure Nuffnang is proud to have you in their family as well. May your entry win in their blog awards

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  11. Thank you for making me a part of your entry Frances, I feel so touched and happy at the same time! I thank God for blogging as I get to meet someone as nice , sweet and super "totoo"! I love you dear! I hope you get this!

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  12. Well... I got the invitation to go to Kuala Lumpur!!! BUT my OBG said that since my pregnancy is quite delicate, I should stay put and rest. Traveling, especially during the holidays, is very stressful. The Nuffnang Awards is scheduled the weekend before Christmas! So I opted to stay home. Baby first! =)

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  13. Twixietops, if you're on Blogger, just use the Add Gadgets => Add HTML tool. Sa preview pane, it will say "error" but just save and publish and the ads should come out.

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  14. Kate, hi! We shoulda chatted more! I checked out your blog. You have a fantastic blog! Love the cats =)

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  15. Marilyn, there is LOADS of conflict. That's one reason my blog had to become shallow--just fun, fun, fun. I am strongly discouraged to say stuff that I really think about personalities (might be controversial) and products (might turn off magazine advertisers).

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  16. Tani, because I'm a Sun Life client since 2006.

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  17. Askmewhats, I love blogging because of people like YOU! =D Hope to see you soon!

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