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!
And I have a couple things to help you do that. First, I have a super, duper easy step-by-step guide that walks you through how to start a blog. Next, you can download my eBook How To Go From Zero To Profitable Blog In 1 Year.
It is SO important you have your blog set up correctly, so spend time on this step. It will pay off down the road.
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 view all my appearances on other sites (interviews, guest posts, etc.) visit my Media Page.
3. Start Freelance Writing & Doing VA Work
In the beginning, it’s hard to make money right away from blogging. This is where you can start to do things on the side for extra money to help fund your blog expenses. I suggest: 1) freelance writing and 2) virtual assistant work.
4. Build Your Social Media Presence
While all this is happening, you need to build your social media presence.
The more social media platforms you can excel at, the better. You never know when one social media platform will change its algorithm, 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 blogging 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 grew my email list over 10k in under a year. Mostly, this is from ConvertKit. While ConvertKit costs money, this is exactly why Step 3 above is so important – you need to have money to invest in your blog. Without I’ve made the money back 10x. But I had to invest in ConvertKit to start that process.
Whatever you do (whether it’s through another email provider altogether), make sure you collect email addresses. You’ll thank me later!
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.
We already touched on social media in Step 4 above, so for this step the focus is on growing organic traffic with SEO. Read my post 21 Actionable Tips To Increase Your Blog Traffic Right Now to get started with SEO.
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 (yay)!
Head on over to the post I wrote about how to make money blogging to get started. This will help you understand your options. For example, you can make money from ads, affiliate marketing, selling digital products, sponsored posts, and a few other ways.
I recommend learning how to use affiliate marketing and ads to start with — it’s the most passive and has the highest earning potential (especially if you’re new to blogging).
A Final Note!
If you want to read more about how to how to turn a blog into a business, I recommend reading:
- How To Start A Blog
- 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.