How To Turn Your Blog Into A Six Figure Business In One Year

 How I make six figures blogging. How to make money blogging #makemoney #blogmonetization #makemoney

I started a blog a little over a year ago and now I am a full-time blogger who helps other bloggers make money online. The question I get more than any other question (even from non-bloggers)  is  "how do I make money online?" and "How do I make more money online?" These are my favorite questions to answer it is easier than everyone thinks. With a little dedication, hard work, and ambition anyone can be following their dreams and making money online. 

And no you do not have to be someone who talks about any certain topic to make money blogging, you can blog about literally anything and make money online.

My answer to those two questions I said earlier is almost always the things I am going to talk about in this post. Which is how I use my blog to make a full-time income online.  This post is for people who have already created their blog, but If you are looking to create a blog for $3 a month, click here to go to my post explaining how you can create a blog for $3 a month.

If you want to join my free how to start a blog email course here is what we go over in it:

  • Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners. 
  • Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.
  • Day 3: Planning out your content.
  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.
  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.
  • Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.
  • Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.

 

My blogging background

When I first started blogging I heard from every source that it was going to take a long time, and I was going to need hundreds of thousands of page views to start earning a real income. I loved blogging and helping bloggers. I was determined to make Smart and Simplistic (now TaylorStanford.com)  successful fast to prove to myself and bloggers everywhere that you can follow your dreams without investing years of your time with no return.

Everyone wants to make money following their dreams of being a blogger but feels like they can't because they only get 1,000 page views a month or they have a strange niche they feel like no one wants to read about.

Everyone can make money blogging as long as you care about what you are doing!In fact, I recently just wrote a whole ebook about how I took my tiny little blog and started making a full-time income with it. It isn't about page views it's about your target audience.I make a full-time income with about 5% of the users per month the top bloggers have the key is how I reach those  people and how I connect with them within my blog posts, social media, and email.

So often I see bloggers who are doing the wrong things. Often I see bloggers post every single day because they think the more often they post the easier it will be to get traffic and earn money from advertisements.  There are just so many things people are doing wrong. 

Bloggers often start blogging with the wrong ideas about blogging, This happens because as bloggers we are conditioned to think the more we have out there the better of a chance we to make money blogging.

I started making hundreds of dollars my first-month blogging (you can read about how I earned $300 my first-month blogging here) because I broke outside of the norm, you can do this too. Everyone can do this. Every blogger can achieve their goals if they work with motivation and passion. I am here to help you!

Here is what I did to start making hundreds of dollars my first-month blogging and continued to do to make thousands blogging:

1. Create Simple Monthly Goals

When I started this blog I had no following for it on Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or Google +. But I knew I needed to set social goals to push me hard to engage and grow a community for my blog online. Because your community is how you make money. It was hard to set goals about how much money I thought I wanted d make, and how many followers I wanted to get when I had absolutely nothing to compare my blog too.

Because I didn't have anything to compare my blog to this made setting goals even more important. Goals allow you to have something to work towards. When you go into a task without a goal you often don't have the motivation to continue. For me knowing that I wanted to make $250 my first-month blogging was enough to motivate me to do everything in my power to make that a reality. 

However, I knew I needed to create achievable goals. Earning 1,000,000 a month when you have nothing to sell and no followers may be impossible, but earning a few hundred dollars is not. 

My goals now a day are much larger than they were back then but here are my original goals for my very first-month blogging:

  • Earn: $250
  • Twitter Followers: 500
  • Pinterest Followers: 1000
  • (I didn't plan to focus on Facebook and Instagram followers)
  • Facebook Page Likes: 70
  • Instagram Followers: 50

12 months later and now my goals look much more like this:

  • Earn: $20,000+ A month
  • Schedule 30+ pins a day
  • Write 2 Monthly Newsletters 
  • Keep active in my Facebook Group
  • Create a new email opt-in every month
  • Grow my Pinterest Following 500 a month.
  • Write 1-2 New posts a month
  • Keep up with my emails

2. Increase Your Following on One Social Site at a Time.

I see so many bloggers spread themselves so thin on every social media network because marketing agencies want "high interaction" to sponsor them. Sponsorships are not the way that you are going make the most money. Sponsorships should really be a small portion of your income because you can make way more money through affiliates, services, and your own products.

Spreading yourself too thin as a blogger really limits how you can grow as a blogger. I decided to focus on Pinterest, and Twitter when I started my blog because I knew If I used Pinterest correctly It can bring your blog a good amount of traffic from people in your target audience. (you can click here to learn how I met my goal and got a lot of traffic from Pinterest). 

I am now happy to say a year later that focusing on Pinterest more than any other social media site has been the right decision. Pinterest is the only reason I make money, and get traffic to my blog. If you are new to blogging, but really want to increase the money you make blogging there are a few things that I reccomend

Boardbooster: Boardbooster allows you to Loop pins, which deletes old pins and reposts them but it won't delete viral pins. This makes your page continue to be active even when you aren't activity pinning. Since starting to use Boardbooster I have increased my income by nearly 500%. I highly recommend joining boardbooster even if you only use the entry level subscription. You can sign up for Boardbooster here.

Tailwind: Tailwind is a Pinterest scheduler that is completely different than Boardbooster instead of re-pinning things you have already pinned with Tailwind you can find new things to pin by using group boards called Tribes or searching within Tailwind. By using Tailwind Tribes I have increased the number of views I get on Pinterest monthly from 40,000 to upward of 1,000,000 views a month. Within one month of paying for an upgraded package, I have literally doubled my income. Tailwind is amazing and has totally changed my life. If you want to find out more you can sign up for a free tailwind account here.

I also knew that Twitter was a great way to start branding myself, I could grow a large following on Twitter faster than other social media networks. This would help my blog more professional because I was connected to a large target audience.  The more professional your blog looks the easier it will be to make money.

So start with one or two social media sites at a time. If you need help deciding which ones are right for you always assume Pinterest is number one, and then the second one should be what you think people would be most likely to click on a link to your blog from. 

3. Start with One Affiliate Program.

I see posts being re-pinned on Pinterest all the time with titles like, "50 Great Affiliate Marketing Programs" and "The top 20 affiliate programs" too many affiliate links take away from your content.

No one is going to want to keep coming back to a blog when every post just sounds like a sales pitch to get you to go somewhere else and buy something or sign up for a service. 

Posting too many affiliate links is going to take away from your earnings because people will not take you seriously. They will easily be able to tell you are just trying to make money, and that you aren't actually offering any advice, or stories for your viewers to read.

To make good money with affiliate programs you need to focus on one or two and push them. You should create a whole post about the great things that product or service has to offer not just include a link to it in every post.

In my e-book, I go into a ton of detail of how I started making a lot of money my first month blogging with just one affiliate.

Affiliate marketing is over half of my income, and I still stick to the basics that I talk about in my book. A few of the things I do to be successful blogging, and with affiliate marketing is:

  • Only use a few affiliates. (I currently use 3)
  • Be transparent with your readers. 
  • Use the affiliate because you honestly love them.

4. Offer Services

So many bloggers are worth so much more than they know.

I see food bloggers all the time and wonder why they don't offer services bring in more money. A few of the examples I talk about in my e-book for food bloggers are online video cooking lessons, personal recipe creation, 30-minute meal cooking classes online, (there are much more for all kinds of bloggers in the book).

Services I offer are things like:

  Blog Auditing: where I go do a 4+ page report of someone's blog and tell them exactly how they can make money with their type of blog, what they should be doing to get more traffic, what images they can post to create more shares.

 Social Media Auditing: Where I create a complete a 4+ page complete review of bloggers social media to tell them, when they should be posting, what content they should be sharing more, what content they should be sharing less, what social media they should focus on growing next, what they can do to work-less on their social media.

Everyone has knowledge that someone else doesn't have and wants. The options are endless.

Fashion bloggers could offer services helping their readers organize their clothes for that season, or for an event, or personal online shopping. There are so many ways to make money blogging with services.

I brought up offering services to one of my clients and she said, "I don't have enough readers to offer services." She was wrong, one reader is enough to offer services. All you have to do is put some extra time in your schedule and set up a landing page. You have knowledge someone else wants.

Offering services is a great way to make money blogging.

5. Only have 1-3 Advertisements

Advertisements are a great way to earn extra money blogging. However, ads really take away from a blog when they are all over the place. I use to have a few ad's on my page. One ad under every post and one in my sidebar. These ads are enough to earn me a little extra income but they don't push readers away.

I recommend only having 1-3 advertisements on each page of your blog.

6. Don't Post Just To Post

I mentioned this earlier in the post, that some bloggers feel the need to have something new go up every single day. Don't do this. Posting every single day will not make you money blogging. The way you make money blogging is posting good content that is full of information and is actually giving something to your readers.

I only post 1 to 3 times a month depending. I have found sometimes the weeks I only post once I get the most traffic and make the most money blogging.

7. Stay Educated on Blogging

I think a great way to stay educated on blogging is to take courses, and I personally think that my min-course 30 days to blog success is a great way for newbie bloggers, or people who want to blog to learn how to build a profitable money making blog from nothing in a month.

If you are interested in turning your tiny blog (or not yet blog) into a full time business in just 30 days, my mini course "30 Days to Blog Success" is for you! You can read tons more fun facts about me and the mini course here.  I have decided to once again make it available for a limited time this March since so many people have been asking about it. (You can read reviews for the mini-course here.)

I know many people want to start making more money before summer comes around so they can travel with their families and take of extra time off while its warm but they have no idea where to start.  30 Days to Blog success is a day-by-day guide to starting a blog, and making money with it oh and now it comes with new extras:

  • One-on-one coaching ($200 Value). 
  • Step-by-step guide for how to become a successful blogger. ($150 Value)
  • Access to a private group only for people who have read the book. ($190 Value)
  • & Way more you can read all about the new goodies here.

Plus until April 27th 11:59pm EST it is 50% off with the code SPRING2018!

More about staying educated:

I see clients all the time who stopped seeing growth in social media, and blog traffic. I often ask them, "Do you keep on SEO information?" "Do you use Pinterest as a learning tool to get help from other bloggers?" and I often get the response of "no". The reason that people fail as bloggers is because they don't stay up to date on their affiliates, good ways to advertise, and how to optimize their social medias.

To make money blogging you need to stay educated on all things blogging!

8. Build an Email List

As a blogger, the only audience you own is your email list. Every person on that list is there because you did something right to make them stay. All the people on your email list want to hear what you have to say. To make money and especially a passive income as a blogger you need to build your email list so you have someone to offer a product or service to. A great way to build your email list is to put a call to action in every one of your social media bios and offer content upgrades to people who sign up.

A call to action in your social media bio could sound something like this, "Learn how I keep 3 growing toddlers going to be regularly every night (link to sign up to your email list here). Then you would set up an automation through your email service  (I recommend MailerLite they are free and offer automation) to send them an email with your tips after they sign up.

9. Sell a Product

From almost the start of my blogging career I have offered things like printable blog schedules, and mini-guides that people could purchase. In the beginning this was just a 10% portion of my income because I had no idea how to market them to my audience.

After about a year and a half this is now how I make a little more than half of my monthly income. which to me is the perfect amount because it allows me to have a diverse income. I know that if one day suddenly 99.9% of my buyers stop buying, I will still have enough money to support my family and not have to go back to work.

I have had the most success with my mini-course which is helpful to get a lot of people a way more information than this blog post, however this is because of the quality information it provides for bloggers or people who want to start a blog.

If you want more information on how to generate a FULL-TIME INCOME online with a blog, photography business, or Etsy shop I know that 30 Days to Blog Success can help you. I think that if you are interested in making a full time income online and getting to work from home there is no better resource on the market. Plus did I mention its 50% off?

Just use the code: SPRING2018 at checkout until April 27th at 11:59 PM EST!

10. Start a blog if you want to blog!

I know that you may have seen this blog post shared somewhere and were like, "How in the world can she make that much money blogging?" I promise you it is not as hard or expensive as you think it may be. 

You may be thinking, "I have nothing to write about" or "I would have no idea how to start blogging" or a plethora of other reasons why you "can't" start a blog. I promise you can blog about ANYTHING and blogging can change your life as long as you do one thing: have a self-hosted blog.

I literally made no money blogging until I became self hosted with WordPress, so if you want to do it you need to be self hosted. Don't worry it is far less intimidating than it sounds I will walk you through everything step-by-step in my FREE how to start a profitable e-mail course.

If you want to join my free how to start a blog email course here is what we go over in it:

  • Day 1: How to start a blog for beginners. (with a 50% off discount on your blog + a free .com just for my readers)
  • Day 2: How to install your first theme and create a free logo.
  • Day 3: Planning out your content.
  • Day 4: Monetizing your website as a beginner.
  • Day 5: Increasing your website's traffic to make more money.
  • Day 6: Planning out your long-term goals.
  • Day 7: Wrap up & Guide to follow for the future to maximize profit.

11. Stay True To Yourself

I see so many bloggers post about everything under the sun even though they really want to be a fashion blogger, or they really want to be a mommy blogger. To make money blogging you need to stay true to yourself. Talking about something you don't care about to get people to click affiliate links, or get more traffic makes your blog seem more unprofessional and boring.

You are going to be more likely to have a good audience that sticks around if you stay true to yourself. Your audience is there for you not who you pretend to be.

Closing Statements

if you stumbled onto this page because you want to blog, or want to switch to self hosted in hopes of making money and living your dreams I highly recommend it. Making money blogging is only as hard as you make it. I have never had a better job in my life.

If you need help starting a self hosted blog check out my easy 7 step guide to starting a blog here: How To Start A Blog

I hope that this post motivated you to follow your dreams or helped you in some way. If you have any questions or comments be sure to leave them below and I will answer them ASAP!

*some of the links in this post may be affiliate, but all feelings are my own and I am not being paid to write this.