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. I work full time and make over $3k per month blogging. It’s amazing.
If you are interested in learning how to make money blogging, the first thing you need to know is that there are three phases to blogging: 1) launching your blog, 2) growing your blog, and 3) monetizing your blog. Each step below corresponds with one of the phases and will help you set up a successful blog that make money.
1. Start a Blog
First, you need to start a blog. This is the launch phase. 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. This is part of the growth phase. 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. This is simply a step you need to take if you can’t afford to pay for blogging expenses. If you have the money, you can skip it. But you cannot skip paying for blog expenses if you want to make money blogging.
I suggest: 1) freelance writing and 2) virtual assistant work.
If you are unwilling to spend money to start your blog, you’re not going to have success turning it into a business. It’s just a fact.
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 part of the growth phase. People need to know who you are. 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. Your email list is the most important part of the growth phase.
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!
6. Make Money from Your Blog
After you’ve launched your blog, and focused on growing your blog, 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.
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.
P.s. Here are my favorite free blogging resources you can grab:
- Blogging Quick Start Guide – this is my blogging eBook
- 5 Day Blogging Bootcamp – this is my 5 day blogging course
- How I Made $45K Blogging In 1 Year While Working Full Time Free eBook – this is a look into how I made $45k blogging in 1 year while working full time
- 2018 Blogging Trends eBook – this is an amazing eBook I devoured in about 10 minutes about today’s top blogging trends
- 7 Surefire Ways To Boost Your Blog Income Overnight – this download has really applicable tips for taking your blog income up a notch asap
- 120 Awesome Blog Post Ideas – this gives you soooo many blog post ideas
- The New Blogger’s Guide To Guest Posting – this is a download that shows you how to get started guest posting on other blogs
- Blog Structure Blueprint – this is a template that gives you a visual for how to organize your blog (I used this when I started)
- 10 Steps To Take When A Post Goes Viral – this is a download that gives you specific tips for what to do when a blog post goes viral