If you would’ve told me five years ago that I would be repaying my student loans with money I made from blogging, I would’ve told you that you were crazy.
And here I am doing it. And yes, it’s possible for your to make money blogging, too.
But you can’t just up and start a blog and expect it to be a successful business. You need to have a strategic plan in place.
Specifically, you need to do the following:
1. Start a Blog
First, you need to start a blog. This is obvious! I have a super, duper easy step-by-step guide that walks you through how to start a blog.
2. Guest Post on Other Blogs
After you have your blog up, you need to guest post. Guest posting means that you write a post for another person’s blog. The reason this is important is because you will make friends with other bloggers in your niche and you get exposure to their audience.
To turn your blog into a successful business, you need to guest post on other blogs – period.
3. Start Freelance Writing
In the beginning, it’s hard to make money right away from blogging. This is where you can start to freelance write.
Freelance writing means that you get paid to write posts on other people’s blogs. The reason this is important is that it will enable you to make money right away and it will also help you get exposure to the industry you’re in as well as more audiences.
- Related: How to Make Money Freelance Writing
4. Build Your Social Media Presence
While all this is happening, you need to build your social media presence.
The more social media platofrms you can excel at, the better. You never know when one social media platform will change its algorythym, making your following difficult to reach. The more platforms you’re on, the more diverse your traffic and audience will be.
- Join my blogger Facebook Group #SocialHack
5. Connect With Bloggers in Your Niche
As you blog, guest post, freelance write, and grow your social media platforms, you need to connect with other bloggers in your niche. This is done by commenting on their posts, sending them emails, and attending conferences.
The more people who know you in your niche, the better. Community is huge for bloggging success.
6. Grow Your Email List
As soon as you have a blog up, you need to be collecting emails. Your email list may be your most valuable asset. I gre my email list to almost 20k in 1 year. This gives me access to soooo many people and I’m not limited by the algorythms of social media platforms.
Even if you don’t have much to say yet, start collecting email addresses. You’ll thank me later.
- Related: How I Grew My Email List to 10k
7. Increase Your Traffic
Once your blog is up and running, you need to focus on increasing your blog traffic. This is done by 1) search engine optimization (aka SEO) and 2) social media.
I recommend reading SEO 2017 asap. You’ll thank me later!
8. Make Money from Your Blog
After you have a lot of your blog on autopilot (meaning you are comfortable writing posts, promoting your content on social media, and you have somewhat of a following), it’s time to slowly learn how to monetize your blog.
I have a post that teaches you how to make money blogging. This will help you understand your options. I recommend learning how to use affiliate marketing — it’s the most passive and has the highest earning potential.
A Final Note!
If you want to read more about how to how to turn a blog into a business, I recommend reading:
- Why Everyone Needs to Start a Blog (Yes, Even You!)
- The Best Resources for Bloggers
- 5 Books Every Blogger Needs to Read
- Join #SocialHack (my Facebook group for bloggers)
For all of my blogging posts, visit my Blogging Page.