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. But it’s not just that you need to “start a blog,” you need to start a blog with the end in mind — that you want to start a business.
I have a couple things to help you do that. First, I have an 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.
You can also take Launch Your Blog (the course I recommend if you can afford to pay for launching your blog).
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. Get Traffic To Your Blog
After you have your blog up, you need to get traffic to it. After all, if no one visits your blog, you can’t turn it into a business.
This is done by 1) search engine optimization (aka SEO), 2) social media, and 3) guest posting.
For SEO, read my post called 21 Actionable Tips To Increase Your Blog Traffic Right Now to get started with SEO this will help you learn how to optimize your posts for Google.
For social media, you need to grow your platforms as big as possible so that people know you, like you, and trust you.
Somewhere in the middle of social media and Google SEO is YouTube and Pinterest. These are arguably both search engines and social media. For that reason, they are gold. If you can grow your platforms there, you should. They’re bring you the most traffic. I would take Pinterest Traffic Avalanche if I were you because then you can learn how to implement a strategy for Pinterest and grow your platform to make money blogging.
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.
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 The Blogging Mastermind Community
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.
I can teach you how to make money freelance writing, and I also suggest learning how to become a virtual assistant. Both of these options will help you grow your blog into a business asap. If you are unwilling to spend money to start your blog, you’re not going to have success turning it into a business.
4. 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. Don’t ignore this step.
5. Grow Your Email List
As soon as you have a blog up, you need to start collecting emails. It’s well known in the blogging industry that “the money is in the list.” Your email list may be your most valuable asset and is going to be a direct indicator of how much money you can make.
I grew my email list over 10k in under a year. Mostly, this is from ConvertKit. ConvertKit is pricey, but I don’t know of a cheaper alternative. My suggestion: make money freelance writing so you can afford to pay for ConvertKit.
Whatever you do (whether it’s through another email provider altogether), make sure you collect email addresses. You’ll thank me later!
5. Make Money from Your Blog
After you have your blog up and running, you’ve built social media platforms, you’re getting traffic to your site, and you’re connecting with other bloggers, you are ready to monetize your blog.
You can make money blogging in so many different ways that sometimes it’s overwhelming to know where to start.
Unless you have some crazy skill or are already huge on social media (like almost famous), I do not suggest trying to monetize as an influencer. Everyone wants to be an influencer, so it’s realllly hard to do. Instead, monetize through affiliate marketing and creating and selling digital products. This is my strategy. It’s what I know works.
To get started with this, you’ll need to learn how to do it. I know it’s not easy, and I know the best ways to get started require you to actually spend money. So, if you can’t swing it yet, stick with getting paid to write and other monetization methods so that when you have some money, you can come back to this and buy the appropriate courses to get started.
Learn affiliate marketing here — Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing.
Learn how to make and sell digital products here — Six Figure Blogger.
A Final Note!
If you are specifically interested in starting a money making blog, download this freebie that walks you through a step by step checklist for launching a money making blog.
For all of my blogging posts, visit my Blogging Page.